Last fall, we had an exciting email : “This Old House” Magazine wanted to feature our house in an upcoming issue. Needless to say, we were THRILLED, and about a week after the email, a photographer and stylist (who were both great!) came to our house, and we spent about 9 hours watching them do their thing. It was fascinating. And I really saw our house in a different way – it’s interesting what other people look at and gravitate towards and notice. They moved some things around, brought some props to highlight some features, and we had to get EVERY fall leaf out of the yard – because this was going to be a summer issue!
In all of our talks and interviews, we heard that we might be the cover, but we didn’t know 100%. So I squealed with delight when I opened the envelope from the publisher and saw the cover. I was the giddiest of giddy.
When they told us initially they wanted the house for their “Color” issue, I was thrilled. I love that our house is colorful, and that seemed a great fit. Inside the issue, there’s a two-page spread with a few more pictures.
Online, there’s a feature for the house, which you can find here:
Also inside (which made me squeal even louder than the cover) was a link to a COLORING BOOK PAGE OF OUR HOUSE.
Seriously. This puts the whole thing in a whole category of cool that I didn’t know existed.
Immediately, I sent it out to all of my friends and said “You MUST color this. Please. I will do a blog post with all of them. Because this is the coolest.” Please, do one, and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
I even have my first submission!
Here’s the Amazing Libby, age 5. You’ll get a closer look at her amazing Rainbow-Themed house soon!
I don’t know how we got so lucky to own this house. And I know we have 20 more years at least until she’s “done.” But I’m at a loss for words at how happy I am that other people get a chance to love this house now. We are just the caretakers, and I hope we’re doing an okay job – we certainly fail a lot. But I know the more this house is loved, the better chance it has of never being abandoned again. And with this, so many more people will send their love her way.
On Newsstands Now : July, 2016
I can’t believe this is real.