Yesterday Manny and I were honored to see our little bungalow featured in an Apartment Therapy house tour. What a lovely culmination to a year’s worth of hard work getting our home in shape!
I should note that the behind-the-scenes of something like this is always messier than the final pictures betray. When we were contacted over the summer to see if we’d be interested in having our home featured, I was like ‘Does Tilly like cheese?!’ But I was also nervous. We were given two possible dates for the photoshoot — one a week out and one a month out, and I immediately seized on the latter — in part, because I was literally in the middle of re-painting the living room at the time. I then proceeded to drive myself crazy as the day of the shoot approached.
I’ve seen other bloggers comment on this, so at least I know I’m not alone, but the thinking goes something like this: Should I rush out to get ‘things’ I think I plan to get anyway (one day?), so that my house looks extra super nice and design-y and show-y? Or should I just put my foot down and shout to the world ‘This is our house! This is how we live!’
It’s a philosophical conundrum, folks! (I kid, I kid…)
In the end, I did what most people in this situation probably do — I put in extra effort but made myself accept that our house is our house and she’s good enough as is. And, hey, we love her. So long story short, I bought fabric and made extra pillows, threw in a small odyssey to the nearest IKEA (four hours away…), and focused on cleaning so that people wouldn’t see all of the Tilly fur we live with.
I also want to say that the photographer we worked with, Minette Hand, was lovely. She could tell I was nervous, I think, but she was really kind and methodical. Seriously, she spent hours here and worked really hard to get everything right. It was just us for most of the day (and Tilly, of course), as Manny was in and out because he had to be at work. I played prop stylist and felt my most Emily Henderson-esque while she ran the show.
Also, I’ve loved seeing the comments on the feature since it came out yesterday — it’s scary to open yourself and your home to the whole internet (or AT’s discerning readership, at least), but the comments have been, for the most part, so kind. A few have voiced concern over what they perceive as our lack of shower-privacy due to the ‘open concept bath’ the previous owners put in (it’s okay, folks — we’re married!). And at least one person has pointed out that our ghost chairs really just don’t go in the kitchen. Hey, I’m with you, homie. The thing is, I’m not Emily Henderson. We’re real people, on a real budget. As an aside, I bought those imitation ghost chairs online last fall thinking they’d look ‘cool’ in the dining room, only to realize they, um, don’t — and they were just way too hard to send back, even for someone with my level of experience with returns. So to the kitchen they went, and we make do by using the chairs that match the kitchen table in the dining room. And while they aren’t perfect, we sit in them every single day just the same because that’s what we have.
Check out our recent AT House Tour, and for some throwback fun, check out our earlier House Call feature from a few months ago — the difference in the quality of the photographs is pretty striking (meaning: Minette really is a pro!). And stay tuned for an AT ‘before and after’ on the kitchen going live next week….