the christmas photoshoot

January 3, 2009 |  Category:   craft holidays home


After cleaning, organizing and decorating all week long, the photoshoot for the Japanese magazine took place this morning. I didn’t get to do as many Christmas crafts as I would have liked, but I did make garlands out of coffee filters after seeing it here, and made colorful felt garlands for M’s room. I also managed to sew a couple of throw pillows at the last minute from the fabric scraps I purchased at the holiday trunk show from Hable Construction. While the photoshoot ended up being a lot of fun, it was also a good excuse to clean the apartment from top to bottom and purge the place of baby toys and the changing table. I took a few photos during the shoot that are posted here because the issue won’t be out for another year, and maybe I was down on our place when I posted this because we were in the middle of Holiday! Cookie! Madness! and the place was piled high with cookies and boxes, but now that all of it is gone, I’ve decided that our apartment is pretty fabulous.
















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  • selkie January 3, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    what great filter garlands! Inspirational (and I like the step or two you took yours from the other site’s…) I’ll try it.
    Yes, very nice home. Fun to see other years cards, too.

  • jek January 3, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    whoo-whee! i don’t know about you but now I’m down on MY apartment! this looks so dreamy, wonderful, fabulous! love the coffee filter garland and now i need one too! thank you for sharing!

    happy new year!

  • Sleepy January 3, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Everything looks so beautiful! One of my New Year’s resolutions is to decorate and make my apartment look more homey. After looking at your pictures, I’m even more motivated to do so!

  • Rosy January 3, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Your place looks great! What bed is shown in the kids room? I’m looking for a modern twin bed for my daughter.

  • Annie From Seattle (not someone you know, though) January 4, 2009 at 12:57 am

    Oh my god….love that Totoro poster!

  • Sandy January 4, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    I love the simplicity of your place. I have two children as well, and my house is so gosh darn messy!

  • Lara January 4, 2009 at 6:50 pm


  • jennifer January 5, 2009 at 9:43 am

    can’t wait to see the spread! your home is so lovely and I might have to borrow the coffee filter garland idea. brilliant!

  • Jenna January 5, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Thanks everyone. Well, the next day we took everything down (but kept all the garland up).

    Rosy, the bed is from Not Neutral. You can’t see it in the photo, but it has a built in bench at the foot of the bed. I got it on sale, thankfully. It’s a pretty great bed as it’s also fairly low to the ground.

  • amanda January 5, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    As a fellow graphic designer and mother, I understand the (often self-inflicted) pressure to be perceived as being surrounded by fabulousness at all times. Especially when if comes time to presenting yourself to outside world (christmas cards, photo shoots, etc. (our wedding invitation nearly killed me). Brava to you for pulling in out during such a crazy busy time. Happy ’09 to you and your family.

  • jennifer January 6, 2009 at 10:21 am

    can you house be cuter?! happy new year jenna!

  • patricia January 6, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Lovely photos! Everything looks great and so peaceful.

  • chris January 6, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    It looks gorgeous. Where did you get the Roman blinds that hang like a curtain in the girl’s room? I love those triangle banners. I will have to try and make something like that. BTW, thanks for the recommendations for Target’s knee socks, they work like a charm!

  • Barbara January 6, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    I can’t believe you were worried about sharing your apt. I love all the homey touches, and the girls shelves and the window… I just love it all. I hope you are having a wonderful new year. I love seeing all the progress going on in your lives. Sorry I haven’t commented more lately.

  • Jenna January 6, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    chris, the roman blinds/curtains are from pottery barn. I have them hanging in all of the windows in the apartment. I guess I liked the continuity of having the same window treatment throughout. Did I just say “window treatment”?

  • Rachel Denbow January 6, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    The garlands and bits of nature are fantastic and those marshmallows look divine. Congrats on the magazine feature. Thanks for the sneak peek!

  • jane January 6, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    i LOVE your bedspread and pillows w/ the birds…. where is it from?

  • Jenna January 6, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Jane, the bedspread is from Dwell. We’ve had it for 2 years and while I still love it, I was thinking I might be ready for a little change.

  • anny January 6, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    i luv the nature motif of ur bedsheets. so lovely đŸ™‚

  • Priya January 8, 2009 at 12:40 am

    So cheerful and warm! Thanks for sharing with us. Would you mind telling us where you got the little white storage unit in your daughter’s room? I am looking for something like this myself.

  • Jenna January 8, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Hi Priya. The white bookshelf is from Spot on Square:

    The designers were very generous to send me a model after I was one of the first to spread the word of their company on Babygadget.

  • missy January 12, 2009 at 1:49 am

    hi jenna,

    i just linked here from ohdeedoh. i LOVE everything about your home. where is your daughter’s duvet from (the orange and white)?? It’s the perfect color! Thanks!

  • vicki January 13, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    i love the garland that you made out of coffee filters! i’ve been trying to make one for my daughter’s room, but can’t seem to get the poms fluffy enough! do you have any suggestions?

  • Jenna January 13, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Missy, I picked up the comforter from the Pottery Barn outlet store in Riverhead a few years ago. I think it was $25. Good find and Mia is attached to that blanket (yeah, I tried switching it out last year but she wanted no part of that.

  • Jenna January 13, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    I know, it took me a few tries and experimentation. What I had to do was scrunch one of the ends and sew it tight and then fan the outside to make the pom poms. It’s sort of hard to explain. I pleated and sewed together the flat bottom sides first, then spread out each filter, see?

  • Alpa January 20, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Hey Jenna,
    I love your apartment. The garland look very fabulous. I’m certaintly going to try this one.

  • Emma May 5, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    I love the card holder in your daughters room. Where is it from?