Why Country Living Magazine came calling… {2013 Country Living House of the Year}{8}

Just before I left for the Haven Conference last week, I was contacted by Country Living Magazine with hopes that I would help them to spread the word about the 2013 Country Living House of the Year.  Of course I wanted to jump right on it and get it to you before the magazine came out, but with just a few hours left until I had to leave for the airport, I had to put it on hold until I got back.

Well, I’m home!  I’m so thrilled to bring you some beautiful images from Country Living and some of the story behind this year’s House of the Year!  The September Issue – The Makeover issue – should be on newsstands (and in our mailboxes!) this week.  In case you haven’t seen it yet – here’s your first look!

The Makeover Issue will arrive with one of FOUR covers! I wonder which one I'll get!

Inside this issue, you’ll find all the great features you’ve come to expect from Country Living, plus the story of the amazing makeover of one beach bungalow in Breezy Point, New York.  The project, featuring the work of designer Emily Henderson, will appear in the September 2013 issue of Country Living, on newsstands Aug. 6. Henderson, Brooklyn-based Deary Construction, and the Country Living team transformed Marian Lizzi’s 1,000-square-foot, one-bedroom, one-bathroom bungalow, tearing down walls to establish a more open-concept layout—a move that created the illusion of more space, and a much better flow.

It was less than one year ago that Hurricane Sandy brought her particular brand of devastation to the Northeast.  Although the storm didn’t spare a single state between Florida and Maine, the coastal communities of New York and New Jersey met with unimaginable damage.  Much attention was paid to the Jersey Shore and the more famous recreational areas there.  I wrote about them myself as they are one of my favorite childhood playgrounds.  You can read about how we prepared for the hurricane and how we stood when the storm had passed.

Breezy Point, New York, the town in which the 2013 Country Living Home of the Year is situated, was particularly hard hit by the storm.  The ocean came in and flooded the town and then devastating fires destroyed much of what was left behind.  Homeowner Marian Lizzi was spared the burning of her home but when she returned to her place on Breezy Point, she found that it had been flooded with two and a half feet of water.

the house gets a "yellow sticker" - it's not safe to live in. . .

the homeowner, along with friends and family, had begun demolition of the waterlogged interior of the house. . .

Encouraged by her friends and family, Marian submitted her house to Country Living for renovation.  For only the second time in the 15 year history of Country Living’s Home of the Year, an existing home, not a show house, would be chosen—-Marian’s house was picked and “Project Home Again”  began.

There are so many parts of this little beach bungalow that I absolutely love.  Did you see those kitchen stools?  Those red kitchen stools?  Did you see them?!  Let me share a few more of the highlights. . .

All Photo Credits:  Country Living / Alec Hemer

look! there's my Kitchen Aid mixer on the counter! good taste!

wide open living area - so airy and relaxing. . .

perfect for a good night's sleep or a summer afternoon vacation nap. . .

unusual tile, creative mirror placement, open airy shower and gorgeous sink. . . beautiful!

Would you like to see more of this lovely space?  Let Country Living show you every little last detail.  Follow this link and you can, learn where to shop for the featured products, go behind the scenes of the building process, and meet the design team.  You can even take a personal video tour with Editor in Chief, Sarah Gray Miller!

I can’t wait for this issue to show up in my mailbox.  If a magazine were going to show up at my house and do a makeover – you know – like, in my wildest imagination? it would most definitely be Country Living.  Hands Down.

*Disclosure:  This post is 100% UNsponsored.  Country Living Magazine was kind enough to contact me and give me access to a few of their photos to use for the story.  Country Living Magazine is truly my favorite and frankly, I’d probably pay them to let me be involved in their organization in some way.  Okay.  That would really be pushing the boundaries of my love. . . but you get the idea.

How about you?  Which is your favorite magazine?  I know what my answer is!!  Leave me a comment below and tell me which magazine you would want to see on your doorstep with power tools and design experts!!

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