Friday, January 17, 2014

Saturday Spotlight: Life Behind the Blogger



Susan from Must Love Junk, and myself (Kris) Junk Chic Cottage wanted to do a regular feature on our blogs, something unique that hasn't been done before.   So we came up with an idea to 'spotlight the real life behind the blogger' in a more personal way.
There is so much talent and inspiration in blogland, and we thought it would be fun to bring you a closer look at the person behind the blog.

Every week on Saturday we will spotlight a blogger and have them tell us a little bit about themselves and their blogs.  You will be able to see and read about each of the bloggers on both Susan's and my blog. 


February 18th

It gives me such special pleasure to introduce you to a really sweet blogger this week Kathleen from Faded Charm.  Kathleen is one of the first blogs I followed when I started in blog land.  I love her style and I get so much inspirations from her love of all things vintage and chippy.  So enjoy learning more about Kathleen and be sure to visit her beautiful blog.







I would like to invite you to stroll down the pathway that leads to my  porch where I will greet you at the front door.

Welcome to my home that was built in a simple farmhouse style 10 years ago where I live with my husband and three children.

Come on in and have a seat so I can tell you a little about myself.  My name is Kathleen and some of you might know me from my blog Faded Charm where I share my passion for decorating and gardening.  It will be 19 years in February that my husband, Stan and I were married.  We moved to our 7 acre property a few months later into a mobile home that was already here.  We dreamed of building one day and started saving our pennies.  I spent countless hours looking through magazines(this was before Pinterest) getting ideas and whenever the weather was nice enough you could find me outside creating and planting our gardens.

Fast forward eight years and we were finally able to build our dream home. Back then the kitchen was my favorite room.  I love to cook and bake and it seemed so big and I loved that everything was new. 

The dining room was a bonus since we had never had one before and my favorite thing about this room is the table that my husband built for me.

Another great thing about this house was the master bedroom and bathroom. They are both quite large and as life got hectic at times with three children, I knew I could always escape here to have some alone time to read a book

or soak in the tub.

I have been lucky to be a stay at home Mom ever since my youngest was born and wouldn't trade it for anything.  I've enjoyed being an active part in my kids' lives and watching them grow.  I spent a lot of time volunteering at their schools when they were younger.  This also gave me time to start my passion for buying, fixing and repurposing old stuff which I sell at different Shows throughout the year and in my Etsy store. 

I've been blogging for almost five years now which has been a great experience where I've been able to get to know many wonderful people both through the internet with email and some, I've been lucky enough to meet in person.  Mostly I love sharing my home, style and inspiration with all of you.

You can sometimes find us all relaxing on our patio during the warmer months and these are the moments that I truly cherish especially since the kids are growing so quickly.

My oldest two are both in High School.  Eric is a Senior this year and will be 18 in a few months and Nichole is 16 and a Sophomore.  I love this photo of them together taken before the left to meet up with their dates for the Homecoming dance.

Brenna, my youngest is 13 and in 8th grade shown here on a lovely day at the beach.

Well, I hope you enjoyed your time here getting to know a little bit more about me.  I'd like to thank Kris for having me here today.


Thank you Kathleen for sharing your personal life and family and gorgeous home with all of us.  Now that you have enjoyed learning more about Kathleen please hop over to Susan's blog and learn about her featured blogger Linda from Itsy Bits and Pieces.

Have a great Week End
Kris
:)


31 comments:

  1. Thanks Kathleen for sharing yourself with us and your pictures of your beautiful family and home. I want that bathroom. That is my favorite room in your home. Ohhhhhh just to take a nice long bath in that cute tub. Ahhhhhh! Thanks for sharing on spotlight my friend.
    Kris

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  2. So fun to learn more about, Kathleen...I love her beautiful style so much!

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  3. Thank you Kris. I appreciate the opportunity to share here on your blog:-)

    Enjoy your weekend.

    xoxo
    Kathleen

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  4. Ahhhh I just love her all the more now! I have never seen a photo of Kathleen before, how lovely she is. Thank you for sharing. xo

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  5. Kathleen- You are such a lovely lady and your home is wonderful. You can tell that you put a lot of yourself into building it. I love how welcoming it is-inside AND out. You have gorgeous children, too. You should be proud of your wonderful home and family- xo Diana

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  6. I love Faded Charm and enjoyed learning more about Kathleen. She has great style.

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  7. So fun learning more about Kathleen...I've been a follower of her's for sometime now...LOVE her beautiful home and style!!

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  8. I love her blog--thank you for spotlighting her--she has lovely children besides her gorgeous house!

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  9. Love Faded Charm and it was so nice meeting Kathleen. Her home is beautiful.

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  10. Kathleen, I love your style and the name is spot on - Faded Charm! Kris, I can see many similarities in yours and Kathleen's style!

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  11. Oh, WOW so glad I stopped here to find out about you, Kathleen!! I never new your home was a new one AND it totally shocked me!!!! WHY?? Because it reminds me a lot of a house I loved as a kid. I had an Uncle (a different one from the horse guy I mentioned on a comment on your blog) who was a dairy farmer up in Mass. You have done such a good job of making the house seem like an older one ---the only difference would be [of course!} in the kitchen, bathrooms, and closet areas. I remember the old homes had nothing for closets---people didn't have much clothes in the old days! Even the house I grew up in that was built in the early 50's had no closets to speak of! Also the kitchen in my Uncle's house, although a big farm house kitchen, was certainly different from our modern ones . I love your home and am so thankful you share it with us!!

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  12. Great spotlight! I love Kathleen's home and gardens..now I love her attitude about family too. :)

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  13. I love her bedroom so pretty! Thanks for sharing,

    xoxo,
    Amy Jo

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  14. Kathleen's blog has always been one of my favorites-I love her style!! Thanks for sharing more about yourself and your beautiful family with us, Kathleen! :)
    Susan

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  15. It was great to learn more about Kathleen, Kris! I so admire her beautiful home and how all the rooms flow so nicely together. She has a beautiful family, which is no surprise since she is a beauty herself!

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  16. It is so nice to put a face with a blog. I love Kathleen's personal style!!! I'm always drawn in to her posts and pour over her photos that have so much inspiration!! Great feature!
    Mary Alice

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  17. I always love touring Kathleen's beautiful home. What a treat to find out a little more about her. A great person to spotlight.

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  18. I follow Kathleen's blog so it was wonderful getting to know her better. I love her style! Wish I could get a chance to shop at one of her shows. Her merchandise looks incredible.

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  19. What a beautiful home and enjoyed a peek of the gardens…I love how her hubby made their dining room table…so many wonderful and charming things throughout her home and so beautifully appointed…the "first aid" door caught my eye…love it!!..Thanks Kris for another wonderful tour and story behind the blogger!!…Have a wonderful weekend Kris and Kathleen!

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  20. It was enjoyable to find out a little about the woman behind the blog. Since I'm still down with the flu I'm heading over to check out Faded Charm blog. Kris I think your feature on Saturdays is fun and Kathleen thanks for the inspiring tour.
    Vera

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  21. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful and charming home with us! Love all of your weathered finds ♥

    Tammy

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  22. I love kathleen's style and story! She was one of the first blogs I discovered also. Her kids are so cute and I have a Nichole spelled with an h also. Don't see that very often! Thanks for sharing more about yourself with us!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  23. Great post! I love learning more about these lovely ladies. Kathleen's kids are so cute! Thanks for sharing ~

    xo
    Pat

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  24. Faded Charm was one of the first I followed.......I love her farmhouse style and gardens! Though, I don't have my farmhouse now, she's still a great inspiration for all types of decorating! Roxie

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  25. Kathleen you have the most amazing taste - everything looks so over the top charming ( and not faded at all )
    and what a gorgeous family you have !!!
    Fun reading about the start of your home:)
    Hugs,
    Suzan
    Kris - this is such an amazing series - I HAVE to find the time to come by every wknd - the renos can wait lol xxx

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  26. What a wonderful post- Love Kathleen
    xo
    Pam

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  27. kathleen is such a fav of mine:) tfs her story, kris!

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  28. How nice to see the face behind the fabulous Faded Charm. I can't even tell you how many times I have found inspiration from her blog. Thanks for sharing.
    Becky

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  29. I'm a huge fan of Faded Charm, and really enjoyed getting to know more about Kathleen and her family!

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  30. I adore Kathleen's home and blog and feel blessed to have gotten to know her a little more since working together on Simply Shabbilcious, but I've never seen a photo of her. Thank you Kris and Kathleen..... a totally gorgeous Spotlight and now I can put a face to the name. Adorable children too!!

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