Monday, July 16, 2012

Maison Chic Magazine

A couple of months ago I was running around like crazy
painting, organizing, re-doing and decorating...
I had someone special coming to my house for a visit and I had lots to do to get ready.




Just a couple weeks earlier~
the editor of Lotus Publications in Europe emailed me about publishing
 photos of my dining room and home. We emailed back and forth several times
 and then she offered to send Mark Lohman to my home to take photos for her magazines.


Oh my gosh~ I was absolutely thrilled!
I was already familiar with Mark and all the work that he does with so many fantastic magazines,
 books  and publications - he is an amazing photographer.
You might know him best as Fifi O'Neill's number one go to photographer.


( Mark Lohman...in my house!!! lol! )

After Mark and I talked on the phone
we decided which rooms to focus on and went over what 'look' or styling for the rooms
 the magazine was looking for in this shoot and then I got busy.



I  changed a few things around the house to create the 'look' they wanted
and then re-thought everything I changed about 50 times
which caused me to change it again
and then I re-thought those changes again...
 well,
 you get the drift.


Not to mention those pretty sparkly chandeliers for the dining room that were ordered
in plenty of time were delayed.
Not just delayed...
They were Delayed -delayed. 
 They actually arrived just a couple days before Mark did.


Getting everything ready for the photos as well as working on meeting the other deadlines I had...
well, I have to admit that I became a wee bit crazy.
You see, the magazine wasn't sending Mark along with a professional stylist ~
it was just the two of us working together.
As well, it wasn't just one room that needed to be, styled and photo ready~
it was several rooms at one time.
Having never done anything like that before...
I was just a wee bit looney toons...
;)
But once Mark arrived, I started to relax a bit.
He walked through the house and instantly picked out all the
vignettes and angles he planned to work with. He seemed to know exactly what photos
he thought the magazine would like and what we would focus on photographing.


About midway through the day- we took a break for sandwiches
( made with the fresh bread that was the photo prop in the kitchen~ it was delicious!)
and then we sat for a bit to chat outside on the patio.



The day was absolutely so much fun and I learned so much from working with Mark
 From the styling tips he has picked up from the pro's he's worked with,
to photography tips and camera settings,
 to talks about family and  life in general
He is so sweet and fun to work with and he made this amazing day even better.




I don't have copies of the magazines yet.. I am crazy anxiously awaiting their arrival
but I was sent a couple page previews and was told the article is 22 pages and that it will be published
 in Casa Chic in Italy,  in Maison Chic in France and in Germany as well.


Wow!!!


They also sent over a preview of their
Italian Casa Chic magazine cover a couple weeks ago




 Oh.my.gosh.


 This is such a dream come true for me and part of me cannot believe it even now.
I truly feel so incredibly honored and I cannot say thank you enough
to Lotus Publishing and to Mark Lohman  for such an absolutely amazing  experience.
I'll share more when the magazines arrive!




104 comments:

  1. Amazing. The shoot looks great. How happy you must be!

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  2. The photos are absolutely amazing!

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  3. Congratulations, Courtney!! I'm so excited for you. I'll bet that was so much fun to work with Mark. Hopefully, the magazines will list you as the stylist, wouldn't that be great? The previews the publisher sent look amazing. I can't wait to see how the whole thing turns out.

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  4. Congratulations!! So happy for you
    Your Home is beautiful
    xxoo
    Pam

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  5. Wow! Congratulations! Your home is beautiful will fit perfectly in those European publications.

    MC

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  6. Oh Courtney, I am over the moon happy for you!!!

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  7. Wow! Congratulations Courtney. The pictures look stunning and it's a well deserved feature of your beautiful home.

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  8. Wow what an honor. Beautiful Pics.. Would love to get a copy of this! Congrats..Love the chandliers..Enjoy your day!

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  9. How exciting Courtney! Congratulations!! Can this magazine be purchased here?

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  10. Courtney,
    Congratulations!!! Your home is beautiful! I need to find a copy!
    ((((Hugs)))
    Anne

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  11. Congrats to you, how exciting!!! Can't wait to see all the pics!!!

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  12. Wow, Courtney! Congrats and how exciting. I would have been stressed out like you were. I hope there is a way we can see that magazine here.

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  13. OH MY GOODNESS!!! Courtney that is just so exciting! Your home is an inspiration to so many and now even more people around the world get to enjoy your talent and impeccable style. So thrilled for you my friend! :-)
    Vanessa

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  14. I am so excited and happy for you Courtney!

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  15. If I could swap houses with anyone it would be you Courtney....well, at least for a while...LOL. Your home is droolworthy and I knew that it was just a matter of time before it would become well known my talented friend!

    CONGRATS to you....and P.S...that Mark is such a hoot!
    xoxo
    Janet

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  16. How how very exciting and well deserved. You are an artist of home comforts and beauty. Is their anyway to order a copy of one of the magazines, maybe the french one? CONGRATULATIONS!

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  17. Congratulations!! The pictures are beautiful and you got the cover!! It looks wonderful you should be thrilled!
    ~Cheryl

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  18. Congrats on your amazing news Courtney!! Just love your home!!

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  19. Congrats Counrtney! Just wonderful you deserve it you pull everything together faulously.

    Cynthia

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  20. Congratualtions! You definately deserve this wonderful honor as your home is beautiful!

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  21. What amazingly lovely pictures. What an adventure this must have been for you. TY for sharing this exquisite experience. My favorite photo would have to be those lovely bright pink roses in the tea pot - simply, elegant, lovely!! Elizabeth.

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  22. Hi Courtney,
    Congratulations!!! Your home is beautiful!
    Blessings,
    ~Wendy

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  23. Wonderful! Congratulations! What a great opportunity to learn as well as be featured Internationally.

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  24. Congratulations! I am so happy for you I started tearing up as I read your good news. How exciting! And then to see that you MADE THE COVER!!! I never forward or recommend anything to anyone but I had to send my sister your link 2 weeks ago. Now I feel so justified! Thank you for a wonderful blog and sharing your beauty and brilliance with us.

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  25. Congrats!!! How exciting for you!!

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  26. I am so happy for you, Courtney. Congratulations!

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  27. How exciting!! I would've been a basket case by the time Mark arrived. Worrying about every little spec of dust and such. And then the chandies arriving just days before the shoot! Ugh! But it looks like you pulled it off fabulously. You must be on Cloud Nine!! And what a great experience to work with Mark and pick his brain!

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  28. Oh you lucky one....and of course you are proud!
    So Cool!!!
    Looking forward to see the magazine later on your blog.

    Fine evening

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  29. How fun!! Congratulations, Courtney!!

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  30. Congratulations, Courtney! I am so happy for you, and happy that your creativity and home are being highlighted in such a distinguished way! Twenty-two pages and the cover! How exciting! It is so well deserved!

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  31. I found your blog through Facebook and I just love it! I'm so excited for you, these photos are amazing. It's too bad we don't have those magazines in the states, I would love to see them!

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  32. We already knew that you were amazing! This just documents it. Congratulations.

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  33. Congratulations Courtney!
    I am French and I can say to you that your decoration is really the one that we have here in France in the beautiful houses.
    Bravo! Your decoration is magnificent!
    And it is crazy I have just bought the magazine "MAISON CHIC" today because I really LOVE their decorating ideas.

    I'm a new blogger I just start my blog today if you want to see it go there: http://somewhereinprovence.blogspot.fr/

    Thanks!

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  34. Oh my gosh! Congratulations, Courtney!!! It is such a well-deserved honor, sweetie!!!! I am so happy for you! What fun that must'ave been for you to meet Mark and pick up all of those tips! Woooo hooooo! ♥

    xoxo laurie

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  35. Congratulations!!!! What an amazing tribute to you and your incredible talent. Your home is absolutely gorgeous and oh-so-worthy of a 22 page spread. Just thrilled for you!!!

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  36. That is so wonderful and you so deserve it, your house is so beautiful.

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  37. Thrilling news, Courtney! You must have been so elated, and why shouldn't you be? The look is beautiful & deserving of a feature. I proudly shared this post on my Facebook page. Congratulations!

    Darleen

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  38. "True Romance is the never ending pursuit of Life's peak experiences." ~JAH-Be-InI

    Thrilling. Congratulations, Courtney.

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  39. courtney, your home is so special, and so deserves this:) congrats!!

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  40. You so deserve this, Congratulations!!
    You have such an eye for making things beautiful.

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  41. Hi Courtney...

    Ohhh my goodness...I am sooo excited for you, my friend! I am not a bit surprised however...your home is absolutely gorgeous! Congratulations!!!

    Love ya,
    Chari

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  42. Congratulations, your home is amazing!!!

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  43. Courtney,
    I always look forward to your post and beautiful pictures. Your home is so lovely!!

    Question please, where did you order the light fixtures from for the dining room??? I am STILL looking for a fixture since I contacted you the last time about the kitchen chandliers. :( I would really appreciate any and all info you could give me. THANKS SO MUCH!!!! Joye
    joutlar44@hotmail.com

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  44. How exciting! I hope we will be able to get a copy of that magazine. Your home is gorgeous and I can't wait to see it through Mark's eyes.

    ~Shanon

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  45. That is amazing COurtney is sooo deserved!! Your home is just as beautiful as you are!:)Where did you order your dining room chanty's from? That is if ya wanna share!;)

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  46. how fun! it looks Gorgeous Courtney! Congrats, I hope we'll be able to get a copy of the mag!
    denise

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  47. How exciting! I'm sure you did a great job styling. How do we get our hands on those magazines?

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  48. From the first time I found your blog, I knew it should be shared in a magazine! How wonderful to have it in France and Italy too. I am hoping you have them for sale so a French one can find a home with me.

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  49. My cup overflow-ith for you! What a wonderful way to recognize all your hard work and inspiration! Congratulations! And I too hope to see some copies for sale so we can enjoy it and oh & ah over it with you! :)

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  50. This is so exciting!! Congratulations Courtney!! Can't wait to see the magazines, as well! Your home and your style are so very lovely!!

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  51. Congratulations to you Courtney. Your home is so gorgeous, It belongs in a magazine.

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  52. A dream come true! You must be so proud! Your home is definitely worthy of a 22 pg spread! :)
    rosie

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  53. Congratulations, your home is absolutely beautiful, it should be in a magazine! Penny

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  54. HOLY COW!!!! WOW!!! I knew we would see your beautiful home in print soon!! Don't know why the mags have been ignoring you for so long... your home is a goldmine of coveted imagery! Congrats... you truly deserve it, your home is just gorgeous!

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  55. I see a cloud way up high in the sky! It is huge and pink.... And you are on it!
    Congrats!
    Can't wait till you share more about it!

    Sandy

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  56. Wow!!! Congratulations! Your home is gorgeous, and the pictures are beautiful. :)

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  57. How exciting...it looks so beautiful! Congratulations!

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  58. Tears of joy my dear, tears of joy!

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  59. Oh congratulations!! 22 pages, you're the whole magazine! The pictures are fabulous....I'm going to need an autograph now that you are an international celebrity!! How great to have your work recognized!!!!

    Carol

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  60. beautiful, I love and congratulations!

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  61. Toutes mes sincères félicitations et bien méritées... Les photos sont fantastiques.
    Une merveilleuse publication, j'ai passé un très agréable moment, merci !

    Gros bisous à vous.

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  62. Ciao Courtney, ti seguo da tantissimo tempo, ogni tuo post è un incanto....
    All'inizio non capivo se pubblicavi immagini prese dal web, ma poi quando ho capito che era casa tua e tutto era opera tua.....wow!!!!! ....te le meriti tutte quelle 22 pagine....Corro a prendere la rivista, non me la voglio perdere!!!!!!
    A presto
    Monica

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  63. Counrtney - what a wonderful opportunity! Congratulations! Your home is so fabulous and pretty and full of charm! Is the magazine available in the US? I'd love to see the full feature if it is. I'm so happy for you! You are so inspirational in all you do and it's great to see others recognize your talents and hospitality! Hugs, Leena

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  64. Congratulations, Courtney! I am so happy for you!

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  65. Congratulations! I would have published you too..you are awesome. How fun to be the go to girl for your photographer!

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  66. Just goes to show you that when you put hard work and love into your passion the blessings flow congratulations u deserve this... now I got to find a place to get these magazines lol.
    RaNae

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  67. Congrats! everything in your home is so lovely and beautiful, and very inspiring <3
    hugs
    -gina

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  68. Congratulations! Your home is gorgeous and more.....so soothing.

    Barb

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  69. Congratulations Courtney, what an incredible honor. Your home looks gorgeous and I know the readers from around the world will be thrilled to see the latest issue.

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  70. Congratulations cute girl! What an honor for you. And, a tremous experience of a lifetime!
    You inspire all of us.
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful experience!

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  71. The sparkly chandeliers were well worth the wait...Love them. Congratulations on the photo shot!

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  72. Congratulations on getting the cover -- not to mention a 22-page spread! You're every bit as talented as the "professional" stylists you talk about, so don't sell yourself short! Your home is beautiful. Can't wait to see more.

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  73. Truly amazing! I am so thrilled for you! You deserve every ounce of recognition that comes your way! You have a beautiful home, and your talent, and personality shines through in every room.

    Could not be happening to a nicer person!

    CONGRATULATIONS!!
    xo-Lisa

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  74. OMG, Courtney. I'm a little late to the party. Congrats! Your home is so beautiful. This is just one of many shoots to come, I'm sure of it.

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  75. This is just insanity!!! I think it is beyond the moon how wonderful this is Courtney!! And the photos speak for themselves~you did a great job styling, as you do on your blog! Your home and taste is a cut above~

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  76. Oh my goodness!! SO happy for you Courtney. They truly couldn't have picked a more perfect home and person to feature. 22 pages! That is so beyond amazing. Proud of you and not surprised one bit. Is this a magazine we can purchase here in the states? I sure hope so. I want to get a copy and tell everyone this is my talented friend!

    Heather

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  77. How EXCITING! A true compliment and a testament to your great styling design. Your home is amazingly beautiful while still capturing that cozy feel. Will you let us know where you ordered those wonderful chandeliers?

    Elizabeth

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  78. We are all so proud of your accomplishments. Congratulations! There will be more to come I'm sure.

    Can the magazine be bought anywhere in the U.S.?

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  79. This is so very exciting! Congrats - so happy for you! Would you please let me know what the German magazine's called where your lovely home'll be in. I'd love to go and get a copy as soon as it's out! Cheerio from Switzerland,
    Heidi

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  80. What a great experience, and honor for you! Congratulations! Your beautiful home SHOULD be in a magazine!

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  81. Wow, wow and WOW! How over the top incredible. You always have such beautifully styled rooms, I am sure they were just so thrilled that you agreed to have it all photographed! How fun is this, truly a dream come true! Thanks for letting us in on the behind-the-scenes!

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  82. Congratulations Courtney...such a well deserved honor...your home is beautiful and your style is so uniquely yours..that is of perfection of your incredible style that has us all mesmerized whenever we see your home.....Such an amazing experience to work with such a legend. Bravo Courtney!!!

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  83. How exciting - and well deserved! Your home is amazing - glad the chandeliers came in the nick of time!
    Kelly

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  84. Way to go Courtney!!!!!

    I'm so proud of you!!!! Congratulations!!!!! The pictures are amazing...Just like you!! Now the world knows of the treasure that we have in you. I'm so happy for you. Your house is gorgeous and your style is so beautiful.

    Pam
    Your #1 fan!!

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  85. Well, all i can say is what took them so long!!?. Your house is one of the most charming houses in blogdom! And a wee bit crazy, i would have been a total nutcase getting ready for a shoot like that, i'm sure my whole family would be mad at me before it was all over with. Really, and truly, your home is my idea of the perfect look to go for... YAY for you!

    Cindy

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  86. and... the chandeliers are insanely fabulous, do you share your source???

    cindy

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  87. I absolutely love your blog. It's beautiful. Congratulations!! I have loved this style for years and have wanted to create a blog but unfortunately there are too many ways I have to divide myself already and I do not find the time for it. I can only enjoy it vicariously through blogs like yours. I will keep on popping up from time to time,

    Angela

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  88. Congratulations! I'm so happy for your! Your home and the photos look lovely.

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  89. Wow, a big CONGRATULATIONS!! You deserve it, your home is gorgeous, and you have a great eye for design and style! Love the chandy's! =) xo ~Liz

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  90. Wow, congratulations, Courtney! What an honor. I know you must have enjoyed the whole process so much. Your chandys look great, and I cannot wait to see the magazine. Oh, and congrats on the cover!!!!

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  91. That makes me so happy Courtney. Now I know that good things can happen to wonderful people. You are MOST deserved. Your style is only matched by your smile and generosity. I did have the opportunity to meet Mark last October with Fifi at a party where the dish I made was photographed for Fifi's Romantic Prairie cookbook. Can't wait to see the magazine ~ please give us a heads up!! Dee Xoxo

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  92. Courtney: CONGRATULATIONS! What an honor is the understatement of the year! And just think...we will all be able to say: "And we knew her when..." after you get really famous! Your home is lovely...I want to see it in person sometime!
    {{HUGS}}
    Joy

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  93. Congratulations! You are so deserving of this!

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  94. So glad that you are being showcased and in such a lovely way. Seems like they really admire your style and know their readers will love it too! Congratulations on having almost every bloggers' dream come true!

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  95. Thank you, Courtney, so much!! As you know it all started with my little redo of your double ruffles tablecloth! I never forget that. And you are still inspiring me!! Congratulations to you for all your success!! I'm so honored and humbled to be able to link up with you on your Beautiful"Feathered Nest Friday's"!!
    Hugs and Many Blessing to you and your Loved ones!
    ~Theresa.

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  96. CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP! Well deserved! :)

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  97. I can't imagine your excitement. You have done an amazing job with your home and the ackowledgement is well-deserved. Your home reminds me of an unforgettable summer breeze. Congratulations. You are so talented and inspiring. Keep those amazing ideas coming.

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  98. Wow! I'll have to see if I can still get a copy here, I know they sell it at the small kiosk in my village! How wonderful for you!

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  99. You so deserved this, Courtney, with all your hard work! And why would they need to send a stylist anyway seeing you are so creative?!!! Lol You and yours must absolutely love coming home every day. I know I enjoy your home so much through your blog. Thank you for all your inspiration and for hosting Feathered Nest every week. I look forward to it.
    Linda

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