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Monday, September 24, 2007

70 Romantic Country - The Cover Story

OMG, I made the cover. Somebody please pinch me. If you would have told me a year ago that not only would I land a feature in one of the most inspiring decorating magazines, but that I would make the cover of the magazine as well, I would have never believed it in a million years. But that's exactly what happened. I've dreamed of this day for longer than I can possibly remember, and I'm still walking on puffy white clouds just thinking about it.

When I found out I was going to be featured, I didn't tell many people about it besides my close family, and a small handful of friends. Believe it or not, I am incredibly modest. Adam just peeked his head in here and shook his head at that sentence. Okay, so maybe around my family I'm the biggest ham there is..but family loves you unconditionally, so you know you're safe with them, silly antics and all.

This photo confirms why we painted the previously bare white walls. Truth be told, we painted the entire living room 2 days before the photo shoot. I think it still smelled like fresh paint when Mark came to shoot. It's called Bone White, (made by Glidden) but looks much more like a soft taupe. So yumm...

I love these two shots on this page...that's my boy Skylar sitting on my love seat. He is without a doubt one of the great loves of my life. And I adore that photo of me because I match my living room for goodness sakes! And I also love that Adam took that shot of me...

My sweet dining room. I so love that farm table...

This is a story to be saved for another day, but I'll just tell you that my bedroom looks nothing like this now...I've totally redecorated it. Stay tuned for details...

It was the most perfect breezy morning when we took this shot. Nothing like dining alfresco outdoors. I made those curtain panels myself, using all weather fabric and large silver grommets..

Who knew a photo shoot could be so much work, yet so fun? I was so fortunate to have the very talented Mark Tanner photograph my home. I just adore his work. He allowed me help with the photo styling, and worked on many of the shots together. He was open to my ideas and suggestions. And in turn, I learned so many valuable lessons from him. Plus, he put things in places I would have never thought of, and some of them still remain where he placed them to this day!

Thank you to the editor, Mary Vinnedge, and Mark Tanner for all your hard work and incredible talents. I also wish to thank Sandra Sheperd and Kathryn Bechen who heard that the editor was looking for a Southern California home to feature, and both thought of me as a perfect candidate for the feature.

70 comments:

  1. Jennifer this is SOOOOO exciting - how beautiful! I have always loved seeing your home in the background pics of the items you sell. Well deserved! :)

    Joy

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  2. OMG! Congratulations! You SOOO deserve it! After months and months of featuring others homes on your website, it's about time the world saw YOUR beautiful home!!!! and it IS gorgeous!!!!

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  3. OMG! I am happy, happy, happy for you Jennifer. This is absolutely the most exciting thing ever. A dream come true. Dreams are happening all over the place these days. My best to you! Enjoy every moment.

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  4. Congratulations Jennifer! I'm so happy for you! And your home is just beautiful!


    xo,
    Kim

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  5. All I can say is WOW!!! I am so happy for you...it truly is a dream come true, especially for those of us who are house obsessed! I cannot even imagine how good that must make you feel!
    I feel like I kinda "know" a celebrity now...when I get ny hands on the magazine, I'll brag about you to my friends!!

    A well-deserved honour...

    Linda

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  6. Oh how lovely, I cant wait to run out and get a copy and say "I know her", "I know her", even if its only through blog world! lol, Tracy

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  7. Congratulations, you have the most yummiest home and I always love seeing photos of it. I look forward to getting my copy. Clarice

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  8. How Beautiful !! You have done an amazing job decorating your home....very inspirational. I will look for the magazine today....

    Rosie
    www.rosieswhimsy.wordpress.com

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  9. Congratulations on being "cover girl"- your house is beautiful!

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  10. Jennifer!! How exciting, I'm just shivering for you! You should be very proud, you have worked hard for that cover. I'm running to the book store right now to pick up my copy! Congratulations again my friend! xoxokathee

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  11. Congratulations! I feel inspired to make my home more romantic- no wait, I want to make my whole life more beautiful!

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  12. You go girl!! Big congradulations to you, so excited for you!!!

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  13. Congratulations!! Of course they picked yours for the cover! Your home is so amazing!! When I first saw the photos of your home I assumed you had already been in many magazines and on many covers because your home is so beautiful!!
    Michelle

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  14. Congrats!!! How exciting!!! Your home is SO beautiful! So airy and romantic .... how could they not pick you :)

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  15. Yay!! You didn't even tell me.
    Congrats Jen, you totally deserve this. I can't wait to see the magazine. You will have to sign mine. I am coming over to get one.
    I love knowing a celebrity!!!
    Rosemary

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  16. Oh Jennifer, I am ticked pink for you! See, you did it and your wall color is so soft and peaceful looking, too! All of your sweat labor turned into a dream come true. I love it! You are such a sweet friend and I cannot think of a nicer person to be so blessed! The patio turned out lovely, too! xoxoxoxo,

    Becky

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  17. Well I can see why your home is on the cover...it is absolutely charming! Love it...
    Congrats!
    Priscilla

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  18. Jennifer:
    How wonderful and such a joy to have your home not only published in this magazine buy on the COVER!!
    Your home looks just so wonderful as always!!!
    Lynell

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  19. Jennifer~I am so happy for you, big hugs to a sweet gal! You always work so hard on your very original Cottage Of The Month feature~it's so nice to see YOUR home finally featured! XO~ Janet (Shabbyfufu)

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  20. This is my very first visit to your blog, I found you through a friend, but I have to say how excited I am for you! Even without knowing you! What an honor, being in the magazine and being the cover girl! Your home is lovely, truly beautiful. I am very happy for you! I am glad to have found your blog and look forward to reading more about you.

    Again, congratulations, I will definitely get a copy of the magazine!

    Melissa

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  21. Your home is sooooo beautiful, I can understand why they put you on the cover! I can't wait go buy it, it's one of my favorite magazines!

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  22. Huge congratulations Jennifer!! I am so very excited for you! I can't wait to get my copy.
    ((Hugs))
    Rose

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  23. Soooooo deserved Jennifer! Your home is just beautiful and I am so happy for you that I just can't stand it!!! You have always worked so hard to feature other peoples beautiful homes in your "Cottage of the Month" feature. I am so happy for you that your very own home was recognized!!! And FRONT COVER...and 7 Page spread!!! WOW!!! That is just awesome!!!
    Hugs,
    Barbara

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  24. Congratulations! You have an amazing eye and your home is lovely. Unbeknownst to you I have found your website to be utterly inspirational. Now you have given us all a new dream to aspire to, maybe one of our homes may be featured in a magazine too! Thanks for all your lovely inspiration.

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  25. Congratulations,how wonderful to have a dream come true - Take Care - Rachael

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  26. Congratulations!! That is wonderful! I am going to buy it!! Lucky girl you!!
    may I add you to my blog? thanks, julie

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  27. Congratulations, Jennifer!!! I just came home with the issue, began thumbing through it and lo and behold I see your smiling face looking back at me!!!! Your home is absolutely gorgeous and so very worthy and deserving to be highlighted. Yaaaaaaaaaay!!! I'm so very happy for you...
    xxoo, Dawn

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  28. Oh my!! What a beautiful, beautiful home!!! I can see why you made the cover! Your home is an absolute delight - it's gorgeous!!! I wish I lived there!!! This is my first visit to your blog, but I most definately will be back! Cheers! Linda @ barefoot in the park!

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  29. O what a chique and really WOW home :):)

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  30. I just discovered your blog - how have I missed you??? Will have to go back and look at the entire site! Beautiful home, you're obviously very talented. What brand is the "bone white" paint? Thanks, and I'll be back!! Jacki

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  31. Congratulations! Your home is beautiful! I can't wait to see this issue!

    Pat

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  32. How Exciting for you, It is also a dream of mine to be in a magazine in any capacity someday. Maybe with the connections I make here in the blog world it will happen. congrats and I love your beautiful home.

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  33. Congratulations Jennifer! I have always loved your website and cottage of the month. Great to see your gorgeous home too!

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  34. Jennifer, congratulations! What an honor! I ordered a copy via your website! Can't wait to see it. I feel honored that I was standing in your beautiful living room when I picked up the french cane chairs! Cindy

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  35. Congratulations on a richly deserved honor. I'm going out and get a copy of the magazine so I can see it all up close and read the article.

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  36. Congrats! I can't wait to go get a copy of the magazine! It has become one of my favorites!

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  37. Wow!!!! I love Romantic Homes!!!! I can't wait to see the issue in print! Congratulations! Enjoy!!!You deserve it 100% :-)

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  38. Pure lovliness! Good for you Jenn!xoxo Roberta
    www.EnchantedTreasures.com

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  39. Congratulations! I'm new to your blog, but I can see why you made the cover -- heart-meltingly gorgeous!!! I'm looking forward to reading all your earlier posts.
    Mary

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  40. Your home is very lovely!
    How Great to be featured. Your an inspiration and I look forward to reading your Blog.

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  41. Hi! I found you through a few other blogs, I couldn't resist buying a copy of "your" issue!! I just ordered it from you.
    It was fun meeting you and I will be back! Drop by sometime:-)
    Michelle

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  42. NeereAnDearCreations.com/wordpressSeptember 27, 2007 at 8:25 PM

    Absolutely stunning! I have not always been a fan of some of the cottage looks but your home has such class, beauty and elegance you just can't help but fall in love ! Congratulations!

    JO

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  43. Congrats! I love this magazine! It is my absolute favorite since Romantic Homes changed their format. I am going to purchasing it from you right now...can't wait to see your home "up close and personal"!
    ~Alice

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  44. Gorgeous home! You are a great homemaker! I love your style- they did a good job by picking you!! Now I need to go buy the magazine!

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  45. You have a beautiful home! Congrats!

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  46. Congratulations! Your home is just gorgeous! I know that you must be so proud to see it on the magazine cover.

    Blessings,
    Diana

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  47. Congratulations, Jennifer, that's wonderful news. Your home looks gorgeous. I really like that softer wall colour.

    I wonder if the magazine is available here in Oz; I'd love to read the article.

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  48. Just found your site love it. Cathy at Avalon-Rose is so talented. Denise hopetreestudio.blogspot.com

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  49. Found your site thru Restyled Home! What a cool experience...and honour! Your house is amazing! I definitely will go buy this issue! Congratulations!!

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  50. Congratulations! You have an amazing home and I can't wait to receive my issue!Love the new wall color in your living room too!
    ~Des


    www.peekingthruthesunflowers.blogspot.com

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  51. Congratulations to you. Your home is WONDERFUL!!! Wish you could come over and help me!

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  52. Just beyond beautiful! My home & blog wants to look like yours when it grows up! Fabulous everything!

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  53. Oh Jennifer I am so excited for you!!!! Congrats! You deserve it, you have the most beautiful home ever!
    Looks like the pics turned out beautiful!

    I am so going to buy this magazine from you! I sent hubby out to find this one and romantic homes too, and he went to the wrong store and couldn't find them, ugh! So I am excited you have them! But I have to wait till the friday after this one, I spent all my fun money, ack! So save one for me, lol! :O)

    Hey I bought that sweet baby lamb planter from you, I hope to make a post about it, and my wonderful experience shopping with you real soon, so I will let you know so you can see the sweet lamb in her new home! :O) I did finally make a new post on my blog though! lol.

    Take care! :O)

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  54. Where have I been, where have you been and why have the two not met before? Today is my first discovery of your blog and I adore it! I just bought the magazine yesterday and had no idea you were featured until just now! It is a small world after all. I loved your exquisite virtual home tour and will visit often.

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  55. Congratulations! Your home is sooooo incredibly beautiful! I can't imagine how you feel seeing your home on the cover! I'm going to sneak over to your website and try to get one if they are not already gone!!
    Blessings!!

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  56. Jennifer,
    Congratulations on your cover! Beautiful layout of a beautiful home for a beautiful lady.
    Sue

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  57. Oh my gosh what a beautiful home you have, it looks sooooo dreamy :o) Congratulations being on the front cover, your home will most probably be an inspiration to many who you will never even meet :o)

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  58. Just got my copy last night and I've been savoring it! I was so happy to see you there. Well deserved. Your home is ever so lovely! Blessings... Polly

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  59. Oh My!! How exciting!
    A big CONGRATULATIONS!

    They were out of them at the store, so I haven't even see it yet.

    Can't wait to read all about it.
    Kimberly

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  60. I love this magazine, and how excited I was to find out that it was your home featured. What a beautiful home you have indeed! I can see why it was featured in the magazine!

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  61. You've been award the "You make me smile" award. See my blog for details :)

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  62. Congratulations that is awesome!!! Your home is so amazing. I have a copy on its way down to me in Australia, I can't wait to read about your home. It's a fantastic magazine, I wish they would do subscriptions of it!

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  63. Jennifer, i just cannot wait until my copy arrives in the mail, it will be one of my favourites to pore over (and over and over), Melinda xx

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  64. Jennifer, a huge CONGRATULATIONS to you! Your home is just beautiful!!!

    Siobhan :)

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  65. So exciting! I have this magazine, laying right here on my desk!! Congratulations, You have a wonderful home...

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  66. I just bought the magazine last night and saw the spread! Beautiful! Then I thought I recognized your website and sure enough, I think I've visited before!

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  67. Just gorgeous! I want to come visit! :)

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  68. i had some time tonight and one of the things i wanted to do was sit down and read more of your blog. i love this post. how exciting! i just love your home, i love the light colors! beautiful!

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