Sunday, February 9, 2014

Romantic Homes Feature and A Valentine's Love Story



 Wooo Hooo! It was on my bucket list and it has happened.  Many months back Romantic Homes contacted me about sending in some pictures of my home for a possible upcoming Romantic Home's Feature.  I was so thrilled since RH is one of my fav magazines.  Romantic Homes editor Sarah O'Keefe contacted me about a month ago and said they were running my office in the March Issue.  It was exciting news.




March 2014 Issue





Sarah Jane O'Keefe did a feature on my office space in RH's Space Savers and creating wonderful work spaces.




Thank you Sarah and Romantic Homes for featuring my office space.
It has been a dream and on the bucket list to someday be in Romantic Homes.  So this was truly a wonderful honor to be included in the March issue.

Now on to the Love Story........................


Since this is Valentines Week.  I thought I would share a little sweet valentine story with all of you.

From time to time I will get a comment or an email from some of you asking about Midge my wonderful sock monkey that Vickie from Ranger 911 made for me and Tracy from Crow's Feet Chic knitted her lovely bikini.  Vickie and Tracy surprised me with Midge when I fell in love with their sock monkey's.  If you have not seen Vickie and Tracy's Sock Monkey's and their adventures you need to visit their blogs and check out those posts!  Too funny and so so cute.  Tracy just recently did a post on Downton Abbey Sock Monkeys.  

 My sweet Midge shows up in posts once in awhile and some of you have inquired where she has been of late.

 Well.... since Midge's total wardrobe consists only of her cute little itsy bitsy bikini that Tracy made for her last summer most of the winter months she is under the heavy duvets in the back bedrooms complaining of this terrible winter and how cold she is.



I think Midge underestimated how cold it gets here in the Midwest in the Winter!  I think she is contemplating being a Miami girl in the winter months.




This is how Midge spends most of her days with this brutal winter we have been having.  Just mostly reading and catching up on her magazines tucked back in the guest room with lots of throws and duvets to keep her warm.




 I was feeling sorry for Midge and to be truthful was really tired of her complaining of how hard it is to live up here in the midwest in the winters with only her bikini!  So I did some Valentine's sock monkey shopping and found a sweet little winter coat for Midge.



Here she is modeling her sweet little Valentine's Day coat.  So much better for these really cold days here in Chicago.



Then one morning last week I heard a typing noise coming from my husband's office area.  I looked in to see Miss Midge on the computer clicking away.

So I asked her "Hey Midge what's ya doin?"  Midge looked up at me and said "oh just catching up on some blogs and looking at my pinterest boards".

Hmmmmmmm I thought.  I was a little suspicious.  Midge has been going in on that computer a lot these past few weeks.  What could she be up too?
Then one night after Midge had been on the computer she forgot to shut it down.  So I took a peak at what was on the computer screen.   I was a little taken back and surprised to see that she was on SockMonkeyMatch.com
This is what I saw up on the screen:





SOCK MONKEY PROFILES FOR MATCH.COM







Hi I am Bill.  I love to fish and go out on my boat.  Looking for a wonderful gal that loves the ocean, sunsets and looks smashing in a bikini.  If you are this girl then text me back I would love to meet you.
Bill


Hi my name is Fredrick and am a full time skier instructor.  I own my own chalet and love fireside chats with Banana's Flambé after a nice day on the slopes.  If you are a monkey that loves the thrill of a down hill adventure then text me.
Fredrick


Hi I am Marty.  I am an adventurer and love to travel the world over.  If there is a tree I will swing from it.  So if you are a tree swinging kind of gal then text me.
Marty.

Yo I am T and I hang from trees  with my dudes.  I like to wear a lot of heavy gold jewelry and sleep all day.   If you want to hang with me and my boys text me.
T

Hi I am Mike.  I am a full time firefighter.  If you want to be the flame of my life text me.
Mike
Ok well that was just a small sampling of what she had up on SockMonkeyMatch.com.


I just knew she was up to something!!!






Then on Friday I hear a siren out in the driveway and Midge running to the front door.  Here in our drive way is Firemonkey Mike from Match.com.  I knew that picture of him reclining in his uniform would get her!










I had to admit they did make a cute couple.  So off they went on their date.










As we go into  Valentine's Week it is so sweet to know that even sock monkey's can find love.  Who knew there was a SockMonkeyMatch.com!

So Midge got a new coat and a new monkey in her life for Valentine's Day.
Hope if you are looking for love you find it during this special week of love and if you already have the love of your life hope you hug and kiss them extra this week.
Happy Valentine's Day
Kris
:)

79 comments:

  1. OMG Kris - CONGRATULATIONS !!!!!!!!! ( I'm so NOT surprised about your feature - told you - you're going places my friend!!! )
    And at least Midge won't be lonely when you do LMHO - that is the cutest thing ever - I guess they're the Kris and Terry of Sock Monkey world, right?
    The most adorable post ever !
    XOXXO

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  2. i just recieved my issue of RH in the mail yesterday and was thrilled to see you and your gorgeous office in it! a BIG congrats to you on such a wonderful accomplishment!! doing the happy..happpy dance for you! woo! hoo! ;)

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  3. Oh wow, congrats on the RH feature, that is fabulous and what an honor. I am thrilled for you. Hugs, Marty

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  4. High-Five on your feature! Well deserved. I love the adventures of Midge. lol

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  5. Congrats on RH story. That is awesome and on my bucket list too!!! 😃

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  6. Congratulations on your feature in Romantic Homes, Kris! I am so happy for you! Your decorating style is beautiful and deserves to be recognized! I heart your LOVE STORY about Midge and Mike.......sock monkeys are the sweetest! Have a beautiful Valentines Day~~~Roxie

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  7. I saw that article and congrats! You are too funny with the love story!!

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  8. Congratulations on the RH feature and thanks for a great story to go along with my morning coffee!

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  9. Congrats, Kris! I've not yet received my copy, but can hardly wait to see your feature! Bet you are over the moon excited, you so deserve it! Looks like those sock moneys are a match made in, well, the sock drawer:)

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  10. That is so adorable. Now I want a sock monkey! congrats on your article. I love to tell my husband. I KNOW her! when I show him the magazine!

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  11. Well, first off, Kris- CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I am so proud of you!!!! I knew you would get recognized somewhere along the way. You have such a totally romantic style and carry it through your whole house. I just love it and I love that your talent got you into Romantic Homes. I just got my copy and haven't had time to look at it yet but you know that I always do that little monthly review...so you KNOW who will be at the top of my list this time!!!! lol

    Your sock monkey story is hysterical. Who KNEW that they had that sort of things for monkey matching? It's really funny because as I was reading your story I thought- I bet that Kris will send for the fireman one cuz of her hubby. LOL- Do I know you well, or what?

    I LOVE crazy and YOU make the list!!!! xo Daian

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  12. Congrats on your publication. And your story so stinkin cute!

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  13. This post and those pictures are the best! You already know how I feel about the fab feature in RH, now the fun with your love monkeys - especially that photo in Terry's office (have you ever featured the decor in there? I love what I see). Kris, you are an absolute NUT and I love you for it! FireMonkey Mike is perfect for Midge.

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  14. Crazy girl, you are a nut. LOL but congrats on the Magazine feature, you are famous again. Love it!

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  15. I don't know what to comment about first, the RH magazine feature or that adorable sock monkey story!!! Well, aren't you the Man, er... the Girl, a feature in Romantic Homes, wow, that is so incredible! Like I've always told you, your home is so magazine worthy and I'm so happy for you that all these mags are finding that out as well. Now about that SockmonkeyMatch. com I have a lonely sock monkey who's been looking for a Valentine so I'll pass along the information.

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  16. LOL! You are too funny, Kris! I guess there is someone for everyone. : ) Love Midge's new coat. I'd love one of those for myself! Congrats on your Romantic Homes feature. It is nice to know that they are still featuring bloggers in some way. I let my subscription lapse, but I may pick up the March issue just to read your feature.

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  17. Now that's a love story for the ages! Congratulations on your magazine spread!

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  18. Congrats on the feature Kris...I really enjoyed your story about Midge and her new firefighter. How cute!

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  19. Oh, Midge is a doll. I'm so glad she has company now...there are terrific pictures!!

    Congratulations on your feature, Kris! I think they should feature your entire home!!! :)

    XO,
    Jane

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  20. Oh Kris......that post was the most funny I've read ever. I'm so happy for Midge. She really deserves a sweetheart...and a fur coat! How lucky can one girl get?
    Gotta run to pick up a Romantic Homes! Congratulations on being published :-)

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  21. Hello Kris,
    Congrats on the feature...very excited for you!!! Now that Midge is one cute gal (loved her new honey).

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  22. CONGRATULATIONS, Krs!!!! Very exciting to be in Romantic Homes. I'll have to check it out.
    Mary Alice

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  23. LOL! those monkeys are something else! and congrats on the RH feature!! It's so exciting to be featured! My home is going to be in Prairie Style this May and our whole family is excited! :D

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  24. Congratulations, how neat is that! And I loved reading Midge's adventure.. Too cute!

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  25. Midge and her man made my day - too sweet!

    Romantic Home magazine could do features every issue on Junk Chic Cottage. I will have to head to Barnes & Noble this week to get a copy.

    Congratulations!

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  26. Congratulations on the feature...you deserve this success! Very sweet and fun Midge's story.

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  27. Congratulations - I got my RH on Friday and I was leafing through it and I looked and looked and out loud I said out loud that's Kris's office OMG both dogs looked at me like I was crazy LOL. What a terrific article and everything looks so GOOD. WOW.
    I loved the story about your sock monkey and being on match.com LOL. The best boyfriend would be the Fireman - she looks perfect with him.
    Great post. Hope your weather is better. We got a little bit of rain and I have been down for a week with a terrible cold that I can't get rid of - even went to the Dr. Hopefully it will go away soon.
    Have a great week and once again CONGRATULATIONS you are very deserving.
    Mary

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  28. Congratulations Kris! I am so happy for you... that is exciting stuff.
    Giggling at the adventures of Miss MIdge :)

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  29. Hilarious, Kris!! Laughing so hard right now!
    Congrats on Romantic Homes! I'll keep my eye out for it here!

    Jeanette

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  30. Oh my gosh, Kris. Your monkey love story is so hilarious. I totally lost it, and I'm sure my hubby wondered what in the world had me laughing hysterically. Congratulations on the RH feature. You deserve it. I'll be looking for the issue here. xx ~ Nancy

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    1. Ha ha Thanks Nancy. Even Sock Monkey's need love too! Have a great week.
      Kris

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  31. Congratulations Kris on your magazine feature...what an honor! Love your sock monkeys...adorable!
    Judy

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  32. So happy for you. I will have to get a copy...the Shabby chic issue is always a favorite. Will there be wedding bells for Midge and Mike???

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  33. So cute! Congratulations on the magazine article!

    xo
    Pat

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  34. Kris, you are too funny! Midge and Mike are an adorable couple-lol!
    Love the Romantic Homes spread on your office-it looks fantastic! Congrats! You deserve it :)
    Susan

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  35. Congratulations on your Romantic Homes article!! That's wonderful!!

    Polly

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  36. That sock monkey match was a hoot! Congrats on getting featured in Romantic Homes! I can't wait to see it on newsstands.

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  37. Congratulations Kris on the magazine article and on achieving one of your dreams. I know it will be such a beautiful addition to Romantic Homes magazine.

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  38. Kris, congratulations! I knew it was only a matter of time. Can't wait to hold the magazine in my hands. Midge is too cute and I wondered which one she picked. But then of course, it would be the fireman!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  39. Whooo hooooo Kris!!! Can you see me jumping up and down in my chair. YES I am! So happy and so excited for you. Perfect magazine to be in. Congrats. Oh and the sock monkey is flippen adorable too! LOL

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  40. Well, I do love your sock~monkey love story :) So cute! The love of my life is in heaven these days so no hugs or kisses around here anymore, but maybe someday!!! Have a super week!

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  41. A BIG Congratulations for the Romantic Homes feature, Kris! It was so fun to read...a beautiful piece! So glad Midge has met her match...

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  42. Kris...your sock monkey's are the cutest couple!! Congrats on the feature in Romantic Homes!! I'll have to look for it at the store this week.
    hugs,
    Cindy

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  43. Congrats on the magazine article. I kinda knew you were headed towards a few pages in some kind of magazine that head lined your office and now who knows maybe your kitchen is next. You have quite the touch of beauty, of course it is nice to have a husband that can see your vision for decoration.....right?

    Love that Midge found her match......you had me smiling quite alot. Glad she found her fireman man just in time for Valentine's Day. (smile)

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  44. my monkeys are getting excited http://monkeybusiness-nannykim.blogspot.com/ They are a bit jealous.

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  45. Congratulations, Kris!!!! I'm so excited for you! I can't wait to buy my copy of the magazine to see the feature of your office! I think it's the first of many.

    When I sent Midge off by herself to her new home, I never dreamed she'd find such happiness! Love IS in the air! You know what they say. First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes Mike with a baby (monkey) carriage. hehe
    I love this post. :)

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  46. Kris,
    Very exciting to have your office featured. Looks fantastic photographed with the magazine spread in the room. I really enjoyed your romantic sock monkey photo essay. I wonder if my sock monkey knows about sockmonkeymatch.com?
    Too funny, thanks for making smiles.
    Vera

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  47. O, my we over here with an older sock monkey still single must see if there is sock monkey match.com for the elderly lol!

    Kris, I wanted to stop by to let you know I have my copy of R/H and was way to sick with the flu to come sooner, feeling a bit better to night I posted and notice your comment, thank you dearly for sharing my joy in these perfectly imperfect plates from Laura.
    Your office space, joy space, creating space is charming, you make me want to go all white again :)

    I did see you older post on the end result of your farmhouse table top, would it have saved you a ton of anguish if you had painted it white in the first place, and I bet all an all it's what you knew it was going to end up being :)

    Love your feature a big deserving congrats!!

    Xoxo
    Doré

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  48. Congratulations!

    I just LOVE your sock monkey story! So cute and humorous.

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  49. Wooo Hooo, Kris! Congratulations on having your office featured in RH!!! That's fantastic, very well deserved and I'm very happy for you.
    You cracked me up with your monkey love story. I'm still smiling about Midge and her search for the perfect match. I thought she would go for Marty because he seems to be on a lake that could be in Italy. It's good though that she found such a sweet guy in her area. He will keep her warm, I'm sure.
    Have a great start into the week!
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  50. Oh WOW, Kris! That' great news--but I'm not surprised! Romantic Homes is one of my favorites, too, and you're house is definitely a perfect fit. Still chuckling about Midge, too. I have a collection of sock monkeys, too. Maybe they could get together sometime. lol
    So happy for you!
    Dru

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  51. HUGE congratulations to you on the feature, Kris! I got my March issue over the weekend and was so happy to see your office in there! I turned to the page, and thought "Hey, this looks like Kris' home" and it WAS! What a great article and photos.
    And Midge is HILARIOUS. Oh gosh, Fireman Mike is perfect for her, too.

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  52. big congrats on romantic homes article, kris!!! i will have to find this month's issue. and what a darling sock monkey love story:) lena's going to be so jealous!

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  53. How very exciting Kris!! Congrats in RH! I will be sure to run out and get the March issue for sure now.

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  54. Kris, sooooo very happy for you! Your home is gorgeous and perfect for this issue. Next time they do kitchens I expect yours will be on the cover! Fabulous!!!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  56. Hilarious.
    Congratulations on the Romantic Homes feature! Wonderful news.

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  58. Congratulations,your feature looks amazing! So excited! Love the sock monkeys oh so cute!
    xx
    Anne

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  59. Oh my gosh...SOOOOO happy for you Kris...and SOOOOO deserving!! What an honor...you make ALL of us SO very proud of you! We knew what a vintage diva decorator you were...and now the rest of the vintage world will know too!
    Your sock monkey story was SO sweet & humorous...can't wait to hear more of Midge's adventures.
    Vintage xo,
    Janet

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  60. First of all CONGRATULATIONS KRIS!!!!...I cannot wait to get my copy!!!!...A dream come true for you!!!
    And that Midge is adorable and she does get around...Now can we vote on her "match" ?!!

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  61. Congratulations Kris!! So well deserved! Loved Midge's story and her wonderful warm coat and hot new date!! hee hee You cracked me up with all of your photos and story. Mina and Sam send their love! xo

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  62. Congratulations,your feature looks amazing! So excited! Thanks for sharing it..
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  63. congratulation on the feature. You have really created a beautiful home

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  64. What a wonderful feature in Romantic Homes!! I can't wait to read it. Congrats to you!!

    Pretty funny, your fun story of Midge. She's got a mind of her own, that gal!! :)

    ~Shanon

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  65. Congrats on your Romantic Homes feature, girlfriend!! How exciting, I love that magazine!! Your sock monkeys are the cutest! Happy Valentine's Day to you and your hubby!!
    Hugs,
    Jody

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  66. Congratulations on being in the Romantic Homes magazine! That is a cute story with the sox monkeys!!! Nancy

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  67. Congratulations on being in RH!! How truly exciting and wonderful! I loved your sock monkey photos's! They made me smile!

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  68. KRIS ~ OMG!!! CoNGraTuLaTions on the ROMANTIC HOMES ARTICLE!!!
    Can't wait to see it!*!*!
    Jeanine Burkhardt

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  69. Congratulations on your major feature. That's so cool!

    Your sock monkey is so hilarious!!! I love her little bikini. Thanks for the grin!

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  70. Cute post!! Love all the sock monkey pics.CONGRATS on your feature in Romantic Homes!!! How exciting! You deserve it! Before I go, I need to leave a few more exclamation points!!!!! :)

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  71. A big congrats on your beautiful feature! They did you justice! And OMG on the monkey love! Too funny! (Love the coat.)

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  72. I am giggling so hard right now!!! Yay for Midge on her new flaming romance! Now on to the Romantic Homes article...I was so thrilled to open my magazine and see that you were featured! You deserve it Kris...your home is absolutely beautiful in every nook and cranny!!! I know you had to be tickled pink!

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  73. This is the cutest post ever!!! And I'm so thrilled for you that you got in RH - because you DO have an RH, and it is well-deserved. :)
    -Revi

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  74. Congrats on your magazine showing! I can see why they would display your home. You are so creative!

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  75. I sure smiled when I got my magazine in the mail today. I knew it was just a matter of time before you were featured. I hope they do more on your home soon. This issue is not getting passed on, it is a keeper.
    Is that monkey story for real, or are you making it up. lol
    *Smiles and Sunshine*

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  76. Hahahaha, hehehehe...too cute!! Thanks for the laugh, I sure needed it!
    Hugs,
    Pendra

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  77. p,s, Congrats on your bucket wish dream come true... I've always thought your office would look great on those pages!
    Hugs,
    Pendra

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