Five Tips for Taking Better Photos of a Room

Five Tips for Taking Better Photos of a Room


taking better room photos

Have you ever noticed that when you take a photograph of your space… many times what your eye sees….

….doesn’t always translate?

(total aside:  there’s a life lesson in there somewhere if we weren’t talking photography today).

When I first started taking pictures for the blog….I would style the room and be so all about it and think everything was perfect and grab the camera and take a picture and through the viewfinder…..

….it looked amazing.

Like Better Homes and Gardens should be knocking at the door.

But when I downloaded the photos and actually looked at the pictures….yikes….not so much.

It takes practice and learning how to think like a camera to get it right.

So 4754 pictures and hundreds of rooms later….here’s what I’ve learned from the picture-taking-school-of -hard-knocks.

Five tips for taking better photos of a room.Continue reading

Three Simple Tips For Better Photos

Three Simple Tips For Better Photos



Someone wise once said, “Photography takes a moment to learn and a lifetime to master.”

Truer words were never spoken.

When I started this blog I was taking pictures with a camera that you threw away.

Remember those?

And while my throw-away camera was perfect for vacation and documenting various important events and the occasional picture of the cats…..

…I realized that it wasn’t going to cut it for blogging.

So I began to teach myself with hours and hours of practice and lots of trial and error….

….specializing in the error department. :)

And after a year and a half of learning and growing and trying…..

…..I wanted to share a little of what I’ve learned and share three simple tips for better photos.Continue reading




Good morning rock star.

I hope the sun is shining where ever you are.

Spring has almost sprung and it’s another random Saturday.

Before we start.

Before I discuss all the randomness that was the week of 3-14-14.

Have you seen the new IKEA collection?


Coolest ever……in the history of ever.Continue reading

Thistlekeeping (and a Fun Announcement)

Thistlekeeping (and a Fun Announcement)


I think this week was a little more random than normal.

Blame it on the sunshine and the Olympics.

Between all the fuss over the Olympic scoring with the ladies ice skating and how relieved I was that Bob Costas had finally recovered from his eye infection…..

….I got a little distracted.  :)Continue reading

Blackberry Picking

Blackberry Picking


Can you believe I took this picture?

Because I can’t.


I mean….it only took me about 37 blurry pictures and a lucky guess at the right ISO and aperture and shutter speed on a winding country lane in the middle of picking blackberries….

… get this photograph.Continue reading

Paint Projects

Paint Projects

Art House

It was an incredible Great Outdoors Party.Continue reading

Mason Jar Light

Mason Jar Light

mason jar project


Okay.  So today is supposed to be the day that I show off a really easy project with Kelly and Linda and Andrea and Karah.Continue reading

Five Amazing Things About This Picture

Five Amazing Things About This Picture

Five Amazing Things About This Picture


(1)  It is amazing that it only took me 23 shots.

To realize that my head was in the mirror in each…and…every….one….of…them.


And while I was having a really good hair day and my red lipstick was visible from space….my intent was not to draw attention to myself with random fuzzy mirror shots.

You see, I guess I forgot to tell myself that I was scheduling the random fuzzy mirror shot tutorial for next week.  Where I planned to discuss in great detail how to photograph yourself in a mirror and not end up looking like a cross between Annie Leibovitz and Flo from the Progressive insurance commercial.



(2)  Amazing…these peonies are.

Cut fresh from the garden.

They are the most beautiful shade of pink.


(3)  Even more amazing?

If you add a penny and aspirin to the water, it makes these flowers stay fresh so much longer.

And that my first tutorial I ever posted on the blog was for this burlap vase.

Back in the day.

Before the whole step-by-step tutorial fiasco of 2012.



(4)  These Union Jack Pillows are amazing.

I saw them in Linda’s new shop.

And I had to buck the anti-freshy trend and have them.

There was no way I was saying no to drop cloth with an English accent.



(5)  But the most amazing thing about this photograph is:           I took it.

I know.

I am stating the obvious.

But that simple statement takes on epic proportions when you understand that I just got a new camera for my birthday and I am a little scared of it.  It arrived in the mail and sat in the box for two weeks….staring at me.

Judging me.


I think it might even have mocked me a few times.

And I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the camera laughed the first time I tried to use it and I couldn’t even get it to take a picture.  And I know it kept giggling as I frantically spent 45 minutes googling “problems with your camera” and trying to call camera-support people on-line and pacing and wringing my hands and second guessing my decision to ever leave the point and shoot world behind.

And I am sure the camera elbowed the tripod and they both guffawed when I realized…..

…..that the lens wasn’t even attached.


Thank you.  Thank you.  No need for applause.  I’ll be here all week :)


PS  I am guest posting today over at the incomparable Cassie’s.  If you want to read about where all of the tiny pieces of paper in our house go to party like it’s 2012….be sure to stop by and say hi.

PPS  I’m partying it at Kristi’s and Jen Rizzo’s and Kim’s and Between Naps on A Porch and Thrifty Decor Chick.

Enough already.

Whew, I’m tired.