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  1. Wow! Congratulations on the possibility of having your home published!! That is wonderful. I have wondered what goes on during a photo shot – how interesting – how long it takes, what they want or don't want in pictures. I have "tripod lights," on my wish list of things I wish I had. I love the idea of hooking up to the computer after each shot – or a series of shots – interesting – I think my camera with an attachment will do this – I will have to investigate.

    Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

  2. Thanks for sharing your photo shoot experience! Congrats on even being considered! I hope your home makes the cut and we will see your home published. I don't understand the not wanting plants or your coffee bar in the shoot.

  3. I am just catching up and somehow missed this post. It was fascinating to read about your house photo shoot, and written in your own way too, Brenda. I feel sure your home will make the pages of the magazine, even the name of the mag seems just right for the cosy look you have created. I have had book photo shoots at my home, of work projects, not the actual house itself, but I know what you mean about moving everything around! Well done, Brenda…..I am looking forward to seeing the pictures when they are published!
    Helen x

  4. I hope your home makes the cut for next year's issue! How interesting it would be to see how somebody else styles your home with the things you own. Congratulations!

  5. Fascinating to hear about your day with the photographers. Sorry about the things that were cut, but I'm sure what they shot will be fabulous.

  6. I sure hope it gets published. I have subscribed to County Sampler for years and would love to see your home in it. I have noticed in some magazines that they move things around and you might see the same item in different rooms. To bad they didn't use the plants and doilies, they make a home, well, homey. 🙂

  7. Hi Brenda, I hope your home is published in the magazine. The process is interesting and it sounds like it was a fun day even with having to put everything back in place. Looking forward to seeing your home in the magazine.
    Happy Thanksgiving this week

  8. Your plants are lovely but maybe some folks are not. This is exciting for you Brenda. I do not think I could get my house clean. I am about to join a primitive club and just having to host a few times is nutting me up. xo, olive

  9. How very exciting for you,…..I hope they decide to use your home in their magazine. That is just very cool…

  10. I have a dear friend who was featured in an earlier version of Country Sampler this year and she described much like you did. She said it took much longer than she expected and they moved lots of things around. But what a grand experience to have…. hope you make the cut! Vicki in Louisville KY

  11. Hi Brenda! Oh, so cool! I'm sure it was exciting and exhausting at the same time! I'm so proud for you and hope your shoot makes the mags! I know someone famous! 😉
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  12. Sounds like things were hoppin' at Little Cozy House yesterday! I really hope they use your pics in the magazine Brenda! So happy that they wanted to photograph your home, it's certainly a jewel with all the colors and happiness throughout the rooms. I be you're exhausted today from all the excitement..

  13. It will be so fun to see your home in the magazine. I did not realize that they do the photo shoots so far in advance. I read on a blog recently about someone who went through the whole photo shoot thing, but by the time the article was ready to run, the magazine had gone out of business.

    Hope the house plants are back in place and aren't drooping from rejection.

  14. The advance timeline for magazines is crazy; so much work for one article. Imagine how much time is involved with putting the whole thing together. Sure hope you make the cut. 🙂 Best wishes, Tammy

  15. No matter if they publish your house or not, it's still a very interesting experience, and while I know it was hard work, it will be worth it. Thanks for filling us in on the behind the scenes, I've always wondered how it works.

    Keeping my fingers crossed that one day you say, go and pick up this issue, I'm in it.


  16. This was quite interesting to read, Brenda, and see the photos of your photo shoot. I'm looking forward to your telling us when to buy the magazine because your house will be featured!

  17. Wow, Brenda, how exciting! I really, really hope that they put your home in their magazine, you deserve it! And your pretty home deserves it as well.
    Hugs, Cindy

  18. Congrats on your photo shoot. Your house is so cheerful and warm. It belongs in a magazine. It's so cozy too.


  19. I've never heard it explained about what they did so this was very interesting. I know you're glad you did it but it sure was a lot of hard work. Hope you get everything back the way you want it. You have such a beautiful home! Sweet hugs!

  20. I love the person you are Brenda..just yourself..congratulations for having your cozy little home picked to be in Country Sampler…my favorite magazine! I can hardly wait to see it…I bet they enjoyed their day with you and your cute doggies…Carol

  21. How very exciting! I loved reading how it all works. I've heard that they move things every which way, so you needn't put a whole lot of thought into your displays right before they come. Your lunch sounded good. I think I would've done the same thing (served from a deli). I can only imagine how nervous your dogs were. Mine gets very excited if anyone new comes over. He makes a spectacle of himself in front of them to get attention. LOL! I can't wait to see it once it's published. I hope you do anyway!

  22. I can't wait to see it…congrats to you and it is fun. very exciting!
    I was in a 2009 issue, can't believe it has been that long.
    Blessed Thanksgiving

  23. I had heard that Esther and Franklin were nice people work with.. I had no idea there were so many "dos and don'ts" involved.. I'm sorry your plants didn't get included..
    I had hoped Charlie and Abi would be in the pictures.
    I will keep my fingers crossed that your home will be in the pages of CS sometime soon.
    The conversation with the writer should be interesting..
    Lunch sounds like it was delicious.. Eating it at your round oak table was perfect..
    Take care and be cozy.
    Charlotte in Virginia

  24. This was so interesting to read all the details of a magazine shoot! When I look at interior home pictures in magazines, I know there is no way that the people actually live that way day-to-day. I can't believe they (well, not the people at your house, but the editor) didn't want any live plants in the photos. I think live plants add so much to a vignette or room, but hey, I'm not the editor, nor do I know exactly what look they were going for, so who am I to say? lol Anyway, sounds like a very interesting experience!

  25. There is so much work involved, attention to detail, editing, redoing, lighting, styling, more editing, etc., to a photo shoot, isn't there? You come to truly appreciate the decorating magazines, and maybe feel a little guilty about complaining how expensive some can be! But when you think that one shoot incorporates the talent and work of 5 or so people, travel expenses, publishing costs, and much more, you realize that it probably should cost more!;)

    Thanks for your 'investigative reporting', Brenda and hope your cozy little house makes it to the printing press!


  26. Sounds like it was all very interesting, especially to one who likes to take photos, like you. I thought about it going on yesterday and figured as exciting as it was, it must have been pretty exhausting too. Congrats on having such a big event happen and glad the pups were good with it. It will be fun to see what the article shows when published.

  27. I always wondered why you never saw our modern electrical gadgets, now you've explained it. Boy, lots of work and goings on in your house. I'm glad the dogs like them. Certainly made it easier for you. But thank you so much for the step by step explanations of your day. I had no idea it was that involved, nor the length of time out they do their shoots. I just know ti's going to be published!

  28. I hope they do publish and article with your home photos! It was interesting to hear your story of how it went…not sure my home would ever have a photo shoot.

  29. Awesome Brenda! So sorry so much could not be in the shoot. I know you will be published!! This is just wonderful. See you are a somebody. I will grab my magazine and show to everyone…this is my friend Brenda's homr. I know her!! Im excited for you Brenda!!

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