Monday, January 2, 2012

Before and After

Everyone loves a good before and after story, so I thought it might be fun to look at our home before the photoshoot, before Bonnie worked her magic and before John captured it with his lens.

The living room before.
This is what it usually looks like.
Bonnie removed the leather chairs and I removed the hooked rug just before she got there.

Bonnie brought in my French chairs, opening up the room.
She staged the mantel and coffee table simply.
I love this look, but couldn't wait to put back the leather chairs.
It's where we sit, by the fire and drink our coffee in the morning.

The dining room before didn't change much. The hutch was restaged and my confit pots came in handy to hold olive branches from the property.




This is a terrible shot, but it shows what we had to work with.

John got up very early in the morning to take this moody shot. The fog was still out and the light was exactly as you see it here.

I've received a lot of emails about the magazine feature, but one in particular stood out to me.
Marlis Bennett from Creative Journeys said, "I truly wish the article had not ended and we could have peeked into all the nooks and crannies."
Great idea Marlis! Stay tuned for a more detailed tour, nooks and crannies style!

May 2012 be the best year ever!

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Lori E said...

The fact that so little was changed shows what a great decorator you are Delores.
Beautiful before and after.


Your house is beautiful. I like the before and the afters, I'd be happy with either, lol! Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

What a transformation! What a difference making just a few changes can do.

I really love the original photo of you're dining room...the new look is lovely but I am partial to the old one.

Sonia said...

Wonderful...just gorgeous before and after!! The soft golden hues are so warm! Will need to go buy a copy!

Miss Bloomers

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Delores I love both the before and afters, absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! Martina

Dee ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ said...

Your home is beautiful! I love the before pictures just as much as the afters.


NanaDiana said...

Save me a seat on the tour for Nooks And Cranny! I love the before and after of the photo shoot...but have to say...I liked it just the way you had it...and the beauty is not always justified when it reduces in the leather chairs where you sit to drink your coffee! xo Diana

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I always find it interesting seeing the before and after images when a home is featured in a magazine. Your before and after shots are gorgeous, Delores. I agree with Marlis. Looking forward to more.

Linda in AZ * said...

*** What a treat... and an honour for you! It all turned out fabulous, Delores! (Buuut, I alwaays love your home, & all your "Delores touches", no matter what!!!)...;

CONGRATS & sending warm wishes for a gr888 2012!!!


Linda in AZ *

Linda in AZ * said...

*** What a treat... and an honour for you! It all turned out fabulous, Delores! (Buuut, I alwaays love your home, & all your "Delores touches", no matter what!!!)...;

CONGRATS & sending warm wishes for a gr888 2012!!!


Linda in AZ *

Gina said...

Except for the lighting the Before looks just as beautiful as the After. I do however, like the corner table near the window in the first shot. I also like the the French chairs instead of the heavy leather chairs. But sometimes, form and function don't quite come together.
Looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful home. Happy New Year!

Terri M said...

Wonderful photos. I agree with a previous comment that the fact that they didn't have to change much is quite a testament to your design skills. Waiting for the 'nooks and crannies' tour!!

Kathysue said...

Having a professional stager stage your home is like having a professional make-up artist do your make-up, they seem to bring out the best of the beauty in both home and person. I love you home anyhow and with Bonnie's touch it just shines. So proud of YOU and happy for YOU, xo Kathysue

The enchanted home said...

WOW Delores..well lets face it the before is spectacular too but its fun to see how they stage and fix things up to enhance the beauty already there!! Your home is truly spectacular...congrats again on such a wonderful feature, love that magazine!

Tricia Rose Rough Linen said...

So much to love - and the reality of the way you actually use the house made only a small difference, which is a testament to you!

Karena said...

Delores your home is beautiful the staging is so fun though; to see , what if I put this...

Happy New Years to you and yours!

Art by Karena

Unknown said...

Wow.....WoW! This is in the states? I need to venture out west. The rolling hills of the vineyard, the fog, and of course the simplicity of your decor takes me back to Tuscany! I love the before and after and shows the talented eye you and Bonnie have. It is absolutely beautiful! You must be on a high because I know I would if I were in your shoes! Congrats on your success!!!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh how fun. I loved seeing the befores and the afters. Both are fabulous. Such a gorgeous home. Hugs, Marty

Unknown said...

Thanks for showing us the befores and afters. I was able to finally find the magazine in WalMart yesterday - yea! I haven't looked through it yet - saving it for tonight so I can savor it slowly.

Libby said...

Really lovely Delores! My, what a busy month you have had... loved seeing the pictures of the wedding!
and look forward to more on this story!
Happy New Year to all of you, Libby

Marlis said...

Aah thank you.. I'm honored. But I am so delighted you showed the before (to which I'm partial) and the after! While both fabulous, Bonnie had great bones with which to work, beautiful accessories at her hand and wonderful style was already there! Your home and taste/style are a quite lovely. Better yet, you married the inside with the outside and that makes it so cohesive! A wonderful place for a bit of resting and relaxing. xo marlis (who is eagerly awaiting more more more)

Barb @ The Everyday Home said...

Delores - although I feel your home is as Tuscan as it gets, it is amazing how a stylist can come in an tweak a few things to make something wonderful even better. As I looked at each of your "before" shots, I was thinking there was no way she could make it any prettier. She just made it more magazine ready. Each pic was just astounding. My fave is the early-morning patio shot. OMGoodness. <3
Thanks for sharing your journey with us. I look forward to seeing even more. Happy New Year, Barb

Unknown said...

oh my, all I can say is that I am entranced!!! Just beautiful!!

cotedetexas said...

gorgeous! your lantern is from restoration hardware, right? i've been looking at it for a client!!!

getting the magazine today!!


The Kramer Angle said...

Absolutely beautiful! I am so happy to see a home that the before shots so closely match the after because too many of them end up looking nothing like the owner's real home. Yours is beautiful!

Happy new year!

The Kramer Angle

French-Kissed said...

Congratulations on what looks like a fabulous spread...can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this...your place is a stylist's dream assignment...all it needed was a little tweaking for the camera as you already gave it all the right stuff.


Southerncook said...

Loved this post of the before and afters.I just found the magazine today and look forward to reading it from cover to cover most especially the article of your home.

Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

Oh good, I love nooks and crannies!!!! Your home is always gorgeous, so they ahd a GREAT jump off point for sure! XO, Pinky

Unknown said...

Have a wonderful new year!

Rainey @ The Project Table

Charlene said...

Your home looks stunning - both the before and after photos are just lovely! Congratulations!

Sarah said...

Delores, it's fun to see all of this along with the post below and the article itself. I agree with Marlis, I'm eager to see every little nook and crannie. I found the article on your home to be my favorite in the magazine by far. Asti looks to be a home that is full of comfort without sacrificing style. You definitely have STYLE!
Thanks for sharing Asti with all your readers. It is indeed a treat. ~ Sarah

Victoria said...

Of course, the stylists had so much to work with, but it is fun to see what they use to appeal to the camera. Beautifully done, but in the end we live in our homes and comfort trumps sheer beauty-- hence, moving back the leather chairs. The photos are fabulous, especially the one John did in the fog; very painterly.
Congratulations. I am on the search for the magazine, and look forward to reading the article.
All the best...Victoria

Karen said...

It's interesting to see the seems to me that most of the magic is in the photography. The light is wonderful in the 'after' pics. Your home is lovely and while I like the after pics, it's still your talents as a designer that show through. Congratulations.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful...the 'Before'! No on
bjection to the 'after' but I can relate to the leather chairs where you have morning coffee near the fire.
Sign me up for the nooks & crannies tour!!
Happy New Year to you and yours, & thank you for a year of wonderful posts!

Jo @ Let's Face the Music said...

So gorgeous!I want to have my coffee with you also in the comfy chairs. It's not just a matter of looks, but of lifestyle. You have a lovely one. Jo @ Let's Face the Music

Anonymous said...

I looks fab ! I love that you got pulished. Just remember, I found you first... you little style maker you. Vicky

vignette design said...

Yes you did Vicky!

Curious Details said...

It's stunning! Congratulations on a lovely feature.

Wendy Pincham said...


Thanks for sharing this with us. The sun shining in the bedroom is beautiful. Can you share what color paint you used on your walls?

vignette design said...

Not sure of the name Wendy. Will look on the can when I'm there next though.

Slim Paley said...

Wow- you HAVE had a big month. Congratulations yet again! Your home looks beautiful
and what a good idea to show the "before" and "after" (although it's a bit more fun, I must admit, when the "before"s don't look so good!)

Happy New Year!

eead3 said...

Beautiful pics .... I now wish I could rid my home of all ceiling cans, door knobs and light switches ... what a difference! :)

Patty Rumaker said...

Well what an honor to be featured in such a prestigious magazine. Your rooms changed very little in the before and after photos. I love the golden color coming through in the professional photos. Your home looks amazing. Would love to see more of everything.
Thanks, Patty

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