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Blackberries and Bunting Photoshoot

Recently I had the great pleasure of doing my first official Styled Interior Photoshoot. It was also a first time collaboration with Fielding Piepereit as lead Photographer and we were assisted by Photographer and Stylist Annetta Bosakova. I was greatly inspired by Selina Lake’s Styling in her recent books: Outdoor Living and Homespun Style.

Blackberries and Bunting

Melanie Beilner StylistAs I mentioned in the previous post, my husband helped me carry out my vision for this white vanilla cake with blackberry layers. It turned out so beautifully and became the focus of the whole photoshoot. It sits on a pretty cake stand from TJ Maxx: Ceriart, S.A. (The apron and bunting is homemade by me!)

Blackberries and Bunting Photoshoot styled by Melanie BeilnerI love pulling furnishings and decor together from garage sales and even free finds. Many of the props I’ve used in all my photoshoots are re-purposed (check out my updated Portfolio). The white washed barn table was rescued by my husband (Dream Garden Woodworks) from an old barn. The chalkboard is made with reclaimed lumber. The corner hutch is repurposed from a free find off Craigslist. To see the before and after pics for the hutch, go here

Blackberries and Bunting Styled by Melanie BeilnerI believe 99% of the props you see here were picked up at yard sales.


yard sale finds

blackberries in a mason jar

Blackberry Cake

DSC_1768Pansies (orange and purple) decorate the bottom edge of the cake. Blackberries were handpicked by my daughter and I. I’m thinking: End of Summer Goodness.

Blackberry Cake GoodnessAlso shown here: light blue tea towel from TJ Maxx: Artistic Accents. Pumpkin Spice Yankee Candle from TJ Maxx.Blackberry Cake with Whip Cream Frosting

slice of blackberry cakeThis white vanilla cake has layers of blackberry jam and homemade whip cream with a whip cream frosting. It was very moist and oh so pretty! Fall is almost here but before the leaves all fall, pick a few blackberries and celebrate the end of summer! Bittersweet…


Prepping for an Interior Photoshoot; Homespun Style

Annetta BosakovaThe number 1 help in any photoshoot is people. For my first Interior Photoshoot (at my house), I asked Annetta Bosakova to assist in Photography and Styling. She was full of good advice and good ideas! Taking the lead on photography was my cousin Fielding:

Fielding Piepereit PhotographyPrepping for a photoshoot requires much planning and shopping. For several weeks I was collecting props mostly at garage sales and TJ Maxx.

pumpkins in basket


embroidery hoops and Grandma

Colander from TJ MaxxOn the day of the shoot my husband generously put together the cake I had envisioned:

Donny.cakeOn the day of the shoot, we foraged the neighborhood for flowers, removed all clutter (the stuff we really need! haha!), and arranged props and flowers:

Melanie Beilner StylistWe took a break here and there to Instagram our Phone Camera pics, eat pizza and talk about Styling and Photography.


CollaboratorsI was one happy girl to have these 2 very talented people by my side. Thanks guys for making this day great!!! I learned so much. And thanks to Selina Lake for her inspirational books such as Homespun Style and Outdoor Living which inspired me greatly to do this shoot.


I’m on Instagram…and it’s oh so fun!

PicMonkey Instagram Collage1Around here and there in the last week! Country Cottage Living. (above photos on Instagram; melaniebeilner)

Hello! I’ve been busy getting used to my new phone: a Samsung Galaxy S4. My husband surprised me one day with it!! at first I was overwhelmed and my phone number had to change too. Bummer. But then I discovered the camera and Instagram and all the cool effects. Then to top it off I discovered PicMonkey and made this Fab collage!!!! Can you feel my excitement?? So, I’ve been in the dark ages using a flip phone which is small and compact and little stress or anything to do on it. Now, I have this compact basically computer and can do anything on it! I’m a little over-the-top!


Penny Lane Update

Penny Lane, Bellingham WaJust wanted to share my recent pics of my Penny Lane booth…lots of fun and colorful goodies…

Penny LaneIsn’t this piece (above) so cool?…we got it free behind a local Greek Restaurant and then fixed it up and wiped layers of grease off it.





2014-08-30 21.10.38I created this pencil drawing effect(above) on my new cell phone…a Samsung Galaxy S4

Penny Lane, B'ham WaThe rooster/chicken applique I picked up at a thrift store; I took it off of the hot pad (in bad condition) and sewed it to this ticking decor pillow…cute, huh?


Teenage Girls at the Beach

Lana Jenae Photographybeach photoshootAren’t these girls adorable?? Just a quick minishoot we added to the “Beach Picnic” Shoot (with the July 4 theme). (Lana Jenae Photography) Quilt, beach ball, Anna’s outfit, vintage sunglasses all from garage sales. Lena’s top from Foxxy Browns. Burlap striped bag I made!


BeachTwizzlers and Cocacola are fun too! InStyle magazine and vintage Life magazine are the reading materials.blowing bubblesBeach Photoshoot!