The stereo to bar was the first official photo shoot I have done with Our Storied Home. I had such a great time working with Amanda and learning “tricks of the trade”. She’s such a pro and I have learned so much from her. Between Amanda and Tricia, I have learned a ton. I have picked up on a lot from watching Tricia and her amazing photography and Amanda on writing and styling. These two chicks know what they’re doing!
A little backstory on the stereo — Tricia and I picked it up last December on our way to yet another auction. It was sitting on the curb on the corner of Henry Clay Blvd. and Delaware Ave. I remember this distinctly because it was the neighborhood where I grew up and started school. I remember being a little kid and there was a “Justice of the Peace” sign hanging beside the door of that house. I always wondered if people knocked on the door in the middle of the night: “Sorry to wake you, but would you mind marrying us?” Like everyone (bride and groom included) were in their jammies.
So Tricia and I loaded up that super heavy, bulky and awkward stereo into her SUV and weren’t able to purchase anything at the auction because her car was already full before we ever pulled into the parking lot. Once we got it home into my garage, it was time for Amanda to work her magic. Tricia and I weren’t exactly sure what we were going to do to it, but Amanda knew — definitely a bar. I showed Amanda a photo from the Sundance Catalog that had a piece of furniture that was similar in shape to the stereo. That became our inspiration for the stereo to bar. Keep in mind the cabinet in Sundance was $2000. We did ours for about $60 total and I had most of the stuff already.
The photo shoot was probably my favorite part — we had to wait until the light was just right and not too bright. Having Amanda styling the photos was awesome, she knew exactly what we needed. She wrote some recipes for drinks on the inside of the bar (we used chalkboard spray paint) and we were also able to use linens from Pomegranate which helped to style our bar with the Kentucky theme. I loved it! Pomegranate’s Lexington print napkins and apron are simply gorgeous. We also used their lime green snaffle tea towels as well as the Ford raffia coaster set in denim for our shoot to complete the look we wanted.
We purchased Ale-8 and some wine from local vineyards along with our other glasses and bottles. The turntable made a great display piece for the shoot, and the cutting board my brother made was perfect. Everything just came together and I couldn’t have been happier with the finished product.
*A special thanks to Pomegranate, Inc. for providing the beautiful linens in the photos. Their prints is are festive, classic and perfect for entertaining, so be sure to go and visit their website!