Welcome to Boxwood Cottage!

So glad that you found me! My blog is about everything I love like gardening, decorating my home & garden and crafting. Although I'm from Germany I write my blog in English so that hopefully every visitor can read it. Hope you'll stay a while and will leave me a comment so that I know that you were here! xoxo Carola

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Published in Italy, inspired by black and white and a give away!

Welcome back dear readers and blogging friends in the rainy month of August in Germany. 
If I thought that our Summer weather in July was already too cold than I was totally wrong, because August the so called High Summer month started even colder, it's windy, cloudy, rainy and even stormy and my flowers aren't happy about it just like us people aren't. 
But luckily to warm my heart at least, dear Annarita Triarico from Lotus Publishing in Rome has sent me a few copies of the Brocantage issue of her beautiful magazine Gli Speciali di Casa chic which is dedicated to Brocante and Flea market style. I feel very honored to be included in this beautiful and special issue with a 12 pages spread about my home Boxwood Cottage on page 52 to 63:

Wow what a special feeling it is to see my pictures printed in a pretty high gloss magazine, it's very exciting! :)

Just click on the pictures to enlarge them if you want to see more details.

Annarita contacted me through my Flickr photo account some time in May/June sending me a flickr mail to aske if I would like to participate in the Brocantage issue of her magazine Gli Speciali die Casa Chic and if so, if I would send her as fast as possible some high res pictures. (I send her around 100 pics lol cause I wasn't sure what she wanted especially) and answer to her interview questions and after some consideration so I did. I was a bit reluctant at first thinking my pictures and story might not be good enough, but sweet Annarita and her collegue Lucrezia Vozza did a beautiful job in translating my interview from English in Italian and pulled together an article that makes me really happy. 
~Thank you so much dear Annarita and Lucrezia!~

This issue is for the months of July and August and is still available on the shelves of the Italian magazine vendors and even better it will be published in France too with a Special Maison chic issue for September/October!
This is so exciting for me and to share it with you I will give away a copy of each issue to you my dear readers and all you have to do is leave me a comment on this post and I'll draw a winner as soon as I have the french copies in my hands too. You'll sure love the magazine for the eye candy alone although you might not understand Italian or French.

There are even extra pages at the end of the magazine with tips for the readers who want to recreate some ideas of the articles and I'm included there too:

Other than that I was very inspired by black and white lately as you can although see in my Pinterest Inspiration Board called Beautiful Black & White. I love to use white with black accents in my home and decorations but didn't use it so much in crafts so far.

I played with glue and art gel and this is what came out of it. Above is a little black and white 3D collage with art gel in a cake tin with which I then altered a wooden file box that I painted white. 

Below is an altered mirror hanging from a window in my studio:

 The mirror frame was just a boring wooden mirror frame before I altered it with vintage and new tape measure, game pieces with my initials, age and birth year etc.pp to make it personal and individual. Lastly I added the small black bottle brush tree on top as well as two tiny top hats and the sweet flash card garland I once ordered from the talented Cari Kraft and find it even quite festive now for Halloween as well as for the Christmas holidays, don't you think?

 Last but not least I'd like to let you know about a fabulous give away which is taking place at my my dear blogging friend Suzanne of the Old Grey Mare blog right now:

So hurry up and head over to Suzanne's blog so that you won't to miss out on it!

I'm wishing you all a better High Summer weather than we have right now and if you have sunshine please send it our way!
xoxo~ Carola


Anna said...

Io ti ho conosciuta proprio su Gli speciali di Casa Chic Brocantage!!!! Complimenti!!! Anna.

peggy aplSEEDS said...

congratulations! how wonderful and exciting for you! thank you for the chance to win. your black and white projects are lovely! i will check out pinterest as well. blessings!

Ivy and Elephants said...

Oh, congratulations Carola! I found your beautiful blog about a year ago and have gone all the way back to the beginning and drooled over every post! It is so wonderful, and you so deserve to be published. I love blogs where the people really love and display their treasures!You are amazing! Again, best wishes to you!

☼Carolina Artesanías☼ said...

˛✿♫✿•.¸¸♪♫。˚ ˚ ˛✿♫✿
que linda!!
me encantan las fotos
gran idea!
˛✿♫✿•.¸¸♪♫。˚ ˚ ˛✿♫✿

Raspberry Hill Crafts said...

Your home really deserves to be shown, it looks beautiful. A big congratulations from me.

Sherri said...

Congratulations on your photos being published in such a beautiful magazine-such an honor for you! I would love to win copies of these magazines-thanks for having the giveaway! Enjoy your glory!

Cindy said...

Congrats on being in the magazine! I love your style and I'm sure so many others do to.

Natacha said...

Hallo Carola,
Das ist ja soooo cool! Wie aufregend! Du musst ja superstolz sein! Du hast es verdient, ich freue mich jedes Mal so wenn ich sehe dass es neue Fotos von Dir gibt.
Liebe Grüsse aus Luxemburg!
PS Und gewinnen möchte ich auch gerne.

Asht said...

I'm happy to leet you by pinterest...
i love your blog, it will be my inspiration for garden and change home. You are wonderfull
If you are agree, I present it on mine in "a sunday a blog"
thanks to sunshine my journey

oldgreymare said...


Oh my! Congratulations! I know you are thrilled and you should be. How wonderful for so many readers to see your beautiful home and gardens and get to know you.
I am so happy for you!

It is a fabulous spread, but then they had perfection to work with <3
Again, Congratulations...
I'll keep my fingers crossed for a copy :D

rvelazquez said...

The magazine spread looks lovely! Your home shows so well...I can sit and look at pictures of it over and over and always see something new. Thanks for sharing the magazine article with us :)

rvelazquez said...

The magazine spread looks lovely! Your home shows so well...I can sit and look at pictures of it over and over and always see something new. Thanks for sharing the magazine article with us :)

Tina @ TinyBear said...

Big Congrats Caroal.
How exciting for you - I´m so happy for you. The article looks so great.
Love your black and white decorations.
We have the rain here too you know, I´m just happy we´re going towards fall. That´s my favorite time of year.
Wishing you a lovely evening sweet friend
xo Tina

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

Congrats on being published. So exciting!


June said...

Oh I am so happy for you Carola. I am not at all surprised you are included, because your home and gardens are amazing. It looks wonderful in print too.
Your collage mirror is so lovely too.
hugs from here...

Mystica said...

Thanks for the chance to win. Never mind the language - the pictures speak for themselves.

The Rustic Victorian said...

I jumped right over from flickr, I am still so excited this has happened to you. Very exciting indeed! Your photography, collections, talent, and decorating is GENIoUS! This is sunny news to replace the cloudy days.
Much love!

Tarnished and Tattered said...

I want to get my hands on that magazine!! I wish I could just order it online somewhere. What an honor. I agree with June, not surprised one bit. Your cottage is amazing & I love your black & white board on pinterst. I could spend too much time playing there if I didn't watch it!! LOL

Jeanne said...

Congratulations Carola on your beautiful magazine photo spread. How exciting! But I'm not surprised since your home is so gorgeous!

Paula said...

Hi sweet Carola! I am so happy for you dear friend! This is very well deserved! Your home and garden are gorgeous and you are so talented! I am thrilled to see your gorgeous photos in this beautiful magazine! Yipee!!! I loved every photo and am glad they shared so many! You inspire me so much!

I love your black and white creations. The frozen charlotte doll piece is fabulous and the altered mirror is lovely! I see Pauline! :D

I hope you get some warm weather and sunshine soon! Love you! Paula

stadtgarten said...

Liebe Carola, herzlichen Glückwunsch zu dem schönen Artikel. Da bin ich schon sehr gespannt, ich lese nämlich immer gerne die "Maison Chic", und von dem letzten Sonderheft Brocante war ich total begeisterr (da war sogar ein Bericht über Pierrettes Haus drin)
Gerade gestern habe ich im www versucht nachzuforschen, wann denn das nächste Sonderheft rauskommt.
Vielen Dank für den Hinweis!
Liebe Grüße, Monika

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Congratulations! How exciting for you to have your pictures in a beautiful magazine! Patsy from

Mélanie A. said...

Congratulations . Your article is beautiful . This magzine looks fantastic

theblackbirdcottage.com said...

Congratulations on being published, Carola. Your home and garden is very beautiful. I have been reading your blog for a very long time and just love it. I would love to win one of the magazines, and have a part of you and your inspiration in my own home.

Hayley said...

Hope I'm not too late for the giveaway, but even if I am I want to thank you for commenting on my little blog an congratulate you on your recent publications. Beautiful photos and I love what you've created lately, too. I'm headed back to school next week but I hope to spend a bit of my time off I have left digging through your older posts. We like so many of the same things! Hope you're having a great week so far...

Jenniffer said...

I am THRILLED for you! How incredibly exciting to be featured in a magagzine. Though, I'm not surprised because your home, garden and creations are all fantastic. Congratulations! :)
Oh- and that mirror is genius!

bohemiannie! art said...

Congratulations! How beautiful and inspiring. I came to your blog from flickr to see a closer look at your 3D collage...and really love it and the mirror!

Terri said...

I just found your treasure (blog) and would like to say how much I enjoyed reading it! Congrats on getting printed! Hugs, Terrri

Mary - Vintage Cottage said...

Very well deserved Carola - you are now part of a very elite group!

Keep up the good work,
Best wishes, Mary

Sylvie said...

Congratulations ! This magazine is published in France and your article is wonderful. I like so much your creations, your garden and your home. Best wishes

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

WOW, Carola, how cool, CONGRATULATIONS!!! That's just wonderful and I'm very happy for you :-). Of course it's very well deserved that your beautiful cottage and garden made it into such a lovely magazine. You must be very excited. Please count me in for a chance to win a copy.
Your black and white creations are just beautiful!
I guess you are on vacation right now and I hope you have some sunshine and lots of fun. I'm looking forward to hearing if you found any exciting treasures :-).
Have a great time!
Big hugs,

the fishermans cottage said...

Hi Carola, Thank you for your kind comments, I'm so glad you liked my kitchen and garden as I regularly stalk your blog too! :) ... I'm so inspired by your lovely garden, the planting is so beautiful and the roses!!..

Congratulations on being published, well deserved! :) x

Rebecca said...

Hello and congratulations! So well deserved, your style is amazing. I wish we could get this mag in the states. But I am enjoying it here.
Have a lovely weekend
Many Blessings

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Dear Carola

Congratulations - what an achievement to be published in such a great magazine.

I am inspired by your talent for gardening and many other things!

A wonderful giveaway thank you!

Shane in New Zealand :))

Mitzi Curi said...

Congratulations on the wonderful magazine spread! I haven't visited in far too long. I have a lot of catching up to do....

lola hortensia said...


J' ai acheté le magazine en France,
et j' ai eu l' adresse de votre blog, très charmant !

lola hortensia

time worn interiors said...

Congratulations on the article! How fun is that!

les filles colline said...

j'ai lu ce magazine en français ce début de semaine : une merveille.
Ravie qu'un article t'y soit consacré.
belle journée.

Blomsterverkstad said...

Wow, so fantastic! Pics look good and so many pages - what an insiration! Happy to have you over here in our guesthouse! Hugs, Minna :)

FredaB said...

Carola I love what you have done with black and white. Very appealing and congratulations for your home in the new magazine. that is a wonderful spread.



decorator to the stars said...


Lisa said...

I thought I had entered this. If I did please disregard this entry. Although if I thought I could stack the deck to win a copy of this I would, LOL! Will you have copies of this in your flickr? I'll go look, maybe you do already.
Are you still interested in a winter swap? If so email me, okay?

Monica said...

Oooh Carola!!!! Congratulations!!!!! I must run to see if I find the magazine... Your home and garden are amazing, and so are your photographs! The article looks beautiful... and what's best is that I can READ it ;)
Hugs and congrats again!
Monica xo

JoAnn S. said...

congrats to you, everything looks wonderful!!!

hugs JoAnn

Rosa said...

Ho comprato oggi la rivista e l'ho trovata molto interessante. Faccio i complimenti per il buongusto e la raffinata eleganza! xoxoxo ROSY

June said...

I am so excited for you Carole. What a beautiful layout! and what a beautiful magazine. You must be so happy!!! Your home is gorgeous and I am so glad that they agree.I wish we got this publication in the US*sigh*
hugs from here...

isa said...

J'ai adoré lire votre article publié dans l'art de la brocante.
Vous avez beaucoup de talent.
Une belle soirée
Bises de France

Shari Replogle said...

Congratulations Carola! 12 pages! I would love to be included for the giveaway. Is there any place to get the magazine in the US?

I love the mirror!

Naturegirl said...

Carola! Congratulations for being published! You must be so proud of your creative efforts in making such a beautiful sanctuary in your home!Yes your home and what you have done is very inspirational!
Wonderful achievement! xo

Hampton said...

Maravilloso, como siempre, Carola.

Marcie TheRusticVictorian said...

Congratulations Carola! 12 pages, wowee! I am so happy for you! It looks like a great magazine, I havent heard of it before...but then it seems I am always late getting onto things in the world. I hope you are well. Happy Fall!


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