Do you subscribe to magazines? Even with the wealth of design inspiration on blogs and decor sites, I just can't resist the feeling of sitting down with a cup of tea and flipping through the pages of my favourite design mags. None is more special than Style At Home (I've been a subscriber since 1998!) so it's a thrill to get featured in its pages.
|A sneak peek! Photo by Stacey Brandford|
In the November issue, I've been featured in A Blogger Christmas alongside Christine Dovey of Bijou & Boheme and Tim Lam of Design Maze. Christine and Tim are incredibly talented so I was super excited and totally freaked out by this opportunity. Unlike my previous home features, this was a produced story so we each came up with a design concept, sourced product, and styled the vignette. I got a small taste of what Style At Home's amazing editors do for each issue and I'll tell you, it's a ton of work!
|Wrapping paper and tags from PaperBoy|
I loved working with photographer Stacey Brandford (he shot one of my favourite photos of Chloe and I) and editors Ann Marie Favot and Morgan Lindsay again. That's a sneak peek of my vignette above but you're going to want to pick up the issue. It is jam-packed with bloggers and you'll also find Holly of In The Fun Lane, Sarah of The Curated House, and Monika Hibbs in its pages!
True to my style, there were a few DIYs incorporated into the set. Does the board and batten treatment behind the wreath look familiar? HandyMan recreated our bedroom wall for the vignette :) I think it's a really simple way to dress up the blank space above a mantel.
I've also received a few queries about the Advent calendar bags hanging on the mantle. This calendar is one of our long-standing Christmas traditions. I fill the bags with daily activity ideas and treats and Chloe opens a bag each morning. I made a new modern version with bold numbers printed on transfer paper and ironed onto the bags, essentially the same process I used for the Santa bags DIY. You can download the files here. The bags can be purchased at any number of sources like Etsy or Creative Bag and you can find the T-shirt transfer paper online or at Staples.
Okay, enough Christmas talk! We just put up our Hallowe'en decorations and it's Thanksgiving this weekend so there's more holidays to get through first ;)