My Awesome Day . . . The Photo Shoot of my Home

I am sure that all of you with a passion for decorating have this one common dream ~

~ ~ to have your home photographed for a publication . .

~ ~ ~ ~ a shelter magazine.

Well, my dream has come true . . .

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The most incredible team that I have dubbed “The Dream Team”

Sunday ~ ~ The “Divine Stylist”

Richard and Russ – – The photographers

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Sunday working her magic . . with Russ lending a hand ~ ~

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Sunday and Richard perusing a shot . .

I found it so amazing how well they all worked so wonderfully together . .

~ ~ truly “the dream team”

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Russ trying to get the perfect shot 🙂

~ ~ I felt as if I have known this fabulous group of people for years..

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Russ and “his helper”….

~ ~ showing my granddaughter how they take and edit photos through the computer.

She was fascinated!

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This is the only photo I took of “part” of a “styled area” by Sunday . .

~ ~ it took my breath away.

I cannot say enough about what an experience I had . .

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They were the utmost talented professionals and a wonderfully fun group!

And . . while Sunday was preparing to style an area . .

~ ~ she came across a basket of old Romantic Homes magazines . .

~ ~ ~ ~ yes, folks, “My name is Shirley and I am a magazine hoarder” !

Sunday ran to me to show me an old issue that I had saved . . (May 2002)

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It was her home on the cover . . and her cat!

How “twilight zone” is that!!!

It was an incredible day . .

And to end this day . . it was a thrill for my granddaughter . .

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As Russ let her push the computer key to take the last photo of the day . .

~ ~ so she can say “IT’S A WRAP” !!!!

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  1. How exciting! And…such a wonderful experience for your granddaughter! Do you know yet what magazine? I’m sure you’ll let us know! 😉

  2. Linda Miller says

    So happy for you, Shirley. I know that this has always been your dream and now it has finally come to fruition. Can’t wait to see in which magazine these photos wind up. And how fun for Graylyn, to be involved in the process.

  3. Wow, and wow! What a grand experience. And your granddaughter is such a cutie. You have a beautiful house.

  4. So FUN Shirley to get a peek behind the scenes! Sunday is definitely a Divine Art Director at Large and they were a dream team! The shot of peach stock with your bedding is beautiful, I can’t wait to see it in print! Still can’t get over how you had the magazine with her cover 🙂

  5. So excited for you Shirley! Your home is beautiful!

  6. I am so excited for you Shirley, I can’t wait to see your gorgeous home in a magazine, yay!!! Your granddaughter is adorable, what a fun day for you all! Congratulations and have a great weekend : )

  7. You got some great shots of the day. Great group shot and I can’t wait to see it in print!!

  8. Lady Delores LeBoeuf says

    AWESOME………….cant wait to see it in print…….I too am a magazine hoarder, presently most of them are styled as a pedestal for a glass table top and much too heavy to move each time my fancy of redecorating gets the best of me…congratulations, you and your home deserve it, love your style and colors…

  9. Congratulations on your home being photographed and published! I know you and your Granddaughter had so much fun! What an honor! They picked a lovely home! I can’t wait to it in print!

  10. Sandra white says

    Shirley, I knew that it was just a matter of time until your home was photographed for a publication. Your home is just one of the most amazing homes that i have ever seen. It is warm and beautifully decorated, and could not have happened to a more deserving person. congratulations. I anxiously await each and every post of yours.

  11. Congratulations on your big day! Looks like it was a good one. It’s always fun to see what goes on “behind the scenes”. It was nice of the photographers to let you granddaughter join in. I’m sure it was a great experience for her as well. Looking forward to seeing it in print!

  12. How exciting- I’m happy for you! I love that your granddaughter got to be a part of it. This will be a lasting memory and what a great moment for her! I can’t wait to find out which magazine it actually is!

  13. Shirley,
    I’m so THRILLED for you!!! It’s an honor you truly deserve–you are an extremely talented decorator and your house is beautiful. The name of your blog truly reflects your decorating style and personality–everything about you is welcoming and hospitable! Congratulations!

    P.S. What a fun coincidence about the magazine. 🙂

  14. Wow. That is so neat. What a blessing.

  15. It looks like you all had a lot of fun and I know by experience what a great team they were! Fingers crossed we might be in the same magazine!

  16. Oh, how fun and exciting! Can’t wait to see where you are published. 🙂

  17. Linda Shoemaker says

    Shirley, congratulations! I am a local person and love your blog and home.
    I notified you back in dec. that for some reason I was not receiving your posts by email anymore.Nothing was ever resolved and I just thought it was me. Well, just recently I stopped getting all my blogs.It appears it is not just me. On Rhoda’s of Southern Hospitality others have mentioned the same problem. She did something but it did not resolve it.
    Now I am notifying all my fav’s and hopefully if enough realize there is a problem ya’ll can do something.I have notified Kim of Savvy Southern Style,Rhoda,You,Marian of Miss Mustard Seed,and a few others as I thing of them.
    Thanks so much. Linda

  18. Frances arnold says

    Congratulations! This is what happens when you are passionate about something and talented and hard working.

  19. Donna bell says

    Congratulations! Your home is beautiful, can’t wait to see it ‘in print’. Your granddaughter being a part of the shoot makes it icing on the cake. So cute. BTW, I phoned Harris Publications about the French Country Style magazine- it will make it further west by the end of this week or early next week. ‘Go West, young man, go west, still seems appropriate even in the 21st century! Ha! Again, best wishes in your magazine appearance.

  20. Congratulations! They were smart to select your home, it is truly beautiful. I am looking forward to seeing which magazine.

    AND yes, how crazy is it that you kept a magazine for so long and it was her home!

  21. Shirley, that’s awesome! Congratulations girl!

  22. What a fun day! Where will these pictures be so we can all enjoy looking at them? Looking forward to that.

  23. How exciting! It is a dream of mine to have my home photographed, but I know I am a long way from that. Especially with all the redecorating I am in the middle of. Can’t wait to see the pictures! Congratulations!!!

  24. How fun, Shirley! Congratulations! I probably would have been as enthralled as your granddaughter.

  25. How exciting! I can’t wait to see the published pictures. With your granddaughter there I’m betting she may have found a new career.

    Such great memories…

  26. So, so awesome, Shirley … I’ve been waiting to see how the day went! They do sound like a “dream team,” and what fun that your granddaughter got to be a part of the action, too! I can’t wait to see your gorgeous home in print!

  27. So happy for you! What a great day and an awesome compliment to your decorating talent!

  28. Dear Shirley I am so very excited for you!! Of course your home is very much a shelter magazine star!

    The Arts by Karena

  29. Congratulations Shirley!!! I can’t wait to see which magazine your home is in!!! Have a great weekend!!!

  30. How fantastic!! Congrats on your feature, enjoy the fame!!!


  31. How exciting Shirley I am so happy for you!! I can’t wait to see your beautiful home in print!!

  32. Jeanette Price says

    Oh my God Shirley..what an honor for you!! In all fairness we all know here in Blog Land that you have a home like we all aspire to have be it now or someday. Your home always looks stunning and your taste in décor is beautiful. Every room for me has that “wow factor”..even the laundry room!! I’m so happy for you. Are you going to share with us what magazine it will be in and when? I rushed off to Barnes and Noble to get a copy of French Country to peruse Cindy’s home and I will happily do the same for yours.

  33. Congrats, Shirley! And how sweet that they included your granddaughter 🙂

  34. How very exciting! You’re famous and I’ll get to say “I knew her when…” 🙂
    Congratulations, Shirley! Well deserved!
    xo Heidi

  35. What an exciting day, Shirley! You can tell we’re all anxious to know when your beautiful home comes out in print.
    Mary Alice

  36. Well now I know TWO superstars! happy for you Shirley. Congrats. Your home is going to look drop dead gorgeous in gloss.

  37. I’ve been busy with the back porch almost all day and have not had much time to spend on the computer. I am so glad I checked my gmail, while I take a break. This is such exciting news Shirley! Can’t wait to see your home in print.

    Happy weekend!

  38. Congratulations, sooo happy for you!!!

  39. Well now I know TWO superstars! happy for you Shirley. Congrats. Your home is going to look drop dead gorgeous in gloss. You know I had the same fellow Richard at my house, he is a hoot! Loved him.

  40. CONGRATS!!!! I am not surprised and this is so well deserved. Your home is gorgeous, every inch of it and I am so excited for you. Your granddaughter is just so precious. I love seeing how involved she is in your lives and you in hers. It makes my heart happy, I have mentioned this before to you.


  41. Oh Shirley this is so stinking deserving for such a beautiful soul. I am sure that the dream team thought the world of you.

  42. I am squealing with delight for you! How fabulous that your granddaughter had a chance to be involved! Can’t wait to see it all in print!

  43. Shirley, how exciting for you! Such a well deserved honor! Your home is absolutely gorgeous; and it is worthy of being showcased! Can’t wait to see the publication!

  44. That is so awesome!! I’m glad everything went well. So happy for you.

  45. I am SOOOO happy and excited for you!!!!!!!!!!!! And what a wonderful experience for your granddaughter!!! She will always remember this day too! Your home is spectacular and deserving to be in a magazine for sure! I can’t wait to see it in print!!!!! What magazine??? Do you know yet? XO

  46. I am so so excited!!! What an amazing time you must have had! I see your sweet granddaughter… she is certainly taking it all in!
    Can’t wait to see you in print!

  47. Shirley, how exciting! Is that Sunday Hendrickson ? Your home is lovely and no wonder it was a wrap! So very happy for you! Please let us know more as soon as you can! Congratulations! N.xo

  48. Aw, that is soooooo cool! And to have your granddaughter experience it with you is priceless! A memory I’m sure neither of you will every forget! Congratulations, Shirley….you definitely deserve it!!~~Angela

  49. Oh My GOSH Shirley … how exciting … just everything … your granddaughter getting involved … you getting to show off your beautiful home in a magazine and then having the magazine from 2002 must have really thrilled Sunday ~ ~ The “Divine Stylist”. Congratulations … so happy for you.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  50. Congratulations, Shirley. How wonderful for you!!!! I just love that you got to experience this and how exciting for your granddaughter. It is something she will always remember. Do you know which issue you will be in? I can’t wait to see it in person!!!! Congrats again!!! xo Diana

  51. You look so pretty, Shirley, with the magazine team. How weird is that…that you have a 2002 magazine that displayed Sunday’s home! That is surely amazing. what kind of flowers are in the white pitcher? They are just gorgeous. I know you must have been so proud of your beautiful home. What a great experience for you and I know that having Graylyn there made it extra special. Thanks for showing us what it was like. It made me feel like I was there, too!

  52. congratulations Shirley……how exciting!!!!

  53. Congrats Shirley, a well deserved honor your home is just breathtaking! Enjoy your dream.

  54. How exciting Shirley! Of course they want to photograph your amazing home – can’t wait to see it in print!

  55. OOOOMMMMGGGGG!!!!!!! SHIRLEY THAT IS AMAZING! ! I know you are on cloud 9 right now, as you should be! Your home is stunning and its easy to see why they want it in a magazine! Congrats!!!

  56. rattlebridge farm says

    So thrilled for you, Shirley! The look of wonder on your granddaughter’s face is a smile maker. I loved the behind-the-scenes photos and can’t wait for the magazine article!

  57. Shirley!!! I am SO happy for you! I DO know what a dream cone true that is and I couldn’t be more excited for you!!!

  58. Shirely,
    How fascinating and fun to have shots of your beautiful home for a magazine. Your home is so gorgeous and so deserving of this honor. I cannot wait for you to be published. So fun that they let your granddaughter in on all the activity. Very sweet.

  59. Oh Shirley, congratulations! Please let us know what magazine and when it will be out. I know your granddaughter was in 7th heaven to be part of the shoot.
    Your home is so gorgeous and you are so deserving of this honor.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  60. Jeannette says

    What a fun day Shirley! How special for your grand daughter to feel part of this special day.
    Have a great weekend

  61. Oh my gosh, Shirley, that is amazing!! I am so thrilled for you and can hardly wait to see your home in the magazine when it comes out…know it looks beautiful!! Happy weekend ~

  62. Yay–so excited for you, Shirley! Now you can relax a little bit. 🙂

  63. Congrats….it looks like a lot of fun! Am awaiting publication day to see the finished product!

  64. How fun – and congratulations!!! So well-deserved! Your home is simply stunning. It’s been ready for its close up for years now …

    🙂 Linda

  65. Nancy Carroll says

    Congratulations!!! That is so awesome…and so is your home!!! I’ll have to run out and find a copy!

  66. Congratulations, Shirley… What a wonderful experience… You do such a great job with designing the house…

  67. OMG!!! This is so exciting! So sorry I missed this post Shirley.

    I can’t wait to see your home ‘in print’. Congratulations!

  68. Absolutely, 1000% amazing, Shirley!!! I’ve been away on vacation with Ramon and hadn’t been on the computer in a week or so. This is amazing to come back home to see this all said and done!!! I am so happy for you because with your sense of style in the way you decorate your home, you DESERVE this kind of recognition for all the world to see!!! No wonder you were a wreck! Having people all through your home, you had to make sure EVERY nook & cranny was not only up to par decorator-wise, but that every whiff of dust, every streak, every scuff, EVERY icky little thing was gone, gone, gone!!! I’m not sure I could have passed muster on that one!!!

    So weird about you having that issue with Sunday’s home featured on the front! Love her name, but the way. Very cool!

    Congratulations, Shirley! Well done, and well-deserved!!! Can’t wait to see the issue!

  69. Shirley, I can’t wait to see your home in the magazine! I love that your granddaughter was so involved…how sweet is that! She going to grow up and one to photograph design shoots! 🙂

  70. Sorry, I’m late to the party!! Congrats Shirley, this is such fun news, and I couldn’t be more excited for you!!! Cant wait to see it published!

  71. Oh congrats sweet friend! I’m so proud of you and your gorgeous home deserves it and you are soo very talented! How exciting, I’m so thrilled for you! Such talented friends I have in blog-land. Now Shenita at Embelishments by SLR! Wow, I am impressed!

  72. Big congratulations!!!! I am so happy for you, home is gorgeous and truly worthy of a magazine cover. Can’t wait to purchase a copy!

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