Christmas Hutch {and a photography lesson}

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Blogging is a very, funny thing.  Very funny, indeed.

You spend hours and hours decorating and fluffing and then dusting and cleaning and making sure everything is just right before you take your pictures.

You choose the perfect blue, satin ribbon that compliments the Summer Cottage Blue walls in your Living Room – which you painstakingly chose after painting a blue that wasn’t quite “right.”

In the weeks before, you spend countless of hours on Pinterest, picking and choosing ideas that speak to you.  Such as adding a ribbon behind the glass of your hutch.

And then securing the small bow-laden wreath to the front of the glass with those glorious Command hooks.

You cut cedar and magnolia – even at the risk of getting little scratches all over your little arms from the cedar.  Nasty stuff, that.

You scour the Dollar Stores for the perfect ornaments, and dig like a Mad Woman  through your Christmas bins because you remember you had some sparkly, blingy balls from a year-end sale.

And you jump like a little girl on Christmas morning when you find the sparkly-blingy balls because they are just as perfect as you thought they would be.

They are so sparkly they are like glitter on steroids kinda sparkly.

You get each sparkly-blingy, steroid-sized glitter ball in place, along with your arm-scratching cedar and cinnamon-scented pinecones from last year,
and you stand back – and sigh.

Then you sweep away all the glitter and the cedar clippings because its time to take pictures.  

You set up the tripod, snap away while the light is still good.  Satisfied, you put the camera away and move on to other projects.  (Like putting all the furniture and prints back in place because someone
decided at 6pm last night to make a room change.)


Later, you download your pictures.  After all, its getting dark and a blog post most be composed and published.  

And THAT is when you see this…

… and this…

… and most of all – this…

… and this –

and this…

But, at the end of the day – its just something to laugh at and show you how we keep it real here at The Everyday Home

And what did these pictures teach me about photography?

Easy.  Make sure you’re wearing makeup and lipstick when you take pictures of sparkly-blingy,
steroid-sized glitter balls.


Thanks for letting me share my Living Room English Hutch – and my lesson on photography.


Oh and by the way…did you love my Christmas
pillows I featured yesterday on my

Stay tuned tomorrow because I am giving away 
TWO pillows to TWO lucky winners!
Compliments of my online shop.

Oh and by the way!  Click on 
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Sharing with:
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life – Tabletop Tuesday
Kim at Savvy Southern Style – Wow Us Wednesday
Kristen at Kristen’s Creations for Show Us Your Creations




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  1. Your hutch looks beautiful, Barb! I love the garlands. I’ve done the same thing after taking pictures. It’s usually the cords that get me!

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  2. LOL. I would’ve never noticed the wreaths at different levels if you hadn’t pointed it out. :) But that happens to me too … like the unsightly extension cord or reflection in glass somewhere. Funny how even when I scour the scene before pressing the shutter, I still end up with something funky in the photo. Thank goodness for PhotoShop! :)

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  3. LOL, Barb, I never would’ve noticed any of those things! I was too busy staring at your fabulous hutch as a whole. But, you’re not alone … I do this all the time. Love your reindeer … your greenery … AND, your steroid sized glitter balls. Stunning!

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  4. that’s gorgeous. we are our own worst critics. Those so called bluppers would never have been noticed, but thanks for pointing them out!:)

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  5. Beautiful Barb! We are our own worst critics aren’t we? I use “clone” a lot and erase those things, or blur it with the soft focus! I love your soft blue colors too!

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  6. Barbara you are too funny!! I don’t think anyone would have noticed anything until you pointed it out! Your decorations are so very pretty! I love all the sparkly bling.

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  7. So funny, but true – pictures have a way of showing all! Your hutch turned out beautiful!

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  8. Loved reading your blog post, it made me laugh! And your hutch is beautiful. :)

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  9. This is so funny, and I have done this myself too. With mirrors.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  10. let me first stay your hutch looks beautiful (extension cords and all!) which i would never have noticed if you hadn’t pointed them out. i’m so glad you’re “keeping it real”…i’ve had some of those same moments myself…like times i take pictures at ungodly hours with no makeup, mismatched jammies and flat hair!


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  11. People are definitely their own worst critics because I was just admiring your beautiful hutch and display and I did not expect the next pictures to be about the things that were wrong with it! I did not notice the cord or the wreaths at all! Everything looks really lovely!

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  12. Your china cabinet looks amazing! You really stopped me in my tracks talking about a photog lesson. I stink at it and taking better photos is my goal for the new year!

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  13. If this makes you feel any better, it happens in home staging photos all the time too. We miss a drawer being cracked, a cord, or a piece of dust on the floor that screams out to us in photos. Thankfully, most people miss them.

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  14. Hi Barb,
    Your hutch is beautiful… and I love that you showed up in the reflection of the ornaments… after all, it is a reminder that we put so much of ourselves into what we create!

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  15. I LOVE the hutch, and I think it is just beautiful! You are so right tho, all kinds of tings show up in the pics sometimes.

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  16. Love it Barb!! Your garland looks beautiful!

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  17. WHAT? You have CORDS??????? I can’t believe it! The whole thing is just beautiful!

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  18. Oh you little silly! I think we’ve all been there – showing up in our shiny objects! :) Never mind, look at your gorgeous hutch. Your really knocked yourself out on this. It’s so gorgeous!
    be a sweetie,
    shelia 😉

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  19. Hahahhaa… thanks for the giggles. Was about to shut down for the night and take my sellp self to bed, then I decided to read your post… Well worth the delay in slumber.. I giggled and awwweedd!!!! Just beautiful..
    Thanks for sharing.

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  20. Ha!!..I have done that before…my reflection in the glass!!…At least you were not in your pajamas!!…:)
    Beautiful hutch…I think you are loving your new camera!!!

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  21. Amen!!! Why is it that we only see those things in pictures?! LOL BUT…it’s lovely, and we might as well laugh about it and move on!! Can’t take ourselves too seriously. ~Zuni

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  22. Amen!!! Why is it that we only see those things in pictures?! LOL BUT…it’s lovely, and we might as well laugh about it and move on!! Can’t take ourselves too seriously. ~Zuni

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  23. Loving the light blue and silver! So pretty!


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  24. Oh Barb, your hutch is gorgeous. I love that garland on the top and your blingy/glittery balls are so beautiful with the reindeer. You tickle me with your reflections, I seem to be in all the pics one way or the other. lol Thanks for joining TTT Hugs, Marty

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  25. Very funny! I hadn’t noticed the wreaths weren’t balanced until you pointed it out!! Yes those “self portraits” can be hard to dodge! I’ve edited myself out a few times! Extension cords are hard to hide aren’t they! I use shipping tape to secure them but sometimes I forget and bam there they are in the picture! Overall thought your hutch looks really great and all your pain staking efforts were worth it! Love the beautiful shade of blue you’ve chosen too!

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  26. so true….so true…..the camera doesn’t lie! That’s why I love the clone tool on picmonkey….poof to those electrical cords. :) Your hutch is stunning!!!

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  27. haha, I know, right? We find the things that need fixin’ after we take the pictures. I didn’t notice any of that until you pointed it out. Your hutch is beautiful. Love those blingy ornaments!

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  28. Loving the soft blue color scheme Barb, and sparkly balls on steroids are glorious!! xo Kathysue

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  29. I think you look so cute in those Christmas ornaments! LOL! Thanks for making me smile (as always) today!


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  30. well it looks stunning and it wouldnt be the same with YOU in the photos.
    my goodness, you are soooooooooooooooooo TINY… giggle

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  31. I think your hutch looks divine, very beautiful, I only hope you don’t need anything in there
    for a Christmas party or dinner!! or you are gonna have some fun!! lol
    You’re photography lesson is so true………just last night had to take a pic out and go back and crop it and repost it, I was taking a shot of a picture lying on the table and somehow I
    got my feet in the picture and never saw it till I downloaded it to my blog. So funny!
    and yes, I have seen many of those reflections and thought oh no!! as I was in my jamies or robe. Too funny………..Teaches us nothing is perfect………that is for sure.
    Thanks for sharing your delightfully beautiful hutch.
    Blessings, Nellie

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  32. Laughing so hard because it is soooooo true!!! I also rush, rush, rush to get a project finished before 4 so I’ll still have good light to take pictures! I’ve had to retake and retake pictures just because something was off! Funny things is, I don’t think anyone notices it as much as we do!! Your hutch turned out gorgeous!! Love it!! Thanks for sharing!

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  33. That is so funny and so true! I think we’ve all been there and the only thing to do is laugh and try to pay closer attention next time. Oh, and put on your prom dress and tiara!

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  34. Oh my! I didn’t notice any of those things you pointed out. I was sucked in by the beauty and didn’t see the flaws.

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  35. I don’t mind the extension cord, and I’m so lopsided I never would of noticed the wreaths at different levels, but I will never forget the time I took some photos only to see my face front and center in the reflection!


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  36. Your hutch is beautiful all decorated for Christmas. I have a lot of mirrors hanging around so I have to be careful about picture taking too.
    Mary Alice

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  37. That is hilarious, I also have encounter the “bulb reflection” image, not flattering AT ALL! I think you are too hard on yourself however, I would have never noticed the extension cord or the slight height difference of the wreaths…mainly because the whole photo is so stunning, your decorated china cabinet looks just Beautiful! Thanks for the very funny post! I’m sure we can all relate!

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  38. Silly you, that’s what Photoshop is for ! Great decor.

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