When I was in my newlywed years, I started buying home decor magazines.
I would look through the pages and admire the amazing spaces and try to use some of the inspiration in my new home.
We were dirt poor, and mostly living with hand me down furniture.
I would look at the homes and think what an amazing compliment it would be to have your house featured in a magazine.
Fast forward 23 years.
I got a call last summer from a photography team saying that they'd like to schedule a time to come shoot our house for a spring issue magazine spread.
I about fell over.
I didn't want to jinx it and say too much about it, but it seemed like it might actually happen when they did indeed come to my house early one morning and set up all the gear and brought in buckets of flowers to use for the shoot.
And I got to keep all those lovely flowers!
I had a couple weeks to prep our house from the time we scheduled the date to when they arrived, and it was very much like getting your home ready to sell.
Lots of last minute prep work and cleaning to make everything look great before the big day.
And wouldn't you know it, I had a big palm that had just bit the dust, and one of our bamboo blinds broke and I had to scramble to see if it could be replaced.
Fortunately, we didn't have to replace it- I just fixed the broken cord.
But you get the idea.
Lots of stuff going on fast and furious!
It was fun to see how the whole process worked, and all the tricks they use in styling.
They took some photos of our front porch, but none of those were used.
Donna, the stylist, made some "iced tea" in a pitcher for a little vignette.
It's too bad it didn't get used, because it was a cute set up.
The funny thing was that the iced tea was actually Worcestershire sauce and water!
I got a kick out of that.
It was a full day- from about 9am to 5:30pm- and I had a blast seeing the preview pics.
One of my most embarrassing moments was when they were shooting our family room, and they wanted the ceiling fan turned off.
I switched it off (it's on 24/7) and discovered that a nice thick layer of dust was still on the blades.
They took a photo of me dusting it, and now I can't find it, but it's probably just as well.
About a month and a half ago I did a phone interview for the article, and I was nervous about that, but it was really fun too.
I got to see a preview of the layout, and we chatted about what decor used in each photo, where I found certain pieces, and how I came up with our style.
It was much more fun and laid back than I worried about!
And, I have to say that I love the write up!
The publisher sent me three copies.
It was another crazy moment pulling it out of the envelope and leafing through - seeing our home on the pages.
It's been fun to see and read about the other homes featured in this issue as well.
All cottage style, with each person's own flair.
This has been a rare and amazing opportunity, and I don't take it for granted.
Thank you so much to my sweet friend, Amanda who suggested our home to the photographer.
Thank you Donna and Philip of Blackstone Edge for your incredible work.
Thank you to Jan for a fun and easy interview.
And thank you Cottage Style magazine for making a dream come true.
I'm still pinching myself!