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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Published! My Romantic Living Feature!

giveaway closed

I am SO excited!!!

It's been nigh on impossible to keep quiet about this,
but now I can finally spill it...

I've been published in the brand new, just on the stands
special publication from the editors of Romantic Homes
called Romantic Living, and this time, I not only
provided the photos but wrote the article, too.

It's always a thrill being published, but this time,
it was extra, extra special.
This project was my baby from start to finish,
as it was a special gift of love from me
to its subject matter,
the incomparable Rose Hicks.

For those not familiar with Rose, she is, to quote myself from
an earlier post, one of the most influential style
and decor icons of the past century,
and whether you realize it or not,
her influence has been felt far and wide in blogland.

 She is the beloved Mama to decor and design royalty
Carol Hicks Bolton, and as a lifetime fan of Carol and Tim Bolton
and the Homestead empire they created right here in
Fredericksburg, Texas, it was a dream come true just to be able
to meet them.

But then to not only meet them, but to become friends
and to be blessed enough to be trusted
by the amazing Hicks-Bolton clan
to do right by their precious Mama
in a feature magazine story...
who the heck says dreams don't come true???

I had the special privilege of personally hand delivering
the issue to Miss Rose herself yesterday, while she was overseeing
the evolution of the exciting new family adventure and shop,

I think she approves, don't you?!
And wow...just wow...get a load of that photo below.
That's Carol Hicks Bolton with Mama Rose looking on.

Two generations of styling genius
admiring MY work in the magazine.
Somebody pinch me, because what an utterly surreal moment THAT was.
I have adored and idolized these folks for 20 years,
so what an unbelievable honor.

The inimitable Carol, decked out in her Magnolia Pearl finery
and orchestrating the creation of her new namesake shop
like the design maestro she most certainly is.

I thought I would share a few of the original images 
from the magazine with you,
as the publication process doesn't always do them justice...

I want to say thank you to Jacqueline deMontravel and Karina Rivera
from Romantic Homes magazine, and also to my great friend
Elizabeth Maxson for their invaluable help and support.
Y'all are the best!

The GREAT news is that I took hundreds of photos
and the magazine only used 8, so I will be sharing
many, many more images in the days to come.

The other great news is that Carol has asked me
to come by the shop regularly and track the progress and evolution
of her new store, and I am more than happy to oblige!

But the BEST news is that I am offering one lucky reader
of this blog a copy of this lovely new magazine
personally autographed by Rose herself!!!

Rose will be 91 years young next month and has already
been featured and published far and wide, so can you
imagine what a collectors item this is destined to be?

My last few giveaways have been open to everyone,
but this one is for followers only, as it's extra special.

All you have to do is leave me a comment letting me know
that you are a follower or have become a follower and you're in!

Be sure to leave extra comments if you blog, tweet or Facebook
about this for extra chances to win.

I'll be picking a winner
next Friday, January 27th.

This was for YOU, Rose! I love you, friend!

Good Luck, and Happy Wednesday!


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Sandie Luck said...

Hello Anne! Your passion and delight with the delicately vintage things in life are taking you on a wonderful journey!! It is so fun to have you share with us and to be along for the ride!! So very happy for you!
Blessings of joy......~Sandie

Rebecca said...

I can't BEGIN to imagine how excited you must be! How DO you sleep at night? Please enter me in the giveaway. (If I won, I'D not be sleeping at night either.) I'll make sure I'm a follower as soon as I send this. I'm over here all the time but may not be "official".

gypsythreads said...

Oh, you dear sweet soul! About a year ago a friend told me about your blog and I was smitten at first glance! I could not get to that follow button quickly enough! What a ride you are on and thank you for taking us with you. You are such an inspiration on oh so many levels. I so look forward to receiving my copy of the magazine. Now, you must excuse me, I MUST tweet, Facebook and blog about this giveaway and, of course, you!

Melissa said...

Congratulations! The article looks quite lovely. I've been reading your blog for a little while now and just love it!

marilyn said...

I'm heading to the bookstore asap. awesome!!!

melanie said...

congrats on the it all! hope I win :)

melanie said...

congrats on the article...would love to win the magazine!

Revi said...

I've been a follower for months - a fellow Texan who loves the CBH style, too!

Bohemian said...

Congratulations!!!!! Count me in since I've been a Follower for some time now and would Love to own an autographed copy... even if I don't win I'm rushing to the Bookstore to see if they have this in yet?!

Dawn... The Bohemian

Regina said...

Congrats to you. I am a follower of your blog and would love to win. Wish I could shop the store...maybe a long road trip one day :)

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

How exciting Anne!
Looks like an AMAzing place to shop.
See so many things I would love to possess!

Thanks for offering this great giveaway. Hope I win :)

Wishing your sweet friend much success in her new adventure.


Gail said...

I adore Rose! I remember the very first article I read about her and was soooo impressed with her style.
Please count me in, I'd love to win this.

Florence said...

I would love to win! OMG! Florence

Jan said...

Great photos! Thanks for sharing. --jp

Melissa Lester said...

I discovered your blog through the Romantic Homes facebook page. It is so beautiful and inspiring! Congratulations on your feature. What a beautiful way to honor a style icon and friend. I am a new follower and would love to win.

wanderlusting said...

Congratulations of the spread, just love reading and seeing all you do...looking forward to more!!!

Terry said...

Beautiful pictures of an amazing space. I'd so love to win your giveaway!! Thanks for the chance!

Joan said...

Hi Anne-
I was trying to answer your Etsy convo and was directed to your blog - I'm glad because it's beautiful - I'm your newest member!
Please contact me regarding your Etsy question at

Raquel English said...

I love Rose, and the entire Hicks clan. I've followed and studied Carols design style since 99. I love her and all that she stands for. I don't know her personally, but I feel like I know her as a woman of God. She's lovely, and I love the way she speaks. Her verbiage makes me smile. I love it!

Tilda said...

i come each day to read. i am always inspired. i am a follower.
i tried to post before and like often happens in computer land, it did not 'take'. so will try again.
the 1/21 blog of the new Hick Bolton business blew me away. i MUST come to Texas!
in fond regard, Tilda

The Feathered Nest said...

oH dEAr....I don't think I stand a chance Anne!!! Congratulations on the wonderful article!!! I would love to be entered to win....I've admired Rose, Carol and all of the Hicks/Bolton clan for as long as I can remember ~ hugs and love, Dawn

blhitchcock901 said...

Wow! I can only dream! What an incredible honor! Congratulations!

oldflowers4me said...

sweet divine..

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

what a fantastic contest! congrats on the article!
thank you!! i'm a new follower :)

Carol said...

What a wonderful insight into all the wonderment that flows within the Hicks family. I simply adored all that you've shared with me today. I especially loved the photo that included the flashcard that said Three little girls'. I have three little(now grown girls) and just smiled when I saw that one.

Thank you so much for sharing your gift of putting together such beauty in words and pictures.



Terri Gordon said...

Hello, Oh what a beautiful giveaway and what a beautiful lady. I love to visit to see your wonderful, beautiful photographs, you are such an inspiration. Your work is amazing. Hugs, Terri

Vintage Treasures said...

Hello Anne....I've followed you for at least a year now, but being the computer illiterate person that I am, never figured out about the blogging thing. I just wanted to let you know that I have enjoyed your gorgeous photos and look forward to every post....even the ones that have made me cry. Your work is exceptional and I'm so proud of your latest accomplishment with the magazine. I love, love, love the photo of Ms. Rose....what a treat it would be to sit down and chat with her. I'd love to be entered in your contest and look forward to many more spectacular photos from you!

slinymatilda said...

Can't wait for my issue but having One autographed by Rose would be beyond special!

BriarRose said...

Anne, I have been a follower for a very long time. It has been such a joy to share your adventures as you've found your true love "photography". Like you, I have been enamored by the Hicks/Bolton family for years. Out of every give-away I have participated in, this is the one I'd most like to win...a copy of your article signed by Rose Hicks would be a forever treasure.

Jody and Stan said...

Please put my name in the drawing. I'd be honored to have a copy especially from you. I've been following your blog and love it. Your photos are amazing.

Love, Jody

Violets Are Blue said...

Hi Anne ~ Please add my name to the draw, I am a follower! Thanks, Patty/BC

ImagiMeri said...

Hi Anne,

Congratulations on your continued successful photography. I pray your journey is a smooth, and happy one. I am a follower and would love to win this issue.



Congratulations! What an honor well deserved and well documented, Anne. What a fun post too! Keep up the great work....adore your photos and look forward to reading your article. ~ Angela

golfingal said...

Anne, I am amazed at Ms. Rose's beautiful vintage treasures. In no way, did HGTV reveal this much about her when she was featured so many years ago! You did an amazing job and I can hardly wait to get this magazine that I am coveting! P.S., when your winner is selected, you should autograph it for them along with Ms. Rose!!

Lisa said...

What a beautiful post! I think each and every photo is lovely. It's a wonder they could narrow it down to 8! Congrats on such a meaningful accomplishment.:)

Mary Ellen Shia said...

Great news!! I can't wait to see your beautiful pictures.
Mary Ellen
Wrentham Country Store

marie said...

Thank you for sharing the original images. That bedroom is amazing! I was looking for some bedroom inspiration and this may be just what I needed!

Tins and Treasures said...

Good afternoon, Anne,
Oh, I'd love to be a little mouse in the corner on one of your photo shoots! Thank you for entering my name in your generous give away!!

Have a terrific Tuesday. ~Natalie

p.s. I am a follower of your blog. (I have your link in my sidebar.)

Sunnysidesue said...

I knew I wanted this magazine, but after seeing your photos, I want it more than ever!! I'm a follower of your blog and would be so honored to win this autographed magazine! ~Sue~

Sunnysidesue said...

P.S. I'm also a follower on Facebook. :) ~Sue~

Sherry said...

I am a follower of your blog and I am so excited for you and love looking at the beautiful photographs you take.

AussieNadine said...

Beautiful photography and a beautiful subject. This is a look I truly love and replicate here in Australia.

~Hassie~ said...

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lorene said...

Anne, I have been a Bolton fan for as long as I can remember and I would LOVE to win this magazine! I have shopped in Fredericksburg for over 40 years...does anyone remember "Higgelty Pigelty"? I think it was owned by Rose herself! And YOU are so talented as well! Beautiful pics!

Martha at Authentica said...

Hi Anne ~
Of course I'd love to win this wonderful give away! And am so excited about your article and photographs...your very on gorgeous book is just around the corner, I just know it..I can't wait for that one either!

Martha at Authentica said...

I just advertised about the give away and your blog on my facebook page too!

Gotta try more than once! :)

- course you know If I win, I want you to autograph it too!


Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

I would love this signed by Rose and you!

I think you know, but I've followed your blog for a bit now ;)

I need to talk my hubby into visiting his home state of Texas and come visit with you!!

Debb McR said...

Thank you for sharing your photographs, lovely story and your excitement working with these wonderful women. Your blog inspires me and my dear friend Elizabeth. We talk about you and your blog often.
All the best to you in your future endeavors.

ksarra said...

I was so excited to read this post! There are certain designers that leave an impression on you. When I first saw Ms. Rose on HGTV years ago, I immediately fell in love with her style. I have a valance made out of old dresser scarves that was inspired by her beautiful home that was on the show. THANK YOU for the update on this wonderful, inspiring lady.

Ivy and Elephants said...

I am absolutely over the moon for you. Congratulations my dear! You sooooooo deserve it.


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