Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Today's the Day




A few short weeks ago, I mentioned that something rather exciting had taken place at our cottage, remember? And so as the title suggests, today's the day that the magazine in which our little pad is featured has gone on sale on newsstands. Eeek!


A copy came through over the weekend, we raced back from the SVR on Sunday night to devour it and see that the team at BBC Homes & Antiques magazine have done a pretty fine job on the article.






I think some of the photos are a little pale but it was such a rubbish day weather wise and the cottage a bit on the dark side anyway, that the shots are actually quite remarkable. The cottage is full of all sorts of vintage goodies we've collected and the photos capture all the lovely detail.






I've only shown a few pages from the article, of course you can see the whole thing in glorious technicolour between the pages of this great magazine (August issue). This is their "vintage special" edition so there is much to drool over. You will probably learn a few things about us as a family if you read Katie's kind words and maybe have a chuckle as I did, at seeing in print my confession as to my obsession with eidys, age 10 (and more)!


I'm happy to say that the photos in the article are a very good representation of our home. It's always pretty sick and span because I am a bit of a tidy freak and as we do not live there all the time, we have the luxury of keeping all our other hoarded junk back at home in London! But it is most firmly, a real home.





Pretty flowers were drafted in, some roses from the garden, lots of cakes and scones baked, much dusting done and finally, we donned some of our fine vintage clothing but essentially, the cottage is as you see it. The H&A team made the odd little adjustment, moving a few books, teacups or vases of flowers but all the main items are exactly where they always live.





We were lucky to meet up with our photographer Bill, in the pub the night before the shoot where we had a good old chin wag over a delicious meal and a few sherbets. He and the ladies from H&A were a pleasure to work with and though I can say it was a long and even quite tiring day, it was also enjoyable. The weather was not good and we spent quite a while in the garden waiting for the sun to peep out from behind the clouds!






The team have been kind enough to let us have some of the shots from the shoot, some of which made it into the mag, some of which didn't as Bill took literally hundreds.





Some shots took time to stage with the aid of a tripod and lighting and so on but in between, Bill was wandering with his camera taking some handheld detail shots which I must say, I really like.





I hope you enjoy the article and a little peek into our lives if you get your mitts on the mag. For us, it really was a day to remember. Our thanks to Bill, Katie and Kirsty and to all those of you who have been in touch with kind words having spotted the article already, you eagle eyed bunch!

55 comments:

  1. How exciting! I will have to get a copy - saw it on the coffee table at my Mum's at the weekend and didn't have a chance to look at it, which is a shame as I'd have been thrilled to find the article about your cottage unexpectedly. There is no mistaking it for 'just' a holiday place - it really is so very homely!
    x

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  2. I love your cottage Hen. Can I come and live there?!!! Congratulations on the article. I must go and buy the mag now!!! x

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  3. What a lovely home you have!

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  4. How exciting!!! Your home looks absolutley beautiful - very pretty.

    Not heard of this magazine before but will have a look out for it.

    Enjoy your week.

    Leah x

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  5. Those shots are great and it looks far from dark! Love the striped armchair. I've got a day off on Friday so might have to take a wander to the newsagent I think!
    Ellie
    x

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  6. Congratulations!! I will be grabbing a copy of Homes and Antiques this weekend, so I will look forward to all the lovely pictures of your beautiful home. :)

    Gemma x

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  7. ooohh another magazine to add to my list for tomorrow! Hubby has already mentioned I get too many and about the 'piles' I create with them. The pics you have posted up here are divine so can imagine how lovely the article will be!

    Enjoy your time in the limelight :)

    Ali

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  8. I'm going to stop and treat myself to the magazine tomorrow!
    Julie xxxxxxxx

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  9. Congrats! So exciting! I know you are beyond thrilled! You home is most lovely!

    Waving from Our Back Porch,
    Rebecca

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  10. We've just got back from dinner at my Mum's and whilst there I was looking through my Stepdad's issue of H&A (he subscribes) when I opened the page to your cottage - I squealed!! "I *KNOW" this lady!! She follows my blog and I follow hers!!!!" - I was PROPER excited and my Mum (who doesn't get blogging AT ALL) said "Well, you don't know her at all then really" - but I was adamant!! "She's one of my blog ladies!!" said I!!

    Anyway, I thought your cottage looked STUNNING and I love, love. love it!! I was telling Mum all about how it's you that inspired me to get my vintage dressing table (I got it today, will post about it tomorrow!!) and your quilts, particularly your Dresden plate one - "Ooooh there it is!!" I squealed when I noticed it draped over your sofa!!

    Gosh, now I'm waffling!! Can you tell I'm a bit excited for you?!!

    S x

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  11. I am hoping we can get this magazine in the US!!!! I'll check at Barnes and Noble since they seem to have a wide variety of magazines. Beautiful! Deborah (ostiebug@yahoo.com)

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  12. I can think of no ones home I would want to see more. I might even treat myself to this glossy mag at the weekend - and I am not even a magazine buyer!! You home IS an inspiration is well deserved of being featured!! HURRAHS FOR YOU!!

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  13. Wow ! how cool is that-will go and buy a copy ! x

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  14. Wow Hen,
    I first came across your blog the last time it was featured in a magazine was it ideal home or house and home as I buy both. Your homes are so unique and stylish, the cottage looks so cosy and pretty too :) You must be delighted and so so proud :)

    All things nice...

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  15. Congratulations how absolutely wonderful! you must be so pleased :)

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  16. Golly, there are a few bloggers in mags this month Hen - it's great isn't it? Will have a look tomorrow but from what I can see it is a really good article with loads of pics. Your cottage is every pretty x

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  17. I really like the shots you took on the day actually. I think they look a little paler in the magazine also. I imagine the process of printing for page is quite different but it is a little sad that they lack some of the "punch". I hope they got a shot of the bathroom with those wonderful tiles in the mag too, they were some of my favourites.

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  18. Congratulations Helen, I shall get myself a copy, looks like a great issue.
    Carol xx

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  19. The photos are gorgeous, your house is gorgeous. Old cottages are always dark, everybody knows that, and so that your cottage looks so bright and airy is lovely, it can be done! You've done a wonderful job with it, well done!

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  20. Oh Hen, it's fun to read this news. I will be patient and wait for this magazine to eventually arrive on the international magazine stands here in New York.

    Hoping that this publicity will only enhance your country life. Let me also say how much I enjoyed reading about your family's recent steam engine tours.

    Bravo!

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  21. I have just placed an urgent call to my sister in Scotland (she was alarmed as I usually call on Sundays) to please buy and mail this magazine to me tomorrow! I don't think I will be able to find a copy in our little corner of Montana. I am so excited for you....can't wait to read it. Congrats.

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  22. Dear Hen, dang I wish I could get one of those here in Oregon USA. I'm so impressed with your cottage being in a slick glossy magazine! I must tell you that last weekend I was antiquing with my best friend from 7th grande who was visiting and the first thing I found and bought was a turquoise glass hen covered dish like your collection.. you can see it on my blog.. scroll down past my 4th of July parade pix to see it.. and I put a link to your blog on mine. :-)

    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  23. Congratulations. I agree with Jelly Jam. I love that striped chair. Your cottage is so warm and homey, I could happily spend time there with a good book and a hot coffee or a cod drink.

    I love when you post photos of the cottage.

    Satori

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  24. Congrats to you and your family for your feature!
    We are all proud to have visit your cottage before the V&A readers, LOL!
    x

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  25. such lovely pics, you're right to be so pleased.
    Hope it also brings you lots of quilty customers :)
    xx

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  26. Ooooh your house is to die for!!! Let me know if you ever start renting it out for holidays!! Although, if I stayed for a week, I might never want to leave!!
    Will def get that mag this month!!
    -x-

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  27. How exciting for you! I'm off out to buy my copy today. I have a dream of owning a little hideaway in Dorset somewhere too & would hope it would be just as cosy & gorgeous as yours.

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  28. Hi Hen

    The weather may have been dull but the cottage looks far from it. It looks so cosy, just want to curl up in the chair and read a book.

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  29. How exciting ;-)) Your home looks amazing and so pretty and beautiful. You must feel real proud and so you should. dee x

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  30. My Dad receives an annual gift subscription to H&A as part of his birthday present from me, and he said it was a good issue this month and that it was "full of the stuff you like" - stuff indeed! (Dad is into 'old school' antiques!) I can't wait to look at his copy this weekend and read all about your lovely house - congratulations, Hen (couldn't happen to a nicer lady) x

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  31. congratulations- the feature of your home is really special- you do have such lovely homes ;0)
    such a beautiful place to be- you've made it into a proper, lovely home...i used to think the homes were not real in these mags that it had all been bought in and staged- but now i realise all the collecting and hand making and thrifting is a real persons collections- lovely thought ;0)xx

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  32. How exciting for you. You're house is so lovely I'm not surprised they wanted to feature it. Enjoy the fame!

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  33. Oh wow what exciting news. I'm going to have to get myself a copy of H&A.

    Your cottage is absolutely beautiful, so perfect. It should be featured in more magazines, but that's just my opinion.

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  34. Will be buying the magazine Hen,and drooling over the pictures of your gorgeous cottage,it is everything I dream of! :0)

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  35. WOW your home looks beautiful. Congratulations on your magazine article, how exciting. I'm looking forward to grabbing a copy today to drool over!

    Bertie x

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  36. how exciting :) whilst looking at the mags in tesco's yesterday, i spotted this mag and saw free prints, had a flick through, and thought eeek there is Hen's cottage !! I didn't know it was going to be so soon ! how fabulous :)

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  37. Ooh, your cottage looks so cosy, I'm going to pick up a copy of this mag when I'm next in the supermarket.

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  38. Well done you!!
    I always wondered how much they tinker with stuff.

    Clare

    ps. forgot to add that I wouldnt keep my quilt on the table either!!

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  39. Hi Hen, have just been into town and bought Homes and Antiques, I have done the house work, made my cup of tea..... now 5 mins peace to indulge!! can't wait,
    xx

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  40. lovely feature in the magazine! well done
    http://aldona-dreamhome.blogspot.com/

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  41. Looks lovely, but I can't get it here in France! Anyone care to send me one?

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  42. I speed read my copy yesterday on seeing your lovely home inside. Really looking forward to sitting down tonight and savouring each of those lovely pictures. You all looked utterly smashing indeed. Thanks for sharing more of your special place with us.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Stephx

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  43. I hop, skipped and jumped to town this morning and got H&A, the whole article is just lovely!

    Well done for making your cottage just beautiful, I really like the kitchen with the bunting at the windows. I bet you really enjoy baking and pottering in there!
    Ali

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  44. How exciting! Your home looks very, very lovely and deserves to be shown off xxx

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  45. How exciting! It looks to be a really beautiful article with many gorgeous photos. I will have to track it down. Well done Hen, you totally deserve it. Your home is beautiful and your talents are many and certainly deserve to be shown off. You should be very proud of what you have achieved. Great stuff - a bit of recognition is definitely in order.
    Siobhan

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  46. What a lovely article, I can't wait to get my magazine.

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  47. Fab news on the magazine feature, i have my copy to read tonight !

    Must add too, loved your last post on the SVR... i lived in Bridgnorth for a few years when i was younger, it is a fab place to visit x

    Sara x

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  48. I'm so excited, but I'm deliberately not reading this post until my copy of H and A has arrived in the post (it takes a while to get to France)! When I've wallowed in the delights of the mag I'll come back and read your side of the story - can't wait!

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  49. Congratulations! I already have my mitts on a copy of the magazine and the article showing your cottage is lovely. In fact the whole magazine has been a joy to read this month ... :0)

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  50. Congratulations! I love your house!

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  51. What an exciting time for you all! I can't wait to get my copy of the magazine,

    Victoria xxx

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  52. Ooooh sooo thrilling, Hen!!! Congratulations!! It looks like a great article with yummy photos! Hope the mag will be still for sale at the end of the month... I wonder if it is a monthly publication or what? Or do you know if I can purchase it online?
    Monica x.

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  53. Wow! I'd never bought this magazine before but headed for the shops when I saw that your house was in it! (also quite impressed with the botanical prints they're giving away) Your china collection is absolutely beautiful, something to be proud of : )

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  54. Congratulations Hen...Its a lovely article of your beautiful cottage and your collections. Loved Harry in his cute little outfit too...you are so lucky he shares your passion, as my girls have never really understood my love of old! My favourite shot of your cottage was the close-up of your china collection on the shelves above your dining table - really pretty.
    Liz's friend Bronia is in this issue too, as well as a Rachel I know who bought a cupboard at Shepton Mallet. (I get the teeniest of mentions too in the 50's photo shoot :) ...Hope that's not advertising and you'll delete me?! ;-))

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend,
    Niki

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  55. Gorgeous home and congrats on the article! I found out about your blog by reading through that magazine at my local newsagent here in Florida! Now I'm addicted to your blog! I'm a certified Anglophile and my goal is to move to England (hopefully! . . .) in the next few years! I've visited 5 time and love it more with each visit! By the way, would you possibly remember the paint color you have on your walls in your living room?!! I have wood trim in my living room and have been looking for that perfect cream color and it's driving me crazy! Every color I pick is too yellow looking! Thanks, and keep up the great blogging for all of us Anglophiles in America!, Angela

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