Location: Elise Green
Hello Hello! Fridays seem more casual to me to throw in a personal post. Fridays seem so much lighter while Mondays I’m overly caffeinated and ready to start a fresh week of work.
The styling workshop with Heather Bullard was great. I have so many notes I need to comb through and I’m remembering tips she told me. First, I was so excited to meet her, Heather has been someone I have admired for years. After meeting her it just reaffirmed my complete infatuation with her talent and her soul. She gave me so much attention (she gave every student attention but I felt like I got exactly the help I wanted) and was thrilled to get her feedback. Ugh, I love her so much! You must follow her on IG.
Now let’s talk about the location, Elise Green which is in Concord, CA and sells French antiques. I bought a few things, ok a LOT of things which I shared on IG stories and I’ll embed in this post. I took a few quick snaps just to share with you.
These were quick because I had to shop, obviously. Since I’m long overdue on a trip to France I figured I’ll indulge in some antiques at the store and have them shipped home.
So here are a few pieces that bought that arrived which I shared on IG stories (head to the original blog post to see, apologies email subscribers can’t see this embedding) –
The lighting pieces are from Lyon and they are just so gorgeous! This home expansion better happen. Speaking of, we are still interviewing GCs and hoping to get closer to an actual contract so we can start. All of this is just more than we thought. Thankfully I am not up against any deadline since Christmas reveal will not be happening but that’s OK! One option that was given to us was that there is a built cost to frame without it completely finished. Like the roof, doors, drywall is up but the tile and the flooring has to be picked out. That way it’s like we know the base price and I can go incredibly elaborate or I can go cheaper with materials. This might be beneficial for us with budgeting! Maybe I don’t need those crazy lights…
Excuse the processed mixed colors, there was natural light with overhead light and obviously I’m just taking these photos to share the location with you. You can see how I went a little crazy, and I didn’t even show you all the other stuff – but you’ll see them on the blog eventually, as props.
Like these French garden pots! Just had to buy a few :)
It makes me think I need a set up like above that has great lighting and a rustic feel for shoots. It’s almost easier to have your home be ready to shoot in but right now we need to work on the expansion, and then lighting in our home. Not sure which is most important but I need to think about that. Light, light, light! My head is spinning but I’m also keeping my head down and focusing hard on work. There are so many unnecessary distractions and all I want to focus on is work and the tasks I have ahead.
After we learned some tips about styling and photography from Heather, we broke out and styled our own things for two hours. It went by so fast. I styled a plate but I’m not going to show you because I literally took bread from our lunch put it on a plate to pretend it was waffles and it looked ridiculous because it’s a piece of bread. But I was trying to style it and ask Heather if I was doing it OK.
I did however, do this and thought this turned out decent thanks to Heather’s direction.
I attend workshops because I want to get better, always with everything I do. I know there are tips and tricks I can learn from others who are just killing it in this industry and Heather has been doing this for a long time. Her tips were gold.
I know it’s going to take time to get better, but I’m so glad I took her workshop and it’s a good start.
I’ve also been really trying to reevaluate so much of my business. I’m churning out content and I wonder if one path is the right one to take or if it’ll change the trajectory of my businesses (and not in a good way), and right now things are working great. So maybe I’m overthinking it here… you know me! That’s what a creative does, always creating.
I didn’t buy that wire basket, dang it. I might just need to call them up and place an order to ship. I’m still thinking about another light fixture too anyway. *wink*
I’ve been reading books on my Kindle app on planes and trying to enjoy trips and getaways while also still working – because let’s be honest, I love to work! I love my job and I love the flexibility I have.
Right now I have a girlfriend coming in town for the weekend, Club MED (Melissa, Emily, Diana) back in action (see our Mexico trip and Scottsdale, and SF) and I cannot wait, I do have two campaigns I need to work on with their help. They really are the greatest friends and I love the traditions we have together. I’ll be sharing our time together of course. Do you have special groups of friends with yearly traditions? If not, start! All you need are some committed gals, trust me, we all want to have fun and have something to look forward to every year! Like the annual Christmas pajama party I’ve hosted for 12 years!
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I hope you all have a lovely weekend! xx