Merry Christmas to you.
It just so happens that I was in her neck of the woods ’round about the time Lisa McIlvain was fluffing her beautiful home for a feature in the Dallas Morning News. I imagine you’ve seen variations (professional shots, even) on my CELL PHONE photos above, and this is old news to you by now. I didn’t feel right breaking a story that wasn’t mine, so I waited my turn. Kindly. Like polite people should do. (And just so you know, all the photos above were from one room in her home, but the entire house was decorated for Christmas. And her studio? I have major studio envy. She needs to be in Where Women Create next.)
What you haven’t seen anywhere is my behind-the-scenes story of a weekend adventure with Lisa. She’s kind of a big deal in certain circles, you know.
So here it is: We made plans way back in October to go junking together in Canton. Then, the DMN feature story got scheduled around the same December weekend and in a fit of panic (or Diva-ness), Lisa canceled our Canton trip. As the date drew closer and the feature interview was complete, the junk beckoned and Lisa relaxed a bit, deciding she could go missing for a few hours the day prior to her photo shoot. (Who does that?!!) Canton, here we come!
Mother Nature, however, had other plans. The weather in Ft. Worth was cold and rainy the entire weekend, so we opted for some local junking instead. My crafty friend Carla joined us on our big adventure, during which Lisa may have seemed maybe a bit anxious, with a photo shoot only hours away. But we gave it our all, picking up a couple of treasures along the way to add warmth to an already picture-perfect home.
Carla and I went back home with Lisa after our adventure, and she put us to work. Or pretended to, anyway. (Just for the record, I would’ve done the same thing, but I would’ve been secretly rolling my eyes and changing everything once my “helpers” were gone.) Not Lisa.
Here’s a sample conversation of what went down …
Me, in the garage: You totally need to bring that cotton inside.
Lisa: What will we put it in?
Me: Where’s that loving cup you scored?
Lisa: I don’t have it yet.
Carla: What about that champagne bucket?
(We get busy with the cotton, and I suggest adding a cabinet card. As a joke, I get really specific with the cabinet card we need.)
Me: We need a picture of a boy with a sled. (wink, wink to Carla)
(And I kid you not, it took only seconds before Lisa responded.)
Lisa: How about a dog with a sled?
Seriously. And it was a family photo, to0! Because that’s how she rolls. And the arrangement was mentioned in the article and a photo was included.
Truth is, Lisa didn’t need our help to fluff. (I suspect she planted the cotton in the garage just so we’d feel useful.) She’s a big ball of talent. Her home was beautiful when we arrived. And she doesn’t even keep her kids in cages. They play in the living room. They help. And they proudly tell their friends they’re going to be in the paper.
Beautiful children, beautiful family, beautiful home, beautiful Christmas. As it should be.
And I helped.
Postscript: After the photo shoot, Lisa was busy getting food ready for a party she was hosting that very night. She’s so non-stop. Visit her etsy shop. Buy some stuff. You’ll be glad you did.