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  • WELCOME!

    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!

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?” ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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 grayย 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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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.) ๐Ÿ˜‰

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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! ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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,ย discussingย 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 ย 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? ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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. ๐Ÿ™‚ (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. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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 Trunkย (and hey, they’re even open on Sundays!)…look at this cuteness!

And Spice Villageย 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚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! ๐Ÿ™‚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). ๐Ÿ˜‰

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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, clickย 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 Livingย 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!) ย 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚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.” ๐Ÿ™‚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 “Vallรถby” 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! ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy decorating!ReplyCancel

      • May 31, 2017 - 8:34 am

        Hanna Berbres - Thanx! ๐Ÿ’•ReplyCancel

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Is there really anything better than Texas on REPEAT? ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 wasย 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! ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

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

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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.๐Ÿ˜Šthanks for stopping by!๐Ÿ’›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! ๐Ÿ™‚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 โค 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. ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

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    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

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Sitting here staring at the keyboard. Where do I even begin? Everyone keeps asking, “How was your trip??” Ummm….life changing? The single best experience of my life? It feels almost impossible to put it into words. My usual blog posts about decorating or design are so automatic. I can sit down, and just write. But this. This experience that was so personal. So emotional. Yet I have this pressing feeling that I need to share it. I HAVE to share it. Before anything else. So here goes. Thank you for letting me share this with you.

About a year ago, my hubby and I attended an informational meeting at our church about this trip to Israel. Once we heard more about it, we knew we wanted to take our kids as well. It sounded amazing. But wait. Israel? Isn’t it dangerous to travel over there right now? We were assured it’s very safe, and we both felt like this was something we wanted to do. And so the preparations began. Saving money. Dreaming about walking where Jesus walked. Blocking out 2 weeks of our lives for the most amazing adventure.

I was not blessed with a great head of hair. It takes quite a bit of effort to coax these lifeless locks into some sort of style. A good hairdryer, a curling iron, a straightener…lots of product. It’s a whole thing. Yes, it’s vanity. This little piece of information will make more sense in a minute.

Day 1 in Israel. We arrive after almost 2 days of traveling…long flights, no sleep, new country. We check into our hotel, and find that our kids are staying 2 floors away from us. Not ideal. We stopped at their room first to help them get settled. While attempting to show our daughter how to use the converter to plug in her hairdryer, etc., we blew it. The converter. Fried. (Oh, and we blew the power for the entire floor for a few minutes. Oops.) There may have been some tears from these girls…Ummm, no curling iron/straightener/hair dryer for 2 weeks? WHAT IS THE WORLD COMING TO??? It’s silly. I know. But this hair. My pride. Why am I telling you about this? Well. It’s actually integral to the story. For me, it was important to make the decision to lay this down. My vanity. To move on, and focus on the important things. It’s just hair. But God was waiting to draw us closer to him through this amazing trip through the Holy Land. And to remind us that it’s COMPLETELY about HIM. Not us.

Just for fun, let me just share with you my one and only hair tool for these 2 weeks…this little beauty. (The power of this bad boy was equivalent to me blowing warm air on my own head. Not. So. Efficient. HaHaHa)

The next morning, the sun was shining, and it was a brand new day. We were ready. (This is the view of the beautiful Mediterranean Sea from our hotel room in Tel Aviv.)

This first stop at Caesarea Maritima was just beautiful! This whole compound, build by King Herod, was amazing.

And just LOOK at the water of the Mediterranean here! Gorgeous!

This aquaduct, built by Herod, was a brilliant feat of engineering. Amazing!

Lunch was our first taste of Falafel. Ummm, YUM. If you’ve never tried it, it’s basically deep fried garbanzo beans in a warm pita.

We then visited Mt. Carmel, and took in these stunning views of the Jezreel Valley.

From there, we ascended to Nazareth. The town where Jesus grew up. I must say, this was one of my favorite stops. Hearing how Nazareth was such a small town. How no one ever dreamed anything or anyone important would come out of it. Wow.

There were so many colorful sights on the streets…but there was no time to shop. We had great things to see!

This small synagogue is where they believe Jesus read from the scrolls for the first time. Sitting there, in that humble place, was powerful. Jesus, our savior, KING OF KINGS, chose to come to earth and live in the most unexpected, unimportant place. This was my view as we sat there and took it all in…the beautiful late afternoon sunshine, streaming in that high window.

A quick stop at Precipice Mountain, overlooking the Jezreel Valley. Everything is so green here this time of year!

ย So beautiful on the top of that mountain, but oh so cold and windy! We thankfully got back on our warm tour bus, and headed to our next lodging, on a local Kibbutz (a collective community in Israel). Staying on the Kibbutz was a highlight. What a wonderful community of people. We felt so welcomed and the food was AMAZING.

The next day took us to the Mt. of Beatitudes. As our pastor, John Fehlen, taught us in a sunny little amphitheater, the birds were singing as we looked out over the Sea of Galilee. What a moment. We could almost feel how it must have been that day, when Jesus taught the famous “Sermon on the Mount.” The crowds gathered. The peaceful feeling in the air. The beautiful yellow flowers blooming as far as the eye can see (couldn’t help but notice these pretty yellow flowers all over Israel…a yellow prairie!)

We then visited Caesarea Phillipi.

Next stop, lunch at the Sea of Galilee. A WHOLE FISH! ๐Ÿ™‚

The views from the restaurant were just…well, the most beautiful thing ever. Did you know the Sea of Galilee isn’t really a sea at all? It’s a lake! And the most gorgeous lake at that.

After lunch we visited Capernaum. This was one of my very favorite stops of the entire trip. The beautiful temple, that still stands, is where Jesus taught for about 3 years during the time he lived in Galilee.

I mean look at this. It still gives me chills. To stand in that very place, with the warm sunshine on my face…I closed my eyes and listened to the birds singing, and heard the crunch of gravel under foot as people passed by. The same sounds that have occurred here for thousands of years. The same sounds that filled the ears of people during the time of Jesus. Goosebumps.

From there, we visited St. Peter’s Primacy. This rock is said to be where Jesus fed the 5,000.

After seeing the rock, we walked down along the shore of the Sea of Galilee. This was a pinnacle moment for me…the greatest peace I’ve ever felt.

There were several large heart-shaped rocks along the shore…so appropriate as we considered God’s love for us!

After this powerful afternoon, we returned for our Kibbutz for a special Shabbat dinner. What an honor to participate in this tradition.

The next morning, our entire group of 53 got to attend synagogue (our first time!), and then we broke up into small groups and were invited into local Kibbutz member’s homes for brunch. Our family of 4 went home with a sweet woman named Sippy. We were a little nervous, and weren’t sure what to expect, but her warm hospitality quickly put us at ease. We enjoyed the most delightful brunch with her husband, twin sons, and another family from the Kibbutz. They graciously answered all of our questions about Israel, and it was so interesting learning a little more about their day-to-day lives. They in turn asked us about America, and we enjoyed the most delicious meal. What an experience! We will treasure that forever. My only regret is that we don’t have a picture with that dear family, as it was Shabbat, and it was important to honor their custom of no technology.

After brunch, our whole crew loaded onto the bus, and we headed for the Sea of Galilee. This entire day was for sure my FAVORITE. It was a warm, sunny afternoon, and we all hopped on a boat on the Sea of Galilee. Ummm, ya. Bucket list moment.

We cut the engine for a few minutes, and just drifted quietly. It. Was. Amazing. And so peaceful.

Next up, we drove to the Jordan River for a baptism service. Ohhhh I was nervous. I’ve loved Jesus all my life, but somehow I’ve never been baptized. When this trip came up, I thought, “wouldn’t it be awesome to be baptized in the Jordan River, where John the Baptist baptized Jesus?” But as the time approached, I almost chickened out. I don’t know why. I mentioned it to my Bible study group before leaving for the trip, and that group of sweet women held me accountable. They knew this would be an incredible experience. Oh man. Was it ever.

Our whole family was baptized (although my hubby and kids have been baptized before). What an unforgettable experience to share. And yes, that water was C-O-L-D. ๐Ÿ™‚

With our pastor’s wife, Denise, right afterward. Denise, you are the best. Thank you for encouraging me.

A new day dawned, and it was time to leave the Kibbutz. I was a little sad to go, as we had become quite accustomed to our routine there. We packed up, loaded the bus, and headed toward the Dead Sea! This day was much anticipated, and also my hubby’s birthday. What a way to spend your special day, huh??

The drive out toward the Dead Sea was so pretty…rolling hills, lush green farm land, leading to a beautiful desert.

Our first glimpse of the Dead Sea!

We stopped to tour Masada, the desert fortress built by King Herod. So incredible.

Just look at these beautiful mosaic floors…still intact after all this time!

After Masada, we made our way to our hotel on the beaches of the Dead Sea, quickly changed into our swimsuits, and couldn’t wait to experience floating in the water! So effortless!

The next morning we made our way to En Gedi, the oasis where David hid from King Saul. This was one of our very favorite stops, and absolutely stunningly beautiful.

Look at those caves in the rock!

We then headed to Qumran, site of the Dead Sea Scroll discovery.

And now, it was finally time to drive up to Jerusalem. We were so excited!

The “Old City” is just so beautiful. I feel like I’m saying that a lot, but there just aren’t enough adjectives to describe what we saw! Everything in Jerusalem is built with this beautiful light-colored Jerusalem stone. When the sun is out, the city literally glows. So. Gorgeous.

Here we are inside the Western Wall tunnel…so fun!

It was breathtaking to see the Temple steps, dating back to the time of Jesus. Pinch. Me.

We had so much fun exploring the Old City.

The Wailing Wall

On one of our “free days” we enjoyed walking the ramparts (the tops of the walls of Jerusalem). It was raining that day, but hey…a little rain doesn’t stop Oregonians! ๐Ÿ™‚

We also ventured into Hezekiah’s Tunnel that day…through knee-deep water. An experience we’ll never forget! It’s completely dark in there…thank goodness for the mini flashlights we brought along!

We spent the rest of the day shopping in the Old City…definitely a highlight!

ย Temple Mount

Pools of Bethesda (remember the story in the Bible when the angels would stir the water, and the first person in after that would be healed? This is it!)

This crew. So much fun.

Next we got to do something SO COOL. It wasn’t even on our itinerary. See that path behind Ryan and me? This path in the Kidron valley is a path Jesus would have taken many times. JUST WOW.

Here’s the path again…you can see it along the bottom of this pic.

Here we are with our dear friends, the Barry family (their daughter, Ashleigh, is dating our son, Hayden, top row).

Next we were off to Bethlehem, birth place of Jesus. This church stands over the cave/stable where they believe Jesus was born.

And under this glass (in the middle of the gold star) is the actual cave.

The next day was another free day, so…can you guess what we did? SHOPPING, of course!

HAD to see if the Israel McDonald’s Diet Coke was on-point…sigh. Their machine was on the fritz and they poured our cokes from a 2-liter. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Really wanted a pic with the Israeli police…these two looked friendly, so I asked! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Bought some pretty scarves for my sisters from this shop keeper.

Aaaaand just like that it was our LAST day in Israel. And what a day it was…saved some of the best sights for last! Ready?

We started the day with some quiet time in the Garden of Gethsemane…some of these olive tree roots date back 3,000 years!

The steps in the pic below were probably used often by Jesus as he entered the city. No words. We just stood in awe.

This is believed to be Golgatha, the place where Jesus died on the cross.

And then, we got to see the tomb (or at least where they believe it to be).

Here we are standing INSIDE the tomb…the best part? It’s EMPTY! Praise the Lord!

The Mount of Olives…gorgeous.

We enjoyed a delicious dinner with our amazing group, and then headed to the airport for our flight home.

I feel like the biggest surprise of the entire trip was how “at home” we felt there. As if we belonged. We felt so safe (unfortunately the media leads us to believe it’s unsafe there), and the experience of seeing the Bible come to life before our very eyes was MORE than incredible. We couldn’t help but fall in love with Israel and I SO hope we get to return someday. If you’re considering a similar trip, I’d highly recommend the Israel Tour Company and our guide, Abraham Hillel (the VERY BEST!!!). Thank you for allowing me to share this entire experience with you. If you follow along on Instagram, thank you for allowing me to step away from home decor for a few weeks, and post about this instead. The home decor posts will return, but this trip will live on in our hearts forever! Blessings!

  • March 9, 2017 - 9:47 am

    Sandi - Thank you for sharing your story and experiences. The photos are gorgeous. Welcome home.ReplyCancel

    • March 9, 2017 - 2:34 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Sandi! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • March 10, 2017 - 6:57 am

    Beth Clark - How exciting Janna! Thanks for sharing your photos and your trip.ReplyCancel

  • March 10, 2017 - 12:16 pm

    Wendy Ward - Thank you for taking the time to document and share your experience with us!
    I actually shed some tears as I looked at your pictures and thought about how amazing Jesus is. He loves us so personally and the yellow flowers were just another reminder that He truly cares about our details! I hope to go to Israel one day too, so thank you for the tour guide tip. What an amazing experience and with Easter coming, I am sure it will mean even more this year. Thx again!ReplyCancel

    • March 10, 2017 - 3:54 pm

      yellowprairieint - Awww! Thank you Wendy!ReplyCancel

  • March 13, 2017 - 1:58 pm

    Lisa Mueller - What a cool trip!! Would love to go sometime.

    And, if that is what your hair looks like without any tools, you DO have good hair! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

    • March 14, 2017 - 5:20 pm

      yellowprairieint - ha ha…thanks Lisa! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • March 14, 2017 - 4:40 am

    Linda - Thank you for sharing. What beautiful pictures and what a trip that must have been.ReplyCancel

  • March 15, 2017 - 1:27 am

    Pamela - Thank you ever so much for sharing. I am feeling blessed.
    *Smiles*ReplyCancel

  • March 15, 2017 - 6:01 pm

    Angelita - Thank you so much for sharing your trip with us. It looks incredible! I’ve always thought it would be amazing to visit Israel but now I really want to go! I felt the peace coming through my screen at the Sea of Galilee where Jesus spent so much time with his disciples. I can’t wait to go! I’m so glad you were brave enough to be baptized in the Jordan River with your family! What an incredible experience!ReplyCancel

  • March 18, 2017 - 3:48 pm

    Roberta - Just wanted to say Thank you for sharing, We have been considering a trip with our local church and your blog spoke to me on so many levels, you covered many of my same worries including vanity, on that I had not considered!
    Your so right it is not about us at all.
    ShalomReplyCancel

    • March 18, 2017 - 4:13 pm

      yellowprairieint - Oh, Roberta! You must go!! It will be the trip of a lifetime, and probably one of the greatest experiences of your life! We are already trying to figure out when we can go back. ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • March 20, 2017 - 9:43 pm

    Cindy - Thank you so much for sharing your trip! My hubby and I have always talked of going to Israel and seeing the sights of our Savior. You have convinced me this is possible ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜‡ReplyCancel

    • March 20, 2017 - 11:26 pm

      yellowprairieint - Oh, Cindy! I hope you go!! It will definitely be the trip of a lifetime! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • April 1, 2017 - 5:56 pm

    Shauna Neuenswander - That looks like an amazing trip and I really appreciated all the pictures – it makes me want to experience Israel for myself. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • April 13, 2017 - 5:14 pm

    Pam Foster - Thank you Janna! It was wonderful to see all these pictures of your trip to Israel and read about it! I loved seeing them on my pc screen – nice and clear and big!
    Wow!
    Loved it.
    God bless you honey!
    Love,
    MomReplyCancel

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