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I thought I would share a little behind-the-scenes action with you today. Last week, I was working on a story — an editor's DIY that will appear in House & Home's September 2010 issue — so keep an eye out for it.

I pulled the shoot together in studio with talented photographer, Kim Jeffery. A day in the studio can be a challenge, but we are lucky here at House & Home to work with really super creative people — it's always a collaborative effort and a great time.

Have a look below... If you've ever wondered what it's like to work at House & Home, this will give you a taste!

Photo: Behind the scenes - painting backdrop

First thing to do was paint the wall. I choose a warm white, Benjamin Moore's White Down (OC- 131).

Photo: behind the scenes - paint

Then we laid the floor for the shot. This peel and stick plank flooring from The Home Depot is a great looking alternative to hardwood flooring — and also looks good on camera.

Photo: behind the scenes - props

My set-up for this shot was small. While waiting for the paint to dry, I played with props, checking out the proportions and how layered the console surface should be.

These are other items that caught my eye when I was out scouting for props. Although I didn't use any of these pieces within this particular story, I think these items would be a great addition to any home.

Photo: behind the scenes - chunky black bronze candle sticks

These chunky black bronze candle sticks are pretty fab — I love the rustic nature of them. From Toronto's South Hill Home.

Photo: Behind the scenes - lamp

A key piece needed for this story was a lamp. This guy was just too delicate for the job. But I'll save him for another day — it's so pretty! From Toronto's 12/12, located at 1212 Yonge Street.

Photo: Behind the scenes - lamp from L'Atelier

This lamp has such a lovely shape, and the pretty detail on the shade just makes it. I had it on set, but went with my gut and used a bolder, more colourful, green piece instead. From Toronto's L'Atelier.

Photo: Behind the scenes - round sculptural pieces

I thought these round sculptural pieces would be a no-brainer on a sideboard. They were a bit too woody for this shoot though, since the console I used is wrapped in bamboo. From Toronto's Artifacts, located at 1170 Yonge Street.

Photo: Behind the scenes - woven throws

Here are some other woven throws that were at Toronto's Hollace Cluny.

To see another fascinating behind-the-scenes photo shoot, check out Meg Crossley's basement reno blog post.

Photo credits:
Morgan Michener

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