Hartford Magazine writer and contributor, Krystian Von Speidel contacted me about six months ago about doing a feature on my home and my blog. (You may recall Krystian as host of The Fanciest Tag Sale in Connecticut). He'd come across my blog awhile ago and said he'd filed in the back of his head the idea of doing a story about Vivid Hue Home. He envisioned a potential Valentine's day "tea party" setting where I set the table in preparation for a brunch with my girlfriends. Of course, I was completely in love with this idea! The result was this article, "Heather Grahling's Vivid Hues- A Popular Blog on Decorating."
I never dreamed my fourteen dollar Target snake skin lamp could look so good in print! Huge thanks to Mark Mirko, the photographer for this shoot, for making my home look so wonderful. He really has skill in manipulating himself and his camera to identify the best way to portray his art and subjects.
".....One of these inspirational bloggers lives just down the road in Farmington. In the (two) short years since launching her blog, Vivid Hue Home, Heather Moore Grahling has evolved from a wary observer of the remodel of her home into a savvy consumer and, by turns, decorator of sophisticated interiors. "
So, Vivid Hue Home was born, and blogging became an ideal way to learn more about the marketplace.
“I became more familiar with luxury brands while researching them for my blog posts,” says Heather, who soon gained a national following on her blog, where readers can get Heather’s tips on everything from the right trim for a window treatment to family arts and crafts. Heather credits Erin Moser’s House of Turquoise as catapulting Vivid Hue Home’s readership after Heather’s sunroom was featured on Moser’s blog..."
"Of course, she’s always trying something new, updating her home’s décor, which she chronicles in an infectiously enthusiastic voice that has made Vivid Hue Home notorious among dedicated followers. Unafraid of manipulating a room whose decoration is “finished,” Heather encourages her readers to offer opinions on design aspects both completed and contemplated.
“Everything is a blog-able moment,” says Heather, which is something that Eric’s gotten more comfortable with over time."
There are many more juicy details in the article itself. Please visit here for the entire feature.
I am over-the-moon thrilled to have had this opportunity. Check back soon for additional details in the preparation involved for this photo shoot. I will also share additional photos (of my own) that weren't shared in this article!
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ALL Photos in this post are courtesy of the Hartford Magazine. All photography by Mark Mirko.