Saturday, June 23, 2018

9 Months Later

Nine months after our home was photographed for Country Sampler magazine the summer issue was released - it's fun to look back at how our home looked then because so much has changed.


The buoys are back on the fence and a tree now stands in place of the bench.


The red chairs have been painted blue, but surprisingly, the plate racks look much the same.


The kitchen shelves are still filled with blue and white dishes, but the display in the entry cabinet is not so colorful.


Considering my love or red, white and blue, it is surprising that neither of the bedrooms is done in bold colors right now.


The Adirondack chair holds the same pillow, but the basket of flip flops has been painted white and my cosmos plants are not so big and vibrant this summer.


There are a lot of fun ideas in this issue and they sent me a few extra copies so I'm doing a Giveaway.


Please leave a comment if you want your name included in the Giveaway.


In order to receive the package before July 4,


I'll draw a name on Wednesday, June 27.


And don't be surprised if there are a few patriotic items included in the package.

95 comments:

  1. Carol, I am going to buy one of those magazines. I will keep it with the one that Kris of JunkChicCottage was in. You girls are awesome. I love all the old trucks. Your article is so summertime. Congrats to you and Steve. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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    1. Thanks for your sweet words!

      This is our second magazine feature and probably our last. Sadly, the company that asked has multiple magazines under one umbrella and their rule is that you cannot have been in another magazine.

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  2. I do! I do! I do! I want to be added to the giveaway chances and, like Susie, if I don’t win I’m buying a copy and keep it forever!!

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    1. You are ! You are! You are!

      You are on the list!

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  4. OoooH!!! Me, too, pretty please with butter and sugar on it!!
    :-)

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  5. What a lovely memento of your home and decorating style! Great feature!!

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  6. Congrats on the article. Would love to win, so throw my name in the hat.

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  7. I want this so much! I love your home and I'm so excited to see this magazine. I'll try to find one local if I don't win it! I love how your home is always changing also.

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    1. It looks quite different now.
      When I finish in the attic - had to come downstairs before I passed out from heat stroke, then the next huge project is painting the fireplace white.

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  8. Thanks for offering but I already have mine!! Judy from Gold Country Cottage is also in the issue!! Congrats again!!
    Hugs
    Deb

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    1. Thanks Debbie.

      Yes, Judy's feature is wonderful. And my Instagram Kelly has a fun feature too.

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  9. Hi Carol! I came earlier this morning when I saw the new post title, but I couldn't find it until now! AWESOME! Please put my name in the pot!!

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  10. Would love a copy of the magazine showing your beautiful home. I enjoy your blog very much.

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    1. You are so sweet! I'll add your name to the hat!

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  11. What fun to be featured in this magazine!

    ~Trisha

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    1. It was! I wasn't sure our house was a fit for the magazine, but the editor said she liked what she saw. The photographers found me on Instagram and made the proposal.

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  12. Oh yes, please include me.
    I love your house by the sea.
    :)

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  13. Carol, I love your sweet house and I especially love that it's by the sea! PLEASE add my name in the hat because I would love to have my own copy, in case I can't find one near where I live!

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  14. No one deserves a showcase in a decor magazine more than you. I never tire of looking at the photos of your charming cottage! (My kitchen & my bedroom are red, white & blue.)

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    1. What a sweet comment.

      Neither our guest room or our bedroom are red, white & blue right now.

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  15. Carol, your darling cottage is wonderful both before and after the changes. You always create a warm and inviting space with wonderful vignettes.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  16. Congratulations on such a beautiful feature. I look forward to your posts as much as I used to look forward to monthly decorating magazines. Keep them coming!

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    1. You are so sweet! I'm trying to blog more. I posted twice this week and am part of a blog hop on this coming Tuesday.

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  17. That looks like such a nice magazine- would love to win a copy. Also i do enjoy your posts- thanks, Patty B.

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  18. Congrats girlfriend. I had my time in there just a few months ago. It was from our Lake Zurich home about 5 years ago. That is when I had my beach guest room theme much like yours. Just fun to look back and see how far we have come with our decor. This is so sweet and awesome for you. Very happy you are in this issue. Congrats.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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    1. It really is fun to see how far we have come. And you know how much influence you had on my style!

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  19. even though things may look different....still beautiful as always....

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  20. Carol,
    Love all of your bright colors throughout your house. Congratulations on your magazine feature.

    Judith

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  21. Congrats on the feature! Reading about your home makes me happy - a bit of beach house love. Please add my name to the hat, and thanks for hosting the giveaway!

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  22. How exciting for you!!! I would love to be added to your contest* Your home is so beautiful* look at all those amazing photos they took* how fun*** enjoy your weekend
    deezie
    deeziesunshine@aol.com

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  23. You just amaze me with all the changes you seem to do all over your house and yard. And to be so talented along with it. Wow

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    1. What a wonderful comment to read this morning - thank you!

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  24. Love your use of primary colors and the beachy themes. Please count me in on the drawing. Thanks.

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    1. Despite living at the beach, I have only embraced the beachy themes the last few years, but I have always used primary colors.

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  25. Congratulations on your feature!!! How awesome is this! I would love to be included in the giveaway. Your little cottage is definitely deserving of all the accolades.

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    1. Thanks Ricki - your comments are always so sweet!

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  26. Carol congratulations and so well deserved. I would love, love a copy and a chance to win.

    I always enjoy seeing your paradise

    Cindy

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    1. Our paradise has been overcast for the last few days, but we still love it.

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  27. Your home was perfect for them! Where did you get the red/white bedding? So beautiful. They came to my little blue house in I believe 2013. I was in their 4th of July issue. I love your home and yard!
    Brenda

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    1. I remember when your house was featured.
      I'm not sure which bedding you're referring to. Our guest room with the red and white polka dot quilt, our bedroom with the red, white and blue quilt or the picture of a bed in a red and white quilt and shams?

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  28. PLEASE do add my name! I would love it if I won. I decorate with pretty magazines and keeping my fingers crossed I can add your sweet home to my decor.....thank you for the chance to win.

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    1. Your name is in the hat - hope your are feeling better!

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  29. Hi Carol, your Give-A-Way is a wonderful idea. I do have the magazine already and when I was looking through the pages of your charming cottage by the sea, I had this warm feeling of visiting a friend's home. We found each other early on in my life as a blogger and old friends are the best. As a young girl in Girl Scouts we used to sing a song that went, Make new friends, but keep the old, for one is silver and the other is gold.
    Please leave by name out of the give-a-way, I would feel guilty having two copies when others had done, but do sign the copies you give away, that is the only thing that I would chance about mine. You are a sweet and generous blogging friend . . . Congratulations on having such a beautiful spread in this magazine. Your home is a gem :)

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    1. I was a Camp Fire Girl and we sang that same song.

      I remember exactly when we became blog friends and I cherish our long distance friendship.

      thanks for the tip about signing the issue.

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  30. I'm so in love with your sea side cottage. I love all you do to red, white and blue.
    I would love to receive the magazine you are featured in.
    Have a beautiful rest of the summer

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  31. Your home is so warm and cozy, Carol! I have been an Instagram follower for awhile now, and just recently became a subscriber to your blog. It would be wonderful to win a copy of this magazine! Enjoy your summer!

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    1. Do I follow you on Instagram? Please let me know your IG name.

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  32. Carol, I was so excited when I picked up a copy of Country Sampler. Another blogger I also follow, Judy, had said she was in it and I'd been hunting for it. Of course, I looked for her and then I stopped short when I saw all that wonderful blue and white and the paintings and it was YOU! I had no idea. I'll be including mentions of this on Marmelade Gypsy in my post going up on Tuesday. I'm thrilled for you and I loved every photo they shared -- and that you share. I don't always comment; I must do that more! But I'm often here! Cheers!

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    1. I knew that the photographers were headed to the Sacramento area for a photo shoot after they finished their 2 days with us. I didn't know that Judy's was the house where they were headed.

      I don't always leave comments either.

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    2. Well, I'm going to make it a point now! I started following by mail so I don't miss anything!

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  33. I love your home and all the special touches and I so enjoy reading your blog. I would love to win this give a way. Thanks for the chance.
    grandmaehlers9@gmail.com

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  34. Carol, you home is so beautiful, I love seeing it featured in magazines. It truly deserves to be seen!! And so exciting, I think my friend Judy is featured in this edition, as well. I have the most talented friends! ;)

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    1. Yes, Judy is in the issue. I knew that the photographers were headed north to the Sacramento area after the two day shoot at our house. I actually hopped on a plane to Sacramento right after the photo shoot. But, the photographers never mentioned who the next people were.

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  35. I would love to win a copy of this magazine featuring your home! Please make sure to sign the cover! Hugs! Connell.crafts@gmail.com -a regular reader of your blog!

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    1. You are the second person to mention signing the magazine. I had never thought of doing that!

      And, how wonderful to read that you are a regular follower. I have been remiss in blogging and focusing on Instagram, but just last week I made the decision to blog more. I actually posted twice last week and am part of a blog party on Tuesday.

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  36. How neat! I must have missed that you were featured in that magazine, which by the way, I've read and LOVED for years and years... way before they really displayed many entire homes.. there was just a page or two of one room and I ate it up! Just the idea of a cottage by the sea makes me all wiggly inside! I love the coast and the sea and cottages... and yours is always so fun to take a peek at! Please enter me in the give-away! Thanks..... Marilyn

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    1. This is actually the first time I mentioned being in Country Sampler on the blog. I mentioned it on Instagram and Country Sampler showed a few pics of my house on Instagram.
      Your comment is so so sweet!

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  37. Seems like there is a line up to get an issue - but if I am not one of the lucky ones I will gladly pick up at my local grocery store. Very nice indeed!

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    1. I have not seen the issue at my grocery store. They sent me 6, but I gave them to friends and family. I sent one copy to a friend who made one of the quilts in the living room. She was excited to see one of her quilts in a magazine.

      I was down to mine and one for the giveaway and I just got another in the mail.

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  38. I have loved your style from the time I found your delightful blog. It is funny I belong to some collectors groups on FB and I mentioned that her syle was similar to yours and she was so happy to hear it since she has also been a fan. I guess you can meet Art and Sand lovers everywhere. Congratualtions of this magazine. You deserve it since your style is so whimsical and wonderful.

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    1. I had to share your comment with Steve - I love that you said "Art and Sand lovers". Do you mind sharing who the person is whose style is similar to mine.

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  39. Carol, I get to visit one of my favorite coastal cities with my favorite coastal cottages and get inspired every time I read your blog. Thank you for the creative break given to all of us who visit you. Of course your house should be in Country Sampler. It would be a keepsake if I were to win.

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    1. Thanks so much for the really sweet comment!

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  40. I'll buy one, actually I glanced at the cover when I was in town and made a mental note to pick up when I was in again (I had already indulged in a treat that day). If I had known you were in it I would have ignored the one treat rule and snapped it up there and then.

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  42. Your home looks so beautiful...and I'd love to see the magazine! Fun giveaway!

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    1. Thanks! I have friends coming for lunch in the garden today. I hope I caught all the dust balls!

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  43. Hi ~Jumping over from Nana Diana's blog. That is pretty cool that you were featured in the magazine. Beautiful place. I love it all. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thanks!

      A magazine shoot is a good way to get the house cleaned up and all those projects that need doing finished.

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  44. Congratulations on the feature, Carol. Yours is the epitome of a shore thing in my cottage-dreaming mind. I would love to be included in the names tossed in the hat for a copy of the magazine, thanks for offering.

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    1. I laughed at the title. We were photographed for Cottages and Bungalows last year and what I really appreciate about both magazines is that they included Steve and his talents in the title.

      I am waiting for friends to arrive for a little garden lunch. I am using the first tablecloth you sent me with bold red, blue and yellow. For flatware I'm using the red and yellow bakelite. It looks so pretty and it's a beautiful day in the garden. Last week we would have had to eat inside.

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  45. Your home i so LOVELY and full of inspiration...
    Have a great week!
    Love from Titti

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  46. Always a pleasure to visit your blog for inspiration (and just a little envy). Such gorgeous gardens! Count me in the giveaway drawing, please.

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    1. Thanks so much. I've been retired 5 years now and the garden is just about where I want it - lots of hard work. Fortunately I love working in the garden.

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  47. I'm glad you're blogging again. I find more connection than with instagram. Your home changes constantly - from great to greater!
    If you're willing to send to Canada, you can count me in on the giveaway, but I understand if not. Postage is so pricey.

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    1. I'll throw your name in the hat and deal with the postage if your name is drawn.

      I will tell you that when I'm at Coastal Postal, our local mailing shop, my postal guy Justin tells me that my Canadian friends should move to California because it would be cheaper!

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  48. Hi Carol!
    I bought that issue, and as I was thumbing through it I thought, "I know this house." Then I looked at the name and it was you! How exciting! Congratulations! I was excited that I knew someone who was in the issue. Such fun!
    Terry

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  49. Congratulations. How fun for you.

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