Saturday, May 15, 2010

Our Ikea Home Shoot - Behind the Scenes!

Well, we've lived to tell the tale of our shoot for Ikea... but only just! Who knew that having your photo taken all day could be so damn exhausting?!

Our day began way earlier than any of us would have liked, with most of the Ikea shoot team arriving by 8am. The first few hours were complete chaotic mayhem, with boxes and packaging and people everywhere. There was a moment of panic as it was realised that several items of furniture had not arrived and a member of the team was dispatched back to the store (over an hour's drive each way!) to pick some of it up.

Dan and I tried our best to simultaneously appear useful and stay out of the way while the team pretty much tore the house apart! Fern's outfit was deemed too Autumnal (the magazine comes out at Christmas) and I hurriedly chose a more 'Summery' number that she wouldn't totally freeze in:

'Autumn' outfit:

Fern's 'Summer' outfit:

The first shots were set up out the back in the courtyard, but the photographer, Prue Ruscoe seemed unhappy with the shadowy light and it was decided we would go down to Wamberal Beach to have our 'family portraits' taken for the magazine while the stylists got everything organised for the rest of the shoot.

We all traipsed down to the beach, where unseasonably massive swells and strong winds posed a challenge to the photographer, who was trying her best to depict an Idyllic Summer day! Fern was an absolute trooper (by now we realised SHE was the real star of the show!) and I think they managed to get some good shots. Here's a little behind-the-scenes peek:

When we arrived back at our place, things were a little calmer... some photos were taken of us out the back, and then the living room and kitchen were photographed.

The courtyard. New Ikea items: seat cushions, metal hurricane lamp, white vases and the 3 coffee tables (which I love!):

The deck. Ikea items: white chairs, metal hurricane lamps, white vase and candle holders, fire pit:

It took ages to get the living room right, but I really love what they did with it! Loving the mixture of lime green, turquoise, white and hot pink. I am also totally loving this Svarva lamp (barely noticeable in this pic on the white TV cabinet), a last minute addition and possibly my favourite piece of the day.
My photos don't really do the room justice, but here's an idea:

Ikea items: the lamp, Strind coffee table, Karljohan side table, Minnen children's table and chair and the black and white cushions.

Here's a pic I took sneakily of some of the team checking the photos:

Fern was exhausted by this point, and I put her down for a little nap. Dan slipped out to buy lunch and we all feasted hungrily on Sushi!

After lunch, photos were taken of my bedroom and when she woke up, of Fern's room also. Louisa the stylist was awesome and made us instantly feel comfortable; it was easy to forgive her for the chaotic intrusion of our home!

I can't wait to see the professional photos and then the magazine at the end of the year. The whole thing still seems sort of surreal and its only the zillion or so Ikea items strewn about the entire house (waaaaaay to exhausted to attempt to clean up tonight) that remind us it even happened. We'll all be going to bed early tonight!

I'll be sure to share the professional photos once I receive some, and I'm sure I'll bore you all stupid with information about the magazine when it comes out!

Overall it was an amazing experience, and I can think of worse ways to spend a Saturday. Now... where am I going to put all the new stuff???

Thanks to Lesley for taking some of the behind-the-scenes pics, and for the yummy cakes!
Thanks also to Ikea for the amazing products, a summary of which I have barely skimmed the surface of in this post!
And to the team today... thanks. It was a blast!!

Have a great rest-of-the-weekend...



  1. Im so jealous!
    Your house is beautiful...

  2. That is sooooo fantastic! How fun!
    Your house looks so nice. I can't wait to see it when it comes out.

  3. WOW!

    Great pics, looks like you had a fun, interesting weekend.


  4. Wow! Sounds like a great day and a wonderful experience. I love all the little Ikea touches the stylists added and can't wait to see more pics - you'll definitely have to keep us updated as to when the magazine is out :)

  5. Wow, how fantastic was your day, it all looks like it came together very nicely! Looking forward to seeing the photos and of course the magazine!!!

  6. Your house looked amazing BEFORE they put their Ikea spin on it! I can only imagine how 'in your element' you must have been, and how many mini 'decorating' orgasims you must have had as the day progressed.

    Call me before opening the gift box I sent today, I fear there will be some explaining to do.

    Proud of you big sis, your life has turned out pretty damn good :-)

  7. How awesome! What a cool experience - I'm just a little, teeny bit jealous.

    Looks great. :D

  8. Thanks for letting us tear apart your place Nicole. Glad you enjoyed the day. Great Blog too.

  9. Congratulations! How exciting, your house is beautiful.

  10. Wow you are so lucky ! I just love your blog , always look forward to your posts . Just wondering if the pink cushion in your loungeroom is also ikea ?I'm going to have to get one it would look great in my place .Thanks Michelle

  11. Hi Michelle - yup!! Find one here:
    when it arrived I wasn't at all sure about it... but now I love it! It's quite a large cushion and a real feature in our living room! I recommend!

  12. Your house looks amazing! We are big fans of Ikea at my place. Am new to your blog, but will surely be back!

  13. Oh my goodness, you lucky duck! How fabulous getting your house styled so beautifully like that. Add me to the jealous list! ;) Looks fantastic and what a great gift before bubby number two arrives too.

  14. What a cool Saturday! Beats mine!

  15. Just came across your blog yesterday. You have a beautiful home & gorgeous kids. I have 3 boys under 4 & spend most of my spare time (little that I have) looking for things to decorate. Can't help myself. We have very similar tastes in colours. Wondering where you brought your turquoise cushions from on lounge?

  16. Man I want to go for a swim in that lake.


  17. Lovely home! Where is the media centwr from? Ikea too?


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