Big News! :)

Posted in business-a-go-go, Fun Stuff, Main, sidenotes at 2:40 am by carrie

I knew that a few days of being flustered would pay off ;)

My Mom called me at about 8pm to announce that she got the Cottage Style magazine featuring her house in the mail this evening! yay!!!!! (update… if you want to order a magazine, click here and you can buy one on the website!)

Click on the small picture to take you to a larger picture… and when you get to that picture, you’ll see a magnifying glass pointer… use that to make the image larger so you can actually read it :)

Now… for some commentary :) This is her dining room and adjoining living room. The napkins and the chandelier are from the shop, the napkins are from the 50’s. All that pink glass belongs to my Mom. The stylist brought in the tablecloth and the flowers. I find it amusing that there is a lamp on the table :) It looks great, but there isn’t a plug in sight! hehe. Hard to see, but there is a little cubby in the dining room on the right. That used to house a collection of bunnies, but it is now a collection of birthday angels from the 50’s and 60’s. I think a line of cards is in the works featuring the birthday angels. They are so cute!

Notice in the living room… There is a great old-fashioned looking white phone (pottery barn) on top of a table that I made :) It can hold the weight of a phone and a vase, but not much more (thus my desire to learn how to make “real” furniture). The little rose on the front is a cutout that my Mom painted.

The living room… The birdhouse in the corner was made by a local artist and purchased at a local shop called Country Classics. It was made to look like the outside of the house. We’ve already had one request for information on the slipcovers… The lady who made those is close to retiring and resides in the North Hollywood area. I seem to remember my Mom picking out the fabric, buying yards and yards of it and then we spent an evening at the laundrymat washing and folding it all before it was cut up and put together into the slipcovers. A neat tip… my Mom put different fabric on the backs of the seat cushions so you could turn them over and have a totally different look! The couch used to be pink and white striped and the chairs were solid powder blue. It’s amazing what slipcovers can do!

I love this kitchen! I’m surprised they didn’t show the stove… it’s an old o’keefe and merritt stove with 20 burners (I joke) and pictures of Doris Day, Rock Hudson and others cooking with their families :) The teaset over the sink is from the shop, the sink drainer… a mystery. I know it used to be black and I think it came from Target. **UPDATE** The dish drainer came from Ballard Designs! Here’s a LINK to the actual product! YAY! Also, the pink glass drawer pulls and knobs have been for sale at the shop, but I’m currently out! I’ll order some over the weekend and I should have them by next week. If you would like me to let you know when I list them on the website, send me an email :)
Over the doorway to the breakfast room are some cool plates that we carry up at the shop that have pictures of old-fashioned cakes with recipes on them. The vase, cake plate, chandelier and hanging pictures came from the shop. I’m proud to say the hand-painted sign hanging on the door is an original of mine :) I sold it not a week after the photo shoot so I need to make more! It says “Pocket full of Posies” and it’s in shades of lime green, pink and powder blue. I’ll have them on the website by the middle of next week :) Both of the valances in the kitchen and breakfast room are made of the same fabric as the slipcovers o the couch and chairs in the living room.

In the Garden room, she has another slip-covered love seat and that end table came from a local swap meet. I remember carting it out one Saturday morning :) I love the piece in the front, it’s an old rubbish can with hand-painted flowers on it. The make-up girl is from the shop (on the front little end table), the three tier server on the coffee table is also from the shop. I think that wicker green chair came from OSH and the various hand-painted signs are finds from Ebay :) I should post some pics of her back yard, it’s really pretty! The lighting that day was exquisite! I came in after work at 6pm and they were wrapping everything up. I wish I could have been there all day. I have to say, I was so nervous to be around the people from the magazine… I was so impressed with them and the stylist was amazing! I would love to be a set designer, stylist or decorator someday! :)

The bedroom is a beautiful shade of periwinkle that just glows and emanates calmness. My Mom has collected turn-of-the-century hand painted plates for years and you can see a few sprinkles throughout her bedroom and vanity area. The vintage-looking head on the vanity is an ebay find and she is actually new. My Mom has a few of these heads around the house… they take some getting used to, especially if they are near a chair or at eye level… I’ve actually said “excuse me” to the one at the shop once when I was exhausted :) The acrylic blue lamp on her night stand is from the shop, but we’re out of them :( Her bathroom is amazing, too! Lavender, orchid and black tiles and decorated in all violets and black and white photos of celebrities, mostly Doris Day :) I’ll have to post more pics from the bathroom so you can see the light sconces, chandelier and the bathtub nook… really cute and unusual.

This is my favorite picture… because the boys are in it! I’ve blogged about them before, I really love these guys… they are so spoiled rotten!! You flip thru home and cottage magazines and wonder if the dogs and cats are real… I’m here to say, yes they are. It’s strange, Biscuit formed a bond with the photographer and posed for him, it was too cute. They felt right at home with the crew and I bet you it was actually hard keeping them out of some of the shots, they are little hams ;) You can see a few vintage dogs from my Mom’s collection of many, there’s another hanging violet picture.
Also, we’ve had a few inquiries on the desk in this picture… The desk was part of a set she had custom made by a local retailer here in Los Angeles. The name of the store is “Country Classics”. The owner’s name is Mark and I just talked to him. He said that desk has a “gingerbread” look and it was custom made to fit a certain wall in my Mom’s house. You can call and give him your dimensions and they can put something together for you. The piece is quite heavy (and sturdy) and made really well! I think they made it, painted it and delivered it. Country Classic’s number is: (818) 957-5156. Please tell them Violets are Blue sent you, then they’ll know what desk you are asking about ;)

I think all-in-all her house looks a lot like the shop… similar colors and themes in the different rooms. Oh how I would love to have the dogs here on a daily basis ;)


  1. lucy said,

    October 20, 2006 at 6:02 pm

    Oh my goodness, so glad I checked in today!! Your Mom’s home is lovely lovely lovely!!! How excited she must be (and look at all the advertisement you all will be getting with the blurb about your store!). I am very inspired by both your shops and her cottage look. Congratulations on the new register!! Hmmm now for a name, I like Helga-it does sound strong and invincible.

    Have a good weekend and thanks for sharing your magazine feature!


  2. tiffany said,

    October 21, 2006 at 3:34 pm

    oh, carrie…this is so great! the coolest part for me was thinking to myself, “i’ve been there…i’ve sat on those slip-covers!” everthing just looks fabulous, and i’m sure the publicity is great for the shop.

    Helga is perfect…or maybe she’s a Bertha…or Gertrude? Congratulations!!!


  3. Holly said,

    October 22, 2006 at 2:04 am

    Yay! Everything looks amazing. Those pictures turned out so gorgeous (gorgeously?).

    Congratulations to you and your mom! You both must be so excited! =)

  4. Carrie Sommer said,

    October 22, 2006 at 7:06 am

    OH, HOW FUN! I can’t wait to go out later and search for the magazine! It looks so beautiful and everything I imagined it would be!

  5. Tracey said,

    October 25, 2006 at 1:26 pm

    I ran (really, I drove) to the grocery and bought the issue. DARLING HOME!!!!! How exciting! So glad you shared!

  6. tracy said,

    October 25, 2006 at 9:10 pm

    OMG!!! How exciting!!! I can’t wait to go get it. Gorgeous home! oxox, tracy

  7. Babs said,

    October 26, 2006 at 2:55 pm

    Wow – I have that same Monet picture over my fireplace! It’s like the Violets are Blue Museum! Rick said to me in 1974, “Your house should be in a magazine.” Now it is!

  8. Deborah said,

    October 27, 2006 at 7:41 am

    ok, in my next life i’m going to be single so I can shower my space with cute stuff that I LIKE. In the meanwhile, I’ll live in the pages of your mother’s house!

  9. Heather said,

    October 28, 2006 at 7:59 pm

    Oh, My! Where do I begin? Love, absolutely love the amazing windows and doors in the living room. The arched entryways stunning! The kitchen looks like apple pie and cookies would be baking all the time, yum! All of it is just adorable, cozy, welcoming! I think I’ll have to go buy the issue so I can stare at it up close ;)
    Also thanks for linking me on your blog! How exciting for me as a newbie! As soon as I figure out how to make my links I’ll be adding you. Thanks for the support!

  10. ART TEA LIFE said,

    November 1, 2006 at 9:19 pm

    My eyes just about popped out of my head when I saw the shop addy.
    I am just over the hill from you !
    Like ten minutes !
    We eat at Taylor’s all the time ! I have to stop in and see the shop !

    Wow ! How funny. A blogger right next door !
    Love your site. Saw the mag AND your mom’s house ! Love it!
    I am going to go explore your site.
    How Fun !

    Love, S.

  11. ART TEA LIFE said,

    November 1, 2006 at 9:23 pm

    And my uncle lives right above foothill on Laughlin ! above the Stone Church on the corner ??? Well shoot ! that is weird to just stumble on to you … I think I came from Bird in the Hand….

  12. Daisy Cottage said,

    November 2, 2006 at 5:29 am

    Wow! I’m so excited that I found your blog! I LOVE your mom’s home – it is just beautiful and photographed wonderfully! I have this copy of CS and will go back and look at her pictures more closely. So many pretty things! My own home will be in Cottage Style next spring or summer too – they came to my home for the photo shoot in September. I, too, was enchanted with the crew. They were awesome!
    Please tell your mom congratulations for me! Lovely blog!

  13. Joy said,

    November 2, 2006 at 5:57 am

    Wow~what incredible pictures and such a beautiful place. It’s so interesting to hear the “behind the scenes” take on a photo shoot…

  14. deb said,

    November 2, 2006 at 6:25 am

    Wow! This is my first time visiting and I’m in awe of everything on your blog. And your header is just darling! I can’t wait to spend more time peeking. Your mom’s home is lovely.. will have to look for the mag locally. :)

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    December 1, 2006 at 1:24 pm

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    November 29, 2007 at 3:23 pm

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