messing around

After an extremely busy week I found myself alone in the house on Saturday with a couple of free hours. Most sane people probably would have put up their feet or cracked open a good book but instead I hauled out my camera and tripod and set up a couple of shots I wanted to experiment with.

I bought this small writing desk a couple of weeks ago and I’ve been waiting for the moment when I had some time to dress it up. Normally it resides in our bay window but for the sake of taking some photographs I moved it against the black wall in our kitchen. (Everything looks better against this wall and shooting into the sun is never a good idea!)

And since I had the time I went all out and put things up on the wall, under the desk, etc. Perhaps it’s a little strange but I take great pleasure in creating little moments like this. I run around the house finding props, moving things in and out of the frame and snapping photographs.

I’ve decided that this writing desk is the perfect place to display some of the beach treasures I have collected over the years. There are pieces of driftwood, twigs, rocks, shells, and bones. I find all of these things look better if they’re shown in one place rather than scattered all over the house. When my husband returned from grocery shopping he was a little shocked to see a corner of our kitchen turned into a makeshift set but in a matter of moments we had the desk back in its spot in front of the window and the kraft paper off the wall. All in all a constructive few hours of my time!


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  1. Posted November 5, 2012 at 9:40 AM | Permalink

    Sounds like fun!
    I mean, you weren’t really decorating, or cleaning..or organizing…just creating a moment of beauty that will only last in your photos!!

  2. Posted November 5, 2012 at 9:55 AM | Permalink

    I love doing that as well – just taking quiet time for yourself. Can’t do that type of photography when the kids are running around.

  3. Posted November 5, 2012 at 10:00 AM | Permalink

    I need a dark wall in my house to photograph against ;) Your photos look divine – and so very “you”.

  4. Posted November 5, 2012 at 7:29 PM | Permalink

    It sounds very sane! If I had a couple hours at home i’d hope to do the same thing :)

  5. MeezStephanie
    Posted November 6, 2012 at 9:13 AM | Permalink

    I love it- especially the beautiful blue-gray paint. Do you know hat shade it is (or do you list it elsewhere in another post?) Thanks!

  6. Posted November 6, 2012 at 9:40 AM | Permalink

    @MeezStephanie -it is Benjamin Moore chalkboard paint in black. It has a beautiful slate-y quality to it.

  7. Posted November 6, 2012 at 10:30 AM | Permalink

    Love the set up of the shoot! Looks fabulous and very you :)

  8. Posted November 7, 2012 at 8:10 AM | Permalink

    I love how you see (and say) the things you do Emma !

  9. Stephanie Charest
    Posted November 7, 2012 at 4:13 PM | Permalink

    So lovely and fun to look at. I was wondering if you would share where you got the rope from? I’ve been looking for some nice, thick, nautical type rope for a project in my house! Thanks so much!

  10. MeezStephanie
    Posted November 7, 2012 at 6:34 PM | Permalink

    thanks you — That’s incredible (and great) to know that the black is so soft in the light.

  11. Posted November 7, 2012 at 9:45 PM | Permalink

    @Stephanie Charest – I picked up the rope at a vintage store in Toronto called Smash. I’ve seen similar rope at other vintage stores and flea markets. Hope that helps, Emma

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