Behind the Scenes at EH Design: Episode 3

Written by Brady

Well folks, to say that it has been a busy couple of weeks would be an understatement. But busy-ness is never a bad thing, for sure.

Lets break it down from the beginning.

We finished up a quick weekend makeover for O Magazine – yes you heard it right Oprah Magazine, as in “YOU get a car.. and YOU get a car”. I mean gag me with a spoon people… I can now die a happy man.

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I mean look how happy she was to hire us and to get this makeover started!!!

It was such a fun project to work on and the room turned out pretty great, if we do say so ourselves. We did run into a few snags along the way… i.e. not having it in the budget to hire a painter – so being the resourceful people we are, we painted it ourselves.

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Unfortunately we have to wait until the magazine hits newstands or else we would hereto be known as the people that spilled the beans on the Oprah spread.

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Organized chaos …

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I wish I could say that this was just a particularly messy day, but every day here feels totally insane. Yesterday we shot the new Redbook DIYs and in order to clear a side of the room to shoo them everything was placed on the other side, burying me. It would be appropriate that I would be buried alive by my props. ‘She lived a good life. She loved her things. And she died underneath them’.

Happy Friday, y’all.

Oh! And Portlanders, give me the scoop on any new stores, restaurants, bars, kids places, etc. We’ll be there sunday to sunday shooting the book and I want to show Charlie what being an Oregon Baby is all about. I already taught him the word ‘artisinal’, so he’s in pretty good shape to order just about anything. Have a good sunny, happy full of relaxation weekend. xx

summer mondays and baby fridays

As I discussed on fridays post a lot of companies have 1/2 day fridays during the summer. Well i’d love to introduce the notion of 1/2 day mondays. I mean, mondays are really the worst so I would love to just avoid at least 1/2 that stuff altogether and start work around 12. Lets make it a thing that Google and Nike have to start doing because they think its good for morale whilst their employees play ping pong and get diy tattoos out of vintage gumball containers. Once they accept it the other corporations will follow in hopes that their “team members” might never leave with such amenities and then the trickle down effect comes to us and we finally can take mondays and fridays off. We all just work too much. 3 days in the middle of the week is enough, no?

Anyway, I’ll be back later today with a real post but just know that I spent approximately 52 straight hours with this boy and he was very distracting. So all those “design posts” i was going to write got shoved off til next weekend (but i have some coming this week, too).

Charlie is like the guy in the bachelor that comes and ‘steals’ me for a moment except he takes me for the whole weekend.

He totally got a rose … first impression, last impression and final.

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This is from last week when we were at The Fig House with Ryan Phillips and Mike Kelley of Pure Photo. They were waiting for the sun to go down for them to shoot the stained glass windows from Judson Studios so naturally they couldn’t help but snap these of this baby…. click for more …  (more…)

Happy Friday …

Its been a long week and therefore its going to be a short post. I mean its summer after all …. don’t most companies take ‘summer fridays’ .. methinks yes. My plans … walk and shop with my best friend, write some design posts (I just literally have NO time during the week right now so its all about nights and weekends) and possibly try to get some tone back in my muscles. And the Rose Bowl. Duh.

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We’ve been shooting the book everyday which is very fun – it’s really the dream team (with photographer David Tsay shooting and Scott and I double-teaming on the styling front). Plus Sir. Charles has been coming to set which is always VERY fun (for me, at least).

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I’ve been on a five-day detox after a very fun (but unhealthy) fourth of July. I’m doing the Chef V 5 day which ends today. I feel good but totally out of energy at the end of the day (thus the lack of post today) and my jeans are fitting only slightly better. The things we do in the name of “health” when really it’s probably just vanity. Fail.

Anyway, enjoy your weekend. And by the way this kid, Charlie, says ‘hi’.

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Style Book Sneak Peek

Our house is pretty much done (besides the bathrooms and landscaping) so we are on to the next project, jumping back into shooting the book. To say that this book is a lot of work would be like saying that Beyonce is a good performer – it’s just pretty much the understatement of the year. Its one of those things that if you don’t do it right, you are kinda just wasting resources because lets face it, you don’t do it to get rich. Why do you do it then? Because it’s basically just a really amazing, important and expensive business card that furthers lots of other career opportunities.

Thank god I have a ton of help (I’m talking to you, Scott and Angelin) … and thank god I love to style.

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I don’t want to (nor can i legally) show too much, but I figured a little tease couldn’t hurt. So far we’ve shot at my friend Scott’s house, our friend Jay’s house, interior design Sally Breer’s home and today and tomorrow at the store Amsterdam Modern’s store owner, Ellen Compte’s home. David Tsay is shooting the whole book who is pretty much the best interior photographer in LA, and Scott, one of my best friends and an amazing stylist, is helping me style is so that we can get as many shots as possible in each day.

I’m getting insane house jealousy shooting this book. My goal is that every house and every shot should be inspiring in some way. It’s actually a lot more difficult than you think. In a normal magazine spread its easy to have a few shots that are beautiful and then a few detail shots that run smaller on the page because maybe they aren’t incredible. So it’s just hard, y’all, but such an exercise in styling/art direction and discipline. Every shot I have to ask myself ‘what are we learning/teaching from this shot?’ Its not just about being pretty, it needs to be teachable because just saying ‘buy beautiful expensive art!’ is not actually a tip.

Off to work on tomorrow’s shot list (and don’t forget to follow along on Instagram).