today our home would be photographed for an upcoming edition of Country Style, a magazine that had been a regular in my house growing up (my mum the avid gardner and rainy day decorator/home maker)
the tummy churned with excitement and some nerves, would they be unimpressed by the sloping floor of the little lounge, the hodgepodge dinnerware or the one too many paint chips on the dining table - all things i loved about our home but was unsure would be 'photo ready'.
Charlotte, our friend and stylist for the shoot, arrived with hugs and an energy to match our excitement - we put the kettle on. soon after Lisa and helper Matt arrived. i breathed a sigh of relief, for not more than ten minutes had passed before cups of tea had been shared, and stories exchanged about our love of the island, travel, food and family. for a moment i forgot our reason for all gathering in our small kitchen. it was going to be a good day.
i was in awe of Lisa's process, the time she took, the respect and relationship she had with the tiniest object. it was fascinating. i was truly warmed by their affection for our things and our home (even the chipped painted table!)
after treats from Pigeon Hole cafe, one too many cups of tea, and a visit from our lovely interviewer Amanda (whose words gave perfect context to the pictures) the afternoon light dimmed and the day had finally come to an end.
by witnessing the three documenting our house and its contents, i got to fall in love with it all over again, through an outsider's eyes.