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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!

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Gosh. When you’re in the midst of a massive renovation, you feel completely unsettled, and your schedule is nuts, it might be time for the OPPOSITE of what you THINK you need. Stick with me here.

I’m not a very exciting person. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I like routines, schedules, and I DON’T like to have a completely jam-packed schedule. This girl needs white space, ya know? Let’s just say, it’s not like me to jet off somewhere when our lives are completely upside down with the renovation of our 1890 farmhouse. BUT. My favorite Texas clients, Mike & Christie, wanted to schedule a little spring remix/refresh, and I said YES in a heartbeat! Wait, I did??? But what about THIS, and what about THAT? HELLO. I adore Texas (and these clients)…and everyone KNOWS you DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS. So I hopped on a plane, and the fun began!

You may remember Mike & Christie, and their home, from past posts. If you’re new here, you can read about the first visit to style & decorate their home here, the next trip here, and another one here! ๐Ÿ™‚ They scooped me up from the airport, and we jumped right into our to-do list. We did a little furniture shopping, stopped at Calloway’s Nursery for front porch flowers, and hit Homegoods!

Before we went into Homegoods, I was pretty sure we didn’t need much. Ya. Take a look at our cart. ๐Ÿ˜‰ (below)

Just a few things to get the party started! Ha! We filled up the car quite nicely. ๐Ÿ˜‰

When we arrived at Mike & Christie’s home, we went straight out to see the animals…and look at the glorious sunset that night! (below) Oh Texas, you really know how to put on a show.

 

 

The next day, we headed out early to hit Vintage Market Days of Denton/Fort Worth. It was an AMAZING show, with so many goodies! We had some great success finding a few unique pieces to incorporate into the spring/summer decor.

After the show, we drove home for a quick lunch, and then it was PORCH DECORATING TIME! Porches have my heart, which makes them so much fun to adorn for each season! It was a beautiful, sunny, WINDY day, and I was excited to dig in. Once I decided to use a church pew Christie had in another location, the rest of it came easily. We had found a neat old screen at the Vintage show, which was perfect to add height behind the pew…a great spot to hang our Homegoods sign! And of course, the beautiful flowers from Calloway’s…they brought the whole thing to life! Wanna see?

The pic below shows the front door area, where last year’s fun Vintage find (bookcase) was used to hold a few more pretty flowers. (Find this great outdoor rug here!)

This fun basket on the front door (below) holds cheery yellow flowers (faux) and makes a great first impression for friends & family.

With the porch complete, it was time to turn my attention to remixing a few areas inside.

The “keeping room” is a sunny little area that’s connected to the kitchen/dining room, and it has been a much-used spot. Adding a remixed pillow arrangement, a hard-to-kill plant ;), and a couple textural touches was an easy way to freshen things up. (below)

Maidenhair ferns brought life & a little springiness to the dining table. (below)

We found this cute rug at the Vintage show, and decided to use it as a mini table runner! (below)

Here’s the view going the opposite way…and even though Christie already had something cute on the chalkboard, she requested some simple hand lettering, so this was my humble attempt. ๐Ÿ˜‰ (P.S. The barn door hides a super cute laundry room!)

The kitchen island was due for a some attention as well, and the pretty cutting board we found at Vintage Market Days (find a similar one here) holds a sweet little vignette. (below)

I just love this view! Every morning of my stay each time, it’s fun to sit in this bright kitchen, eat breakfast, and look out at the horses and chickens. Ahhhh! I’m getting homesick for this place already!

Let’s step into the living room, shall we? I adore this rusty metal screen-like piece above the mantel…perfect to call attention to the pretty peony artwork. It was the first thing we found at Vintage Market Days!

Can you spot Marley the dog, photo-bombing?? (below)

Here’s an angle I’m not sure I’ve shown before, looking toward the front door. ๐Ÿ™‚ (below)

I love the way light floods this house, in every direction. What a treat to be here!

To the right of the front door is the music room, where the piano-top was restyled for fun.

A few months ago, I worked with these sweet clients on the renovation of their bathrooms via e-design. It was fun to see the change in REAL LIFE on my visit this time! Below is “my bathroom” when I come to stay:

It’s even dreamier in real life! The shiplap, the marble hexagon floor tile, the pretty white vanity (find the Washington 48″ Single Bathroom Vanity Set here)…so fresh & pretty! Here’s another view: (below)

 

See the cabinet above the toilet? Some simple useful items make a nice display.

The master bath got some updates as well…new tile flooring and a dainty chandelier above the tub. (below)

Before we knew it, our time together was over. But let me tell ya, we packed a LOT of fun into just a couple of days. This family has become very dear to me, and I feel so blessed to know them! Until next time, Texas! (How cute is Christie, at her front door?!)

 

 

 

  • March 13, 2018 - 8:40 pm

    Pam Foster - Loved seeing all the light bright rooms! Such an inviting look! Beautiful! Love the sweet family too!ReplyCancel

  • March 15, 2018 - 5:58 pm

    Tenna Wehenkel - Would you care to share the name of the tile in the master bath? I love it! Beautiful home, I want to move in!!ReplyCancel

    • March 16, 2018 - 4:42 pm

      yellowprairieint - Hi Tenna! It’s made by Dal Tile, and the color is “Cenere Fog.”ReplyCancel

  • March 16, 2018 - 3:50 pm

    kathy - Love, Love the large basket over the fireplace, vintage or repro ?ReplyCancel

    • March 16, 2018 - 4:36 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Kathy! That was a vintage find. ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

      • March 16, 2018 - 10:24 pm

        Kathy - Would love a find like that…………ReplyCancel

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We’ve all seen “Demo Day” on our favorite TV shows…it usually appears to be 1 action-packed day of smashing demolition, right? As you may expect, our demo process (a little over 3 weeks) went a little differently, and *SPOILER ALERT*, it was MUCH more exciting than I ever dreamed!

(Below) Theย official day (December 27, 2017) of “handing over the keys” to ourย renovation team from Fridley Custom Homesย , Nolan & Jayme Fridley. Such an exciting moment! (Not pictured:ย my hubby, Ryan…he was at work. :))

(Below) Pre-demo meeting with the team from Fridley Custom Homesย : Joe Fridley, Nolan Fridley, Michael Sanders, & Jayme Fridley.

We were all bundled up because, GUYS. It was SO COLD in the house that day!! But the low temps were definitely overshadowed by the excitement of the moment. Finally, work was beginning!

I can’t wait to show you some fun pics of the demo process. But. Before we dive in, I want you to know WHY. Why in the world we decided to demo the home to this degree.

Our “new to us” farmhouse was built in 1890, with new sections added in the 1960’s and early 2000’s. The original home had LAYERS upon LAYERS of wallpaper in every. single. room. There were walls that we wanted to move to create a better flow for our family, and random doorways that needed to be covered. We were concerned about the electrical, and who knows what else in a home of this age. Way back in September when we toured the place with Fridley Custom Homes, we knew we’d need to bust out the old lath & plaster walls and do new drywall. And so, on a cold & rainy December morning, we started the demo process!

(Below)ย Work began in the newer part of the house, while we waited for asbestos testing to be completed. The old green cabinets were removed from the kitchen, and we were on our WAY!

SURPRISE #1: Demo is incredibly EXCITING! As the old layers were cleared away, it was as if we were peeling an onion. Every day there were interesting discoveries, and with each visit to the site we learned something new about our home. Hints at how people used each space in the past, former families that left notes on the walls under wallpaper, and doorways & window openings where we never expected! Thankfully we found there to be no asbestos, and demo moved forward without a hitch.

(Below) Some notes found on the kitchen wall under layers of wallpaper.

(Below) The day an old brick chimney was uncovered in the upstairs hall…and we decided to keep it exposed!ย 

(Below) Ryan & I are fascinated by the nails used in the original part of the house…so neat!

(Below) Shiplap is discovered and saved for future use!

One of my favorite discoveries during demo was a homework paper from 1945, found in a wall. I plan to frame it to display in my office!

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Surprise #2: Demo takes time. I mean, of course! I don’t know what I was thinking, but as I mentioned earlier, I think we get spoiled by the instant gratification we see on our favorite TV shows. The WEIRD part is, I almost didn’t want the demo phase to end! It was absolutely the most THRILLING part of my day to stop by and see the progress each day. So dramatic, so intriguing. “Demo Day” is actually more like “Demo Month,” and guess what? That was just fine with me! People kept telling us they were excited to see the next step, and I found myself thinking, “NO! This is the FUN part!!” ๐Ÿ˜‰ I know. I think I’m kinda sick in that way. ๐Ÿ™‚

(Below) It was exciting to see the “newer” wing of the house undergo demo. We decided to completely reconfigure this area, and once we started seeing walls open up, it really confirmed our decision.ย 

 

Surprise #3: Demo allows for fresh vision. Out with the old, in with the new. Even though we had an immediate vision for our home on day one, we questioned ourselves along the way. Would it turn out well? Would it be anything close to what we were hoping for? Would it completely blow the budget? What if we find something truly terrible along the way? What if there’s something scary in the walls/attic/basement? (Ok, that was just me.) I remember Nolan, our builder, saying something in the beginning: “I’ll feel a lot better once we have everything opened up and we know what we’re working with.” Well, Nolan is still smiling. So we are too.

Have there been things that have come up? Yes. Lead paint on the exterior, wiring that needs to be updated to a bigger extent than we originally thought, enormous bee hives in the walls of our son’s room, but overall, we’ve discovered a very well-built home. A home that has been cared for, well loved, and passed from one family to another. We feel honored to be the next in line to care for this place. And now that demo is complete, we’ll shine her up real nice.

So let’s get on to the fun part, some pics! I’ll show you the “before” and “after demo” view of a a few areas…ready?

(Below) Looking inย from the front door, before.

(Below) During demo.

(Below) Front Windows, before.ย 

(Below) After demo.ย 

(Below) Looking from the kitchen, back toย living room, before.ย 

(Below) Same view, during demo. (The framed wall in front of us will be removed.)ย 

(Below) Theย beautiful living room ceilings after demo…I’m in love!

(Below) Looking in from the back entrance to kitchen, before.ย 

(Below) Same view, after demo. We vaulted this area up into some unused (creepy)ย attic space, and can’t believe the difference it made in the room! So much more open &ย spacious feeling!

(Below) View from old butler’s pantry into dining room, before.

(Below) Same view, after demo, and after vault is revealed!

(Below) My office, before.

(Below) Same view, during demo.

We decided to keep the fireplace in my office because….UMMM WE HAVE TO! It’s original to the house, and was once the heart of the home.

(Below)ย You may remember the original master suite area, before.ย 

(Below) We decided toย vault up into the atticย space for a more spacious feeling!

(Below) From master bedroom, looking back toward laundry, etc., before.

(Below) Same view, during demo.ย 

I realize the demo pics are shocking. Even to us! But don’t be mad. Now that we have a clean slate, we’ll begin the process of rebuilding this old girl into a home that will stand for MANY more years, and be loved & cared for by our family. We are saving everything we can…doors, trim, brick, stair railing, banisters…and we’ll reuse as much as possible. Our heart is not to strip the house of character. Actually, quite the opposite. We hope to blend the old with the new and create a home that’s US. We are so thrilled to have you along for the adventure, and the next phase is sure to be exciting.

So here’s my question, ARE YOU IN? Are you ready for the next phase? Let the #renovationontheprairie continue!

 

 

 

  • January 21, 2018 - 10:06 pm

    Lisa - This is so exciting! She’s an absolute beauty and I will live vicariously through this renovation. I’ve always to breathe new life and love into an old home. Congrats on all your treasured finds! So happy you’re enjoying the process.ReplyCancel

    • January 21, 2018 - 10:11 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Lisa! So happy to have you along for the fun! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • January 21, 2018 - 10:11 pm

    Sheila - Wow thatโ€™s amazing! I look forward to watching the process. As you said, it takes time!ReplyCancel

    • January 21, 2018 - 10:31 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thanks for joining us for the adventure!ReplyCancel

  • January 21, 2018 - 10:14 pm

    JoNell Ruddiman - I am so IN Janna, can hardly wait until the next installment!ReplyCancel

    • January 21, 2018 - 10:31 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thanks Jonell! So glad you’re here!! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • January 21, 2018 - 10:41 pm

    Kathy - So exciting! I love that you are sharing this journey with everyone!ReplyCancel

    • January 21, 2018 - 10:43 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thanks Kathy…we love having you along!ReplyCancel

  • January 21, 2018 - 10:45 pm

    liz - This is so very exciting – I will be following you every step of the way! We have been looking at a home built in 1900 which also needs to be gutted down to the studs, but my husband is wanting to walk away from it (he would freak out if I showed him your post), but I fell in love with it. I will admit, the idea of a total demo such as yours does seem very scary to me also, and expensive, especially living in CT. My biggest fear is that it will cause us to go over budget and I will not be able to finish the house the way I envision it.ReplyCancel

    • January 21, 2018 - 10:55 pm

      yellowprairieint - I’m sure you’ll know in your heart what the best decision is for your family. We looked at a few places before something felt right! Excited to have you along for the adventure. ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • January 21, 2018 - 11:12 pm

    Wendy - This is SO exciting! I will most definitely be following along. Canโ€™t wait to see every phase and of course the end result! And that fireplace in your office??!!? STOP IT!!!ReplyCancel

    • January 21, 2018 - 11:25 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Wendy! And you made me smile with your fireplace comment! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • January 21, 2018 - 11:20 pm

    Shirley VanDenBerg - Love it and all thatโ€™s going on!ReplyCancel

    • January 21, 2018 - 11:25 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Shirley! Thanks for coming along with us!ReplyCancel

  • January 21, 2018 - 11:35 pm

    Penny Johnson - Love every step! So exciting! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

    • January 22, 2018 - 12:13 am

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Penny! We love you!ReplyCancel

  • January 21, 2018 - 11:42 pm

    Dawn Scheurich - This is so excitingโ€”I am living vicariously though you!! I am soaking all of this in and wish I could take a tour in person with you each weekโ€” I live for this stuff. Great job so far, and canโ€™t wait to see each phase!ReplyCancel

    • January 22, 2018 - 12:13 am

      yellowprairieint - Thank you so much, Dawn! It’s still hard to believe this is really happening! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • January 21, 2018 - 11:51 pm

    Adrienne - I’m in! Waiting with excitement to watch your new home come together and be what you dream it will be!
    ~Adrienne~ReplyCancel

    • January 22, 2018 - 12:14 am

      yellowprairieint - Aww, thank you Adrienne! So happy to have you along!ReplyCancel

  • January 22, 2018 - 2:04 am

    Anne - Janna, It is so much fun to follow along with you! With when the home was built, I was wondering if one of Oregonโ€™s pioneers who helped found the state built it?ReplyCancel

    • January 22, 2018 - 4:20 am

      yellowprairieint - Yes! We know it was built by an Oregon Trail Pioneer, and we’re currently trying to do some further research on him. Pretty fun!ReplyCancel

  • January 22, 2018 - 2:31 am

    Diane Walters - Iโ€™m in…let the party begin and thanks for letting me come along!ReplyCancel

    • January 22, 2018 - 4:21 am

      yellowprairieint - So glad to have you along for the adventure, Diane!ReplyCancel

  • January 22, 2018 - 3:36 am

    Mackenzie - Oh, Iโ€™m in love with the ceilings already! So spacious and amazing! I am absolutely loving watching these posts come about! Itโ€™s so much fun to see what is happening! โ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธReplyCancel

    • January 22, 2018 - 4:21 am

      yellowprairieint - Thanks for following along, Mackenzie! Glad you’re here!ReplyCancel

  • January 22, 2018 - 3:38 am

    Nancy Edmonds - I’m in! and so happy for you!!
    I did not get the pictures after the kitchen photo of ‘no more green cupboards.’ All the writing of what I was missing was there, but no photos. I’m still in, but I would enjoy the photos.
    Good luck on your adventure, and I’m looking forward to the next phase.ReplyCancel

    • January 22, 2018 - 4:23 am

      yellowprairieint - Oh no! I just double checked the pics on my phone and on my desktop, and everything seems to be there…hopefully the pics will pop up for you. Glad to have you along for the fun, Nancy!ReplyCancel

      • January 23, 2018 - 12:21 am

        Nancy Edmonds - YAY! Your wonderful photos came through on my phone!ReplyCancel

        • January 23, 2018 - 12:59 am

          yellowprairieint - Oh yay!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • January 22, 2018 - 3:04 pm

    Pat - Thanks for showing all the details. Itโ€™s hard to envision the final picture when everything is totally finished.ReplyCancel

    • January 22, 2018 - 4:39 pm

      yellowprairieint - Yes! Opening up the walls really helps, doesn’t it? Thanks for joining us for the adventure!ReplyCancel

  • January 22, 2018 - 7:31 pm

    Beth - Did you salvage any of the wallpaper, if you did what will you do with it? BethReplyCancel

    • January 22, 2018 - 7:35 pm

      yellowprairieint - Yes! I saved a bit of wallpaper from each room. I’m still not sure what I’ll do with it, but I’d love to create some sort of memory frame to preserve the history of the house. ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • January 22, 2018 - 11:42 pm

    Fiona - Your beautiful farm had a life as a happy family home with the surprises you’ve found. Now it’s going to be a beautiful family family home for you and your family when it’s all done. I live in Brisbane Australia and many old farms are demolished and subdivided into estates for houses. I ๐Ÿ˜ what you are doing and look forward to seeing it finished. Have a great day.ReplyCancel

    • January 23, 2018 - 1:01 am

      yellowprairieint - Thank you so much, Fiona! We are happy to have you along for the journey!ReplyCancel

  • January 23, 2018 - 7:23 pm

    Ruth - Loving this tho, I must confess, I’m so pleased it’s u rather than me. Have experienced several renos but always to a house I’m already living in. Not fun! Can’t wait to see the next installments. Thanx for sharing,ReplyCancel

    • January 23, 2018 - 11:20 pm

      yellowprairieint - Glad you’re here, Ruth! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • February 6, 2018 - 7:10 am

    Ready Assembled Wardrobe - This is lovely. Thanks for sharing these exciting details. Nice post.ReplyCancel

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This. Is. Happening.

If you missed it, we bought a farm (read about it here!). Wait, WHAT?? We did???

This 1890 farmhouse and 6 acres of pasture land will soon be home sweet home, and we are still pinching ourselves. The home will be renovated top to bottom before we move in, and we are excited to share the adventure with YOU!

Here are a couple pics of the outside to refresh your memory… (photo cred: Jillustrated Photography)

 

It just so happens to be DEMO DAY for our #renovationontheprairie (let’s hear it for Fridley Custom Homes, skillfully taking on this project!), but don’t worry. We took TONS of “before” pics of the house (which will be especially fun after the renovation is complete!) and we’d love to share it with you…NOW! Grab a coffee, bundle up (it’s COLD in here…the furnace is out), and come on in!

I love this view from the front door. See the little niche straight ahead, under the stairs? It’s gonna be so much fun to style & decorate that little spot, isn’t it? Don’t get attached to anything you see in these “before” pics. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Change is COMING!

I’m absolutely IN LOVE with the staircase and newel post. Sadly, it won’t be staying as-is since it doesn’t meet code and is far too short to keep a child safe (especially in the upstairs hall!). HOWEVER, we will try to incorporate the original newel post by adding a block to the bottom to make it taller. We’ll see what kind of magic the finish carpenter can do…it’s so beautiful and original to the home.

The front door will be replaced, and it appears there was once a transom window above the front door…we hope to add it once again…give me all of the natural light! ๐Ÿ™‚

Ok, before we go upstairs, let me show you the rest of the main level! The original home has 9.5′ ceilings which I adore. It really keeps things feeling open.

Above is the main living area. See that little dividing wall straight ahead? That will be removed, and a fireplace added in the middle. Just look at those windows! Once you step into the room, ย you’ll see the front bay window to the right (below).

Not a bad view, huh? And the PERFECT spot for next year’s Christmas tree!

I was so thankful we had a beautiful, sunny morning yesterday, when Jill came to photograph the house.

Ok, let’s go stand in the bay window area and look back into the living area…this is the view: (below)

Surprise! There’s a fireplace on the left! It will be removed as it is not functioning properly, and remember, the new fireplace will be on the right, where the little arched niche wall is currently. (I know. I can feel your judgement. You like the niche wall. Trust me, opening the space up will be dreamy!) See the wall straight ahead, past the fireplace? That wall will go bye-bye too, so you’ll be able to see straight into the kitchen! Below is a closer view of the wall that will come down to open up the kitchen area (where you see the doorway & chandelier).

And if we stand in the opening to the kitchen and look back to the living space, this is what we see: (below)

To the right of the fireplace is an opening to my office. However, since there are two doors to the office, this one will be removed and will become a great wall for a nice big piece of furniture.

While we’re here, let’s pop in and take a look at my office. This room gets AMAZING light! (the blue room)

There’s currently a fireplace (not functioning) to the left here, but it will be replaced with a closet. Don’t judge…Gotta keep those pillows & client files SOMEWHERE!

 

I took this cute little memo board out, and it will have a new home in the pantry someday…so fun!

See the green room & fancy pants chandelier? That’s the current dining room/kitchen area…let’s go!

***I don’t blame you if you need a snack break…this is a LONG post! Wheat thins? String cheese?***

Ok so Ryan got a little antsy this weekend, and removed a couple cabinets before we took pics…that’s ok. We were too excited! The door on the far left is the current back entrance, which will be kept as our main entrance for friends & family (I’m already dreaming of a dutch door here). I like a “back porch” sort of entrance. Casual, inviting, and perfect for farm life! See the green cabinets? That’s the current kitchen, but will become our pantry. The rest of this room will be a nice big farmhouse kitchen. The ceilings here are much lower, so we’re hoping to vault them into the attic space (this part of the house is only one level).

See the (open)green door on the left (above)? That leads to the current pantry, which will be opened up and will become part of the kitchen.

For reference, in the above pic, the current pantry door is right behind me. I’ll show you what it looks like in there below:

I’m showing you the above pic again so you can see where we’re headed next…see the hallway entrance just below the chandelier? Straight through there, you’ll see this bathroom currently:

This festive red bathroom will actually become a hallway to the laundry room/mud room. The wallpaper in this room is actually my favorite in the house.

If we turn left instead of going into this bathroom, there’s a fun little ANTIQUE in the hall…wanna see?

A WALL PHONE???? Oh the memories! Remember when you stretched the cord all the way into the pantry so you could talk to your friends in private? And your little sisters would listen at the door anyway? Or better yet, they would quietly pick up another phone in the house and listen? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Anyway, this hall leads to the current bonus room, powder room, laundry room, and master bedroom, in the “newer” part of the house…added in the 1960’s and early 2000’s.

Below is the bonus room, and beyond that the current master, which will become the master suite, including a master bath and closet. This part of the house will be completely reconfigured to be more useful and allow for a better flow.

From the current bonus room, you walk directly in the master bedroom, below. The ceilings in here are fairly low, so we plan to vault them.

Looking back toward the bonus, here’s what it looks like:

See the floral wallpaper in the little doorway in the the middle of the above pic? That’s the laundry room…I’ll show you. ๐Ÿ™‚

This room will change a LOT, as we’ll have a door to the outside, and a hallway to the kitchen where the washer currently sits.

See the blue bathroom above? That will be our powder room, but will be accessed from the other side instead (hallway). Here’s a closer look as-is:

Let’s head back down the main hall and into the “original” part of the house…I want to take you upstairs! (The hallway is slated to become a WHOLE LOT cuter!)

Ready? Come on up! Oh, BUT FIRST. Can we discuss the little niche window on the stairs???? I’m envisioning a cushion and a cozy little spot for reading, or watching the happenings on the farm! (insert heart eyes HERE!) Such a unique feature. (below)

From this spot we’ll walk to where you can see that little splash of blue carpet, our son’s room. (below)

Lots of windows and cookie monster carpet. ๐Ÿ˜‰

See the small door? That’s a walk in closet (below).

Next is the upstairs bath, which will be reconfigured a bit. The vanity will be moved to the wall on the left, so mirrors can be added above…and of course a fresh new look. ๐Ÿ˜‰

This bright room doesn’t have a closet, so the wall straight ahead (above) will be removed to make one larger room and walk-in closet for our daughter. (See the other room below.)

This room has 4 layers of wallpaper, each more interesting that the next as you go back in time. This house is full of history, and the discoveries we make each day are so much fun!

All of the original doors have this plate on them. So interesting!

If you’re still here, I admire your stamina. Phew! That was a long tour. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I couldn’t help it. I wanted you to see as many angles as possible.

Can I just tell you? It means so much to have you along for this adventure. We have been anxiously awaiting the time when we could share this with you…and lookie there. We’ve arrived. Renovation officially began today, and the transformation has begun. We can’t wait to fill this home with love, laughter, memories, and warmth. And having you here means the world!

We’d love to know…what do you think? Is it anything like you expected in its “before” state? Smaller, bigger, more colorful, more wallpaper, or a more crazy undertaking than you thought?

Be sure to sign up for our newsletter so you won’t miss a thing, and follow along on social media for all of the behind-the-scenes! (@yellowprairieinteriors on Instagram, Yellow Prairie Interior Design, LLC on Facebook)

#renovationontheprairie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • December 28, 2017 - 1:38 am

    Heather - SO excited to see your touch on this house… itโ€™s going to be amazing!ReplyCancel

    • December 28, 2017 - 1:43 am

      yellowprairieint - Aww, thank you Heather! It’s gonna be a fun adventure!ReplyCancel

  • December 28, 2017 - 1:39 am

    Sandee - So excited for your family. Can’t wait to follow along with the transformation.
    Your an amazing designer, this farmhouse is going to be so beautiful.ReplyCancel

    • December 28, 2017 - 1:44 am

      yellowprairieint - You are so sweet, Sandee. We are pretty excited! So glad to have you along for the fun!ReplyCancel

  • December 28, 2017 - 1:39 am

    Nancy Esmonds - Thanks for sharing your great adventure.
    How โ€˜bout a floor of the original house before you remove walls, etc. itโ€™s just an idea, maybe on a napkin in your spare time.
    Iโ€™m looking forward to the adventure from here in sunny California.
    Enjoy and good luck.ReplyCancel

    • December 28, 2017 - 1:45 am

      yellowprairieint - Great idea! Yes! We’ll have to share that soon, and then show the plans for the new layout!:)ReplyCancel

  • December 28, 2017 - 1:47 am

    Dondee - I’m going to live vicariously through you on this journey! I absolutely love the farmhouse and surrounding property!! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

    • December 28, 2017 - 1:58 am

      yellowprairieint - Happy to have you along, Dondee!ReplyCancel

  • December 28, 2017 - 1:50 am

    liz - The farmhouse is amazing – so much charm and so many possibilities!!! This is going to be such an exciting journey for you and your family. Thank you so much for taking us along with you – looking forward to lots of posts and photos!ReplyCancel

    • December 28, 2017 - 1:58 am

      yellowprairieint - Yay! So glad you’re here, Liz!ReplyCancel

  • December 28, 2017 - 1:54 am

    Megan - Love following along with your renno! We are building new this Spring, but it’s super exciting as we designed every detail with a pencil, graph paper, and countless hours! Anyway, I think it would be fun to save some of the original pieces of wall paper and repurpose them, maybe in a frame? I love incorporating old elements into the new and plan on doing that even with a new build. Best of luck!
    – Megan from PAReplyCancel

    • December 28, 2017 - 1:59 am

      yellowprairieint - Are you reading my mind?? ๐Ÿ™‚ I gathered bits of wallpaper from every room yesterday to do exactly that! So glad you’re along for the fun adventure!ReplyCancel

  • December 28, 2017 - 1:55 am

    Shannon Fox - What an incredible journey you are going to undertake! It’ll be so exciting to see what you do. Congratulations, and best wishes for an extra fabulous new year!ReplyCancel

    • December 28, 2017 - 2:00 am

      yellowprairieint - Thank you so much, sweet Shannon! Happy new year to you as well! xoxoReplyCancel

  • December 28, 2017 - 2:17 am

    Margaret Ellen - Woohoo!! So excited for yโ€™all..what a dream come true! I cannot wait to see how you use your talents to transform it. Have fun!!ReplyCancel

    • December 28, 2017 - 2:29 am

      yellowprairieint - Oh, thank you Margaret! We are so thrilled to have you along for the fun!ReplyCancel

  • December 28, 2017 - 2:19 am

    Colleen - You look sooo happy like you might burst!! ๐Ÿ˜€ it us a beautiful home and property and can’t wait to see your dream come true!! Thank you for sharing your adventure. Congratulations!!!!ReplyCancel

    • December 28, 2017 - 2:30 am

      yellowprairieint - Exactly! I MIGHT burst!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Can’t believe it’s happening, and so happy to have you along for the adventure!ReplyCancel

  • December 28, 2017 - 2:24 am

    Lindsey - So excited to see what you do! It’s going to be dreamy, I already know! Way more color than I expected in the before shots!ReplyCancel

    • December 28, 2017 - 2:30 am

      yellowprairieint - Soooo colorful, right?? The carpet alone! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for following along!ReplyCancel

  • December 28, 2017 - 2:30 am

    Jeanne Mikkelsen - What a wonderful, exciting adventure! Iโ€™m so happy that we all get to come along and watch all the changes! Congrats and Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

    • December 28, 2017 - 2:47 am

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Jeanne! Glad you’re along for the fun!ReplyCancel

  • December 28, 2017 - 2:42 am

    Jenna - Love it!!! Canโ€™t wait to watch through your reno! Weโ€™ve been remodeling a 1903 farmhouse and I canโ€™t wait to finally move in within the next 6 months after a 3 year process. We are doing the work ourselves and well…opening up old homes usually opens up big projects! But it will be so worth it! Best of luck to you!ReplyCancel

    • December 28, 2017 - 2:48 am

      yellowprairieint - Thank you, Jenna! Yes, hopefully we don’t find anything TOO big and expensive! ๐Ÿ˜‰ReplyCancel

  • December 28, 2017 - 2:46 am

    Tami - Wow, that is a great house and so much potential. I can wait to see your updates and progress. I love old houses and I crack up when each room is so brightly color coordinated!ReplyCancel

    • December 28, 2017 - 2:49 am

      yellowprairieint - I mean, SO COLORFUL!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for following along, Tami!ReplyCancel

  • December 28, 2017 - 2:47 am

    Sue LaFranchise - As a fellow Oregonian it feels like a neighbor breathing life into their new dream… SO happy for you both! Not too long a post and never too many photos… just keep it all coming๐Ÿ˜‰!ReplyCancel

    • December 28, 2017 - 2:50 am

      yellowprairieint - Awww, hi there, neighbor! Thanks for your encouraging words…so excited you’re here!ReplyCancel

  • December 28, 2017 - 2:50 am

    Sue T. - Yes, I was out of breath. All the walking & the stairs. Glad I am setting down. I look forward seeing this diamond in the ruff become a beautiful home for you & your family. “Vamos” !!!ReplyCancel

    • December 28, 2017 - 2:57 am

      yellowprairieint - ๐Ÿ˜‰ Love it…thanks for hanging in there for the tour!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for following along!ReplyCancel

  • December 28, 2017 - 3:23 am

    Heather - I am so excited to follow along with you!! This is so exciting. How big is this house compared to your current house? I have a feeling it is going to be amazing:)ReplyCancel

    • December 28, 2017 - 4:56 pm

      yellowprairieint - It’s about the same size as our current home in total square footage, about 3000 sq ft…just a much different layout. ๐Ÿ™‚ Excited to have you along for the adventure!ReplyCancel

  • December 28, 2017 - 5:48 am

    Trisha - I am just giddy with excitement to see what you do with this place! I drive by here often, and I am particularly excited to see what you do with the landscaping.It has the potential to be absolutely dreamy. I grew up on a farm, and last year we finally bought 5 acres and are doing our own “fixing up.” Looking forward to getting lots of ideas from you! Thanks for including us all in this adventure!ReplyCancel

    • December 28, 2017 - 4:58 pm

      yellowprairieint - We are excited to work on the landscaping too…we LOVE working outdoors. ๐Ÿ™‚ Congrats on your new acreage! Thanks for coming along for the fun!ReplyCancel

  • December 28, 2017 - 6:30 am

    Fiona - It’s got great bones. It will be lovely when it’s finished.ReplyCancel

    • December 28, 2017 - 4:58 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Fiona!ReplyCancel

  • December 28, 2017 - 12:50 pm

    Tina McNamara - Wow! It will be beautiful when complete. You have such vision. I can’t imagine that you’ll get this done by April? Good luck. Can’t wait to see the progress.ReplyCancel

    • December 28, 2017 - 4:59 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Tina! We wouldn’t be able to do it without our amazing team from Fridley Custom Homes! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • December 28, 2017 - 1:12 pm

    Donna Smith - so very happy for you all! Cant wait to see what you do!ReplyCancel

    • December 28, 2017 - 4:59 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Donna! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • December 28, 2017 - 1:25 pm

    Dawn Scheurich - So exciting! Can it wait to see all the progress!!ReplyCancel

    • December 28, 2017 - 4:59 pm

      yellowprairieint - So glad you have you along for the journey, Dawn!ReplyCancel

  • December 28, 2017 - 2:00 pm

    Angie Jones - I cannot wait to see the kit hen and liv8ng room!!ReplyCancel

    • December 28, 2017 - 2:02 pm

      Angie Jones - You know what I mean! See, so excited I canโ€™t type! ๐ŸคฃReplyCancel

    • December 28, 2017 - 5:00 pm

      yellowprairieint - Me too!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ReplyCancel

  • December 28, 2017 - 2:06 pm

    Jean Anderson - Love the farmhouse. It’s quite an undertaking, but will be stunning with you designing it. What part of the state is it in?ReplyCancel

    • December 28, 2017 - 5:00 pm

      yellowprairieint - It’s in the Salem area. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for following along, Jean!ReplyCancel

  • December 28, 2017 - 2:29 pm

    Beth - Oh wow!! Absolutely stunning, so much detail and quirky little corners, what a dream come true! I’ll be following your journey all the way from Lincoln, England! So excited to this come together!ReplyCancel

    • December 28, 2017 - 5:01 pm

      yellowprairieint - Oh Beth! Thanks for following along from afar! We are so happy to have you along for the adventure!ReplyCancel

  • December 28, 2017 - 2:36 pm

    Annemarie pierce - Wow what amazing character it has already!! You will do nothing short of amazing, excited to watch it be transformed!! What a big change for you! Is your house you live in now new construction or did you remodel that as well?ReplyCancel

    • December 28, 2017 - 5:03 pm

      yellowprairieint - Isn’t it fun? Our current home is only 3 years old (we had it built and enjoyed the entire process)…so this is a whole new frontier for us. So excited to have you along for the transformation!ReplyCancel

  • December 28, 2017 - 4:23 pm

    Nancy - We took on a project like this twelve years ago. I remember the smells of an old house and couldnโ€™t wait to remove the toilets someone else peed in! ๐Ÿ˜‚. So Iโ€™ll tell you the truth…itโ€™s hideous inside but will be all worth it when you finish!!! Have fun!!!ReplyCancel

    • December 28, 2017 - 5:04 pm

      yellowprairieint - We are so looking forward to breathing new life into this old beauty…the ultimate recycling! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for following along!ReplyCancel

  • December 28, 2017 - 4:39 pm

    Terri - Oh my goodness! How exciting! I canโ€™t wait to see the afters!ReplyCancel

    • December 28, 2017 - 5:04 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Terri! Excited to have you along for the adventure!ReplyCancel

  • December 28, 2017 - 4:58 pm

    Patti - Wow! This house has so much character and charm. Can hardly wait to see you put your magical touch on it…. Cookie Monster carpet in one room Elmo carpet in another and all those windows!!๐Ÿ˜ Enjoy the process. So happy for you!ReplyCancel

    • December 28, 2017 - 5:05 pm

      yellowprairieint - So colorful, huh?? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Happy to have you along for the fun!ReplyCancel

  • December 28, 2017 - 5:14 pm

    Keely - I LOVED al the pictures! Keep them coming! Old houses are home to me! We lived in one in the Howell Praire area for about ten years! So many good memories! Your new home is incredible and has so much character! You must still be pinching yourself! Looking forward to all the updates of your journey!ReplyCancel

    • December 28, 2017 - 7:15 pm

      yellowprairieint - I love the Howell Prairie area! I grew up out there. Looking forward to having you along for the adventure!ReplyCancel

  • December 28, 2017 - 6:51 pm

    Tanja - Girllllll it is amazing!!! All that room โ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธYou will make it gorgeous
    And i cannot wait to see the transformation๐Ÿ˜ŠReplyCancel

    • December 28, 2017 - 7:15 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Tanja! Glad you’re here!ReplyCancel

  • December 28, 2017 - 7:37 pm

    Cheryl - OMG girl! That Home has just been sitting there waiting for you all of its life! I think I would have bought it just for those door madalions! So fascinating! Beautiful home. Canโ€™t wait to watch the transformation.ReplyCancel

    • December 28, 2017 - 8:31 pm

      yellowprairieint - Aww…well we feel honored to be the new owners! Excited to have you along for the fun!ReplyCancel

  • December 28, 2017 - 7:43 pm

    Angela Haragan - So excited to follow along with you as you renovate & make it your own. This is definitely a huge dream of mine, to own a small farm with a little bit of land. I love all the old history & those neighboring cows would make me so happy!!! Congrats on your exciting adventure!ReplyCancel

    • December 28, 2017 - 8:31 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Angela! You’ll have to come see it in real life sometime! ๐Ÿ˜‰ReplyCancel

  • December 28, 2017 - 8:11 pm

    sandy marshall - So excited for you!!! What a dream to be fulfilling a lifetime moment like this… I need a personal tour!!! Leah was mentioning coming by some time soon…so hopefully we can make this happen….before it’s to late!! love you!!

    SandyReplyCancel

    • December 28, 2017 - 8:32 pm

      yellowprairieint - ANY TIME Sandy!! Would love to show you! You’ll definitely want to see the “before” in person if possible! Love you!ReplyCancel

  • December 28, 2017 - 9:19 pm

    Valerie - This takes me back to 1989 when we moved from Pasadena, CAa to our current home in rural VA. Our house, built in 1798, was desperately in need of renovation. Lucky me, hubby did it all … it was a slow road to perfection… and worth every minute.

    Best of luck,
    ValerieReplyCancel

    • December 29, 2017 - 2:03 am

      yellowprairieint - That sounds amazing, Valerie! Send your hubby over here! ๐Ÿ˜‰ReplyCancel

  • December 29, 2017 - 2:52 am

    Denise - This is so fun! I was hoping that there would be a back staircase as well, but since you didn’t mention it, I’m guessing there isn’t. We have a home built in 1890 and have been here 4 years. It is definitely a work in progress but we love it! Enjoy the journey!ReplyCancel

    • December 29, 2017 - 5:52 pm

      yellowprairieint - Oh a back staircase would be so fun! I wish! Love hearing that you adore your 1890 farmhouse! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • December 29, 2017 - 3:29 pm

    Melody - I LOVE this house! You have truly found a jewel and I can’t wait to see what you do with it but I have to say, it’s like stepping back in time and you almost hate to see it transformed while at the same time can’t wait to see the new look!ReplyCancel

    • December 29, 2017 - 5:54 pm

      yellowprairieint - It’s fun to see how it has changed over the years and been “updated” time after time…we feel lucky to be the ones to update it this time! Happy new year, Melody!ReplyCancel

  • December 30, 2017 - 4:28 am

    Ivory - Wow, I love the cute nic, turns, cutouts, and all the other beauties this wonderful farmhouse has to offer, both inside and out. I would love to own a farmhouse.ReplyCancel

    • December 30, 2017 - 6:52 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Ivory! We’re pretty much head over heels for this old house! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • December 31, 2017 - 10:21 pm

    shari wood - So darling. I love every inch of it… canโ€™t wait to see the transformation. The color choices crack me up….ReplyCancel

    • January 1, 2018 - 4:01 am

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Shari! You’ll have to come see it in REAL LIFE! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • January 1, 2018 - 5:12 pm

    Natalie - I just had a chance to sit down and read your post. I loved walking through the house with you. Itโ€™s going to be so amazing! So excited to be following along! And that old phone…I remember those ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜‚ReplyCancel

    • January 1, 2018 - 6:18 pm

      yellowprairieint - Aww, thank you Natalie! So fun to have you along for the adventure, sweet friend! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • January 2, 2018 - 12:46 am

    Teapotgran - So happy for you and your family!!! If that house could talk!!! Are there hardwood floors under the carpet and can you restore them?ReplyCancel

    • January 2, 2018 - 3:46 pm

      yellowprairieint - Yes, there are hardwood floors, however they are patched and pretty damaged. We will most likely have to replace the floors…but it’s fun to see them, never the less! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • January 3, 2018 - 7:33 pm

    Linda - WoW! You have your work cut out for you! I lived in a 100 year old farm house as a girl. The rooms were either very small or very unique. The colors were interesting in our farm house as well. Pink walls, lavender walls, no shower! However, I loved to soak in the claw foot tub. Your color were vibrant, to say a nice word. I am so looking forward to seeing all the wonderful changes you have planned. I’ll be right beside you, encouraging you through the long renovation process!ReplyCancel

  • January 16, 2018 - 7:25 pm

    Jenifer - Will you have an eat-in kitchen? Where do you see your table sitting? I’m excited to see the lay out of the Laundry, Mudroom, Pantry. Those spaces are always my favorite as they are what keep a house running! Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

    • January 16, 2018 - 7:33 pm

      yellowprairieint - Hi Jenifer! As of now, we plan to float the table between the kitchen and living room, in an open concept space. Thanks for joining us for the adventure!ReplyCancel

  • January 23, 2018 - 4:14 pm

    Yasmeen Abdullah - It’s absolutely breathtaking!! From the original stairs, to the built in’s, to that beautiful window in your daughters new room! Everything is soooooo beautiful!! I am so excited for you and your family. Thank you so much for sharing this journey with us!!ReplyCancel

    • January 23, 2018 - 11:19 pm

      yellowprairieint - Oh thank you, Yasmeen! So happy to have you along for the fun! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

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FINALLY! We are BEYOND excited to share our BIG NEWS with YOU!!!

The excitement is so NEW (we literally JUST signed closing papers), I almost don’t even know where to begin. Words. Which words….

As you may know, I grew up on a little apple farm not far from here, and I’ve always hoped to live on a similar small farm with my own family. Well, sometimes an adventure presents itself when you’re least expecting it.

Labor Day Weekend 2017: I told my husband I was 1000% happy where we are, and I didn’t even want to look at moving right now (we almost purchased some property last Christmas to build a new home, and ultimately felt it wasn’t the right time or situation). ย And then, he got the bug to look at real estate online (Sunday of Labor Day weekend). He found a very interesting property…literally a stone’s throw away from the property we almost purchased last Christmas…but this one had the DREAMIEST driveway that I’ve admired for years. We drove right out to see it and….LOVE. AT. FIRST. SIGHT.

I mean, I don’t know if you understand. I am a DRIVEWAY GIRL. For some reason, I’ve always been obsessed with country lanes and driveways, something like…oh, I don’t know…THIS ONE??????????? A little further up the driveway is this little nugget: (below)

Oh hi there, Mr. Gazebo, I LOVE YOU. And the trees are obscuring it in this shot, but THERE IS A WEATHERVANE ON TOP. I’m not yelling at you. I’m telling you in a very excited voice that there is a DARLING weathervane on top of this little cutie. And electrical already in place. Sure, he needs a little love, but OH THE POSSIBILITIES.

What’s that?? Oh, you want to see the HOUSE???? Ok…here she is!

Angels are singing. Do you hear it? Maybe it’s just me…we are already so in love with our new home. ๐Ÿ™‚ We have big plans for this place. The main house was built in 1890 by an Oregon Trail Pioneer, and then additions were added in the 1960’s and early 2000’s. We’ll be renovating the entire inside before moving in (work will start next week and we hope it will be completed by April 2018!), a little work to the outside, a fresh paint color, new landscaping…ohhhhhh so. many. things.

Ryan and I sat on this front porch one sunny day in October, and he said, “I think this could be our forever home.” Tears.

The house has huge potential, but the PROPERTY. The property is what grabbed my heart and felt like home from day one. Wanna see some pics?

There are a couple cute little outbuildings with HUGE potential…I can’t even. I’m so excited.

Once we were hooked, we were wondering what our kids would think. Would they want to leave a neighborhood? We took them over and showed them and…THEY LOVED IT. Meant to be.

We were then excited to walk our parents around the property and share our vision with them…we were relieved to hear they didn’t think we were nuts…no matter how old you are, it’s always comforting to have your parent’s approval, right? ๐Ÿ™‚ Here we are on that very special day: (below)

My dad (to my right in the hot rod t-shirt) has always been up for an adventure. I mean, he and my mom left their comfortable life in southern California (where they were close to ALL of their family) when we were little kids, and bought an apple farm in Oregon. Aaaaaaand they knew NOTHING about farming or apples at the time. Dream-followers, adventure-seekers, putting their trust in God. And that’s how we want to be.

Our word for this process from the beginning has been ADVENTURE. And today, on the day we signed the papers, my phone alerted me to a “memory” from August, just before this whole thing started. A pic I was compelled to take while on vacation: (below)

What a fun little “God-wink.”

As of today, the beautiful leaves are all off of the trees, it’s cloudy and cold, but we’re still in love with the place. Totally and completely.

Sooooo, you might be wondering. WHO is gonna do all of this renovation? So glad you asked. We are over the moon to have an amazing team in place for the renovation. My sweet friend, Jayme, and her talented husband, Nolan, at Fridley Custom Homes, have agreed to take on this project. I’ll be doing the interior design, but I’m no builder. We knew we had to have the BEST, and we feel so blessed to have the Fridleys on the project. They know us, they know our vision, and their expertise has already been so helpful.

JUST WAIT til you see the INSIDE. Keep your eye out for a post next week with tons of interior pics in the current “before” state. But until then, we’d love to know, are you coming along on this journey with us? We can’t wait to share the whole process…the “before”, the demo, the new surface selection, the ups, and downs, the “after”… just ALL OF IT! You in? Let the #renovationontheprairie BEGIN!!!!!

 

 

  • December 22, 2017 - 11:25 pm

    Trudi Varton - So jealous! My dream come true! You made it happen! So happy for you! It is darling now! Canโ€™t wait to see what you do with it! All in Godโ€™s perfect time!ReplyCancel

    • December 23, 2017 - 12:10 am

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Trudi! We are so excited to see what God has in store for our little place in the world!ReplyCancel

  • December 22, 2017 - 11:45 pm

    Edna - Congratulations!! What amazing news-can’t wait to see what you do with it!!ReplyCancel

    • December 23, 2017 - 12:10 am

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Edna! We are still pinching ourselves! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2017 - 12:18 am

    JoNell Ruddiman - Oh Janna and Ryan so excited to be on this “Adventure” with you and your family! I have a friend who has been drooling over this property for quite awhile! I will have to introduce her to your website!! Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

    • December 23, 2017 - 1:49 am

      yellowprairieint - Jonell….you have to come visit in person! ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy to have you along for the adventure!!ReplyCancel

      • December 28, 2017 - 2:04 am

        JoNell Ruddiman - oh my Janna and Ryan, I am beyond excited, cannot wait!ReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2017 - 12:20 am

    Marlene sullivan - I love older homes. Can’t wait to see what all you do and the decorating. Beautiful setting.ReplyCancel

    • December 23, 2017 - 1:48 am

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Marlene! Excited to see it unfold! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2017 - 12:37 am

    Debbie Moyer - Janna, We could not be more excited for your family:) Sad to loose our next door neighbors:( Looking forward to following your adventure. God Bless, D & BReplyCancel

    • December 23, 2017 - 1:48 am

      yellowprairieint - We will miss living next to the BEST NEIGHBORS ON THE PLANET, but we treasure your friendship, and can’t wait to show you the new place in person sometime!! You two are treasures!!ReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2017 - 1:01 am

    Taunya Fermstad - I’m definitely in! Love everything you do and even though I don’t personally know you, I am so excited for you and know that it’s going to be amazing. Congratulations and Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

    • December 23, 2017 - 1:47 am

      yellowprairieint - Taunya, yay! So excited to have you on this fun journey!! Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2017 - 1:19 am

    Nancy - Oh Janna, Iโ€™m so happy and excited for you and Ryan. Congratulations! YES, I WANT TO JOIN YOU ON THE ADVENTURE!!! YUP, SHOUTING๐Ÿ˜ฑ. Itโ€™s going to be beautiful and I hope one day to visit you and see this beautiful property

    God is good! Continue to trust His plan for your family. He will never fail you. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Again, so happy for you. ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸผReplyCancel

    • December 23, 2017 - 1:46 am

      yellowprairieint - Thank you sweet Nancy! Yes, you absolutely MUST come visit!! Merry Christmas, friend!ReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2017 - 1:35 am

    Debra Bartlett - I will pour over each photo with a joy in my heart for your family! CANNOT wait to see your plans and decorating. You are the first IG decorator I followed on IG. I scrutinize every pixel of your home. I will start praying now for perfect timing in selling your current home.
    BLESS! Debbi Bartlett. Mabank, TXReplyCancel

    • December 23, 2017 - 1:45 am

      yellowprairieint - Oh thank you Debbi! You are so sweet and we are so thankful for your prayers! We are happy to say that we have sold our current home, but we’re not moving quite yet. Thank you for following along!ReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2017 - 1:50 am

    Mandy - Love it! Congratulations! I can’t wait to see the transformation!ReplyCancel

    • December 23, 2017 - 1:57 am

      yellowprairieint - Thank you!! Excited to have you along for the journey! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2017 - 1:55 am

    Sara Kuenzi - Congratulations! What an awesome home! I donโ€™t personally know you either but canโ€™t wait to follow along! ๐Ÿ˜ŠReplyCancel

    • December 23, 2017 - 1:58 am

      yellowprairieint - Yay! So glad you’re here, Sara!!ReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2017 - 2:26 am

    Amber - So happy for you! Cannot wait to see it all step by step! Love your faith to do this. ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

    • December 23, 2017 - 6:01 am

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Amber! We are excited to see what God has for us!ReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2017 - 2:45 am

    Marsha Wyatt - I am over the top happy for you Janna!I can’t wait to see how you transform your farmhouse. What a wonderful journey to take your family on, I will definitely be following along!ReplyCancel

    • December 23, 2017 - 6:00 am

      yellowprairieint - Yay, Marsha! It’s gonna be a fun adventure for sure!ReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2017 - 3:00 am

    Jess - So beautiful!! Congrats and have a wonderful time building your adventure dreams home ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

    • December 23, 2017 - 6:00 am

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Jess!ReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2017 - 4:31 am

    MaryAnne Hergert - Oh!! This looks like a great adventure.Thank you for the invite to tag-a-long to see it happen.ReplyCancel

    • December 23, 2017 - 5:59 am

      yellowprairieint - We’re looking forward to having you along for the ride! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2017 - 4:41 am

    Robin Muik - I’m ALL IN !!!ReplyCancel

    • December 23, 2017 - 5:59 am

      yellowprairieint - Yay!!! Excited to have you along!ReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2017 - 5:14 am

    Barb Lea - Allbritton Family your new adventure looks like a gift from heaven. You were blessed with a creative ability and such a wonderful way to share it with others. Couldn’t be happier for you. Thank you for sharing. Fridley & Allbrittons perfect team Do your magic.
    Happy New Year,
    Barb Lea
    .ReplyCancel

    • December 23, 2017 - 5:58 am

      yellowprairieint - Awww!! Barb, thank you so much. It means so much coming from you!!! Big hugs to you!ReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2017 - 8:46 am

    Mindy - Oh my goodness, this is such good news and I can see exactly why you love this piece of heaven Janna! I am so joining you on following your new adventure!! Is the property still in the Salem area? Wow! So happy for you! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐ŸŒŸReplyCancel

    • December 23, 2017 - 4:55 pm

      yellowprairieint - Yes! And thank you…we’re pretty excited to have you following along! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2017 - 12:59 pm

    Tiffany deSilva - Congratulations! Your new property is beautiful! I canโ€™t wait to see each step of the renovation!ReplyCancel

    • December 23, 2017 - 4:54 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Tiffany!ReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2017 - 1:06 pm

    Susan Prillman - Love, love the house, but youโ€™re right…itโ€™s the setting that steals your heart….and that drive! Congratulations! โ€œHe will make everything beautiful in its time.โ€ Ecc 3:11ReplyCancel

    • December 23, 2017 - 4:54 pm

      yellowprairieint - Love that! Merry Christmas, Susan!ReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2017 - 1:22 pm

    Jenny - Um, yes! This is so exciting! What a beautiful piece of property you’ve found, I can’t wait to see what you’ll do with it!ReplyCancel

    • December 23, 2017 - 4:53 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Jenny! Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2017 - 2:41 pm

    Beverly Davenport - So Beautiful. Good luck and God Bless you and your family on this adventure.ReplyCancel

    • December 23, 2017 - 4:53 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Beverly! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2017 - 3:21 pm

    Kari - Canโ€™t wait to follow along on your adventure! Your new house reminds me of my current house that was built in 1790. It unfortunately lost its barn during the Great Depression but pieces of it still remain around town in houses built during that era and in our garage. Canโ€™t wait to see the house unfold under your beautiful decorating guidance. Love your style which is so suited to an antique farmhouse!! Enjoy the ride and Merry Christmas!!ReplyCancel

    • December 23, 2017 - 4:53 pm

      yellowprairieint - Your home sounds amazing, Kari! Excited to share this journey with you!ReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2017 - 3:28 pm

    Diane walters - Iโ€™m on board for this โ€œadventureโ€…canโ€™t wait to see it all! You had me at the driveway…then that gazebo blew me away…but the house, o my…itโ€™s a beauty just as it stands. I look to your next post!ReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2017 - 3:37 pm

    Diane walters - Iโ€™m on board for this โ€œadventureโ€…canโ€™t wait to see it all! You had me at the driveway…then that gazebo blew me away…but the house, o my…itโ€™s a beauty just as it stands. I look forward to your next post!ReplyCancel

    • December 23, 2017 - 4:52 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Diane! I’m happy to have another driveway girl along for the adventure! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2017 - 3:55 pm

    Terrie Mentze - So very excited for you! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

    • December 23, 2017 - 4:51 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you, sweet Terrie! Merry Christmas to you and your family! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2017 - 4:47 pm

    Brandi - Iโ€™m so glad I found your Insta page. I look forward to following along on your adventure! God Bless you and your family.ReplyCancel

    • December 23, 2017 - 4:51 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Brandi! Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2017 - 6:50 pm

    Lyle - Congrats. Well deserved. Youโ€™re living my dream. Maybe one of these days.ReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2017 - 8:02 pm

    Nancy Edmonds - CONGRATULATIONS! Weโ€™re so happy for you and your whole family.
    We will enjoy seeing your great adventure on your wonderful blog.
    We wish you the very best.ReplyCancel

    • December 24, 2017 - 2:26 am

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Nancy!!! Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2017 - 8:23 pm

    Rachel - What a dream! I know I have a new farmhouse but there is something about any old farm that thrills me. Iโ€™m so happy for you and canโ€™t wait to see! How many acres? The outbuildings to ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ReplyCancel

    • December 24, 2017 - 2:25 am

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Rachel! 6 acres of pasture land. ๐Ÿ™‚ And your place is absolutely DREAMY!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2017 - 11:59 pm

    Jana Botkin - Hi Janna, I’m happy for you and will subscribe to your blog to be able to follow your GIANT project! (I’m Cory Bergman’s aunt in Central Calif.)ReplyCancel

    • December 24, 2017 - 2:24 am

      yellowprairieint - Hi Aunt Jana! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for following along!! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • December 24, 2017 - 2:22 am

    Angie Jones - ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜ReplyCancel

  • December 24, 2017 - 2:39 am

    Nancy McNally - This is so exciting! So happy for you and your family! Please post lots of pictures!! Merry Christmas!!ReplyCancel

    • December 24, 2017 - 3:30 pm

      yellowprairieint - You know I will! Excited to have you along, Nancy! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • December 24, 2017 - 3:19 am

    Brenda Hamilton - Jana,
    So excited for you and your family. You and Jayme are my favorites on Instagram. Congratulations and Merry Christmas!!!ReplyCancel

    • December 24, 2017 - 3:30 pm

      yellowprairieint - Aww! Thank you Brenda! Well, we are pretty excited to have Nolan & Jayme’s expertise on this huge renovation!ReplyCancel

  • December 24, 2017 - 3:38 am

    Wendi - I canโ€™t wait to do this with you!!!!! ๐Ÿคช๐Ÿ’›ReplyCancel

    • December 24, 2017 - 3:29 pm

      yellowprairieint - It’s gonna be a fun adventure! Glad to have you along, Wendi!ReplyCancel

  • December 24, 2017 - 5:08 am

    April Bernd - I am in LOVE with this home! I canโ€™t wait to see what you do with it. I love country lanes and trees and….sigh….itโ€™s beautiful.ReplyCancel

    • December 24, 2017 - 3:28 pm

      yellowprairieint - Yay! Another country lane/driveway fan! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for following along, April!ReplyCancel

  • December 24, 2017 - 5:21 am

    Jaimee - So perfect and beautiful. So excited to follow your amazing adventure. Congrats and blessings to you and your family.ReplyCancel

    • December 24, 2017 - 3:28 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Jaimee! I may need some farm advice along the way! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Merry Christmas, friend.ReplyCancel

  • December 24, 2017 - 11:43 am

    Kathy - Itโ€™s awesome! I will live my dream vicariously through watching you!ReplyCancel

    • December 24, 2017 - 3:27 pm

      yellowprairieint - It definitely is a dream come true. We are still pinching ourselves! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • December 24, 2017 - 12:30 pm

    Donna Smith - So very happy for you cant wait to see all you do!ReplyCancel

    • December 24, 2017 - 3:26 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Donna! Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • December 24, 2017 - 12:53 pm

    Tanja - I cannot wait to see the after BECAUSE the before is breathtaking โ™ฅ๏ธReplyCancel

    • December 24, 2017 - 3:26 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you, sweet Tanja! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • December 24, 2017 - 12:53 pm

    Carmen - God blessed you and your new home!
    I loved it! Is really amazing!
    I will love the all process!
    My husband and I (he is civil engineer)we love renovating properties!
    Thanks for sharing your experience!
    Mary Christmas!
    CarmenReplyCancel

    • December 24, 2017 - 3:26 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Carmen! So glad you’re along for the adventure!ReplyCancel

  • December 24, 2017 - 2:44 pm

    Monica Geer - Excuse me while I follow and live vicariously through you!! Congratulations on living this dream come true!!ReplyCancel

    • December 24, 2017 - 3:25 pm

      yellowprairieint - So excited to have you along, Monica! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • December 24, 2017 - 3:02 pm

    Keely - Beautiful! I grew up in Oregon and this reminds me of all the beautiful farms in the valley. Gorgeous house and setting! Is that a pond on the property?!ReplyCancel

    • December 24, 2017 - 3:25 pm

      yellowprairieint - There’s a pond next door. ๐Ÿ™‚ We have a creek running through our property…is this really happening?? Ahhh! So excited!ReplyCancel

  • December 24, 2017 - 6:14 pm

    Dee - So thrilled for you! The Lord’s leading, and timing!ReplyCancel

    • December 25, 2017 - 8:22 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Dee! Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • December 25, 2017 - 1:21 am

    Pam Knapick - I am sooo excited to share in your journey but I am also sooo JEALOUS! I love your current house,especially decorated for Christmas. We will be tearing down our summer home at the end of the coming summer. Many of my dreams for this house come from your beautiful, cozy, serene aesthetics that you create. I think your style is so inviting. Thanks for the inspiration and will be following your makeover of the farm. Best wishes and Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

    • December 25, 2017 - 8:23 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Pam! So happy you have you along on this adventure…it’s sure to be quite a journey! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • December 26, 2017 - 5:53 pm

    Leighanne - Love old homes and am excited to see what you do with it!ReplyCancel

    • December 26, 2017 - 10:00 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Leighanne! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • December 26, 2017 - 5:53 pm

    Bridgette H - Oh my gosh I am so excited for your family! What a beautiful adventure together, and sweet memories to be made in the future in your forever home! It is going to be soooo perfect, I just KNOW it!ReplyCancel

    • December 26, 2017 - 10:00 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Bridgette! ๐Ÿ™‚ We can’t wait!!ReplyCancel

  • December 26, 2017 - 8:37 pm

    Jane Austin - So happy for you!ReplyCancel

    • December 26, 2017 - 10:00 pm

      yellowprairieint - Aww, thanks Jane! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • December 27, 2017 - 5:25 pm

    Ellen V - Iโ€™ll certainly be following. Love your style; your personality is a plus. Good Luck but trusting Godโ€™s plan is all you need!ReplyCancel

    • December 27, 2017 - 8:02 pm

      yellowprairieint - I love that, Ellen! We are certainly trusting God with the whole process! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • December 28, 2017 - 12:49 am

    Come on in! (“before” pictures!) » Yellow Prairie Interiors - […] you missed it, we bought a farm (read about it here!). Wait, WHAT?? We […]ReplyCancel

  • December 28, 2017 - 12:52 am

    Tina - This is beautiful. Your not nuts. I get it. When you feel it, thatโ€™s when itโ€™s home. God bless you on this journey. Canโ€™t wait to watch it on the blog and will be sending good vibes your way โค๏ธ Congrats on the new adventure.ReplyCancel

    • December 28, 2017 - 1:37 am

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Tina! Excited to have you along!ReplyCancel

  • December 28, 2017 - 1:50 am

    Penny Johnson - Kevin, Jon and I just scrutinized each picture with your description and soooo enjoyed it! We can’t wait to see it progress!
    Xo ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • December 28, 2017 - 3:32 am

    Rachel L Landen - How cool! Is it in Salem?ReplyCancel

    • December 28, 2017 - 4:55 pm

      yellowprairieint - Yes! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • December 29, 2017 - 3:23 am

    Pam Foster - Hi Honey!
    I just sat here and read through your comments with your pictures of the Farm! I love all of it! So excited for you! Loved the photo of Ryan and Hayden and Kendall! and the family one too and of course all the beautiful scenes of COUNTRY!!!!

    God Bless you all. xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox
    Love,
    MomReplyCancel

    • December 29, 2017 - 5:55 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Mom! We love you so much!ReplyCancel

  • January 18, 2018 - 10:57 pm

    jae - hi how can i follow along to see how the reno is going or are you not posting that out public? not sure if i just missed seeing it somewhere. congratulations on the property!!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜„ReplyCancel

    • January 18, 2018 - 11:15 pm

      yellowprairieint - Hi there! We post daily updates on the renovation on Instagram stories…but look for a blog post soon showing an update!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for following along!ReplyCancel

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Wellllllll, Merrrrrrry Christmas! I’m so excited to have you here today. This won’t be the fanciest holiday home tour you’ll see this year…but that’s why it’s just perfect for our little family. A simple palette of fresh greens, festive Christmas reds, rustic woods, and plenty of heart.

It always starts with a little inspiration to spark an idea. A song, a feeling, a color…well, I’m pretty traditional when it comes to Christmas colors (give me all of the red & green!), so I decided to go with a song…for some reason I couldn’t shake the tune from “All is Well” for days. Literally. For days. I scrounged up an old rustic board from the garage, and painted the words on it…YES! Just the push I needed…the rest was easy. An old door as a backdrop, fresh cedar garland, and some buffalo check pillows…DONE!

Simplicity = IMPACT. Which is very lucky for this girl, because simplicity was the ONLY way to go this year.

A fresh wreath from Lynch Creek Farm and a darling mat from Fifth and Grace were fun additions to the front door area.

Ok, brrrr! It’s cold out here! Let’s go inside where it’s cozy. ๐Ÿ™‚

In the entry, a chalkboard is a fun backdrop to this sweet, delicate wreath (found at a local holiday bazaar, made Laura Jenkins, find her etsy shop here!). Laura has the most AMAZING booth every single year, and my sister and I always rush directly to see her stuff first!

The darling “All things lovely” bag was a gift from my sweet friend Abby…you can find her on Instagram @mrsabbychic. What a thoughtful surprise!

Wanna know a secret? I had a completely different thing in mind for the mantel…but when I started in on my “idea”…ugh. Not so great, my friends. NOT SO GREAT. ย I stepped back and felt defeated for just a second, until I remembered this beautiful sign from Vine And Branches TX. Oh, and let’s not forget the cutest little x bench EVER. Wait. A bench on the mantel? WHY NOT?? More fresh cedar garland and some white lights were the only finishing touches needed. (Note: cedar garland is GORGEOUS, but can dry out fairly quickly and look a little crunchy. The freshness can be prolonged with a misting of water every couple days.)

This cold-weather season calls for plenty of cozy throw blankets and pillows for days! Make yourself at home…in this house it’s totally acceptable to shove extra pillows out of your way. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Let’s get to the main attraction around here, the TREE! Simple, “airy”, humble, unexpected. We had so much fun going to cut this beauty in the foothills of Silverton, Oregon. It’s a wild Noble Fir, and the high elevation where it grows causes this “spaced out” look…our FAVORITE!

This type of tree allows the ornaments to be displayed so beautifully…you can really see and appreciate each one. These tree banners are a pretty addition this year, made by Laura Jenkins.

Home sweet home.

Sophie seems to love it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The hutch is always a fun little spot to remix each season…and this old “cabins” sign got dragged back in from the garage. Using old things in a new way is the most fun! Free decor! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’m sharing a few close-ups with you…sometimes the little details get lost in the big picture!

The dining table was kept ultra-simple this year, and I must say, I LOVE it. And guess what? We actually have room to EAT here, instead of moving a huge vignette out of the way. ๐Ÿ˜‰ You’re welcome, family.

The kitchen is clean & simple too…with just some essential baking ingredients to decorate the island. Now, what to make first?? ๐Ÿ™‚

The chalkboard repeats our theme this year, “All is Well.”

This year I thought it would be fun to add a faux tree to our bedroom, and it makes it feel so cozy up there! Wanna see?

My favorite thing this week has been to enjoy the tree lights each night while reading or watching tv…I can’t believe we’ve never put a tree right there!

 

Thanks so much for dropping by today. It’s always a treat to have you here!

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

 

 

 

 

  • December 7, 2017 - 2:52 pm

    Mary jo - Good morning! Jana where did you get you headboard from in your bedroom?

    Loving your Christmas home this year!ReplyCancel

  • December 7, 2017 - 2:52 pm

    Penny Johnson - So crisp and beautiful all the way through from the front porch to the cute corner in the bedroom…you are amazing at putting things together so perfectly!
    Thank you for each picture that you shared!
    Jesus bless you all!ReplyCancel

    • December 7, 2017 - 4:29 pm

      yellowprairieint - Aww, thank you Penny!! You made my day. ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • December 7, 2017 - 3:11 pm

    Mary jo - I found your headboard on shop my home!
    Thank you !ReplyCancel

    • December 7, 2017 - 4:28 pm

      yellowprairieint - Oh yay! Glad you found it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for stopping by!ReplyCancel

  • December 9, 2017 - 2:58 am

    Cathy - This tour is one of my favorites. I love the red and green with a bit of rustic. Honestly, one of my favorites. Merry Christmas to you and your family.ReplyCancel

    • December 9, 2017 - 5:17 am

      yellowprairieint - You’re so sweet, Cathy! Thanks for stopping by!ReplyCancel

  • December 12, 2017 - 2:38 am

    Steph - I always envy your house….with every post!! Lol Very few houses do I like just like they have it, but I tell my husband ALL the time I would LOVE my house like yours!! Even the layout….it’s beautiful!!ReplyCancel

    • December 12, 2017 - 4:17 pm

      yellowprairieint - Oh my goodness, thank you Steph! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

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