Thursday, February 28, 2013

Lilyfield Life in Country Home Ideas Magazine this month

I am so honoured to have our house, my painted furniture and the Lilyfield Life blog featured in Australian Country Home Ideas this month. What a thrill is is to see it all on the glossy pages of a beautiful magazine.

country home ideas magazine Lilyfield life

The photo shoot was late last year. I spent a wonderful day watching the talented photographer Tony Potter and stylist Kathryn Borglund do their thing and make my home beautiful for print.  I then had a great interview with the journalist, Mark Vender. Mark currently lives with his wife and young family in Colombia, South America and we spent about 2 hours chatting via Skype. I think Mark really understood my philosophy and my passion for upcycling vintage furniture, DIY and making the best of things.


ten whole pages of "At Home with Fiona and Phil"! I love the title of the article "Works of Heart"


and what I think is completely hilarious is that on the 11th page of the article is a whole page on how to get our look. Love it!  It should just read, cruise second hand shops looking for vintage furniture and paint it white!


So thanks to the editors and the magazine's inspiring staff and especially to Mark who wrote such a lovely article; and Tony and Kathryn who made the house look so beautiful. I am very honoured.

Here is the introduction to the article:

"I'm a bit DIY," says Fiona Gaven, before grinning cheekily at what is a brazen understatement. For her repainting bedside tables, upholstering armchairs and creating beautiful artworks are everyday activities..."I've always been quite practical," she explains. I studied engineering at uni, and I've always been good with my hands. I just believe that if somebody else can do it, well, I can give it a go". Fiona's blog, Lilyfield Life, shows that this ethos has reaped divine dividends."


To say that I am overwhelmed and thrilled is an understatement! 

I wishing I could share this little moment in the limelight with my mum.
Instead I'm sharing it with all of you. 
Thanks for all the kind messages from those of you who have already seen the article. If you haven't read it, then make sure you buy a copy of Country Home Ideas this month.

Fiona xx




27 comments:

  1. Congratulations Fiona, I must get my hands on the magazine so I can read it for myself. Your house does look amazing. xT

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  2. I still haven't had a chance to get a copy but it looks beautiful here. I'm sure your mum would be proud, how could she not be! Can't wait to read it, congrats.
    Alison xx

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  3. I've just found your blog via the article and I love your style and your beautiful art work. Congratulations Fiona on the well deserved recognition.
    Hannah

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  4. Love your work, love your style and love your blog
    So good that the est of Australia can hear about it
    Love Jodie

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    1. thank you so much Jodie, it's been very exciting.

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  5. Congratulations Fiona!!! What a beautiful feature, very well deserved! x

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  6. congratulations!! how exciting for you. look forward to having a look at the magazine.
    x

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  7. OMG how exciting for you. Well deserved sweet Fiona

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  8. I am heading to the supermarket in the morning to get my copy quick smart. I am so pleased for you and this recognition of your talents, Fiona. I love the photos you have featured - your dog is just perfect!
    ML

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  9. Wow! I bet you feel so proud! Good on you!

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  10. Congratulations - the article is wonderful, and you deserve it!

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  11. Congrats, Fiona! What a lovely article for a lovely home and WOMAN. xo

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  12. How lovely - what a great treasure to keep of your house.

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    1. thanks Mel, such a great souvenir of the house.

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  13. Congrats on the spread!

    I nabbed a copy yesterday and it was absolutely stunning! I think they summed up your style and what you do to a tee. Fabulous!

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  14. I am so proud of you I think this is so wonderful and you really desreve this and all that comes your way-love dee x

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  15. Congratulations On a fantastic article that is well deserved, your mum would be so proud.

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  16. Oh wow! How exciting! I'm getting a copy of he mag this weekend!

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  17. Your home is gorgeous Fiona! Congrats on the magazine feature!

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  18. Congratulations Fiona! I can't believe I've missed your lovely blog before now. I'm enjoying searching all your older posts.

    Linda at The French Hens nest

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  19. How Wonderful!!!! What an excellent article, I'm sure you are feeling pretty excited with how it all turned out. Congratulations.

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  20. Congratulations! How exciting!!!

    One of these days I'd love to have you link to SEASONAL SUNDAYS.

    - The Tablescaper

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  21. Small town NSW still doesn't seem to have this issue in stock, argh!

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  22. Hi Restyled Vintage, It's tough when all the copies of Country Home Ideas sell out so take out a subscription and you'll save money, have it delivered to you door - and never miss an issue. You can call this number for free and they will help you out: 1800 801 647. Good luck!

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