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Creating a Still Life Farmhouse Kitchen

Creating a Still Life Farmhouse Kitchen

My studio is the perfect place for storing the many vintage still life photography props I have collected over the years and each time I enjoy moments spent in there, it sparks new ideas and visions for a photo shoot...

It all started with a blank wall, some old wood windows (originally destined for another project that did not meet the vision), some new vintage kitchen pieces, and an idea.  Grabbing my coffee, iPhone for some quick "before" pictures and my notebook, I got busy...

The long wide window in the studio is wonderful for letting in light throughout the day but is not trimmed out making it unsuitable for a nice looking window in various photo stills.  Enter the old wood windows I rescued from a dumpster years ago.

  With a fresh coat of white paint, I attached them to the wall so that they could easily be taken down and moved when needed.  The next step was to incorporate curtains that would add to the realistic "kitchen" look I was going after.

The original plan was to sew some simple panels and attach them on hooks making it easy to swap them out when my photo shoot set idea changed.  On a whim, I stopped into our local thrift store to see if maybe they had something that would fit the bill.  I searched through many hanging examples and all seemed too commercial looking or the colors were completely wrong.  Ideally I was hoping for something soft and semi sheer that would still let in the light and dress the wood frames nicely.

Just as I had resigned myself to the fact that I would need to sew what I was after, there they were....behind all of the heavy drapes, kitschy cafe panels, and lacy valances,  the PERFECT pair of panels.  The ideal size, the color, the fabric, the softness....everything perfect!

To hang the curtains to the wood window frames, I simply screwed in three cup hooks, threaded jute through the rod opening, and tied them on.  This attachment technique allows me to use so many other options as the scene, season, and "room" changes!

As luck would have it, the frames I chose to use, that I had originally intended to be doors on a cupboard, had the screens removed and replaced with chicken wire.  Little did I know at the time how helpful this would be...

Old peg clothespins for completely adjustable tiebacks!

I love the look of wreaths, dried florals, baskets, etc. hanging in a window and decided to grab some eucalyptus, berries, and other odds and ends I had lying around to tie into a bundle and hang from the window just for some color and interest.   

The window was done and I could not have been happier with the outcome...the possibilities with this configuration will be endless for a variety of other photo shoot "rooms"!

Last weekend I had some time to hit a few other thrift and antique shops which resulted in amazing finds.  It was as if each piece had been planted just waiting for me to come along...don't you just LOVE when that happens?

These are just a few quick shots of them "before" the set development began...a Sellers enamel top kitchen work table, a very heavy little metal cupboard with an enamel top, and beautiful Yellow Ware and Red Wing mixing bowls...  

The little cupboard on the left is a surprisingly heavy piece and aside from some chipping paint on the front is in beautiful condition.  No idea where it came from or what it's intended use was but the color and enamel top matched perfectly with the Sellers enamel top table on the right...

The Sellers table is a wonderful treasure in that I also have a large Sellers kitchen cupboard in our home that was my Grandma's on my Dad's side.  Otherwise known more widely as "Hoosier" style cupboards, this will also be featured in upcoming photo shoots in the future.

With the windows in place, I decided to start placing the various larger pieces and smaller accents in the scene without a plan.  I let them settle into their spots and photo shoot set really began to develop...

I wanted to develop a set that portrayed preparing for a  baking session along with a coffee break.  Each piece carefully selected, then removed, then added back, then moved again and it was an exciting and completely invigorating styling process.  The freedom of being creative without boundaries or an exact end result...the whole scene just blossomed.  

My Canon dslr finally had a fully charged battery and with my 50mm lens in hand, the image taking began...

My version of a Farmhouse Kitchen created in my studio....

I hope you have enjoyed seeing the set creation for this photo shoot and happily, I have already started thinking about what a Farmhouse Christmas Kitchen might look like.....

Wishing you a wonderful day

JoanMarie

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