I may have said this before but magazine shoots are not reality. Well, perhaps in some homes, or maybe even for a few days, hours or minutes. How do I know this? Because I've styled shots for photographs for magazine articles for which I have also written and sometimes photographed. I've also been in homes where I had to rearrange a pantry or assist with styling a museum shot for photographers until it was just right for the shot. [It's actually more fun than playing house.]
|No "props" were harmed in the unstyling of this photograph!|
I collect a lot of stuff that also doubles as "props" for photos (at least that is how I've justified occasional eBay and antique mall forays!) and I've used them in my own homes and at other locations. Interior design magazines, like their fashion counterparts, can be so beguiling and delightful to read but they give us a stage of images on which to convey our dreams or from which to find ideas, even frustrations or inadequacies. Mostly, like the emaciated models we see in many magazines or the crazy couture that they wear, it is pure and utter Fantasyland.
|Our mudroom after being emptied of 1,000 pairs of boots, shoes and what not.|
Case in point: my mud room at the doublewide. I have used many props in this room, and backdrops, for a recent laundry article I wrote for Old-House Interiors. It is with new meaning that "mud room" has been realized here in Kentucky!
|Mudroom contents on the porch.|
|A pile of old tablecloths and aprons on route to the cottage––I swear I didn't style this shot!|
If you are ever wondering while reading this blog, or other blogs on the internet––especially some homemaker or interior design blogs––if life is always as perfect as it might seem in photos or the details and minutiae of a person's life, well, I'm here to tell you that it's not. I could show you "after" photos of the mud room once it is clean and shiny, but I'll save those for the magazines.
Mud happens and I'm here to tell you that S@#T happens too, especially on a farm. Just remember, if you can, to please wipe your feet at the door.
You come back when you're ready!