On the Cover of This Old House Magazine!

Last week, I got the best birthday present a girl like me could get – the cover of This Old House magazine! I knew my home would be featured in the Color Issue, but I didn’t know one of the rooms would make the cover.

this old house magazine cover

 

And I wasn’t the only one that was beyond thrilled. You see, this is my 12-year-old daughter’s room. And when we began transforming what was Mr. Man’s office into her bedroom, we had some debates about the color scheme. She wanted turquoise on the walls, but I knew that strong color would be fabulous on the wall of built-in bookcases that are the focal point of the room.

She thought they should be white, because “most people paint their bookcases white.”

Tsk, tsk, little girl. Let’s not be like everyone else. The Decorologist overruled, and the bookcases, door, and trim went Benjamin Moore’s Azure Blue. The walls are Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue.

And lest you think our home is perfection, here is the state of the room the day the This Old House magazine feature was delivered to our door:

messy room on cover of magazine

 

Ahh, such is real life. The writer did a great job with the feature, and this is the second time our home has been photographed by Gridley & Graves for a magazine. They have photographed so many amazing historic homes, so it was an honor to work with them again!

home of the decorologist

Gridley + Graves photography, from This Old House website

 

After having my work featured in 10 magazines now (wow, still can’t believe that!), I’ve learned a number of things about photo styling and photo editing of magazine shoots. The image below shows a shot I took two years ago on the left, and the shot that made the magazine on the right.

sherwin williams coral reef

left  – The Decorologist,  right – Gridley + Graves

The bedside table was altered during the photo edit stage – wow, I wish it had that many drawers! You’ll also notice the difference between the paint colors. I painted this side table in Sherwin-Williams Coral Reef, which was SW’s 2016 Color of the Year. I’d say the true color of that piece is somewhat in between the colors you see above. Another important reason to test paint colors in your own home, rather than copying them straight out of a magazine!

This was a first for me in two ways – my work featured on the cover of a national magazine, plus a photo of my family on the interior:

the decorologist at home

photo by Gridley + Graves in This Old House

But, do you want to know the MOST EXCITING part of all of this? The cover is a downloadable coloring page on This Old House’s website!!!! Can you imagine how stoked my 12-year-old was about her room being transformed into an honest-to-goodness coloring page???

downloadable decorologist coloring page

Download your own here from This Old House magazine and color it in YOUR favorite colors for a chance to win my Just the Right Paint Color workshop video!!! I’m giving away 3 for the prettiest pictures, colored by you or your little one.

You can either post a photo of your coloring page in the comments below, or go to The Decorologist Facebook page and submit your photo in the comments about the contest.

Make sure to pick up a copy of the 2016 Color Issue of This Old House and see the 8-page feature of our home!

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MK
MK
3 years ago

So proud of you, Kristie! I have followed your blog for so long I feel like I know you. Congratulations!!

Joanne
Joanne
3 years ago

Congratulations! I’ve long admired your home’s interior, however, I never knew what the outside was like. You have a beautiful home, inside and out; what a lovely family, as well. Congrats again.

Susie
Susie
3 years ago

I saw the magazine and was blown away! Congratulations! You deserve to be on the cover. The article was also very nice.

cyngall
cyngall
3 years ago

congrats, Kristie!

Laura P.
Laura P.
3 years ago

Congratulations, Kristie! How exciting for you and your daughter! Love the unstaged photo of her room, too. You have a beautiful family. Thank you for sharing your success and for always keeping it real! By the way, I have learned so much about color from reading your blog, and the guidance you provide helped me to choose colors that I am over the moon happy with in my new home! Thank you!

Laura P.
Laura P.
3 years ago

Hi Kristie, Thank you for asking! Our new home had just been painted by the seller, but a few areas were not to my taste. For now, I kept the neutrals and changed the color in some of the accent areas where she had faux finishes, and added color to one bedroom. Here you go: For tray ceilings in dining room and foyer: Sherwin Williams Celestial Skies HGSW1396 I had this painted in the uppermost part and it makes me so happy every time I look at it! The ceilings are very high and all the trim is super white.… Read more »

Maria
Maria
3 years ago

Wow, congratulations, Kristie! Well deserved spot on the magazine and what a great idea for the coloring page! You all should be very proud of your accomplishments & your lovely home!

Karen Savage
3 years ago

congratulations! so exciting!

julie
3 years ago

Congratulations Kristie!

You deserve all this and more!

Blessings for continued success

Mary CC from CA
Mary CC from CA
3 years ago

So thrilled for you…. and your beautiful family. I am sure they are very proud of you ! You have earned bragging rights with all of the hard work you have done !
Enjoy and celebrate. ??

kathleen barry
kathleen barry
3 years ago

So good, so cool, so deserved, so Mr. Man looking comfortable :), so beautiful the Southern Ladies, so much style it makes you want to sing out loud, so good is that team you have- both employee and family,so missing are the mint juleps- never had those—- so tired you must be yet so pleased with your efforts———BRAVO and congratulations—to all of you.

Max
Max
3 years ago

COOOOL! What an inspiration! Well done Kristi!

Pat
Pat
3 years ago

What a lovely family, what a lovely house! How fun is that? Congrats!

Sylvia
Sylvia
3 years ago

Oh Kristie!!!! Congratulations to you and your daughter!!!! What a stunning room and a most beautiful family!!!! Thank you soooooo much for all you so freely imparting your gift to others, knowing that it certainly comes at a cost to you and your family and we are the more blessed! Congratulations on your many successes and I am honored to have followed you over the years!! Wishing you ALL the BEST!!!!

Sylvia
Sylvia
3 years ago
Reply to  Sylvia

PS – I have a daughter, who teaches music in an inner city school for special needs. She has been making every effort to reach these kids and could use some help to make her room inspiring, if you would be up for the challenge!

Nancy Carr
Nancy Carr
3 years ago

Congratulations! Your family is also beautiful. Thank you for all the inspiration. Blessings

Gina
3 years ago

I am so excited for you! Congrats on your MANY successes. You’re an inspiration!

Pamela
Pamela
3 years ago

Wow! Just SO wow!

Ann
Ann
3 years ago

Congrats Kristie! Love all you do. You are so talented and original. Love all your posts.

Robin
Robin
3 years ago

Oh my goodness!!!!! Woohoo for you! Super exciting for your daughter as well. The colors are cheerful and your fam pic makes it personal. Congrats to you and yours. Keep sharing and helping us all to create a home we look forward to walking into everyday.

LW
LW
3 years ago

Love these photos and the story! Congratulations to you Kristie!

While I’m on here I wonder if you can point me toward one of your old posts. I’m looking for the one where you talked about mixing hardware colors. I’m doing a whole house remodel of a 1930s house. i want to use two colors of hardware and am trying to find your suggestions but can’t anywhere! Thanks!

Linda
3 years ago

Wonderful Kristie! Such a beautiful room and such a beautiful family. A huge congratulations!

Leilani W
Leilani W
3 years ago

That’s awesome!!! So proud of you! I love your blog and have followed it for your timeless advice after finding you by googling ideas for a LHOTP party for my daughter years ago. Your ideas are great. Congratulations!!

Mitzi Mayer
3 years ago

Kristie, Congratulations. You deserve the cover! What a beautiful room! I am sure your daughter is so pleased too. I love the coloring page idea! So happy for all of you. Many Blessings for your continued success!

Judy
Judy
3 years ago

Wow! Congrats. I can’t wait to see the magazine. Your photos of the shoot from 2 years ago was really eye-opening. I wouldn’t have guessed that already beautiful rooms get photoshopped, just like supermodels. Extra drawers aside, I think your original looks better. They made they side table and lamp too small!

Nancy Greenberg
Nancy Greenberg
3 years ago

Congratulations! Your insight and fresh approach on affordable design and COLOR make your blog and newsletter worth reading. Keep up the good work!

Elayne
Elayne
3 years ago

Congrats! Now I’ll have to pick up that magazine ASAP! 🙂 Great job – as always – but so nice to be recognized, all the same, I’m sure! 🙂

Priscilla
Priscilla
3 years ago

How fabulous and exciting for you and your daughter! Congratulations!

Molly
Molly
3 years ago

The editors at TOH have excellent taste. And the coloring page is awesome.

Amy, Home Glow Design
3 years ago

That’s so wonderful Kristie!! I love the way TOH is always tasteful, original, and yet accessible — and your house fits their target perfectly! I, too, have an old house (230 years), and I’m always referencing them on how to “young-up” a home while tuning in to its history.

Kathy
Kathy
3 years ago

I subscribe to This Old House magazine. At first I didn’t realize the cover was your house, then I opened it up and remembered that photo shoot. Looks lovely, and a nice family photo and article, but not quite the house I know from your blog. So did they hide or change out most of your found portraits? I love those so much and they bring such life to your rooms. And the color in your bedroom looks totally washed out. Being a photographer, I knew that they tweak saturation. exposure and other normal photo manipulations, as well as stage… Read more »

Kathy
Kathy
3 years ago

Yes we all like pretty pictures, and I think that photo would have been just as pretty without adding drawers to the bedside table or changing the color. Staging is one thing–creating a false digital-only reality is another. Personally, I would have preferred to have seen a photo of your bathroom in that spot in the layout–it is largely original and was color inspiration for the ground floor of your house. That inspiration was featured prominently in the article, and so should have been shown in the photographs. I follow your blog so I know what it looks like, but… Read more »

Leigh Newport
Leigh Newport
3 years ago

So amazing! You are a terribly talented gal for sure, and am glad to see you receive the recognition you deserve!

Karen
3 years ago

I too, receive this magazine in the mail and at first didn’t recognize it as your home … and then the next day as I was opening the magazine I thought, “this looks familiar …” ! Congratulations!!!

Michelle
Michelle
3 years ago

Love your daughters bedroom!

Shannon Glendowne
3 years ago
Reply to  Michelle

Michelle, this is Kristie’s social media manager, Shannon Can you send a message to [email protected] – you were one of the winners of her Just the Right Color video workshop. Thanks!!

Ann mcglone
Ann mcglone
3 years ago

Can you please tell me the name of the fabric on the tulip pillows? thank you!

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