Saturday, January 09, 2010

back at it, and better homes

Every year after Christmas I am left with the knowledge that I never, ever, want to make and sell anything ever again! This has lasted with me for the traditional couple of weeks but now, and now once again I have begun to feel mellowed and am easing myself back into working whenever I can get a chance.

Saturdays are my day off while Adelaide visits with her Grandparents, and so I get to... work! But it feels good. To be here, in studio on a grey and drizzly day, puttering around, tidying up, making up address files and card packs and packing orders. And I honestly feel like right now, at this moment, there is no place I'd rather be.

I am taking a little break from making stuff here, and so I thought it would be nice to say hello to all of you once again. Hi! How are you doing? I hope that you all had marvelous holidays and a even more marvelous Season of Sloth!

I myself did quite well - for I have been given the best christmas present a mom could ever get - Adelaide suddenly has begun sleeping heavily all night long, without so much as a peep! Wow, I was absolutely giddy as I just typed that. Now, if only I could start sleeping through the night things would be just about perfect.

I have been wanting to share with you all that our family home is featured in the current (January) issue of Better Homes and Gardens Magazine. Here are some photos of the magazine article.

The team that was here did a few minor switches of moving a book or chair here or there, but it is difficult to stage scenarios with a toddler and two cats, and so the photos with us in them are pretty realistic. (We have no make-up or special wardrobes on, just what we happened to be wearing.) Adelaide was pretty shy and was a little bit sick on the first day of shooting. Elliot was in heaven and would just lie himself smack dab in the middle of every shot (except when we wanted him to). And Jack never even showed his even face once. Most of the time if the photographer - Bill Holt - saw us doing something he liked, he would just grab his camera and quickly take some photographs while he had the chance!

But I think that the team who worked on the feature did a wonderful job of showing how things are around our place and it is lovely to have a memento of this time in our lives together, forever.

101 comments:

Monica M said...

How wonderful! I would think it's pretty surreal to have your home featured in a major publication like that. Congratulations and here's to your future success.

Geninne said...

Eeep! Off right now to get my copy! It looks amazing :) Congratulations Sharilyn. You are the cutest family ever!

The Van Oostrums said...

I was so excited to see you featured in the magazine. Congratulations. Your blog really has inspired me. So, would you mind telling me where you found your couch. I am looking for something exactly like it.
Happy 2010!

Lovely World said...

Nice to see you back in this space. I saw the article in BH&G. Very pretty spread. You are very kind to share your home. Take care.

Post Grad Hair Cut said...

Wow! Congrats to you Sharilyn. I always wondered what it would be like to open up a big magazine and see myself inside.

Mandy said...

Congrats on the beautiful layout! And for a good night's sleep~ I love the feeling of waking up and feeling almost 'normal' again! Happy Weekend!

Team Keith said...

The article in BH&G was how I became acquainted with you and your business. I just want to thank you. You have inspired me to live a more simplistic, clutter free life. Thank you for sharing!

Summer Plummer said...

I must admit, that's how I found your blog! :)

~april said...

this is how i found your blog too! i loved everything about your house and designs so i had to log into your blog and discover more wonderfulness! love it! i have google read-ered" you!

ellen said...

I just read the article about your home! Your home is beautiful. I am adding your blog to my reader. :)

Danielle said...

Hi! I saw your beautiful article a week or so ago, which is what led me to your blog in the first place. In fact, it inspired me to turn my guest bedroom closet into my own studio space. I blogged about it (and your studio) in case you would like to see. Thank you greatly for the inspiration and congrats on the article!

Jennifer said...

Congratulations! That will be something to cherish in the future. I would also think that nothing "special" would need to be done to you or your home--it is already as "special" as ever. :-)

stephanie said...

How exciting! No surprise though, because your house is so adorable! I can't wait to go grab a copy of the mag to see get a better look.

Sarah. said...

I guess I'm backwards-I read your blog and now I have to go buy the magazine! Thanks for sharing your life & creativity!

Laura said...

I saw the article in BH&G and that's how I found your blog. Your home looks lovely! I'd love to jump in!

Angie Berry said...

The magazine is how I found you also! I love how simple your design is, but yet it's very cute!

Thank you so very much for the perfect box instructions!! It seemed like every time I turned around my 4 yr. old son was wanting me to hand him a plate or bowl. The drawer under my oven was never being used. So I turned it into "his drawer". He loves it! It makes him feel so big. But yet, it's always a mess. I've been thinking about hitting the Container Store to buy some plastic bins for it, then I received my Better Homes & Garden magazine. I saw the picture of Adelaide with her drawer. I went to your blog immediately and you have NO IDEA how excited I was to see the box instructions!!! Thank you SO MUCH for sharing!!

I love your blog, and your home. I'm looking forward to what will be in your next post! =]

Thanks Sharilyn, and have a grand weekend!

frecklewonder said...

oh, i'm so excited about this! good sleeping and a BH&G feature?! amazing! going to scoot over to the bookstore tomorrow to pick up a copy.
happy new year, s!
xo

ps- my word verification for this comment is: addledle
kinda funny!

Megan said...

Welcome back! Glad to hear you are back at it, and happy to be so! Congrats on Adelaide's sleeping...it's things like that which are such life-changers! :) I love that article in BH&G...it's a real inspiration!

jjjourneyahead said...

Congratulations on your little one's new sleep habit...I know from experience how BIG OF A DEAL this is :)! Hopefully she'll keep it up. I can't wait to check out the BH&G magazine....thanks for sharing. Thanks for your inspiration.

Jill said...

I don't normally buy BH&G, but I saw your studio and had to buy it. Sadly, my hubby won't let me take over our bedroom...
Great blog,I'm glad to have found you.
Jill

Momma Fargo said...

I read it and that is why I followed your blog. Thanks for all the good tips.

Christine--RHP said...

Congratulations!!!

I saw this on the shelf just after Christmas--and I showed it to my son while we were in the store--he knows who you all are because I read your blog and he's quite the fan of the drawings your hubby has on his blog.
What a sweet feature!

Camille C said...

You definitely deserve having your house featured so wonderfully! :) You and your family are such a beautiful sight, and you have given me so much inspiration for over a year. I aspire to become a mom like you who can still stay in touch with her creative side!
Happy New Year, and I wish you the best to come. :)

Moose said...

Fantastic! Getting my copy in the AM...welcome back and happy sleeping in 2010. Tail Wags to All.
~Moose

Jaime said...

I saw your feature in BH&G and promptly jumped over to your blog! Thanks for sharing your projects and ideas ... they are fabulous!

Gül said...

My congratulations to you dear Sharilyn! I am sure this issue will be inspirig for many readers and I feel lucky to know you and sites! Keep up good work!

Susan said...

I'm so glad you're back. I've missed the glimpses you show us of your lovely life. Reading your blog always leaves me with a sense of contentment- your home always looks so cozy!

Kitty said...

Hello, I am from Brazil and would like to say that I simply love your blog! Thanks for sharing with us such beautifull things.
Kitty.

Adina said...

so so nice! congratulations! and i'm so encouraged to see that even in the midst of rearing little ones our homes can look civilized-in your case magazine worthy. Wow!

Hillary said...

oh fun! I'm going to get my copy today. and yay for the good sleep!

Christina said...

I saw the article after my mom said to me "Isn't this that blog you read". :) It was very lovely!

Kelly said...

How exciting! I'll need to grab a copy the next time I'm at the store!

The Maltese Kat said...

So awesome to see you in BHG. I purchased an address file from you back when it was in "real simple" which seems like a long time ago. Glad to see you are doing well and getting some fantastic exposure.
Congrats!

Amanda Smith Regier said...

i picked this up at YVR and was delighted and surprised to see the story. Your home photographs so well!

Monica said...

The BHG article got me through a tedious dentist appointment! Later on, I had to check out your blog as well. Very pretty, very serene...

Bobble said...

I have been reading your blog (the last 26 posts, anyway) a few posts at a time for the last couple of days, since I read the article in BH&G. I'm sure you've got many new readers! I loved your perfect box instructions too.

Melissa Y. Allam said...

How wonderful to be in the BH & G magazine. I will definately have to go out and buy this issue. I've been coming back to your blog here and there, because I love your little address boxes and need one for myself this year. Love your little blog here too.

The Parkers said...

I also found your blog from the BH&G article....and I am an instant fan! Your home and lifestyle are truly inspiring to me. I have been 'studying' your blog for the last several weeks and hope to use several of your ideas in our own place soon. You are so talented and you can really feel the love in your home. Thanks for sharing with us all. Happy 2010!!

sew nancy said...

congratulations on the article and happy new year to you.

dawnkglover said...

So happy to have you back. I've been checking your blog every few days.
How exciting for you all to be in a magazine. I don't think we have it in England.
Many congratulations!
Love Dawn

Shanie said...

I love your home, your stuff, and your family is adorable! The article was great. That article is actually what led me to your blog! Thanks for sharing your life and all of your lovely inspiration. There are so many things I would like to incorporate into my home that I saw in yours. And, when you start selling your art again, it would be great gift ideas! Just beautiful!

Struggler said...

I really enjoyed reading this in the magazine and it was interesting to hear your 'take' on what happened behind the scenes.
Congrats on the possibility of getting a full night's sleep, too!

Cara said...

perfect reason for me to subscribe!
cant wait to see it!

sarah said...

that's how i found your blog. i thought your home was so lovely and vibrant and i wanted to see more! i already love your blog and am glad you're back after a holiday!

amberlee said...

Wow how cool! I need to run out and get myself a copy because I love your style. I bought one of your address files years ago and still love it so! I was excited to find your blog last year and am glad you are updating again!

Amber said...

congratulations!!!! that is amazing!

Dawn said...

hehe, when i saw you on the shelves at the bookstore i nearly screamed! my husband thought i was crazy. congratulations! your home is so beautiful!

RosaMaría said...

felicidades!! your home is so beautiful!

britney said...

I found your blog from reading that article in BHG. You are very talented and I can't wait to see what's to come.

Tanya M said...

Congratulations on the magazine, I will get one when I'm getting milk and eggs today. It looks beautiful. Welcome back to blog land!

Katmac said...

Congratulations on the article Sharilyn! I saw your article when I finally got a chance to sit down and read BHG a few days ago, and ran to show my husband when I saw your face in there. We were so impressed with your address box that you sent me a few months ago, and it was really cool to see you in print. Congrats on the sleep situation as well!

blair said...

Sharilyn I was thrilled to see you in Better Homes and Gardens this month. The whole piece was beautifully done, your home is just lovely!

kate / tinywarbler said...

congrats! i will be making sure to get a copy. it looks wonderful in your photos.
and hopefully sleep will find you soon! :)

Millar said...

That's why I am here! I saw the article and love what you did to your home. Your blog is a new favorite!

Annette Arndt said...

Congratulations Sharilyn! I ran out and got the BH&G when I saw your post. Addie looks absolutely adorable!

nikki said...

I look forward to seeing the article! You are so talented. I'd like to have an address file of my own one day...

shutterbean said...

just picked up my copy. so wonderful to see you in print! congratulations. all your hard work is paying off!

and thank you for the inspiration. you are helping me light a fire to get my butt organized this year!
xoxo

Anonymous said...

I squealed when I saw your home in the magazine while I stood in the check out line at the grocery store. The cashier was startled. Of course, I bought a copy.
Congrats! So excited for you!
<3 lowlow

BeachMama said...

Wow, Congratulations! I will have to make sure I pick up a copy. Your house inspires from the colours to the organization. Just lovely

Valerie said...

I learned of your blog after reading the article in HG&G - you have a beautiful aesthetic and clever ideas. Thanks for sharing them with us!

The Martin Family said...

I have been poring over the article on your home ever since receiving my copy of BHG in the mail. Your home is so inspiring to me and has motivated me to turn my boys' playroom into an office/art/craft room for myself. The boys won't mind, I'm sure. ;) Thanks for the inspiration - your blog is my new favorite!

Shaquanna said...

Oh my goodness, that is your home! I just found your blog, then saw this post! Yay! Now I can have even more inspiration. I saw the article and HAD TO HAVE the magazine. You have a beautiful, organized, and inspirational home! Thank you for opening your home to see.

cindy said...

welcome back! i had to rush out and get the magazine right away. my husband was like 'why the hurry?' then i showed him the things we have that you made and he got it. love the article and so nice to have you all in the photos.

Nikki said...

It was a fun surprise when I opened that issue of BHG. Congratulations. I love your home, the colors are so soothing, and of course your family is beautiful.

TrippleJN said...

I stared at this issue right in the doctor's office today...had I only known! Congratulations and I look forward to seeing it.
Jenny

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Vern said...

Hello I saw your beautiful home in the magazine I found your blog and its very inspiring I myself have a daughter that is 1 1/2 yrs old. I specially love the shelves that are on the wall by the window. I have thought of maybe recreating them for my little one since she doesn't have much space in her room. If its possible that I can get the place where you obtained those shelves I would really appreciate it. Also I love the tree quilt its amazing!!!!

Lee said...

I borrowed this issue from the library...and voila..now I read your blog:)

Aesthetic Outburst... said...

Congratulations! Hooray for you!!!

Lexie said...

I just saw your article in the magazine and had to come check out your site. I'm going to brows more to make sure I see all your great ideas and projects.
Thanks for sharing, Lexie ><>

Design Wanna-be said...

That's how I found your blog too! Look forward to more of your creativity and organization.

JoeyfromSC said...

congrats! reading the issue now and had to come check out your blog!

fantastic home you have:)

Coral said...

I read about you while sitting in an orthodontist's office. It was an awesome article! I came right home and looked up your blog. Can I tell you how much I love your creativity and organization? Thank you for your inspiration!!!

Jen Chandler said...

Congratulations on the feature! My that must be exciting. I'll have to pick up a copy :)

Happy Friday,
Jen

Diane said...

I never buy magazines off the rack (subscribe only), but I ran out to buy this issue yesterday. So very, very lovely. I just heart you and your work.

beki said...

It was such a nice surprise seeing you on the pages of a magazine!

alexandra said...

I've had my issue for a few weeks now - I was tempted to buy the magazine just based on the cover and then when I saw your home inside I was sold!! So exciting! And you're right - it is so lovely to have captured it - to savour it.
I adore your style - thanks so much for sharing.
A.

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Dolores said...

oh how great and professional everything looks in the mag - so sad, it is not available here in Austria...
congrats to your every time worth looking blog
krd
Dolores

Eve said...

Congrats and happy new year! Can't even begin to tell you how unbelievably cool it is that your home is in BH&G. Can't wait to get a copy now!

Lovinclaydolls said...

I just read your article. I am an artist mom working at home too and have found a lot of inspriration in you lovely home and ideas! Thank you and congrats on the article!

Anonymous said...

absolutely love your home! your daughters room is adorable and it has inspired me to change my 1 and 1/2 year old daughters room:) thanks for all the inspiration!

Anonymous said...

I got my first copy of Homes & Gardens having only just moved to the States ... and I read your article, found your blog and have already bought stuff from some of your suppliers!! Really inspiring ... my husband groans every time I mention your website ... as he knows it's going to cost him!! Thank you for your inspiration ... am definitely a follower now! ;o)

Making of a Montessori Mum said...

Wow! When can you come to my house and help me make mine as beautiful as yours?? I know I am in Australia, but surely...

Fantastic images, fantastic family, fantastic memento. You guys rock!

Donna said...

I need to go pick up this issue...your studio looks so lovely - what a great space to work in!

heartsjoy said...

I found out about your blog by the article! I have gone back and forth looking at it. I was looking at the organizational and creative side of it and look forward to delving in your blog. I did not read other comments so hope this isn't a repeat question but where did you find your cube bookshelves and also your drawer cabinets for the craft room?

Jenny said...

Congrats. Just saw that article this morning!

Anonymous said...

I'm ever so thankful for this article... because this is how I discovered you! Thank you Meredith Publishers and BH&G!!

MotherMotherOcean said...

I found you because of this article. Love your house. It reminds me of stuff I love.

Anonymous said...

I read the article about you and your business in the Better Homes and Gardens magazine while at the gym. I went straight home to find you on the web. I ordered some things, but was disappointed to find you were out of some of things I wanted. I will keep checking on the website, and order the chilly nights cards when they are in stock again...will they be?
cdebbout55@yahoo.com

sadie clifford said...

was at the hairdressers this week and was excited to see this,beautiful!

EJ said...

Isn't it great how so many people have noticed your article and responded - very nice all around. I have one specific question: where, oh where, did you find the most excellent metal file drawers? I've seen some, but not in that size/configuration.
Thanks in advance for your help, and best of luck with your business.
Ellen in Austin

jenn said...

oh my goodness!! Congratulations! How did I miss this?? It looks completely beautiful. I have to go try and get a copy!

365DoT said...

Congratulation!

Lisa said...

JUST READ THE JANUARY ARTICLE. WONDERFUL!!! LOVE ORGANIZATION !

HOPE YOU AND YOUR DAUGHTER ARE ON THE MEND. OPEN WINDOWS TO LET FRESH AIR IN. HAVE HER TAKE A SPOONFUL OF LIQUID EVERY HALF HOUR

HUGS FROM MAINE

Ribbons Undone said...

Well, I adore your blog and the work you do. Thanks for sharing your talented and lovely ideas with us out here! My 5 year son had to complete his kindergarten homework today by finding a picture of something that starts with the letter B. By chance, I grabbed this copy of BH&G, and he cut out your bookshelf chock full of books from the article that you are featured in. He labeled his homework "Books on a Book Shelf." Of course, I found the little orange box with your blog in it, and here I am... Needless to say, I'll be back to find inspiration. Thank you again for sharing your projects and ideas with everyone. Victoria Johnson

Gigi said...

This is how I found your blog, through the magazine article! I am Montessori Mom and found many of the things you do with the kids to be very Montessori. I loved the way you arranged your daughters dishes. Even though mine have always been in a drawer low, they never stayed organized! I went out and organized them like this right away! I also posted a link to your dishes post here. http://montessorispanish.blogspot.com/2010/01/organizing-and-blogs.html

Your blog is beautiful!

Scrappin Java Junkie said...

I love your home. Especially love the bookcases where did you get them ? Your daughter is so happy.

heathashli said...

http://www.bhg.com/decorating/storage/organization-basics/organization-for-a-small-home/

ACHanson said...

I am the 100th comment! Yay!! Ever since I saw your home featured I have been dying to get an ikea bookshelf like the one you use for your lovely kids. It's small and I loved it. I have a question, where on earth did you get that metal divider to put books in? I have been wanting one since I saw your feature on bhg! Love your style!
Xoxo Claudia H.

l o v e l y d e s i g n said...

HI AC Hanson, Thanks for visiting! The metal divider is called a "flexible collator" and I purchased ours (I have one large and one small) a long, long time ago from a small stationary shop in Los Angeles when I lived and worked there. They are fantastic and I'll always keep and use them! You should be able to track some for purchase online or even on ebay- a quick look provided me with lots of options in all random ranges of prices - just double check the size to make sure it is what you want! For example: http://www.office-supplies.us.com/SearchResults.asp?Search=collator&Search.x=0&Search.y=0