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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 yesterday was a fun-filled install day. I hadn’t intended to write a blog post about it, only because I feel like there are never enough hours in the day…but hey. You guys are asking so many great questions, I figured, why not? I’m dying to share more pics with you anyway, and this way I can give you some links to items you’re curious about!

This project was all about giving these clients a new look in their living/dining room. They love to entertain, and they mentioned they wanted a neutral, sophisticated look, but still totally approachable and welcoming. Ummm, sounds like fun to me!

On our initial consultation day, the living room was being used as a playroom…but these clients had visions of moving the toys to another area of the house and creating a beautiful living room when you first walk in the door. Yes. I’m on board with all of that. Wanna see the before?

And here’s AFTER! (below)

You. Guys. Putting this room together was totally dreamy. It’s safe to say it was a REALLY FUN DAY. It was an extra added treat to have my good friend Anne (@pedalhomeinteriors) along for the day to help out. (THANK YOU ANNE!!! You are the BEST!) Ready for some sources? The mirror over the mantel is so unique, and I fell in love with the shape. You can find it here. The area rug looks so high-end, but was a great price. I used an 8×10, and repeated the same rug in the dining room (you’ll see in a sec!). You can find it here. The coffee table is surprisingly heavy, and the top is almost cement-like…LOVE! (you can find it here.) Wanna know a secret? The original coffee table I chose ended up being discontinued. I was SO BUMMED. But, silver lining! I like this one SO MUCH BETTER! The sofa table adds just the right amount of “rustic” to our sophisticated room, and you can find it here.

Let’s take a look at another angle of the “before”:

Aaaand “after”:

Can we talk about these sofas? I must admit, I’ve never ordered a sofa online before, but this pair of beauties made me change my ways! You can find them here. And the fun little end table? Find it here. The pillows came from HomeGoods, always one of my favorite places to stop!

From here, let’s take a look at the wall to the right, in its “before” state:

And “after”:

You guys know I’m a sucker for a big clock…and this oversized metal clock is PERFECTION…you should see it in real life! So gorgeous! Find it here. The console provides great storage for games, toys, whatever! PLUS, it leaves the room looking neat, tidy, and sophisticated. Win-win. You can find it here.

Let’s move into the dining room, shall we? Oh this is fun! Here’s the “before”:

 

And “after”:

I LOVED the chandelier when I first saw it, and the client asked if we could make it work, or if we should replace it….UMMMMM….KEEP!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Pretty much everything else got sold in a garage sale, and we started fresh! The table is so beautiful, and I was amazed at the quality! Once again, just the right dose of “rustic” to balance our look. You can find it here. The chairs are so soft, and so comfortable. You can find them here. The swanky new buffet turned out to be MUCH darker than pictured online, but it works beautifully! You can find it here. The curtains are such great quality, and we repeated them in the living room as well. Find them here. Oh, and find the lamps here, and the mirror here. Man, that paragraph was a little “here” heavy! 😉

Let’s take a look at one more angle, “before”, looking from the dining room into the living room:

And “after!” (below)

Thank you for allowing me to share this with you. Install day/Reveal day is absolutely the best and most rewarding part of the job. Especially when I get to work with such amazing clients…and then, BONUS! I get to share it with you too! Sooo? Feeling a change in your home? I’d love to hear what you’re up to!

  • June 29, 2017 - 6:12 pm

    Deb S - Pretty gorgeous…love everything about it! Thanks for sharing with us!ReplyCancel

    • June 30, 2017 - 2:55 am

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Deb!ReplyCancel

  • June 29, 2017 - 9:32 pm

    Audrey - Beautiful redo ..love it. What was the paint color used?…so pretty. Tia 🙂ReplyCancel

    • June 30, 2017 - 2:56 am

      yellowprairieint - Thanks Audrey! The client already had the paint color existing, and I’m not sure of the color. I’ll have to ask her! 🙂ReplyCancel

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Welcome! So glad you’re here for a little summer front porch tour.

Question for you. Is your porch saying “welcome” or “I’m busy?” 😉 I’ve definitely been guilty of the latter over the years. When my kids were little, it was all I could do to sweep the cob webs off the porch once a year. But hey. I started thinking about our porch being the first impression people have of us…and figured it was worth a little time to make it an inviting spot. So what do you say? Shall we tackle this together?

The front door is our very first opportunity. Last year’s dried up wreath probably isn’t your best try. Am I right? Well, I’m a practical girl and I want something that can stay long-term. It has to hold up to the weather (this spot gets wind like CRAZY, the rain blows in with a vengeance, and the afternoon sun BLASTS it like nobody’s business!). Oh, and did I mention I don’t want to spend a fortune? Ya, that too.

The solution? Well, inspiration struck one evening. I remembered this basket I picked up at Goodwill for $1. It’s flat on the back and even had a handle for hanging…it was just a little “warm-toned” for my liking. Easy fix. I quickly dry-brushed a little gray acrylic craft paint over the basket (2 minute project), and let it dry for a bit (I have NO patience, so luckily it dried very quickly!). Next, I went digging through my old craft supplies to find some floral foam for the bottom of the basket, and wedged it in tight (high winds in this area, remember?). The flowers are faux (from Real Deals in Salem, Oregon), but SUPER realistic looking! They were a little spendy, but WORTH EVERY PENNY. I stuck the flowers into the floral foam, but it was looking a little incomplete, almost as if the flowers didn’t “fill” the basket enough. Once again, I went back to my messy craft closet and fished out some old scraps of burlap. Once those were tucked in, I started getting excited. *YES! This is looking just how I had hoped!* Some black & white ribbon for hanging and I thought I was done.

Using a stick-on hanger made for windows, I put my new basket on the front door. Wait. Still missing something.

One last trip to the craft closet, and I found this “welcome” sign that had been tucked away. I wired it onto the front of the basket (the sign is a little long, but that made me love it even more! I don’t like perfect.) aaaaaand then. Then it was done. 🙂 Soooo? What kinds of goodies do you have in YOUR messy closets, just waiting to get turned into front door decor? Oh wait. Maybe I’m the only one with messy closets. (Note to self: clean closets this summer.) 😉

Let’s get on to the rest of the porch. Shall we? Here she is “before.”

We usually have a couple black adirondack chairs out here, which I love. But once in awhile something comes along that steals your heart, and you have no choice but to MIX. THINGS. UP.

We found this white potting table from Noble Vintage at a junk show recently, and it was love at first sight. I had no idea where it was gonna go, but hey. That doesn’t stop a girl in love. 🙂

Since the table isn’t super stable, it’s not suitable for dining. But it’s PERFECT for our summer front porch! Wanna see?

Yep. It’s safe to say I A-D-O-R-E this unexpected look. It’s casual, rustic, and outside of the box. It’s us! Well, if WE were porch decor. 😉 The bench is straight out of a barn, which is why I LOVE it (thanks for letting me buy this from you, Kelly! @vintagelady2 on Instagram), the large wire basket on top of the table is from Homegoods (can you even? I like big baskets and I cannot lie!), and the outdoor rug is from Wayfair. See that cute little bistro chair on the far left? It’s from Ikea! So cute!

Let’s talk about this “Hello Summer” sign. It was made by my sweet friend Jill, and you can find it here. It was literally the finishing touch to the porch…pulling the whole look together!

The welcome mat is from Magnolia Market (find it here), and yes I know there’s a lot of “welcome” happening here, both on the rug and the sign…what can I say? I REALLY want to welcome you! 😉 The fun galvanized planters can be found here.

Fresh, clean, and ready for the season! And this bench is the perfect spot to sit and watch my husband pull weeds. Uhhh, I mean, the perfect spot to set my phone while I work in the yard. 😉

Well? What do you think of our unconventional porch look this year? Ohhh it’s so fun to decorate with what you LOVE, isn’t it?

  • June 11, 2017 - 11:24 pm

    Penny Johnson - Soooo fun to read your article!
    Darling porch idea!ReplyCancel

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Heading to Waco? Or hoping to go someday soon? This is for YOU! Because if we lived a little closer, we might get together for coffee and chat before your big trip. You know, discussing all the fun little details that you won’t wanna miss! I’m no expert, but I’ve been lucky to visit a few times and each trip has been so unique and action-packed. Soooo, ready? Let’s talk about WACO!

Are you flying to Texas? If you’re like me, it’s not within driving distance. You can either fly into Dallas or Austin, and either way it’s about a 90 minute drive to Waco. We’ve found that it’s more economical to fly into Dallas. Oh, and you’ll need a rental car…be sure to choose something that has plenty of room for your luggage and all of your fun finds! While we’re on the subject of flights, think carefully about the days you’ll be in Waco. Keep in mind that most of  Waco’s fun shopping opportunities are closed on Sunday, so if you’re going for a long weekend, use Sunday as your day to travel home.

Now you’ll need a place to stay! There are so many options. In the past we’ve spent the first night in Dallas, and driven down to Waco the next morning. HOWEVER, this year, at the last minute we decided to drive down to Waco as soon as our flight arrived at Dallas-Fort Worth. Best decision ever. This way we had a FULL first day in Waco…and we used up every second! When selecting your lodging, consider the following:

1. The number of people in your party.

2. Budget.

3. Proximity to the fun.

If you have a big group going (girls trip!), it might be fun to stay somewhere you’ve seen on TV! This year, our group of girlfriends stayed at Harp House (Clint and Kelly Harp’s former residence as seen on Fixer Upper). We. Had. A blast. Here’s a little peek at their darling kitchen:

Aaaand all of us girls on the front porch:

A weekend to remember for sure! We laughed, we cried, we shared our hearts…Oh, it was the best.

Last year, I got to stay with this crew at Magnolia House. Have you heard of it? 😉 You know, Chip & Joanna Gaines’ bed & breakfast. IT. WAS. EPIC. Seriously. I’ve never stayed somewhere that dreamy in all of my days. It’s a little tough to get a reservation, but if you happen to get lucky and book it for your group, you WON’T be sorry. It will be an experience you’ll never forget! Here we are last year. 🙂 (below)

I mean, can you even DEAL with this? So gorgeous! Here we are walking from Magnolia House over to the cutest little Italian restaurant in McGregor for dinner. Whatta fun night.

If your group is a little smaller, you might check out another fun home from Fixer Upper, the German Schmear House.

Or if your group is VERY small, like maybe just you and your hubby? You might try the Shotgun House! (This one is on my bucket list!)

If staying somewhere “famous” isn’t your thing (or hey, maybe you’d rather save your money for SHOPPING! I’m with ya, girl!), there are plenty of hotels in town as well. This last time we spent the first night here, and it was great!

And NOW. What are your plans while in town? Ummm. I might be able to guess your first stop. You know. Because I DON’T LIVE UNDER A ROCK. 😉 Yes, I get it. Get up, put on that cute outfit you’ve been planning, and hope for the BEST hair day in the history of your life. This day is a GOOD DAY. Time to hit Magnolia Market.

If you go first thing in the morning, there will most likely be a CROWD. My take on it is, WHO CARES? Of course there’s a crowd! It’s AMAZING! It adds to the fun. Don’t you worry. The kind, friendly staff at Magnolia is constantly putting out more inventory, and there’s enough farmhouse goodness for all of us. Take a deep breath, and enjoy the experience. Notice the displays (hello, brilliant styling ideas). Smile at the people around you. Like you, they’ve probably been planning this trip for awhile. The line at the registers looks long, but it actually goes pretty quickly. So, don’t stress. Just ENJOY! I must say, we were so completely impressed by every encounter we had with a Magnolia Market employee. Always friendly, always helpful…it’s like Disneyland for grown-ups! (SERIOUSLY!)

The store is much less busy in the late afternoon, so if crowds aren’t your favorite, try hitting it then. Be sure to stop by the bakery as well…YUM!!! The line for the bakery is ALWAYS long, but worth it.

Pull up a seat on this pretty little patio and enjoy your cupcake or pastry!

You’ll want to plan to spend a good chunk of the day at Magnolia. After you’ve shopped and hit the bakery, it’s fun to hang out on the lawn, take a selfie with your besties, and hit the food trucks for lunch! Everything I’ve had to eat from the food trucks has been amazing, but this time I surprised myself with my choice. Are you ready for this? It was from Vitek’s BBQ and called “The Gut Pack.” Ummm, ya. It was SO NOT on my diet. But worth every calorie. Think fritos, brisket, beans, cheese, and all the toppings. So bad. But so good.

After lunch, waddle (and I do mean WADDLE) on over to the Seed + Supply shop/garden. So fun!

This time we got to chat with Joanna’s mom, and take a quick pic…she is the sweetest!

After Magnolia, there’s so much more to see! Just down the street (you don’t even need to move your car!) is a super cute shop, The Findery. You will love it! Don’t forget to go upstairs as well.

And OH! Just past The Findery, is the “Warehouse”, which is part of the Findery, but a HUGE BONUS shop. Don’t miss it!! It was one of our favorite spots!

When you’re at The Findery, ask for a list of all the shopping in town. I wish I still had mine…but it was a great directory to all of the other must-see spots! You’ll want to visit Junque in the Trunk (and hey, they’re even open on Sundays!)…look at this cuteness!

And Spice Village is filled to the brim with treasures! Here we are after a fun shopping trip to Spice Village:

Be sure to visit Harp Design Co…you might even spot Clint Harp! (and the Harp House is right next door!)

Now, a most important topic. Food. So much to eat, so little time. For the most amazing home-cooked breakfast, try Lula Jane’s. Everything is divine, especially the baked oatmeal (it’s pretty much famous), and just look at this sweet roll that has bacon baked into it. I mean, come on. So good.

Here’s our crew outside Lula Jane’s. 🙂

If you go, PLEASE, I BEG YOU, get a chocolate chip cookie. Even if you’re full. Just save it for later. Quite possibly the best chocolate chip cookie I’ve ever had. And just look at this sweet garden. They grow their own produce for the restaurant!

Get a super delicious lunch at Cafe Homestead. I hear it’s also amazing for breakfast. My husband and I ate at Cafe Homestead last year, and wow. So good. I hear the Gaines family enjoys it as well!

Dinner? If you’re in the mood for some great southern food, try Jake’s in downtown Waco. Oh. My. Gosh. Delish. Another favorite is Ninfa’s, if you’re hungry for some great Mexican food!

Besides shopping and eating (two of my favorite activities), I’d highly recommend Waco Tours! Owned by Luke & Rachel Whyte and David Ridley, it’s a great way to learn more about Waco and explore the city! David took us on an amazing tour this time, along with Melinda his co-pilot and excellent tour guide. We enjoyed every minute! We learned a lot, and it was inspiring to see their passion for their city. It’s a must!!

Do we look like we’re having fun or what?

As part of the tour, we got to stop at Heritage Creamery for delicious ice cream (I tried Blueberry Cheesecake, YUM!) and Common Grounds for yummy coffee. Waco Tours knows the way to a girl’s heart!

So?? What are you waiting for? Get that trip to Waco booked, and ENJOY EVERY SECOND. Girl, you are in for a TREAT!!!

  • June 1, 2017 - 12:45 am

    Brooke - Thank you very much! I love this, because you don’t know what to expect and it all seems a bit overwhelming. Sounds like a great time. Question tho, what do you do with all your purchases? Do you ship it all?ReplyCancel

    • June 1, 2017 - 4:10 pm

      yellowprairieint - Great question! It’s a good idea to pack an extra duffle bag that you can use as a carry-on, to hold all of your treasures. Magnolia does have a shipping option, where you can purchase and then have it shipped home. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • June 1, 2017 - 6:52 pm

    Krystle - You couldn’t have posted this at a better time. We are passing through and only have about 2 days to spend in Waco. This was a great help in narrowing down the “must see” list. Thanks! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • June 2, 2017 - 2:53 am

      yellowprairieint - So excited for you! Enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • June 2, 2017 - 2:56 pm

    Misty Palmer - Such a great guide! I will definitely refer to it when I plan a trip!ReplyCancel

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Do you have a room that STUMPS you? Well, I’ve had several. But our bonus room/upstairs TV room has been a doozy. The weird part is, it’s probably the most-used room in our home, and yet, when I tried to come up with a design direction for it…Nothing. Nada. Zip. Maybe that was the problem. BECAUSE it’s the most-used room in the house, I had some kind of subconscious block. Or maybe we just needed one room that wasn’t too decorated, but just felt restful.

Ah ha! I think we’re on to something. Maybe I was just TRYING too hard? What if the answer to the undecorated room was simplicity? And a dash of inspiration from our recent trip to Israel? Let’s face it, I’m famous for making a mountain out of a mole-hill. I can worry myself into a pretty sorry state, when the answer is right in front of me. I love to stew about things and look at them from all sides, and think of how impossible it’s going to be. And then finally, after tormenting myself for quite awhile, I gather up the courage to tackle the situation. Our bonus room turned about to be no different. Classic Janna. Ugh.

The good news? The bonus room finally got tackled, and guess what? IT WAS SO EASY. And fun. And rewarding. And inexpensive. And as usual, I worried and fretted for no reason at all. Oh I hope you’re nothing like me. ha, ha

I’m kicking myself for not having great “before” pics of this room. But just imagine a plain, plain, plain room with a big comfy sectional.

Here’s how I broke it down (when you’re a worry-wart like me, you have to break things down into manageable chunks). 😉

1. The window treatments.

Ok, these windows were plain. I knew they needed a little love, but I didn’t want to spend a lot. Here’s how they looked before. (below)

Ya, not cozy. I’m not gonna lie. When our family would gather in here to watch a movie, I would stare at the windows and think WHY HAVEN’T I DONE ANYTHING WITH THOSE WINDOWS YET. It’s a sickness. 😉 One day it hit me…drop cloth curtains! I’ve enjoyed making them before, for our living room, and then I remembered the swiss cross stencil I already had…perfect!

Guys. This project was so fun & easy. To see a quick little video on the whole curtain-making process, click here! (This was originally an “instastory” on Instagram…not a professional video. ha,ha)

2. An Area Rug.

This room is already carpeted, but you know how CRAZY I am about area rugs! The rug we ordered is SO cozy, and adds a much-needed dose of pattern to the room! You can find this rug here.

Can you believe what the rug does for the room? I’m in love!

3. Pillows for the sofa.

We needed to update the pillows on the sofa, and it wasn’t rocket science. My color palette is black/white/green…so I found some gorgeous mud cloth pillows at Rescued Living in Springfield, Oregon, and then found some beautiful green pillows from an etsy shop…once I saw they were coming from Israel, I was SOLD! Perfect! (Remember, this room was inspired by our recent trip there!) You can find them here.

4. Accessories

The finishing touches are always the fun part, and we hit the jackpot at a favorite shop in Springfield called The Vintage Industry. The black & white throw (above) is from Target, in the outdoor section…so cute!

The adorable “Live in the Moment” sign was made by my talented friend Tiffany (you can find her on Instagram @whimsicaldetails, or her etsy shop is here.) The old white door was actually in our last house, then my sister had it for years, and now it’s back at our house (it’s actually green on the other side, and that’s the side I had intended to use. But, it was just too much for this neutral room. It overpowered the corner and made everything feel off balance. Sometimes you just don’t know until you get it into the space!)  The amazing basket hanging on the door is from Real Deals in Salem, Oregon…I might have started shaking when I saw it! So. Perfect. The large woven basket on the floor can be found here, and the throw blanket is from Target.

Surprisingly, nothing really changed on this side of the room. (above) Can you believe how it goes with everything new that was added? Crazy!

Here’s the view from the hall (below)…I love how this space blends with the upstairs landing.

Just for fun, I’d love to share a few images of our trip to Israel with you…you might be able to see where some of my inspiration came from, in these particular pics. You can see them below.

Well? What room has got you STUMPED? Take another look. Break it down. It might not be as tough as you thought! 🙂

Happy decorating!

  • April 24, 2017 - 7:08 pm

    Lena - May I ask where your couch is from?ReplyCancel

    • April 24, 2017 - 7:37 pm

      yellowprairieint - Hi Lena! The sectional sofa is from Furniture Row in Salem, Oregon. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • April 30, 2017 - 2:57 pm

    Heather - Hi Janna! What a perfect cozy space! May I ask where your stencil is from? Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • May 1, 2017 - 5:57 pm

      yellowprairieint - Yes! The swiss cross stencil is from an etsy shop called “CuteStencils.” 🙂ReplyCancel

  • May 30, 2017 - 9:12 am

    Hanna Berbres - The room looks beautiful!!

    I love all of your re-do’s and would love your input on choosing curtains for our living room. We have white walls and a grey sofa, lots of neutrals. We just bought IKEAs rug “Vallöby” and I love it! It’s just that I find it so hard to find curtains that I like and that goes with the rug. Would love to have some more colors to make it feel warm and cozy.

    Thank you so much! <3ReplyCancel

    • May 30, 2017 - 9:36 pm

      yellowprairieint - Hi Hanna! Sounds like you’re off to a great start in your living room! Since your fun new rug is a floral, I’d select a more structured geometric pattern for the curtains. It’s fun to mix patterns! 🙂 Happy decorating!ReplyCancel

      • May 31, 2017 - 8:34 am

        Hanna Berbres - Thanx! 💕ReplyCancel

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Is there really anything better than Texas on REPEAT? 🙂 Yes, I’m an Oregon girl. But I do love me some Texas.

Last September when I was in Texas working with some favorite clients, Mike & Christie, we started dreaming about the next visit. We decided I’d come back down in April so we could hit the local Vintage show, freshen up their home for spring/summer, and do a project for some friends of theirs as well. The months flew by, and before we knew it, April arrived! Last Tuesday I hopped on my flight, and our whirlwind week began!

As always, my first order of business in Texas was to go visit with this sweet family’s farm animals. They’ve added quite a few to the farm since September, and it was so much fun to see (and hold) the new additions!

It was a warm, windy, sunny Texas day…and oh my goodness. That vitamin D never felt so good (Oregon has had SO. MUCH. RAIN. this year!)

We ate a delicious home-cooked meal and sat around talking and catching up.

Day 2 arrived and after a great breakfast and a Diet Coke, we were ready to roll! Christie’s friend, Danielle, arrived to pick me up (I would start the Texas projects with her living room and entry way).

This day was all about shopping. Danielle and I worked together via e-design to get the plan in place, and most things ordered, but we still had quite a few finishing touches to purchase. Plus, a couple of our key items (media console and area rug) didn’t work out, so those were on the top of our to-do list. Whew. A lot to accomplish, but we both had a great feeling we’d be able to knock it out.

Our first stop was Nebraska Furniture Mart. I must admit, I have ALWAYS wanted to check this place out, so I was super excited! Ummm, wow. It did NOT disappoint. When we walked in, I was immediately overwhelmed and couldn’t even remember what we were looking for! 😉 We pushed past the inviting home decor section to focus on our big ticket items first. We were able to find the perfect media console and area rug with no problem at all…I love it when that happens! (You’ll see it soon!) After that, we wandered through the decor and picked up some great stuff.

Uh oh, after this first stop, Danielle’s SUV was filled to the tippy top. We stopped by her hubby’s work to trade cars so we could finish our shopping. 🙂

After a full day of fun finds, I returned to Christie’s for the night and got to see the latest additions to the farm…two darling bunnies, “Bom Bom” and “Patch.” (Uhh, could this trip get ANY BETTER??)

Day 3 was Install Day for Danielle. She was working from home that day, but promised not to “peek” so she could be surprised at her reveal! I could hardly wait to get my hands on the beautiful things we had ordered or found the day prior, and pull the look together. Install day is PURE HAPPINESS. 🙂

How ’bout some before & afters? Let’s start with the entry. This family has an amazing, long hallway-type entry. What an opportunity for fun! Here’s the before:

Aaaand the after, of the left side:

Danielle had expressed that she loved the idea of a church pew in the entry. Um, YES, YES, YES. I told her I was COMPLETELY on board with THAT idea and she and her husband, Ray, were able to find the perfect pew at a sweet little shop in Waco, called Junque in the Trunk. We topped it with a fun hook rack and this beautiful custom sign by a local maker, Knabe Woodwork (you can find them on Instagram @knabewoodwork). The rug added so much as well…you can find it here!

Here’s the other side of the entry, down the hall just a bit:

This table. Gah! I just LOVE it!! You can find it here. The lamp is from Nebraska Furniture Mart, as is the topiary and chalkboard (and then I just wrote the words on it with chalk…so easy!). The mirror is from Wayfair and you can find it here.

Ok! Moving on to the living room! Here’s the before:

And after:

How fun is the teal color in the rug & media console? With this dark sectional and dark hardwood floors, we needed something to brighten the room. When Danielle saw this media console she fell in love…and it became the jumping-off point for the whole look! Here’s another before angle:

And after:

The fireplace got a pretty custom sign from Knabe Woodwork as well, and we owe a huge thanks to them for rushing our order! Thanks guys! Here’s a fun before of the fireplace:

And after! 🙂

The white sign really brings attention and focus to this pretty area.

Here are a couple more angles of the room, just for fun!

 

Special thanks to Mike & Christie, for bringing me a couple additional decor items that were needed, and to Mike for hanging ALLLLL of the things. 🙂

It was so much fun to reveal the finished spaces to Danielle and Ray. They both immediately noticed the old books in the room, which was so interesting, as it’s always one of my favorite things as well. 🙂

On the way home from install day, Mike, Christie, and their girls took me to the most stunning flower farm! We “picked our own” and it was the most beautiful evening imaginable. Warm sun, no wind, and gorgeous flowers everywhere. What a treat!

*sigh* Day 4…SO. MUCH. FUN. We headed off to Vintage Market Days of Denton…sooo ready to find some treasures! And DID WE EVER!!!

So much anticipation as we waited to get in! If you’re in the Dallas, Texas area…this show is a MUST! Amazing vendors, incredible finds, and a fun atmosphere!

Mike made numerous trips out to the car with the stuff we found…what a great sport. Thanks Mike!

Ok, got the goods! Time to go home to Project #2 of this trip to Texas, adding some spring/summer to Mike & Christie’s house!

I decided to start with the front porch. We found this adorable rustic bookshelf at the Vintage show, from a vendor called Shop 405 (you can find them on Instagram @shop405junk). It was my favorite booth at the show, and man! We found some fun things there!

Christie already had the rug and chairs, and the pillows were in the attic. Add some pretty flowers, and this cute “S” (also from the vintage show)…and we were good to go!

Here’s the front door view too, in case you’re curious. 🙂

Does this house look familiar? I’ve been here to work with this sweet family several times now. You can see the original blog post here, and then last fall’s visit here. Let’s head inside and I’ll show you the other areas we freshened up for spring!

Well, this girl was pooped after that. We took a break to enjoy a delicious home cooked meal and watch a favorite TV show together. After that great food, I got a second wind and stenciled the “toilet room” in the master bath with this fun design. You can find the stencil here. I miiiiight be a little bit obsessed with stencils. It’s such a fun way to add detail without committing to wallpaper! A little tip when stenciling: get some paint on your stencil brush, and then dab a bunch of it back off. A lighter, “mottled” effect is better than solid lines. It gives it a fun aged quality!

Day 5 started out delicious. 🙂 These Texas-shaped waffles were so yummy! Thanks Christie!

After breakfast, it was time to tackle the mantel, built-ins, and couple other small areas.

Want an inside scoop? Christie said this might be one of the weirdest things she’s ever seen me do. Ha, ha! Can you guess what it is? I wanted some height on the right side of the mantel, so it was time to get creative. I cut up some of the shopping bags from the previous day’s outing, and rolled them up to stick in the basket. Something about the texture of the paper, and the height…it just felt right! Am I the only one? I can’t explain it, but I insisted it was pure genius. 😉 After Easter, the “He is Risen” sign will be replaced with a “Farmer’s Market” sign. Perfect for summer!

This little ladder got a small change too…clean and simple.

This cabinet to the left of the kitchen sink was due for an update…so much fun to remix things!

Aaaaaaand, WHOA. Time flies when you’re having fun. It was time to catch my plane home to Oregon! What a blessing it was to work with this DEAR family again. I think I smiled the entire trip, and I boarded my flight with a full heart and tons of sweet new memories. How did I get so lucky?

Thanks for stopping by to let me share this experience with you. It’s always fun to chat with friends! xoxo

  • April 12, 2017 - 3:22 pm

    Leslie - Beautiful work as always! Are the pillows in Christie’s sitting room (off of the kitchen) black or navy? The rolled up paper sacks did the trick! Blessings, LeslieReplyCancel

    • April 12, 2017 - 3:25 pm

      yellowprairieint - Hi Leslie! The pillows are black.😊thanks for stopping by!💛ReplyCancel

  • April 12, 2017 - 6:08 pm

    Kelly - Hello! Love the powder room stencil! Did you use the small or large size? And what were the two colors of paint? Thanks! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • April 12, 2017 - 8:50 pm

      yellowprairieint - Hi Kelly! I believe it was the large size, and I used plain old acrylic craft paint (white). The wall color is Sherwin Williams “Repose Gray.” Hope that helps!ReplyCancel

  • April 13, 2017 - 4:44 pm

    Pam Foster - I loved reading this and seeing all the beautiful transformations you did at these two places in Texas! It was so wonderful the way everything became light and bright and happy! Always love seeing what you do! Makes my heart glad! Love you Janna Allbritton! Yellow Prarie Interiors is here to make homes happy! And the people in them!
    xoxoReplyCancel

  • April 14, 2017 - 1:58 am

    Shalane - Hi Janna!
    Love seeing all the pictures – the second home is one of my favorite houses on your website ❤ I tried to find this info again on your site but can you tell all me the rule of thumb for knowing how high/low to hang pendant lights over an island? My husband is 6’4″ so we may have to adjust LOLReplyCancel

    • April 14, 2017 - 2:11 am

      yellowprairieint - Hi Shalane! Yes! The rule of thumb for hanging pendants over an island is for the bottom of the fixture to be “eyebrow-height” of the tallest person living in the home. That way, there’s a clear view for everyone. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2017 - 1:44 pm

    Lee - Everything is perfect!! Can you tell me what color wall paint is used in Christie’s house?ReplyCancel

    • May 15, 2017 - 3:50 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you! The wall color is Sherwin Williams “Repose Gray.” 🙂ReplyCancel

  • June 29, 2017 - 5:14 pm

    Candace - Oh my word! I love it! I need that kind of help here! I feel like we have good ones, but ZIP for decor! Great reveal!ReplyCancel

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