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Saturday, October 22, 2011

opportunity knocked

in my last post i hinted at
why i have been absent-minded

as paul harvey would say 
here's the rest of the story

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shortly after the bouckville antique show
i was contacted by a local newspaper publication editor
(who is also a blogger and an etsy shop owner)
after she had visited my blog.
she asked if i would be interested in having my home
featured in a decorating supplement called

who  me?

my home?

are you kidding?!


i pondered for a mere fraction of a second
and responded,

(in a bit more reserved manner, of course)

i was then contacted by mj, the editor of upstate home.
we arranged for a day to meet and within a few short weeks we had the interview.
mj spent some time with us visiting, talking and taking notes on the history,
details, paint colors, and styles of the decor and house.
she made it so easy and relaxed it was really a delight to work with her
(thanks mj!)

the next step was the photo shoot
which was set for october 13th.
i had 4 weeks to get our home picture perfect ready.
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 i had started working on projects prior to the interview
and had accompished much in a few short weeks.

this is what was completed from the lengthy to-do list 
          • removed paint from fireplace mantel
          • painted fireplace screen black & distressed
          • laundry room was finished & the decor put up
          • back porch floor was painted & the stairs rebuilt
          •  "fake" attic door was added to garage & window frames painted
          • house numbers were painted black (they were blue & faded)
          • paint was removed from window frame in sitting/tv room
            • "camp" decor added
          • wallpaper was removed from back entryway
          • painted the upper walls of entryway & changed decor
          • paint was removed from stairway baseboards
          • wallpaper border was removed from upstairs hall
            • which also removed some of the wallboard which led to...
            • removing the peg rail, spackling holes, and painting upstairs hall & stairway
          • painted the sewing studio/guest room
          • made new pillows for master bed
          • finished lap quilt (yes, finally!)
          • added ladder to wall to hold said quilt
          • removed paint from lid of blanket chest
            • (to be continued-part 2 to remove paint from rest of it)
          • made new pillows for livingroom
            • (which i hated & have changed already)
          • sanded down coffee table;repainted & added stencil to top
          • purchased lots of mums, pumpkins, gourds & corn stalks
          • paint touched up here and there
          • changed decor & furniture on porches
            • added mums, plants, pumpkins, gourds, stalks and pinecones to said porches.
and then after all that was done
i tweaked
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and tweaked some more

i must say that it felt SO good to get all this accomplished
as much of the above had been
on a to do list that was several years old

it was exhiliarating, tiring, and mind-blowing but we got it done!

can you say exhausted?!

the publication will be hot off the press on november 5th

have you ever been blessed by something

i hope to be posting a house tour soon room by room with before & afters
please bear with me as my laptop & blogger have been
giving me fits. it is taking me for-evah to post
(i either need a new laptop or an html course!)


  1. WOW! How exciting!
    Can't wait to see the photos!!!!

  2. Hooray! I have been waiting for this post! You have been one busy...very, very busy girl! Looking forward to seeing all the photos...I know they will be gorgeous! :) Take care, Laura

  3. That's just great! Good for you Judi..I always enjoy that mag when it comes. Usually the antique shop I work at has an ad in it too...

  4. Congratulations. How exciting. I can't wait to see the pics. Sounds like you got a ton of things done. Wow, I am totally impressed. Hugs, marty

  5. Awesome and exciting! Looking forward to seeing the feature!!

  6. so excited for you, judi! can't wait to see it!

  7. Can't wait to see your house tour! I am exhausted just reading about your To Do list! Congratulations! We just finished painting 2 rooms in our house, and I am tired:)

  8. WOW! I think I could use a little motivation to get going on my multitiude of unfinished projects. How exciting for you!

  9. Wow Judi! That is SOOO exciting! Congratulations. Can't wait to see it and also your pics. :)

  10. Are you serious? That's AWESOME! Congratulations!! Can't wait to see more!

  11. WOW!!! So very exciting...can't wait to see it! You will show us right? ;) Chat soon, Laurel

  12. This is SO exciting, Judi!! I can't wait to hear and see more about it! A BIG congrats!!

  13. Oh, I can't wait to see!!! Love those pillows by the way....

  14. I missed this post when it came out, had no idea about your feature until I opened up the paper this morning and lo and behold, your house was on the cover! How cool!
    You did a fantastic job, every photo in the article is stunning and perfect!

  15. While talking on the phone with Rose this morning she bubbly told me about your write up in her paper! :) I found it online and read it!
    How exciting! I'm very happy for you. Your house is so beautiful, and the story behind it is fabulous!
    Congrats Judi, I'm so happy for you!


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