Monday, January 13, 2014

I let someone photograph my garden in January

Our house is featured on Houzz today, holy smokes!

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I was emailed by a Houzz photographer in December about showing some before and afters of our house and I initially didn't want to do it. There are still so many rough edges and unfinished projects that I didn't feel like the house was ready. In the end I decided "perfect is the enemy of good" and that I might never get a chance to have a professional photograph our house again. 

Greg declined to join in because he felt like he'd be stealing my thunder (and he's shy). Oddly, the bathroom didn't make it into the shoot. I think that's the universe confirming that I need to repaint!

There are more photos here, as well. Eeep!

24 comments:

  1. So very cool, Big Congrats!!!

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  2. Leslie @ NE Portland BungalowJanuary 13, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Fun! Everything looks great :)

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  3. Well done Heather and Greg!

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  4. It looks spectacular, Heather! You both should be very house-proud!

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  5. Congratulations! It looks amazing. I love it that they even mentioned the dried allium.

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  6. Fantastic Heather , I love your house. I do hold you responsible for my current room painting obsession …another gallon to go ;(

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  7. I was cruising Houzz tonight and saw the pictures and said "hey, I know this house! This is Heather's place." I had not yet seen your post here, so it was a wonderful surprise to see your makeover so beautifully presented on Houzz. Congrats. First a star turn on Portlandia and now a great write up on a national style site -- awesome.

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  8. You've done a fantastic job on your house. I'm glad you decided to let them feature it. I think, like a garden, a house is never done.

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  9. Incredible transformation Heather and Greg! You should be very proud of the fantastic job you've done. You must be looking for another challenge so I'll volunteer my house!

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  10. Score on the allium flower! What a nice overview. I'm glad you let Houzz in to share your design skills with the world!

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  11. Wow! Your house looks fantastic! Well done. Love all the paint choices, you have great taste!

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  12. For once, being compulsive is helpful!

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  13. Thanks! I want them to visit your house next.

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  14. You design my garden and I'll work on the interior of your house, deal?

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  15. Wait a minute, you mean there's no end to this?!? :)

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  16. Wow, that's a crazy coincidence! It's amazing what a good photographer and a wide angle lens can do.

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  17. You, me, and Patricia should have a club and we can enable each other in our painting addictions.

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  18. I was so excited that made it in!

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  19. Thank you! You two are my new yardstick for good design.

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  20. Thanks! I was daydreaming today that I could get you hooked up to start doing garden photography for them.

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  21. OMG YES, it's a deal! Unfortunately, I know less about design than I do about working on our house. My approach goes something like this: 1) Go plant shopping & see something that is new to me or catches my eye with some cool trait. (This could be just about any plant depending on my mood.) 2) Buy one of it to see how it performs. Never ever buy three, five, or seven to try them in a respectable group because, really, I don't have any space left. 3) Let the plants sit in their nursery pots for so long that they either die or barely survive. 4) Either pot up or cram the survivors into some tiny space where they don't stand a chance of surviving unless they are bullies and can outgrow all the other plants in the bed. 5)Decide that I hate my whole garden and use a weed whacker to try and shape things up a bit. 6)Become disgusted with myself and gardening in general. 7)Kill everything by throwing cardboard and a foot or so of compost on top of it. The potting soil from all the dead plants can also be added. 8) Repeat. You might say that I'm more of a process gardener than one focused on product:)

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