Cottage Style Magazine Feature

I am so happy to share that our house and shop are featured in the Fall/Winter 2015 Edition of Meredith Publication’s Cottage Style Magazine.  One of my favorites!  On newsstands now.  The story is called “Happily Together” and is written by Sara Wolf with Styling by Fifi O’Neil and Photography by Mark Lohman.


The feature story (pages 84-91) not only magically captures the spirit of our home and shop, it is so beautifully styled and photographed that I have to pinch myself that it is actually our home!


It is hard to believe now that it was more than a year and a half ago when my friend Elyse Major pitched the idea for the feature!

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Photo Credit: Melissa Bettencourt

Thanks to Elyse’s magic and some great timing, we were tucked nicely into a packed schedule of New England photo shoots led by the one-and-only author-stylist-editor Fifi O’Neil and the amazing Mark Lohman, Photographer.



The story was artfully captured by Meredith Publication’s contributor Sara Wolf.   Assisting was Mark’s son Taylor who accompanied him from California for the back-to-back shoots.


For those of you who know us, or know what it is like living in an old house while you are restoring it, seldom is there a time when any room is ‘camera-ready.’  Having a room rewired or patching a plaster wall starts to become THE finished  look.  Lets just say we spent a very large part of 2014 working on rather than ignoring the details!

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We had a lot of help along the way including some great advice and assistance from friends and family.  There were also lots of folks who prioritized their work schedules so some of the finishing touches would be done in time.  A complete list of sources for the photo shoot will be the subject of a separate post.


For now, special thanks go out to out to fellow Rhodies Elyse Major, Ali and Greg Fox, Nicole Downing,  Rachel Duchesne of Rachel Duchesne Interiors, Jeff Gladding of Epilogues, Dawn Oliveira of Oliveira Textiles,  Lee Ann Freitas of Indie Growers, Mr. & Mrs. Botelho of Botelho’s Upholstery,  Ray Ricci of Budget Blinds, and Custom Builder Niles Gregory’s team of painters and electricians who helped make the ceilings and walls sing and cast some much needed light on the subject.


Needless to say I didn’t get any pictures during the photo shoot myself! I was so focused watching Fifi and Mark and their process that I forgot all about it.  They were very generous to allow me to observe and follow along.  I was so happy that Elyse made time to join in the fun, it was great to have her moral support on the big day.


Photo Credit: Elyse Major

While the beautiful flowers that were shipped in for the photo shoot were the star of the show, Fifi and Mark were equally (if not more) fond of our lunch—delicious Lobster Rolls from Quito’s—and the occasional sustaining latte or coffee from Angelina’s when they briefly broke during their 10-hour session.


We capped it all off with a celebratory dinner at The Lobster Pot restaurant and an amazing sunset view over Bristol Harbor.  While it was a whirlwind visit I was glad to spend time with Fifi, Mark and Taylor and see them enjoying their brief but productive time in Bristol.


I have a feeling we will be seeing them in their future travels and they will have yet another opportunity to Explore Bristol.  The perfect Lobster Roll beckons!





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