Saturday, October 19, 2013

Midwest Living, a GIVEAWAY and THANK YOU's too

Hello and welcome back to a little
Christmas holiday cheer 
in the middle 
of October??? 
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 
(or paragraphs!)  

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

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 
shout outs
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 
hardware, link.

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

 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!


Ricki Treleaven said...

:D These photos are breathtaking! Your bedroom is so pretty, and I always enjoy seeing your stunning kitchen. Wow, that garland around your kitchen window is so pretty!


White Weathered Hutch said...

Love all these photos. Your home all decked out in its finest!! Your bedroom and the kitchen are my favourites. Love to be entered in your giveaway. Being in Canada I don't see that magazine on the newstands.

Gail Peterson said...

Awe... I love that you are in a Christmas issue? Plaid is perfect for a Holiday spread! Congrats for the recognition of such a beautiful home!
Looks like christmas came a little early... I would love to enter for a copy , I am a midwest girl at heart! We don't get this magazine in SoCal.
Casual Loves Elegance

Rebecca said...

Over-the-top gorgeous! And I mean that in the very best way possible!

Why I'm not intimidated by it, I don't know...Your style is so welcoming, so warm. Though I have never met you, I believe it must be a reflection of your gracious personality.

Once again, congratulations on being featured in Midwest Living. ♥

Di said...

Your house is beautiful. Thank you for sharing and congrats on your feature. Di@Cottage-wishes

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

They couldn't have picked a lovelier home and they captured it beautifully.

Julie Marie said...

Oooh Allison, congratulations!... your home is my dream home... I love all of your beautiful plaids and how cozy and welcoming everything looks... I also love that your sweet pups have the run of the house and are such a part of your family... I would love a chance to win a copy of the magazine... I used to subscribe to it, but our mail goes to a PO Box and by the time it got here, the post office had usually just about shredded them (you know how the mail is!)... and I have tried to get our Barnes and Noble to carry them but they will not... we are not in the midwest they tell me, but the west (Utah)... going back now to linger over your photos... again, big congratulations to you and your family!... xoxo Julie Marie

Laura @ Top This Top That said...

allison, what beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing!

Dotti said...

Every last picture of your home dressed for Christmas and the holidays is absolute perfection. From the shot of that fine horse with the little wreath around his neck, to the grand tree's commanding presence....elegance. I live in Savannah, GA, and have not seen this magazine in the stores, so thanks for giving a glimpse!

Ron said...

Alison, your home has been a favorite of mine for a long time. The Christmas decorations are outstanding. I must acquire a copy of the magazine. Living in New Orleans, we do not have Midwest Living. I'll be back tomorrow to sign up for the give away! xo

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi darling, I rushed to town yesterday to no avail, not a magazine in sight, what is wrong with our lazy little town? Lol I'm going to see if the grand can find it in K.C. maybe fingers crossed I'll be one of the lucky winners, I MUST have a copy. Your home is lovely and so inviting, would love to have been a fly on the wall to see all the activity going on, your family and friends are pricelss to help with such an undertaking.. looking forward to more pictures. fondly ~lynne~

Glenna said...

Absolutely lovely!!

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

Beautiful Home you have.
This magazine is a hard one to find.
Have a wonderful Sunday.


Sarah said...

Alison, thanks for sharing more photos. How wonderful for you that you'll have these stunning photos of your home for generations to come, and how lucky for all of us that we get more of a peek into this gorgeous home. I subscribed to Midewest Living last year just so I wouldn't miss this issue. Hope it arrives soon! I'm eager to have it in hand. '-)
Hope the back is better today........Sarah

Debra Oliver said...

it's SO wonderful, Alison, and I knew that it would be. Christmas is the perfect time for your home to be featured. I'm a big fan of Midwest Living, can't wait for my copy to arrive!

Savannah Granny said...

Thanks for continuing to share pics of your beautiful home. Christmas must be magical at your place.
I will be signing up for the giveaway Monday.
I did not know about your other blog. On my way over to check it out.

Marlis said...

I'll be back Monday to put my name in the hat.. You would think you could get Midwest Living in Texas.. well no! LOl.. I keep thinking of painting my kitchen cabinets and then I see your white kitchen again and I have to stop myself. I love your beautiful home. xo marlis

Vicki Daugherty said...

As a new follower, my mouth is dropping to my chest! How beautiful, and well-deserved it is to be featured in a magazine. Thanks for sharing your pretties. Vicki in Louisville KY, (BIG horse country!)

Pamela Gordon said...

I love your home. The bedroom is so beautiful and the kitchen is gorgeous. I love your china hutch decorated with the putz houses and even your own polo house one! I will definitely enter the draw for the magazine! Thanks for sharing so many photos of your beautiful home, Alison!

Anonymous said...

I need to run errands tomorrow. Will see if I can get a copy while I am running around. Hope so. Would love to take it along on our trip this week.

Gorgeous images, Alison!

My Cozy Casita said...

Oh My God Allison your home is so beautiful, congratulations!

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Alison, I would love a copy of the magazine so I can show all my local friends your beautiful home. It is one of a kind! xo

Karen said...

I can't wait for my December issue to come! I had to e-mail my sis and tell her one of my favorite blogs would be featured in it. We grew up on a ranch in the midwest, so your style really speaks to us and our heritage. I'm so excited for you. Your style is so unique and so well-done that everyone is going to be drooling!

Jennifer McCracken said...

Your house if so beautiful! I just love everything about it; especially those fantastic painted backs on your dining room chairs! I think I have seen these before and have a pin of them on pinterest! I will be looking for the the magazine tomorrow. I don't live far from you, so I should be able to find it. Congratulations on this photo shoot! Love your blog!

Dr. Weir said...

I'm crazy about your house and your design style. Loved seeing it dressed for Christmas! Red plaids and Christmas...perfect! I'd love to be entered in your drawing for a copy of the magazine. I've never seen it on the stands in our area.

Rose L said...

Wow! Looks like one of those designer homes in a magazine--wait! It is!!!!

Karen said...

This is wonderful and gives me such great inspiration for my own Christmas decorations around the house. I think our Barnes & Noble carry this magazine, can't wait to see a copy.
Congratulations again, you deserve it, your home is a favorite.

Jacki Salinas said...

I love these pics! I never get tired of looking at your house. You and your decor are such an inspiration!

therelishedroost said...

Love it all, such a good looking home and wonderful decorations!!! Beautiful I will definitely check out that link!!

The Tablescaper said...

Your home is just amazing.

I am totally out of the Midwest area and would love to win a copy!

- The Tablescaper

onnery said...

Wow , I would love to see the magazine feature in Midwest Living which I don't see in my mid-Atlantic region very often. If knee surgery had not restricted my driving I would go to the local Barns and Noble to get a copy - well there's always Amazon!

Congratulations, your home is amazing!

ruthie said...

Wow, this has been inspirational! Thanks so much for all your hard work.

Sandy at You May Be Wandering said...

Congratulations, Allison! Your home looks stunning!

Eva Murdock said...

Ohh, your house is stunning! I live in the south and would love a copy.I share your love of tartan and always find inspiration from your home.

Scat said...

Just stunning!

Polly said...

WOW! What a gorgeous, gorgeous home. I've been following your blog for awhile now from sunny SoCal and just adore your style. Your home is so welcoming. Sure would like to see the magazine article!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Your home is exquisite in any season...I love when you decorate for Christmas....Congrats on the very well deserved...your home is stunning, just stunning...I so love reading your posts and seeing your home!...

Rebecca said...

Congratulations Alison, your home is amazingly beautiful. Such a wonderful article.
Blessings today

cindy hattersley design said...

The wonderful Bonnie Broten is at my house for a photo shoot and brought a copy of midwestern living to share. What a beautiful home you have and I am so glad she introduced me to your blog!


Breathtaking!! That bedroom shot made me gasp a little:). Congratulations!

Sherry Thecharmofhome said...

Alison your home is beautiful for Christmas or otherwise. Just a gorgeous feature! Thanks for sharing!
Sherry said...

So totally beautiful and inspiring! LOVE the plaids and the touches of green! So classic! Congrats on the magazine feature! Life to the full! Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

Donna D said...

Your home is so beautiful - I don't know how I've missed it all this time! I'll definitely be checking back for more pics. I'm in the process of moving to Ohio so I'll be able to find the magazine - can't wait!

Becca said...

DROOLING, Alison … I mean really!! Congrats on your well-deserved feature!! It all looks absolutely stunning and so very inviting!! I'm off to look at your pictures again!

Lori HAYNIE said...

Hello, I just discovered your blog and am blown away! What talent! By chance, could you give me any info on your dining chairs? Are they custom?

Lori HAYNIE said...

I just discovered your blog, and am blown away! What talent!! By chance, could you give me any info on your dining chairs? They make me swoon!

Lori HAYNIE said...

Hello, I just discovered your blog and am blown away! What talent! By chance, could you give me any info on your dining chairs? Are they custom?