A visit from HomeStyle

I mentioned a visit from a local home magazine the other day and I guess I should actually address that. HomeStyle, which is a monthly magazine published by the Daily Progress (our daily paper), is doing an issue about living small in December. They contacted me to have my place photographed for some sort of piece in that issue.

Having a professional photographer in my place was the motivation I needed to get a few projects done around the place. Hence, yesterday's patio painting.

By the way, I stopped at my favorite nursery, The Garden Spot, to pick up some flowers for my planters and learned two interesting things. First, pansies last longer than mums in the cold weather. I had NO idea. I thought mums were the most hardy flower out there. One of the staff members at The Garden Spot said that pansies would probably last far into the winter. Second, that something I thought was rare is pretty common around here. After a scratch behind the ears for the nursery's dog, Chrissy, I went in to pay for my flowers and saw osage oranges.

I first saw these on Lauren Liess' blog, Pure Style Home, and was sort of fascinated by them. They were only $2 each at the nursery! I had to grab a few. When Marc saw them, he commented that he sometimes sees them on the side of the road. Needless to say, I will find this road and bring more of these little guys home!

Okay, back to HomeStyle. I'm not sure I was the best interview. When I was asked for tips for living small, I was at a loss for words. Who am I to have tips? I know what I've done, but I don't feel like I'm some sort of authority on the subject and I really don't like telling people what to do in most situations. But maybe bloggers have to get comfortable with those sorts of questions. I said some random stuff that I don't remember at this point.

When the issue comes out in late November, I'll let you all know about it.


  1. This is so exciting - Congrats on the photo shoot!

    I do think that, as a blogger, you're expected to have opinions on this kind of stuff. :) I think you've done a great job with living small - you've chosen beautiful pieces carefully, making sure not to accumulate too much.

  2. So exciting! I'm sure you did great - just sharing your own process of living in a small space I'm sure will inspire others...especially with how great your condo looks.

    We used to call those green things "brain balls" - we had a few of the trees in our yard and they would sometimes fall on my car and dent it like giant pieces of hail! Watch out - they are really sticky when they start to decompose. Funny they sell them as decor - I always thought they were gross and annoying!! (but they do look good on your tray!)

  3. I had never heard those called osage oranges until this year when I saw them at the garden center here. Back in Ohio we had trees growing around the farm. We always called them hedge-apples. They'll keep spiders away too.

  4. How exciting!! And I picked some osage oranged today, thanks to you!!! Looking forward to hearing more!

  5. I saw those too and I think they look ten times better than moss balls, I'll be picking some up as well!

  6. Jeannine, what an honor and how exciting for you. I bet your place looked superb and you were lovely. I know, as much as I follow decor and adore it, I hate having to speak on the subject. I was asked by a decor magazine blog editor to write a blog post on trends and I told her "I don't follow trends". The wrong thing to say - she never emailed me again. But seriously, I don't want to be someone I am not. Now let's talk about timeless..!

    When is it coming out? Keep us posted.

    xo Terri

  7. Can't wait to see it!! I'm sure you gave a great interview.


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