June 19, 2016

Ticking and Toile and a Photo Shoot with Romantic Homes!

Hi Friends!

Sorry to be gone for SO long! There's honestly been so much going on and I just haven't taken the time to blog it. I will try to catch up!

Staci Dumoski, the editor of Romantic Homes magazine, contacted me a couple of months ago and asked if I would be interested in them sending a photographer to our house for a photo shoot. When I quit screaming, I sent back a very dignified, "Yes! Of course!" Ha!

Now I don't know about you but when you think pictures of your home might be in a magazine, you begin to look around with a very critical eye. Staci told me they planned on photographing our entry, living room, dining room, family room, guest room, master bedroom and possibly the kitchen. (I don't think I've ever had all those rooms looking perfect at the same before!)

About that same time, I spotted a fabric that I loved and that always starts the redecorating process.

So we started by finishing the beams in our living room. (See how we built them here.) We had made the one closest to the dining room and I was hoping for another one by the fireplace. My husband has been so sweet! We now have two beams!
Staci requested that the ottoman be back in the living room and the two chairs be in front of the fireplace. That left a bare wall so we moved our grandfather clock into the room and I love it there! It has been in the entry but now it's found a new home. Thanks, Staci!

I made several pillows with the new blue toile and recovered the back of the blue chair (again!) You can see how I do that here.


I love this fabric! The pattern is stitched on ~ not printed. I got both the fabric and the tassel fringe at warehousefabrics.

I also made a couple of pillows out of a blue and white ticking that I got at warehousefabrics.

This little ottoman that's been in the entry got recovered with the new toile fabric too.




For those of you who have been following along, I got all my doors and frames painted. They flow well with the beams and faux rustic wood.  I love the way our new beam looks as you enter the room.
I finally figured out what to do with my little blue and white stand. I got all three of these pieces; the stand, the bowl and the topiary frame, at HomeGoods. This is my new favorite thing! Wait. Maybe my beams are my new favorite thing...or the toile...
Our photo shoot is Tuesday. I'll take lots of pictures of the photographer taking lots of pictures and post them.  I'll also be posting them on instagram.

My son arrives from Boston the evening of the photo shoot and is staying with us for a week. During that week, we'll be celebrating two of our grandchildren's birthdays! Rhynn will be four and Lucas will be one! There's a BIG party in the works! :)

Then before our son leaves, the contractors will be arriving to start the demo on our master bathroom!

So my brain is in a bit of a whirl and I'm a little tired. I'll be cleaning madly tomorrow and running around picking up fresh flowers and a few other little things for the photo shoot.

I'll be back soon to show you the new slipcovers and seat covers I made out of the same ticking and toile in the dining room and the other changes I made for Romantic Homes.

Thanks to the thoughtful ladies that sent me emails and messages checking on me during my absence. You made me feel so loved! I am so blessed.

Love and blessings~

"Behold, I will set your stones in turquoise, and your foundations I will lay in sapphires. I will make your summits of rubies and your gates of crystal, and your entire wall of precious stones."


31 comments:

  1. *SQUEAL*
    How exciting for you Lynda. I would have fainted after I screamed , then responded in a squeaky voice. Hahahaha.
    Your beautiful home!! In print!!! Congratulations. The changes are just beautiful! LUV, luv the beams. And the toile!! and the .... :)
    BIG hugs!
    Gee

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    1. Thank you, Gee! I don't think I've ever worked so hard! The good news is I'm loving our house and this really caused me to clean up a few rough edges.

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  2. Wow- you really do have a lot going on! Congratulations on the feature. Your home is always beautiful and your new toile is gorgeous.

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    1. Thank you, Eilis! My husband and I have always loved the song, "If We Make it Through December." We are now singing, "If We Make it Through June!" lol

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  3. Congratulations! That is fantastic! I know the results will be beautiful as your home already is.

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  4. Lynda, I have missed you and was glad to see your post. What exciting news and I'm so thrilled for you. Can't wait to see all the happenings! Your house looks beautiful and apparently the pros think so too!!!

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    1. Thank you, Connie! And thanks for missing me! :)

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  5. Oh my goodness, I am soooo excited! Everything looks so beautiful! I love the beams/doors. Toile is probably my favorite fabric pattern or I guess is my favorite. Love love love everything. Cant wait to see the dining room. Prayers for tomorrow, it will be soooo exciting! BTW love that mirror.
    Blessings,
    Candy

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    1. Thanks so much, Candy, and thanks for your prayers! I definitely feeling like an amateur. It IS my first rodeo! lol

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  6. Lynda, thanks for the update. This is incredibly exciting! Can't wait to see the beautiful published photos. I LOVE all the changes you have made. I will be praying that all goes well tomorrow! Hugs!

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    1. Thanks so much, Debbie!! And I truly appreciate you praying!

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  7. Amazing and very cool! Congratulations! Sounds very exciting and a little scary. : )

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    1. Thank you, Becky! It IS a little scary! I think my family and I will be a little relieved when it's over and we can mess up the house again! lol

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  8. Congrats! Congrats! I am a long time Romantic Home reader and will be thrilled to see your beautiful home on its' pages!

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! It's supposed to be in one of the Spring issues. So it will be several months of waiting!

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  9. How amazing!!! CONGRATULATIONS! All your hard work paid off.

    You know, I've seen some "behind the scenes" posts of what happens for a photo shoot. I think they move stuff around a lot to get a good photo. Sometimes they even bring some props.

    Anyway, I have to say those new pillows on the living room sofa are amazing. I've never seen contrasting pillows like that that form the back cushions. Gorgeous.

    Like the second beam too. You were right about needing another one. HA. Good luck. I'm sure it will look great. I would have screamed too!

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    1. Thanks so much, Mary! I have worked hard getting ready~today should be fun!

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  10. Lynda,
    That's so exciting! Your home was lovely before you got the call and it is lovely now! I love the second beam, and the fabric! Can't wait to see behind the scenes!

    Have fun!

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  11. Lynda, Congrats on the photo shoot and I am not surprised that they chose your beautiful home. Love the beams and the toile.

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  12. congratulations linda everything looks lovely enjoy your week

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  13. Your house looks beautiful!!! Congratulations!!!

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    1. Thank you, Shannon! It was a lot of fun.

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  14. Congrats! You deserve it, all that hard work. Loving your living room Lynda and the soft dreamy color palette.

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  15. So glad you shared this at Thoughts of Home! :)

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  16. Lynda what exciting news and well deserved! Thank you so very much for sharing this wonderful post at Thoughts of Home on Thursday.

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  17. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Your home is gorgeous, they've chosen well!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  18. Hi, Lynda. Your living room looks awesome. I would like to praise your zest.

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