Exciting News

September 9th, 2015


I have been hesitant to say anything about the visitors I have had at the cottage this week.  I was afraid that something would happen to jinx the visit.  But right on schedule (or close to it), the photography team of Gridley and Graves showed up for a photo shoot of my house for French Country Style Magazine.  We are still in the midst of it all, but it has been a very interesting, exciting, and scary experience.  Scary because of my obsessive worry about everything being perfect; not possible.  Exciting because I never dreamed that my house would be in a magazine.  Interesting because the process of professional photograph is amazing.  Anne Gridley and Gary Graves are real pros and very easy to work with.  Their equipment is massive as you can see by the above photo.


In preparation for their visit, I made a Walnut Gateau Breton and baked my Garlic Rosemary Baguettes for props.  They spent most of their time in the kitchen yesterday.  Today they have moved on to the rest of the house.  IMG_6564

I’m not sure when, or if, our Lake Lure Cottage will be in French Country Style Magazine, but I feel honored to have been considered and will be one happy lady when I see it all in print.

31 responses to “Exciting News”

  1. This is such exciting news Penny. I am thrilled beyond words for you. Your house is gorgeous and I can only imagine how great it will look in print. Congratulations!

  2. Mary says:

    HOW FABULOUS PENNY!!! Your kitchen is awesome – love the brick oven, and that beautiful floor.

    Let us know when the publication is out – will want a copy for certain.
    Time to relax now – you must have be in a whirlwind with all that going on at the weekend.

    Hugs – Mary

    P.S. Did they eat your gateau and baguettes?

    • Penny says:

      Hi Mary, Thanks. They didn’t eat the gateau or baguettes, but I did serve them chicken salad croissants and fruit for lunch.

  3. I am so thrilled for you! Your home is beautiful and will fit right into French Country Style!

  4. What a wonderful experience, Penny! I’ll be the first to buy the magazine when it becomes available. Were I you, I’d be bouncing off the rafters and they’d have to call the fire department to get me down. Hugs and blessings…Mary

    • Penny says:

      I think I was swinging off of the rafters before the photographers came, but they were so kind that it all went very smoothly. Thanks Mary.

  5. Bonnie says:

    Lovely! I hope you’ll let us know when the magazine comes out. I’d love to enjoy the article.


  6. Susan says:

    I am so thrilled for you. What a wonderful week for you!!

  7. Kim says:

    Congrats! I am sure it will be published. They wouldn’t come spend that much time there and not have it published. Can’t wait to see it.

  8. Lindaraxa says:

    Just thrilled for you, especially all the tips you’ll be learning from the pros!

  9. Ruth Swanto says:

    Dearest Penny,
    Your home owns the Mediterranean flavor! Absolutely understand why you’d be considered. Enjoy the attention and the honor of selection! Stepping into you home is like stepping into a magazine!

  10. Madonna says:

    How very exciting and brave of you.

    I bet your Gateau Breton and Baguettes put a smile on the photographers faces.

  11. Monique says:

    Very very fun!
    Well deserved..it looks beautiful!
    So nice to see you pleased about the experience.

  12. Larry says:

    Congratulations Penny and David. It is no surprise to me that a magazine would want to feature your great place on the lake.

  13. cheri says:

    Hi Penny, you must be so proud, your home is lovely!

  14. Jane says:

    This is fantastic, Penny! Congrats, Your home is lovely and I just know you will be in an issue. And you have to tell us how to get it ‘when’ you are published!!

    Jane x

  15. Dave Scott says:

    How very exciting and OF COURSE your beautiful home deserves a photo shoot! FANTASTIC!

    Dave and Jackie

  16. Susan says:

    Now that is exciting news, Penny! Your home is beautiful! I have some questions to ask but I’ll send you a private email 🙂 I know you’ll keep us posted if the photos get published. Hopefully, they’ll send you copies of the pictures so you can share them. Congratulations!

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