Traditional Home Magazine Photo Shoot
We have just finished one of the most fun projects on which we've ever worked on. A few weeks ago, Stephen Carlson, our good friend and Rebecca Ray Designs Marketing and PR expert who owns DVG Group, called me one evening and said, "How would you feel about the Farm being featured in the September Fashion Issue!?" After I let out a giant squeal of joy like a small girl, I regained my composure and tried to sound matter-of-fact (but I'm certain Stephen wasn't buying it!!). There was a small catch, Stephen mentioned, "They are on a very tight time line and they'll be arriving in 12 days. Is that OK with you?" "Sure!" I gulped- the same kind of "Sure" you use when you hear that unexpected house guests are 10 minutes away and you are cleaning your closets!
I got off the phone so excited... and then I looked around. As you know, we were absolutely ravaged by a record breaking winter, and Spring was at least 6 weeks late. The 100 year old roses had been killed back to the ground from the below 30 degree temperatures. Builder Bob was just finishing the new barn building and there were still piles of dirt all over and a rather unattractive dumpster sitting in front of the barn. Game face I thought. We can do anything in 12 days, right? No worries that Derek, my heavy lifter and my right hand was traveling for work and wouldn't be home until about an hour before the Senior Architecture Editor of Traditional Home touches down in Cleveland. In fact, maybe they could share a ride home from the airport... but I digress.
So, "any-who" as Lizzie would say, we got to work, and fast! My family, who is pretty reliable in a pinch, came to my aid. My aunt spent countless days gardening with me and transplanting perennials. My mom came to help me plant my baskets and planters while my dad rode old Fergie (the 1954 Massey Ferguson) with the big gang mover dodging the rain and lightening. Andrea went above and beyond helping me with the animals. I rode my little John Deere tractor (which Derek reminds me weekly, is not a brush hog - whatever) and I answered my texts and calls as I was on the tractor out in left field.
Within 10 days a magical transformation had occurred. The gardens were back up and everything started to bloom on cue.
The hedges were trimmed and the patio furniture sparkled.
Even the horses seemed to know to stay clean - there was no extra time to give them baths!
On the appointed day, the Traditional Home crew arrived! We suggested that they stay in the Village of Chagrin at The Inn at Gamekeepers, a historic hotel. We took them to several of our favorite places to eat, including Lemon Falls, a delightful luncheon spot in Chagrin where they make the best egg salad, home-made soups and bakery.
It was fascinating seeing how they make all of their shots so beautiful by arranging flowers and furniture. We all had a blast!
The Traditional Home team was absolutely delightful and we can't wait to see the Farm in the pages of their gorgeous magazine. Look for the September Fashion Issue, coming out in mid-August.
In the meanwhile, I'll be recovering!!!!