I’m always sad to leave Savannah, but today, Amy and I are finally heading back home for a few days off before next week’s trek to Georgia and Alabama. It’s hard to articulate how appreciative I am to be traveling with a friend on this big book-tour adventure because it really does require putting your whole life on hold and working non-stop. I am so thankful that we even have the chance to do this, but I am also aware that someone else chose to give up her entire fall for traveling, and that means more to me than I can describe. So I was thrilled last week when we got a chance to focus on Amy’s book!
Amy has been working on turning her Past & Present column into a book, and last week, we got to work with the incredibly talented Ellen Silverman and Randi Brookman Harris on shooting the book’s 24 DIY projects. It was a whirlwind week of deliveries, styling, shooting and packing, but the final result was a gorgeous collection of photos that will be accompanied by Amy’s essays on the design history, styles and eras that inspired them. Today I wanted to share a little peek behind the scenes of the week-long shoot, so I hope you’ll enjoy the preview. I’m so proud of Amy and so happy that we get to celebrate another member of our D*S family doing something exciting. Thanks again to Ellen, Randi and Kevin for their help, as well as our amazing interns on the shoot: Lizzy Aubin-Barrett, Lauren O’Neill, Erin Griffin and Sara Nersesian.
Have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you on Monday! xo, grace
Below is a summary of this week’s highlights:
- New City Guide: Litchfield, CT
- Biz Ladies: When to Leave Your Job and Start on Your Own
- Living In: Practical Magic
- Sneak Peeks: Jared + Sam of Topsy Design, Shelley Goldberg + Tony Writer, Jill Danyelle
- DIY Projects: Pure + Simple Side Table, Tramp Art Frames, Wool Camera Wrap
- Before & Afters: Funky Desk Makeover, Salvaged Wood Riddling Rack, Attic Rental Apartment Renovation, Design Studio Showroom
- Make It Yours: Kirra Jamison and Dane Lovett
- In the Kitchen With: Best of Pumpkin Recipes!
- Outside In: Fall Foliage & Flowers
- Artwork: Wind Paintings, Unbound by Francisca Prieto
- Misc.: Makers, Morning Inspiration, The Jointed Story, Finding Your Perfect Music Setup, Caravan Pacific Lighting, Lubok Verlag Books, David Taylor, Hickory Chair by Hable, Crested Shield Calendars from The Paper Thieves, Poppy Series by Grace Tan, Calligraphy Necklaces, Antique Specimens, Loot Stashing Tote Bag, Holiday Cards from Hello! Lucky, Wilder Quarterly
25 more photos of Amy’s book photoshoot continue after the jump!
DAYS ONE + TWO: Amy and her amazing team shot her entire book in four (long) days. The first two days took place at Amy’s apartment in Brooklyn, NY. I was there to document the first day and left feeling endlessly inspired by the work of Ellen and Randi. Randi’s collection of props was awe-inspiring.
Images above: Randi’s amazing selection of props. I loved the neon theme running throughout — that neon tape made its way onto my phone by the end of the week. I wanted to decorate everything I owned with little bits of it. And that tiny paper shrimp? Adorable. I hope he makes it into the book . . .
Images above: A shot comes to life. Randi styled a project by Julia Rothman, and Ellen worked her magic to bring the photo to life.
Images above: A sneak peek of some projects in the book . . .
Images above: Amy finds free space wherever she can to work . . . even if it’s under a table. Freya the cat found free space on a blanket that doubled as the perfect camouflage.
DAY THREE: Day three was a favorite of mine because we got to visit one of my favorite Sneak Peeks in real life: Fitzhugh and Lyndsay’s house! I was tempted to take their adorable dogs, Olive and Benny, home with me. We also got to celebrate Randi’s birthday with some cupcakes from Betty Bakery; we were short on free time during the shoot, but there’s always time for cupcakes.
Image above: The team gathers to prepare for the day of shooting ahead.
Images above: The cutest members of the shoot team, Olive and Benny.
Image above: A project getting ready to be shot.
Images above: Treats for Randi’s birthday. I loved these candles.
Images above: Inspiration for tattoos #2 and #3: gorgeous flowers in the back yard and an amazing vintage compass. Lyndsay and Fitzhugh had the world’s most impressive collection of objet d’art and vintage odds and ends.
DAY FOUR: Day four took us down the street from my apartment to the beautiful home of artist Sarah Bedford and Alan Hill. Their home was even more beautiful in person, and I found myself staring at Sarah’s inspiration board for way too long. She has spectacular taste. This last day of shooting was hectic, but the team got everything done, and the final results were beautiful. I acted as chauffeur for some very fancy antiques on loan from Dienst + Dotter. I’ve never driven more slowly and carefully in my life.
Images above: Projects and props waiting to be shot.
Image above: Randi’s impressive collection of pins . . .
Image above: The family cat (Muffin) warmed up to us by the end of the shoot and felt comfortable napping next to our equipment.