Behind the scenes with Chatelaine (Part 3)

Chatelaine, December Holiday Issue, Behind the scenes Here it is.  The third and final installment of my behind the scenes experience with Chatelaine!

By the way, did you get your copy?  It's on the newstands now so grab it people.  The holiday issue is chock full of design ideas and yummy desserts!  And it's also very pretty (sidenote:  out of all the Canadian decor mags, I believe Chatelaine has the best use of typography.  If you didn't already notice, you will next time you're standing at the grocery checkout line.  Compare and you will see.  They use the best fonts!  And yes, fonts are a big deal to me.).

I was able to watch a full day of photography and styling as Emma and her team put together some amazing shots for the December Issue's '12 Days of Decorating.  Chatelaine approached their favourite designers and bloggers to share some of their holiday decorating ideas.  And now that the issue has been released, I can share more of the fun, work in progress photos!

chatelaine behind the scenes

This first image was taken in Emma's living room.  I'm still amazed at how they managed to mount that deer head so perfectly.  From what I recall, they pretty much eyeballed the centre, busted out the concrete drill and hung that baby up.  I was pretty impressed.

behind the scenes with Chatelaine, December issue

And can you believe the wreath on the left was actually held up by hand while the room was being photographed?  The room was actually quite dark so I had to edit the below photo.  It was a dark and gloomy day so it was fascinating to watch them shoot the scene with no extra lighting.  A great tip I learned:  an extremely slow shutter speed is perfectly fine when you have a tripod.

behind the scenes with Chatelaine photoshoot

Chatelaine, behind the scenes

This shot for hostess gift ideas was taken right by the window on a gorgeous antique wooden desk.

Chatelaine behind the scenes, christmas decor

I love the vintage tea tins as well as Emma's old box of matches which were added to the photo last minute.

behind the scenes with Chatelaine, hostess gifts

And check out this amazing gift wrapping.  I LOVE making all my gifts look extra pretty for the holidays.  Presentation counts!

Chatelaine behind the scenes

This was also taken in Emma's living room.  I love how they used a weathered chair for the backdrop.  Such a simple piece which adds so much character!  You can see from the photo on the left how dark the room actually was.

behind the scenes with chatelaine, homesense giftwrap

And finally, this wreath created by Jillian Harris.  Interior designer and creative director of Charlie Ford Vintage.  She created this wreath with old sheets of music.  And it has lights!

chatelaine behind the scenes

This was taken in Emma's bedroom.  How gorgeous is that mirror and fireplace?

behind the scenes with Chatelaine, wreath by Jillian Harris

If there's one thing that stood out right from the get go, it was how calm everyone was during the entire shoot.  I honestly expected the atmosphere to be a little more chaotic and I was even terrified of getting in the way but that wasn't the case at all.  Everyone was so laid back and welcoming and it was great to watch Emma and Andrea style up a storm and create some amazing shots for the December issue.  Some simple tips I took away by just observing and asking a few questions:

  • take your time and don't rush (simple but I'm guilty of this.  Especially when you want a great shot before the sun goes down!)
  • music helps to set the mood
  • a very slow shutter speed can work well for shooting as long as you have a tripod
  • don't focus on making everything look so perfect; trust your vision
  • look for other items in your own home that can add a layer of interest or help make the scene look more realistic

Sometimes it's the simple things that are often overlooked, right?  These are definitely points to remember when I'm styling or photographing pieces for my blog and hopefully it helps you in some way as well!

chatelaine behind the scenes, Emma Reddington

What an inspiring and invaluable experience.  Thanks again to Emma and Chatelaine for an experience I will never forget!

Missed Part 1 and 2?  You can check it out here:

Behind the Scenes with Chatelaine, Part 1 Behind the Scenes with Chatelaine, Part 2 (An Interview with Emma Reddington)

Behind the scenes with Chatelaine (Part 2): Q & A with Emma Reddington

q & a with Emma Reddington, behind the scenes with Chatelaine, part 2 You know that feeling of seeing someone's home online and thinking, 'yeah, I could live there'.  I'm sure it happens all the time, right?.  Now imagine experiencing that in the flesh.  Emma's home is truly an inspiration to me.  It's stylish yet functional, refined yet comfortable and absolutely timeless.  All the characteristics I would want for my own home.

Emma Reddington Interview, Emma Reddington dining roomPhoto credit: Kristin Sjaarda

As the home editor of Chatelaine as well as the editor behind The Marion House Book, I knew Emma would be a wealth of knowledge and she was kind enough to answer a few of my questions:

With the growing amount of decor bloggers in Canada, how do you think this has influenced the content in magazines?

Generally speaking, I think readers of both blogs and magazines have come to appreciate a more undecorated look. Certainly blogs like The Selby and Design*Sponge have heralded homes of everyday people that are less decorated (or at the very least not decorated by professional designers) than what magazines have shown in the past. I think if the homeowners are interesting and the story is good readers are willing to look past so-called decorating flaws.

emma reddington, marion house book kitchen

There are so many talented bloggers and stylists who are self-taught. Do you think they are at a disadvantage by not having a design degree? What advice would you give them?

Style and taste are two things that are hard to teach. I think you either have it or you don’t. For some jobs like styling having a good eye (along with an assortment of other talents) is all that is needed. Interior design, on the other hand, takes some hard earned knowledge that is hard to pick up on your own (though not impossible). Building code, space planning, material specifications, detail drawings and above all making spaces safe and aesthetically pleasing takes time and discipline to understand.

Emma Reddington Interview, Marion House Book Kitchen

You've mentioned that since starting your blog almost 4 years ago, it has opened many doors for you. What advice can you give bloggers who want to develop their own brand?

Make it your own. Above everything else you have to blog about things that personally move you. If you have a unique or interesting perspective on the design world or are super DIY handy or take beautiful photographs then showcase those talents. There are already thousands of people reposting stunning images of interiors everyday so what is going to make your site stand out. I think the blogs that rise to the top are the ones where the personality behind the blog rises to the forefront.

emma reddington home

Your blog, The Marion House Book showcases the transformation of your beautiful Victorian home. What tips can you give to new home-owners looking to turn their house into a home?

Take your time! For me the most interesting homes are ones that tell the story of the people that live there. Objects accumulated over time, family photos, antiques handed down through generations all add layers of intrigue and make a house into a home.

Emma Reddington Marion Housebook kitchen

interview with Emma Reddington

What is your most favourite thrifted find and where is it from?

The round circular wooden frame I picked up at Post and Beam Reclamation in Toronto was just a cast off in the back corner but every time I went into the store it called out to me. I eventually brought it home and turned it into the mirror in our hallway. I probably get an email a month from someone wanting to buy it off me!

mirror, post and beam reclamation, marion house book, emma reddington interview

You have almost 4 million Pinterest followers that look to you for inspiration. Where do you find your inspiration these days?

I still get so much of my inspiration from magazines. There are also certain bloggers I always try and visit. Some people just have their finger on the pulse and I definitely try and cull from that!

interview with Emma Reddington, behind the scenes with Chatelaine

A big thank you to Emma for taking the time to answer all my questions.

Also, the December issue of Chatelaine will hit the newstands on Monday November 18th so don't forget to grab your copy!  Did you catch a sneak peek of the cover below?  Christmas is fast approaching and trust me when I say that this issue is going to have some serious inspiration for the holidays.  Stay tuned for my last behind the scenes video next week!

Chatelaine december 2013 cover

Behind-the-scenes with Chatelaine, Part 1

behind the scenes with Chatelaine I've been looking forward to this post for weeks and I'm so excited to finally share it with you all!  For those who missed my earlier post, my letterpress business cards won me this amazing prize at Blogpodium:

Chatelaine Magazine, behind-the-scenes via Anna With Love Photography

I died.  I'm a huge fan of Emma's blog, The Marion House Book.  So when she invited me to their holiday photo shoot in her home I pinched myself about a thousand times.  It has always been a dream of mine to see what it's like behind the scenes and I honestly learned so much by just observing Emma and her crew at work!

There is just too much goodness for one post so I've decided to split it up into 3 parts.  Obviously, I can't reveal too much since the issue doesn't come out until November 18th (by the way, it's a goodie so get your hands on it, people).

In the meantime, I've put together this short video for you to enjoy:

Check back next week to see Part 2 or 3!

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