Flea Market Style

A while back, Heather Bullard and Ki Nassauer invited us to team up with them on a yard stick-themed/how-to article for the 2011 Spring/Summer issue of Flea Market Style magazine. We were shocked/nervous about the opportunity they had presented us with- but several emails, phone calls, and yardsticks later, we managed to git ‘r’ dun, and have a buncha fun to boot.

We were pumped to find a copy of the newly-released magazine at Books-A-Million this past weekend, and we tried like the dickens to conceal our excitement as we ran/walked up to the counter to make our purchase. (Insert a visual of a giddy-yet-completely silent, Dumb and Dumber-esque “We’re really doin’ it Harry!” moment between Kevin and I, here.)

When we got out to our car, (where, once the doors were shut, we could celebrate with actual words- and not just hyperactive hand gestures and Joker-like facial expressions) we found “our” article, and began reminiscing about shooting the photos in our guest bedroom, several months prior. (Insert a visual of us moving every bit of furniture out of the room and into our hallway, reading room and living room for a few days so we could shoot lots and lots of ruler-themed project photos, here.) Crazy, good/nerve-wracking times. What a trip!

Because we weren’t exactly sure what we were doing at the time wanted to give them lots of options to choose from, we sent them approximately 12,997 photos to look at. Here’s one that didn’t make it into the mag…

(Pictured left to right- our nephew Gavin, a window card from Live-Inspired.com, me and my (rocker) Dad circa 1977, another Live-Inspired.com window card, and my Kindergarten photo)

They used an angled version of it instead. (Good thing we sent them 218 angled versions of it to choose from.) I really liked that particular ruler project too. Such a cute idea! It also created an opportunity to sneak in a photo of my little “marshmallow man”. (That’s one of my all-time favorite family photos!)

Here’s another photo that didn’t make it into the mag…

Gee, I wonder why? Ha ha.

Anywho, if you’re a flea market junkie (flunkie?) like us – you should definitely give the current issue a looksie. It’s chock full of pretty pictures, sweet stories, and inspiring ideas. Check out the cover…

Luh. Shuss. NESS!

And before I sign off, Kev and I have been thinking about something that we wanted to run by you real quick. What do you think about some kind of live DIY-related chat? Kev said he could set it up here on our blog pretty easily, and then maybe once a week we could pick a popular renovation or decoration-related topic to chat about with whomever wants to join in. Kevin and I, personally, are always running into questions about various different DIY projects, and it sure would be cool to chat about ’em with folks who have been there, done that- ya know what I mean? Maybe it’ll be a half hour long thing…maybe an hour? We’re not sure about all the specifics, but we thought we’d run it by ya to see if it’s something we should seriously think about organizing. Let us know what you think, and if enough folks are into it, maybe we’ll go ahead and create “The Lettered Chatroom” sometime soon!


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  1. Terri says

    Good Morning Layla and Kevin!! I saw you yesterday…. in the local grocery … on the magazine aisle!!! :) LOL

    Congrats.. very cool!!!! Terri

  2. claire says

    hey is there any chance of getting the mag shipped to ireland?? – i got the last issue from a friend wud love this one

  3. says

    YES YES YES! Do the chat room thing! I watch you two from afar and you so inspire me and what I want to do with my house that I envision looking like a cottage! LOVE YOUR STUFF!!! I have a webtv show with my bff! I think we need to have you guys on! You two are precious!

  4. claire says

    just wondering if its possible to get mag to ireland?? anyone? or anyone want to pick up one and send to me????? please – ill cover costs!!!!

  5. Kristi-WestMichigan says

    I’d love the option to Live Chat with you guys! I never really knew how to sum up my decorating style until I stumbled across your blog one night. I couldn’t believe my eyes! I was in love with basically, well…everything I saw. I was so inspired! My mind was buzzing with ideas and plans for our simple 90’s ranch style house we bought last fall. I could imagine all kinds of wall treatments throughout the house, something special for each area. I have a good start but I’m constantly tweaking things to get the feel I’m looking for. I pretty much go straight to The Lettered Cottage for inspiration every day. My husband and I are big DIYers so I try to recreate the feel of an inspiration room or item until I get it right :) I’m so thankful to you both for letting us into your lives and into your beautiful home! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  6. Carolyn R. James says

    I just saw it on the newstand and fell in love with it. Now how do I get a subscription? There were no postcards inside.

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