Photo shoots are so much fun. Extraordinarily time-consuming, painstakingly detail-oriented, and exhausting, but fun.
And important. As the interior designer Celerie Kemble once said (I’m paraphrasing), “If I don’t photograph a project, it’s as though it didn’t happen.”
True that. So we photograph our work.
If you’ve been on bossy color’s website recently, you’ve seen our new pictures of this gloriously renovated house in Northwest DC.
(There are more pictures in our portfolio.) The architects who took the home from 1910 grandeur to 2014 showstopper were Jane Treacy and Phil Eagleburger. The photographer was, as always, the fabulously talented Michael K. Wilkinson.
Here’s what went on behind the camera. Making a chair work in our favorite vignette…
…and adjusting the dining table greenery so that it appears straight in the pictures.
In the Master Bath, we had some good-natured artistic differences involving toy dinosaurs.
Mike (who is very much our collaborator when it comes to photo shoots) and Katherine loved these guys and wanted them on the edge of the tub, like this:
Can you see them?
But — as much as I thought they were cute and quirky — I nixed them in the end in favor of a cleaner look:
No, Katherine: you CAN’T sneak them onto the tub deck while I’m not looking!
Katherine and Mike weren’t letting the dinos go without a fight, though. We tried them a few different ways, from different angles:
It was pretty funny, actually.
In the end, though, extinction won. Sorry, dinosaurs.
Quoted most recently in The Washington Post and on Washingtonian.com, Annie Elliott is an expert in curated interiors, brilliant color palettes, and telling people what to do in the nicest way possible. Look for our “One Room, Four Seasons” photo spread in The Washington Post Magazine this Sunday, April 27!