Thursday, June 25, 2015

Thank You American Farmhouse Style Magazine!


Dreams do come true....and let me tell you the story why it happened to me......

In late March of this year,  a comment was left for me by Merrie Destefano, Editor of American Farmhouse Style magazine.  She had left me a comment (of which I just allowed to go through) on my Farmhouse Style Bedroom post and she wrote:


"HI, Becky! I'm the editor of American Farmhouse Style magazine and would love to discuss the possibility of including some of your work in our magazine. Please contact me at merriedestefano [at] yahoo [dot] com. I hope to hear from you soon! Blessings, Merrie Destefano" onFarmhouse Style Guest Room

Merrie is the sweetest and a very talented lady herself.  If you just google search her name you will see her accomplishments as not only a magazine editor, but a writer as well.


Stephanie Baker did a beautiful job writing the article about our farmhouse style guest bedroom.  She had emailed me a list of questions and she incorporated my answers in the narrative.  My family is just so excited for a portion of our home to be shared in AFS magazine!  Quite honestly, it is really surreal to see it in print.  I am still pinching myself. Really!  Ouch!

This issue is the Summer 2015 issue and it is filled with beautiful homes that have a farmhouse flair to them.  What I really love about AFS magazine is that there is a good variety of farmhouse styled homes and collections - and plenty of vintage eye candy to entice one to get in the car and drive to the nearest antique store!  AFS magazine is not inundated with pages of advertisments either.  Page after wonderful page of nothing but delightful homes.




We are on pages 22, 23, 24 and 25.

For those of you who may be new to reading my blog, we had remodeled this bedroom in January of this year.  My husband hung the pine planking on the walls, of which we painted a bright white, and we replaced the carpet with wood flooring.  It is one of our favorite rooms in the house.   I know I hit the mark with design when I see my husband walk in the room to take a look.  One day I asked him what he was doing and his reply was, "this room is so calming...I really love it."  ...thank you, sweetheart.....I have a wonderful husband!





The clothes drying rack was pretty much the inspiration piece for the entire room.  I wanted to use primitive farmhouse looking pieces, most of which I already had.  As I shared with Stephanie, I spent a lot of my childhood years at my Uncle and Aunt's dairy farm.  These moments were some of my fondest memories of being a kid and to this day, I remember so much of the fun we had out there.  Not so much fun when I jumped from the corral fence into what I thought was "dry ground".  The top looked dry and cracked, but ended up being fresh manure ... and, well, just imagine being waist deep in cow dung.  My cousin and I were just recalling this moment a few days ago.  Laughable now, not so much then.  It was like cow dung quick sand.  My poor Aunt had to strip my clothes off and wash them.  I spent the day wearing my cousin John's underwear until my clothes were washed. Not fun at all! Stephanie wrote, "You can take the girl out of the farm, but you cannot take the farm out of the girl." That pretty much sums it up!


I have many friends who are antique dealers, like myself.  When I was done adding the touches to the bedroom, I looked around and said to myself, "I have a little bit from most of my friends in this room!"  By this I mean that I have bought something from most of my dealer friends for this room.  Jeanette's horse door stop, Linda's horse bell, Cheryl H.'s fair ribbon and horse saddle piece, Doris' primitive cabinet, Sue's clothes drying rack, Jeanette and Deb's chair, Cheryl B.'s night stand that she bought from another Debra friend/dealer, Sandy's chippy white dresser, Marsha's window and primitive girl print, Belinda's loving cup, Bette's velvet rosette and crucifix, Danny's old child's chair and Janet's antique quilt.



I wish I was friends with Joanna Gaines - I bought her lamp on her website Magnolia Farms.  Who knows, dreams do come true - I finally made it inside a magazine!  My big dream would be to work alongside Joanna and be her assistant designer! Not that she needs any help in the creative department, for goodness sakes!


Below is the beautiful Merrie Destefano.  Thank you Merrie!  And thank you Stephanie!  I am humbled and honored to have been a part of the recent issue of American Farmhouse Style magazine.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!  And from the bottom of my husband and son's heart, too.




I also quoted Popeye when I go my copy of the magazine in the mail....

Out of my mouth came, "Well, blow me down!"  Yes, a very excited girl I am!

Till next time.....

peace......








34 comments:

Alice said...

oh my goodness!! congratulations!!! now the world can see your talent. where can we find this magazine in the modesto area? sincerely, alice

Donna said...

Congrats to you! How exciting. I love this magazine, too. Gotta go find it now. :)

Cozy Little House said...

Congrats, my friend! You deserved it!
Brenda

Anonymous said...

I have never heard of this magazine but I will surely look for it now.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

woo-hoo! Congratulations! How cool is that!

vivian said...

Ive never seen this magazine on the stands. I will have to remember to ask for it next time Im at barnes and nobles. Congratulations! that is very exciting!
xoxo
vivian

Terra said...

It is truly happy dance time for you, to be included in the magazine, and it is a small world since I wrote two articles for Merrie a few years ago, and even met her at a writers' conference. She has an eye for beauty and how exciting for you to be included.

Claudia said...

Congratulations, my friend! You deserve it. Your sense of style is impeccable and I'm thrilled that you've been published.

xoxo
Claudia

Sinta Renee said...

This is such a thrill! I can't wait to buy a copy of the magazine! The room is beautiful... did they see your laundry room and your dining room too???

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Congratulations, Becky!!! I've been on hiatus from blogworld, but I had to stop by to congratulate you on your magazine feature. I'll be sure to add that fabulous magazine to my pile of "keepers"! Your welcoming guest room design has earned you high honors! Yipee!!

xo,
Vickie

addie373 said...

Becky, I'm just tickled pink for you! Congratulations!!! I knew that it was just a matter of time before someone would discover your abundant talent. I hope that I can find a copy of this magazine as it's one I haven't seen before. It looks delightful though. You can bet the farm I'll be out looking for a copy a.s.a.p. ;-)
It couldn't have happened to a sweeter more deserving girl.

Sweet blessings,
Sheila

Pat said...

Way way way too cool. I'm happy and excited for you! You deserve it.

20 North Ora said...

Congratulations Becky!! That is so great!! Your whole house should be in a magazine. It is so lovely. Have been intending to write. Was worried because you hadn't posted in a while. Now, I know what you've been up to.

Again, congratulations. Now, must rush out and get the magazine.

Judy

camp and cottage living said...

Congrats Becky, I can see why you received the request to have your bedroom displayed in the magazine! I've never seen this mag, but I'll be looking for it next time I get to the city.

marie said...

Such exciting news! I've always thought that your home should be in a magazine! Your guest room is,a,perfect. I'm going to have to track this magazine down.

NanaDiana said...

HUGE congratulations. I am so happy for you, Becky. That is a dream come true! You did a beautiful job in the room. It is a perfect fit for that magazine. Blessings- xo Diana

Kathleen Grace said...

So wonderful, and so well deserved! Your taste in decorating is so beautiful, I have loved everything you have ever done. Having grown up on my grandpa's farm I had to laugh about your manure story. Am I the only one who kind of likes the "farmy" smell of cow manure? Although I don't like it well enough to jump in. Lol, oh my! What a funny story.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Congratulations Becky, I love every detail about this room! What an honor to be recognized for your amazing talent.

Kimberly~Nutbrown Cottage said...

Congrats to you, Becky! May you have continuing success from this magazine exposure!

Faded Charm said...

Thanks for leaving such a sweet comment on my blog and congratulations on your magazine feature. I love all the wonderful touches you've added to your bedroom♥ I also love the photo of you with your beautiful dog. Is it a German Shepherd? We are looking into getting a puppy this Summer.

Have a lovely weekend!

xoxo
Kathleen

Faded Charm said...

Just went through and reread and I see that the photo isn't you...sorry!

Kathleen

Penny @ The Comforts of Home said...

I know exactly how you feel! How wonderful! Your home definitely deserves to be in that gorgeous publication! Congrats!!

Grantham Lynn said...

Congratulations! I've wondered where you've been. Missed you. I want to go look for that magazine now! I love the little visits you give us. Thanks for sharing!

JG said...

Congrats Becky! Very nice!
~Judy

Elsie said...

Thank God your alright Becky. I've been worried about you. Congrats!!! I told you, you had a good eye for decorating. It couldn't happened to a better person. That is so exciting and cool. Now I'm rushing out to buy the magazine.

Miss Jean said...

Congratulations, Becky! I found my copy at the local grocery store. Hoping they will use pictures of your laundry room next.

Miss Jean said...

Congratulations, Becky! I found my copy at the local grocery store. Hoping they will use pictures of your laundry room next.

Rue said...

I'm so happy for you, Becky! I had a feeling you'd get put in a magazine. That room is beautiful, but then again, so is your whole house :)

xoxo,
rue

Liz Hockamier said...

Awe Becky! That is wonderful news!!!! Congratulations!
I will be picking up a copy as soon as I can find it! :)
~Liz

Stacey said...

I'm not familiar with that magazine, Becky. I'll go look for it though if you are in it. Everything you touch turns out beautiful so I will definitely get it. :)

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

"Well. blow me down" is correct Becky and so very awesome! Congratulations! It's a beautiful guest room and so very well deserved to be in this great magazine!

Love ya,
Maryjane xox

Vee said...

Congrats, Becky! I must go find that room and then look for that magazine. I don't recall ever seeing it before.

Linda Walker said...

Wow Becky this is quite amazing! Congratulations!
Linda
mysewwhatblog

Amy said...

Hi Becky,
What an honor for you. I'm browsing your blog as I've taken a break from blog world for a few years. I hope all is well! Amy