Monday, November 28, 2016

Christmas photo shoot -- what didn't make it in the magazine


I had the amazing opportunity to shoot photos and write a story for this December's Romantic Homes Magazine. Over the course of a couple months, I shot a lot of photos and thought I would share the ones that didn't make the story with you all here, starting with the  main living space.

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I tweaked things a lot and finally came up with something that I thought was unique to me, but also would appeal to others.


Of course, there was lots of pink, fresh greenery, vintage ornaments, and some family pieces. 


The little house I made out of cardboard is a replica of the original house my dad grew up in on the property here. 










Of course, the doll my grandfather sent my mother from France during World War II, was featured prominently as well as the little cars my dad put together when he was a teenager. 


I am still in love with this Everlands Nobilis Fir tree I bought from Grandin Road last season. It has that old fashioned look I like, with realistic looking tips, but no mess and I can leave it up longer than a real one. I bought the unlit version as I wanted colored lights. Grandin Road had it in stock earlier in the season, but apparently do not offer it now. 


I wrapped pink tulle around the trunk, then used vintage Shiny Brites, Jewel Brites, snowflakes my kids and husband made, my great grandmother's glass beads, tinsel and icicles. 

On the windows, I hung faux wreaths but added fresh greenery to them and fuchsia grosgrain ribbon.


We finally got snow, so I was glad I waited to shoot photos.


These are the living area photos that did not make the spread, so I'll share the other spaces throughout this week and have a brand new, and different tour of this year's decor next Friday as part of Marty's 2016 Christmas Home Tours.



I'll be joining:


36 comments:

  1. Anita, your living room looks beautiful and your tree is gorgeous!! I love the ornaments and icicles on the tree. I'm not a hot pink person but it really adds a bright pop of colour in your room that is quite refreshing. I'll look forward to your look for this Christmas. Have a great day! Pam

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  2. Love the colors and vintage pieces

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  3. These are all so beautiful. Congratulations on the magazine spread, it was totally amazing too. Can't wait to see your tour next week.

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  4. The tree is just so lovely - it's like something out of a childhood dream!

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  5. Your living room is so bright and beautiful, Anita. I am in love with the cardboard replica of your father's boyhood home! The church is beautiful too. Wishing you and yours a blessed Christmas holiday season. Congratulations on the Romantic Homes feature!

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  6. love the pink , never tire of it. always fresh.

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    1. Thank you Karen! I love it too and love that I can always update with a different shade or hue of pink.

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  7. Such a beautiful old fashioned Christmas tree especially with the tinsel and the fuchsia pink added a modern look to it. Looking forward to your home tour.
    Kathleen in Az

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    1. Thank you for coming by and for you sweet comments Kathleen:-)

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  8. Every photo of your living room was magazine-worthy. How did they possibly choose? I love the pink - it is original and unusual and your home is so welcoming. Congratulations ....

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    1. Thank you Pat, I appreciate your kind words!

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  9. so beautiful, anita! love the hot pink!

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  10. Wow...this is spectacular!! I love all the pink!

    Tania

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  11. These photos are gorgeous Anita...if these did not make the spread, I cannot imagine the gorgeous ones that did!...Love your treasures beneath the tree...how special is that doll that your grandfather sent from France. Oh that tree is amazing...will have to check it out at Grandinroad! Amazing photos by a most amazing photographer!

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    1. Thanks so much Shirley!! I actually liked some of these more than the ones they chose:-)

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  12. Anita, I love the tree and the tablescape behind the sofa. My mother would have loved that pink tree too.
    Those bright pops of hot pink are so you and just beautiful. Congratulations on the magazine spread.
    Myrna

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    1. Oh Myrna, thank you for sharing that:-)

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  13. Love the vintage-looking tree. The room is lovely!

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  14. Stunningly beautiful. What a pleasure to walk into your beautiful home so lovingly decorated.

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  15. Anita, you just make everything look so beautiful! I love your festive colors and personal touches. You really have created such a warm and inviting home!

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  16. I enjoyed the magazine spread but these photos of your tree are beautiful! I love the decorations, it looks like magic.

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  17. That tree is amazing. It looks so real. Cute displays. I love the bright pink.

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  18. Your home looks beautiful adorned for Christmas! Congratulations on the magazine feature...how exciting! I hope that you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!!!

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  19. Very pretty, I love the pink touches, it works so well with your normal decor. The doll under the tree looks like an early 'Sweet Sue' as I received one in 1952, when I was just 4 years old. It's wonderful to have the old things about and memories attached to them. I love your tree, I scored a primitive (airy) tree this year, and we are so happy with the result. Have a very Merry Christmas, Sandi.

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  20. Very pretty, I love the pink touches, it works so well with your normal decor. The doll under the tree looks like an early 'Sweet Sue' as I received one in 1952, when I was just 4 years old. It's wonderful to have the old things about and memories attached to them. I love your tree, I scored a primitive (airy) tree this year, and we are so happy with the result. Have a very Merry Christmas, Sandi.

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    1. Thanks so much Sandi:-) My grandfather bought the doll in Paris when he was there during WWII in 1944, and had it sent back to my mom here. It is a treasure for sure!

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  21. I've seen your living room all over the internet and knew it was yours by your beautiful, signature style! The pink is so pretty and I love the tree!

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