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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Better Homes and Garden's Shoot and Hot Chocolate Bar


A couple of months ago we got an e-mail from Better Homes and Gardens asking if we would be interested in having our home photographed for their Christmas Ideas Issue. It seemed too good to be true and to be honest I kept thinking it might fall through but the last two days we had a stylist from Better Homes and Gardens here and today we had a photographer and a second stylist here as well! It was so exciting getting to watch such talented people work their magic and they were incredibly sweet and easy going and so wonderful with the girls. I had feared that Lillie would not want to have her photo taken when it was time but instead she hopped right up in her window seat and smiled and posed and did everything the photographer asked - he was so good with her! At one point she even had him sliding down our stairs "on his bum-bum" like her and he pushed her around on his cart once he was done! I can't thank them enough for making it such an easy and enjoyable experience. Now for the hard part - we have to wait 8 or 9 months for the magazine to come out!

Now that it is over, I have to say I am exhausted. It has been so crazy trying to get everything finished up in time. Once they left yesterday I started taking down all of the Christmas decorations. I am just about done and then I can start figuring out what to do to fill all the bare holes. In some ways it is such a good feeling to have it all down and to get everything clean and organized but it also does make all of the rooms seem so empty and cold now.

I didn't take any photos while they were here yesterday but I did take some photos last week of the hot cocoa station I added in our dining room.










Have a wonderful Tuesday!

53 comments:

  1. congratulations! Can't wait to see it!

    Meg

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  2. Wow! Congratulations on such an exciting honor!!!

    BHG has great taste ; )

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  3. This recognition is so well deserved, Jennifer. You have such a fabulous creative process of design. Your work ethic is evident and your gracious spirit is truly appreciated. Congratulations!
    ~Lynne
    [w/L]

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  4. Congratulations on the magazine shoot. I will be first in line to get it in 9 months!!!! I am thrilled for you. I am sure it was a lot of work.

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  5. Wow, congratulations! You must be ecstatic and exhausted! I can't wait to see the publication. This is well deserved, Jennifer. I am always in awe of your amazing talent. You have a knack for adding that special little touch to your rooms. Makes them feel warm and cozy. I am always waiting to see what great ideas you come up with next.

    There are two homes in blog land which I completely admire...and yours is one of those. Thanks you for always providing such lovely inspiration!

    (((Hugs)))

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  6. So exciting, congratulations! The coco bar looks fabulous too!!

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  7. Congratulations (almost)neighbor! I'm in Va Bch and so enjoy your blog! I guess Christmas is finally REALLY over for you! You certainly deserve the recognition!
    Lorraine

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  8. Congratulations, Jennifer! Your house is so beautiful. I can't wait to see the article when it comes out :)

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  9. Congrats on the upcoming feature!! Well deserved!

    Hana

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  10. Everything looks beautiful. I want that Better Homes issue now!Can't wait to see. Congrats!

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  11. Oh my goodness, Those photos do look like they should be in a magazine... Hot Cocoa station!? What could be better than that! Your house is going to RULE Better Homes and Gardens in 9 months!

    Cindy

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  12. Congrats!!!! I can see why they emailed you, You home is so beautiful, And I can't wait to see it in the pages of Better Homes and Gardens.

    ~~Pattie~~

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  13. It's impossible not to fall in love with Your World. It must be charming and wonderful place to live. chapeau bas :)

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  14. How nice for you!!! Can't wait to see that issue. Your home and decor is absolutely beautiful. Congrats!!

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  15. What a fun experience!! Your house is gorgeous and definitely should be featured. Congrats to you!!

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  16. Your house is so gorgeous and you have incredible style....not surprised that they asked for your home to be in their magazine. I adore BHG Christmas Ideas, and have bought it for years now....can't wait to see your home in it this Christmas! (sounds weird saying this Christmas, when we just had xmas =)

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  17. Lucky you to get a magazine shoot. Can't wait to see it. We will wait patiently.

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  18. How exciting Jennifer! Beautiful pics, can't wait to get the magazine!

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  19. Holy Geez...Better Homes and Gardens! That is so exciting. Your hot chocolate bar looks so great.

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  20. Gorgeous photos and I'm not sure the BH&G ones could be any prettier!

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  21. What an amazing honor for you and your family! I can't wait to see the magazine spread. The cocoa station you set up is the cutest idea ever. I also just started following you on pinterest. I have admired your style for awhile :) -Heidi

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  22. I'm so totally giddy for you and your family! Congrats and bask in the wonderment of it all, Jennifer! Much love, Lisa

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  23. Congratulations on the photo shoot! I will definitely be buying that magazine. Also, love the hot chocolate bar (which must be staying up for the winter)! Look forward to seeing the new touches you add to your home...as you are always an inspiration.

    Is the pinecone topiary from Target?

    Betsy

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  24. Wow, that's amazing..Better Homes and Gardens magazine! Congratulations my friend! Love your hot cocoa bar.

    Lisa

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  25. Congratulations Jen, the magazine will be so fun to read in 8 months time~everyone else in blogland was saying the same thing you were about their houses having empty spots and seemingly bare~so we have all been through it as well, you are just one month behind! Take a break, I know I needed one after I was done with all the Christmas decorating and deconstruction, but I am back in the saddle again!

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  26. Congratulations! That is wonderful, I have been following you ever since I saw your first house's living room on Rate My Space! I MUST know what the paint color is that you used on the bathroom vanity...is it stormy monday like the walls, or a different color?

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  27. How exciting! I can't wait to see it either! Guess we have to though! I'm also exited to see what youu replace Christmas deco with. January and February are hard for me. Please share your ideas for people like me! Gail

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  28. Congrats Jennifer! I have always admired your most lovely and beautiful home, so this honor is well deserved!!! :) You have a sweet spirit and such gorgeous style - thank you so much for your continued inspiration!!!

    XOXO's,
    Jessie

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  29. Congratulations Jennifer..Im sure the pictures were so pretty and your Lillie is just so adorable
    xoxo
    Rasha

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  30. Congratulations! I'll be looking forward to seeing the issue in a few months! Love the hot chocolate bar as well.

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  31. Congratulations Jenni!!!!! That is beyond awesome!!!!!! I am so excited for you and can't wait to see the issue! What an honor and absolutely deserved!

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  32. Congrats!! Wonderful news...your Christmas decorations were fabulous and should be in print. Way to go Jennifer!!

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  33. That is so awesome! You totally deserve it! I love your blog, but I also love how kind and humble you are. I am so glad that the craziness is over!

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  34. Congratulations! Can't wait to see the issue! Love your chocolate station!

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  35. ohhhh Jenni! I'm thrilled for you! Congratulations!!! How exciting! I'm thinking Miss Lillie is destined to be a model, and you need to get her an agent;)! What a cutie-pie to pose at directed, so sweet!

    I've been meaning to write, and seeing your cups comes as perfect timing! I was saving our Burdick hot chocolate for a special day and we just enjoyed our first cups a few days ago to celebrate our snow! It was 'amazing'!!! I have already used the little whisk that came with it in the kitchen and don't know how I ever lived without it;)
    We just got home from "Starrs Hollow";) and had Mexican on the oval looking out at the gazebo! Thought of you;)

    xxjoan

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    1. Haha! Don't give Lillie any ideas or she will probably start charging me for any photos I take of her! Or trying to wheel-and-deal for "prizes". I kept thinking of you and your photoshoot when they were here and all of the little tricks you had mentioned in your blog post that they did to get just the right shot.

      I am glad you enjoyed your Burdick's hot chocolate, now it's making me want some... and I am jealous of the snow! Well, not the shoveling part of the freezing part but just seeing how beautiful it all looks.

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  36. wow. Thats's really amazing Jenni. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! That;s a HUGE, big deal, Your famous!!!!!

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  37. Congratulations lady! I was looking back through some old posts a couple of days ago, and saw one of the first comments you left me after I had commented on your blog...you said you were so amazed that I would comment on your blog. Well, I just have to tell you that you have been an inspiration to me since the first time I visited here. I am so amazed by your talent, and you have such a wonderful eye for beautiful design. I am ecstatic for you on the feature..but not surprised. I'm sure it's just the start of many wonderful things to come. You are taking the world by storm, my dear!
    xoxo Wendy

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  38. Now we all have to wait..... I hate the first few weeks after Christmas. It does seems very barren, but I get some awesome cleaning done!

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  39. rest well, jennifer... the cocoa station is lovely. i am happy that we get to visit with you all the time (and do not have to wait 8 months). congratulations on the finish...
    -xok.

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  40. Congrats! How awesome!

    Can't wait to see, either!

    Your photos above are so perfect and beautiful - now you have me wanting to go make some cocoa - yum - it is getting super cold outside, about 20 degrees tomorrow they say - just what I need to warm up my feet!

    Thank you for another lovely post.

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  41. Congratulations Jennifer! How exciting and wonderful for you. I can't wait to read the issue, and see all the beautiful pictures of your home and your adorable babies. I love the hot choclate station...so pretty! Thanks again for all the inspiration, I look forward to reading your blog every day! Lorena

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  42. That is fantastic! I could just imagine how exciting this is for you and your family. Looking forward to seeing your beautiful home featured on one of my favorite magazines. Congrats!

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  43. Congratulations to you, Jennifer! How very exciting for you and for all of us to get to see your feature in the coming months! You are so very talented and creative, have decorated a gorgeous home, raising two lovely girls, and you are a swe me on a daily basis. You are most deserving of this recognition! I am very happy for you. It's almost midnight my time but I am now craving a yummy cup of hot chocolate!

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  44. How wonderful! Congratulations, I can't wait to see the issue later this year :)

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  45. Wow, I am so far behind on posts! This is so great, congratulations! It's amazing to watch a shoot isn't it, makes you tired! And I can't wait to see the spread when it comes out!

    Kat :)

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  46. Love the hot chocolate bar...what are the items that you like to include on the bar...also, do you have a delicious hot choc. recipe you can share?

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    1. Thanks, Diane! I've got two types of hot cocoa up there, both white and semi-sweet chocolate chips, and marshmallows. Unfortunately I don't have any special recipes, just good ol' cocoa mix and milk :)

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    2. Thank you, love your site! Wonderful ideas! Thanks!

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  47. So happy for your photo shoot...you deserve it...now everyone can see what an inspiration you are. BHG knows talent when they see it!!! Renee Richardson

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