Cottages & Bungalows Fall Home Tour


It was the week before Thanksgiving 2015 and I received an e-mail from the editor of Cottages & Bungalows.  Her name is Jickie Torres & wow is she a sweet lady (and yes it is spelled with an i).  She’s very pretty & smart, too.  You’ll see her photo on the inside cover when you buy the magazine.  So, anyhow, Jickie was asking if I would be interested in having our home photographed the following week for next years (2016) Cottages & Bungalows Fall Home Tour edition.  Did you catch that timing?  She was referring to the week of Thanksgiving!  You know, the week all the Fall stuff goes bye bye and you start preparing for Christmas.  At least I do.  So, I had a big decision to make.  At first I thought, no way.  Can’t do it.  Then I slept on it.

Cottages & Bungalows Cover Fall 2016

I’m so thankful I rested before I came to the decision.  I knew I would regret it if I didn’t go for it, I just had to do a 360 degree schedule change.  You can see behind the scenes from that 9 hour photo shoot day HERE, but the week before that awesome experience, was the preparing, and the WORK (4 days to be exact).  The turkey was defrosting in the fridge, I had just thrown out our dead mums, and our pumpkins were rotting.  It had turned cold, my sister was coming to visit for Thanksgiving (being hosted at our house), and the last thing on my mind was Fall.  I was in Christmas mode, and had planned to get the Christmas tree that weekend.  Ironically enough, a snow storm blew in early, and my husband and I ventured out and found the very last mums on the planet about 30 miles from our house.  Luckily they also make caramel apples all year at the mall.  It was a crazy time, but holy popcorn balls, was it worth it.  I am so grateful to so many people for this opportunity and I will cherish the experience and memories the rest of my life.  I feel my home decorating has officially been validated and I am very proud of my accomplishments as a DIY Home Decorating Blogger.

Enjoy the show…and don’t forget to look for Sylvia on the couch.

Cottages & Bungalows Final Livingroom

Mantle Cottages & Bungalows

Staircase Cottages & Bungalows-2

photo door cottages & Bungalows-2

Silver Platters Cottages & Bungalows

Kitchen Cottages & Bungalows-2

Cottages & Bungalows Hutch

Fall Thanksgiving Table Cottages & Bungalows

Another Bedroom Cottages & Bungalows

final bathroom & Bedroom

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56 Responses

  1. Erma says:

    I loved the article. Your home inspire me.

  2. Dad says:

    A very nice post, a lot of work, and it payed off, love, Dad

  3. Ann says:

    I love your home, and all the love and work you have put into it. Thanks for sharing all of your projects. Your blog is on my daily must-visit list, and I enjoy each “trip to your home.” Now, your next project will be preserving that article as I know things will continue to evolve in years to come! Congratulations!

    • Julie Fiato says:

      Hi Ann! Thank you for such a thoughtful comment. It means so much to me. I hope you have a great weekend! ~ Julie

  4. Jenny says:

    Thanks for sharing, very inspirational. I really enjoy how you incorporate nature into your decor. Are there spices in the mason jars above the stove? You did a great job w/ the brick and I think it’s fun how you don’t have monochromatic look with color and wood. Keep it coming.

  5. erika says:

    I can definitely see why your home was picked for a photo spread in their magazine. Well done. You have such a lovely, warm home.

  6. Christina in FL says:

    Julie, I am absolutely enamored with your home. The article is magnificent and, I am sure, does not do your warm home justice. Seriously, I know your home is even more wonderful in person.
    I really appreciate you sharing the article with all the great photos. You deserve even more compliments than they shared.
    Thank you so much for being here in blog land to inspire and teach.
    ~ Christina in FL

  7. Carol says:

    Thanks so much for sharing the article! Your home is lovely.

  8. Jan says:

    Splendid presentation – it really displays the intentions that you and Rick put into your home. I can just imagine what the 4 days of work were like, as you flew about readying all the corners and displays. Good job!

  9. Terri Steffes says:

    This is a dream come true! I love what you have done and I love their photography. Congratulations!

  10. Diana says:

    Your home is inspiring & lovely, what a great experience for you! As a born & raised Michigander, it’s wonderful to see! Loved the article, congrats!

  11. karen says:

    Really beautiful.

  12. Pat F. says:

    Congratulations, Julie! Your home looks beautiful, as always and the article is wonderful.

    • Julie Fiato says:

      Hello, Pat! Thank you so much for your kind words. I wish my house looked like that right now 🙂 HA HA! Have a great weekend! ~ Julie

  13. Christine says:

    Congrats! Many are “called”, but few are chosen. Your head & body must have been on circuit overload. All worth it! Can I have your autograph?

  14. Pam says:

    It’s so refreshing to see a house that actually has some color in it. I am tired of houses that look like a white out in a blizzard.

  15. Ivory says:

    This is so well earned, why? because you always do such beautiful work. I wish I had half your vision in designs. The article is beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us, congrats!

    • Julie Fiato says:

      Thank you, Ivory! It was so exciting. I still can’t believe it to be honest with you! Have a wonderful weekend. Talk to you soon! ~ Julie

  16. Julie, I loved your feature in Cottages & Bungalows! Your home looks warm, inviting, and just the place to gather family and friends. {Jickie is such a joy to work with, isn’t she?} Congratulations, this is a memory you will cherish, and your home {and you!} will inspire many readers, too. xo Lidy

  17. Shirley says:

    Ccngratulations on your photo shoot- so well deserved. I love your bedroom. It’s SO cozy& that ceiling!! Wow!!

  18. Julie, your feature is just phenomenal… every page!….They chose a great home to feature in their wonderful magazine….Congrats…so well deserved!!!….Over the moon happy for you!

    • Julie Fiato says:

      Shirley, I’m still in shock! Thank you so much for your kind words. They mean so much to me. Have a great night! XO

  19. Jessica says:

    I absolutely love it!!! I’m so happy for you!

  20. Congrats! You home is absolutely gorgeous! Love poring over every page!

    • Julie Fiato says:

      Thank you, Vicki & Jennifer! It’s a great feeling that I will cherish forever. Thanks for stopping by! XO ~ Julie

  21. Laura says:

    If I ever get rich, I am hiring you to redo my house! 🙂

  22. Lisa says:

    Holy popcorn balls is right!! {I think that’s my new favorite saying ;)} What an amazing accomplishment, not that I ever doubted you, you are amazing! I love how your house turned out and you inspire me everyday to keep working toward my perfect dream home. 🙂

    • Julie says:

      Hi Lisa, It blows my mind that this even happened. Rick told me to call our local Detroit area NEWS…lol!!! Thanks for your encouragement. Love u girl!!

  23. JaneEllen says:

    WOW, WOW, WOW. if I were to say nothing else think my wow’s say it for me. Recently found your blog and subscribed as just seeing one post told me I didn’t want to miss one more awesome post. Looks Like I got that right.
    Can hardy wait to buy magazine to have photos can tear out for my decorating notebook. Besides fact of never reading Cottages and Bungalows this issue will reel me in. Not easy to find this magazine here, will need to hit Barnes and Noble.
    Congratulations on incredible honor and having home to photograph. Have really special week.

    • Julie says:

      Thank you, JaneEllen! Such kind words. You can find it at Walgreen’s, some grocery stores, and yes, Barnes & Noble will definitely have it. 🙂

  24. Debra says:

    Congratulations!! Totally inspiring and love the earth tones and wood colors. Rarely do we see magazine spreads that are true living. This is very homey, warm and lived in feeling. I love this very much! Continue to feed your passion, it shows for all to enjoy!

  25. Jenna says:

    Wow!! Such an honor and it looks gorgeous!

  26. So gorgeous Julie – so proud of you!

  27. Nancie says:

    Your article was wonderful! Congratulations! You certainly deserve it! Love all the fall colors, they make your home warm and inviting! You inspire all of us. So happy for you!

  28. Dad says:

    Cleaver, this GIRL is Cleaver, love, Dad ps Did I spell Cleaver correct?

  29. Linda of No.Cal. says:

    I just checked out your 2016 COTTAGES and BUNGALOW TOUR !!
    WoW !! You and your fam must be so excited AND proud.

  30. I’ve enjoyed following you through so many of your
    remodeling projects, and it is fun to see it all come
    together here in this article! Just beautiful results!!

  31. Vee Muller says:

    Wow! What a gorgeous home! I’ve been following you for a few months now and have enjoyed your blog. But it is just stunning to see your home all in one sitting. I have to wonder, what in the world could they possibly do next?

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