My Chippy Bench Has Made Its Magazine Debut

My chippy bench has made its magazine debut. It has hit the big time.

The chippy bench, formerly owned by Mary Alice,  

the one that is at the foot of the guest room bed.

Chippy Bench/Guest Room - Housepitality Designs

Here’s the story:

Once upon a time, in the land of Chateau Chic, where Mary Alice reigns as Queen,

the chippy bench sat proudly at the foot of the bed in one of the guest rooms of the Chateau.

But first, meet Queen Mary Alice . . . It was casual day at the Chateau, so no crown required.

Country Sampler's Magazine/Chateau Chic - Housepitality Designs

Here in the guest room of the Chateau, the chippy bench sits proudly and beautifully

at the foot of the bed, always with beautiful things to adorn it.

Country Sampler's Magazine/Chateau Chic - Housepitality Designs

One day, when I was visiting the Chateau, I consulted with the Queen.

Now, let me elaborate . . . I consider Mary Alice one of the Queens of

great styling. Every surface of her home is graced with sheer beauty.

As in the way the antique train luggage rack is styled.

I mentioned to Mary Alice that I needed a bench for my guest room.

She pointed me to the perfect one, the chippy one!

Country Sampler's Magazine/Chateau Chic - Housepitality Designs

Mary Alice and I love to travel to great antiquing destinations.

And there are many times when she will present an item that she found

with the statement, “I think you need this” ….. and I did!

I also love to shop in her “Etsy” My home is filled with her inspiration and items.

Like this great sugar bowl.

Great Room/Ironstone Sugar Bowl - Housepitality Designs

A sugar bowl which was once part of her collection.

Excuse the “wobbly pics” taken from the magazine!

Dining Room Hutch/Chateau Chic via Country Sampler's magazine - Housepitality Designs

I must say that a great part of my ironstone collection

comes from Mary Alice’s shop.

Ironstone Pitcher - Housepitality Designs

From the great pitcher, to soup tureens on the French buffet.

Vintage Scale/Ironstone - Housepitality Designs

to the vintage scale . . .

Vintage Scale/Ironstone - Housepitality Designs

Have you guessed where this is all going?

Mary Alice’s former home is featured in Country Sampler’s Magazine.

The Home Tours edition. And she made the cover too!

Country Sampler's Magazine/Chateau Chic - Housepitality Designs

If you follow Mary Alice at Chateau Chic, you will know that she moved away

from her beautiful home in Virginia and is now living in a most charming cottage.

My kitchen is also adorned with crocks from her shop.

Vintage Crocks - Housepitality Designs

Her home is filled with such beautiful collections

such as this gallery of beloved vintage French landscape prints.

Country Sampler's Magazine/Chateau Chic - Housepitality Designs

Mary Alice and Kim along with their hubbies came to my home for a weekend visit,

as we were going to attend a local antique fair in my area.

Prior to her visit, I mentioned to Mary Alice,

that I was on the lookout for shutters to place on each side of my dining room windows.

She found shutters that she thought would work well and brought them to me.

And they were perfect ….. perfect in appearance and size!

Dining Room - Housepitality Designs

I remember sitting in her beautiful screened porch and overlooking

the beautiful yard, having a wonderful sense of peace

from the beauty that surrounded me.

Country Sampler's Magazine/Chateau Chic - Housepitality Designs

And, you will have that sense too, when you read the amazing article,

a 10 page spread,

of Mary Alice’s in “Country Sampler’s Home Tours” on stands now.

The one with her breakfast room/kitchen on the cover! 🙂

So run, don’t walk to get your copy to get amazing inspiration for your home.

Country Sampler's Home Tours - Housepitality Designs

Have a great day! I will be giving some humble lessons to my chippy bench!

Note: This is not a sponsored post …. all opinions are joyfully my own!

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  1. Hi Shirley,
    I am so happy for Mary Alice. Her home is so inviting and lovely. I cannot wait to get a copy and read her feature.
    You know I love that beautiful bench you got from her. So happy it made the feature. Now if I can just find a suit case big enough to sneak it into when I visit you lol! Hugs. Kris

  2. How exciting! I always enjoy hearing about a blogger that gets featured in a magazine! My goodness the front cover and a 10 page spread- that’s quite an honor!

  3. Wow, you own a famous bench and ironstone. Still haven’t found a copy yet, but will look again today if I have time. The bench found a fabulous new home in your guest room.

  4. Will you be President of my fan club, Shirley?! You are the sweetest, kindest, and loveliest friend anyone could wish for. Thank you for this amazing shoutout!!
    Mary Alice

  5. Love, love, love all the beautiful pieces from Mary Alice! they look beautiful in your home and the magazine article looks fabulous, I’m on my way out today and find a copy so that I can get a closer look!

  6. What a fun post! Mary Alice has quite the eye!
    xo Heidi

  7. That bench is one of my favorite items of yours. I know it is happy in it’s new home!! I wioll be looking for the magazine. WOW, what an honor to get the cover AND a 10 page spread! Have a beautiful day, Shirley. Hoping this weather gets nicer and you might be coming up this way soon:):)

  8. Congratulations! I adore your chippy bench! Mary Alice has a wonderful style! You have so many lovely accessories from her home and shop! I know she loves to see them in your beautiful home! What a great article and honor for all!

  9. Congrats!! and I adore Mary Alice and her style. I am so envious of other bloggers meeting and getting together. Sigh…


  10. I think it’s so fun that you seem to have your own personal Etsy store! That is quite the magazine spread! And, you have quite the famous bench! 😉

  11. What a delightfully written post Shirley! And how very exciting for Mary Alice and your bench! Did u know I “met” Mary Alice before I started blogging – when I had my Etsy shop. I had created a wreath and seconds after I put it in the shop she bought it and then featured it on her blog. I was so touched by her kindness I will never forget the excitement of seeing something I made loved by another! Mary Alice has a special spot in my heart – I am thrilled her home is in a magazine for all to share in her sense of style & beauty!

  12. A wonderful spread and so many delightful finds! What a joy to see treasures that now grace your own home Shirley!

    The Arts by Karena

  13. Wendy Howell says

    Great article!!

  14. Wonderful Shirley! I love the chippy bench in your guest room. Mary Alice’s home is so welcoming and special- no wonder it was featured!

  15. This is a Great Friend to give up her pretty things…That bench looks so good in your guest bedroom. And I love the ironstone you have. You did a wonderful article on Mary Alice’s house and her magazine spread!! Going today to get magazine. Love to see bloggers homes in magazines. Congratulations Mary Alice!!!!!

  16. What a great friend you are Shirley…the sweetest! Kudos to Mary Alice, her style is lovely

  17. I love your bench, Shirley and all the great things you got from Mary Aiice! I hope I can find a copy of the magazine in my small town. It was so nice of you to give Mary Alice a shout out!

  18. Well! Congrats to Mary Alice for the feature. I love the bench and all of the wonderful pieces you have featured here.

  19. What a sweet post. And I love your humble lil’ chippy bench. It’s perfection!!

  20. How neat and special is that Shirley. I have to say, the bench is pretty darn awesome! So is everything else. Mary Alice sounds like a very special, kind woman.

  21. i LOVE THE WAY YOU WROTE THIS STORY, GREAT JOB!!!Thank you for your sweet comments and concern about how I am feeling, you are so thoughtful. I am much better and looking forward to getting back to feeling completely normal,
    xo Kathysue

  22. Love your stories, Shirley. Mary Alice sounds like a great friend. By the way, I looove your iron bed. Would you mind sharing the source?

  23. Shirley, I loved reading about how you acquired the bench, the shutters, the scales, and your other treasures from Mary Alice. I am so excited to hear about her feature and will look for the magazine tomorrow.

  24. Wow, your friend certainly has a great eye for decorating with vintage! I’ll definitely be on the lookout for the magazine! …looks very inspirational! Love that bench, btw! 🙂 ~Rhonda

  25. You gals who share a love for this particular style do it beautifully with all the just right stuff to make it work perfectly. I stand in awe!

  26. Love that chippy lil bench! I’ve been on the lookout for something like it myself. Congrats to Mary Alice for her feature. I love the Country Sampler Home Tours edition and now I have more to look forward to reading and re-reading because I love Mary Alice’s style. What a wonderful friend she must be to have! I look forward to getting both of your blogs every day.

  27. Congrats to Mary Alice, love when fellow bloggers are featured!! The chippy bench found a great home in your guest room! What a fun post, Shirley. Have a beauty-filled Thursday!

  28. How fun is this and congrats to Mary Alice.

  29. What a great post, Shirley! I love every bit of it, including the chippy bench.

  30. Fabulous post, Shirley! Mary Alice is such a talent. Love her style! And her finds for your beautiful home. You two make an awesome team. I want to hang out with y’all.

  31. I love people that lift up each other! What an honor for Mary Alice and lucky you with the bench;-) I must say I love the crocks, and have to go check out her store!

  32. I enjoyed this post very much. I am anxious to get the magazine. Love your friendship. Very inspiring.

  33. I look forward to picking up a copy of the magazine and seeing Mary Alice’s home Shirley! It was love at first sight when I saw your chippy bench in your guest room 🙂

  34. Not only are Mary Alice pieces wonderful, but you also have marvelous taste… Congrats on being featured… What an honor…

  35. Hail to the Queen! I think I like Queen Mary Alice;) The bench is great- I love it! I must visit her:)

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