Sunday, September 27, 2015

Somerset Life October Issue And A Giveaway.


"It is a wonderful experience to bond and connect with people you have never met.  My blog has become a perfect place to share my style and creativity but also a place to bond and share my heart with others."




Happy Sunday.
I was contacted back in the Spring to write an article for Somerset Life Magazine about my blog and how the blogging world has effected me personally.  

While this magazine is beautiful and full of inspiration it can be a bit pricey. 
 I thought I would  copy my article and share it with you today on my blog for free.

Thank you for taking some time today to read my article .

October/November issue of Somerset Life that featured my article.

I love this magazine it has great bloggers that contribute and wonderful crafting ideas.


It still amazes me, every day when I open my emails, to read the comments and shared love of my decor style from other bloggers.
When I started my blog back in 2013 I was looking for a creative outlet, a place to showcase my "decor crazy".  When I first started to post I thought, who will see this and will they get my decor style and me?  Will anyone understand the way I look at an old salvage piece, see the beauty and history, and will they get me re-loving this old piece of vintage history into my decor? Would their hearts beat a little faster, like mine does, at the sight of an old chippy cottage door rescued from an old lake cottage tear down?  I found the answer to be yes.  Other bloggers did see the potential of re-loving the old salvaged treasures with history into my home decor.



My style, and thrill, is to find old salvage with tons of history, years of wear and stories behind the treasured piece. Then taking that piece and re-loving it into some new purpose within my home.

 When I got the old vintage lake house front door from the tear down, I looked at it and thought about all the families who had passed through that tiny door for many years of wonderful trips to the lake cottage.  That door opened and closed many times to create lasting memories for years to come.  That door needed to be brought into my decor and re-loved into a new purpose.

I have found through blogging that so many do understand the beautiful history and story behind the treasured salvage.  I have found that so many others share the love of incorporating old timeworn treasures into their own decor style, taking the old and making it new again.  Giving a wonderful piece of history a second chance and new purpose again.





My latest project was taking an old church altar and transforming it into a TV stand.  Then by taking some chippy worn shutters, I gave the TV coverage.  It allows for a modern day big screen TV that is hidden under the cover of an old chippy re-loved cabinet.

I am a neutral girl.  Whites, creams, and neutrals are my color palette.  I believe that neutral background to my decor allows the unique treasured salvage to be the center of attention in my home.  I like to let the unique pieces tell the story.

While connecting with so many through blogging and sharing inspiration and styles, something very unpredictable happened.  Friendships were formed.  Complete strangers were becoming true friends.  Different bloggers from all over the world were sharing friendships.
We were not only sharing our love of decor but also sharing our hearts through friendships.
While we were coming from different cultures and speaking different languages, we began to form friendships and become kindred spirits.
My main goal of starting my blog was to be a creative outlet and find inspiration from other bloggers, but from it I began forming relationships.  I began to understand that blogging was a great vessel for inspiration and to bring like minds together, but also to start wonderful relationships with others who might never have been formed without this blogging world.

So my journey began and continues to grow.  It is a wonderful experience to bond and connect with people you have never met.  My blog has become a perfect place to share my style and creativity but also a place to bond and share my heart with others.

I found that culture and language barriers do not get in the way of shared love for junk and chippy fun salvage.  Blogging has become a journey for me to find not only shared and find inspiration but also a bond to the personal side of ourselves and life experiences.

I have developed friendships with those who get my style, but I also found friendship bonds and close ties with other bloggers who do not necessarily share the same decor style.  Something on my blog post got this person's attention and it grew into something more.  I think if you stay true to yourself and style and being open and honest will bring long and lasting friendships in blog land.







Well my friends thanks for reading my published article in Somerset Home October Edition.  I am going to do a give away of this beautiful magazine.  So if you would like a chance to win one please leave me a comment below.

Have a great start to the new week ahead.
Kris
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84 comments:

  1. Congratulations Kris! What a wonderful article and so well written from your heart. I'm so glad that I have the priviledge of being one of your blog followers and a friend. We bloggers do have a special bond that is nearly impossible to explain to those that do not blog or read blogs. It makes me proud to know that I am part of an inner circle of like minded, junk loving, creative friends!
    I'm glad too that you so graciously share your home and your talents with us.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  2. Oh Kris, how exciting and congratulations on such a grand achievement! What a special article! Okay, you know I'll be heading to the bookstore today and Somerset Life magazine will be heading home with me! Kris, when I heard from you and you asked me to be on your Spotlight Saturday, I knew immediately how special you were! Your blog and all you share is wonderful. I also knew right away that I had made a sweet friend and a famous one at that! So proud for you and of you!
    Hugs sweet lady!
    Nancy

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  3. Thank you so much for sharing your feature with us today, Kris. It's beautifully written and straight from the heart. sniff sniff You are one of the kindest, most talented bloggers I've "met" and I wish you the best in whatever the future has in store for you. The photos of your home look gorgeous on the magazine pages!

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  4. Congratulations on the feature in Somerset Life, Kris! That's wonderful and I enjoyed reading your article about your blogging experience. Yes, it is indeed great to connect with people around the world you would have never met otherwise and who understand each others decoration styles and upcycling ideas.
    Have a wonderful Sunday!
    Julia

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  5. Congratulations Kris! What a thrill. I think your article is lovely and one that so many of us can relate to. I never expected to find friends when I hit publish...and now that is what I look forward to most when I open my emails each morning.

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  6. How exciting, Kris! Congratulations on having your wonderful feature published! Not only are you an amazing decorator, you are an accomplished writer as well. :-)

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  7. Congratulations on being published!! You've hit the nail on the head about why we blog for me, and I'm sure for many others ~
    Your home is so gorgeous!

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  8. CONGRATULATION'S KRIS !!! I may not be a blogger but I've made some wonderful friendship's thru people who do blog. You are an inspiration and I alway's look forward to see what you and Terry have added your touch to :)) Thank you for a chance for a copy of this lovely magazine .
    Thought's and prayer's for you and Terry as you try to sell your beautiful home. TT

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  9. WOW. Kris!!!!!!!! This was always a dream of mine, but my blog was never about my home, so it was not meant to be. But I did manage to write some other articles for other publications. BUT THIS IS A MONUMENTAL ACHIEVEMENT! Your home looks so graceful and lovely, and I am running out to see this magazine! I can get it over at Joanne's Fabrics!

    Lovely, lovely.....your style just breathes fresh and inviting love. HAPPY SUNDAY!

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  10. Congratulations!!! Such a beautifu article. I am so thrilled for you.

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  11. Kris,
    What a wonderful article...congrats my friend! Blogland is one awesome place.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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    1. Thanks Linda. Good luck. Have a great week.
      Kris

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  12. That's wonderful.
    The cover on the issue is really pretty. I will have to look at the bookstore and see if they carry it around here. xoxo Su

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  13. Congratulations Kris! I am never surprised when your gorgeous home is featured anywhere! You have such a beautiful style and wherever you live, you will make it home.

    Can't wait to see the magazine.

    Love,
    Judy

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  14. Congratulations! Thank you for sharing the article on your blog because the magazin is unavailable in Poland so I would not be able to read it. I do agree with you that it's fantastic feeling to bond with people you have never met and you will probably never meet in real life,
    and thanks to blogland we can share our passions.
    Have a great week:-)

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  16. How wonderful, Kris, and thank you for sharing the article! You, my friend, are an inspiration, both in your style, and in your genuine person. Proud to call you friend!
    Rita

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  17. Congratulations, Kris on having your beautiful home and style featured in Somerset Life. Thanks so much for sharing the article here on your blog. Love their magazines.

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  18. Congratulations on your feature. I assumed you've blogged for much longer than two years. Great job. Your house is always adorable.

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  19. Congratulations!!! That is huge! I think the inspiration is the best part of blogging. I see people with all different styles of decor and can take something away and use it in my own home. I really don't know how I would be decorating my home right now if it weren't for the inspiration of others. Heck, I may be buying everything from HomeGoods and that would be scary :)

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  20. Congrats Kris!! I would love to enter your giveaway! Thanks for the chance!!
    Blessings~

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  21. Kris, I am excited about your article. You made me glad I met you thru blogging. I hope we can always be friends and share our lives thru our posts on our homes and families. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

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  22. Dear sweet Kris,
    i am late, sorry for this was such an important read of a post. First up my friend your style of writing for this article is genuinely Kris and the woman we all love and adore, Your decor style has always welcomed and inspired us and all those who have fallen in love with your blog and you with every post we wait with great anticipation you reinventing your nest. i just know out of your creative mind and romantic heart you will set followers hearts on fire with the softness of neutrals in the lovely hues of whites and cream. As I read your article I said yes, yes, yes Kris and I have found each other in blogland and emerse ourselves in each other's unique creative expressions. Lovely article mon amie,
    xoxo,
    Vera






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  23. I am so glad that you started blogging Kris, you have such style and add such charm with everything you do. I love reading your posts. If I may state ... I love how you are not so immersed in yourself or the success of your blog that it is more of a pleasure to read your posts. I love how you recognize other blogs that may not be as popular for one reason or another. I love how you don't post the same ole same ole. Some blogs I can't even read because of pop ups or trailing ads. Now I must say that I do have ads on my side bar and header area but they are not intrusive and hopefully don't offend anyone. I didn't mean to go on and on but thank you for having a wonderful quality to your posts and for just being you. It's a pleasure to come by, read and feel inspired by your blog posts. Thank you :)
    Patty@thatssopretty

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    1. Thank you Patty for your honesty and thank you for being so sweet in your comments to me. I do not advertise and just love my blog to be something that I can do to inspire and share my style with others. I am fortunate not to have to rely on advertising to keep my blog going. I do agree that sometimes with all the conditions that come with advertising it puts a lot of stress on the blog posts. I have a hard time with all the pop ups when I am trying to read a blog post. With that said I know there are a lot of bloggers that need that revenue to keep the blog going. Just happy I can do my blog for fun and sharing and meeting other like minded bloggers. When it stops being fun for me and more like a business I will not blog anymore. I just really want to share and have fun with this and not be under any stress to post or live up to what advertisers expect. Thank you for the nice comments about my blog it is so appreciated. Have a great week ahead.

      Kris

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  24. Yippee, great work and I love the article.
    I always enjoy reading your posts and love your creativity.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win!
    Carla

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  25. What a lovely article featuring you, your gorgeous home, and fabulous blog! Your home and blog are so inspiring ~ congratulations on being featured in this magazine! Kris, I do get this magazine sometimes, so please don't enter my comment -- please allow someone else to get the chance to get this magazine. :)

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  26. Congrats of the article...... I loved it and I love your wonderful blog. It would be fantastic to win a copy of this magazine. Thank you for the giveawayl

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  27. Congratulations Kris! I love seeing you featured in magazines. Your style and decor deserves attention! I'll never forget the first time I stumbled across your blog. Your bike photo blew me away. I couldn't get enough of your love of white. And now I love it too LOL! I've learned so much by following along with you and you're one of the kindest bloggers out there. Love to you, congrats again!

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  28. Isn't it wonderful that your home is in that magazine..something to remember & keep after your house sells...CONGRAT'S...Thank you for giving away a copy of the great magazine.
    warmly,
    deb

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  29. Congratulation Kris, what a wonderful article. You expressed what many of us blogger feel. We have made friendships and love reading the blogs that they write. We have also learned so many wonderful things that bloggers share. I think everyone will agree that we have learned so much from from you and your terrific posts.

    Have a great week - we still have HOT weather, I feel like a wilting flower LOL.
    Hugs,
    Mary

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  30. Oh dear Kris, this is such EXCITING news!
    Well done YOU – on being published in the Creme de la Creme of magazines Somerset Life!
    I always check it out on their website – it’s always full of fabulous ideas.
    You have done so much for us in the blogging community, I for one gained many new followers after you invited me to be on your Saturday Spotlight - Life Behind the Blogger - Thank you sweet friend!
    You continue to inspire me with your creative decorating ideas – I love everything you’ve done in your gorgeous cottage – I’m a neutrals girl too!
    I would love to win a copy of this gorgeous magazine and most especially because YOU are in it!
    Much love
    Shane x0x

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  31. Congrats on the article in the magazine. I totally agree with what you have written in it. I have met so many wonderful people through blogging. It is a whole different world. I have learned so much from blogging that I would not have if I did not blog.

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  32. Kris, congratulations on the article and so perfectly putting to words the blogland experience!

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  33. What a great honor Kris, Congratulations! Joy in the Midst!! Hope you had fun today! Blessings, Cindy

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  34. Good Morning Kris
    What fun for you**** to be in Somerset Life Magazine!!! Congratulations sweet friend. Your home is so beautiful, of course they wanted to have you in their magazine! your words were perfect for the article and the pictures were fabulous. Enjoy this day Kris
    deezie

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  35. Congratulations on being published.. Isn't it a wonderful feeling to be able to share your love of old things with everyone. I am recently new to your blog and have enjoyed it immensely! I would love to win a copy of Somerset Life ---with your article. It would be one of those magazines I would look at over and over!
    Donna

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  36. This is a beautiful article! You have been published in the best! I love Somerset Life!

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  37. Oh how I have always loved your home and your unique way of taking the old and making it new and beautiful. Love the article.
    Marie

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  38. Please count me in! I love your look and this magazine. I must subscribe to it and definitely want this issue. Thanks so much.

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  39. Congratulations on being published Kris. It's a well-written article and the images are so pretty and romantic.

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  40. P.S. This article should help sell your home!!!!!

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  41. Great article Kris! It must be fun to read about yourself and see your home featured in a magazine, I bet when you started blogging you didn't expect THAT to happen. As Mary Vitullo says above, hopefully the article will help find you a speedy buyer, I so wish that I lived in the U.S. I would buy it myself in a heartbeat, although you would of course have to leave all your furniture and do-dads there for me to enjoy, lol.

    Would love to see a real life copy of the magazine, so once again it's a shame I'm not in the U.S.

    Take care of yourself and Terry.

    Hugs

    Judi in the UK

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  42. Thank you for sharing your article with us, Kris. Your blog is a great success story. I first began following you because of your design style, but I soon discovered how wonderful the woman behind the blog is, and that's what has kept me coming back. You are so kind to everyone, a gracious blogger, truly generous in every sense. I echo everything you wrote in your article, and especially the joy of friendships made through blogging. Love you and your beautiful blog. Hugs, Nancy P.S. Winning a copy of the magazine would be awesome. :)

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  43. Congratulations and how exciting to be in Somerset. It's not a magazine I read and was so happy you shared the article with us. It would be wonderful to be featured in the article and that helps you sell you home!

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  44. Oh Wow, Kris...what a great spread you made for their magazine. Gorgeous! They were lucky to snag you, and I confess, I buy one every now and then, because they do wonderful articles. Actually it was a gift of the blogging issue from Somerset given to me by a friend that got me started on this path.

    Congratulations...its simply lovely and so you...that we get to see all the time. We are so lucky! Thanks, Sandi

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  45. Congrats. I would love to win a copy of this magazine. Your blog inspires me so much. It is always one of the first I read in the morning. Thanks for the chance.

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  46. Your home looks beautiful! I would love to win this issue!

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  47. What a great article. I wonder how many people actually expected the friendships that have evolved from blogging? it was not one of my expectations and yet it is my favorite part of blogging.

    Hope the sale of the house is going well.

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  48. Thank you so much Kris for sharing your fabulous magazine article with us! Congratulations, well deserved! Spot on about the blogging world opening our lives to friendships, inspiration, and support. It's a pretty special community, that's for sure!

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  49. Oh this is lovely, Kris! It's a beautiful article! Congratulations...I would love to win a copy!

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  50. Chris, so many congratulations. What a wonderful and well deserved featured article. Your blog is always like a breath of fresh air and so light and airy, just like your wonderful decor. Once again, congratulations! xx

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  51. What a great article! Congratulations on being featured. That magazine looks gorgeous and one to read page by page!

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  52. That is an awesome article and congratulations on having it published! I'm so happy and thrilled for you! I think it is just wonderful and you are right, the blogging world is full of just wonderful people and friends at every turn! Your home is gorgeous and I know the new home will be just as beautiful because you will make it that way and because you will be there! Love and hugs to you!!

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  53. What a lovely article, Kris! I love the Somerset publications, too, but you are right, they are a bit on the expensive side. I recently found some back issues at Stampingtons back issue sale of various magazines. Now I'm hooked on another one of their magazines!

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  54. Yes, we do love your style and love the stories behind your style. You are all class! Congratulations! You deserve it!

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  55. Such a beautiful article. I have the same feelings when I get a comment, so joyful. I would love a copy. Di@ cottage-wishes

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  56. Dear Kris, CONGRATULATIONS!! I just loved your article and will have to pick this issue up to add to my collection. I feel just like you in the blogging world. Great friendships are made and treasured from all over the world. The photos of your wonderful home in the magazine are fabulous and what a special time for this in the event you move. You will always have this beautiful feature so well written and photos of your beautiful decor for a special keepsake. We all love your style and the great inspiration you are in blogland.
    Can't wait to get my issue. Hugs and Blessings sweet friend. cm

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  57. Congratulations on a well written article in a beautiful magazine, Kris! That's really exciting!

    I agree with you on so many levels... we came here to share and ended up having beautiful friendships with people from all over the world. It also amazes me when I open up my email and see all those sweet words. Incredible :)

    xo,
    rue

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  58. Kris, Congratulations! Somerset knows an amazing artist when the see the talent they have. You definitely have talent! Love the feature you wrote, very inspirational! Thanks for sharing with everyone in blog land!
    Hugs,
    Jody

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  59. I am so happy to have had the chance to read your article here, Kris. It is so well-written and does clearly present your passion for both your home and the re-loved pieces you bring into it, and the joy in blogging you have. Just a beautiful and happy article that I know people will love.

    Dewena

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  60. Kris CONGRATULATIONS. Your such a beautiful person Thank you so much for sharing.

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  61. Congratulations on being featured in that magazine! I often forget to check out those magazines since they are only sold at bookstores in my area. Your article was such a nice one. You will cherish having it to look back on when you move one day.

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  62. Congrats, my friend! You surely deserve it!
    Brenda

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  63. What a wonderful article. It kind of tears me up, knowing how you love all of us who visit you every time you post. I have made so many friends from blogging and the local vintage markets. It just plain feels good.
    *Smiles*

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  64. Great Article and pictures- I would love to enter your giveaway! Thanks for the chance to enter!!

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  65. What a beautiful article. Love your blog and so happy for your honor. Thanks so much for a chance to win.

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  66. Congratulations, Kris. You are so deserving of such a great spread in this beautiful magazine. It is a great honor to read your blog and to consider you a good friend..Happy Tuesday..Judy

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  67. I had never seen or heard of that magazine before! Good article! Congrats!!

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  68. Hi Jann, I have always loved your open and honest approach about your design and your blogging. It beautiful and down to earth just like you are. I have always looked up to you as a blogger, designer, and a dear friend. Thank you for giving me that chance. Love you so much. Jo

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  69. Congratulations on such a great article and being published!

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  70. Congratulations on such a great article and being published!

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  71. Hi Kris! :)
    Wow, the photographs in the magazine look just as beautiful as the ones you have shown here on your blog. Your home is truly beautiful and your creativity is as well!!
    I so agree with you, giving life to something that was once loved or used by someone else is always so important to me, and I think about the history of the item too, who used it, how many people etc...
    Congratulations on being featured in a magazine, such a special accomplishment and so well deserved!!
    Kimberley

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  72. Kris somehow it escaped me that you were so new to blog land. I have mentioned before, that although I follow many blogs, yours is the only one I visit several times a week to see what you have been up to. How fortunate for you that you have been recognized by many publications considering you are a fairly new blogger...but second thought it is more likely the result of your wholesome style in both your writing and décor vs fortune/luck. I have only purchased the Somerset Life magazine on few occasions as it is found only in a few places near my home. Namely very dangerous places for me such as fabric and craft stores. My craft room is beyond full and if I add even one more thing in the mix I will not be able to accomplish anything. I will venture into my local JoAnn's to acquire this magazine in order to more thoroughly peruse the pictures. Great article! Congratulations, you deserve the accolades.

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  73. Congratulations dear Kris! You deserve this success. The article is great and your home is fabulous.
    Hugs
    Alessandra

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  74. You are not only a decorator, and a good friend, you are genuinely a talented writer, as well. congratulations on this feature, Kris.
    Love ya.
    Debbie
    xo

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  75. Congrats on your feature, Kris, you so deserve it! How exciting!!

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  76. I JUST saw your feature this past week-end when I was at my local booksellers. It's beyond beautiful! So..so well-deserved! "Merci" for all the inspiration you share with such a kind heart. ;)

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  77. Well., I managed to miss this until now! Congratulations dear! What a bittersweet bright spot for you right about now! Thanks for showing it all, but I will be buying the issue anyway. So proud of you!!

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  78. I will look for the magazine at my local bookstore. Congratulations on your feature. It is so well-deserved!!!

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  79. Congratulations, Kris! It must be so exciting to see your photos in a magazine!

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  80. Congratulations on a lovely article. I came to your blog via Nancy's blog A Joyful Cottage. I look forward to visiting here again.

    Happy Fall ~ FlowerLady

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  81. Congrats, Kris!!! You have remained one of the few bloggers who hasn't "sold-out" to ads and sponsored posts and pop-ups....yahoooo!!!! That's why I stopped reading so many blogs, they all seemed to want to magazines and famous bloggers ;) Always fun to catch up on your blog!

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