Hello and welcome back to a little
Christmas holiday cheer
in the middle
Whaaaat? Sounds crazy I know.
Promised to come back this weekend
and post more photos
from Midwest Living's
Holiday 2013 issue
which is out on newsstands now!
For the record, I too get annoyed when stores
start putting out the holiday decorations before Halloween.
But the magazine is out and it would be hard to wait
to share these for another month or more so here we go.
|NOTE: All these photos were taken by Werner Straube for Midwest Living.|
Sorry in advance
for how wordy this post is today.
I usually try to keep it light on copy,
but there are some things I must share and
some questions I need to answer
so please bear with me for a few moments
I've had several people write and ask
how to get a copy of Midwest Living
so here are a couple solutions:
1) You can contact Midwest Living directly
and order an issue, link here
2) If you have an iPad, Kindle,
or similar device, you can download
the issue here: LINK
3) FOLLOWER GIVEAWAY:
On Monday I am going to offer
10 free copies
to ten of you
who are out of the midwest area,
who do not subscribe to this magazine,
and who doesn't have access
to finding a copy at your local bookstore, newsstand or Barnes and Noble.
The giveaway will take place on Monday!
Thank you so much
to all of you who have left
such sweet compliments on
yesterday's initial post.
This whole experience is surreal to me,
and I keep having to pinch myself that anyone would care to see my version of home decor
whether through this blog,
or in a magazine.
That is just shocking to me!
But thank you so much just the same.
Words cannot express my sincere gratitude.
I also want to take time
to give a few
and credits to those of you
who made this possible!
Somehow when the story was published, not all of the resources/credits appeared in the resource section so I would like to take time to acknowledge and send out huge cyber-hugs out to all of you who rallied to get our home photo-ready for the cameras!
If you go through something like this, you will see... it takes a "village" to make it all happen and on time, too.
Thank you to my loving and supportive family -- my husband
and children for putting up with me when I went into my
"psycho-mom-wife-decorator mode" in those last days and hours.
It got a little crazy here to say the least. Not to mention the two big dogs who feel free to romp and gallop their way through rooms and onto furniture with absolutely no regard to something recently "cleaned"!!!
An enormous thank you to my dear, sweet friend and business partner extraordinaire, Jenn Pattie, who helped me stage the house and decorate it for days and weeks! YOU ARE THE BEST! Could not have done this without YOU and your limitless creativity and patience!
I also want to thank:
Bonnie Broten, field editor, ML
Geri Wolfe Boesen, creative director, ML
Werner Straube, photographer,
and his awesome assistant, Dustin
Christine Hofmann-Bourque, writer, ML
Carol Schalla, senior home & projects editor, ML
You all did a phenomenal job and made the experience so enjoyable
and rewarding. A million thank you's to each of you.
I also wanted to give a shout out to
Denise Burchall of Burchall Designs, fabric workroom/window treatments, etc., 847-295-2749
Meredith Carlson of Plain & Fancy kitchen cabinetry and
And finally, I wanted to share my most favorite local antique and vintage shopping sources:
Anna's Warehouse in Highwood, IL 847-432-9151
Blue Cardinal Antiques & Vintage, Highwood, IL 847-710-0801
Romancing the Home, Lake Bluff, IL 847-615-1900
Steeplechase Antiques, Barrington, IL 847-833-6946
Savvy City Farmer, West Dundee, IL LINK
The Find, Highwood, IL 847-266-1700
Vintage Pine, Chicago, IL 312-943-9303
These shops are wonderful. If you are in the Chicagoland area and plan to go antiquing, I highly recommend them!
Please note that if you are interested in purchasing antique/vintage items similar to those seen in these photos, you can always contact Blue Cardinal Antiques & Vintage, 847-701-0801/847-456-5558, and we will do our best to find something similar for you, if at all possible. You can send us shopping requests through our blog as well at http://bluecardinal.blogspot.com/
There are still many more shots to share,
some that made it into the article,
and some that didn't.
Then I also have shots
that I took to share as well.
Stop back in the coming weeks
if you care to see more
or just subscribe via email
with the BlogLovin' link in the
left margin of this blog.
Thanks so much!