Homespun Style Living Room Part 2

Country Cottage Living RoomMy Country Cottage Homespun Style Living Room is open to the Dining Room and the Kitchen. This is one of my fav pictures! (I’m a Stylist! I love creatively arranging stuff!) I love the open feel and I actually do love all the white walls. I’ve had homes with color on the walls and homes all white and over the years I actually prefer white walls. I feel like you can make color “pop” and you can change colors more easily.

TJ Maxx decor pillowsHere are a mixture of free pillows, TJ Maxx (blue one), and homemade. If you missed Part 1 of my Homespun Style Living Room, go HERE! I collaborated with Piepereit Productions and Annetta Bosakova on a combination Photoshoot of my Living Room, Dining Room and Kitchen.white slipcovered chairsIn this corner of the Living Room are some elegant white slipcovered chairs (I got free by the road). The decor on the wall is mismatched kid art, vintage fabric framed by embroidery rings and a rustic shelf  and frame built by Dream Garden Woodworks. Orange rick rack pillow from TJ Maxx and pansie decor pillow from Annetta Bosakova. Cute crochet owl by Petra Hernandez.

Homespun Style wall decor

white berries in vaseDon’t you love the above display? Vintage books, a hankie displayed in an embroidery hoop and a simple white berries in a beautiful, dirty, vase.

cozy cottage corner

yarn balls in a basketIsn’t the above just sooo beautifully displayed? The yarn and book say, “cozy” and the flowers say “romance.” LOVE! Another corner styled by Annetta.fall flowers artThis spot is in-between the Living Room and Kitchen. Annetta styled this; it says to me: Garden & Fall.

Fall FloralsI love how the real flowers and the painted flowers combine!

Even if you are renting, even if your home is not up-to-date, even if you have very little to work with, it can be beautiful! And if your “home” on this earth is not good or non-existent, be assured that your Home in Heaven is so beautiful and it will be the most perfect place to call home.

In a similar way, no matter where you are in life or who you are or who you are with, you are so beautiful to God. He loves you just right where you are at. No matter what. You do not have to be perfect or even love Him back. He created you just as you are and He is thrilled all about you! 

See the beauty in your home today and look forward to the beautiful Home God has for us in Heaven.

The beauty inside you is a soul that longs for God. “Every longing in us is a version of our longing for God, but it’s still a longing for the God we were made to know.” -Tim Chester


Homespun Style Living Room Part 1

Helloooo Friends! Glad you made it here…Even if you are quiet…even if you are in your pj’s…are you sipping on a hot drink? Made myself a chai tea with hot milk and sprinkled cinnamon on top yesterday. De-lish! Inspired by The Cottage Nest. Mom, are you still drinking chai tea every night?Home embroideryWelcome to my Homespun Country Cottage Living Room! This is my first “official” Interior Styling with Professional Photographers…I collaborated with Piepereit Productions and Annetta Bosakova on this project. It was a lot more work than any of the other Styling Shoots I’ve done this year. I learned sooo much! The above “Home” embroidery (on the front door) was crafted with love by Annetta :)

Homespun Country CottageWe’ve been renting the last 5 years or so and even though it’s been hard to move so many times (4 times in 5 years!), I sure do get to work on my decorating and styling skills. For this room, I was highly inspired by Selina Lake’s Homespun Style.

A few sources…cozy rug from Home Depot, Shear Curtains from Target, cow quilt pillow from a garage sale…Coffee Table built by my husband at Dream Garden Woodworks and painted by my homemade Chalk Paintcozy Country CottageAnnetta really helped with the styling of the “close-ups.” She was so kind to travel all the way from the Seattle Area to help Style and Photograph. Yankee Candle and oversize teacup from TJ Max. Slippers from Walmart.100 year old embroideryThe embroidery, which I begged off my sister in-law is 100 years old. LOVE it!! Fielding, who was the lead photographer, asked…”did you know there is purple tape showing??” (on the pumpkin botanical print) he he! Yes!! Washi Tape. I always like the trend when it’s just at the end of “trending.” I used “washi” tape in my styling because it’s easy and cute…I took out a lot of black framed pictures. (however, the truth is the washi tape I bought did not stick very well and everything kept coming down…so maybe tack in first and then cover with the cute washi tape)

End of Summer BouquetAnnetta and I collected the flowers for the bouquets (including this one) from around our neighborhood and at the Park. My friend T opened my eyes to clipping “free” flowers around town…on empty lots, church parking lots, abandoned houses, just along the road. Genius, right? In all my Styling Shoots this year I’ve never paid for flowers! (the cute pumpkin homemade by me! tutorial HERE!)

Country Cottage MantelThe above globe is from TJ Maxx. For this shoot I incorporated a lot of TJ Maxx products. However, much of the furniture and accessories are just second hand, from thrift stores or garage sales and re-purposed.Rustic End Table
Simple Country Cottage

Roses on end tableSimplicity is beautiful…don’t you think? (End Tables and wooden boxes in Entertainment Center: Dream Garden Woodworks.)

I was telling Annetta that I wanted women to believe that their house doesn’t have to be modern or up-dated to be beautiful. And that’s how I choose to believe. Yes, these images are “Sunday Best” and my home does not look like this everyday and I don’t usually “Style” my life. However, we don’t need to feel like we have to keep up with Pinterest or all the latest trends. That is impossible! And sometimes we have to be content with what we have. Gold doorknobs, gold ceiling fans and orange kitchen cabinets are growing on me because it’s what I have and I’m working with it and not against it… Do you feel like you have to up-date your house all the time? Do you always feel discontented? That’s not what I want to happen to you while you are here! Please be encouraged, your space can be beautiful with a little cleaning, maybe some re-purposed junk, and some “roadside” flowers :)

Stay tuned for Part 2! and check back more often because I’ve got several more Country Cottage Living “Styling” shoots to share…

Backyard Garden & Chickens Part 3!

Potting Bench BeautyIf you missed Part 1 and 2 of this “Backyard Goodness” shoot, go HERE and HEREIn this edition…Part 3 we get to see more flowers at the Potting Bench, more Grandiflora products and more chickens! Whew! The lovely, Corlana, photographed these lovely sisters accompanied by my daughter (one sister had to work; bummer!).

flowers from 5 loaves farm

Grandiflora Home & Garden ProductsThe above adorable products can be found at Grandiflora Home & Garden in Lynden, WA. They have an amazing selection and a variety of styles. They will be launching a new and better online store soon; you don’t want to miss it!

flowers from 5 Loaves Farm5 Loaves Farm loaned us extra flowers and produce for the shoot.

Grandiflora Products

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bird nest decorIf Gardens, Chickens and Potting Benches weren’t enough goodness, check out this cutey bunny rabbit:bunny and carrot

Then, there’s more chickens:

Backyard Chickens

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backyardshoot2 209-199and a few more lovely flowers:

bleeding hearts


backyard coopAnd that, my friends, is the end of Lori’s Backyard Garden, Chickens and daughters (3 out of 4!). And we didn’t even capture all of the pets and corners of her lovely yard. Perhaps we shall visit again one day and show you a few other corners!

Backyard Garden & Chickens Part 2

Collecting the eggsContinuing from Part 1… I love how Lori uses her space so beautifully. She has an in-town backyard. It is not huge but she uses it to it’s full potential. I’m sure it did not become so amazing overnight. It probably took years to take shape and a lot of pulling weeds. They have a small chicken coop with not more than 10 chickens and various other pets. Part 2 is all about the “chickens”! (and the lovely Corlana took the amazing photos: Lana Jenae Photography)chickens photoshootAren’t these chickens adorable…I wish I could remember their names…I’ll re-post when I find out!eggs in apron

brown eggsI’ve wanted chickens for years but I’m waiting on God’s timing. There is a “season” for everything!

country girlIt is soooo creative to dream these “stories” up and come up with the location, the clothes, the props and the “shot” list. I found myself losing a lot of sleep this summer because there are so many details! Also, on the morning of this shoot, it was pouring buckets. I quickly changed the whole theme to a “rain” shoot with umbrellas and boots and then it stopped raining and we went back to our original plan. Whew!! but I still want to do that rain shoot sometime. Puddle jumping sounds so fun!

cute country chickensDon’t you just love this shot? It’s probably my favorite!! Gotta love those old-fashioned aprons!

chicken getting away

girls and chickensBackyard chickens, old-fashioned aprons and gardens…it’s truly a slice of heaven. Yes. There will have to be a part 3…stay tuned

Sweet Peas

Backyard Garden & Chickens Part 1

Potting BenchIn this post, “Backyard Garden & Chickens,” I share Lana Jenae Photography Styled by Melanie Beilner; that’s me! We were blessed to photograph a friend’s lovely backyard with beautiful raised Garden Beds and Chickens. 3 out of the 4 lovely daughters are in the shoot plus my daughter. In the above photo, Anna wears Rue 21 Overalls. We got to play with Grandiflora products in our shoot!

potting in the garden

Summer GardenAbby is wearing IZ Byer Cowgirl Dress from Kohl’s and a Croft & Barrow White Summer Hat.

Burlap Bag: "With God..."I like what the bag says, “With God All Things Are Possible.”

antique watering can

watering the garden

gathering vegetables in the gardenEliza is wearing Lush and collecting vegetables from the Garden. Garden Produce

garden carrots5 Loaves Farm provided extra produce and flowers for the shoot.

picking a floral bouquetKate wears Speechless and collects a floral bouquet in a uniquely crafted carrier.

floral carrier from Grandiflora

Garden flora and faunaStay tuned for Part 2 of more Garden Flora and Fauna!!

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