Upstyled Home Outdoors and a Giveaway

Hello everyone! You are in for a treat today as I am happy to share with you,

Matthew Mead’s new publication (by Country Sampler), ” Upstyled Home Outdoors”

As soon as I received this issue in the mail from Matthew,

I could not wait to sit down and browse through the many articles

of beautiful gardens, patios, porches and as the cover states,

200 ideas for making outdoor spaces livable and lovable.

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Let me take you through some beautiful pages and a sneak peek of 

amazing inspiration of outdoor living and creative designs.

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Upstyled Home Outdoors-Housepitality Designs

I love this vintage wooden ice cream bucket shown below,  filled with gorgeous Delphinium

and Corn Tassel. The Corn Tassel and ice cream bucket brings back a memory

of my dad.     The” Corn Tassel” : . . . . My dad was a Iowa farm boy . . .

born and raised on a farm in Iowa which of course had corn fields.  

Many kids held summer jobs de-tasseling corn.

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Wait! . . . there is more to the story!

A long time ago, my sisters and I along with our hubbies went antiquing one day while we

were visiting my parents. My brother-in-law bought what he was told was a rare

wooden bucket. He could not wait to show my dad.

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When he so proudly  showed my dad his treasure of a rare antique wooden bucket,

my dad burst into laughter! “Rare wooden bucket? …. who told you that?!!”

“The dealer”, my brother-in-law replied. Lots more laughter from my dad!

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“Well,” my dad said between bouts of laughter,

“That rare wooden bucket that you have in your hand is an ice cream bucket!!”

. . . . . more laughter with tears.

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Now, I thought it looked like an old ice cream bucket,

but who am I to burst my brother-in-law’s excitement of his rare find.

Good thing my brother-in-law has a good sense of humor …. like my dad.

I do not think my dad ever let him live that down.

I think he still may be laughing in heaven, telling the angels the story

of the rare wooden bucket.

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One of the great features in the Upstyled Home Outdoors magazine,

is that of Amy Chalmers’,  of the beautiful blog, Maison Decor.

Amy’s amazing backyard makeover happened

with the help of  Amy’s hubby’s skill of excavating and turning

an unusable area into a wonderful canvas in which Amy could work her magic to design.

She executed her dreams into a beautiful backyard oasis!

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A backyard situated in New England with a French flair.

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Meet pretty Amy:

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A backyard oasis that is so wonderful that it made the cover.

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Matthew Mead would love to share a copy of the Upstyled Home Outdoors magazine

with one of my readers. Yes, one lucky reader will have the chance to have a copy

of this beautiful publication.

All you need to do is leave me a comment saying that you would like a chance to win

a copy of Upstyled Home Outdoors!

This giveaway ends on May 12th and the winner will be announced on May 16th. Good Luck!

Hope you all have wonderful weekend plans. I will be joining the Boys of Summer!

Have a most beautiful day!!

Note: This magazine was sent to me to share my opinions and review with my readers.
All glorious opinions are happily and joyfully my own!!

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  1. I need all the help I can get in our backyard. This book would be wonderful!

  2. I love all of Mathews creativeness! And I have been a fan of Amy for years! I would love to win a copy of Upstyled Home Outdoors!

  3. What a hysterical story, your poor BIL. But I am glad he was able to laugh it off. I had a flea market dealer try and convince me that a small purple vase and matching bowl was an Italian antique once. I joked with him that IKEA must have had a god buy on them then, since they were a best seller at their store two years before. LOL That magazine looks amazing, if I don’t i could you share when it’s coming out so I can keep an eye out on news stands…Have a great day!

  4. I love, love backyards and would love to browse Matthew Meads publication. Thks for sharing.

  5. Sherri Agner says

    I was not aware of this publication until I saw it featured here. Would love to win, but if not hope to purchase when it is available.

  6. Shirley, I adore your blog. I now have time to devote to my backyard now that I’m
    retired! I’d love a copy of this book to inspire me! Pick me!

  7. What a beautiful book and love the images that you took – perfect with every page! Hope you’re having a great week, Shirley!

  8. Jean Tucker says

    I just bought a new home and could use some inspiration from this wonderful publication.

  9. Looks like a stunning book. I love my outdoors. Just wish the weather would warm up a bit.

  10. Amy Kaminski says

    What a beautiful magazine. I would love to win a copy. Thanks for the opportunity!

  11. I love outdoor spaces that are wonderfully attractive and inviting! Would love to have this publication!

  12. Love your story about the rare antique find…a precious memory and a laugh your brother-in-law will never live down! Lol! Beautiful flowers and arrangements!

  13. I would love this book. I love flowers on my porch & yard but I need help in arranging them so they look inviting.

  14. Such beautiful pictures. I would love to win a copy!

  15. Cassandra E says

    I’ve been watching Amy Chalmers makeover. I’d love to get my hands on that magazine. I’d also love a family like yours. Sounds like a lot of fun.

  16. Tina McNamara says

    Such beautiful eye candy. I would love to win a copy of Upstyled Home Outdoors. Thanks for the give a way!

  17. carol smith says

    Hi Shirley, I would love to win a copy of Upstyled Home Outdoors. Your blog is a favorite of mine and enjoyed your post when you were visiting your mom. Thanks and have a great afternoon. ~carol

  18. Beth Brown says

    Just found your block (on Stone Gable). I would love to have a copy of this Upstyled Home Outdoors. Enjoyed the article.

  19. I’ll be back, this all looks fabulous! I hope they have it in the store!

  20. Dawn E Brown says

    I would love to win a copy of this gorgeous magazine.bless you for sharing. Dawn E. Brown

  21. I think we are finally thawed out up here in Minnesota…can’t wait to freshen up our backyard.
    I would love this magazine to capture some fun and new ideas.

  22. KARENANN says

    What a lovely book. I am always looking for ideas on how to decorate my home and how to make it look just perfect. I would love to win a copy of this beautiful publication to help me tweak my home and make it a true showcase!

  23. Funny about the BIL find! Good humor…Amy’s backyard makeover is pretty. Would love to win magazine. Have A Great Weekend

  24. Sherry Myers says

    I just took a break from doing a little container gardening. What a joy it was to sip my lemon ice water and laugh out loud at the hilarious antique bucket story! Now, that should be in a magazine. I would love to win a copy of the new Upstyled Outdoors Magazine by Country Sampler. It looks just “my style.” Have a great weekend with a the boys of summer, Shirley.

  25. Linda godwinrr says

    I recently moved to another home and am currently trying to figure out what plants I need and how to landscape my tiny yard. I would love a copy of this magazine. I have always been a fan of Country Sampler and look forward to Upstyled Home Outdoors!

  26. I thoroughly enjoy the work of Matthew Mead – always a bundle of inspiration for me. The garden is my joy and no matter how much one learns of the garden world and design – there is always more to learn. I always enjoy the vision of others and I would very much enjoy a chance to win a copy of the lovely magazine.

    Once again, Shirley your blog is wonderful and I appreciate very much your work.

  27. You know i’m always looking for inspiration for our yard and garden! I would love a copy of this gorgeous publication and will have to purchase it if I don’t win.

  28. Ginger Crow says

    My backyard could certainly use some help….maybe the Upstyled Home Outdoors could be my inspiration!

  29. Mary Lou says

    I am not very creative – but I sure can COPY!! Would love this book!

  30. Susan Smith says

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading your delightful story about your brother-in-law and your dad. I would love to win a copy of Upstyled Home Outdoors. Thank you for the chance to win.

  31. Alice Genzlinger says

    I love Amy’s blog and have subscribed to it for a while. She mentions Matthew Mead frequently and he must be quite a friend to Amy. I have looked for Matthews magazine in our area but have been unable to find it, therefore would really love receiving a copy.

  32. terri Santa coloma says

    I’d love to win a copy of this beautiful magazine.

  33. Oh Shirley, my backyard is still in bad shape as it was 23 years ago when we had our home built! Grass will not grow due to extreme shade. It is literally still dirt after several attempts at grass. I really could use this magazine for ideas!
    Thank you for this giveaway!

  34. Love this magazine! Thanks so much for sharing! Enjoyed all the pics of the pages in it! Great ideas in it for sure!

  35. Love magazines that inspire with simple design.

  36. Gabriele I Segletes says

    Once upon a time my backyard elicited comments from neighbors and strangers that it was such a gorgeous group of gardens. Then…. well she’s 17 years old now! And we’ve added my 92 y/o mom into the equation and you can imagine that I could use some help to get it up to snuff again. I’d love to get the magazine! Enough said!!

  37. Love a chance to win!

  38. Hi again, you can delete my last comment so I don’t have 2 on here. This looks amazing and if I don’t win I will buy a copy for sure!!! I laughed at the story of your BIL and Dad! Too funny!!!! I also love how you styled each page with the perfect accessories! Beautifully done!

  39. Sandra D, Joliet says

    Thanks for a sneak peek-looks gorgeous! I love Country Sampler also. Would love to win a copy of Upstyled Home Outdoors! My backyard is my outdoor sanctuary since the front yard is fronted by lots of vehicles and people walking. Love all the Spring flowers and I know Summer Flowers will follow. Thanks for sharing.

  40. I would love to win a copy of Upstyled home outdoors. I have been a fan of Matthew Mead for years.

  41. i need some helpful ideas and i think that someone has better styling ideas than myself plus the photography is just beautiful

  42. Oh, your poor brother in law. It is a good thing he has a sense of humor. What lovely gardens to look at. And very inspirational also.

  43. Been working in the yard all day between rain showers, and could use some design inspiration. Thank you for the nice giveaway, and for sharing the great bucket story. Bet there were lots of laughs and stories retold about that bucket for a long time, so much more so than if it had been just a really old bucket!

  44. Rose Marie Biddle says

    I would love to receive this magazine for inspiration for my backyard. Presently it has birdhouses, a Koi pond, and some sunflowers in front of some beautiful evergreen trees my husband transplanted from one of his fishing trips. We neither one know what they are called, but they are beautiful with an almost feathery set of needles. Would make a beautiful backdrop for a terrace seating area!

  45. marty k says

    Yes I would like a chance to win a copy of Upstyled Home Outdoors! Thanks!

  46. Donnamae says

    We are in the process of redoing different areas of our yard…I need all the help I can get! I would love to win a copy! Thanks for the chance! 😉

  47. The pictures are beautiful in this magazine with lots of ideas for my garden. Thank you for sharing it. I would love to win a copy!!

  48. Melanie huttner says

    I’d love a chance to win a copy! Lovely post!

  49. Beautiful magazine, Matthew Mead is so talented , can’t wait to read it and dream of what I can do.

  50. Even though we have just a courtyard, I live outdoor books.

  51. Donna G. says

    Thanks for sharing, Shirley. Would love to win a copy of the magazine.

  52. i would love to win a copy of Upstyled Home Outdoors. I love looking at magazines and being outside on nice days.

  53. cute story about the ice cream bucket! I remember seeing ice cream made in one…Homemade ice cream is the best for sure! Have a wonderful weekend.

  54. I happen to have one of those “rare bucket”s/ice cream bucket with chippy white paint. I would love to win the copy of the magazine. Thanks!

  55. Such a lovely book! Beautiful pictures, and who doesn’t need help with gardening?!


  56. I purchased a copy and love the magazine and issue Shirley! I bet your yard sale items looked as good as the ones in the ‘white sale’ section of the magazine 🙂 Hop you have some good luck thrifting and antiquing this weekend!

  57. Betty ann says

    Ice cream bucket, antique bucket, t-o-m-a-y-t-o, t-o-m-a-h-t-o….
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful memory of Tom and Dad. Still have and love the bucket and now I know how I will use it. Would love a copy of this beautiful magazine to go along with it!

  58. Hi Shirley, loved the ice cream bucket story. Too funny. Your giveaway is amazing and so wonderful. Since I won one of your giveaways in the past, I will give my try to another.
    Wishing you a wonderful rest of the weekend. xo

  59. Elena MacDermant says

    It looks like just the perfect magazine to inspire me with designs and ideas for my backyard.

  60. The magazine looks beautiful… Weather is getting nice here in NC … Starting to get the the yard summer ready.☀️☀️

  61. Shirley, what a lovely book and Amy’s oasis looks heavenly! Enjoy your Sunday!

  62. Hi Shirley! What a nice giveaway! It was a thrill to be asked to be included in this outdoor edition of Upstyled Home by Matthew Mead. I was sharing my pics as I worked on the courtyard, little did I think he would want to shoot it! And so it is a special honor to be featured, with so many lovely outdoor garden spaces. Funny about the ice cream bucket, it would look great upstyled as a planter!

  63. Looks like a magazine that would be just my style !!!! Love the teasing glimpses!!!! I used to have an old wooden ice cream
    maker with all of the working parts. I was interested in the bucket so I totally dismantled it!! (I was young) and used the bucket for a planter!!!! The photo brought back memories and some mistakes of mine too!!

  64. I would love to get inspiration from such a beautiful book!

  65. Would love to win a copy of the magazine with Amy! How exciting
    for her to be featured! Such a lovely person.

    Love that cute story about the rare bucket. I too have had a dealer
    sell me something under that same description and I often wondered if they laughed all the way to their bank to cash my check for the not-so-rare item!

    Beautiful post and I was always under the impression that those gold weed things were Goldenrod, not corn tassel. Now I need to google what a goldenrod is!!!! LOL

  66. I love magazines like these. I love to stare at the images and imagine it in reality. Sometimes I get inspiration for things to do in my garden from them. I know I could be fooled easily into buying a “rare” item at an auction or antique store. I guess what’s important is that you like it! Love your giveaways!

  67. What an inspiring magazine-so beautiful. Hope I win a copy.

  68. Carol bRADLEY says

    would love to win a copy of the Book,as i garden on the balcony.and love to get any inspiration i can!I love my magazines weather it be gardening decorating or cooking.

  69. This would be great, thanks!

  70. Lynn Fowler says

    I would love a copy.

  71. I would LOVE this!

  72. Cheryl Bull says

    This looks amazing and I think it can help me by providing inspiration and helpful tips! I would love it!

  73. Wendy Howell says

    I would like a chance to win a copy of Upstyled Home Outdoors!

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