Oh What a Night & Some Exciting News!

We had such a great time last night at the Elle Decor- Bloomingdales - Apartment Therapy Big Window Challenge event!  Dave & I woke at 5 something AM, loaded the kids in the car, and headed up to New York to celebrate Eddie's big WIN at Bloomingdales!  (We dropped the kids off with our family in New Jersey before heading into the city.)  I'm still pretty bleary-eyed from that lack of sleep so I'll tell  you all about it & post pics on Monday.  We did have a beautiful dinner with Eddie & Jaithan, Mrs.Blandings, Deborah Buck, and {from Elle Decor}:  Matthew Talomie and Margaret Russell.  We met lots of amazing new people who are so incredibly passionate about what they do and I just loved being around them. 

Everyone was super-sweet and inclusive.  I was totally nervous/ freaking out about meeting Margaret Russell (Mom & Grandmother- she's the Editor-in-Chief of Elle Decor Magazine ;) and she couldn't have been nicer!!  (And yes, she's just as graceful & gorgeous in person as she is on TV & in pictures, if not more so.)  But more details on Monday.  Congratulations To Eddie & Jaithan on a HUGE win for Elle Decor!!



On another note, I'm insanely excited to tell you that Better Homes & Gardens is coming to shoot our house!! 



It's a Christmas story so it'll be in the 2010 holiday issue.  They're doing the outside, the entry, living room, dining room, kitchen and us.  (I'm a little worried about the "us" part, as I have an extra 30 lbs on me right now from the pregnancy and when I see pictures of myself right now it looks like a "me" inside of a "me."   So I'll need to either get over it or wear a sign that says "JUST HAD BABY."  Think they'll mind?? ;)   

Anyway, since we're travelling & have so much to recap on Monday, there won't be a formal Pure Organization Project for next week, but personally we're working on time management & figuring out our schedule like we talked about in Time (Or Lack Therof.)    I'll post the readers' projects I've received later in the week.  Have an awesome weekend!!!
xoxo,
lauren

90 comments:

inthetweeds said...

CONGRATS!!!!!! THAT'S AMAZING!!!!! And so deserved! I can't wait to see it in glossy print! :) Yay Lauren!

Wendy said...

Congratulations!!! Well deserved!

Meredith said...

Congrats!!! That is amazing news!!!!

nkp said...

That is so exciting, Lauren! Congratulations! But not really a surprise, as you have superstar written all over you!

Enjoy your weekend!

-nelya

Kathysue said...

OMG!!!Lauren, this is amazing news, congratulations and well deserved,I might add. You got to spend time with two of my favorite people,Eddie and Jaithan! You are one lucky girl, new baby, time with EandJ, and a magazine spread.Life must feel pretty good right now!! I am so happy for you,Kathysue

elisabeth (bovagoods) said...

that is awesome lauren! how exciting for you and your family. i can not wait to get my issue in the mail! december can't come soon enough!

Alicia B. Designs said...

Congratulations! You so deserve it and I can't wait to see the spread. :)

xoxo
Alicia

Alicia said...

Wow! Congratulations. That's wonderful.

Jennifer said...

ahhhhh congratulations!!!!!!!!! and way to go BH&G for snatching you up!!!

Liz said...

Wow, that is so amazing!! You totally deserve it, I can't wait to see the feature!

~ liz
www.itsgreattobehome.net

Sarah said...

Glad you had a great time, Lauren! Thanks for sharing with us. BH&G, holy cow! That is amazing, must be like a dream come true. You deserve it, you've created a beautiful home! And a holiday issue, that's so fun:)

My Vintage Modern Farmhouse said...

Wow! That is super exciting...you must be jumping up and down! Better Homes & Garden rocks!

LeAnn:)

Tracy @ Comfort and Luxury said...

How great, Lauren! Congrats on the BH&G feature! Sounds like you've had quite a week!

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Congrats love! Totally exciting news. Happy to hear that you were able to celebrate Eddie's big win and then got the great news of BHG spread. Very cool!

kljswilson said...

WOW!!! Congrats! I will be waiting for my December issue of BH&G with baited breath!

Well deserved!!!!

Living It At Home said...

Lauren! Congratulations! I have always thought your home, your style and your philosophy should be in a magazine! I was thinking of more your own magazine though! I love Better Homes and Gardens and I am so excited for you. Can't wait to see it!

~jamilyn

Red Door Home said...

Can't wait to see the magazine story. You will have to let us know how it feels to decorate for Christmas not during Christmas! I am sure it will be beautiful. I am also sure you will look beautiful as well- baby weight or no baby weight.

Sarah said...

Congratulations Lauren! BH&G Wow! What a dream come true!!!

Deliciously Organized said...

That is so exciting! Congrats!!!

And I'm so happy Eddie & Jaithan won!

Chiaroscuro said...

Abundant congratulations, Lauren and Dave on the exciting news! You are both so deserving! Can't wait for the holiday issue!

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

FAN-tas-TIC, Lauren!! (Or, in the parlance of Jenny {MFAMB} - that just kicks ass!)

The publication is so well-deserved, and I couldn't be happier for you! I'm sure you are the only person who thinks you look anything but wonderful, but just ask BH&G to give you the "minus a few lbs photoshop special!"

Take Care!!

The Brick Cottage said...

Congratulations! I love your entryway and it'll look fabulous in a glossy. I'm looking forward to your post on Monday to read all the details from the Big Window Challenge. Also, I'm a bit behind on the Pure Organization Project but this weekend I am getting my paints in order (that is the most fabulous idea, btw!).

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Lauren,
Hip, Hip Hooray!!! So glad you have finally let the cat out of the bag about the BH&G shoot! I am so incredibly thrilled for you and your super hard working husband! Have a blast in NYC and we all want to hear even the smallest details of your adventures when you get back...then you can sleep! :)
xo,
~Rebecca

Danielle @ Transforming Home said...

WOW! Congrats! Your home really is beautiful. BH&G is one of my all time favs.
YAY!!

Danielle

pam@pixelimpress said...

oh, wow, wonderful... bh&g! congratulations! and i have to tell you... you have inspired me tremendously to get organized. it's not that i'm terribly unorganized. it's just that there's little things that needed help (like organizing touch up paint). last week i organized the kitchen junk drawer. took 1 hour of my time and it's so much more functional. so, thank you, lauren! pam

ps margaret russell is a grandmother?!? wow.

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

I can not express enough in this comment how excited I am for you!!! Congratulations! Janell

Lauren said...

Oh pam!That came out so wrong!! I meant that as a side note to my mom and grandmother to tell them who she was because they didn't know!! Sorry!! I didn't mean it the way it sounded!!

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Congrats to eddie AND to you too! Thats so exciting about the magazine shoot!! As it's a christmas shoot and if you're worried about the baby weight -you can always bulk up with sweaters. It's gonna be winter time, you know! Think christmas sweaters! HA

Nicole Lanteri said...

That's so exciting!! Congratulations!

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

Congratulations!!!!! I'm so excited for you....and will be looking forward to the issue of BHG with great anticipation....you mean I have to wait almost a year? sigh.

My Domicile Style said...

Congratulations!! How incredibly exciting! And I am sure you look adorable, don't worry about it!

my favorite and my best said...

so totally not at all surprised. but still very excited for you!! good job!!!!!!!

Susie @ Maddie's Nest said...

A super quick congrats as we are headed out the door and my husband is tapping his foot. A HUGE congratulations to you....what an honor! Your home is georgous (from what I've seen on your blog) and I can see why they would want to feature you. So happy for you.

Angie said...

That's fantastic!! Congrats!!! Can't wait to see it!

Erin said...

Holy cow, Lauren, that's so awesome!!!! Talk about the coolest thing ever! Totally well-deserved, by the way...your home, style and talent are nothing short of brilliant! I can't wait!!

AND what a lucky duck to hang out with all those fascinating people!

bluehydrangea said...

BH&G...wow!! So exciting!! Can't wait to see it and hear more about your trip to the city!

style chronicle said...

So fun that you could be there last night and Congrats to you!!

Vintage Junky said...

How exciting! congrats! You are so inspiring!

Michelle

Haven and Home said...

Lauren that is just so amazing, I am so happy for you. I am looking forward to the Holidays 2010!!!!! You got to go to dinner with Margaret Russell, I am so jealous!!!!

Xoxo,

Marianne

Deb said...

Congratulations, wonderful news! Have fun!

Blueprint Bliss said...

Lauren- congrats! So fun!

Jbird said...

WOW. Congratulations Lauren!!!!!!!! I agree... YOU deserve this. Can't wait to see pics from your NY trip!

In response to the weight thing... it kinda made me like you EVEN MORE for being so honest. :) I hope you don't mind me sharing an article I read recently-- "Perfect Right Now" . I know, the title sounds a little sappy, but after reading it, I felt a renewed sense of HOPE for my embarrassed-to-admit-but-overly-negative body image.

(Link above takes you to: "Perfect Right Now" article written by Adrienne Martin; posted on Kris Carr's website. K.C. is a cancer survivor and author of the book "Crazy Sexy Cancer.")

Dianne said...

Congrats! You so deserve this magazine shoot!!! I am very proud of you, so young and so smart. Can't wait to read Monday's post. xoxo

Caitlin said...

Lauren!!!!! That is so amazing congratulations! You are so talented and I can't wait to see your beautiful home all glossy!

Maybe I need to get a subscribtion to BHG now that I know they are featuring such beautiful homes!

I am so happy for you!

Elizabeth said...

that is awesome! congrats....very well deserved. how did this come about? i've always wondered how magazines choose a house to photograph. i hope you'll share more details with us on a post!

nameisgrace said...

CONGRATULATIONS ON BHG!!!!!! Very well deserved, and I know you will look fabulous in the issue! I can't wait to follow you on your adventure. All the best!

xo,

Grace

pve design said...

Well deserved! I wish I could have attended the event last night, but I had a meeting that I could not switch.
So great about Eddie!!!
pve

Shandell's said...

So sorry, I missed meeting you last night, it was a wonderful party. Eddie & Jaithan are the best.

Jesse said...

How exciting for you, Congrats!! and GO Eddie and Jaithan!

Sherry said...

very exciting for you.....congrats!! i'm sure you'll look perfect even with the 30 pounds. don't worry.

Velvet and Linen said...

Yay! Yay! I knew it was only a matter of time before your beautiful home would be published.
You work so hard (and make it look so easy!). You deserve all of this!
Your trip sounds like so much fun. Can't wait to hear more about it.

xo
Brooke

LaurenFaythe said...

Congrats! That's so exciting!!

Tammy@InStitches said...

Congratulations Lauren, that is soooo exciting ! Do you have to put the Christmas decorations back up ?!

Sarah's Fab Day said...

Whoo hoo!! Lauren, that's so exciting about your home being featured in BHG. I'm thrilled for you guys, you've worked so hard to make your home so beautiful. I can't wait to see it in the pages of a glossy.

Hamptontoes said...

Lauren,
Congratulations on the news! And, how exciting to have been a part of Elle Decor's win! Enjoy your many, many blessings!

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

YES! ooooh.THAT will be one gorgeous issue! Is it soon? Maybe they will even be able to re-create the snowstorm and your orange door (one of my fave Christmas pics of yours!) And how fun...they'll bring all of the christmas loot!

All you have to do is hold that little bundle...and everyone will know there is a baby. Plus...no one will be judging. Positive!

Have a ball with this!

Tina said...

Hi Lauren - so wonderful to hear that you all had such a fab time in NY!!! Congrats on BHG coming to shoot your home, how exciting for you I do hope you will post pics eventually for those of us who live thousands of miles away - please:) As for the extra pounds...in th pic you posted during the week, you look absolutely fabulous:) As for Pure organisation - I have been making lists for my daughters this week, so there you go - I guess I have this week's project sorted - yay! Wishing you a wonderful weekend - Tina x

Boxwood Terrace said...

Congrats on the BHG feature! That's so exciting for you! I'm looking forward to reading about it later this year when it's published. I'm sure it will be fantastic!
Deborah

paula said...

eeek! this is amazing! I am so excited for you.

Rachel said...

Congratualtions!!!

Cristin said...

I am thrilled for Eddie's big win and your upcoming spread in BH&G!!! Well deserved my dear.

xo,
cristin

kayce hughes said...

So exciting! Child mag shot "us" two weeks after my youngest was born....I am sure you will look better than i did.

Melissa said...

THIS IS AWESOME. All of it!!!! Yayyyyyyy!

white flower design said...

Congratulations Lauren! I knew it would just be a matter of time before some lucky magazine found you. I LOVE better homes and gardens. All the best, Lori

Playing Sublimely said...

Alright my new friend...I know you are all busy getting ready for BHG, but would you mind buzzing over to my world to tell me what Lucketts is?!?!? Please, oh please, I really think I need to go there :).
Thanks!
Amy

Devon said...

Of course it is!!! Because BHG is made up of smart people and they've recognized your outstanding talent.

Congratulations my friend. Juggling two new kids, a house renovation and your design business. You do it with grace.

Grace said...

That is such exciting news to have Better Homes and Gardens coming to shoot your home. You have a lovely place, and I'm sure it will look stunning in the photos.

Vanessa said...

I'm fairly new to the blog world and am just blown away by all the talent here. Congratulations - very well deserved!

simply seleta said...

That is so wonderful, Lauren! You're house is AMAZING and you are so talented. Well deserved recognition!!! The really nice thing about your home is not only is it beautiful, but it was designed with a smart budget. I think it takes true talent to pull that off - something you exude in all of your projects!

I'm thrilled you were able to celebrate with Eddie and Jaithan and also meet some other talents in the industry. Wow, this is your year!

P.S. You are so gorgeous - forget the imaginary 30 pounds. For goodness sake, you're the Grace Kelly of the interior design world!

xoxo
Seleta

Traci Zeller Designs said...

Yay! Congrats, Lauren! That is soooo exciting. And you are beautiful with or without pregnancy weight ... and most of us understand that phenomenon!!! I was so swollen with fluid that, even after my twin boys were born, I didn't spy a bone in my ankle for months. Yikes!

Anna said...

Lauren..thats so fantastic ...On Eddie and Jaithans win..and your big night out celebrating their win amongt so many inspirational others..and your big day coming..whoa!!..I cant wait to see the article.
And forget the baby weight..you look beautiful darling and the photo's will be fab Im sure.

cant wait to hear all about your Elle decor night!

Have a great weekend..and dont burn yourself out too much xo

Ness Lockyer said...

Sounds like you both had a great time and congratulations on your BH&G shoot. Your home will look amazing as always and I am sure no one will think you dont look amazing too Lauren...dont be so hard on yourself.
Ness xx

Ruthie's Renewed Treasures said...

Fabulous fun! Probably a night out that was needed for "mommy". Thanks for filling us in and helping Eddie celebrate their win!! What a joy that must have been. Congrats on the Better Homes and Gardens Christmas issue!!! Something to look forward to.

Ruthie

Nancy @ Live love laugh said...

Congratulations!!! What wonderful news and so deserved! I hope we get to enjoy some "behind the scenes"!
~Nancy
...and what a weekend! So lucky to have enjoyed Eddie's Big win-yay for him,too!

Ally said...

Yay, Lauren! That is so exciting! I'm not surprised in the least since you and your house is totally amazing. I can't WAIT to see that spread! Congratulations, sweetie! xoxo, Ally

Windlost said...

Lauren, I am SO happy for you and have been thinking about you all last evening and when I woke up this morning!!! I read your post at the office yesterday but couldn't sneak in a reply (my monitor faces my doorway, so I don't get much time to sneak onto blogs in case my boss or colleagues walk in and I have a wall of windows facing the hall, so anyone can see me!).

ANyway, all about YOU! I think that is just AMAZING that you and Dave hopped over to NYC for the Eddie victory and you got to meet Margaret Russell!! That is mad! You are so lucky - I was telling David all about it this morning and we think that you are on the verge of becoming the next bog decorating discovery - with the Eddie connection and now meeting Maggie and then this BHG thing. WOW! I am so thrilled for you as though you were my own sister! I have been smitten with your decorating for a long time now and you juts have heaps of talent and wonderful taste. You will go far dear girl!

Congrats on the BHG thing - I hope we can get it here - I cannot always find it!!! Your house will be stunning in the photos and you will look great too! I bet you look gorgeous with 30lbs. Heck, I gained 22lbs since David and I met 5 years ago and I wasn't even pregnant. You have a great excuse and you are young and beautiful anyway so don't worry one bit!! You would look great in a paper sack. :)

Love and hugs to you (and Dave and boys). i am so excited!!! : )

xo Terri

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

What fun to celebrate Eddie's BIG win, I'm so excited for him too. And WOW, at the BHG news, that is awesome for you. And well deserved, your home is so pretty.

Laura Casey Interiors said...

Congrats!! so exciting, can't wait to see!

Stephanie Sabbe said...

I don't know if I've ever commented on your blog. But I LOVE it. I had a group of blogger friends over the other night and they were talking about how amazing your house is. Congrats on being published! That is going to be SO exciting! I love that you and Eddie Ross are bff, how cool are you!:)
Have a good week! Stephanie

Things That Inspire said...

WOW! Congratulations on the magazine - so exciting. Aren't you amazed at what a well done blog can lead to...the possibilities are endless.

Laura said...

Wow ~~ How amazingly exciting!!
Enjoy every minute of it!!

xoxo Laura

Laurie Jones said...

Ok serious that's just too much good news for one gal! Of course all well-deserved, you are so incredibly talented! I can't wait to see your house in print!!

Love Where You Live said...

Congratulations!!! I'm so happy BH&G is shooting your home. It is going to be a spectacular spread! I can't wait to see it in print! Sounds like a lot exciting things going on.....take care, -s

angela | the painted house said...

Congratulations!!! What a dream come true! :)

listsinmypocket said...

Congratulations Lauren!! Can't wait to see the magazine :)
-Lisa

LindsB said...

I'm so behind on my posting but OMG, a HUGE congrats to you on the Better Homes & Gardens shoot. I'm dying over here for you, that is sooo beyond exciting!!! YEAH!!!!!!!!!

xoxoxox

Maria Killam said...

Lauren you are on the A list of blogs now :) You rock!

Linda in AZ * said...

* BEAUTIFUL ~~~ WONDERFUL~~~ in e*v*e*r*y way possible, Sweetie!!! BIIIIIIIGGEST CONGRATS EVER!!!

ANNND, "worry not"~~you're tooooo beautiful & talented for ANYONE to even notice what Y*O*U only see ("extra baby" weight?)... and, if someone DID, they would be rude and stupid!!!!!!!! (So there, huh?!?!?!?)...

Biggest smiles & lotsa hugs to all~ so proud of you!

XOXO,
Linda in AZ *
bellesmom1234@comcast.net

Linda in AZ * said...

* BEAUTIFUL ~~~ WONDERFUL~~~ in e*v*e*r*y way possible, Sweetie!!! BIIIIIIIGGEST CONGRATS EVER!!!

ANNND, "worry not"~~you're tooooo beautiful & talented for ANYONE to even notice what Y*O*U only see ("extra baby" weight?)... and, if someone DID, they would be rude and stupid!!!!!!!! (So there, huh?!?!?!?)...

Biggest smiles & lotsa hugs to all~ so proud of you!

XOXO,
Linda in AZ *
bellesmom1234@comcast.net

Laura Jens Sisino said...

Congrats!! I can not think of a more deserving person and space to be photographed by such a publication! Go girl! It has been wonderful watching your amazing transformation come to life. To see your creativity blossom and we are all so lucky for you to be sharing this with us all followers. :)
As far as the baby weight. oh ppppplllleeasse! :) I just saw those pictures posted when you were in NY and you look FAB!! You are one cute, beautiful hot momma. I bet your husband would totally agree.
I am so excited for you and all that is happening. May you continue to be blessed.
And I love the post Jennifer did at DC by Design on your up coming shoot....good luck with having to give back all the stuff :( xo