Creating Country Home covers could sometimes be a real adventure. This cover took us to the Berkshires in Massachusetts (not far from where Jenny grew up). The location was a spectacular hilltop home built in the 1940's in a very Frank Lloyd Wright style. The occupant was an elderly woman, nearly 100 years old, who had worked this property for over forty years creating the spectacular border gardens on the grounds. She was also a very gifted potter and a collector of beautiful art.
We arrived for this shoot in late June, amidst a torrential downpour and thunderstorm. We styled several lifestyle dining sets on the property and brought a car-load of props, including pillows, plants, pottery and more. We especially enjoyed finding the strawberries at a local co-op; they were the old-fashioned wild variety that looked deliciously appealing in the wooden berry basket I had found along the way. Carol Sheehan, Country Home Editor-in-Chief, drove over from her home in Ashfield, MA, to act as an observer (we sent the berries home with her for shortcake for her arriving weekend guests). What I enjoyed most about this shoot is that we worked in the early mornings (and between the rain showers!), which gave Jenny and I the chance to spend some fun time together. She was able to share some things from her childhood and we were able to explore local stores and restaurants. Among my favorites: Pine Cone Hill outlet store, Baba Lou's pizza, Hammertown, and the Metro Market. It was the perfect mix of work and play!
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