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I cannot find my fireplace tools.  The ones I  hid, because they were so ugly I wanted to make sure Style at Home didn’t shoot them?  I lost them.  Gone.  Poof.  I’m not all that broken up about it, what with them being … ugly.  But I’d better find some by October.  That’s the start of fireplace season.  In the past  I’ve tried poking the wood around with a big, long dry stick of wood.  Yeah, um, that doesn’t work, for obvious reasons.

Now onto the point of this post!

Just for fun I asked the fine folks at Style at Home if they could give me a few magazine subscriptions to giveaway.

They gave me 10.*

If you happen to be someone of good taste and would like to win a subscription to this magazine here’s what you have to do:

Leave me a comment on this post telling me what you would hide if a magazine came to shoot at your house.

The BEST answer (as judged by me) will automatically win a subscription, all other 9 winners will be selected randomly.

*Only winners from Canada will receive the print version of the magazine.  All other winners will receive a year long digital subscription as seen here at Zinios.

Contest closes Wednesday, August 11th midnight.  Winner announced Friday, August 13th.


  1. Leah says:

    I would hide a whole room. I call it my “dressing” room. It’s a mess. Our house is very small (under 800 sq ft) and our “office” has now turned into my “dressing” room. It’s not my fault I have more clothes that can fit into my closet and dresser. Well…it is my fault, but my last apartment had insanely huge walk-in closets and I didn’t look nearly so messy living there. Why should I have to get rid of clothes because these crazy closets are so damn small?

    Seriously, I would go to great lengths to hide the whole room…including building a wall, screwing the door shut and telling the magazine the door has been stuck since we moved in, buying a very large dog to sit there and guard the door….tons of options!!

  2. Melissa says:

    This is a hard one. I think I would have to hide the entire downstairs bathroom, and most of the kitchen, and maybe the family room and for sure my son’s bedroom…it would probably be best to just lock the door and act like no one is home the way you do when it’s Halloween and you’re out of candy.

  3. sophie says:

    I would have to hide my bras! not that they’re ugly or ratty or anything but they’re usually strewn around the house, hanging on the bathroom door knob, on the back of a chair, in between the couch pillows…Don’t ask me how they end up there…i have no idea…

  4. Emmy Jay says:

    I would hide the excruciatingly ugly brass floor lamps that came from the house my husband grew up in (“Oh,” he says when I show him pictures of lamps that would look *so* much better, “but the ones we have are *brass* — they will never wear out.” And they will always be just as ugly.) I would hide those *real* good…

    Also the cats’ litter pans…(but I’d have to remember where I put them…)

    • Lang says:

      OMG, I love your husband’s comments! He’s just like my brother in law. My sister and I weren’t allowed to paint over some wood trim b/c of “resale”. He was clueless, I tell ya, clueless!

  5. coralie says:

    If a magazine came to photograph my house I would hide my face. Surely a magazine choosing to feature my house would be a sign of the complete degradation of society.

  6. Melissa says:

    I would hide my husband (just kidding, he’s super cute and English!) Ok, i would hide the wires that extend from everything required to live in this modern world. ugh.

  7. Kelly says:

    Likely there would be a few things to hide at my house. Dirty dishes. If there are too many to stick in the dishwasher, just put them in the oven. Piles of paper, mail and magazines. They never seem to find their rightful home, maybe there is not one. Better not put them in the dishwasher or the oven. Laundry, it might be folded but no one wants to put it away. Oh yeah, there is a son’s bedroom at my house that will need the door shut and locked.

  8. Heather says:

    Well, the first thing to go would have to be the enormous 8 point buck mounted on the living room wall above the tv. Most of the time it doesn’t bother me, I’ve gotten used to it over the last 9 years, but I would just rather it not be one of the first things you see when you walk in the front door!

  9. Laurel says:

    I think it would have to be my plaid couch in the rec room!

  10. LaineyDid says:

    I’ll have to consult our 3 rescue dogs who technically run our house and get back to you on that! They’ll probably say the kitchen cupboard doors and fridge door need to be hidden!!!

  11. Marlena says:

    I would hide our window unit air conditioners. They are bulky, ugly, take up precious window space, but sure do save us during those scorching and humid days.

  12. Annette says:

    I’m with Leah, I’d need to hide a room and that room would be my bedroom. That is if they came today. Give me the weekend to purge through some clothes (more like Ronnie’s) and I’d be set. Maybe.

  13. Jeanne says:

    I would revamp the refrigerator. It seems all the family pictures with funky magnets that people have given me, end up on the refrigerator. One feels guilty if my grand children aren’t posted in their most recent, braced or toothless grin. The magnets take up most of the space with well intentioned reminders of travels, words of wisdom or just plain rude comments of procrastination. We won’t talk about what’s inside. Put a chain lock on it an hour before arrival.

  14. kristin says:

    I would definitely get rid of the huge pile of pillow fluff that’s been under the coffee table since forever. I pulled it all out of my sleep pillow in an attempt to make the pillow a little more neck friendly, and I’ve been meaning to put it into one of the flat lumpy pillows in the living room. I just haven’t gotten around to it. Oh and I’d probably hide the blow-up plastic sword that somehow found its way into the bathroom and never left.

  15. Leslie says:

    I would hide the litter box. No one besides me needs to know that my angel-cats poop and make horrible smells throughout our apartment and that the boy cat trails litter everywhere with his huge, way-too-furry-for-a-shorthair feet. I’d also try to hide by basement neighbor because everyone can hear his toots in our apartment.

  16. kt says:

    I would hide our backyard. Currently the grass that isn’t dead is about 2 feet tall in seed heads. Also, the neighbor’s dastardly cat has taken to using the entire area as it’s catbox. I should get a dog…or killer chickens.

  17. Angela says:

    I had a small infatuation with a former runner up on American Idol a few years ago. I would have to hide any remnants from that, say magazines or a bobble head or tshirts that I sadly still have!

  18. Jingooo says:

    I would hide the overflowing documents in our home office. They seem to have an ability to spread themselves on all surfaces–desk, floor, kitchen counter, etc.–when we are not paying attention.

  19. Natalie says:

    Well, I am sort of hiding it already… my 10-yr old Ikea couch is slipcovered because my kitty decided architecturally modify the thing suit her taste. You know, exposed wood, a hole large enough for my arm to go through – she says it lets in more “light”, stuffing peeking out of tears and shreds for that “shabby chic” look. I have to keep the darn thing (the couch) because it’s a sofa-bed and I live in a 1-bed apartment and need it for guests. Thank god for slipcovers.

  20. Amanda says:

    If a magazine came to photograph our house I think I would have to hide the white plastic baby-proof locks that are hanging off all the cabinets and cupboard doors….they don’t evoke style.

  21. Cords and cables, computers and cameras… I find all of my techie stuff so usefull. But alas, the trappings of my obsession don’t always look so great. Within a four foot perimeter from where I am writing this, I have at least four different devices from which I could surf my way to The Art of Doing Stuff. So unless the photoshoot was for “Macworld”, “Popular Photography”, or “Mobile Phones Today”; I think I would need to hide some of this stuff away.

  22. I would hide the Mister’s beastly, drooly, tandem-toed pit bull and his giant hideous oak crate, which he has to have otherwise he will bust out and pee on everything in sight while we’re gone.

  23. vegeater says:

    I live in a rental. What wouldn’t I hide? The Nixon-era fridge, the Miss-Havisham Chandelier (brass), the lovely dun-colored linoleum, the kill-me-now vertical blinds….I would be a basket-case. At least, blessedly, the walls are crisp white, which a wise person once referred to as “the botox of paint colors.”

  24. Stacie says:

    i would try to hide my DIY sensibilities. All the spots on the projects I started then abandoned, like the wall behind the shower curtain in my bathroom wheereupon discovering i had spent 3 days painting latex paint over oil based paint I had to start stripping the paint, exposing cute linoleum tile in the process. The lonf arduous process which soon enough became really boring and messy. so I quit. And moved onto making my own slip cover for an old chair out of some curtains a-la- sound of music. Which got hemmed and drags slightly on the floor. Or the hard wood chair I’m attempting to re-finish…hide them all. Or finish them. Or hide them. Really well.

  25. Lang says:

    The stack of papers, recipes, bills, doo-dads, pennies, pens, coupons, etc. that sit at the end of my otherwise pristine kitchen counter. I’d probably stash them in my den closet and would be late paying the bills having forgotten about them and have to pay late fees that would tick me off so much I would end up paying late next month and look at yet another late fee, and finally the subliminal screaming of the pile would make me get in there, go through it, clean it up and start all over again…

  26. Pamela says:

    I’d definitely have to hide my windows. I don’t know if I’d even call them actual windows – they’re more like storm windows that you’d put on the outside of real windows. We’re saving to get them replaced…hopefully before winter comes. But in the mean time, I’d get some pretty grey silk drapes to cover them for the magazine shoot.

  27. Kate Kate says:

    I rent an apartment. I have tried really hard to “make it my own” despite not so great plumbing and amazing (insert sarcasm here) parque tiling.

    I would definitely hide my bathroom. Whenever it needs a fix, the fix it crew does band aid repairs, so it never looks amazing. I have also scrubbed the tiles hands and knees to make it look pretty. It never does.

    It’s my least favorite room. Hide it! Hide it!!

  28. Alyssa says:

    Our cordless drills… for some reason, we have 4 or 5 (at last count) and they are *always* in the most bizarre places. And 2 or 3 seem to permanently live in the house, I’m sure they’ve even been inside our garage.

  29. Danielle says:

    I’d hide my master bedroom – it is painted (the builder’s choice, not mine) a hideous sallow yellow. It depresses me. I’m hoping to scrounge up some extra coin for a DIY paint job soon.
    – Danielle
    other-option AT hotmail DOT com

  30. Jenn says:

    I would probably need a nice area rug to cover the area of the carpet that the dogs have stained and dug a hole through. I’d probably hide their beds while I was at it too.

  31. Kate S says:

    Like anyone would want to photograph my rented circus apartment! With yellow and purple vertical stripes in the 10 ft ceiling front hall; red and white peeling paint in the bathroom; yellow and white kitchen, with a fridge at 5’5 I am taller than; and bedrooms in glaring gem tones; you wouldn’t want to document this atrocity!

    If it were my parent’s house, which it beautifully decorated, I would say the dog bed that has been peed on and chewed over one too many times in the living room.

  32. Langela says:

    I would (and do everytime someone comes over) hide the ever-present baskets of clean laundry needing to be folded. I fold and fold and can’t seem to make them stay gone. I will work all day to get every last one of them folded and put away only to have my husband sneak another one back upstairs to taunt me and make me feel like there is some sort of laundry conspiracy. I always tell my husband,” Oh good! The living room looked so clean and laundry-less. I almost started to relax. Good thing you caught me before I did that!”

  33. JacJ says:

    There are more than a few things that I would hide…. I would probably start off with hiding all my unfinished projects. I currently have about 30 sock monkeys hidden behind my sofa (been asked to make them for family members)there is also two half painted floor cushions that meander throughout my house asking to be finished; the half built light table/desk that has become a pain in my you know what and if you asked my grandmother she would say I must hide my duvet that I am making because it is the same color as a dead mouse. Because dead mice are a different color than live ones. Crap. lets hope no one wants to ever photograph my house…..

  34. Wendy says:

    Two words: nude photos.

    (P.S. I’m a southern belle, so bring on the digital subscription!)

  35. Jen Clark says:

    I would hide my bath mat. My bathroom is so small that I had to cut an IKEA bath mat in half so that it would fit. It’s gotten pretty ratty around the edges. Come to think of it, it could use a bleaching. And my towels have the opposite problem – orange bleach stains on blue towels. I’ll just hide the whole bathroom…

  36. Vero says:

    This weird animatronic monkey head that got passed down to me from my brother who got it as a gift (who the HELL would give that as a gift?!) It’s super creepy and makes noises to boot. I’m stuck with it cause my man seems to find it hilarious. Hide it, just hide it!!

  37. Jessica says:

    Oh goodness…first instinct…EVERYTHING! lol For sure the blue couch in the “doggie room” that they have gutted about half of one of the cushions and is covered in dog hair that will not come out. The ghetto black and gold with glass front tv stand straight out of the 80’s that came with the boyfriend. The mostly dead palm tree. For starters.

  38. Aniko says:

    I would hide my half finished art projects, my Ufo-s. May be I should lock an entire room… well… if I collect my unframed pictures, unfinished knittings, and my waxbatiks that were craps in my judgement.
    I would love to maintain an image about a perfect artist… but the sad truth I am not.

  39. Katie says:

    I would hide my kitchen floor, is that possible??? It is super ugly peel and stick laminate that has marks of which cannot be cleaned. Ugh…

  40. Janelle LaCroix says:

    The kids’ wading pool. – the one that’s faded by the sun, filled with baby urine, spilled juice, discarded pb&j crusts and oh yeah…a little water. Just a little water…on account of the slow leak that persists despite a liberal application of duct tape (not the cute, colourful kind…the nasty gray kind) over the many tears. At this point I have spent more money on duct tape to repair the pool than the fifteen bucks I spent on the pool in the first place.

  41. vickie says:

    I think the only room I won’t hide is the master bedroom. No kids, or dogs are allowed. I’ve been nice enough to allow my husband to come into it- with supervision of course.

  42. Ginny says:

    Where to even start? The toys all over the house, my ebay inventory all over the living room & all the paperwork, lol.

  43. Amy says:

    Wow, I start thinking of all the small things around the house that would have to get done… touch up painting, replace the broken blinds, finally HANG the light in the living room (propped up on the bookshelf by my husband’s Star Wars toys). Oh, that’s something I might hide, the Star Wars toys!
    and the stacks of paper that I never get around to filing.
    and any dish towels the cat has “caught” for me and dragged across the house!

  44. Kendra says:

    I hide the kids.

  45. Jessica says:

    I’d have to hide my husband… for several weeks leading up to the shoot. Otherwise I’m sure he’d manage to undo any work I got done in preparation…
    Hopefully I wouldn’t lose him like an ugly set of fireplace tools! Though, I am a bit absentminded at times…

  46. Sacha says:

    I would hide the box of art and photographs that we haven’t had time to hang up yet… and all of my crafting supplies that are currently just stacked in (clear) boxes in the den… along with all of the ‘stuff’ that they don’t take into account when designing condos… like vacuums, cases of club soda and potting soil. No closet to put them in. Oops!

  47. stephanie says:

    I wouldn’t hide a damn thing…then maybe some altruistic home organizer/designer/contractor would feel obligated to save me and my house….

  48. Jenn C. says:

    Hmmmm…. I am slugging through some renovations on my own. So, if a magazine was coming to photograph my house, I would have to hide the fact that A) I currently have no kitchen sink or faucet installed (just recently taken out for countertop replacement) B) there is a a very long electrical wire (not active!!) hanging from my ceiling… oh… and C) the stained, paint dropped on, kitchen floor that is waiting to be replaced with all of the hardwood currently piled in my bedroom (guess I would have to hide that, too!!).

    Sheesh, when I read all of that, it seems I might have some work to do! 🙂 Hmmm… and that maybe a magazine wouldn’t be shooting at my house. Hehe.

  49. tricia says:

    Don’t laugh, but I’d hide my bras. I’m on the busty side and they don’t fit in my dresser drawer so I keep them laid out flat on a shelf. I feel my cheeks turning pink as I write this.

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