Saturday, September 11, 2010

My Country Victorian Shoot

Photos: Gross & Daley for Country Victorian, September 2010
All scans courtesy of Bella of Bella's Rose Cottage

I’d like to extend my warmest thanks to Steve Gross and Sue Daley, editor Janet Mowak for agreeing to feature me, and to writer Mara Bragg for such informative, concise text and to the art department for the harmonious layout and font choice.   All the phone calls and emails manifested in something to cherish!   Well, at least I will.   And Mom.

Freelance photographers Sue and Steve (if they sound familiar it’s because their work has appeared in Victoria) contacted me after seeing my Times feature to do a shoot for a magazine interested in showcasing colorful Victorian interiors.

The challenge for me was to break away from serene whites and use a lot of turquoise and bright pink.   What fun!

They arrived at our farm the 3rd of July with a darling old dog named Mabel and a basket full of props…in reds!   Sue Daley gave me a lecture on the merits of red and how it makes magazine pages ‘pop’.   A nice color to be sure, but in my realm of reticent pastels it’s objectionable.   I don’t live in a magazine, after all.

Photo: Gross & Daley for Country Victorian, September 2010
Zuzu patiently watches Gross & Daley before her nap.

The dark green quilt in the loft isn’t what I feel to be in harmony with the ‘vibe’ of my feminine studio, but it’s interesting in print and will make those that find all-white décor boring notice.

Photos: Gross & Daley for Country Victorian, September 2010

I took my Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic ‘Amanda’ sheer curtain panels from my office, loving how summery they look!

The sun faded sections of them over the last five years since I bought them on Ebay for about $20 each.   But this, too, is shabby, non?

Photo: Sandy Palmer

One of my favorite bloggers, Sandy over at Paint Me White in Australia, hangs these in a summa cum laude example of shabby chic.

Do pick up a copy of Country Victorian—it’s published only annually and bursts at the binding with romantic décor and tips!

Update: The magazine is slowly making itself available across the nation.  In fact, it's not in any stores I've been in either Upstate or Long Island!  Fear not - it'll be displayed until January.

I'd love to include links to the incredible bricks & mortar shops listed in the feature:

New York Salvage, Oneonta, NY

Vintage Chic, Schenectady, NY

Andes Antiques & Art, Andes, NY

Silver Fox Salvage, Albany, NY
Until next time, stay shabby!

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NanaDiana said...

Sandy-Beautiful shoot- I will pick up the magazine for sure! Diana

Bella said...

Hi Sandy,
Congrats again, I am so proud of you!!
Thanks for the mention, I wish I had scanned straighter!
I love the title.. you have created the ultimate jewel box:-)
Has Zuzu let her stardom go to her pretty head?

Julia *Astra-Scrap* said...

It is so beautiful! I can't express how much I like it!!! Congratulations on the post! :-)

kerrie said...

I have seen Sandy's faded rose curtains too and they are so lovely, just like yours. I will look for the magazine! Congrats darling.

Lilla Blanka said...

Hi Sandy!

Absolutely lovely!!!

I actually have no other words than Stunning, Adorable and sooooo Wonderful!

I really understand why your gorgeous cottage is famous all over the world. It´s a fairytale castle in real life and I love it :)

I´ll see if I can ask a relative of mine to get a hold of a copy of that magazine so I can have a close look :)

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
Mia (from Sweden)

Norma said...

It looks beautiful Sandy, congratulations. As to the colours, a little turquoise and pink is one (pretty) thing but for the life of me I cannot understand anyone wanting to put red in there!

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hi Sandy,

Sweet!!! So tickled for you. I'll track down this issue for sure.

Happy Day to you,
Stephanie ♥

Home and Heart said...

I saw this and it it is a GORGEOUS shoot!! Lucky girl! You have a lovely hideaway!

elsamarianne said...

Hi Sandy! Congrats on the post.
I sure will try to get a copy of it.
Some of your magazines find their way to Sweden too.
Have a nice weekend

cityfarmer said...

funny thing ... I added "Paint me White" earlier this week to my blog roll ...
I love it here and I love it there ...

I'm sure this won't be the last magazine shoot ...
you're a wonder woman!

Jojo said...

I will be on the lookout for it! Have a wonderful weekend.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Just magnificent. You have taken Shabby to another level my dear. You have made it even more attainable with IMAGINATION...the key to success. ENJOY! Anita

Ginger said...

Sandy, I picked up the magazine last week not knowing your sweet cottage was being featured. To my wonderful surprise, there you were, and I was soooo excited. I love your blog and I am so excited for you and your new found certainly deserve it. I loooooove your cottage, I prefer the white but the green was pretty for a little touch of fall. When my home grows up it wants to be just like your cottage.LOL

Edie Marie's Attic said...

How fabulous!! I know you must be so thrilled. And I'm so glad there's no red... what were they thinking???

I will certainly be searching out a copy!

Hugs, SHerry

Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

Sandy ~
Ohhhh what fun to be in Country Victorian ~
I cannot wait to pick up a copy, it is one of my very favorites !
The colors look pretty but red ???
Did they end up using it ?


Urban Farmgirl said...

So happy for you Sandy!! I can't wait to go out and pick an issue up today! It is a rainy, cold day here in IL today...I could use a little beauty like this in my morning!


A Cottage Muse said...

How exciting!! Congratulations! Looking forward to picking up a copy. I am sure this is only the beginning of your ride...can't wait to see what is next!

" SHABBY JUNK" said...

Got the magazine last night and love it . I am a shabby chic freak so yours is why I got the magazine.Probably the best place I have ever seen. Love it all. Thanks for all the great pics. ~judy~

Ozma of Odds said... it!! It looks sooooo romantically beautiful, but then again ~ doesn't it always?!!
xo, Rosemary

Jeanine Burkhardt said...

CoNgrAtuLaTioNs Sandy... Definitely picking up the Magazine ToDaY!!! I have to say ~ I LoVe how the darker shades of pink warm it up and make it "PoP"!!! LoVe Your JeWeL Box!*!*!
Jeanine, ChiPPy!-SHaBBy!

Mariette said...

Dearest Sandy,

Congratulations indeed! Well, no matter what publication comes out about you, it's always somewhat in stride with the true you... Both, my husband and I have had numerous interviews and publications done that we later did regret we let them do. But for publicity, it WORKS!
It is your Studio and YOUR choice of color too but indeed, white does not pop in magazines. It only soothes the soul... and that is hard to capture!

Sunny greetings from Georgia,


Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

Congratulations! First the Times and now a prominent magazine? You should be so proud! I visit your blog often. Your little house is so precious. I loved the Times feature on you also. I clicked on to view it a couple of times, I enjoyed it so much. One question: How do you keep your little house so CLEAN???!!!!!
Again, congratulations.
Best regards,

tales from an oc cottage said...

Can't get enough shots of your little palace!!! How fun!

m ^..^

Anonymous said...

Sandy, I don't buy magazines that predominantly feature Victorian decor because I don't really like it. I much prefer the shabby, white, faded, pastels as you do. But, I had to get this magazine because of your feature. It alone is worth the price of the magazine! :) I do agree with you that red is a 'no-no'. I think the quilt in your loft is a bit too dark for your space also, but it all works to make this a gorgeous article. Are you going to be featured in 'Romantic Country' too?

Cabin and Cottage said...

Congratulations once again Sandy! It's so fun to see you on this ride! I'm going to go on a search for your article, it's not a mag I usually pick up. So happy for you--Jacqueline

Katie said...

Oh Sandy... How exciting!!! Congratulations pretty girl!!! Can't wait to pick up a copy of the magazine...XoXo

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Holly- Girls At Heart said...

Congrats! We all love your place! You're such an inspiration to us! ♥

June said...

Sandy, I picked up my copy yesterday. I don't usually buy the publication, but when I saw you were featured, I had to get it. I can't see your little studio too much. It was a really lovely feature.

Bohemian said...

CONGRATULATIONS and everything as always looks so fabulous, comfy and inviting. I love "Country Victorian" and shall pick up my copy now that I'm aware that it's out! Yes, the Pink and Turquoise do look amazing and fun... every so often I experiment with different colors in my decor... right now I'm entering a Jewel Tone phase...

Dawn... The Bohemian

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Hi Sandy,
I will look for the magazine tomorrow morning when I go for my walk. I have to say I think the red would be too jarring for your subtle look you've got going there. Never get tired of all white here. Congrats on the magazine!
Oh and people that travel with their pets are the best, dear Mabel must be very well traveled and loved.
Off to check the link you've supplied for us.
Have a lovely Sunday!

Patyclau said...

What a nice post¡¡¡¡ I´ve really enjoyed it.

Thank you

CHERI said...

Are you still pinching yourself, making sure all this "fame" is really happening? It's wonderful, isn't it? Your little paradise appeals to me over and over again as I visit! Congrats!

Madelief said...

Hi Sandy,

Congratulations! Such an honour to have your gardenhouse featured in a magazine! Love the pages you show us!

Lieve groet, Madelief

Madelief said...

Hi Sandy,

Congratulations! Such an honour to have your gardenhouse featured in a magazine! Love the pages you show us!

Lieve groet, Madelief

Vintage Rose Collection said...

Congratualtions Sandy! I was lucky to find a copy while I was on Deer Island this weekend. I enjoyed reading your article covered in shabby chic linens in the house I rented.. Fabulous!

Lynne said...

I would like to know how to get a subscription or an issue of Country Victorian. Can you post it on your blog or send me an email.
Thanks, Lynne
P.S. Love your blog.....!!!!!

Sharon~heartsongs said...

That is wonderful!! Beautiful photos! You have worked so hard. Congrats!

Linda said...

Congratulations, Sandy! I can't wait to see it!

Anonymous said...

Hello Sandy! I had read the article in "The New York Times"about your gorgeous place a while back- I Loved it so much , I sent it to so many people to read!

Just the other day I bought the "Country Victorian" magazine & just was thrilled to pieces to see your article in it!

I really love that you have two Maltese- & Zuzu looks just so gorgeous on the sofa. I had two Maltese--Fancy went to Heaven last spring -15 yrs old- and I still have little Stormy boy maltese-16 now.

It is absolutely so inspiring for me to see all you have done. I am so glad I stumbled onto this blog!

When will your new book be out? I am excited about it!!--Blessings,-Valery

Crafty Mama said...

I just wanted to say how much I love your blog. You are very inspiring to others and I really appreciate and enjoy your hard work. Incidently, after reading your blog and seeing all your wonderful, creative decorating ideas, I became inclined to share some of my own, and hence, started my own blog! It's become my favorite passtime, so thank you from afar :)

Dreamy Whites said...

Congratulations Sandy!
I can't wait to pick up a copy!
Your studio is so beautiful!
You are so talented!

Tracey said...

A big congratulations Sandy!!!

Hope you are having a lovely week!

Hugs ~

:) T

The Shabby Paris Market said...

Us, Shabby Paris Market Girls LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog, your studio, your style and the kind words you have.
Thank you for following our new blog. We soooooo look forward to watching you on Nate's new show. Keep up the wonderful spirit you have, the creations you share, and the happiness you spread.
Your friends, Jen & Dawn at The Shabby Paris Market.

Curtains In My Tree said...

Got the magazine yesterday at wal-mart.

I seen the cover and had to take a peak and there your little dream cottage was. It looks so wonderful in the magazine. I agree no RED that is not what you are about.


Lisa Madden Bass said...

I just caught your layout today in "Country Victorian" and I have to tell you--I am SO inspired! I am a new follower, and it is so nice to have found your blog (I got that from the article, too!)
Everything is so gorgeous!


Karena said...

Sandy how exciting! Congratulations!! An absolutely beautiful getaway spot!

I have a New Giveaway from the French Basketeer I think you will love!

Art by Karena

Liszha said...

To bad we can't get it in Holland or I sure would buy it. Your little house is amazing!

Tara said...
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Tara said...

Hi Sandy.I've just found your blog and I've only one word DIVINE......
Looking forward to visiting often.Please pop by and visit me soon..xx

Katerina said...

Hey there! You've got a beautiful blog!
I’m visiting from my blog Happy Mummy’s Blog. And I would like to give you One Lovely Blog Award.
You can find your award here:
Look forward to see more of your posts!

Passionedeco...perchè le case hanno un'anima said...

Good morning Sandy,
it's so nice to meet you!
Of course I will scan your story for you.
I will do it tomnorrow morning, I do not have a copy of the magazine here at work, otherwise I would have scanned it immediately.
Could you please let me know your e mail address?
You can write it at

Michelle said...

I've never heard of "Country Victorian Magazine". I'll have to find it online. How exciting to be featured - makes me want to go to town decorating more of my own home!



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