What Better Homes didn’t shoot

by Edie Wadsworth on September 21, 2012

I’m writing a big, long, ginormous post all about the Better Homes and Gardens photo shoot at our house. Presently, I’d like to show you 3 things they didn’t shoot.

Exhibit A: My favorite vignette.

They didn’t shoot it.  Did I say that already?

They begged, borrowed and pillaged all the items here—-including the table and the stool and the tray and the tzotches—-to use in other photos. But I like it better just like this. So after they left, I styled it myself just for you and me to look at and enjoy.
And Stevie.  Of course, he’s enjoying it immensely. Did you even have to ask?

Exhibit B:  The Screened Porch

The screen porch got dissed.  She was on the original shot list and somehow she didn’t make the cut.

It hurt.  I comforted her with flowers and long sessions of coffee drinkin’.  It’s okay, she’s happy to serve her family dutifully, whether she gets the credit she deserves or not.

The stylist, who is my new BFF, ‘called in’ a few Dash and Albert accessories in the form of pillows and a rug.  I loved them and bought them at cost.   For. The. Win.

Exhibit C:  Living in Squalor

In anticipation of this very busy week, we wanted to try to establish a ‘safe zone’ for the girls—-where they could sleep, do schoolwork, chill out, braid each others’ hair, etc—away from the lights and cameras.

I took one look at this room yesterday (after 3 days of abuse) and said,  ”Are y’all hiding a dead body in here?”

There were :

2 old Hardee’s bags full of half eaten breakfast items from TUESDAY.

some McDonald’s chicken nuggets and leftover milkshakes from Sonic.

Three days of clothes strowed all over the floor.

huge tangles of yarn and duct tape and embroidery floss.

oodles of dance paraphernalia and even a few school books and papers.

They pretty much lived in squalor like two meth addicts for three days.

But somehow, we all survived and lived to tell about it.

Which I will do on Monday.

The highlight of my week was discovering Old Crow Medicine Show from the photographer’s playlist!

Happy Weekend!

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1 Jenn September 21, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Yay Edie!!! I can’t wait to hear all about it and then read it in print. I’m so happy and excited for you! (And your porch – def should have made the cut – so should your vignette!) :)


2 Ruth @ Living Well Spending Less September 21, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Oh good heavens, you are going to make us wait until MONDAY?! The suspense is killing me! xoxo


3 edie wadsworth September 22, 2012 at 7:35 am

you have no idea how incredible it is that i even got that one posted today, girlie! talk about completely exhausted and unable to function, it’s been a LONG week:))))
love yous xoxo


4 Ruth @ Living Well Spending Less September 23, 2012 at 7:42 am

I seriously can’t even imagine how worn out you must be. We’ve got a little pick-me-up for y’all on its way….hopefully it will survive the trip. Send my love to Stevie & the girls….my girls talk about them ALL the time! Miss you! xoxo


5 Sarah September 21, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Wow, I love that vignette at the top, too. Suprised they didn’t shoot that one. So exciting about BHG! Can’t wait to hear all about it–what month will it be featured? I’m so blessed Darlene is designing half my house, too : ) She is just brilliant.


6 edie wadsworth September 22, 2012 at 7:33 am

she is wonderful, sarah! it’ll be in january 2013!


7 Julie September 21, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Eeeeek! So exciting! Can’t wait to hear more!


8 Alecia September 21, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Edie…I am soooo excited for you….I canNOT wait to see that article in one of my all time fave magazines ever!!! I’ll just sit & swoon I’m sure with hot chocolate in hand!


9 andrea September 21, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Love, love it! When will BHG show your home?


10 Marie at the Lazy W September 21, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Edie, I can’t wait to see your blog post about it AND the final print magazine, although like most people I think they should have let YOU style everything. Still, what a fun experience! Bet you’ll never forget it. Any design secrets to share?
As for the screened in porch, surely she is all recovered now after the long coffee session and probably a cool morning or two.
Beautiful new accessories! Happy weekend to you all


11 edie wadsworth September 22, 2012 at 7:50 am

The one design secret I learned is to edit—-arrange things how you think they should go and then remove something. They did a lot of removing of things but I’ve never been a ‘less is more’ type of girl. I’m gonna have to work on that!
Thanks for all your encouragement–you’re such a doll!


12 Heather September 21, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Oh my, I think I’m almost as excited about this as you must be! Can’t wait to see more pictures of your GORGEOUS home. If I’m ever in Tennessee, I’m so inviting myself over. Look, you don’t have a choice.


13 edie wadsworth September 22, 2012 at 7:51 am

Oh honey, you have a standing invitation! I’ll cook for you and sit on the porch and drink coffee with you all day long:)))))


14 Southern Gal September 21, 2012 at 3:48 pm

That’s hilarious!

What were they thinking leaving out those areas? Beautiful stuff.


15 Ruth September 21, 2012 at 3:48 pm

1) Can hardly wait for this issue to come out in print. I love the magazine and know I’ll love seeing your beautiful family and home in it.
2) That vignette is gorgeous. Love that table and bench.
3) I do believe your styling would have been perfect for the shoot.
4) I would love to help comfort that amazing porch they neglected. Coffee would be perfect, too!!
5) Enjoy your weekend as you recuperate from the last couple of days. Reach high for The Odyssey and sit back to enjoy!!
6) Holding my breath for more goodness and hoping I have Internet connection on Monday to see all the sumptuousness you’ll be sharing!!


16 Lisa September 21, 2012 at 4:00 pm

lol Can’t believe the porch was left out……that’s my favorite part.

After 3 days you would not be able to even see the floor in my boys’ rooms. Those girls need messy lessons. :)

Sorry for not introducing you to OCMS. Pretty cool.


17 melissa stover September 21, 2012 at 4:01 pm

i’m stunned the porch didn’t make the cut. i can’t wait to hear all about it. i know if i visited you the first thing i’d want to do is sit out on that porch with you.
(and if that’s your definition of squalor, perhaps you ought not visit me.) my kids’ rooms frequently look like that, minus the food sacks. we don’t live near enough to fast food for it to make it home with us in a sack.


18 Lori B. September 21, 2012 at 4:14 pm

I’m excited to see and hear all about BHG, but honestly, right now this girl from East Tennessee is more excited about the shout out OCMS gave to Johnson City! How cool is that?! ;-) I’m completely out of it when it comes to music, but I did hear of them a few weeks ago from a friend on FB. I need to get on iTunes and check them out!


19 edie wadsworth September 22, 2012 at 7:52 am

I know, I had the same reaction, Lori! LOVE JC!


20 Brooke September 21, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Just stumbled across this blog & I’m already in love! The decor is gorgeous; you have impeccable taste in decor & accessories. Can’t wait to read more!

I also go to a big, private college in Texas in everyone here is obsessed with “wagon wheel”. It’s definitely a favorite when we all go out two-stepping on the weekends!


21 paige September 21, 2012 at 4:17 pm

well glory hallelujah… i can’t hardly wait
now don’t you go and get all too busy & forget to post now sister


22 edie wadsworth September 22, 2012 at 7:53 am

you know me all too well, sweet paige!
and LOVE your new blog design. it takes a while to get used to it but i think you’ll be so glad you did it!


23 Taylor September 21, 2012 at 4:44 pm

What? How had you never heard of Old Crow Medicine Show before? That is such a good/necessary campfire singalong song. PS: I can’t wait to hear about the shoot!


24 Jen September 21, 2012 at 4:50 pm

How fun! Too bad they missed some of your favorite spots, but I bet the spread will be amazing anyway!!


25 Petie September 21, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Congrats! Your porch looks like it would make a great “front cover” for BHG. Can’t wait to see it all in the magazine :)


26 {darlene} @ fieldstonehill September 21, 2012 at 6:51 pm

GASP!!!! this is TOOOOOO exciting!!! Edie. All that you do is classy…. even living in squalor!


27 laura@libertyfarmchronicles September 21, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Well, once I knew how immensely Steve is enjoying the vignette the rest of the post was gravy!
As for the squalor, I’m still trying to figure out how to convince my boys that what your girls produced is as close to clean as I’d ever dare to dream.
My sweet Weekend Farmer Husband often tells me to keep my standards low enough, that way I’ll surely achieve my goals! ;-)


28 Trudy Royston September 21, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Edie, I do enjoy your ver’bege! And I love the Vignette. Thank you for sharing that!


29 Sarahslhome September 21, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Can’t wait for the issue to hit the stands. But……You gotta include the porch in a Southern Home….I think they may have broken a law. Its ok it makes the porch more special for those that truly love and appreciate her. I’ll be glad to help you console her. Love Steve’s response that sounds exactly like my darling hubby Lindsay. Enjoy your weekend and I can’t wait to hear more about it Monday.


30 the farmer's wife September 21, 2012 at 9:08 pm

From the looks of the books they are well-educated meth addicts at least ; )


31 Beth Morrow September 21, 2012 at 10:29 pm

Congratulations…you are even worthy of Traditional Homes and Southern Living, but a girls got to start somewhere right. So excited for you and can’t wait to see your published pictures!


32 Nan Tedesco September 21, 2012 at 11:00 pm

WHAT??? No Poorch?? SCCCHOCKING!!! Bless her heart– She’ll make the next shoot and
Be ever celebrated! Congratulations Edie! I will look for it, but KEEP us all posted!
GOD is Good!!


33 Leslie September 22, 2012 at 11:08 am

saw these guys at Bonnaroo-really liked them!!!


34 Carol S. September 22, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Too funny the kids living in squalor. You ARE human!!! Yay! And now I have some new music to listen to, too. Looking forward to your next post. Your problem is too many beautiful places to choose from. Thank goodness we get to see it ALL on your blog.


35 Flower Patch Farmgirl September 22, 2012 at 11:11 pm

They didn’t shoot the first vignette because its awesomeness and sheer style stunned them into near-paralysis and/or situational dementia.

Only possible explanation.

ps – That goes double for the porch.


36 Glenda Childers September 23, 2012 at 8:51 pm

So glad I already subscribe to BHG .



37 Mimi September 23, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Congratulations on being chosen to be featured in BHG! I can’t wait to see the issue and dog ear it to look over again and again. Your house is so lovely and I echo the sentiments of others — I love your porch! I wish they’d featured it as well : )


38 Jen (Balancing Beauty and Bedlam) September 24, 2012 at 8:07 am

Oh Edie – Sweet friend, this is just too much fun to live vicariously through you, but seriously, my favorite line of the whole post was about your girls living in squalor like two meth addicts the whole weekend. I laughed and laughed. Love seeing the Latin next to the duck tape. My kind of girls. ;)


39 Kerri September 24, 2012 at 12:23 pm

I can’t believe they left the porch off the list! I am glad you and the girls survived! I can’t wait to see all the pics! And on a side note, I am LOVING reading the Odyssey! XO


40 tara lowry September 24, 2012 at 6:08 pm

will RUN not walk to buy the copy of BHG when it comes out.

so happy for you to get to experience such a treat!


41 Michelle September 26, 2012 at 2:40 pm

I’m most shocked to hear that you just now discovered Old Crow! I thought for sure you were a fan all this time :) They are amazing, have fun catching up on their collection! Do you know Gillian Welch? Another favorite artist, I think you’ll dig her :)


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