Saturday, July 4, 2009

Look Ma, I Made the Paper!

Picture this: me, wide awake, 4:30am. A restless night - most of it spent tossing and turning, running back and forth from the bedroom to the office waiting for updates to the Buffalo News website. Finally - 6:00am, still no updates, still no newspaper - I run out, hair a mess, t-shirt, underwear ... I know ... and jump into the car and race up the street to check the machine ... when


there it sat; in black & white and color too, the copy of the newspaper I'd looked forward to for the past 2-weeks, lifetime - really. The editor decided to title it: Niagara Gorge-eous, and I knew immediately it was going to be perfect!

"Their eclectic collection of furniture and accessories is well-suited to the home’s interior –the main living space being three rooms adjoined by French doors off the foyer."

"A common thread is that nothing looks new, says Vanderpool, who describes the look as “rustic elegance.” The “rustic” comes from a ladder and other items from old farms and elsewhere. The “elegance” comes from beautiful rugs, great upholstery and silks, Vanderpool says. "
" This is a home where leather living room chairs from a designer showroom mix with an old dining table, chairs, hutch and sideboard purchased from a neighbor for $200. A section from a Victorian garage door — found at an antique store in Ellicottville — leans against a wall. An old wooden luggage cart from Cincinnati Railroad serves as a coffee table in the sunroom. "
" “Coming to dinner here is an event. You don’t just come to eat. You come to look,” said Allison Pasquantino, a neighbor, friend and fellow organizer of Orchard Parkway Garden Walk, which takes place from 9 a. m. to 3 p. m. July 11. "

" Not that anything at the house — inside or out — actually is “done.” “It still is a work in progress. It will always be a work in progress,” Vanderpool says. "

Really, an honor and a pleasure to have worked with Susan Martin on this beautifully written article, and Bill Wippert the photographer who I have emailed for copy of the photos he took. Both those used, and those that weren't. I'll share whatever I can get from him when they come through. Thanks to all of you who sent along emails and comments wishing us success in this shoot, and calming words for the anticipation anxiety I suffered when this all started. I appreciate you all - and hope you all enjoy the full article, and collection of photos.

In other news - Share a Garden Sunday will be skipped this Sunday, and will resume next Sunday to feature the Garden Walk. I've got a lot of prepping to do! Happy 4th!

36 comments:

  1. Congratulations Artie, what an accomplishment!!!

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  2. Congratulations on your 'public debut' which in my opinion was appropriately titled as your home is ..... gorgeous!

    WISHING YOU and SCOTT A GREAT JULY 4th WEEKEND. Hugs -Brenda-

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  3. OMGosh, Artie...this is even better than I was expecting. Just fabulous. So many congratulations to you for this wonderful reward for doing such a fantastic job decorating your home.
    love, bj

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  4. Wonderful!! Fabulous feature of your beautiful home, Artie! Congratulations!

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  5. Kudos to you!!!! Can you hear me clapping my hands ?
    Hope the Garden Walk goes great.Can't weait for pictures of that!
    Again,congrats on the article!

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  6. Congrats Artie, it is as wonderful as I knew it would be. Wish I could come for dinner...hard to do from N.C.! Enjoy your stardom!!

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  7. Artie you are famous! We get to say we knew you first.

    Really, your home is gorgeous and you are such a sweet guy! Keep it up.

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  8. OMG, Artie, this is SO exciting! If I'm this thrilled, I can only imagine how you must feel right now! Oh man, the pictures are exquisite. I'm just so happy for you that I'm beaming over here!

    Was there any more to the article that what you posted at the top? If so, I'd love to read the rest!

    Congrats to you and Scott!!!

    Justine :o )

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  9. Congratulations on such an honor. YOur home is truly lovely and so well done. I hope you have a safe, happy and blessed 4th. Hugs, Marty

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  10. Congratulations Artie! That is awesome!!! In practice for garden walk on Sundays... I took some pics of my garden and posted today..stop on over if you get the chance... HAPPY 4th of JULY!

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  11. Awww. It looks simply Gorge-ous!! Niagara Gorge-ous!!

    Kudos!

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  12. CONGRAT ARTIE!!! You are now part of history! If you have a historical society or at the library (ours has a historical room) I would make sure you get them a copy for their files Our historical society likes to keep all the info for the future! Happy 4th....Jo

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  13. For some reaason lost part of what else I typed - I love your home, you did an amazing job....Jo

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  14. Congrats Artie!! What a wonderfully written article..
    Happy 4th... hugs ~lynne~

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  15. Everything looks wonderful! The newspaper knew what it was doing when it chose your home to showcase. Congrats. Sally

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  16. Congratulations Artie. Well deserved. Your home is indeed gorgeous. It would be easy losing track of time lounging in your elegant and comfortable living room.

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  17. Oh, Dear Artieness ~ congratulations! The article is wonderful and the photographer did showcase your lovely home so beautifully! What an honor and I'm so proud for you! Your home is gorgeous! :) You need to celebrate now! Tell Scott to cook a lovely dinner. I'm sure he has already done that! :)
    Thank you, Dear One, busy as you are, to stop and help pitiful little ole me!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  18. Artie!

    What an awesome "spread"! You are a star, a celebrity, a talente guy!
    Congratulations!

    Blessings...

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  19. Happy 4th Artie. What a lovely tribute to your decorating efforts. Richly deserved!

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  20. Excellence, mon!
    Well deserved!
    And Bravo!

    They sure know good design when they see it!

    peace~

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  21. Oh, Artie!! Congratulations! Kudos to the Buffalo paper for recognizing the fruits of your wonderful talent! Your home looks fabulous and the article is great!! I'm so proud of you.
    xo Isa

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  22. The compliments on your home are well deserved, Congratulations!!!!! I hope that this brings you recognition that will help you in the future.

    Just yesterday, while celebrating the 4th with our new neighbors, we all talked about the famous people we've had contact with in our lives, guess I'm going to have to add you to that list now ;)

    Hugs
    'D'

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  23. Congratulations, this truly is an amazing accomplishment. I am very excited for you, and I know you must be so delighted that you were featured in the paper. You deserve it, you have an amazing home! Well done, Nicole

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  24. Artie, what a boom of a surprise on this 4th of July holiday! Congrats! Rusticity...hmmm, like that. Luanne

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  25. How wonderful! And how deserving!
    Glad to see others can read about y'all and be inspired to also love where they live. cheers! -s

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  26. Congratulations Artie! How you could ever doubt that it would be showstopper is beyond me! Enjoy the walk this coming weekend as you will be the celebrity! (as you are to us)
    G in CT

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  27. Hi Artie, congrats and just so nice for you! The house looks superb and probably even better in living color.

    warmest regards, kelley

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  28. Congratulations and well done! How exciting for you to see your hard work in print!

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  29. Congrats Artie, how exciting!!! I know it isn't as thrilling as the newspaper but I linked to your blog today. Just wanted to let you know. Have a wonderful week!
    ~Michelle

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  30. omg artie - it just couldn't have come out any better! It's fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!!! whew! that's over!!!!

    the house really looks great. congratulations on a wonderful article. I'm so proud of you - you really pulled it all off so effortlessly looking!!!!
    Now, go have some wine and enjoy it.

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  31. Artie...this is sooo exciting! Congrats on a great article...and so well deserved! Scott must be sooooo proud, too! Awesome!

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  32. Congratulations Artie, it so awesome and exciting!!! Your home is beautiful and you are so talented. It's nice to see you are being appreciated!

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  33. You're famous!!! Your home and garden are so beautiful, and you inspire us all.

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  34. Hello Artie!
    Congratulations! This one must have made you sooooo nervous preparing for all this - but you pullled it off beautifully!! I have been out of the bloggy world for awhile scrambling to set up the new shop for the start of our season here in the Hamptons - but I am back now and I will be watching you getting better and better!

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