Friday, June 22, 2012

Styling a Favorite Garden for BHG June 2012

This garden story, which falls in the current June 2012 issue for Better Homes and Gardens magazine, is one of my favorite garden stories that I have ever produced.
Frank Mollica, Andra Mollica

It was last summer when I showed this garden space to the editor at Better Homes and Gardens. Her enchantment and excitement about the garden mirrored my own, and we both understood how well this small gem of a space would photograph.
I met the owners of the garden, Frank and Andra Mollica, seven years ago while styling their home for a Better Homes and Gardens home renovation story. At this time, the garden had not yet been fully developed, but the house was beautiful. I was in wonder of how this amazing couple was able to completely redesign their home all on their own with such great gusto and creativity. Every year I return to the Mollica house to see what incredible home projects they have taken on, and the garden was one of them. Over the years, I have watched this garden grow into a brilliant compact and inviting living space full of greenery, flowers and elegance. The perfectly trimmed bushes, flowers, foliage and garden accessories complement each other in such a captivating manner.
Better Homes & Gardens, featurePatio tablethings for picnic, outdoor party
Styling this garden story with photographer Matthew Benson and my assistant Barbara Bougeois last June was very exciting. We propped the space to enhance the striking look they had already created. We arrived at 6:00 AM and had to race against Mother Nature before the sun got too strong to shoot! Here are some fun behind the scenes snapshots from the shoot.

magazine shoot

You can get the full story on the Mollica garden in the June 2012 BHG Issue.

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