Flea Market Style – Summer 2012

A winter-white sky presides over what promises to be another crazy day of mess-making and picture-taking, here at TLC. Those two things seem to go hand and hand around here, lately. We’ve been working on a bunch of Fall-themed decorating idea articles for HGTV.com, so my office is currently acting as a photo studio, and we’re up to our eyeballs in all-things orange and autumn. LOL!

But before we break out the camera and corn husks, I wanted to share something that has me walkin’ on sunshine today.

Kevin’s photography in the new issue of Flea Market Style magazine.

I’m really, really proud of him, y’all. His first ever, “contributor” pic appears on page 4…

…and a purple-y pink pic he took of moi appears on page 10…

We had to do a lot of stuff-shufflin’ to get that shot that day, and if you could see the mountain piled up behind the camera, you’d wonder why I was even smiling in that picture- ha!

He also shot the article called, “Little Piece Of Paradise” that starts on page 38…

I’m feeling a bit emotional pasting these pics onto this page right now because although we haven’t talked about it out loud yet, I know how much this opportunity meant to him. I know how much giddy good it did. Like, in a really, deep down, guy-who’s-still-trying-to-figure-out-what-he-wants-to-be-when-he-grows-up sorta way.

I saw it in his energy yesterday as he ran back from the mailbox with the new issues of the magazine in his hands. I saw it in the tender way he turned over each freshly-printed page and smiled when he saw a little bit of his heart displayed there. I saw it all from a distance, and I thought my heart would surely explode as I watched him flip through it for the first time from the room next door.

Here’s to hope, happiness, and havin’ an e-place to save milestone memories!

PS- And speaking of folks who enjoy blogging…

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  1. kelly in georgia says

    1. Yay Kevin! Great job (and Layla you can do modeling when you are not doing house stuff!)
    2. LOVE the beach house….could sure use a trip there on this dreary looking day.
    3. Boo hoo to no win on the Haven ticket, but congratulations to Kristin. I am jealous!

  2. says

    So sweet, the way you talk about your man! I love that! You two are both super talented and I’m so glad you are getting that recognition. YAY! I’ll have to pick up a copy next time I’m out, I love that mag.

  3. Andi says

    There’s no feeling like seeing yourself in print, doing something you lurve, lurve, lurve to do. It makes my heart smile for both of you- way to go, Kevin!!

  4. becky up a hill says

    Congratulations to Kevin and wow wow…girlie, you look so great in that shot. Mermaid Manor..oh..amazing shots. I will buy this magazine.

  5. Lindsay says

    Congratulations Kevin, the photos are beautifully shot. Layla, thank you for sharing your perspective…it was incredibly sweet and your love for him shows through everything you write. It’s good to see such a supportive loving couple… So really congrats to you both!

  6. Ellie says

    Layla you brought tears to my eyes. Your pride is obvious in your eloquence. Congratulate Kevin for me and I can’t wait to receive the magazine.

  7. says

    We’re so proud of him…and for him!!! Kev, you’re so talented & we’re so excited about this and all the opportunities coming your way! Happy to be along for the ride.
    P.S. LOVE the pic of my best friend.

  8. Maria says

    One word…BEAUTIFUL! Beautiful post. Beautiful pictures. Beautiful people. Beautiful love!!

    (not really one word :) )

    Congratulations Kevin!

  9. Elly Fox says

    Few things make my heart smile more than to see someone doing what they love in life! Congrats to both of you. Kevin, beautiful pics! Fantastic job! Guys, LoVe your blog. Looking forward to more fun, ideas and surprises to come!

  10. says

    I read so much emotion in your words you made me tear up! I think he has found his what-he-wants-to-be! or at least I think so :) Congratulations and the photos are awesome!

  11. Louise says

    Awwww! You two are just the cutest couple ever! I love that you’re working together doing something you both love. A match made in heaven! Congratulations on the great articles!

  12. says

    I JUST got home from the grocery store and saw this issue whilst standing in the check out line! Saw Kevin’s photo, saw the purple-y photo of you and lots of other fun stuff. The magazine looks awesome! Congratulations to you both!

  13. Angela says

    Congratulations!! I loved reading this, your pride for your hubby so evident! My husband recently retired from the military after 22 years & I would’ve loved to figure out a way for us to work together the way you & Kev do but, alas, my SAHMing & his engineering just don’t mesh the way your guys’ talents do! ;) Keep up the great work!

  14. Joyce tx says

    Wonderful, Kevin! Your talent shows in your pictures. It’s not always as easy as it would appear. **Pat on the back!**

  15. says

    Beautiful layout & photos! I need to get my hands on that magazine! It looks like one I’d love to read. Can you tell me where the patterneed (blue/cream) chair on the lefthand-side of the magazine cover? I LOVE it!

  16. Cindy says

    Layla and Kevin: Congratulations, to you both! Kevin, what great photos, and Layla I love the support/admiration/love that you show for Kevin and his talent. You two are a special couple. I am confident that this is the beginning of more great things to come your way.

  17. says

    Awww…so happy for yall to have this good news after the pilot was not picked up. I’m going out today and pick up a copy of the magazine.
    My family says,”If people could only see what the rest of the house looks like (in a bad way) when you are taking your blog photos.” I am coming to Haven too…looking forward to meeting yall!

  18. says

    Congrats to both of you, you deserve the success coming your way. I’ve followed your blog for several years and am always touched by the work you do, how much of your selves you share with us. Thanks for being out there, like a beacon in the night. I’ve enjoyed living through your adventures and misadventures.

  19. says

    YAY Kevin! Nicely done sir, To be fair he had two lovely subjects. Layla and the Mermaid Manor :)

    YAY for Kristin! I love her blog and am a follower of hers :)

  20. Susan says

    Kevin – That stairway/landing photo is fantastic! The lighting, and set-up, is just right. You have a real talent with the camera!

  21. says

    So sweet! Congratulations to both of you! Kevin should be proud of his work. He has a lot of talent! Sometimes us artsy people have a difficult time finding our niche and making a good living doing it. Don’t give up on your dreams and talent.

  22. says

    So so sooooooo excited for both of you…. it’s amazing to see your dreams coming true, I’m just so so happy to read this today! Lay you look so so beautiful and Kevin’s pictures are always goregous, canNOT wait to see you at HAVEN!!!!

  23. says

    Congratulations to you and Kevin! I can only imagine how excited he must be!! I will definatley pick up a copy next time I’m out.

    Congrats to Kristin, as well! I am looking forward to meeting so many fab bloggers at Haven!

  24. says

    ohmigosh…I read the magazine last night and spotted Kevin and your work right away. I was thinking, hey, I know them! What a dream come true!

  25. says

    Gorgeous photos, and gorgeous you, Layla. So happy for you and Kevin. Congrats!!! I have yet found the magazine. My husband and I have gone to different stores….wish us luck!!!

  26. Toni Combs says

    I saw this magazine at Walmart on the end cap by the cash registers….. picked it up- flipped thru it in line and there you were!! AND- I totally fell in love with Mermaid Manor thru Kevin’s amazing photos! I cannot wait for Kevin and Josh to get there photography tutorials up and running… I am a budding photographer and have my “photography training budget” stashed and waiting patiently. Best wishes to you both!!

    • Layla says

      Thanks, Toni! :-D Kev and Josh are looking forward to launching their site (shootflyshoot.com) on Monday, March 5th!

  27. Janna says

    Beautiful pictures! Congratulations to Kevin! I’m walking to the store this afternoon to pick up my copy – fun looking magazine.

    Oh and could you be any more gorgeous?!?! :)

  28. says

    I’m a rat. I saw the magazine today and didn’t get it (I already had a “treat” in the grocery cart). If I had flipped through it, I know I would have seen you guys and would have it in my hands right now. Well, tomorrow will be the day ;) Hummm….I need that magazine!
    Did I see a new bench on the front porch the other day???

    • Layla says

      Hey Marsha! Where did you see the mag? We’d like to go pick up a couple extra copies for our mama’s! :-D
      You did see a new bench on our porch! It was the one we used in our pilot episode, and we’re stoked they let us keep it!

  29. says

    Congratulations! How exciting. I think one off the things I love most is how you support each other and work as a team. It seems that you are both so talented and such cool people individually, but together that talent/cool factor seems to multiply. You bring out the best in each other and that shines through your blog.

  30. Leslie says

    Bravo to you both! A spread in Flea Market Style AND some tips and tricks for fall for HGTV.com. Stop and think about this…you guys are becoming more mainstream in design/style world with every passing day. Congrats and keep at it! Love seeing the fruits of both of your labors in major media outlets!

  31. Dori Troutman says

    So happy for Kevin (and for you too). And I can’t wait for his online classes to start up! Will there be a fee for those?

  32. says

    How wonderful!! I am so excited to get my hands on the new issue- the last one is worn and dog-eared and I can’t bring myself to let it go! I found so many ideas to incorporate into weddings!

  33. Tiff says

    I love that you two love each other unselfishly.
    I love Kevin’s photography – always have.
    I love Layla’s styling and sweet spirit.
    I love that you both have the courage to step out in faith and follow your dreams.
    I love that I get to rejoice over the God-given talents of two people I don’t even know, but who make the world a more beautiful place.
    Congratulations you two! Hope you feel the love and keep pressing on :)

  34. Lisa Rafferty says

    Can’t wait to get my hands on my own copy!!! Congratulations to a job very well done!!!!!

  35. Karen says

    Huge hugs and congratulations to Kevin! I am confident you two have great things coming your way.

  36. Becky says

    I think of you two as my kids… I am so proud of both of you. Kevin, he is the MAN! You are so lucky to have such a wonderful, creative, partner.

    ~Becky in CA

  37. says

    I’d say looking @ the pictures it is not going to be the last time he shoots a story!
    What a beautiful article in such a groovey kool magazine!
    Congratulations…well deserved!

  38. Barbara F. says

    Loved everything about this post! I feel like I’m on this great adventure with you two. The story just keeps getting better. Congrats on the well deserved recognition Kevin!

  39. says

    Congratulations! He is a great photographer… I wish I had talent like that. It’s so sweet to hear you praise him of his accomplishments. That probably means more to him than anything. I hope his career as a photographer continues to flourish!

  40. says

    Congratulations to you both. This is a milestone indeed and reminds me how privileged I’ve been to have written for shelter mags for 20+ years, and how special it is for folks being published for the first time. I can feel your joy and love that you noticed how it changed the “energy”–that really tells you — and us — something. Thank you, and keep it up.

  41. SuzyMcQ says

    HuGe Congrats, Kevin. The article you shot was my favorite….an incredibly charming cottage photographed with a sensitive and clean style. Love that, loved the light….very well done!

    Layla, you looked adorable in your photo as well and, while I’ve been going to flea markets forever, you taught me a thing or two!

  42. says

    Beautiful pictures, congratulations, Kevin! And beautiful words, Layla, you made me tear up. Y’all are awesome. :) Can’t wait to meet you at Haven!

  43. says

    I’m buying this issue today! What an incredible accomplishment you guys. Kevin, I love seeing the world through your lense. And Layla, you are too adorable for words. I am so happy for you, and appreciate the genuine love you have for each other.


  44. Lisa W. says

    WOWWWWWWWWWWW Kev congrtadulations…cannot wait to pick up a copy of the magazine…I missed this somehow…mmmm!? AND Laylas omg you are simply adorable…just beautiful!!! Job well done:)

  45. says

    Layla-I bought this magazine and had been saving it until just the right time, if you know what I mean. Last night was the right time! I was so tickled to see Kevin’s name and then to see YOUR picture. So happy for both of you! Go Kevin! Go Layla!

  46. says

    Yayyayyay Kevin! (and Layla too ;) ) How sweet that you took notice of his passioncometofruition, Layla. It’s a totally awesome feeling, when you finally ‘get it’. What’s even more special is that you are sharing it with all of us!

    Can’t wait for his photog series. (I know, I keep saying that.) When he starts teaching and getting feedback, he’ll have the same feeling, I bet. (that’s coming from one teacher to another.)

  47. Barbara says

    Congratulations! You two are really inspiring, well done Kev. I am going to pick up the magazine today.

  48. says

    OH EMM GEEE! Not only are you the cutest couple out there, but so mega-talented. I’m ‘squeeing’ with delight for the both of you. Now I have to go find that magazine and stand in the store and proclaim, “Look. I KNOW them!” (Well, kinda ;-) !!)

    Congrats! Just beautiful work!

  49. says

    Love the post, Layla. I’ve been away from blogs lately and am so disappointed to hear that HGTV isn’t going with you guys. I have always assumed you would be in a series of your own. Such a natural fit, I think. You two are an amazing couple. Thanks for taking us along on your ride.

  50. says

    Congratulations!!! My heart burst open for Kevin too! Your description of watching him and his emotions while he looked at his work was just beautiful. Thank you for sharing with me!

  51. Joanne B. says

    That’s when you know you love him! That lump in your throat you get when you see him having his glory days… After almost 32 years I still get it for my man…Life IS sweet- thanks for the reminder!

  52. Elizabeth says

    I’m so happy for both of you! What a lovely tribute to your love of each other and your work together.

  53. Angela says

    Hey Layla and Kevin! You two bring sunshine into my life, I just love browsing your blog! Great photography (although with Layla as a subject you can’t go wrong!) great ideas, great inspiration!

  54. Andrea @ Big Creek Cottage says

    Oh congrats to Kevin….I can’t wait to see his pics of Mermaid manor….I have loved that place (in pictures) since it appeared in Southern LIving……

    • Layla says

      Thanks, Andrea! And I’m thinkin’ your thinkin’ of the house next door to Mermaid Manor (Dutton-Waller), because this is actually the first time MM has been featured in print! So excited for Diane (the sweet homeowner)! :-D

  55. Patty Page says

    Congratulations, Kevin! The pictures are gorgeous! I think I’m going to have to go out and buy a copy!

  56. Jana says

    This post made me smile from the inside out . . . and it reminded me of a quote I just came across this morning, ” A amile is a curve that sets everything straight”. (Phyllis Diller) So thank you, Layla, for making my heart smile today!
    And congratulations, to your awesome man! You both must be bursting with pure delight. I can’t wait to get a oopy of the magazine in my hands!

  57. says

    Congrats on your beautiful pics, Kevin. I really want to shoot my interiors better. I’m good with the close ups but don’t know what to do with window light! Your pictures are wonderful and hope to learn from you soon! Congrats again!

  58. says

    Congrats, Layla & Kevin! I simply adored working with you both! The issue looks fabulous thanks to you both! Let’s brainstorm on what we can do together next! :)
    Stay in touch!

  59. Ter'e says

    I bought my copy yesterday and hadn’t even opened it yet! Now I am so excited…….I want to read and not think about cleaning house and preparing dinner. Hey! brownies are in the oven! That’s enough!!!! I love our Kev. I bet he was adorable.
    You kids make us all so happy. The sheer delight you show, in life in general, just makes me burst my seams and I ain’t even related! Since I live so close now, perhaps I could be an aunt of sorts!!!!!! :-)
    Rockin on………….take that HGTV! Flea Market Magazine sure isn’t tired and full of re-run ideas!!!!! It’s new and fresh and in demand!!!!!!
    YEA!!!!!!! YEA to Layla and Kev! You are rockin on!!!!!!!!!!

  60. says

    I am waiting on Kevin to launch his on line photography class for beginners! ??? How much longer do we have to wait? Excited about it! :)
    This was a VeRy SwEeT post.

  61. Suzanne says

    So excited! I picked up the mag in publix last week. Sat down with coffe in hand and practically sprayed it out with a squeal when I saw you and Kevin. Then Dianne Kaufman…we are Tybee regulars and have stayed at both Screened in and Mary Kay’s pad. Awesome job guys, congrats!

  62. Lynn says

    Sniff, sniff. Sooo happy for Kevin and his pretty “model!” The work is lovely and I’m a sucker for couples who respect and love each other
    LOVE like when their success and happiness gets you all warm fuzied more than your own. I can feel it in your writing.
    I am going through a struggle of my own career wise (self created which makes it even worse) and am so grateful for my sweet hub who has the patience of a saint after 24 years.
    Be well.

  63. says

    Congrats Kevin! They are awesome pics! Crazy thing … after I saw your name in the credits, I quickly noticed Dean Riggott’s name — he’s a hometown boy here in Rochester, MN! Though I don’t know either of you personally, I kinda feel a connection!

    Way to go!

  64. Becky says

    Guess where I was at 7:00 this morning? Wal-Mart – to get my hands on a copy of the magazine. I only saw one copy, in a spot for another magazine and I grabbed it! Of course, I wanted to brag to everyone about “Layla & Kevin”. I didn’t mind there was only one other customer in store at that hour; I was GIDDY!!

    After my purchase, I drove to work and sat in my car, going over each page. It was hard to put it down at 8:00 am. (I should have called in sick…)


    ~Becky in CA

  65. Jerri C. says

    This post makes my heart swell. The emotions that pride stirs up are so awesome, especially when we feel it for those we love so much. Congrats to both of you!

  66. says

    Kudos to Kev!

    I just hope you guys know how awesome I think you are! Yous is the only blog that I follow and save in a special folder on my computer! Your talent, chemistry, and all-round positive energy “gets” me every time you pop up in my inbox.

    Kevin is a Renaissance man in my humble opinion! Musician, craftsman, photographer….actor (his video performance). He’s got it figured out…just keep on doin’ what he’s doin’.

    Waiting patiently for his website launch and tutorials!

    Cheers to you both!


  67. says

    Oh, I’ve been pining away to see the new issue on the shelf! Maybe I need to run out tonight and see if it’s in My town yet, as now I’m even more excited! What a rush to see your work published in such an amazing venue – you should both be ecstatic (yeah, I noticed the ‘styled by’ tribute and your photo in the mag too). I think I’d open up with my morning coffee again tomorrow and enjoy that feeling all over again!

  68. Jeanne says

    Congrats to you Kevin! Your photography skills are pretty impressive. You are both so amazingly talented. I see nothing but greatness in your future. Blessings to you both.

  69. says

    Congrats to Kevin! That is amazing. Reading about his reaction made me think of one of my favorite quotes, “Do what you love and bloom forever!” Here’s to “blooming” more, Kevin!

  70. says

    So very happy for both of you. I’m loving this whole look, the photos are a call to action… Go to the flea market make your home unique and special find those hidden treasures.. Love it all! Congrats, my heart is overflowing for ya! :)

  71. says

    Congrats! I love that magazine and haven’t picked this issue up yet…definitely will be now. And I agree with many of your commenters, the love you share is awesome! We are honored to get a peek at it;)

  72. Janny A. says

    Congratualtions Kevin! The pictures are beautiful! Layla you have a way with words that touches my heart everytime!
    I love to see those moments in my husband too!

  73. says

    How wonderful for Kevin and for you! I’m especially moved by your loving tribute to him and it’s easy to see how proud you are. Well deserved.

  74. debbie rodriguez says

    Layla, the way u describe watching Kevin from the other room, and how it made you feel watching him, well, i will just say i love the way you love Kevin. :)

  75. says

    Congrats to Kevin on the AMAZING photos of Mermaid Manor and the Flea Market Style mag…the ladies at Seaside Sisters/ Tybee Island,GA just LOVE you two…you make cottage-living CONTAGIOUS! Stop in and see us next time you are on our little island…we’re sure we have some great things for your next lil project! See y ‘all soon!

  76. says

    That is wonderful! I am so happy that you guys get to do what you love and so happy that Kevin had a dream come true. It’s special to “witness” it and I can only pray that it continues! You guys make an awesome team!

  77. says

    Kevin, congrats on your publication. The photos are wonderful and the one of the curved railing and staircase make me think how I could squeeze such a delight into our own home. Kudos.

    Layla, the pride for and support of your hubby are refreshing, honest and real. Thank you – this is one of my favourite posts.

  78. says

    Could you two be any cuter?!?!?

    Huge congratulations to you, Kevin! What an amazing way to have a dream become reality. Good job!

  79. says

    Pass the tissues please. I so get it Kev…awesome! I just picked up my camera again this past year and it was like someone turned a little light on in my heart. Love all you do Kev:)

  80. says

    Cannot belive I missed this post, oh & I always ask for a flea market mag to be posted to OZ I am very un organised this year!!
    Well I am so pleased for you guys to be featured & pictures look great, also Layla you look gorgeous. :)

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