Tuesday, July 5, 2011

home is where I want to be but I guess I'm already there

Photographic equipment took over our house yesterday, as Marie and Ashley from Home Interiors came round to take a set of shots, destined to appear one day in Delightful Domiciles with Affable Owners Monthly, or somesuch.

My role was to dash out into the wild every once in a while to gather flowers from the fields, then dash in to arrange them in pretty little jugs before the camera clicked. My dashing, indefatigable in the morning, became increasingly defatigable as the day wore on.


[Pink Daughter with a mere fraction of my flower-picking oeuvre]

Marie, the stylist, was a wonder. A cushion and a throw here, a stack of books there, a necklace carelessly flung on a bedside table, and the house took on a composed, elegant new life.


[Marie works her transformative magic on the bedroom]

You can see some of Marie's accomplished Before & After work in other houses here.



[the bathroom windowsill needs a small touch of pink - cameras are abandoned as we all go on a quest for the Right Thing]


[Ashley and Marie at work in the guest bedroom]

Despite being the quiet, retiring sort, I appeared in a few photographs, looking hungry and bewildered casually at ease.  We all agreed that it had to be me, as Scottish Husband leaning against the range, proudly holding his unpink motorcycle helmet, might not be of great interest to the influential teapots & florals market sector. Some market sectors just don't think outside the box.

By evening, 19 hard-won shots were done and dusted, the girls had heroically not tripped over any wires, and we got to settle down with a large gin and tonic on a styled and repositioned sofa, planning to invite all the commentators to a cucumber sandwich served crustless on our imaginary rolling lawns whenever the feature is published. I hope you'll be there yourself.

40 comments:

  1. Wow your house loos great, I'm sure the feature is going to look fantastic!
    I went through this recently when I was featured in Prudence Magazine, LOTS of cleaning was involved but I was delighted with the results

    http://nicedaydesigns-ruth.blogspot.com/2011/05/im-famouskinda-sorta.html

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  2. Wow! What excitement! I wish my house looked as stylish as yours...actually I would simply settle for neat and tidy?!! Cx

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  3. Hello Mise:
    Take it as read that we are now subscribing, as from this minute, to Home Interiors in order to ensure that we shall not miss out on what surely will eclipse every other issue, past and future. How absolutely exciting and the little glimpses you have afforded us so far reveal not only everything 'in the pink', so to speak, but a very pretty and totally individual house and home.

    And, of course, the whole post is written in that delightful, self effacing manner which we find so highly readable and very funny too. We simply cannot wait!

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  4. I'm just off to rearrange the furniture. I may be gone some time.

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  5. Well congratulations. My parents had their toolshed featured in Better Homes at one point, but I imagine no one will ever want to discuss the virtues of a house furnished half in Pottery Barn and half in random possessions of five decades, so I am probably safe. Too bad. I have good flowers.

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  6. No, I won't. I can't find the perfect pair of flat navy leather pumps let alone the Platonic ideal of just the right shade of pink foot attire to tread upon the stylishly and effortlessly arranged blades of lawn. Nor would any attempt at not showing up empty handed be even vaguely acceptable next to the flowers that merely appear spontaneously in your field. I shall content myself with a gin and tonic right here, in the weed infested strawberry bed, and toast you heartily!

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  7. You don't keep necklaces carelessly flung on your bedside table?

    Congratulations nonetheless.

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  8. Oh, first I must say how adorable is your your little one in pink....a cover girl, no less! Your home is so beautiful definitely a reflection of you!

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  9. Wow!Iam green with envy your house is mega gorgeous.

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  10. Hi Mise
    Congratulations and well deserved. Your home is welcoming, original and beautiful and one can feel the love of the family present in all the rooms.
    The crew must have loved being with you and I am sure you gave them a few good laughs
    Helenx

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  11. Thanks God you have photogenic children, Mise! Your house is a complete mess.

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  12. I love your style of writing!! I wish a style magazine would ask to take photos here - then I might be able to persuade Malcolm to replace the horrid carpets that came with the house! Perhaps 'Sewage'r'us' could take photos of our wonderful new sewage disposal plant??

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  13. I most proudly accept an invite to celebrate your home's photographic achievements. Your amazing, colorful, charming house is making a big splash on those glossy pages and you all must be so proud? Tell Scottish hubby that my Scottish hubby can appreciate his leaning stance waiting for his supper holding his unpink crash helmet. Mine does just that but without the photographers in the way and holding his cycling helmet. I will bring more gin when I come just let me know when!

    : )

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  14. You'd think Scottish Husband would've tied an old sweaty pink bandana around his head or worn a floral studded wrist cuff for the photo shoot... Your expectations of him are too low, y'know Mise! xx

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  15. You know I'll be there.

    I'm often there, you know that blonde you reported for stalking? Silly, that was me.

    Now that I've been ordered away from your property I shall be delighted to peruse it, again and again, in the mag. If they sell it in the States. V. unlikely.

    All looks beautiful with or without that touch of pink.

    Didn't they feed you?

    xo Jane

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  16. How exciting. Can't wait to see the photos! Your flower picking skills are tops - such a pretty photo of your little girl next to those pretty arrangements of bottles and beautiful flowers.

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  17. Margaret McC, as you're not coming, the whole thing is off. It would be pointless to go ahead without your graceful presence and dazzling repartee.

    Deb, as you're coming let's go ahead without that Margaret one. Maybe keep it quiet so she doesn't know - wear a heavy overcoat over your floaty chiffons till you're safely through the majestic towering gates into the midst of all the revelry, ok?

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  18. Bromeliad, I know, I feel so ashamed. Not a necklace of mine will remain unstrewn in future.

    LPC, the Professor is a man of admirably diverse talents. I like him more and more.

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  19. Jane and Lance, you guys are the best, always so courteously generous with your remarks. Sometimes I see a blogger posting a handcrafted ceramic dolphin, and I say to myself, "Mon Dieu, what would Jane and Lance say here!?," whereupon the right words come to me. I hope to achieve something of your trademark kind approach when I write my memoirs.

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  20. It's very cool to see the photos of your home that you decorated in such a wonderful magazine. All the colours in your home inspire happiness, and the first photo is just adorable.

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  21. of course i'll be there , and that IS the place ,

    and thanks for your lovely comment on " The less we say about it the better"
    thats my favourite TH song and so apt for you my very BEST friend " Out of all those kinds of people You got a face with a view" "Did I find you, or you find me?"

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  22. Jaboopee, admirably spotted; you are an absolute whizz at tunes as well as so much else. If you weren't present, the party would have no flair, no élan. It would be as though there were no cucumber in the sandwiches.

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  23. Well this is a reason for cucumber sandwiches and gin if ever I saw one...congratulations!
    Pink daughter looks fresh as a daisy and I hope they allowed you to de-fatigue just a touch before they snapped you, it's difficult to look pretty and sparkley while frazzled and staraving but I'm sure you carried it off with style & aplomb!
    Your home is absolutely charming, so witty and joyful, I know it's going to produce lots of smiles when it's seen worldwide...and the world needs as many smiles as possible at the moment...it will be a huge dose of happy!
    xo J~

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  24. Alas, the tryanny of distance will ensure our absence ... such a pity, we don't often have the luxury of rolling lawns over here, more like brown tufty grass indispersed with weeds and all sorts of prickly things!

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  25. Your skill with a Bombay Sapphire bottle would be hard to match, Mise. All very lovely and I'm completely impressed.

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  26. Coo, you and Jaboopee are never out of the interiors mags these days. I look forward to thumbing through a glossy publication featuring your palace in the near future.

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  27. Hi Dear Mise
    Well pink daughter looks as cute as ever posing with your magnificently arranged floral display..

    it's a good thing you have a pink & blue daughter to compliment your favourite colour schemes.. [or did they not have a choice in that matter?]

    Your house looks as gorgeous as ever... congrats on making it to the glossies.. [again? or first time?]

    ciao ciao xxx Julie

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  28. 19 shots in one day? That photo team knows how to MOVE it! I think I'm lucky if I get 10 styled and digitalized!

    I so wish I could get my hands on the magazines you mention, but, alas...maybe you'll be able to run something later after your story gets published...fingers crossed :)

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  29. Mise - Delightful Domiciles with Affable Owners Monthly is my favourite read and it's about time you were featured to much applause and admiration. Will you still remember us when you have your own show/channel/homewares line?

    I'm thinking..."Mise @ Home", "Mise & What to Do With Jars", or the very zen "Mise"...which, through fame and adulation, will eventually become singularly and fabulously "M".

    Well done. Can I be Gayle to your Oprah? Meredy xo

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  30. I'm not sure that even the very talented Marie could make a wonderful 'after' out of my multicoloured hotchpotch. It's not an eclectic 'style'; more a bit of a boring mess.

    When I get energy and enthusiasm I'll work wonders, but until then I'll just keep buying Delightful Domiciles with Affable Owners. Well, when you're in it anyway :)

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  31. how cool, and the place looks gorgeous mise! looking forward to seeing the shots.

    And i always find darl, that afternoon dashing is best done with a G&T (even in a can if needs must) and a bacon sarnie at close range. xx

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  32. What a lovely home you have. I already had kitchen-envy, this up-coming feature might tip me over the edge! Right, I'm off to find a perfect-pink thing for my window-sill.

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  33. Hope I'm not too late - still ironing my frock. Did you show them your jars?

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  34. Oooh! Looks amazing, as always! Looking forward to seeing it. I do imagine all these things are worth the effort if only for the perfectly tidy house at the end of it all. And the copious flowers too. Perfect.

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  35. Mise, your home looks beautiful! I have to say, your "hungry and bewildered" comment made me choke a little on my coffee ;) I can completely relate. Can't wait to see the finished story.

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  36. just been catching up with your blog, i love those turquoise vases ans esp love your daughters creative house lol x fab read as always, ps...i adore ur new cushions too:)x

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  37. Look what happens when I don't have time to check my google reader for well over a week! Looks fab, well done and congrats (I do hope that imaginary assistant helped with the cleaning!)

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  38. Dear Beautiful Girl, what taste this media mob have in featuring your place in their glossy mag. We couldn't even get good 'ol News of the World to show any interest in our place when we offered the pics to them, in fact they closed down the very next day from the shock of being exposed to our c1972 Aussie 'beauty' in all her glory.
    Millie xx

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  39. Congratulations! Your house looks gorgeous.

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You're looking particularly well.

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