I always say what you see on my blog IS my real life, but just a slice of it. We usually live with StoneGable decorated the way you see it on the blog but on “photo shoot” days it can look pretty different! Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the camera? If you have today is the day! So get ready… I thought it would be fun to show you a never before look at photo shoot day!
Years ago there was a saying “keeping it real” meaning if you have a mess or mishap show it! I never bought into that way of blogger thinking. I figured you had enough messes in your own home and what you wanted when you came to visit StoneGable was something beautiful and inspiring to look at and words that helped you be a better decorator and lots of cheerleading and encouragement! So I pretty much kept my messes to myself.
Last weekend I was styling a table for an upcoming Christmas table. My assistant Katie was helping as well as bringing up all my Christmas decor for this year. I was taking pictures on my iPhone to get another “eye” and perspective on balancing the tablescape when I turned around to see my foyer filled with “stuff”.
I took these pictures with my phone so they are not as sharp as my usual.
Here’s my assistant Katie. I could not do all the styling I need to do without her! What a blessing!
Here’s a look behind the scenes of Christmas decorating at StoneGable.
This is the table I was styling. Balancing the centerpiece took lots of adding and editing and stepping back to critically look at it. Styling this table also made a bit of a mess. Styling always makes a bit of a mess! And takes lots of coffee!
Deciding what would go on the table.
It’s snowing! I have bags and bags of snow I use from year to year. You can see a couple of ziplock bags of snow in the image above. I always have to dust and vacuum very well before I take pictures.
Behind me, as I was working on the tablescape, Katie was setting up the utility tables in the foyer and bringing the Christmas boxes we had decided on for this year’s Winter Wonderland Christmas theme.
These are the boxes with my Christmas decor. They look pretty neat right now, but as we get whipped up into a frenzy of Holiday decorating they get a bit more disheveled. Not shown is my decorating toolbox and a laundry basket to gather up decor and take it from room to room.
Hobbes loves to find a sunny spot and likes being close to all the activity… aka mayhem! And my foyer also acts as an “intake center” for all the boxes I get with more “stuff” to use on the blog. Two of those boxes hold gorgeous Mongolian fur throws I’m using in my Master bedroom reveal the last week of November.
How cute is this cat?
Boxes, boxes, boxes of Christmas cheer. I pulled these boxes from the table in the foyer to see if I needed any of content for styling the table.
As you can see I’m still in an aircast. It’s been two years! Who knew? You can just see the part of my foot in the picture. Hopefully, I’ll be out of it by Christmas.
We try to corral all like decor together.
Leftover candles sticks and candles that are not going on the tablescape. My buffet will be candle central until the downstairs is decorated.
Can you tell my favorite kind of candlestick?
Ooops! That’s not where those trees and candlesticks belong! Sometimes, we miss a few items. Grouping like items together is the most important thing when I’m decorating. I can find things easier that way. Oh, there’s my decorating toolbox. I’ll put it at the end of the utility table so I can find it everytime I need it.
If I were not a blogger I would transition from fall into Christmas. And I did do a bit of transitioning at the end of October. You can see an easy way to go from fall decor to Christmas decor HERE. Unfortunately, I cannot transition as much as I would want this year because I have so many home tours at the end of the month. I really need to get the whole house decorated in the next week and a half.
Tonight Bobby is putting up a new flocked tree in the dining room and I’ll decorate it before I go to bed. But next Monday is the real TREE DAY and a whole new set of boxes will come up from the basement to decorate our big living room tree. This year I’m thinking white and silver!
I can’t end this post without a personal note…I could not do what I do at StoneGable without the help of my dear friend and assistant Katie! Katie, you are one of a kind!!!! I am so blessed by your friendship and all your help! We make a great team! xo
If you like the way I organize Christmas than you will love THE BEST CHRISTMAS DECORATING TIP YOU WILL EVER GET. I’ll show you how I keep Christmas decor organized and ready to use!
Now, you have just a little taste of behind the scenes decorating here at StoneGable. See, my home looks just like everyone else’s!