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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!

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.

  • 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.

    • 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!
    Loved it.
    God bless you honey!


Wanna know a secret?

Being a designer isn’t all fun and games. But INSTALL DAY? Well, that, my friends, is the VERY BEST part of what I do. All the planning, designing, shopping, sourcing, ordering, returning, reordering, texting, packing, loading, and scheduling is done, and the rubber FINALLY meets the road. I get to arrive in the client’s home, send them off for the day, and get down to the fun part. Pulling the entire look together!

Yesterday was a heckuva fun “Install Day.” This particular job was a living room AND a family room (Bonus! 2 beautiful rooms to complete, just steps away from one another!). I thought it might be fun to share a few before & after shots, and a couple fun details from the day because, hey…maybe you’re looking for ideas in a similar space!

Let’s start with the Living Room…the first room you see when you enter this sweet family’s home.

One of their initial complaints was that it felt dark, but their wall color connects to a few other areas of the house…so a change in paint would affect several other areas in close proximity. No problem. The wall color was/is a nice neutral latte color…a great foundation for our new look! We discussed painting the fireplace at the consultation, but these clients get MAJOR extra credit for installing shiplap and adding a gorgeous reclaimed mantel! What an amazing addition! It really helps create a beautiful focal point and draws your eye when you enter the home.

This sign from Harper Grayce Signsย is everything. EV-RY-THING. It adds warmth to the room, a stunning rustic touch, and it personalizes the home. I. love. it. Keeping the decor on the mantel simple allows the sign to be the real star. Well, the sign AND the shiplap. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s a little peak at the other side of the room…be sure to notice the red gingham sofa on the far left side of the “before” pic. The homeowner really loved this piece (it’s so comfy!), so we gave it a fresh new life in the family room…you’ll see in a minute!

As you can see in the “after” shot, the area rug and more “tailored” furniture really updates the look in here. And yes, the curtain panel for the left side of the room is missing. Because this crazy girl only ordered ONE. Ugh. There’s always SOMETHING that goes a little haywire. Thankfully, it’s a small problem, and the missing panel is already on the way. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s the view from the entry hall. Gosh, I just love this room. It really “goes” with the amazing family that lives here. Love it when that happens.

Ready to see the Family Room? Yay!! Here’s a fun before & after of that space…

Oh, how I wish you could see this in real life. Before, the dark furniture was comfy, but it was dragging the room down. Remember that red gingham sofa that was in the living room? I must admit, I was a little smitten with it the first time I saw it. Charming with a capital C! It became our inspiration for the room…sort of a “Cottage Cozy” look. The clients purchased the other slipcovered sofa & chair at Ikea, which were similar in style to the gingham sofa…just perfect. The VERY soft rug (you can find it here!) pulled the whole thing together.

Here’s another angle, before & after. And that sofa? It has my heart! The darling dotted pillows are from Target (CUTEST pillows EVER) and the amazing “gather here” pillow is from With Lavender and Grace. I adore the light-blocking window treatments (find them here) and this perfectly rustic coffee table (find it here)!

The other pillows were fun finds from HomeGoods & Ikea, and the cute little white round side table was formerly used in the front living room…perfect for our cottage family room!

This amazing white sofa table was already in the room, but it was dark wood. On consultation day, I asked the client if she would be willing to paint it. She did a beautiful job, and she was brave to let me distress it, after all of her hard work. The end result is so fresh!

Friends. The BEST part of the whole day was when the homeowners came home for their reveal. They blessed me with their reaction, their kind words, and the look in their eyes. I saw them see their home in a completely new way. And THAT’S what it’s all about. So happy to know this sweet family will enjoy their “new” spaces for years to come, and I’m so thankful to have been invited along on part of their journey!

So ya. Install Day. It’s my favorite. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • January 12, 2017 - 2:09 am

    Penny Johnson - It was so much fun seeing the change in these rooms! You brought light and life into these rooms! Love the accents…the soft rug is so welcoming in the family room. My favorite corner is the club chair and pillow and table, lamp and what a fun touch to have the succulents and grass plant. I could go on and on
    Thank you for bringing joy into their hearts and mine.ReplyCancel

  • January 13, 2017 - 4:36 pm

    Jessica - Girl. Love this. I can’t imagine the joy of seeing their faces when they see the potential their home had all along with the right eyes looking at it ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, I just bought a set of two of those IKEA pillows with the wreath on them after seeing this post…. but I had to get them on Ebay as they no longer have them in stock in the store… so I am going to blame you when my husband asks, okay? ๐Ÿ˜‰ReplyCancel

    • January 13, 2017 - 5:36 pm

      yellowprairieint - Ha ha, love it! Blame me all day long, sweet girl.๐Ÿ˜‚ReplyCancel

  • January 24, 2017 - 1:46 am

    Raven - Hi, do you have a link to the track arm sofa? Thanks!!ReplyCancel

  • January 26, 2017 - 9:09 pm

    Jennifer Herring - Ok, I need to know….how are you plugging these lamps behind the sofa? I see you do this a lot. Are there outlets in the floor below, or are you just running it over to the wall? I love your style. I follow your blog and Instagram ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

    • January 27, 2017 - 3:41 pm

      yellowprairieint - Hi Jennifer! Great question. ๐Ÿ™‚ I use the area rug to hide the cords, so that the lighting can be plugged in at the least conspicuous spot. Good eye!ReplyCancel

  • February 6, 2017 - 5:55 pm

    Ksail - Beautiful rooms, thanks for sharing! I would love to know your source for the window panels and rug in the living room. Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • February 6, 2017 - 7:16 pm

      yellowprairieint - Hi there! The window panels are from Wayfair, and the rug is from Have a great day!ReplyCancel

  • February 22, 2017 - 3:52 pm

    Lisa - The rooms look so beautiful!!! Love the choices! Do you have a source to share for the lattice area rug in the first room? It is exactly what I am looking for!

    Thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

    • March 6, 2017 - 11:40 pm

      yellowprairieint - Yes! The living room rug is from ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • March 5, 2017 - 12:31 pm

    Mallory - Do you mind sharing if the IKEA furniture is white or is it a beige?
    Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • March 6, 2017 - 11:40 pm

      yellowprairieint - Hi Mallory! The IKEA sofa is beige. ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel




So excited to be joining my sweet friend Chris at Just a Girl Blog for the #welcomehometour! We are happy to have you here for a fun little tour of our Christmas porch and entryway. Hopefully you’ve already stopped by my sweet friend Courtney’s place at A Thoughtful Place…isn’t she just the best?


Well let’s start with this gorgeous wreath from Lynch Creek Farms. A fresh wreath is a great way to welcome your guests, and this huge, fragrant wreath was love at first sight! The ribbon caught my eye right away, but let’s be honest, the chalkboard was what REALLY drew me in! (Uhhh, have you MET me? I’m a little chalkboard-obsessed.) You can find this beauty here.

Ok, and now for the rest of the porch. This year I was feeling like doing something a little more simple. Just one “exclamation point” on the porch. We normally have a pair of adirondack chairs out here, but a couple months ago I happened upon a darling little church pew at a vintage sale. As soon as I saw it, it screamed “PUT ME ON YOUR FRONT PORCH FOR CHRISTMAS!!!” Please tell me this happens to you too. You know, the furniture and decor calling to you. Mmm Hmm. I thought so.


So originally I had planned to paint the pew. But after giving it some thought, ultimately decided the wood grain was more “Christmasy,” plus if I had to wait for paint to dry, I’d lose my decorating mojo, so there ya go. A couple buffalo check pillows (from @plumperfection on Instagram) and this darling snowflake pillow (from @farmhousebshop on Instagram) added the perfect amount of coziness to the pew. (Side note: about an hour after I finished the porch, I noticed it was really windy outside. I went out to make sure the pillows hadn’t blown away, and sure enough, the snowflake pillow was missing. My son and I grabbed a flashlight, bundled up, and went out on a hunt for the pillow in the dark. His 19-year-old eyes finally spotted it, quite a ways down the street in a field. Oh, I was so happy. We came right home and pinned the pillows down so it wouldn’t happen again. ;)) The striped rug was replaced with this fun patterned outdoor rug (find it here), and then the pew was flanked by a couple arborvitae bushes from Home Depot, plopped in some old farm buckets. But hmmmm. I needed something for height in the back.

My hubby suggested using an old $5 bookcase we had in the garage to support this beautiful sign (from @vineandbranchestx on Instagram). It worked like a dream, but we still needed something tall so I could drape the cedar garland and lights. *lightbulb moment* Can you tell what I used?


A vintage rake! This little gem has been sitting in the garage, waiting for just the right spot.


We added a couple wreaths to the shutters, tucked a vintage picnic basket under the pew, and went inside to warm up by the fire.

Speaking of which, let’s go inside!


I’m not gonna lie, the entry way put up a bit of a fight this year…but after editing a few items out, it finally came together. That’s what decorating is all about, right? Adding and subtracting until you have just the right mix.


A felt wreath, a cozy scarf, a tin sign hung on this old gate…yes. Simple, humble, nothing too fancy. Just the way I like it. Scratch that…just the way I LOVE it.


Across the hall, a few little items were added to our old ladder in the entry.


And of course the entry bench. All it took was a couple pillows, a vintage Pendleton blanket, and a little Christmas tree.

Oh, it was so much fun to have you here today. You should stay for some hot chocolate, and we can talk about everything we DON’T have done for Christmas yet! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Be sure to stop by Haneen’s house (from Haneen’s Haven) next!


We were ready. Our bedding was old, worn-out, and let’s face it, our sweet puppy has had a few “incidents” on it, God love her. (Ok, more than a few. But she’s no spring chicken, and we love her anyway.) Our old bed was a pretty inexpensive option, back in the day. I’ve been looking forward to upgrading for quite some time. And a rug. Oh, I’ve always wanted an area rug in our master bedroom. Soooo, you can imagine my delight when Birch Lane said they’d like to work with us on our master bedroom mini-makeover!img_8192

Last night, the final piece of the puzzle arrived (the bed)…so it was makeover time! Just in case you forgot what our room looked like “before”…here’s a reminder. It was great, and we loved it, but just ready for a little refresh.


Ok. Ready for the “after?” I’m so excited to show you! I literally felt like I was sleeping in a beautiful hotel last night…


Let’s break it down and talk about each piece, because OH MY. I am so impressed by the quality of these Birch Lane items!

The bed, which you can find here, was so easy to assemble, and is made of real wood, which I adore. The inset fabric panels are the perfect neutral, and add some softness to the room. The headboard goes a little higher than our old bed, which gives it more presence, if that makes sense. Heart. eyes. all. day.


Can we TALK about this rug? As a designer, I’ve seen a lot of rugs. I’ve unrolled a lot of rugs. I have NEVER seen a rug lay so beautifully immediately after being unrolled. This. Rug. Rules. And wanna know a secret? The original rug I chose was out of stock, so I had to make another selection…and boy am I GLAD!!! This is an 8×10, and it works perfectly with our king size bed. You can find it here.

Aaaand the bench. I decided on a darker bench, to contrast all of the lightness going on in here. The wood grain on the legs is gorgeous, and I am LOVING the color! As you probably know, I’m a light-and-bright girl, but this bench grounds the look. You can find it here.

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I fell in love with the bedding as soon as I saw it. Tiny black polka dots with ruffle detail? Yes, please! I had already purchased the bedding (from Wayfair), but you can find it here! The red plaid pillows & cream throw are from TJ Maxx, and the “blessed” pillow completes the look (find it here).


See the adorable little sign on the nightstand? It was made by the very talented Jillian Comeau (@houseofboysandbeauty on Instagram). We’ve had the lamps for quite some time, and I love how they look with our new items (available at Target).ย img_8183

Are you due for a little master bedroom refresh? Here are some things to keep in mind!

1. If you’re like me and neutral is your THING, lean on textures and patterns to provide interest. When mixing patterns, try 1 small pattern (the duvet cover here), 1 medium pattern (red check pillows here), and 1 large pattern (the area rug here).

2. An area rug is always nice. Even if your room is carpeted (as mine is), a rug is a great way to inject additional pattern & texture, it’s an extra cozy feeling underfoot, and let’s face it, it’s just PRETTY!

3. Treat yourself to some new lamps for your nightstands. Switching out lighting is a super inexpensive way to update your look!


Thanks so much for popping by to see the mini-makeover! If you need me, I’ll be IN MY ROOM! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • December 7, 2016 - 1:13 am

    Angela Haragan - Looks gorgeous! I love everything! ๐Ÿ˜ReplyCancel

    • December 7, 2016 - 5:12 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Angela!ReplyCancel

  • December 7, 2016 - 4:01 pm

    Michelle Sinsel - Where is the blanket from at the end of your bed?ReplyCancel

    • December 7, 2016 - 5:12 pm

      yellowprairieint - Hi Michelle! The blanket is from TJ Maxx.๐Ÿ˜ŠReplyCancel

  • December 10, 2016 - 12:31 pm

    Andrea - Beautiful space! Where did you get the drapes?ReplyCancel

    • December 10, 2016 - 10:39 pm

      yellowprairieint - Hi Andrea! I purchased plain panels at Ikea, and then painted stripes on them using regular old latex wall paint. Fun project! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • December 12, 2016 - 4:28 am

    Leslie - This is beautiful! It feels so fresh, clean and uncluttered. The perfect place to rest!ReplyCancel

  • December 12, 2016 - 12:00 pm

    A Christmas Front Porch - A Thoughtful Place - […] is an absolute doll and her talent knows no bounds. I adore all that she does. Wait until you see her Christmas bedroom. It’s so beautiful. But first up is her Christmas porch and foyer! You’re in for a […]ReplyCancel

  • January 13, 2017 - 7:59 pm

    Taya - Gorgeous!! Could you please tell me the name of your wall paint color? Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • January 13, 2017 - 8:14 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you! Wall color is Valspar “Coconut Milk”.๐Ÿ˜ŠReplyCancel

  • January 17, 2017 - 1:22 pm

    Madiha Khan - wohoooo hoo awesome , I really wanna visit your place dear, it is very nice ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel




I am so excited to join Melissa at 320 Sycamore for the 7th annual My Favorite Things! Think “Oprah,” but on a much more realistic scale. These would be great gift ideas, or maybe something you would enjoy as well! Sound like fun? I think so too! Ok, here we go!

1.”The Best Yes” by Lysa Terkeurst.


This book was a game-changer for me this year. Do you have trouble saying no to people? Me too. If you haven’t already, READ THIS BOOK. It will free you up to give others around you your BEST YES! Find it here.

2. Nickel & Suede earrings.


Are these cute or what? Not only are they pretty to look at, they are ultra LIGHT (made of leather!)…and if your ears get tired like mine do, you’ll fall in LOVE with these beauties! They come in tons of color options, but if this will be your first pair, these “gold leaf” earrings are a great neutral that go with everything! Find them here.

3. Porter Lane Home pillows.


Guys. These pillows. I am completely obsessed, and I put one in almost every design project I do…plus my own home is covered with them. ๐Ÿ™‚ They are beautiful quality, and there are so many different styles. What a great way to personalize your space! You can find this pillow here, but take a look around Erin’s entire shop…so much goodness! And hey, great gift idea!

4. Magnolia’s new paint line, color: “Gatherings”


This color. It looks a little bit darker on this swatch, but oh my, is it heavenly! I would recommend the satin finish for anything from furniture to walls. So pretty. I mean, are we really surprised that we adore Joanna Gaines’ line of paint? Find it here.

5. Stencils! Love the options from “CuteStencils” on Etsy.


Stencils are a great way to achieve interest on walls, curtains, furniture, pillows, dish towels, you name it! The best part about using them on walls is: uhhhh, where do I begin? It’s less expensive than wallpaper (by a LOT!), its a much lower commitment than wallpaper (hate it? sick of it? paint over it!), and it’s just a fun DIY project! Our upstairs hallway was always a little bland…so one Sunday afternoon, I decided to stencil it! It didn’t take long at all, and I LOVE the result. You can find this darling “swiss cross” stencil here.

6. Anything from Anthropologie. (insert all the heart eyes here)


This is hands-down my FAVORITE place to buy clothing. Always the cutest details, feminine touches, great quality, and amazing shopping experience. Their window displays? Wow. I just want to stand there and admire them every time I visit. The home section always has me digging around for my phone so I can take pictures. Just inspiring. When I was a little girl, I remember my grandma referring to movie stars as “darling.” Then one day she said IIIIIIII looked “darling.” What? That was the best compliment ever (my grandma had the best style, and was always “fancy.” Oh, how I wanted to be like her!) So ya, that’s what I think of when I see something from Anthropologie. DARLING. You can find this cute top here.

7. This topiary (from Wayfair).


It’s so realistic looking, and brings “life” to any space. It’s light, it’s airy, and whyyyyyy are you still reading this? Go order it! ha ha…It’s a little on the spendy side at around $90.00, but so worth it, especially if you’re a plant-killer like me. You can find it here.

8. Donuts. Because, donuts.


I really wanted to put some kind of health food in here to prevent the judging…but who are we kidding? Donuts really should have been my #1. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m currently trying to make “better choices”…so ya, this donut is looking AMAZING. (And if this were Oprah, I’d say “BRING OUT THE DONUTS! Donuts for EVERYONE!”)

9. A statement sign from Signs of Serendipity.


My sister, Julie, makes some amazing signs. And the best part? She does custom orders! We collaborated to create this “Gather around” sign for a recent project…and it’s just so much fun to dream with her! Visit her Instagram here.

10. Time with my people.


Can’t write a list of my favorite things without including my VERY favorite thing, and it doesn’t cost a dime. Time with my family.

Thank you so much for stopping by, and checking out My Favorite Things! Be sure to continue on to the next stop on this blog hop…Four Generations One Roof!

  • November 16, 2016 - 3:40 pm

    Penny Rey Johnson - Thank you for sharing some of your favorite things! Love wall colors and Julie’s signs…and best of all…you relaxing with family!ReplyCancel

  • November 16, 2016 - 4:07 pm

    Lee - There is no fav things at next hop link ;(. Dead end reallyReplyCancel

    • November 16, 2016 - 4:21 pm

      yellowprairieint - Oh no! I’ll look into that. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • November 17, 2016 - 5:11 am

    Jenna Bates - So Fun! I just finished reading this and loved each of your favorite things. Thanks for sharing your sources.ReplyCancel