Mrs. Blandings Goes to Elle Decor

Ok, so I did this thing that I haven’t mentioned.  I wrote an article.  I can’t pretend in the least to be all, “Oh, what?  That?  That national magazine article?  It was nothing.”

No, not nothing.  Really something.  Besides the birth of my children the most exciting thing that has happened to me.  But I didn’t mention it earlier because with every email from the Elle Decor staff I braced myself for the message saying, “Thank you so much for your submission.  While we appreciate your enthusiasm for the subject, the article is nothing short of a dog’s dinner.  We have, however, retained it for our files in case we need a chuckle.”

Fortunately, that was never the case.  Everyone was wonderful.  A heartfelt thanks to (in order of appearance) Margaret Russell, Mitch Owens, Brandon Pace, Kamala Nair, Michael Boodro, Dickson Wong, Cheminne Taylor-Smith, all of Elle Decor, for their help and hand-holding.  Thanks, too, to the antique dealers, shop owners, chefs and friends who took the time to tell me what they love about Kansas City.
In the July/August issue.  On news stands soon.
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55 thoughts on “Mrs. Blandings Goes to Elle Decor

  1. Congratulations!!! This is a big deal..can't wait to get my copy in the mail! It is exciting for a blog/writer I love and read to get publicity in such a great's to you Mrs. Blandings!

  2. Wow! Congratulations! Now I REALLY can't wait til my new issue arrives.
    Listened to you with the Skirted Roundatable ladies just yesterday. Terrific job there, too!

  3. Hey Congratulations on your magazine article! I'll have to run out and get Elle to read all about you I guess! Didn't know you were such a celeb! Best Wishes, you go girl!

  4. Congrats Mrs. B! You really are all that and a bag of chips. Y'know, like, organic, sun-dried, really chic chips.

  5. AHHHHHH I cannot wait!!!! Congrats Mrs.B! I'm not surprised one bit… and cannot wait til that issue arrives in the mailbox. Yipppeee!!!

  6. Brava Mrs!!!!!
    Kansas City has soo much to offer. On my cross country trek to new digs in AZ, I lamented at the solitary day I was able to spend having fun. I'll be back!!!!

  7. Mrs. B: this will be my most anticipated copy of Elle Decor ever! Congratulations – you deserve this and more!!!!!!!


  8. Patricia — congratulations — that is so great and I can't wait to get to the city and Borders to get my copy.

    Also, enjoyed The Skirted Roundtable!

  9. I am, literally, jumping up an down with excitement! Congratulations on such a marvelous success . . . you clearly deserve it and SO much more.

  10. So exciting! Now I can say I KNOW HER (in a sense)! What a coupe- and you can keep a secret too. May I ask- Can I be the first to interview you Mrs B. after this hits the mailboxes? la

  11. Congratulations! This is very exciting and I will be looking for the magazine when it's on newstands. Wishing you continued success! Deborah

  12. Warmest congratulations-this is the most excited I've been about a magazine since the demise of my beloved Domino-well done!

  13. Patricia, this is so cool… Congratulations, you write so animated, the attention is well deserved!

  14. Very exciting indeed. I just finished reading your interview with Southern Accents and then this post followed. Well done. Looking forward to reading the article.

  15. I'd have a banner on the house and paint the front door red! Congratulations!!!! Can't wait to see it!
    You are a real gem!

  16. Wow!! Congratulations- you must be beside yourself with joy!! That's really something- can't wait to see it!

  17. Thank you all – it's so much fun and still a little surreal. Can't wait to hold it in my hand myself. (Besides, looks like lots of yummy stuff in this issue.)

  18. Brava, Patricia!
    That is fantastic and exciting news- can't wait to read it!!!

    Also, loved listening to the Skirted Round Table.
    -Linda, NY

  19. So well-deserved. I am very much looking forward to reading it. Congratulations. If it is anything similar to what we already have read from you we are in for a treat.

  20. Oh sweet girl of course they would have jumped at the opportunity to feature you – oh ye of so little faith! Things take a little while to make it across the great Pacific divide, so my guess is that I'll be picking up this issue around July/August 2010! But I'll be loving it nonetheless. Message to KC City Hall – give Mrs. B. the Keys to the City pronto!
    Millie ^_^

  21. Wow! How exciting… Congratuations! Can't wait to see the article! Love KC- we would antique shop there when we lived in Dallas. Such great shops- my favorite was Christopher Filley's shop. Is he still there?

  22. First time commenting on your blog although not the first time visiting. Just wanted to say how wonderful this is. congratulations and enjoy.

  23. I keep checking the news stands to see if the issue has been released. Now I know my portrait of you will be in there, now I am just curious to see what photos of STUFF (if any) that I took ended up in there.

    Photographing STUFF was so hard because that place is just filled with so much…ermmmm…STUFF 😉

  24. Of course this issue is a MUST-Buy copy for me! And I really enjoyed your participation on the Skirted Roundtable too! (left a comment thereabouts too!) Very very well done indeed on both counts!

    Jan at Rosemary Cottage

  25. YEAH! Finally! Not only are you my favorite blogger, and Elle Decor my favorite magazine, but that my favorite city for gorgeous homes is still Kansas City! Thank you so much from a native. Next time I hear the skeptical "Kansas City?" when asked where I was born and raised – I will be proud to whip out the issue of Elle Decor;-) Congratulations, this is such an honor. You will probably get a huge stack in the mail from your fans awaiting your autograph!

  26. Oh, Mrs. B., the Elle Decor article on Kansas City is fabulous! Now you are the most of famous of our Mag Style group. I love you writing style – what a charming way you found to tell the story of the new and old Kansas City.

  27. congrats!! i just read the article and it was wonderful! i'm from st. louis and it always makes you feel proud when your "region" is represented with such heart and style. i hope this is just the beginning for you – you're a terrific writer.

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