a Photo a Day | April 7 – 13

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Photo 1:  My 8MO session with Scarlett!

Photo 2:  With the nice weather I opened the windows in the studio… I look over to see Haley trying to get as close to said window without falling off the couch.

Photo 3:  A spread of my photography in BRAVA Magazine‘s April issue!

Photo 4:  BRAVA Magazine gifts all their freelance photographers an ad once a year.  Mine ran in the April issue!

Photo 5: Our house is a busy place with Josh hosting music lessons and me conducting my in-home photography studio.  I made this sign so I can welcome his students into the house without having to drop my work to go answer the doorbell.  I figure this will be particularly necessary when we have a dozing baby!  You wake the baby, you die! Just kidding.

Photo 6:  I also made this palette board map art this weekend.  Since we can’t paint our walls in our apartment I wanted to get the baby’s colors incorporated into our space somehow!

Photo 7:  An attempt at a prego selfie (31 weeks pregnant).  All you folks who have mastered the prego selfie, I don’t know how you do it!  I find it very troublesome standing sideways while holding the camera in a place that won’t block anything and still manage to snap the picture without dropping my phone…

Remaking Home | Studio

Remaking Home | Blog Post 4 / 5

Back in November of 2011 I started working for Houzz as an Ideabook Photographer.  Then, in December of 2011, I started working at Sherwin Williams as their Design Product Specialist.  Lastly, in mid January Josh and I moved into a new apartment where I was granted permission to paint the walls.  My very first walls to paint!

My spark of a love for interior design was quickly provoked into a steadfast fire because of my new involvement with interior design.  All of a sudden it was a huge part of my life – making its way in as a profession, into my photography, and into my personal space.  I started finding myself standing around my house dreaming up new ways to make it look better all the time.  However, professional interior design requires capital and I couldn’t justify laying down the cash to upgrade and rework until God nudged me to open an in-home studio space.

a Sunshine Moment Photography Studio

This room was the reason behind my redesign.

As I mentioned in previous Remaking Home posts.  Opening an in-home studio space required upping the quality of most of the rest of my house.  I was aware that my clients walk through my living room to get to the studio and they would walk through my living room and kitchen if they had to use the bathroom.  This meant I had to at least work on my living room, kitchen, and bathroom.  Well me creating a studio involved kicking Josh out of his office and moving his stuff into storage.  A couple of days later, on a coffee date, we were talking about my new project and the forlorn look on his face in regards to not having personal space gave me an idea.  The idea:  forget having a bedroom, we are artists and our art is our priority.  So the bedroom transformed into the Music Room, Josh’s office became my studio, and now we sleep on a hide-a-bed.

My first step in the studio was a repainting overhaul.  I knew I wanted yellow because it is my favorite color and my business name is a Sunshine Moment.  I mean, come on, it had to be yellow!

I painted it once.  It looked like I had spread Velveeta macaroni and cheese sauce all over my walls.  So I painted again.  The second color choice was one I actually brought home back in June and was a color my friends Aaron and Lynette used in their kitchen that I love.  On this rare occasion the transplant of a color looked beautiful.  My walls are a warm yellow color that fools me into thinking every day is at least partly sunny.  That is good for my soul.

My next step was finding a desk.  The desks Josh and I had before were no longer satisfactory due to the new nature of interior design perfectionist.  So, we disassembled the “desk” portion and I painted the shelves the same yellow as my studio walls and stuck them in my studio.

I knew I wanted a corner desk with shelves and at least one drawer – shelves for easy access to the supplies I use daily and a drawer to hide my keyboard and mouse when I’m not using them.  I also knew I wanted something made of real wood that was not too dark but not too light.  Lastly, I wanted a desk that a rolly desk chair would push in all the way when not in use and that would fit my legs comfortably even if I sat cross-legged (because that’s how I sit at least half the time).  I was picky because I knew what I wanted after having many a desk before.  Finally I made a trip to IKEA and rolled chairs over to desks so I could sit and get a feel for them.  After scouring the web and hefty personal debate I decided I would spring for the Hemnes Corner Workstation.  It’s awesome.

My next step was furniture.  I agonized over this detail and feng shuied every room every other week until I finally settled on the arrangement below.  With a the little addition of a coat rack for my clients to hang their coats and purses and a rug to break up the floor space I was finally satisfied.

When I was finished fussing with the furniture I could work out lighting.  This room doesn’t have an overhead light, though it doesn’t matter anyway because Josh and I light our world with lamps.  The first lamp was easy because I obviously would need some form of light at my desk for working in the darkness.  Over Christmas I was inspired to hang lights around my big front window because there are no outside outlets.  I like it so much I’m keeping it up, they are just white lights after all.  And finally, I worked on the lanterns.  I already had hanging lanterns in this room so I simply moved those and bought one more for a little extra fun.

Finally, I added my canvas prints to showcase some of my favorite work in my favorite space 🙂

This space is functional.

The set up featured below is what my space looks like when I have client meetings and certain photo shoots.  It has four purposes total and three functional set ups.


  1. Office (included in all arrangements, desk remains set up in the corner)
  2. Meeting Room
  3. Photoshoot
  4. Bedroom

SET UPS below…  and Sam modeled a little bit, he has to be involved in everything 🙂

Meeting Room and Portrait Session Set Up

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Remaking Home | Kitchen and Bathroom

Remaking Home | Blog Post 3 / 5

Ok, so when I posted Remaking Home | Living Room I said that was where I started.  Well, truth is, I actually started with the kitchen but all I really did in this remodel was reorganize this room, no painting required.  I promise I didn’t mean to fib 🙂

The kitchen was the only room I successfully chose the paint palette for the first time around.  Red for a kitchen to me is fitting because it is a place with fire.  Red to me speaks of cooking and baking and enjoying the occasionally spicy meal.  I couldn’t do any red though because if you look at the counters they are yellow and the cabinets are a very yellow-brown.  And I’m not a fan of putting catsup and mustard in a room.  We also wanted to incorporate lime green in our kitchen.  After looking and bunches of colors I found this Sierra Red and fell in love.  I love the earthy, dirt red tone.

Our other hurdle with this room was that is was an awkwardly HUGE kitchen.  We have very little counter space and only one place for the stove, refrigerator and radiator (yes, I did try to move the stove and fridge).  To break up the space, and wall space, we added a small “dining” table and another table for some more counter space.  We hung the lime green lantern over our new “counter” space and strung lights around the doorways for some nice ambiance.  My favorite addition we made in this room are the pots and pans racks by the stove and the cubbies for jars of baking supplies.  The last little touches were the pictures we hung and the curtain I got for the window leading to the porch (I get the most compliments on this curtain than anything else in the house I think).

Our bathroom is TINY.  There is room for the toilet, sink, radiator, and tub… there’s enough left over to stand in the room and turn around.

When Josh and I got engaged we made our trip to Target to create our wedding registry.  I look back fondly on this time now but that day he and I had it out.  We could not agree on anything and particularly could not agree on towels.  He wanted all these boring colors and I really wanted the bright colors (particularly yellow of course).  We ended up getting so frustrated at each other that we actually went separate ways, wandering the store by ourselves for a while.  Josh had the scanner so he took the liberty to add a few things in my absence (like an ax, which we actually got for a wedding gift) 😉  Eventually we had cooled down enough to talk again and Josh won the  towel battle.  The first two years of our marriage were privy to brown, navy, purple, and green  towels.  This year I found these way more exciting towels at World Market and was STOKED!  I showed Josh and he liked them too so I bought them while they were on sale and with a coupon and put the old ones in storage for when we have more than four people in our home at a time.  Josh has since learned that yellow is, indeed, an awesome color and that color in general is way more fun.  I have learned that too much color variety, or rainbows in every room, just looks immature.  One of the many, although seemingly insignificant, lessons learned because of marriage.  Love that guy!

So I love my towels.  It’s the little things in life right?  But my other favorite part of the bathroom is my soap dispenser.  Josh got this soap dispenser for me for my birthday, just before the redesign project took flight.  The other thing, besides yellow towels, that I had been asking Josh for was a fun soap dispenser.  I have always loved the kids soap dispensers and every time we went to Target I would make him look at them with me and I would say “some day I would really love one of these.”  One such trip at Target we found my little elephant.  This was finally a soap dispenser that was buckets of fun for me but not too obnoxious that Josh didn’t like it.  So, lo and behold, one of the gifts I opened on my birthday was that soap dispenser and I WAS THRILLED!  Such a thoughtful gift.

As for the rest of the room, fortunately green was already part of our bathroom scheme before so the rug, the toilet basket, the toiletry shelving, and some of the paint job could stay.  When we first painted the bathroom we naively chose a neon green.  It was hideous.  So then we repainted two walls a more subdued green, but I still wasn’t happy, I wanted the room to be uniform so, for this project, I simply painted the other two walls that same, subdued, green color.

With the new towels we DID need a new shower curtain though.  I browsed for a while.  Since the bathroom is so small and the only window is behind the tub I wanted curtains that would allow the light to pass through them.  I finally found this cool, map curtain at Urban Outfitters.

The last piece I added to the space was a simple shelf.  Previously we had a couple hooks for the hand towels there but I wanted a little shelf to put a candle.  The candle was important to me because I would light it every time I had a client meeting or session at the studio so if they had to use the restroom it would have nice ambiance and, most importantly, it would smell nice.  So I found this shelf on Etsy and was exciting to have my candle shelf and towel hooks all in one, with the lovely addition of a jar for fake flowers.

Ok, the final last piece I added was a new toilet seat.  The old one was the white plastic variety so we picked up this more aesthetically pleasing wooden seat at IKEA.

And now, the visual evidence… 🙂

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Kitchen Red:  Sierra Redwood (Sherwin Williams)

Kitchen Tan:  no clue

Bathroom Green:  Parakeet (Sherwin Williams)

The Stuff…


Pots and Pans racks:  IKEA

Wood cubbies:  IKEA

Yellow table:   IKEA

Curtain:  World Market

Trash Can:   IKEA


Rug:  Target

Toilet Basket:  Target

Beside sink shelves:  Target

Yellow shelf:  Etsy

Towels:  World Market (not the exact same as they discontinued them in December but these are similar)

Soap dispenser:  Target

Shower Curtain:  Urban Outfitters

Toilet Seat:   IKEA

Trash Can:  Target

Remaking Home | Music Room

Remaking Home | Blog Post 2 / 5

The “music room” as I call it, or Josh’s office, was the last room I finished.  So, naturally it is the second room I feature 😉  I figure I have to save the studio for last, it is sort of the capstone of the whole ordeal after all!

I puzzled over the music room for months.  When I started the project in October I did my first rearrange of the house which left the music room in a state of disarray.  It was the room that got everything I didn’t know what to do with.  Several rearranges and three different paint jobs later I finally came up with the set up below.

I set out to make the music room a place where Josh could do his work, play keys, play drums, and listen to records.

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Light Blue:  Old Pickup Blue (Benjamin Moore)

Orange:  Custom color (Sherwin Williams)

The Stuff…

Desk:  Calhoun family heirloom (Josh’s grandpa made it)

Record frames:  Urban Outfitters

Guitar:  hand-me-down from my mom

Hamper:  T. J. Maxx

Rustic wooden frames:  Hobby Lobby

Rug:  Urban Outfitters

Remaking Home blog posts to come…

  1. the studio
  2. a summary (including the kitchen and bathroom)
  3. before and after pictures

Other Remaking Home blog posts…

Remaking Home | Living Room

Remaking Home | Living Room

Remaking Home | Blog Post 1 / 5

Back in early November I was struck by an epiphany.  Up until that point Josh and I had spent a lot of time in prayer about our living situation and thinking it was getting close to time to move again.  Instead, God answered our prayers by giving me a vision for our home that included the things we were asking Him for.

Josh had been gone for a day or two when the Remaking Home idea came to me.  It all started with a vision for A Sunshine Moment Photography Studio.  Because I was committing to a studio I suddenly had to up the quality in the rest of the house.  In order for my clients to get to my studio space they were going to have to pass through our living room.  And lets say they had to tinkle, in order to get to the bathroom they would have to pass through the living room, the kitchen, and the bathroom.  Two rooms untouched right?  Wrong.  I also needed storage shelves for all my new equipment so I looked to the otherwise unusable porch space.  Finally, with one room remaining and completely disheveled at this point, we decided to convert that into Josh’s studio so he could set up his drum kit.

The Living Room was step one in the process, mostly because it was the easiest to work with.  The remake consisted of touching up one wall and repainting the other three, opening the space up, incorporating a new bookshelf, de-cluttering surfaces, dressing the walls, ditching the junk, and adding some aesthetically pleasing nicknacks for a final accenting touch.

Main points of interest…

  1. Bookshelf
  2. Wall of Us
  3. Wall Colors
  4. Wine Bottles as Vases
  5. Antique Chandelier
  6. Wooden bird cage


Wall of Us: every year Josh and I get pictures taken of us right around our anniversary.


I got this chandelier from my Grandma Hagberg. She has several of these in her summer home and bequeathed one to me last summer when I visited. It came to me looking pretty shabby (before and after pics later) so I cleaned it up and gave it a new paint job. I also ripped out the wiring and converted it to a candle chandelier.


Those double doors are a friends and family favorite. When we were considering moving into this lower level house apartment all doorways were open. I told our potential landlord that we loved the place but couldn’t move in unless we had doors for the bedrooms. He found the rustic set hiding in the basement and the darker set at an antique store. He was going to refinish the rustic doors but we asked him to keep them as is 🙂


The stuff…

  • Corner shelf: gifted by Grandma Lu
  • Rug: IKEA
  • Entertainment center: gifted by Deedee
  • Bookshelf left: gifted by Grandpa Bud
  • Bookshelf right: gifted by Mom and Dad Calhoun
  • Wingback chair: IKEA
  • Loveseat: Target.com
  • Blue wall color: Seaworthy by Sherwin-Williams
  • Green wall color:  Hearts of Palm by Sherwin-Williams

Remaking Home posts to come… Music Room, A Sunshine Moment Photography Studio, A Summary (including bathroom, kitchen, and storage room), and Before & After