08 June 2009

Lots of News and an Invitation!!!

 

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With so many of my favorite magazines no longer publishing – think  Country Home, domino, House and Garden, Vogue Living, Western Interiors, to name just five off the top of my head, the ones left standing have become so much more important.   The other day, at the store, I was just staring at the magazine rack – how empty it seemed!   I used to leave a bookstore with armfuls of magazines, but now with such a smaller selection, along with the ever expanding digital field, I’m lucky to find two or three issues to take home.  Sad.   But, what an opportunity this is for those magazines still standing!  With a narrower playing field, the readers will be getting the creme de le creme.    Each issue should be chock full of the prettiest houses out there, along with all the latest design news.

 

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For example, the July/August issue of Metropolitan Home looks positively delectable.   It features two houses from Texas – the one pictured above is a Lake/Flato designed ranch in the Hill Country – our version of Provence.  Nice!!!!     I can’t wait to see more of this house.    Photograph by  Colleen Duffley for Met Home.

 

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Another Met Home story is about a couple in California with a compound of canvas covered casas!  Say that one fast.   How charming is this?

 

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And, Jamie Drake’s East Hampton garden is featured too – a must see for sure.    More stories include:   a weekend house by Amy Lau, one of the blogosphere’s hottest designers,  and a farmhouse inspired by Doug Larson’s Swedish roots.    

 

 

 

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Another much anticipated summer magazine is the July/August issue of Elle Decor.   The design blogosphere’s favorite movie star, Mrs. Blandings, has written an article all about her home town, Kansas City.    Mrs. Blandings reports, here,  that she is thrilled to have been asked to be a part of the Elle Decor team for this issue and we are just as thrilled for her!   Magazines and design blogs have a unique relationship  - we each benefit from the other’s presence and the more we can work together, the better it is for both of us, don’t you think?

 

 

image Mrs. Blandings, aka Patricia Shakelford, in front of her favorite fabric in her charming living room.

 

And, be sure to tune into the current Skirted Roundtable where Mrs. Blandings holds court as our first guest host!   You can listen to the delightful Mrs. B. -  here.   

 

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AND – Stop The Presses!!!!!!!     The Skirted Roundtable is convening tonight with another guest host – the charming and ever gracious, Ms. Karen Carroll, Editor in Chief of everyone’s favorite design magazine, Southern Accents!!!   We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Karen join us to discuss interior design.    Southern Accents is truly an inspiration to me and my design business and I know Cote de Texas readers love the magazine as much as I do.  So, plan to spend a while with Linda, Megan, and myself – later on this week – when we bring, Karen Carroll to The Skirted Roundtable!    For a preview of  the “real” Ms. Carroll, check out the Miss Gracious Living blog, the official blog of Southern Accents, where Ms. Carroll is one of its contributors.

 

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And, when you check out the Southern Accent’s blog, find out who was recently named the latest “Miss Gracious Living.”   As you may remember, Moi was the first to hold the title, here,  which I reluctantly had to pass on.  sob.    The new title holder is none other than our favorite blogger from Pigtown - Baltimore, Meg Fairfax Fielding!!!!   Read all about Meg here and visit her blog, Pigtown Design, here.  Congratulations Meg, wear your crown with dignity and grace, like all of us before you have!   You have much to live up to, so - good luck!!!!

 

 

image Pigtown Design, written by the new Miss Gracious Living, Meg Fairfax Fielding.

 

 

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BeeLine Home by Bunny Williams.

 

And last, but certainly not least – a special invitation for Houstonians and Dallasites – Interior Design GREAT – Ms. Bunny Williams is coming to the Lone Star State!  HOWDY!!!!    On the heels of the debut of her new furniture line, BeeLine Home by Bunny Williams, Ms. Williams will be visiting Mecox this week.   You can meet Ms. Williams, have her sign her books for you, and mingle with all the important people in design, like me!!!

 

The schedule is:

Dallas:         Mecox Gardens, 4532 Cole Ave,  on Tuesday June 9th from 6-8 pm.

Houston:   Mecox Gardens, Highland Village on Wednesday, June 10th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

I’m planning to be there to see the entire BeeLine on display – and hopefully, you’ll join me!!

 

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Ms. Bunny Williams,  one of the best interior designers out there – and author of one of my favorite design books An Affair With a House.

imageThe best of the best:  An Affair With A House!

35 comments:

  1. Great news all around for such fine ladies.

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  2. Thank you so much! You're such a sweetheart! I can't wait to hear your interview with Karen. She's the epitome of gracious living.

    xoxo

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  3. So many big and exciting things happening. The anticipation is just too much... :-)

    Tricia - Avolli

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  4. Oh I can't wait to hear the interview with Karen Carroll!! loved the one with Mrs.Blandings & now you should know I'm addicted to it!! haha
    xoxo

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  5. you let the cat out of the bag!!! haha! Looking forwrd to our discussion tonight!!

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  6. Hi Joni! I'm so excited about the news! I can't to listen to the skirtedround table Ms. Carroll has to say! Now I'm very curious about the book thou. Would love to read it and I'm going to start looking for it. Wish you have a wonderful evening! Hugs, Vanessa

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  7. Goodness news travels fast! And great news may I add! Iknow what you mean, I used to puor over laps of mags ...now I seem to be attached to my computer screen! Yikes!
    But surely the cream will rise to the top so to speak ... and the best will make print!
    Leslie

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  8. My arms feel emptier as well at the Borders rack & it does make me sad.
    Another great point is great subscription deals. Traditional Home recently offered me 3 years for the price of one & currently most are doing similar deals.
    If you can afford to, is uggest to all that we take advantage or before you know it...we'll lose more.

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  9. Can't wait for the Elle Decor issue - know I'll be lovin' whatever Aerin Lauder has in store.

    Did you see the Texas Hill Country home done by Joseph Minton in the June/July Traditional Home? Amazingly-brilliant idea to drape the interior with bush-tent canvas, albeit a lovely version of it!

    Hmmm...Wednesday at Mecox, huh? Might have to make the two-hour jaunt to H-town!

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  10. Look for me and my "partner in crime"......

    We will be there!!!! :)

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  11. That Jamie Drake pool - so beautiful - truly like an outdoor room with the hedges defining the space like that.

    Have fun with Bunny! I need to order that book...I have heard so many great things about it.

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  12. phew...that was a lot of good news! So exciting.

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  13. Looking forward to that Elle Decor - the cover is absolutely stunning! Tracey xx

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  14. Partner in crime here...Hope to see you at Mecox@

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  15. Just moved back to Tx after many years in the Philadelphia area. I miss the both the number of shelter mags published AND the quality of the writing. (I really don’t like HB’s Q&A format)! Back in the day these mags were more than about design... they were about design as art and about the philosophy of house and home. Well, the lack of good monthly publications has led me to you... a good thing. Best of luck with all your exciting happenings.

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  16. Yea Joni! Your point about magazines and blogs working together is a very good one. It's about spreading the knowledge. More good things to come to you.

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  17. Thanks for the mention, Joni - I can't wait for Karen's interview either. I do know she will have a blast.

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  18. What? Western Interiors is gone? Is there a sniper out there, or what? Nobody is safe! Sob!

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  19. Warm congratulations to Meg! I adore her blog, especially when she post on London! And doesn't she have the best name ever?!

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  20. I shall definitely tune in.
    -Brenda-

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  21. Joni,
    This is all such great news!
    Love all the magazines but Southern Accents has always been my favorite. Looking forward to hearing all about your visits with all those fine ladies.
    P.S. Your slip is showing at TLPC.
    Have fun you lucky girl!
    Lisa

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  22. I wish that it were the case that the remaining shelter magazines are the cream of the crop-I don't find it to be true. I loved Domino, Vogue Living, House and Garden, and Victoria. Now the only two that excite me are House Beautiful and Southern Accents. Don't even get me started on how I feel about Architectural Digest. I think shelter magazines have been getting their ideas from design blogs for some time with very little fresh or new. They are featuring blogs and tapping bloggers as writers and editors because they know that's where the action is. I find more design in blogs than magazines and I am not alone. I think magazines like Domino should have tried going digital.

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  23. Joni - reading about Bunny going to Houston makes me think of that "Jensen" talk we went to - what a hoot! Have a great night and I'm wishing I was there with my favorite Houston bloggers. xx

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  24. The Bunny Williams room with that fabulous mirror, love it!

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  25. I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO THE ROUND TABLE NEWS!

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  26. You always are sooo informative. Thanks for all the updates and info. I have grandkids here, so might have to wait a couple days before I can check it all out. BTW, I love the Skirted Roundtable discussions and look forward to the one with Karen Carroll. I've subscribed to Southern Accents for yrs.
    marcie

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  27. I agree that blogs and dead-tree media can work together. I have subscribed to two new magazines in the past year as a direct result of blog features. Living in Upstate NY I would never have heard of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles if not for blog highlights, and now it's one of my absolute favorites. Waiting to see how "Garden & Gun" is when the first issue arrives.

    Enjoy your interview!

    Liz in Upstate NY

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  28. You're surely a breath of fresh air. And in East Texas right now, those are few and far between...
    Brenda

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  29. Oh Joni, An Affair With a House is my favorite, too! Wouldn't you just LOVE to stay in her beautiful barn, or lovely guest house???

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  30. Great post. I miss Domino above all.

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  31. I'm so proud of all everyone! Our conversation with Karen was so interesting and informative, can't wait for it to air!

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  32. G'day Joni,
    From the other side of the world - here in Tasmania, Australia. I have been reading all of your stories and have gone back and read all of the ones I have missed. It took about a fortnight. I love Cote de Texas you are one of my favourite blogs - I am very new to all this technology (yes I know, I've finally joined the 21st century). I think you are as talented as anyone Joni and I think it would be a wonderful idea to publish your own book I know I would rush out to buy it. I especially love your house and would love to see more. I know, I know I sound like a stalker too, but its nice for someone else to admit it too. Right??? I drive past my 'favourite' houses too and I've been known to go to an 'open house' when they've come on the market and looked through!!! My poor husband couldn't believe I would do such a thing!! Thanks for mentioning about the magazines Country homes was my favourite and I'm not embarrassed to admit I nearly cried when they said it was their last issue. How much room do they give you to leave a message. I could write a 5 page letter with what I would love to say - but for now I want to wish you the very best.

    Love Janine Marshall
    XOO

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  33. The best from your armful of magazines! Love it.
    (thanks for that little referral by the way) I spent an hour on the phone with that couple yesterday and we got it sorted out. Hopefully they will send me an after picture when it's done and I can post it!
    Thanks again Joni!
    xo
    Maria

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