Friday, March 11, 2011

My German Elle Decoration Feature

What a big thank you I have to say today!  Liebe Lydia Schmid, you have kindly written a story about me, gaaaaaaaaanz mystified as I am to be in a glossy big-time mag like Elle sharing space with Tommy Hilfiger and Cher.

(Ganz means quite.   My favorite blogger, Jade of White & Shabby, uses this darling adjective often and I adore it.)

I received an invitation to lunch in New York a few days before Christmas for the interview.   She’s originally from Munich and has been living in a lovely Harlem brownstone for over ten years.   Elle’s offices are in the building right next to Radio City Music Hall, and we walked to the Le Pain Quotidien in Rockerfeller Center.   It was full, so she treated me to a steak place where I had lovely fries.   I told her all about the German blog White & Shabby, and how easy it is to find great stories if editors know where to look.   The atmosphere was vibrant with holiday cheer, the sidewalks so full of people, silver bells, smiling traffic cops preventing gridlock in Midtown.   Loved it.   Especially since no one noticed I snuck my Maltese Belle in.

Lydia graciously sent two copies to me, expressing her chagrin, “unfortunately they did not print the truth I had written about you, about your struggles and your chutzpa…I am really sorry as I so admire what you have achieved with so little funds.”   I’m sorry to hear she’s upset about that.   Nevertheless, she loves the story and of course the photos they bought from Trevor Tondro when he shot my studio for the Times are even better printed on glossy paper.   Except that he innocently included this ridiculous dollar store tiara I had lying around waiting for upcycling I never got to, and I didn’t realize (!) one of my books in the mantle vignette has too much color.   This could halt my aspirations as a photographer/stylist mid-stride.   Hopefully, everyone will be distracted by my portrait and remarking what horrible butch arms I have instead.

I should get used to translating German, for any day I’m expecting Mira Schnepf (Belle Blanc) and Bianca Aurich’s (White Living) book BELLE BLANC - Aus Liebe zu Weiß available on   It can be ordered here for about $50, delivery is close to a month.   I promise to do a review.

As always, thank you for your comments and visits, it means so much to me.

Bis zum nächsten Mal, bleiben shabby!

I’m sharing this with:

White Wednesday at Faded Charm

Show & Tell Friday at My Romantic Home

Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage

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Amy @MaisonDecor said...

I had to laugh out loud about your comment regarding butch arms!! ha ha..please, you do not have such things, I do!! Anyway, your styling rep is safe, the pics look as dreamy as usual. Really enjoyed the narrative just as much as the visual.

Lilla Blanka said...

Hi sweetest Sandy,

Congrats, the article in German Elle, it really looks beautiful!!!

Big hugs

Anna Neah said...

I have adored your little cottage from the first time I saw it. You deserve every bit of attention you get.

Fishtail Cottage said...

Sandy - your little cottage is everywhere! Congratulations to you! It's so adorable & deserves every bit of praise it is recieving! I would love to have you pop over (when you have a garden post) & link up to Cottage Flora Thursday's sometime! Hugs to you & hope you are having a great wek!

jade said...

Oh, sweet Sandy,
Congrats to your Elle Decoration lovely....that´s really great....i´ll buy it tomorrow!!! I love, love, love your wonderful Victorian´s the most lovely place i´ve ever seen!!!! I woul feel like a princess, if i could visit you there and drink a cup of tea with you, we would take a walk with our dogs and enjoy the heavenly!!! And thank you soooooo much, for your sweet words in your post - what a pleasure for me, that makes me gaaaaaaaaaaaaanz proud ;))!!!! You´r sooooo sweet!! Have a wonderful weekend, kisses to your lovely dogs,

Big Hugs, Jade

It's me said...

O my darling Sandy !! you must be a famous girl right now !! this is great !!!!.....and i saw that you are also in the book from Franciska !!! yes yes !! and i am glad i know you such a beautiful funny lovely girl !!! you....happy love

Stine said...

I just love your studio! The article looks so good, and I can't wait to see the pictures from you in Franciska's "Sanselig sommer", too! You should come to Norway to celebrate!

Hugs, Stine :)

à la parisienne said...


Your beautiful work has crossed over mountain peaks and vast oceans! Congratulations on this HUGE achievement. Now, how may I get my hands on this German Elle issue???


Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

A big congrats, Sandy! It's still a thrill to see.


Liebe Sandy, Du bist einfach Zucker! (that means: you are just so sweet!) Today I found out, that our book is also available at the - they nearly ship worldwide - free shipping!

Congratulations to this wonderful article in the german Elle issue! I have to buy it asap....

Your little Cottage is a piece of heaven here on earth...

Liebste Gruesse,
Deine Mira

A Cottage Muse said...

So happy for you Sandy!! What an exciting chapter of your life right now!! Can't wait to see what comes next!!

SizzleandZoom said...

Awesome Accomplishment!

High Street Cottage said...

Sandy, you always look so sweet in all your photos, my favorite is the first one I saw that Trevor took, of you crossing the stream in your pretty whispy white dress, and red boots. You have always inspired me as I strive to decorate on a budget and I would do it if I were filthy rich, it's just fun. Congrats on the article, hugs and kisses, tami

Mariette said...

Dearest Sandy,

Kongratuliere! Yeah you have to become bilingual now; like it or not! There are several more countries that could select you for a publication. This has been done very well, and as for the interview, it NEVER gets printed the way you want it... that's our experience but than again, it's only YOU that knows the details and others don't see it except that it would make a different story with a lot more emphasis on WHAT you achieved with so little.
Lots of love,


Bella said...

Hi Sandy,
Oh a giant congrat on this one!! Wow ELLE!!
I think your styling is perfect... the times just seemed paler, so the soft colors showed a bit more here (like the bouquet on the mantle). Your arms are so not butch, they are strong to go with you my dear :-))
Big hugs,

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Sandy. And ditto to what Mariette said, but about photo's. I'm sure it's a delightful spread. We are always critical of little things that others think nothing of.

Lisa x

chateaudelille said...

Congrats again Sandy. It must feel so good.Id love that to happen to me one day. Ive just launched my online boutique with a giveaway if youd like to join.


I'm so glad to find your blog. I'm looking forward to following :-)
Have a wonderful weekend!

greatings from switzerland
Jacqueline ♡



die Herzenswerkstatt said...

Dear Sandy,
reading your comment to Jade, I threw a glance at your blog...thank you for so many aaaahs and oooohs. I love your lovely fairy house and my husband has got quite nervous...but he liked it so much, too.
Congratulations to the article in Elle, that's great and I really have to read one now.
Ganz liebe Grüße, many greetings,

Fabulous Finds Studio/Boutique said...

Fabulous news! Congrats to you, you deserve it :)
Have a fabulous weekend!

Rella said...

Sandy, congratulations!! How wonderful and such a beautiful article. Doesn't it just blow your mind that readers in Germany will now know you?!!

Bless you for your helpful notes to me regarding Maltese......and when you visit will see my beautiful Luna Bella!!! She is so darling and learning quite quickly..and a real love bug. Thank you for all your are the best!!!

xox Rella

Karina Gentinetta said...

My dear, dear Sandy, everything has been said. I am so very proud of what you've accomplished. I can only hope to get as far one day. You are the dearest person and a true friend.



Rhonda said...

Congratulations Sandy! I thought of you this morning as I was re-arranging items on my shabby table. What would Sandy do????

You have inspired me to be more "shabby" and I'm loving it.

Madelief said...

Hi Sandy,

This article really has the wow factor! Congratulations!

you look great on the photo

Lieve groet & happy new week!


Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Oh Sandy,
How wonderful the article about you and your beautiful place of dreams. It says much about your hard work and dreams of making it come true, they may not have printed it but it lives within your heart and those of us that work hard know that's a key piece behind your success.

I love Jade's blog and the dreamy feel as well, it's a soothing place to visit.

I love the greens mixed throughout the piece, it's beautiful and says spring.

Anonymous said...

I don't know you personally but I am very proud of you and your accomplishments. I love all the pictures and what an honor to be Elle Decoration magazine.
Happy coming spring.

Anonymous said...

... little happy dance ...

Congratulations, Sandy!!! :)

jade said...

Sweet Sandy,
today i have some words for you on my new post ;))!!! Have a wonderful day,

Hugs Jade

weisser traum said...

morgen sandy sooooo wunderschöne fotos vom shabby style.
und der kommentar ist so spannend.
wünsche dir einen schönen tag.
sei lieb gegrüsst aus der schweiz daniela

Shabby Homedreams said...

Congratulations to this wonderful article in the german Elle issue!

I love your wonderful pictures and your sweet little cottage.

Lovely Greetings from Germany,

vintage-rose Cottage said...

Hi sandy,,congrats to your wonderful article in de german Elle..ilove this beautiful place...a place with a lot of love,,,it´s very very very romantic...big hugs from the german cottage Belinda

cityfarmer said...

WHERE are you in this book.
I'm selling them like crazy from my blog sidebar.

Who knows we might be right next to each other.

small world.

you deserve it all!

Joelle said...


YOU truly are one of the biggest inspirations for all of us this year!!!!

big hugs & kisses to your amazing little family xoxoxo

Curtains In My Tree said...

You make me laugh talking about your butch arms, excuse me don't you weigh about 85 lbs?? LOL really??

I think it's amazing how you have made it around the world on the porch of your charming little in the woods cottage.
Of course your little cottage is dressed like a queen's bedroom


Bohemian said...

Congrats on your feature, it is a lovely one. It must be so much fun to see an international publication appreciating your Home and showcasing it to their readers. Beauty and beautiful photography in particular transcend cultural and language barriers and give us glimpses into the lives of others across the World.

Dawn... The Bohemian

les belles choses said...

Dear Sandy,

congrats on that lovely article, GANZ, GANZ zauberhaft! Usually I do not buy ELLE Decoration (too much cool, "modern" stuff), but this time I trusted Jade and it was worth the money.
Thank you for the background story, too. Quite interesting and amusing.

Sunny regards from Germany,

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

Congratulations!!! What an honor. I have loved this little cottage since the first time I saw it. You deserve the honor. This is absolutely beautiful. ~~Sherry~~

jade said...

Oh Sandy, you are soooo sweet - thank you so much, for your lovely words, you make my day so much brighter!! And it would be a great pleasure for me, to be in your book......sounds great!!!! Have a wonderful day,

warm hugs, Jade

Anne Marie... said...

I haven't boughten Belle Blanc's book yet...but it's in my plans to do so...

I always love visiting your blog - I would give anything to have a little house like that just for me :) and a few friends :)

deborah said...

I am nOt surprised! And am so happy for you! I love that you inspire so many to dream too!
{the white chair}

Salone di Petros said...

Congratulations! This studio is a complete dream! Gosh a girl would feel like a princess just to be inside, very enchanting. Sincerely Jonny

Faded Charm said...

Wow Sandy, your darling little cottage is such a hit and even in many different must be so proud.

Such beautiful photos!


Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Oh what an absolute dream!! I adore your little cottage and your magazine pictures look fantastic!! CONGRATS to your feature!!! So fantastic! Thanks for sharing this at FNF! :)

Tim said...

Nice blog.

Kristan said...

Sandy WOW.....I just found your blog and am in love with your cottage. What a cute, beautiful and stylish creation. You are a very talented woman!

Kristen said...

Good luck.


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