Country Home was my home for twelve years, and while there I produced many, many covers. While I still miss my role at this memorable mag, I still marvel at the relevance, simplicity and beauty of the content there.
The above cover shot was photographed in a brightly renovated chicken coop at Executive Editor Sandy Soria's Iowa farm. I got the call the week before Thanksgiving and found myself immediately on a plane to Des Moines with a return ticket on Wednesday (the day before Thanksgiving and the busiest airline travel day of the year!). It was last minute for sure, and Jenny and I were planning to host both of our families for a turkey dinner at our studio. Jenny is the youngest of nine children, with lots of nieces and nephews and extended family. I think we had close to 65 people for dinner which was a real challenge, but with rental chairs and tables we were all able to sit together.
With me in Des Moines, Jenny carried out the preparations while I literally made "a bed" for the Country Home cover shoot. A bed was borrowed from the decorating editor's house. Bedding was called in from retailers nation wide including Garnett Hill, Pinecone Hill, and Company C. I visited local design stores in Des Moines to find some lamps and a few accessories, and then - with an iron in hand and some packing tape - I steamed, pulled, tugged and taped to create this cozy and enviable getaway. It ended up being a top-selling cover and I felt complimented when a giant version of the picture was hung at the home office. What I love are not only the colors in this image, but also (and most importantly) the fact that it still looks inviting and current even though it was produced and photographed over 8 years ago.
How's that for enduring style?