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My Kitchen Makeover is in September’s Country Living Magazine!

I am humbled. To have my budget kitchen makeover in September’s Country Living Magazine. Wow.
I know they were here and had  a full day of shooting at my house. And I knew it was coming out soon… but it is so surreal…and to actually have the honor of seeing it in real print is humbling. I can’t believe that a dream like this has come true.
Jennifer Rizzo in Country Living Magazine

I had a nightmare  two nights before it came out that I was throwing  a party at my house for the photographer, the stylist, and the editor . Mid-drink, she told me they had to move it to the January issue. The photographer looked at me and said “Oh, that’s too bad, if they move it to January it means it’s not going to be in at all.” I was crushed and woke up completely upset. Luckily, it was probably just my anxiety coming out. I can get super anxious over the stupidest things.
Country Living Magazine Jennifer Rizzo Budget White Kitchen Remodel
That day, a wonderful reader e-mailed me that they had received their Country Living Magazine issue and saw my kitchen! I think God was looking out for me and wanted to let me know it was going to be alright… and to stop freaking out like a total spazz.
That’s me, “Rizzo explains..” tee hee hee…
$12,000 kitchen makeover on a budget J
 It was a good lesson to me that even though when bad things happen, and at the time that are so tough and difficult to deal with it seems bleak, that there can be  a silver lining… and  a great blessing. It’s starting to make me look at the really hard times much differently. I know one day I’ll look back on this and know it was all a part of the bigger picture.
So I am so thankful to God to giving for me  a silver lining; and to Country Living for thinking my kitchen is good enough and to all my wonderful readers who have been there when I needed them.

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  1. JEN!!!!
    i was flipping through my magazine the other night & was SO impressed.
    i was oohing & aahing and then i realized it was YOURS!!!
    gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous

    what a dream come true!
    triumph after kitchen tragedy and all!! 🙂

  2. yeah jen. i am so excited for you. my issue hasn’t arrived yet, so on saturday, i stopped at barnes and noble to see it. looks beautiful!!!

  3. Awesome Jennifer. What a huge honor! AND now I can say I have seen you in person. Can you autograph my copy? I don’t have mine either but I’m sure it is absolutely beautiful! Can’t wait.
    Connie (aka LOU)

  4. How exciting for YOU!!! Maybe my issue will be in the mail today – can’t wait to see it!!! Congrats Jen…
    Jeanine, ChiPPy!-SHaBBy!
    P.S. Saw a chair of yours in STELLA the other day too…

  5. Wow Jen!!!
    It looks beautiful…all that white and all that beauty…no wonder its in that magazine!
    Woohoo I cant wait to get my copy!
    You must be smiling ear to ear…and I can see why.
    Enjoy this fabulous kitchen…I love it!
    The floors are great too!

    Deborah xo

  6. Hey Jen ~ I just got my issue of Country Living in the mail the other day and saw this article, too. Your kitchen is gorgeous ~ and how awesome to be featured in a national magazine! Congrats!

  7. Congratulations Jen! I have always loved your kitchen ~ you did such a wonderful job turning it into a beautiful and charming space and all on a budget. I am totally impressed!!

  8. POW! WOW! AMAZING! Now the world will know what all of us Illinois Bloggers have know all along… What a talented, creative and resourceful person you are…oh yeah, with a great kitchen to boot! Can’t wait for my copy to come. Love, Penny

  9. Congratulations to you! Well done. I hope my copy comes soon I can’t wait to see your beautiful kitchen in print.

  10. My Copy came in the mail the other day and I was soo thrilled to see your kitchen. I was like, “I know this Kitchen and I know who it belongs to” Congratulations, that must be so awesome for you.

  11. your kitchen is so worthy!! It’s even better in person…..

    so glad you are happy with how they did it though…I get goose bumps every time I see it in my copy!

  12. You must be so proud of yourself! Just to think, God dropped what he was doing with the poor, the suffering and the forgotten so that you could have some peace!


  13. CONGRATULATIONS JEN!!! I’m soooo happy for you!! It looks like a fabulous feature of your beautiful kitchen… I can’t wait to see it when I get my issue of CL.
    Enjoy!!! You deserve it!! 🙂

  14. Congratulations Jennifer! I received my issue in the mail and was so happy to see your feature. LOVE that craigslist hutch you found. The whole room blends seamlessly together. Well done!
    – Susan

  15. hi I am coming over From Jeanne Oliver’s blog. Your kitchen looks totally amazing! It is so charming and lovely! Congrats!

  16. A well-deserved feature! I saw it tonight at the store and was freaking my hubby out doing a happy dance for a fellow blogger I actually got to meet once upon a time. 🙂 Congrats Jen!

  17. WOW, WOW!!! This is a crazy big deal!! It must feel like a dream come true. I can’t image how you must feel. <3 Your home is so gorgeous and this is well deserved.

  18. I saw the spread! It is so beautiful your kitchen is to-die-for. Congrats girl on a job well done! You deserve it! Big hugs from Cali lulu

  19. absolutely, positively celebrating this for you!
    Your kitchen is one of my all time favorites, and it makes me even happier knowing that you did it for 12K….

    YOU’RE IN A MAGAZINE!!!!!!!!

  20. Jen ~ So much fun to see your kitchen in print!!! And – “I know her”. Well, you know what I mean, I kind of know her. Congratulations!!!

    Marilyn in Missouri

  21. Hi Jen,

    Your kitchen looks absolutely beautiful and I enjoyed reading about it all in my issue recieved yesterday!! Congratulations on this wonderful blesssing in your life. You worked hard and inspired us all!!

  22. I was so excited when I saw that you were in CL! Congratulations! Your kitchen looks great!!! Does it get any better than being featured in CL?! What a great success!!! ~Destiny

  23. hi Jen, oh my goodness, i’ve been carrying mine around for two days (i know it’s weird but i just have to find the perfect moment to sit to enjoy it). i forgot this is your issue!! i’m so excited, going to go take a look right now. congrats my talented friend!! susan

  24. I noticed you got a new stove in the pic and also they pared down yours walls…why did they take down your wooden hanging sign above the burlap curtains…did CL think it was a bit too much?

  25. Congratulations, I was reading your Blog and I did a double take when I saw that I had that issue sitting in my living room. That’ll teach me to not just look at the pictures but read the article. My Mom and I love your Blog so I called her right away to tell her about it. I love the clean look of the white. Very fresh. Thank you for all of your inspirations

  26. OMG – didn’t put 2+2 together and didn’t realize it was your kitchen — Country Living is our fav magazine and your kitchen is divine! Congrats and well done.

    p.s. Am loving the two tea towels we purchased last week (Sally Lee Candles) and am featuring them in a blog post later this week. thanks again.

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