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    I'm Janna, and I'm so glad you're here! Follow along with me on this adventure of life, decorating, and bringing modern farmhouse goodness to my little corner of the world.

    Growing up on an apple farm in Oregon, I dreamed of running a "big business" in the city. I never imagined I'd grow up to have such a fondness for the everyday items I tripped over in our barn. Life is funny like that. Sometimes the most unexpected detours are the most fun!

So Tiny Houses are all the rage these days…but WHAT IF you got the chance to deck one out in FARMHOUSE STYLE? I jumped at the chance to be involved in the design/decorating of this tiny house for a very special client…and just in case you didn’t get to come and tour it last weekend, I thought I’d share a few pics!

We decided to keep the exterior classic & rustic with a beautiful cedar shake siding…that way it will blend in beautifully with its surroundings here in the Pacific Northwest.

This tiny home is built on a 30′ trailer, so it can be moved easily. It’s just under 400 square feet, including the loft, a true tiny treasure! The builder was Jim Ash, of Daystar Tiny Homes. Ready to step inside?

There are always hiccups in any project, and this one was no different. The loveseat we originally ordered was too large for the space when it arrived, so the homeowner will be ordering a custom size. We quickly ordered this darling little settee in time for the open house, but a slightly larger piece will be better for everyday life. 🙂 The custom coffee table was made by Garden Gallery Iron Works, along with the bar stools (above left)…and so many other fun touches that you’ll see in a minute! Most of the decor you’ll see is from Garden Gallery as well…oh, we had so much fun shopping for the finishing touches!

To the right of the entry is the bathroom, including a pretty little vanity and shower. (below) The barn door is a great space-saver, but also reinforces our farmhouse look! I love the stained door, set off by lots of white shiplap walls.

There’s a little staircase to the right of the above pic, leading to the loft. The cozy loft area will be used as a guest room for the homeowner’s granddaughters and friends as well. (You can see a view up to the loft below!)

How cute is that loft space?? Garden Gallery Iron Works also made the beautiful railing…such an amazing addition!

Let’s talk about this darling kitchen & eating area!

This kitchen features a full size range (I mean, you HAVE to be able to make cookies, right?), a full size refrigerator, and a beautiful copper farm sink. There are more cabinets to be added above the counter on the right side, but you know how things go with construction. Things always take longer than planned! You may notice the fridge is up on a platform. Any guesses why? To accommodate for the wheel well! This home is built on a trailer, remember? This made the middle of the home a perfect spot for the kitchen, as most of the wheel well is covered by cabinetry. 🙂

Here’s a closer look at the sink (above)…so gorgeous! The countertops are a Corian-type material (provided by Pacific NW Marble & Granite), much lighter than granite or quartz…perfect for a tiny home!

This set of cabinets will be kept open, to keep things feeling “airy” (but will be painted white when finished). The high ceilings in this home really help it seem larger than it is…plus, great opportunities to accessorize! 🙂

This little bar area is a fun dining space.

Let’s go see the master bedroom, shall we?

Gah! This beautiful bed is a custom design by Garden Gallery Iron Works. So unique, and completely perfect for this sweet homeowner. And did you spy the little nightstand? It was found literally on the side of the road. My hubby repaired it, and I gave it a fresh coat of paint & pretty hardware. It’s just the right size for this bedroom.

This bookcase, to the left of the bed, will be a great spot to display books and family photos.

This pretty mirror will reflect light from the patio door behind me (the tiny house is currently sitting inside of a big shop until it’s completed…just imagine how bright it will be when sunshine pours in the windows!)…and have you noticed the stained beams running across the ceiling? LOVE!

Work continues on the house this week, and after that? This fun, bubbly homeowner will get to enjoy her home sweet home! Here we are at Ashley Furniture Home Store in Salem, Oregon, furniture shopping for the project! (below)

A huge thank you to Garden Gallery Iron Works and Garden Time TV for inviting me to be a part of this fun adventure! If you missed our segments on Garden Time TV, you can view them here!

Soooo? I have to know! Could YOU live in a tiny house?

 

  • October 26, 2017 - 3:52 pm

    edie gottschall - Love the tiny house. Please tell, where did you get the Lick the Bowl tea towel.
    Thanks for your blog!ReplyCancel

    • October 26, 2017 - 6:53 pm

      yellowprairieint - Hi there! The tea towel is from Garden Gallery Iron Works in Hubbard, Oregon. 🙂ReplyCancel

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Soooooo there’s this amazing family. They are dear friends, and just the sweetest people you’ll ever meet. Their family has grown a bit over the last few years, and they were ready for an organized home office/homework room.

With 4 biological children and 3 blessings adopted from China, these 7 incredible kiddos needed a spot. A spot to do school projects, homework, play games, and just hang out…away from the main living space. And the kicker? The office is the first room you see when you enter their home…so it needed to be welcoming, inviting, and organized!

The parents of these sweet kids inspire me. They are so passionate about their children, giving them each a childhood to remember. Their home is full of laughter, lots of friends hanging out, and you can feel the love. Their hearts are just HUGE!

One day in late August, I stopped by to chat with them about the project. Their wish list was simple: a homework table, bookcases to store allllllll of their books, and a little desk area for mom & dad. We didn’t really talk about colors, style, or anything like that…but I knew they would be up for anything (we’re long-time friends, remember?). I mean, talk about a dream project! Working with people you love, and dreaming up a design with no preconceived ideas.

Ready to see it?? Let’s start with a “before” pic:

So the office sort of became a catch-all for furniture not being used in other rooms…not exactly homework friendly. The walls had recently been painted, and were a great neutral color, so that was a good start! Ready to see the “after?” (below)

Fresh, modern, organized. So fun! And plenty of room to add even MORE books to the bookcases…I hear there are many more in the garage! 😉 The “Kickapoo” sign was a surprise, as it is a much-loved town where this couple grew up. I decided to use a raw board for a casual, modern look, and then sealed it with a clear water-based sealer. A perfect match to the table!

Ok, and the other side of the room, “before.” (below)

Aaaaaand “after!” (below)

Ready for homework! (sorry kids!)

One of my favorite things about this re-do is the “budget-friendliness.” It doesn’t have to cost a lot to refresh a space! And this update provided tons of function and a clean, fresh look. Win-win.

The entire room started with this fun rug, the “Kronge” from Ikea. We added the Norden Extendable Table,  Hemnes Bookcase, & Boja Pendant Lamp (also from Ikea), and these Lemoyne side chairs. The clock & gray storage cabinet were Target finds, and the pretty curtains were from Wayfair, although it appears they’ve been discontinued. 🙁 There’s a fun desk tucked over to the right, just for mom & dad.

So? Whatcha think? Not my typical look, but perfect for this fun, busy family. As always, the BEST part is happy clients (and friends!). I know this room will get tons of use, and I can’t wait for the next project with this sweet family!

 

 

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“Always take time to stop and smell the roses.” We’ve all heard it. But sometimes we don’t realize how important that is until our world gets rocked a little. Or a lot.

I’m sure we could all tell stories about what’s been going on in our lives lately. Hard things, sad things, scary things, happy things, exciting things…and man. This week we just felt like celebrating. Why? No reason, really. Just LIFE. Instead of feeling burdened that the house needs to be cleaned, the laundry pile is a mountain, the work life is hectic as ever, and we haven’t had a home cooked meal in way too long…we challenged ourselves to a perspective change, and it all started with some beautiful flowers on our doorstep.

Are you kidding me right now? How GORGEOUS are these flowers from our local FTD florist?

What a perfect opportunity to stop and SMELL THE ROSES.

I mean, just look at the way these blooms brighten up our kitchen! Our spirits were instantly lifted and suddenly it felt like a privilege to clean the kitchen, do the laundry, and make a meal (Ummm, ok you got me. Maaaaybe I didn’t make the meal, but I DID make the cookies!). And this is what I love about FTD Flowers. They partner with local florists to ensure their bouquets are hand crafted and hand delivered with care. And no matter what the occasion is, it just feels meaningful! Ya know?

Aaaand did you see the darling leather tassels on the beautiful vase? I just LOVE little details like that!

Ok, I know. You’re thinking, ‘WHAT IS THE BIG DEAL about the flowers??’ And last week I might have agreed with you. But friends, I’m telling you. It’s the little things. This pretty bouquet has brightened my mood every day this week.

Today I moved them over to the dining table, and wow. What a fun fall centerpiece! I love how the kindness of others is contagious. And now I can’t wait to send some beautiful flowers to surprise a loved one.

So, yes. There’s a lot of unlovely things going on in the world, to say the least. But we have a chance to make a difference in someone’s day. A smile, a kind word, a thoughtful note, some beautiful flowers…all it takes is a willing heart.

Proudly partnering with FTD Flowers.

  • October 11, 2017 - 2:27 pm

    Pennyreyjohnson - Janna, those are so beautiful! Thank you for taking the time to show us the display on table! Jesus bless you! XoReplyCancel

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Oooooh fall. Here you are again. Even though I LOVE summer, I’m ready for some cozy nights at home, hot apple cider, pumpkins everywhere, and the fun of fall decorating!

I really do feel like fall is the easiest season to incorporate into decor, and definitely the least expensive! If you’re a farmhouse-loving girl like me, you know a little trip to the pumpkin patch is almost all you need to infuse your home with autumn coziness. Almost. 😉

Come on in! I’d love to share a few little areas of our home that were changed up for the season. It’s so much fun to move things around every once in awhile, isn’t it?

Our entryway got a few rustic touches, and a little pop of freshness with this eucalyptus wreath from Mustard Seed Blooms.

I added the little “autumn” cutout, and a few pumpkins finish the look. A friend and I found the rustic rug while out shopping this last summer…it was screaming fall to me! As you probably know, I’m usually a NEUTRAL girl, but this year I’ve incorporated just a touch of color.

What? Oh, you need somewhere to put your coat? You can hang it here…oh, and see the fun little pumpkins that were added up top? (below)

Clean & simple. And remember the fun little removable wallpaper project from a couple months ago? Well, this buffalo check pattern is perfect for the season, isn’t it?? (From Target! Can you believe it??)

Let’s step into the living room.

This year it’s all about the mantel. I spotted this big wood art piece a few months ago at “Real Deals” and knew it would be the perfect focal point, especially since our area rug has changed since last year (find the Manderson Gray Beige Area Rug here.) Neutral, rustic, and gives me all the fall feels without being too traditionally fall-themed. Know what I mean? Want a closer look?

 Ahhhhh. Cozy, peaceful, autumn. Yes.

And I can’t stop staring at these REAL pumpkins from Bauman Farms. Stunning.

Ok, here’s the other side of the room…

The hutch got a little neutral fall fun, but let’s face it. I’m most excited about this pillow combo. Ummmm, YOU. GUYS. I HEART this pillow combo. I was so excited to come across some AMAZING pillow makers on etsy. Besides being super talented, they are just about the sweetest girls around. The faux leather pillow and gray/black patterned pillow are from Dawna-Beth McDonald at Chateau Par La Mer. The “give thanks always” pillow is from Ali at Mustard Seed Blooms. 

The orangey red pillow is from Target and the cream & gray striped pillows are from Garden Gallery Iron Works.

What do you think? A little outside of my normal box, but I LOVE!!!

Ok, let’s peak into the dining nook, shall we?

This year I was feeling like doing something a little different on the dining table, but I didn’t know what that was. One day, as I was walking through Target with my sister, it hit me (I mean, isn’t Target ALWAYS inspirational?). Look at this, and then I’ll tell you…

This plaid runner. I was instantly drawn to it because:

1. It’s cute.

2. But more importantly, it reminds me of a flannel work shirt my dad used to wear on our farm when I was a little girl. I stitched up a denim runner to layer under it, since…well, he wore jeans with it, of course!

Aaaaand then, we needed some apples for the centerpiece, since I grew up on an apple farm.

Now maybe this doesn’t speak to you the way it does me, but that’s ok! That’s actually the BEST part about decorating your OWN home…you get to infuse YOUR memories, the things YOU love, and translate what you hold dear into REAL LIFE! It’s kind of like being a painter…just letting the art flow from your soul…but in decor-form. The BEST!

The look on the ladder was simplified quite a bit…that fresh fall look I’ve been craving!

This little aloe plant came from a local farm, and the jute planter is just the soft touch needed on the kitchen counter. One thing missing….

That’s better…one little white pumpkin! 🙂

You may notice there are a few hops sprinkled around for fall, but this year I decided to try using them in a different way…a wreath! It was so much fun, and super easy. I just started tucking the hops into this grapevine wreath, and voila! Perfect addition to the barn door.

Confession. Sometimes I feel so tapped-out in the creative department. I mean, that’s my day job, being creative for others. I was worried about getting our fall decorating done this year, and wondered if I’d feel inspired at all for our own home. I decided to keep it simple and when my designated “decorating day” arrived something crazy happened. Every moment was a treat. For reals. Taking time to ENJOY the process was better than a spa day. Does that sound crazy? It’s true, though. Working to create a cozy environment for my OWN family is the greatest blessing. It might sound frivolous, but make no mistake. The atmosphere you create for your family is important. It’s the backdrop to daily moments that turn into memories FOR LIFE. And that, my friends, is a treasured task.

Before I go, I’m wondering…are you decorating for fall yet? Could you use a little help?

Maybe the thought of re-styling your mantel/coffee table/bookcase gives you hives. (You’re not alone!)

Maybe you LOVE to shop, but then you’re not sure what to do with everything when you get home. (I hear that a lot!)

Maybe you’re wondering how to make it all flow, or thinking, “how much is TOO much when it comes to accessories?”

I’m here for ya!

I’m SO EXCITED about our new online course through Yellow Prairie Academy, all about STYLING. I’d love to help YOU improve your decorating skills in your own home, and give you some tips & tricks I use when styling mantels, built-ins, tables, etc! It’s a fun, low-key course, and my hope is that it feels just like we’re in my living room chatting over coffee (or maybe a Diet Coke!). Pop over and check it out here.

Thanks for stopping by, and happy decorating, friends!

 

  • September 25, 2017 - 4:03 pm

    Ivory - Your home is absolutely fabulous. Thanks for sharingReplyCancel

    • September 25, 2017 - 7:47 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you so much!ReplyCancel

  • September 25, 2017 - 8:26 pm

    jodi - Your home is beautiful and looks so cozy.ReplyCancel

    • September 26, 2017 - 2:41 am

      yellowprairieint - Aww thank you Jodi!ReplyCancel

  • September 25, 2017 - 11:32 pm

    Linda - Love it! Where did you get your hops?ReplyCancel

    • September 26, 2017 - 2:41 am

      yellowprairieint - Hi Linda! A family member was able to get them from a local farmer. 🙂 Have a great evening!ReplyCancel

  • September 26, 2017 - 11:11 pm

    Leslie - Your fall home looks so welcoming! I too added a bit of color to my decor this season. I enjoyed taking your latest class and look forward to watching it all over again!ReplyCancel

    • September 27, 2017 - 3:54 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you! And so glad you enjoyed the course! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • September 27, 2017 - 2:17 am

    Rita - I love it all! But really zeroed in on the sofas and chair…..please share, where can I find them?ReplyCancel

    • September 27, 2017 - 3:54 pm

      yellowprairieint - Hi Rita! Yes, the sofas and chairs are from Ethan Allen. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • November 21, 2017 - 2:38 am

    Christin - I’m designing my kitchen and I️ love your drawer pulls. Who makes them and what style are they? Thank you!!!ReplyCancel

    • November 21, 2017 - 5:07 pm

      yellowprairieint - Hi Christin! The knob/pulls are from National Builders Hardware. 🙂ReplyCancel

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We’re friends, right? So I can tell you what REALLY happened when I decorated my front porch for fall this year?

Awhile back I had this crazy idea to use an old chippy white door as the centerpiece for the porch. My husband and I brainstormed how we could anchor it so it wouldn’t blow over, and I began to plan what else would sit in front of it. The best part about fall decorating is that your decor comes mostly from nature, right? Well, I spent the weekend being 1 hay bale short of glory. 😉 I’ll tell you what that means in a minute.

This last Saturday, we headed to Bauman Farms in Gervais, Oregon, to get our pumpkins. (Have you been? It’s a little slice of heaven!) I was so excited to get home and decorate the porch! We cleared off the summer decor, and started with a fresh slate. Here’s the blank canvas:

Don’t worry, sad little porch, here comes the FALL!

We unloaded the truck and set everything out to begin the process. Little did I know it would take THREE attempts to get it right. Yes, THREE. Ugh.

The front door area was easy. I attached this cute little “Harvest” cut-out, made by Niki at Carpenter Farmhouse, to the basket on the door, and filled in with our farm finds! Mums, hay, corn stalks, and pumpkins…ahhh, yes!

But then. The trouble began.

We anchored the door, and placed a sweet little bistro table in front. I filled in with pumpkins and LOTS of other things, and it was ONE. HOT. MESS. Oh my goodness. TOO MUCH STUFF! It gave me a stomach ache. You know when something just isn’t right? We had to hit the road for a football game, so there was no time to fix it. Nope. I’ll just stew over it all night, K? (I’m gonna show you a pic. But promise you’ll still love me.)

Don’t say “It’s not THAT bad!”…Trust me. It didn’t look good in real life. The bistro table looked too “light” in weight in this scenario, and didn’t make enough impact. Plus can you even DEAL with all of the skinny legs everywhere? It’s making me cross-eyed! 😉

Sunday arrived and after church I decided to FIX IT. It was windy, rainy, and COLD, but I ripped it apart and added a different table (one with more “presence”). Nope. Still bad.

On Monday, it hit me. Maybe if I remove the jumble of decor from under the table, and replace it with one simple hay bale, the look will lock in for me? YESSSSSSSSSSSS. That was it. The hay bale.

Adding something from “nature” was the ticket, and kept it from looking like I was trying too hard. Ya know? So now let’s chat about the other details.

-THE SIMPLE LIFE sign. I have been on the hunt for just the right fall porch sign for awhile. I never found what I was looking for, so the night before we got pumpkins I took matters into my own hands. 😉 I scrounged up a raw board in the garage, put some letter stickers on it, and painted over the entire thing with black craft paint. Then I just peeled the stickers off, and VOILA! Free sign!

-The pillows. I like to think I’m fairly realistic when it comes to decor. I knew I would NEVER find the pillows that were in my head, so I decided to DIY those as well. I ordered some plain burnt-orange outdoor pillows, and stenciled them with white craft paint. Bam. Fun & easy!

-The vintage throw is something we’ve had for years, and I seem to use it every fall in some way. 🙂

-The striped outdoor rug. This little cutie is here pretty much year round, and makes any decor pop. It has never faded and I love it! You can find it here. (Note: this rug is often out of stock, but be sure to sign up for the alert for when it’s back in stock!).

The lesson here? Decorating is all about trial and error. That’s ok. That’s normal. And sometimes all you need is a bale of hay. 🙂

 

  • September 20, 2017 - 2:34 am

    Liz Coulombe - I love all your ideas, tips and pure honesty!
    Thank you, as always for sharing your expertise.ReplyCancel

  • September 20, 2017 - 2:39 am

    Penny Johnson - This is so cute to read what you went through to decorate the porch! You cracked me up when you said all those skinny legs drove you crazy. Ha ha…what you did with the sign and pillows is so cute and I love the table for weight as you say…and the sign is amazing! The pillows too! Love it all Janna! You are simply the best! 🙂ReplyCancel

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