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The Magazine, This Old House

Ever wonder if it’s by chance that nearly every kitchen featured in a home improvement/interior design magazine pictures the latest model of a brightly colored and very pricey KitchenAid mixer?

Wonder if most families bake cookies and fruit pies daily, along with homemade breads, and in the summer, mix a pitcher of freshly squeezed lemonade?

Pick sunflowers and daisies from their garden?

Stock up on lush towels and down pillows?

Buy expensive rugs you’d dare anyone to walk on, much less wipe their feet?

Since John didn’t delete the email, the one he initially thought was another appeal to renew our subscription to This Old House, we got a chance to go behind the scenes. The message was an invitation to send additional photos and information like cost, length of time to complete the renovation, and the best and worst parts of taking on a do-it-yourself project. Turns out, our nearly 100-year-old home was being considered for the pages of the magazine This Old House.

From start to finish, it took nearly a year till publication. Lots of writing, rewriting and editing the article, questions to fill in blanks, decisions about photo options and captions, and a two-day photo shoot happened during the interim. The process may have lasted even longer but the house went under contract shortly after we got the final word it was  to appear in This Old House. Editors hurried to schedule the photo shoot to assure we weren’t packing boxes while the photographer was taking pictures.

Oh, what about all those colorful KitchenAid mixers?

The photographer’s assistant showed up the day before the photo shoot with a detailed list from the editorial staff and designers noting furniture and decorations that would stay and where. Everything else had to go. The assistant pulled things from any cabinets that had glass doors, rolled up rugs, tucked towels away, cleared the kitchen countertops, took down paintings. She rearranged furniture.

After clearing out, she brought in boxes and bags full of rugs, pillows, towels, soap, flowerpots, flowers, kitchen utensils, food and more. She even brought a bolt of material to cover our striped sunroom couch because the designers (based on photographs) preferred a solid color on the furniture. As for the KitchenAid mixer, our outdated white one was set aside in favor of a bright blue one.

The next day, we had the option to buy any of the props we liked; otherwise, the assistant returned what she could. Thankfully we were moving or we’d have a bright blue KitchenAid mixer, a green sunroom couch, and no money in the bank from This Old House.

Click HERE to check out our former home and one of SCI’s earliest projects.

If you’d like your home improved, call SCI – Southern Coast Improvements at 843- 421-9255.

 

 

 

May 2nd, 2012  in Renovation Stories 2 Comments »

Up the Creek: A Funny Renovation Story

That afternoon wound down one of our good do-it-yourself days.

We figured  if we were ever going to name the house, this was the day to choose since we were feeling warm and fuzzy about our purchase. No telling what we would have called her the evening of the lime-green-paint fiasco. The one when I was supposed to be buying mint green for the bedroom. If you’ve ever accomplished even the smallest home improvement job, you know what I’m talking about. There are good days. There are bad days.

The afternoon of the christening, my husband John and I reminisced about the ups and downs of renovating our creekside home. We had one of the worst floods ever when Hurricane Ivan headed through Upstate SC. We wondered if we’d have a house to fix up. We did, even more so because of the leaks.

I experienced going to the bathroom in the great outdoors when the rotted corner of the house had to be torn off to remodel the bathroom. The commode was in place – it’s the walls that were gone. And we removed seven layers of flooring so thick that we could hardly stand tall in the kitchen. The floor and ceiling were about to meet.

“When we bought this one, we should have known we were up the creek without a paddle,” said John. The name stuck. The ole’ girl lovingly came to be known as “Up the Creek.”

If you happen to feel that same way, give SCI – Southern Coast Improvements a call at 843-421-9255. We’ve got a paddle, a hammer and some nails.

February 18th, 2012  in Renovation Stories Comments Off