Wednesday, July 5, 2017

An Unexpected Pleasure


A year ago I was contacted by the editor of Cottages and Bungalows magazine about featuring our house in the magazine.


I posted this pic on Instagram the morning of the photo shoot last November - I recall being excited, nervous and pinching myself to see if it was really happening.


It was so exciting when the issue arrived - several friends emailed to say they had read the article so we anxiously checked the mail each day.


The photos were taken in early November and since they would be in the August issue
I had to bring all my summer decor down from the attic.


One of the things that cracks me us is that almost no room in the house looks the same as it did 9 months ago - we have a new sofa, the ottoman is gone and the green and yellow table is now blue.


The dining room looks much the same, but I do have a fun new change to show you in another post.


I hovered around the photographer and got some great tips for making my photos better.


I love that they included photos of Steve's studio - he's already gotten a few calls about his paintings.


Both the guest room and our bedroom have some big changes since the photo shoot.


Last fall we were deep into a multi-year drought and the garden was not as lush and green as it is today.


Just look at the difference after a rainy winter and actually being able to water the garden.


In a world of neutral shades, I love that this issue is filled with color and that our house was featured with so many beautiful houses including this house below which belongs to Erin of My Painted Garden.


A big thank you to all of you who read my blog, encourage me to try new things and inspire me - if not for you, this unexpected pleasure would never have occurred.

43 comments:

bobbie said...

:)))

Besides yours, I also love the house on page 40 ~

Stacey said...

I'm so happy for you! I've always thought that your creative cottage should be featured in a magazine. In fact, I think you and Erin could team up and do a cottage book!

Art @ Home said...

Congratulations! Because your adorable beach cottage is featured, I'll go out and buy a copy so I can read the article! :)

You are so deserving. You truly do have the cutest beach cottage in blogland!

I hope you're having a wonderful summer!

BTW I think it's funny how they take photos so far in advance for magazines! I bet you learned so much about the process from your experience.

xo,
RJ

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Congratulations - your Cottage spread in the magazine is wonderful.
Joy

Susie said...

Carol, Congratulations for having your wonderful seaside cottage in this magazine. I think it's great news. Hope Steve sells lots of paintings. :) Blessings, xoxo, Susie

Parsimonious Perfection said...

Congrats!! How exciting!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

How exciting! Your home is for sure 'magazine worthy' and such an inspiration! I love how so much is different now, it's how you keep it fresh by re-interpreting your rooms often!

Dewena said...

They did a fabulous job on your amazing cottage! I was thrilled to death when I saw your cottage in my favorite US shelter magazine. That's wonderful that your husband's work got more exposure too. Your home inspires me, especially your kitchen shelves. You wouldn't want to hop a plane and come do mine, would you? Oh, well, I'll just study yours some more!

ANNE said...

I can't believe your home hasn't been featured until now! It looks beautiful in the issue and still beautiful in it's new form. Love love love your style!

NanaDiana said...

Now you KNOW I have to go buy a copy of this to have forever!

Congratulations! I am not in the least bit surprised. Your place just screams 'REAL COTTAGE LIVING' and that is what I love about it. Your talent has paid off and they noticed!!

Blessings and have a wonderful week- xo Diana

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

Your home is what comes to my mind when I hear the words Beach Cottage. Love that you were chosen for such a wonderful feature!

The Junque Seeker said...

Congratulations on a very deserved feature! Your creativity always inspires.

Connie said...

How very exciting! I'm going to run out and find a copy :)

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Oh, this is so exciting. I must go get a copy!

Pam Richardson said...

Carol, I love your beach cottage and I am so excited for you being featured! I must run out and get a copy!

Selfish Necessities said...

Congratulations and thank you!
We always enjoy your blog and the inspiring photos you share.

Junkchiccottage said...

Congrats Carol. Your beautiful home by the sea is so magazine worthy. I am so happy they feature you in this magazine. Your home is so cozy and pretty. So happy they featured Steve's studio too. How wonderful he is getting some calls on his paintings. Any news yet?!!!
Hugs,
Kris

podso said...

Your cottage looks wonderful on the pages of a magazine. Congratulations!

Down by the sea said...

Hi Carol, Congratulations the article looks fantastic, I'm surprised that your home has not been in featured in magazines before. I love the way it has captured the essence of your home including Steve's artwork. They need to regularly cone back to show all your changes ! Sarahx

Down by the sea said...

Hi Carol, Congratulations the article looks fantastic, I'm surprised that your home has not been in featured in magazines before. I love the way it has captured the essence of your home including Steve's artwork. They need to regularly cone back to show all your changes ! Sarahx

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

BRAVA BRAVA, Carol!!!!! Isn't it a fun feeling to see your home in a magazine? I don't know about you, but now that we've had our home in a magazine, I see my great room especially, as an iconic space. To see in in the glossy pages then to see it in person every day is a weird and wonderful sensation.

Your home has always been magazine-worthy, and though you've made some revisions, every change has been enchanting. That's the life of artists - always seeing what else can be done!

Jackie @travelnwrite said...

Congratulations on an honor well earned. Beautiful feature of your very beautiful home! Always an inspiration (even though my attempts never quite get there!)

My Little Home and Garden said...

This must be such a thrill. Your home certainly is worthy of being in a magazine!

Karen

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Carol, so excited for you and the feature is so deserved. Your home is incredible, always magazine worthy and an inspiration to all. I'm still trying to find an issue. Everywhere I look is sold out!! Congratulations Carol!!
Enjoy the honor!!

Tracy @ananchoredhome said...

Carol this is amazing! I have long wondered why your cottage has not been in a magazine. I will run out and get it!!! Congratulations

Kim said...

Fabulous Carol! Congratulations. I have always thought that your beautiful and unique home belonged in a magazine. I am glad that one of them finally came to their senses and featured you! I am heading to Barnes and Noble later today. I will definitely look for you!

Jeannies Bottle said...

Congratulations! The pictures look great!

Rhondi said...

How exciting to have your home featured in a magazine!! It's amazing how much it has changed since then!

karen@somewhatquirky said...

It's a beautiful spread. You're going to have to find a spot for a pack-n-play and you for the boy...

Joanie McLaughlin said...

How exciting. Your home is so cheerful and in such a great location. Just what a "beach bungalow" should be! Congratulations!

Libby Wilkie said...

Oh how thrilling!!!! Such good pictures. Your house is always so very photogenic and they certainly captured that. Congratulations!!!!

Melanie said...

Wow, congratulations! This is so exciting - though not surprising. ;-) Can't wait to go out and get a copy of this magazine!

Susan Freeman said...

A we'll deserved feature of your charming cottage!

Love,
Susan and Bentley

Helen Philipps said...

How fantastic you house looks in the magazine Carol! I always love your style, even if it changes and the colours alter, it always looks amazing. Congratulations on being featured...yours is one of my favourite homes!
Helen xox

Mary 120 Spring Street said...

I must have a copy of this magazine, anyone know where I can buy a paper copy? Thanks.
Mary

Curtains in My Tree said...


What a great spread in the magazine !!!!!
Congratulations
It's wonderful

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

That's amazing! And the pictures really give the right vibe of your cottage, even if a few things have changed in it since then. Congratulations on that well-deserved feature!

Sylvia said...

Carol, Wow! Congratulations to you and Steve on being featured in this publication! I`ve been following your blog since at least a year before you retired. I was attracted to your blog because of your colors in decorating. Keep enjoying life! Have a great day. Sylvia D.

Renee said...

I will have to look for this magazine. Congrats. Looks like a great article with great photography. So happy for your lovely home to be featured.

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

Congratulations and what an honor. Your home is so cottagey cute! The photos are out of this world and great to see Steve's paintings in the shot too. I could only dream.....

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Hi Carol,
Geez I missed this post, sorry. Congrats to you and Steve on your cottage being published. I will buy the magazine and read your article. I always enjoy your Instagram posts and seeing what inspired you to try in your charming home. What makes homes intriguing is how they evolve over time and you are always editing and adding into your enchanting cottage making it welcoming and unique.
xoxo,
Vera

HWIT BLOGG said...

Lovely! And some lovely pictures in the magazine too! Great :)
Love from Titti

Rita C. said...

Carol, I am catching up on my subscriptions backlog while on a little vacation in FL, dreaming of cottages, and there yours is in Cottages and Bungalows!! How very timely and perfect! I knew it was yours before I started reading with those unmistakable primary colors and entry. What a nice job they did in showcasing your wonderful cottage and all the rooms. So happy to see this. C&B has risen as my top choice in the Engaged Media magazines. Jickie's doing a great job as editor. Congrats on the feature!
Rita