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.
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.