HL’s ever-resourceful decor editor, Jeanne Botes, takes us through the motions of how the quirky October outdoor shoot came together… I wanted to create an artificial scene for the outdoor shoot, and in the process, make the furniture look as realistic as possible. To achieve this we had to picture the set as a whole and imagine it as a snapshot from someone’s actual garden in real life. This meant we had to think of everything that you would normally find in a backyard, starting with the blades of grass and greenery, to the props, and ending with the blue sky! To start with, I had backdrops printed by Artlab to create the hedge and sky as close to real life as possible. Then we added more life-like objects in the form of the fake lawn, topiary, and parrot. The aim was to make it fun and a bit tongue-in-cheek, and to convey that sense of playfulness that comes with summer. So while we wanted the scene to resemble real life, there was definitely an intentional light-hearted feel to it. When it came to the furniture we sourced for the shoot, we wanted to showcase a variety of items. Everything from design classics courtesy of The Modern Garden Company, Weylandts, Pezula Interiors and more, to the everyday pieces from Mr Price Home and Game. These behind the scenes snaps show the decor team having a bit of fun as well as some of the lovely sets we created. The team did a great job of getting involved and arranging the shots. Schalk van Wyk was the styling assistant, Justin Patrick the photographer and Henk Hattingh the photographer’s assistant. Please see the full shoot titled “Garden Party” under Love this Look on page 15 of our October issue, on sale from 19 September 2011!