It has been a crazy few months around my house! I’m definitely not complaining, but explaining my lack of sharing on the blog lately. Late May had me going on a trip of a lifetime to a styling and photography workshop in France (more on that coming soon). Little did I know months and months ago when I planned the trip that we would also be moving to a completely different city at the same time!
The craziest part was the exact same day my husband decided to take the job that spurred our move I had a photographer at my house shooting it for a Flea Market Décor magazine feature! Say what?! I spent weeks getting the house both ready to photograph and put on the market. It was a lot. I’m sharing a few pictures of that day and the process.
I wanted to share this exciting piece of news with you while there is still time to grab an issue of Flea Market Décor Magazine if you are interested. There are pictures of our master bedroom and some other little nooks I’ve never shared on the blog before (like this one I snapped behind the photographer). Personally, I am a subscriber and have been for years so it is hard for me to explain how exciting this feature is. Kathryn Wagner, the editor is so kind and I know if I lived near here we would be coffee buddies for sure. She is a dream to work with. I feel so blessed and flattered by the article she wrote about my family and home. You can find an issue almost anywhere – I’ve seen it at the grocery store, which is just plain weird to see!
One of the best things she did was highlight the fact that not only do I write a blog, but she called out that I write a Christian blog. In today’s world that one word easily and often gets left out of the details and I’m probably the most thankful for her inclusion of that small fact. I truly believe the only reason our home was featured is because of God. It might seem shallow or vain to desire to be in a magazine, but it was a bucket list goal for me, so I’m owning my desire. To top it off…our kitchen made the cover!!!
Something most people don’t know about me is that I modeled when I was a teenager. I spent my summers in New York working…and waiting to grow taller. But 5’10” never came, I am still stuck at 5’3″ on a good day and therefore I was obviously never meant to be a supermodel. Of course a magazine cover was my dream all the way back then, but it was not in God’s plan for me. I see that now. How sweet is the Lord though? To fulfill my little dream in His way, on His terms almost 30 years later? He is the best. Friend – he knows your heart and NO is so often not now, please wait, I know what is best for you. The truth is if I were given a cover back then, I would have taken the credit. Today, the glory goes to God alone.
So, ya, my house being on a magazine cover is cool, but in a different way than you’d expect. It’s a special, personal love letter to me and a reminder that God works in His special timing on all things, even the little dreams we think are silly. Can I tell you something else? I used to think that being in a magazine would open the door to tons of new followers and grow a blog like crazy. It doesn’t. I’ve had the fun opportunity to have multiple features and projects in magazines now (Check out the other feature I have out this month in Upcycled Style magazine!!!)) and they never bring waves of people. Most other bloggers I know are the same. It’s more of a personal accomplishment and a resume builder than it is a cultivator of new blog friends.
So many things aren’t as they seem in the world of marketing and social media. I try to keep it as real as possible without boring you with my sob stories! We all need truth and a reminder that there is no perfection in this world, only the illusion of it. So don’t let the magazines or Pinterest or Instagram beauty fool you. As you can see in these pictures, furniture and décor gets moved around, TONS of lighting is brought in and don’t forget photo editing. We all have messy houses and mile long to do lists and dysfunctional families and drama somewhere. I just try to give you a short break from it. 😉 Thanks for letting me do that, it gives me a short break from mine too. I love y’all and appreciate you walking with me, it means more to me than you can know!
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