Fluffing a cactus: what it’s like to have your house photographed for the newspaper


Last Wednesday our house was photographed for the Herald Sun’s Home magazine. I don’t actually read that newspaper, but I think it will be in their interior design section. We made sure all our handmade furniture was in prime position, and I tried to display all the artworks and books my creative friends have made or written!

The shoot took the better part of a morning, and was pretty fun! I’ve been on shoots like this before, but never in my own home. Having it on a Wednesday was actually perfect timing as Archie is at creche on Monday and Tuesdays, so I cleaned like a maniac and kept the place relatively tidy.

The photographer Chris Groenhout was lovely and made the boys laugh. When Archie smiles for photos he does a terrifying grimace, so we had to work hard to get some natural shots. Jed ate about seven mandarins as we tried to get a shot of us all looking natural in the kitchen. At one point, I had to pretend to ‘fluff’ a cactus in a pot while Lee gazed off broodingly into the distance.

A journalist interviewed us about our house, our renovations, our business and all that stuff. It was actually really good to stop and answer those sorts of questions – we don’t often have time to sit down and think about the Big Picture stuff, like why we renovate houses, where the business is headed, why we make furniture.

I took the opportunity of having a clean house to take some of my own photos…


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And in the interest of keeping it real, this is what my house usually looks like…

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The story will come out on July 18th. Keep an eye out!


11 thoughts on “Fluffing a cactus: what it’s like to have your house photographed for the newspaper

  1. I love that you added the ‘keeping it real’ pics. It’s all very nice these pristine, creative images but the honesty behind them will be the integrity that sells your brand.
    I enjoyed your lovely staged pics and then a smile and inner giggle ensued with with your warm, living, loving images.
    Well done👍🏼

  2. I am discovering your blog via the CWC site. What a beautiful house and nice little desk for children! Thank you for the “real” photos at the end, it is very reassuring 😉

  3. Loved the photos of the house but mostly love the way you write. You draw the reader in and I always can’t wait for the next blog. So glad you are writing so much more recently. Also really love how you are so realistic and prepared to share with all, especially those lived in house photos. Makes us all relate so easily with you, as all been there! Always read but Just haven’t had time to comment so catching up!!

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