As a story producer, one of the best parts of my job (and there are many!) is the opportunity to discover talented new designers and help them to get published in national magazines. It's icing on the cake when the designer is not only talented, but immensely kind, humble and an absolute joy to work with. Such is the case with designer Maria Beck of M.E. Beck Design in San Antonio, Texas.
I first became acquainted with Maria's work in late 2013 (when I was still living in upstate New York). Maria had relocated her business from Dallas to San Antonio, and I discovered her work while browsing through Pinterest one day. We discussed scouting her projects for our magazines, and she mentioned she was working on a large-scale renovation of a 1920's home that would be completed in 2015. Fast forward to June 2015 (by that point I was living in Dallas), when Maria sent me before and after photos of the finished project. I was blown away by the transformation and couldn't wait to present it to our magazines for consideration. The editors of Meredith Publishing's new remodeling magazine, Before & After, jumped at the chance to photograph this inspiring renovation.
The photo shoot took place in September 2015, and I had the opportunity to work with acclaimed photographer Jay Wilde to shoot this beautiful home. Maria and I spent a day getting the home "photo shoot ready", arranging furniture, playing with flowers and bringing in the finishing touches. I had the best time working with all of these amazing people, including art director extraordinaire Becky Lau-Ekstrand, who flew in for the week-long shoot. I wish I could clone this entire team for every photo shoot (and the super-nice homeowners, as well!)
The Spring 2016 issue of Before & After magazine is on newsstands March 15th, and the story, "Forever Elegant" written by Megan Boettcher, appears on pages 26-35.
In an era where almost everything is disposable and teardown homes are commonplace, being able to produce renovation and restoration stories like this project is yet another another reason to love my job!