I haven’t always had a lot of space to live in. I left home when I was 17 to attend Art School in Dundee and in that time, I inhabited no less than 9 apartments. They were all shared with flatmates (then eventually Michael, when we moved in together) and varied from windowless broom cupboards to a big old draughty farmhouse room where you’d wake up to find the mice’d been having a midnight feast on your socks.
Even Michael and I’s first flat- a 30m2 one bedroom attic in the city centre was really only designed for a single person to live in. But we saw the limited space as a challenge- made it work and loved living in the rooftops of Dundee for over 6 years.
I’m not sure if it was the 4am seagull alarm clock, or the fact that the flat was far too small to adopt a pet- but we started looking for a new home in 2o14 and quickly fell in love with the huge windows and original features in the place we now call home.
Alison & Doug Gibb were commissioned to style & photograph our home for Homestyle Magazine, and they were a wonderful couple to work with. Although we’d done one home shoot before (for Mollie Makes) and I had a fair idea of the process- it did all come flooding back in the prep-week previous.
I came across a blog post by Zoe Pearson- that perfectly describes the whole process– after I learned that for every photograph of a beautiful home in a magazine, there is at least 3 days of tidying; worrying about whether the cat’s food bowls are pretty enough to be in a magazine; hiding junk in cupboards; and a full day of shooting.
That being said, I’d do it all again in a heartbeat when the results are just so rewarding. I know that we’ve made changes to the rooms since autumn last year- and that there are more to come- but to have a set of photographs which so perfectly portrays a snapshot of time in our lives is so precious.
So what are you waiting for? Come in, Come in!