*GIVEAWAY* Beach Cottage Feature at Real Living Magazine

Wed 17th, Mar, 2010

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G’day beach babes, I have had one of those mornings that starts ok until one gets oneself into the car for the school run and all hell breaks loose.  And silly old me I thought those days were behind me.  Starting with forgotten lunch and ending with little Beach Cottage boys treading in revolting things…you know those mornings right, just love ‘em.

Anyway back here, safely ensconced in the cottage, enveloped in white, nursing a humongous coffee and about to set out on a mammoth clean-up I thought I would show you what’s on my coffee table this morning.


Real Living of course with me in it haha!  A great Australian home magazine that is just what it claims to be on the cover...full of inspirational ideas for you home and your lifestyle that are do-able.  Gotta love a magazine like that.  It gets it just right, just enough eye candy to get you swooning but not too much unreality that you shut the darn thing feeling inadequate and eyeing everything around you with disdain.

When Real Living emailed to ask me could they come by and shoot I have to admit I was a tad apprehensive, yes I know I broadcast to you guys all week and yes I know this is not my first dalliance with magazine shoots.


But, you know this place is exactly what is says on the tin…an old tatty cottage, on the wrong side of town and certainly not up there with the designers.  I considered saying no, not wanting to get myself all in a spin, and having visions of banishing the Beach Cottage Kiddos from breathing the week before they arrived, getting myself a massive makeover, trading Mr BC in and cavorting through some ludicrous pantomime of beachy perfection.

But in the end, funnily enough, I didn’t have to put myself through any kind of pantomime at all, because, as it often does as a mum to three active kids, life took over and I found myself in the weeks before D-Day positively buzzing with school functions and a sporting event that took me away from the cottage for most of the week before they came.


Yes people, that means that I was away the week preceeding and males were left in charge at home.  And I’m telling ya, those males are pretty good you know, but c’mon you don’t need me to tell you that men, well my men anyway, just don’t really give a rat’s a*se about all things cottage and magazines, do they?  …right on over their heads…

So, the night before, we arrived home late, riding high on the dizzying heights of sporting success, I, playing proud mum in this scenario was an emotional wreck, physically exhausted and mentally fit for absolutely nothing.   The last thing on my mind was cottages.


So, the next morning, I tried to remain calm and just did what I do…jeans, t-shirt, flip flops, a quick tidy and seriously hoped for the best…it so had not been whipped into an uncluttered paradise..there was real life everywhere on show

… before long stylists and photographers, creative directors (gulp) and assistants arrived and took us as we were…all the while little Mr BC injecting his hilarious commentary on all things magazine…

and that’s what they say in the business is Real Living.


I will see you around, adios amigos


p.s I am reading every single comment & question, thank you* & am working on answering

 comment to win main prize of an ANTHROPOLOGIE gift card and magazine combo I AM GIVING AWAY and because I’m feeling nice Sarah I thought I might throw in a few extra copies for runners-up.

want more? ABC at Country Home here, Houzz interview here, & what Paddy,The Courier Mail said here

201003-Real-Living-Magazine-01 **post dedicated to Sally in Tassie & the rug ** 

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162 Responses to “*GIVEAWAY* Beach Cottage Feature at Real Living Magazine”

  1. flick says:

    Sarah! You fabulous thing… Such a super star, it’s so nice to see your great talents recognized, and shared with the broader community!! Well done, and the cottage and you both look stunning..
    (they really couldn’t give a rats a*se, bless them!)

  2. Scribbler says:

    Congratulations! It is just so nifty that you are getting the recognition that you deserve for your great talent!


  3. cheryl says:

    wow congratulations on the real living article!!
    i’m going out to buy a copy now..

  4. Amy SJ says:

    I just wanted to say a big WELL DONE on all your hard work in your cottage and for being featured in a leading magazine like Real Living. You have done an amazing job on your cottage, and have selflessly shared your adventures with god knows how many people reading this blog around the world.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you for brightening up my days with your cheery and beachy stories.

  5. Donna says:

    Well done Beach Cottage Babe!
    You looked VERY relaxed!
    Donna from Brissie

  6. Kimberly Atkins says:

    Congratulations(again)! Wow! You have to be impressed with you – I know that I am! Keep up the good work and I sure wish we could get those Australian mags here without the sticker shock…..

  7. Hey Gorgeous Sarah…

    love the article…

    layed back…relaxed AND just BEING ONESELF is what it is all about really…

    no pretence…NO airy fairy B…..s…t…

    & that comes across beautifully..in the article..photos & your blog..

    keep up the wonderful inspirational blog you lovely “ex Pommy”…now AUSSIE fair lady!!

    (hey my grandmother was English..so i feel quite at liberty to use the “POMMY” word)!!!!

    xx andrea

  8. Kerri says:

    I think the woman in my local newsagency thought I was quite mad when I let out a muffled squeal at the sight of your house in RL.
    Congratulations, your home and family looked beautiful!
    Kerri x

  9. Deanne says:

    Hi Sarah,
    I love your blog, I only discovered it about a month ago and I have been very inspired by it.
    I went out and bought the mag today- you look so relaxed!

  10. siggie says:

    Congradulations on being published in the mag! Isn’t it great when all the hard work is recognized? Have a lovely week!
    Greetings from the continent,

  11. Alyson says:

    WooHOO! And look at YOU – just as gorgeous as your cottage! I’m going to go and buy my copy tomorrow so I can show my husband who put me up to repainting everything that wasn’t nailed down and re-do-ing the bathroom!

  12. Dawn says:

    Congratulations on being published in the magazine. I have recently discovered your blog and hope to one day live in my own white washed beach cottage. You look so relaxed and your cottage looks gorgeous.

  13. Congrats Sarah…going to have to buy it next week when I am down there!!! And look at you…what were you when you got married? 10?

  14. Tricia Rose says:

    Laughed out loud at your observation that men don’t give a rat’s ar*e about all things cottage and magazines – it’s true! Totally bemused!

    Congratulations on your own Zen state for the shoot, attagirl!

  15. Kirsty says:

    Congrats on the feature! Gorgeous picture of you, too! (Jeez, what a creep!)x

  16. Tracey .R says:

    Congrats on the Real Living mag feature….Well done Sarah!….it always feels like reading about a friends house when you get to know someone via their blog….
    Tracey.R xo

  17. Cate Bain says:

    What a stylish beach babe you are Sarah!

    I have so enjoyed discovering your blog….and now I feel like I’e won the lottery to find you in my favourite Aussie mag.

    I have loved Real Living since it’s inception…mostly because it lives up to it’s title of REAL.
    I don’t want to see unattainable perfection in magazines, I want to be inspired and uplifted….and that is precisely what Real Living delivers, especially with your beautiful feature.

    Your beautiful photos and images inspire me…and your eloquent words touch my heart :)

  18. How wonderful! I am not sure I would like my house to be featured in a magazine. The camera is supposed to put on an extra few pounds and I think my house is heavy enough.
    I’d love to see your house through the eyes of a home deco pro team though.
    So sign me up for the giveaway!

  19. Jackie says:

    The photo of you is adorable, you look so serene and relaxed. Thank you for sharing all you do and to be such an inspiration to us all!!!!

    Congrats on the article.


  20. Suzie says:

    Hi Sarah,
    Just wanted to say I am so excited and inspired to have found your blog via Real Living! I love the mag and frequently drool over the gorgeous homes featured.
    Being in my mid 20′s, and still saving madly to get my deposit together for my first home, I often get ahead of myself when viewing beautiful homes in the mag and I feel so far away from achieving my dream home. I forget that the owners of such homes have most likely been on their own incredible journeys to reach their ‘dream home destination.’
    Your blog reminded me of this. : ) After reading and exploring your blog I have realised I need to focus on embracing the process no matter how small I can start. It was so great to see the before photos of your gorgeous home and see what you have achieved without a limitless budget! Love it!!
    Thanks and congrats on a fabulous shoot.
    Re-inspired – suzie

  21. Ruby Wand says:

    congrats sarah on the magazine feature – well done! ruby

  22. Michelle says:

    Wow – you rock!

    Wish I could get that magazine in UK…my kind of heaven.

    well done you x

  23. Tina says:

    Yay Sarah!! I managed to slip Real Living in with the groceries this morning:) The article is fabulous and your look just gorgeous!! Congrats, so happy to see you and your gorgeous home on those glossy pages:) Enjoy!! ~ Tina xx

  24. Melinda says:

    I was so excited to get my copy in the mail. Thought it was a lovely article and photos and a really lovely one of yourself. Great times, Mel xxx

  25. donna says:

    Sarah, you look so great in the pic you showed!!!!!! I am soo mad, but can’t get that version here in the States@#$%^&. I feel like a friend has really made it and I could not be happier for you. I’m also happy you took in all in stride because that was the only way to really enjoy it. Funny how life takes over!Ya, I know all about them not giving a rats a$$ HAHAHA, you shined like the pro you are anyway!… congrats again. You really rock! <3

  26. Molly says:

    Sarah, you do such a great job on your beach cottage! You gave me a new appreciation for the cleanness and newness of white! your ideas are fresh and beautiful. Thank you for your blog!

  27. Sandi says:

    Congratulations!! Can’t wait to score a copy. I hope to be that lucky some day!!

  28. Julie says:

    Congratulations Sarah..
    The feature looks wonderful and I’ll be sure to pick up that edition…
    Well done!!! Your deserve this for all the time skill and effort you have put into your charming home… enjoy the moment!!! xx Julie

  29. Leisa says:

    Congratulations to you and your family – now I know what I have to go and look for at the newsagency.!!

  30. Miss Sew & So says:

    oooohhhh ahhhh- there you are sitting in another of my fave mags i can’t get my hands on here in britian! so funny- i seriously feel like you could be a girlfriend standing at the school gate & i’ve just read about you! but of course i will need to google realliving & read as much as i can on line
    :{ so love that you just let life go on around you & then they all showed up- as you said thats realliving- i know my 3 bambinos would rather eat vegemite toast than get ready for a mag shoot- so looked gorgeous amongst the day to day dutys of daily life!
    clever clever you gal!!


  31. Lori says:

    I’d love to read that article. Your cottage is magazine worthy and full of “real living”. That basket of shells and beachy things really catches the eye. I may try to recreate it, once the weather warms here. Inspiring, as usual!

  32. Tiff says:

    I remember reading your blog around the time of the shoot and wondering how you kept yourself together!
    And never doubt – you are inspiring people out there . . . just today I took some white paint called “Icing Sugar” and reno’d a mirror frame! I like it so much better than the wood grain finish it used to have : )

  33. joanne says:

    Congratulations Sarah, what a great magazine to be in.You all look so relaxed and it is so good to put a face to your blog.Well done.Joanne

  34. Susan says:

    Congrats Sarah – well deserved – we all had a preview via your wonderful blog.

  35. Loribeth says:

    Your blog has become one of my favorites. It’s funny, because every time I look at my Google Reader and see your blog has a new post, I find myself smiling. Sometimes, I read it first, before all the other blogs. Other times, I save it for last. I like that you are a real person, and not some decorator giving advice.
    Anyway, I’m glad your magazine shoot went well. The little glimpses you share of the magazine look really good. Oh! and it was nice to see you–and not just your feet and legs! haha!
    Thanks for sharing!

  36. Clare says:

    I love getting my copy in the letter box every month. This issue was great and it was fantastic to see your beautiful, comfortable home featured. It looked gorgeous and didn’t appear to have suffered to much from all those male hormones!

  37. Alison Gibbs says:

    Congrats. on the feauture in RL Sarah.

  38. I managed to read my copy today! well not every word as I had hoped but I am sure I will be able to read cover to cover again soon :) I have blogged about you too ;) Sarah X

  39. Congrats– I knew if you put the “mommying thing” first, the rest would fall into place…. the magazine was lucky to get YOU!!!

  40. Paddy says:

    Congratulations Sarah, I only wished I’d raved on a bit more, now, instead of such a brief mention. And maaaate, as we say in Qld, love the behind-the-scenes story on the prep for the shoot. Legend.

  41. Tovah says:

    That is so cool. The shots from the photo shoot look gorgeous and I’m glad that sporting events and mothering took you away from stressing because obviously things turned out great. congrats!

  42. Stephenie says:

    Congratulations Sarah. What a huge honor. Your house is amazing, so it’s no wonder you were selected. You are a source of inspiration for decorating.

  43. Jamie says:

    You have a beautiful home – I am SUPER jealous! Congrats on the magazine.

  44. Ginger says:

    Congrats! I wonder how I could go about getting a copy of that one. Would love to see it. Hopefully, I’ll win won! Anyway, gorgeous pictures. You look quite happy and at home.

  45. Christy says:

    Congrats! on being featured in a Magazine! That’s awesome. You deserve it!

  46. Your cottage is so lovely. You’ve inspired me to make my surroundings more comfy. And I love your attitude about the magazine shoot – live your life as usual and show the real you. Love it! Can’t wait to explore more of your blog.

  47. KarenSue says:

    Ok Sarah, I really want this one. I love love your blog, more then anyone else. Because I said so, that’s how I know! I get so much inspiration from you. What I like about you is you are real. Not a fancy pance decorator.
    I can’t get this magazine here so I sure hope I win one. So I can say this is one of my blogging friends. You did leave a comment on my blog once.
    Congratulations to you!

  48. Alicia says:

    Love it love it, I really enjoyed the fact that you were completely side tracked by life to worry about a mag shoot. So cool and the best way to be otherwise you may well have chewed all your nails off and repainted everything 10 times. Must dash down to the milk bar and grab a copy!
    alicia :0)

  49. Jamie says:

    Wow, congratulations, the magazine spread looks amazing! Thanks again for all the inspiring images!

  50. Kathleen H in Indiana says:

    Way to go Sarah! Wish I could get the magazine -loved the picture looked like you were relaxed and enjoying yourself. Appreciate all the inspiration you provide each day and love your blog, it is my favorite.

  51. This is so exciting, Sarah! Congratulations! Looks like a wonderful article. I wish we could get our hands on that mag here in the States (I haven’t seen it anywhere, anyway). Love that photo of you! Too cute. :-)

  52. Laurie @ Little Blue Chairs says:

    Congrats- i love your style, wish I was able to reproduce it. I always look forward to seeing what you have going on.

  53. Stormy Smith says:

    I just subscribed to your blog after a mention on young house love and your home is gorgeous! I love your style and it’s fabulous that a magazine was able to showcase it! I’m in the US so i’ve never heard of the mag you’re in but it sounds like a fun read!

  54. lululiz says:

    Yay, finally, a proper picture of you. And what a lovely smile you have. I can’t imagine what it must be like to see yourself in a magazine. I think I’d freak a bit. Great stuff, congratulations. Shame we can’t get the magazine in the UK.

  55. Debbie Koperski says:

    My husband just walked by and asked, are you on that “white” blog again? He doesn’t get it. Loved the pic of you, and the “foot” to the left. Congrats on the mag. article. everything looks wonderful!

  56. GRACE GARLAND says:

    i’ll definitely have to go buy a copy. i love the pendant flags on the wall above you in that one picture. congrats!

  57. Jennie W. says:

    I’ve been a fan of your blog for quite some time. Congratulations on your much-deserved feature in Real Living magazine! I also have a little cottage (not so close to the beach though), and your beach cottage has provided much inspiration for my own living space.

    Jennie W. (from Michigan in the good old USA)

  58. Shar Yates says:

    Congratulations! This is so awesome and you are just the cutest thing. So neat to see the peeps behind the blog. Really gives us a feel for the “whole” picture. I am going to check around some of the more fashionable newstands and see if I can score a copy of Real Living!

  59. Jeannie says:

    Sarah,Sometimes we just find our groove by accident and I think this is what has happened to you. I fore-see a future career in home decorating for you, about 6 or 7 years in the future. The way you described just ‘being yourselves’ is key, I think, to letting the universe work its magic through you. I am happy for you. I read your blog first thing every morning and so look forward to it!

  60. Victoria says:

    Congratulations Sarah! We are so proud of you and all you have accomplished. You know, the “real living” of your blog is what makes it so great for all of us. It is that you are a real mom and wife as well as an awesome beach cottage babe. Making a real cottage where meals are eaten, homework done and people laugh and love each other is just as key as the beautiful beach cottage white and pebble gray.

  61. I’m glad you went about normal life. The kids’ sports events are so much more important than magazine presentable tidiness. Thats what the kids will remember. Readers like me will remember that you are a real person! And thats what counts. Don’t the magazine people rearrange a little bit anyway, to make it just so for photos?

  62. Teresa says:

    Sarah I have been following your blog for quite a while now and have loved all of your beach decorating. It has inspired me to do more in my home. I love the beach. Thanks for the inspirations and ideas.


  63. Isabel says:

    congratulations! Can you believe we get that magazine in Brazil? So I will make sure to buy the issue you’re in!

  64. Jackie says:

    Oh my gosh. It must be totally surreal to sit in your living room and look at magazine pictures… of your living room! How exciting for you!

    And once again, mentions of this glorious Anthropologie haunt me. All over the blogworld, there are whispers and shouts of its wonder. I’ve never seen one in person… feels like it’s a myth!

  65. Kare says:

    That is so cool Sarah!! You look fabulous, and very relaxed….one would never know you had such a crazy week before. Congratulations!! I would love to see the whole spread in RL!!!


  66. Sarah, I’m so happy for you! I’ve been following your blog for months and have been so inspired by your work. Congratulations on all of this great coverage!

  67. Congratulations Sarah – you deserve all these great write ups.

    I love how you show me how to make real living look so great – with as little foofying as possible because when you live at the beach you don’t want to take too much time away from enjoying the beach.


  68. Joanne says:

    That has to be the best way to do a photo shoot!

  69. Janna says:

    Oh, but Sarah, your jeans and tshirt look SO much better than ‘jeans and tshirt’!

    I can’t wait to check out this magazine.

  70. Sarah,

    Thanks for giving us a little tiny peek into those magazine pages – and your cool bowl of beach treasures too!

    Love the old cottage on the wrong side of the tracks. It’s gorgeous!

    xo Laura

  71. Vicki K. says:

    So, so, so cool!! Gotta get one of those mags…

  72. So exciting, Sarah! The spread looks amazing. It looks like they captured the essence of you and your style!

  73. Jennifer says:

    The pics look fantastic, and the photo of you is really nice. Glad you had such fun.

  74. Cindy says:

    WOW That’s awesome!! I’d love to read it myself, therefor I’d love to win the giveaway!! :P

  75. Barbara says:

    Congrats from UK, won’t be able to read the magazine here (in my own seaside town…maybe from one of the bigger cities?) I’ll keep enjoying all of your blog posts and maybe see you in a mag that I can get my hands on, no doubt we’ll see you in more…

  76. Kim says:

    Good Morning from Mich sarah! sure wish i was able to get some of the great mags you have there down under! the pics look great! have a great day

  77. Celeste says:

    How exciting! I have always loved your blog as much as any good decorating magazine! You fill it with so much inspiration!
    ? Celeste

  78. welltraveled10 says:

    From one beach cottage resident to another..beautiful..My cottage is in south Florida on the Atlantic side…and I gobble up your ideas all the time.

  79. Congrats Sarah!
    Job well done under extreme pressure!! That would be the type of thing that could completely unrail someone (uh..me that is….):)

    Love the photos they took & I’m glad there’s one of you in it…you are adorable!


  80. Anita says:

    Thanks for posting this! So great to see you and your cottage. We don’t get to see your face much. You look fabulous and so relaxed!

  81. chrissy says:

    Once again congrats!. Would like to get a copy of that mag… Your site was one of the first I started following… Have always loved the feel of what u have posted and your pics are to die for.

  82. Gina says:

    I just recently bought the last issue of that mag here in NYC – definitely getting a copy of the issue with you and your home in it!!! You’re so cute, Sarah!!!

  83. Congratulations Sarah! That’s so exciting to be featured anywhere, let alone a physical magazine. Job well done and keep up the awesome work – it’s well deserved. :)

  84. Nickki says:

    Hey Sarah,

    Congrats on your magazine feature! That’s pretty cool. I don’t suppose we can get that Aussie mag here in the States?

  85. Kristin says:

    Congrats on the feature. You deserve it! You and your home are gorgeous and you are such a wonderful inpiration!
    take care-

  86. Sherri S. says:

    So glad to hear you were “real” in your magazine shoot. I would choose to read that kind of story and see those pics over a “perfect” sort of story any day! Am I making any sense? lol
    Congrats on the spread!

  87. Nicole says:

    That.is.so.cool. The fact that you were featured in the mag AND the fact that real life took you away from getting in a tizzy about it! I love your style!

  88. Lindsy says:

    You are living my dream and I absolutely love following your blog.

  89. Denise says:

    WTG on a great magazine feature! Love the photo of you in your everyday “uniform!”

    I think the thing that attracts us to your blog is the fact that you continue to keep it real. I love your honest, down-to-earth writing style. We keep coming back for more because we can relate. Those fancy decorator, highly stylized, blogs and magazines may be fun to look at, but when it comes down to it most of us cannot afford what we see there. You present us with what is real and doable. Your blog shows us what we can accomplish on a *realistic* budget. Through example you provide encouragement for us to see the possibilities and try new projects we may not have attempted before.

    Sarah, you rock girl!

  90. Angie says:

    Congrats!!! You deserve this! Loving your blog!! :)


  91. Wilma says:

    Congratulations on being featured in that very lovely looking magazine! I’m just trying to imagine my reaction to such a request…PANIC!!! :)

  92. Carbzilla says:

    I guess that just proves your home is always magazine ready! I love the photo of you – you look so happy and relaxed!

    I’d LOVE to win an Anthopologie giftcard!!!!

  93. Michelle says:

    Congrats! The photos are lovely. Way to “keep it real”!! Great job girl.

  94. Jill says:

    Congrats on the article! And you look just as stylish as your home. Nicely done :)

  95. Rachel says:

    YAY for you, Sarah! How exciting! Wish we had that mag here. :) Cute photo of you, too.


  96. Kathy says:

    Congratulations! and as usual, your home looks gorgeous! Everything you touch is fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing with us and giving us such wonderful inspiration!

  97. DanaMc says:

    I love the fact that you were yourself and simply tossed on your flip-flops. Congrats on the shoot.

  98. Cindy Smith says:

    Gotta love white! Your cottage looks amazing and its very inspirational! Congratulations on Real Living!


  99. Kim Said: says:

    Bravo~Bravo! Miss Sarah, You always keep me coming back for more!

    I have a childhood Friend in Australia, Love the Beach as well as Cottages.How could I not Love you.You would be great fun to hang with.Job well done.~Kim

  100. Roberta says:

    I haven’t seen this “Real Living” magazine but will have to look for it next time I’m in my favorite Barnes & Noble. I love your post and how you tell about the stylists and magazine people showing up to set up the photo shoot and how they set up the “shots” for “real living”…too funny :D

  101. Kim Said: says:

    Real Living Magazine here in the USA Amazon.com 12 issues/12 months for 115.24.~Kim

  102. Cindy S says:

    Congratulations, Sarah!!! Your little cottage is really awesome, I’m not surprised that others see it the way that I do. Hugs, Cindy S

  103. Kim Said: says:

    Bravo~Bravo Miss Sarah, You always keep me coming back for more.

    I have a Childhood Friend in Australia, love the Beach and Cottages how could I not Love you.Job well done.~Kim

  104. Great feature!! You deserve it! Your home is certainly an inspiration.

  105. Debra says:

    You look adorable Sarah and I’m so excited for you. Did you ever imagine that when you first looked at your “tatty”(your words) house that things would end up like this. You are a natural!!!

  106. Jennifer says:

    Oh too too neat Sarah. Quite something to go from blog beginnings to being in mags, huh? I remember discovering you not long after you started up, thinking, “wow, she could really go places!” and I would run over to my mom’s house and we would just dreamily drool over all of your lovely pictures. We still do!

  107. michelle says:

    Hi Sarah …yes love the real living article , your family and your house look lovely .Good job …I would have been in a panic myself but you do look amazingly calm .
    Michelle x

  108. megs says:

    What a thrill! The spread looks really good. :)

  109. I looove this mag, I had my bloomers in last Novembers mag. I must get this one with your gorgeous home in it. Its exciting when someone loves your stuff as much as you! Especially enough to publish it to the world! Good for you, your home is a real credit to all your hard work… although you make it look easy!

  110. Andi says:

    Congrats on having the cottage appear in the mag. Hope you enjoyed the day after all. xx

  111. Emma says:

    I don’t buy RL every month and actually walked past it this month as the cover wasn’t really me, but after I saw that you were in it, I went back and grabbed a copy! Congrats! Looks great (and hey, I’m up on the beaches with you and I don’t think it’s the ‘wrong’ side of town! Wouldn’t be anywhere else!) I also loved the other local house in there too :)

  112. Kim Said: says:

    Bravo`Bravo! Miss BC, you always keep me coming back for more.Great job!

    I have a childhood friend in Australia, love the beach and cottages.How could I not love your blog.

    This is like my 5th comment they seem to not be going through.Hmmm! You may end up with 10.LOL!

    Real Living Magazine in the USA Amazon.com 12 issues/12months for 115.24 not bad.Enjoy~Kim

  113. The Lady says:

    WAHOOOO! So excited for you Sarah! You deserve it! You poor your adoreable sweet little white washed heart into that sweet little beach cottage and it is loved truly and utterly loved… by all of us.

  114. Hallaren Hughes says:

    I woudl like you to know this girl from New Jersey, sadly sans a beach home, loves your blog. With the weather here having been wet, windy and wiley, to see a clean, well-organized fun house with thrifted finds–well my spirits have been lifted.

    I am about to embark on a cross-country trip by car, California coast to Gulf coast to East coast in serach of a place that calls my name and makes sense to me.

    Your style and home will be guiding my thrifting purchases along the way! I intend to stop at many flea markets, thrift stores and swap meets!

    Thank you for your blog.

  115. Frau Mayer says:

    I recognized your place the moment I looked at that bowl :) And, yeah, I thought: “How the hell did she manage to keep THAT a secret?”
    Now you’re a double-guru! Excellent!

  116. nel @ A Shabby Pink Cottage says:

    Hi Sarah
    The article in Real Living is fantastic, the cottage looks gorgeous and you should be most proud. And to think others people’s throw outs are photographed standing grand in a lovely cottage.

  117. jenni says:

    You’re SO cute! Good job and congrats on the magazine spread!

  118. Elizabeth says:

    Congratulations, how exciting for you….I just ? the way you transform something old and tired into something fresh and trendy…..I wonder if you could spend some time on me? (Just joking)…

  119. Gale Starnes says:

    I love the magazine, and you are very talented. thank you for the giveaway!!

  120. Tracey..7294cottageway.blogspot.com says:

    Love your home and Congrats…for all of us “cottage” wannabes…really a dream to be featured in a real magazine. I am in the US but find you so refreshing-wold love to sit on the front porch chat “cottage” and drink tea!

  121. libbie says:

    I seriously covet all things Beach cottage has to showcase. i simply click onto your website and I find myself walking away coveting everything I just saw, but it’s okay because it has inspired me to not just go out there and find my own beach cottage lovelies but to make my own when I couldn’t find what I was looking for. True creativity all an internet click away.

  122. Cyndi says:

    They captured everything I imagine your life to be — relaxed and full of life, living, an appreciation of nature, and a love of the unearthed treasures of our past. Perfection. Sigh.

  123. lisa says:

    I just love the article and photos. I would love to see the magazine. Is it sold in the states?

  124. lisa says:

    I’m in a forgetful funk tonight! I subscribe to your blog and love it – guess what I found today and thought of you. A galvanized metal lantern. Looks similar to the one in your photo.

  125. lg says:

    Love that photo! You look so pretty – truly! Mr big and little BC look like they are just about to do something (trash the place!)and you are just calm – real life!!!

  126. Brismod says:

    How cool! The next time I’m in the doctor’s waiting room, I’ll be sure to check out the article. You have made a lovely home. Well done.

  127. Melinda says:

    Congratulations on the magazine shoot and an even great congratulations for not stressing about it! Your laid back beachy style is one to emulate in decor as well as in life itself.

    PS: You look quite cute in your jeans and flip flops – happy to see a rare photo of you for a change!

  128. Sally says:

    My friend!!! You are a star!!! I just love the fact that you have been recognized for your beautiful home! I’ve gotta find a copy of the magazine so I can see the article about you in all it’s glory!!! You are so deserving of this recognition sweet friend!! Congratulations are coming to you all the way from Arizona. Hold on tight it’s a ginormous celebration of all that you are!!! :)

  129. Amber Whitehouse says:

    I love the Ikea shelf with all of the glass cannisters and dishes. Beautiful, and homey look!


  130. jerikay says:

    congrats Sarah. i recently came upon your blog & love it. so inspiring & simply beautiful!

  131. Congrats Sarah!! I don’t know if I can find the magazine here, but I’m gonna go on the hunt!!


  132. Karen says:

    Hi Sarah,
    I picked up Real Living yesterday (one of my absolute favourite mags..) and hadn’t had a chance to read any of it. I saw your blog yesterday and saw that you were in it! Very exciting. I finally got a chance to look at it today and flipped straight to your page. congratulations!
    Everything looks lovely.
    Karen with no blog xo

  133. DeAna says:

    What just happened? It must be the time difference, but two posts in one day for me! Woo HOo. Then, the one question I had was answered. Sweet! Now I have a face to go along with the brilliance. brilliant!
    Love it. love it, love it, love it.

  134. Mary says:

    Hi Sarah,
    Wow the mag. spread looks great…congratulations! I just love your beach cottage and your blog. Well done.

  135. Valerie says:

    Great story in Real Living and lovely photos of your home and family and you do look so pretty. Congratulations Sarah!

  136. Daphne says:

    OH WOW….awesome….love the pics and the story of the week before….must get myself a mag me thinks!

  137. The Moerks says:

    Congratulations Sarah. THis is the one month I havent bought Real Living. Guess where I am going tomorrow? You deserve the recognition, enjoy:)

  138. Megan says:

    Congrats Sarah—I too wish I could get the magazine and read all about you–of course I do read all about you every day–but this would be different. Love the basket of shells. Even though there is very little that is white in my house–we do share “the basket of shells on the coffee table”.
    Love your pic too!

  139. Mary says:

    The article looks fabulous Sarah, as do you, at last we see you full face!!! That magazine is not available here, would truly love to have one though, pretty please!!!

    Beautiful pics of your perfect cottage!


  140. Anna says:

    Sarah I found your blog about a week ago and have loved every minute. Thank you for sharing your home and life with us – you are such an inspiring decorator and homemaker!! I would love to win your magazine so I can read all the more about you.:) oh and I love anthropologie so it would be a win win.:)

  141. Pearl Maple says:

    Congrats on the publication.
    Life down under or any where should have more days where we can run loose in the flipflops and enjoy ths sunshine.

  142. Congratulations! You truly are an inspiration!

  143. Valerie says:

    Congratulations Sarah, great article. Such nice photoz of you and yours too!

  144. Maria says:

    CONGRATULATIONS Sarah! That is great! You are so darn cute. I wish I could get my hands on this magazine. Thank you for sharing the pictures with us!
    Take Care,

  145. Kare says:

    Ooooh….I am so keeping my fingers crossed on this one!!

  146. Sarah Ann says:

    Congrats! It must feel amazing to have your home published in a magazine!

  147. Anna says:

    So so fun!!! I love love love your blog and wish we got that magazine in the States so I could read it today!!! Congratulations and thank you for sharing your life and home with us.:)


  148. tara says:

    Yahoo, a feature like that, wow you are big time now aren’t you! :) congrats and the photos look fabulous! happy weekend!

  149. Wendy says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! I love your blog and the photos are gorgeous! Ü

  150. Bronwyn says:

    It IS a great Aussie Mag – so pleased you had a good time with the shoot – sounds like great fun!

  151. I love it! It looks great and real and loved and lived!

    Who could ask for more!

  152. Holisticgal says:

    Hi there!

    Thank you for the giveaway, and congratulations. I am enjoying seeing all of your distressed paint techniques, and seeing how you are still living with the lovely white leather couches. Our neighboring city where I live had a brand new Anthro store that I have yet to visit, so I am excited about your giveaway. Can’t wait to go there and see all the pretties!

  153. Kat says:

    Love your house! Gorgeous! Wanna trade?? :) Congratulations on the magazine! Wish I could snag a copy!

  154. Lyndia R says:

    I just keep smiling as I read your blog. Thanks for
    allowing us all to be able to peek into your world of
    adventure. It is a magical journey for me!!

  155. OH my your house is amazing!!! I need a copy of that magazine in the WORST way! It would be inspirational to help my home redo :)

  156. hailey says:

    Congrats on be published! How exciting! I think I need your white chairs!

  157. manon says:

    belle ballade sur ton blog.

    Amitiés de France


  158. Tammy Stonebrook says:

    Hello there – You Beach Goddess of the Cutest Cottage Ever! I love reading your blog and getting inspiration from every thing to big and small projects. Your quirky personality, loads of energy and lovely way you do things truly inspires me to be better. It inspires me to keep going when times get tough, to smile when I really want to cry and to laugh so hard that I pee on myself! You look like someone that I could sit and have coffee with and talk for hours. Love the article and I would love to get my hands on the magazine but I can not find it anywhere. It would be a huge blessing to win the giveaway since most of my life at the moment seems to be crashing all around me. Again – your blog is refreshing and lovely and seems to brighten even the gloomiest of days…and times! Many blessings to you always.


  159. Sharon Smart says:

    I have NO IDEA how I missed this post!!!!! Congratulations Sarah!!! I wish I had seen this I would have bought the magazine!!!

  160. Sherry says:

    Love your blog, your photos, your house and your humour. I am in Canada so don’t know if I am eligible but would love to see this magazine for some inspiration. I don’t know how you find the time to do everything you do but keep it up girlie!

  161. Paulette Riley says:

    Love the mix of Ikea and vintage!