Quilt change

Now that it's freezing and we are staring down the dawning of winter, I swapped out my summer quilts for my equally ineffectual but more woolly and plaid versions. All away for the next oh, 8 months. Except for the pinky, that one's for Francesca.

summer quilts

Last Saturday my apartment was shot for the design*sponge book. Including a 9am wet hair, no makeup, no bra portrait of yours truly because I lack foresight and acceptable "girl" sensibilities.... Buy the book next year and you'll see. Brutal honesty.

The funny thing about having photos taken of your house (or at least my house) is how clean but chaotic it leaves things. Random stuff gets shoved into very funny hiding places. My oven mitts got stashed inside the oven, which I promptly forgot about and I baked them for 20 minutes while preheating to cook dinner. Burnt and stunk. Life is such a comedy.

34 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, that is too funny! I have heard from others that have been in photo shoots that things get moved around to the point that they forget what is missing for weeks. Looking forward to the book!

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  2. Ooh, we get a peek into your apartment? I'm buying that book! I guess I'm not the brutally honest sort, because I think I would prioritize my appearance over the house's. 'Cause it's all about me anyways. They didn't really want to see the house, did they?
    Guess that's why mine's never been in a photo shoot, ya' think?

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  3. Haha! I love the bit about the oven mitts. So sounds like the story of my life.
    I'll be interested to see the book!

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  4. Ohhh, that happened to me once! I was photographed for a local shoot and everything was stashed in drawers and purses. It took me longer to clean up afterward than beforehand! Poor ovenmitts...

    Such pretty blankets, too!

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  5. Ooooh, that sounds exciting!

    A few weeks ago I had been baking and the baking tray, with baking paper inside, were sitting on the counter. We got some unexpectated guests and my man, for some reason, chucked the baking tray back into the oven. I completely forgot about the tray and the next afternoon put the oven on. I noticed an odd smell a while later, opened the door, took out the tray only to realise the baking paper had set fire. Thankfully we caught it just in time as the flames were pretty big by that point............

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  6. I thoroughly enjoy your quilts and stories. Thanks for writing.

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  7. better the mitts in the oven than, say, the cat in the washing machine...

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  8. You have no idea how much I'm lusting over your quilts right now. Preferably all three at once, it's damn cold in Scotland.

    Katie @ thedisappearingangel.blogspot.com

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  9. Late morning in the smiles ... Now I begin to understand English, then what a pleasure to come here ...

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  10. Beautiful quilts. Almost makes me want to welcome winter. Uh that would be a NO.

    Funny on the oven mitts. Very funny.

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  11. HA! That's so funny!

    I've had my flat photographed before and I can totally relate to your impressions.

    I think it's the first time I comment! So let me tell you how much I love reading your words and seeing your lovely pictures! :)

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  12. Amy, aren't we all so alike.....been there, done that. My worst memory was as a young bride, hosting a morning tea to welcome new neighbours, I almost asphyxiated myself as I hurriedly sprayed my bouffant hair with fly spray...just as the doorbell rang. I put on a smile, opened the door and almost collapsed into their arms....we are still friends after all these years!

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  13. i adore your quilts and am preparing to change my name to Francesca to get the pink one! Love the oven mitts story too - sounds like what I do when my folks visit.

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  14. such lovely quilts. *sigh*

    the wet hair etc. situation could so have happened to me too. actually, i think my postman knows all my pyjamas by now. ahem.

    looking forward to that book and a peek inside your home!

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  15. baked oven mitts by way of photo shoot...how delightfully surreal your life has become!

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  16. That would SO happen to me. My grandma is famous for leaving cornbread in the oven to keep warm, and forgetting about it when she preheats for biscuits the next day!

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  17. Amy - I stumbled on your blog while home sick this week and have been thoroughly enjoying it. And as someone who uses the oven as storage in her tiny apartment kitchen I can't tell you the number of times a grill pan or wok or cookie sheet has been unexpectedly baked at my place. How fun to have your home photographed for the much anticipated Design Sponge book! Thanks again for the new found inspiration.

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  18. how funny! i really love your pink quilt!

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  19. Even though I know I'm going to be insanely jealous, I can't wait to see your apartment in the book!

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  20. ok, i'm going to be brutally honest- you look STUNNING in your portrait. believe me, if we all looked that pretty with wet hair and no bra we'd be a lucky bunch. your home and you both look beautiful :)

    grace

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  21. oh no! burnt oven mitts! did you have an extra pair to fish them out?

    very exciting about the book, congratulations!

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  22. Hey,

    I'm a new reader here, and I just wanted to say THANK YOU for saving me from losing my mind. I work in a very strange job, where I am either so busy I can't take a breath, or things are so slow that I feel as though my brains are melting. When things are slow, I am allowed to cruise the 'Net, and your blog has given (and will continue to give) me many cozy hours of contentment.

    Gracias!

    - M

    P.S. My word verification is "fetablot". Definition: The mark on your shirt after eating Greek salad.

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  23. Bah hah, speak for yourself. It's like 75 degrees here today. :)

    I haven't even done my winter for summer clothing swap out (from the plastic container under my bed). And am still living with all my windows open. Ah, Texas, you make denial so easy.

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  24. Huh. I always thought houses came perfect to those shoots. Didn't realize they changed things. Now that I think about it - duh.
    The oven mitts made me lol. :)

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  25. i just visited Winterthur in Delaware for the firs time..du Pont was an avid collector of everything American..and had a HUGE collection of quilts. according to diary/journal records he chose certain quilts for certain guests...even had quilts for "messy guests!" in addition to seasonal changes of quilts, he also would cut them up and use them for uphosltery...and this was in the 30's!

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  26. I adore the top quilt and have a few quilts myself. Am working on making my 1st handmade quilt for my uni final show.

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  27. I just stumbled upon your blog, and I'm so glad I did! It is (and, if I may be so bold, you are) wonderful.

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  28. My wife and I received a beautiful handmade quilt for our wedding from a dear family friend. I've never thought of naming it but now I think we'll need to! It's one of my favorite feelings breaking out that quilt for the winter, getting buried down below it, and knowing it will be a long grey winter.

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  29. ah I love when the time comes to change quilts! You know the seasons are changing when it happens. but the trick is which one to choose!

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  30. I love when the time comes to change quilts! Work from home India

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  31. Thats it, I'm thrifting fabric tomorrow to make myself a quilt. These are lovely <3

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