…helen norman photography

Helen was the amazing photographer that did The Cottage Style Magazine photoshoot for Blue Egg Brown Nest Interiors. She had just come off a shoot for Forbes and after our shoot was doing Southern Living. She’s so fantastic and we hit it off right away! We are even in talks about having a barn sale at her real, live organic farm with red wood barn!

To sing her praises even more, she is generously letting me use the photos that she took at Blue Egg! Wow! A few of the shots were not included in the article so I’m excited to show you all of them in full. Also a HUGE thank you to Charlotte for her amazing styling & article!

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I kinda can’t believe I get to live here. Thanks again, Helen!


…I’m not making this stuff up!

Vintage love is all around us. Just check out the new Pottery Barn catalog. It cracks me up that they are selling vintage olive crates now. Of course they are $169 or some insane price.

PB uses a French laundry basket in the bathroom for towels. Right now, mine is in my kitchen with board games, namely Operation that Santa gave us!

Framed sheet music. Don’t pay for it. I tore out pieces of my Chopin selections, framed with cheap Michael’s frames, painted them and hung them in my dining room.

Chippy painted furniture. It may look like you will not be able to work it into your own decor, but give it a try. Maybe don’t go with this lime green until you’ve warmed up to the shabby look, but certainly a distressed white or neutral.

Vintage trunks add interest and fit nicely in many places. Under a console, leaned on a wall, under a chair in the living room.

I must admit that I wish they had not started offering my exact lanterns! For those that have asked after them, here you go!

The moral of my story is that even Pottery Barn is trying to get away from the Pottery Barn look! Explore & experiment with vintage objects in your home to add style and interest. Don’t go crazy and bring in anything too large all at once. Start small and work it in. You get to define your own space and I’d like to encourage you to start treasuring hunting for your pieces.

11 Days to the Home & Remodeling Show at the Expo Center. Join me!