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Monday, August 5, 2013

Special Visitors!

Hello!  I hope you are all doing well!  Oh, how I have missed you!  I can't wait to tell you all about my EXCITING news!  On Wednesday and Thursday, July 24 and 25, I had special guests come into my home for a two-day photo shoot!  I most assuredly will fill you in on all the 'when and what' publishing details as soon as I know more.  I had the most wonderful time!  It was all very surreal, just like a dream! 




A huge thank you to regional editor, Andrea Caughey, for taking a chance on me after discovering my blog and contacting me about a possible photo shoot here.  Then possibility became reality when she later informed me that the shoot was a 100% go and sent me the scheduled July shoot dates!






I counted down the weeks into days until the big day was finally here!  I was terribly nervous beforehand, but everyone was wonderful and instantly put me at ease!  It was like chatting and catching up with old friends and the hours just flew by!  I was amazed by the talent of stylist, Sandra Mohlmann.  Her style was outstanding and she paid great attention to even the smallest of details in the composition of each and every photo.  I loved to watch her work!  Jay Wilde also had a great eye for composition and his photography was over the top!  I learned much watching them work their magic here!  A great thank you to Sandra Mohlmann, Patrice Bailey, Jay Wilde, and Laurel Scott for being so easy to have around here and making it all such a perfect memory! 




The month preceding the photo shoot had been a whirl wind!  I am very sorry that I was not able to keep up with my blog or online shop and have left you without a post for so long.  My home and gardens were on the photo order so I was very busy making sure they were in tip-top shape.  There was so much to be done!  Karl was a huge help!  He diligently worked through my many lists and crossed projects off one by one.  He was also on yard duty, keeping the lawn mowed and watered with the hose sprinklers even on those dry, hot July days.  Thank you very much, Karl!  I could not have done it all with out you!  






It was strange and a little lonely waking up the morning after the shoot without a house teeming full of cameras, cords and equipment!  Our home seemed much too empty and I missed the easy conversation I had with new friends!  But now that the photo shoot is behind me, I will direct my attention back to my blog and online store! 




  Sandra and Patrice selected such beautiful, hand-picked flowers for the shoot!  I would love to share them with you so I snapped a couple photos afterward.  Sandra had each room popping with color and she invoked such a warm, inviting aura within!  I am extremely excited and can't wait to see how Jay captured it all on camera for the publication.  If you too desire to see how it all turned out, please be sure to pick up a copy of the issue on newsstands when it is released.  The suspense is killing me too! :)  And don't worry, I will be sure to fill you in on all the details so you won't miss it! 








This fabulous shabby milk can came from Melinda of Alabaster Rose Lifestyle.  It makes the perfect summer vase for fresh cut flowers, don't you think?













Aren't these roses fabulous?  I think yellow roses are now my new favorite!









On a final note, I want to show you what I just did for a light and airy curtain in my bath window.  Per the inspiration of Vintage By Nina, one of my favorite books, I hung two mismatched antique French linen napkins on twine using vintage German curtain clips.  I love how light pronounces the old embroidery!








Thank you for coming back again after such a long period of silence!  I appreciate your patience!  Next time, I will show you some of my summer gardens.  And please stay tuned for updates on my new online shop website coming very soon!



I hope you have a wonderful week!




Maria ~Rusty Hinge





35 comments:

  1. How cool!! Congrats on the photo shoot. I just love the sweet and simple curtain in your bath window- reminds me of what they might have done for simple farm house curtains in the 19th century- it is perfect!

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  2. Geat photo!!! Your Amazing interior!!!! Wow.......... I really love it. Congratulations.

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  3. wow Congratulations Maria, your home is so lovely can't wait to see and hear more. your own photos are fabulous!!

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  4. I am glad you are back, but what an exciting reason to be gone. There is nothing like a big event to get the house in order.

    Can't wait for more details on the magazine.

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  5. Well, congrats!

    Can't wait to find out more about this publication!

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  6. Congratulations Maria!
    I know that the photos will be amazing.
    I am so happy that you enjoyed the experience and can't wait to see the results!
    Simone

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  7. Welcome back!! I am sure your home looks beautiful in the publication...it always does!! Looking forward to the new on-line shop!!!!

    xo~ Cheryl

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  8. OOohhh!!! How exciting indeed. Congratulations Maria. Now I can hardly wait to hear which magazine it will be in :-)
    Once again... congratulations. So happy for you.
    Hugs, Gee

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  9. Congratulations, Maria. I can't wait to see the finished product- xo Diana

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  10. What an honor! You must be so excited and you should be. Can't wait for an update on the date of the published photo spread. Congratulations! -- Jan

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  11. How exciting! Your photos are beautiful and I can wait to hold the publication in my hot little hand. :)

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  12. Oh I cant wait to see the magazine!! Your home is just amazing!!!

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  13. That is wonderful news...please keep us posted....the house looks so pretty...of course it always does!

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  14. I wait anxiously for each post. Thanks for sharing. Congrats to you! Well deserved.

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  15. How exciting for you to have this amazing experience! I'm sure I would have been a bundle of nerves but you seem to have taken it all in stride. Can't wait to see your home in a magazine!

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  16. Loved the blog post with all the pictures and the photo shoot..........exciting! Your home is just lovely and looks so fresh and welcoming! Happy for your success!

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  17. Wowww Maria !!!..this is great news !! for which magazine it is ????...love your home !!..it look great !!....love from me...x !!

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  18. Congratulations Maria...how exciting!
    The photos are just gorgeous...can't wait to see more!

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  19. oh girl, this is so beautiful ... and so well deserved.
    worth the wait ... and now you (we) know that there's no reason to be nervous, right?
    Fifi has been here twice and the second time, I did nothing except run the sweeper, ha!

    so so so special ... and btw, I just found a whole hand ful of those German clips in my metal junk draw, so guess what I'm doin this morning?
    your home is so beautiful ... keep us posted

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  20. Well......it doesn't surprise me at all that you were asked for a photo shoot, Maria! Your home is just beautiful! So inspiring!!! I know what you mean about the house feeling empty the day afterwards. Fifi O'Neill was here in June and she and Mark Lohman styled and shot photos all day long. It was so much fun! And getting to know them was just a dream for me! But yep..the morning after it was too quiet. Nothing to look forward to. lol But I'm certainly looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful home in print! What magazine and when?

    xoxo laurie

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  21. Beautiful!!! So proud of you, Maria! Can't wait to see the pictures of your awesome garden!!!

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  22. How exciting! And for me, super cool to see Andrea as she contacted me about my kids' kitchen re-do that I helped them with and blogged about! They'll be doing a shoot in 2 weeks :) Your home looks just beautiful, and no wonder they want you in their magazine....thanks for sharing! Now I'm getting super excited about our turn!

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  23. How exciting for you! I know the photos will be incredible. This must be a dream come true. Congrats

    Michelle. thebashfulnest.blogspot.com

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  26. Congratulations Maria!! How exciting. I'm anxious for more details soon!! :)

    Melissa @ Shabby Love

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  27. Beautiful as always. I love the flower arrangements as well.

    Antonella @ Pretty House Things

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  28. SO many of us would like to have the ability to put together a lovely and imaginative home like yours. It seems the closer and longer one looks, the more we see. I love that! So unique!
    Congratulations on being discovered, being featured. What an honor!
    Mona

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  29. This is my first look at your blog. Absolutily beautiful home...I really like that it also seems to be a place of welcome and living, a must in my book! I found it while lookng for inspiration for my daughter and soon to be daughter in law. She and my son just bought a skinny row house. But I found it for myself!! Got out those lace dinner oversized napkins for mthe rich great aunt. New cutains!!! Thanks. Pa love the fall look in your 2012 post.

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  30. You have truly been one busy girl with all of these photo shoots, Maria! Congrats on this one AND the one in the recent issue of Romantic Country, too! It was just beautiful and I loved seeing even more of your amazing home! Hugs to you, sweetie! :)

    xoxo laurie

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