Last week, I got the best birthday present a girl like me could get – the cover of This Old House magazine! I knew my home would be featured in the Color Issue, but I didn’t know one of the rooms would make the cover.
And I wasn’t the only one that was beyond thrilled. You see, this is my 12-year-old daughter’s room. And when we began transforming what was Mr. Man’s office into her bedroom, we had some debates about the color scheme. She wanted turquoise on the walls, but I knew that strong color would be fabulous on the wall of built-in bookcases that are the focal point of the room.
She thought they should be white, because “most people paint their bookcases white.”
And lest you think our home is perfection, here is the state of the room the day the This Old House magazine feature was delivered to our door:
Ahh, such is real life. The writer did a great job with the feature, and this is the second time our home has been photographed by Gridley & Graves for a magazine. They have photographed so many amazing historic homes, so it was an honor to work with them again!
Gridley + Graves photography, from This Old House website
After having my work featured in 10 magazines now (wow, still can’t believe that!), I’ve learned a number of things about photo styling and photo editing of magazine shoots. The image below shows a shot I took two years ago on the left, and the shot that made the magazine on the right.
left – The Decorologist, right – Gridley + Graves
The bedside table was altered during the photo edit stage – wow, I wish it had that many drawers! You’ll also notice the difference between the paint colors. I painted this side table in Sherwin-Williams Coral Reef, which was SW’s 2016 Color of the Year. I’d say the true color of that piece is somewhat in between the colors you see above. Another important reason to test paint colors in your own home, rather than copying them straight out of a magazine!
This was a first for me in two ways – my work featured on the cover of a national magazine, plus a photo of my family on the interior:
photo by Gridley + Graves in This Old House
But, do you want to know the MOST EXCITING part of all of this? The cover is a downloadable coloring page on This Old House’s website!!!! Can you imagine how stoked my 12-year-old was about her room being transformed into an honest-to-goodness coloring page???
Download your own here from This Old House magazine and color it in YOUR favorite colors for a chance to win my Just the Right Paint Color workshop video!!! I’m giving away 3 for the prettiest pictures, colored by you or your little one.
You can either post a photo of your coloring page in the comments below, or go to The Decorologist Facebook page and submit your photo in the comments about the contest.
Make sure to pick up a copy of the 2016 Color Issue of This Old House and see the 8-page feature of our home!