I am rather excited today! I have (for the fourth day running) been out to tesco (other supermarkets are available) to see if they have a copy of July's 'Your Home' magazine. And today they did!! 'Why would you do this?' I hear you ask... Well, I just so happen to be in it!!
Last year I got contacted by a very lovely lady called Nicky from White Rabbit Media asking me if I would be interested in going on her books with my house and work. How could I refuse?! And then after a number of communications with her she informed me she had got a magazine interested in featuring me, my house and my work.
So began a mad panic to turn my house as it was (lovely but very messy and a bit grubby round the edges) into something worthy of a magazine feature! Me and hubby set about giving everything a good clean, but that wasn't quite enough (greasy kids fingerprints all over the walls, peeling paint in areas...) so we decided to give it all a lick of paint. And then some more cleaning, rearranging, buying, staging, flower arranging, and lots of final touches before it was ready. I was so pleased with how it looked.
It was a great day back at the end of April with Nicky here and her photographer friend David Parmiter snapping away to get the right shots. Luckily we were given sunshine and therefore great light for the pictures. They were great company and put me right at ease.
And then the wait. I knew the magazine was out at the beginning of June and so just had to wait. And wait. The last couple of days I've been so eager to see what was created from my interviews with Nicky and the gorgeous photos that David took, and I am so pleased with how it's turned out!
What I must emphasise to everyone though is this: My house DOES NOT look like this usually. This is STAGED and made to look lovely especially for the photos. Before you start hating me because of my immaculate house, it is usually a bit of a cluttered jumbled state! I don't clean on a regular basis (I am far too busy working, playing with the children, having a life) and more often than not the breakfast things have to be cleared away so I can serve tea.
|Ok, so this is quite extreme but I took this at a particularly bad time to show you what it can look like!!|
|The usual chaos of the lounge!!|
So as lovely as these photos are, it has really given me insight to how much work is involved to get a house looking it's best. Granted, some people live in cleanliness and immaculateness all the time, but not me!
The beauty of my perfectly staged house lasted until approximately 5.17pm when the kids wanted tea, they chucked their uniforms on their bedroom floor, I opened a bottle of wine, ate all the macarons and a pile of letters from the school started forming on the kitchen side...
But I've got the photos and the magazine to remind me that once, for one day, it looked perfect.
Now... I am SO chuffed with how the feature looks that I have decided to do a little competition. As you know, I adore many many pages on facebook and tend to spend far too much money supporting my fellow creatives and displaying them at home. I have counted that I have 20 (!!) fellow facebookers' work on display in the feature. How many can you find? (it's a bit like Where's Wally!)
(Clue - one of them is me!!) (Another clue - I am wearing 2 of them...)
I have decided to give away one of my word cushions (your choice of word and fabric from my collection) to a person picked at random in a weeks time. All you have to do is comment below with who you can find and share the love through facebook or twitter too!! You may find it easier to see details on my facebook photos - you can find them on my page here if you don't have a copy of the magazine.
I will let you know all the right answers next week and show you where they are in the feature...