Wednesday, February 4, 2009

I'm famous! Well kind of....

I enjoy buying old things for my home, and things from smaller homewares shops, as opposed to the bigger chain stores which stock mass produced products. That's not say I don't buy things from Target or Ikea or the like, because I do, but generally I like to fill my home with things that are harder to find, unique or in limited supply, so my home feels like a personal reflection of what I truly love and is thoughtfully put together, rather than looking like I selected all my stuff from the same catalogue.


So when I see a particular 'unique piece' I bought appear in a picture in a magazine or on the web I have mixed feelings. It can't really be as unique as I thought it was! But then another little part of me is happy to think that something I chose is good enough to appear in a magazine or on a website.


Take this lovely picture, from Los Angeles based firm, KAA Design Group. I totally love this outdoor room with its fireplace, cosy seating, greenery and sturdy columns. But what really caught my eye was the iron piece over the fireplace....







.....because I have one just like it! I found mine in an auction house, and I was told it was taken from a demolished building in Morocco I think (somewhere exotic anyways). It was originally above a doorway apparently. It was rusty, a little bent, and covered in cobwebs. I still love it, even if it is not as unique as I once thought it was. Wish I had a fabulous fireplace to hang mine over.






Previously I've posted about my antique soda syphon (below), which I soon discovered has at least one brother out there, if not more...



....because one was featured in Australian Country Style recently - on the cover no less!



And speaking of magazines....this month's Australian Home Beautiful....




....contains a letter from me! See the letter circled in pink highlighter below.

And here it is in closer detail. I was so chuffed!

Now I have to say I wrote this letter months ago, before I had a blog of my own. In fact, I had only just discovered the wonderful world of blogs - ie all you fabulous guys out there! Completely enamoured and excited, I shot off an email to my favourite magazine in the whole wide world, Australian Home Beautiful. And then I promptly forgot about it. It wasn't until a couple of weeks ago when I went to a friend's house and picked up the magazine that I saw my letter. Usually I buy this magazine the day that it is for sale, but this particular week I had held off as I had already bought a bunch of magazines that were still sitting at home waiting to be read.
My letter was edited - I also suggested that they do follow up visits on homeowners/homes that were very popular with readers. People that are hooked on design, house renovations and building, often don't stop at one, they go on to bigger and better projects, so I thought they could track some of these people down to see what they are doing now. Obviously they didn't think that was such a good idea! Still, I got my name in print!
Best wishes,

19 comments:

mondo cherry said...

That definitely makes you famous! I read all the letters in HB this month (sometimes I skip them being so keen to get to the photos and ideas!) and I wondered if that letter was written by someone who had a blog. Then when I saw the name, I thought it might be you! I think it is a great idea to list blogs of featured home owners, and I like you follow up idea too. Just a shame you didn't get the winning letter.
Clare

Lee said...

Great letter Catherine, and great style!

ness lockyer said...

I read that and tought...a blogger no doubt! It was you!! Great suggestion btw. I saved that photo of the outside area...love it.
Your soda syphon is beautiful.
I had a letter in Country Home before about Tricia Foley. They sent me an email and I was so wrapped. I will have to dig it out again now they are kaput.
Well done luv.
Ness xx

~ Lisa @ AbidingThere~ said...

Just goes to show that your tastes and opinions are highly valuable :) Those of us who read your blog regularly already knew that!

Velvet and Linen said...

I thought your ideas for the magazine were great, including the one that wasn't published!
Congratulations on your fame, it reflects your great style.

xo
Brooke

AnNicole said...

Oh my gosh, I love your blog! I bookmarked it so I can read more. Your note on my blog was so sweet. It's nice to know there are other design crazed single moms out there in the world...even if they're half a world away :).

Marie said...

Watch out Australian Designers...here come's Catherine the Great!
You sure do have great taste. Saw Slumdog Millionaire here in Southern California finally. You're right, it's an amazing movie.
-maries marche

Lauren said...

catherine- how cool!!! and a great suggestion!!

also i love all your picks in your home!! so beautiful & interesting & they look perfect with your neautrals.
xoxo

Solange said...

Wow! Catherine you really are in your favourite magazine... How nice to read that, it must be so thrilling!
I love your blog, the pics, the way you write, I too, feel happy to have met all the fellow bloggers who love interior, isn-t it special?

have a wonderful day,
Solange

Terri said...

You are definitely famous, and apparently have exquisite taste. These people should really be phoning you to help them decide what to publish. ;)

Your style is great - and I always think it is the combination of things that matters, not where an individual object came from. I prefer "unique" also, but it isn't always possible to fill our houses with rare and odd things. I just try to slowly replace the common with the less common.

It's funny, but when I bought the IKEA boxes for my office, I felt so trite, like I am the 99 millionth person to buy these. But the fact is, they replaced ugly banker's boxes (carboard) that I had my files in, so it's a step in the right direction!

xo T.

Kath Lockett said...

You are ROCKIN the blog and magazine world, Catherine and the fact that you've found some of your carefully-found and treasured pieces is merely a testament to your sense of style and good taste.

Vanya @ Endless Inspiration said...

congratulations!

citysage said...

You ARE famous now! Do we get to say 'we knew you when...?"

And don't you love/hate when something you thought was unique to you ends up in a magazine? In the final issue of martha stewart blueprint, the show home was painted the exact two obscure shades of paint that I had done my whole apartment in. I felt both validated and violated!

Alison Gibbs said...

I loved that cover of Country Style when I bought it. He has done a fabulous job of decorating that house.
Alison

MelsRosePlace said...

oh how cool is that?? I love the image you showed and yes i read that letter too and thought "bloody good idea" little knowing it was you! Mel xxx

Layla said...

Did we just have a "Twilight Zone" moment? :-)

Layla
The Lettered Cottage

LexyB said...

Good on you!!! Love success stories.

Fiona Taylor said...

Well I never doubted that your taste was exquisite, so I am not surprised! Now if I can only get you to let slip all your secrets for hunting down such cool treasures...

Millie said...

What gorgeous & fabulous comments from everyone Catherine! Heartily agree with them all.
From your fan up the Freeway.
Millie ^_^