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.
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.