|Julie from Little Farmstead|
Saturday Spotlight: Life Behind the Blogger is a feature done each Saturday that introduces you to a blogger you may already know or a new blogger for you to get to know. This feature gives you a peak into the personal life of the blogger. Getting to know the special person behind the beautiful blog.
There is so much talent and inspiration in blogland so enjoy getting to know these talented bloggers each Saturday.
Good Saturday to all of you. This week in Spotlight I have a super fabulous blogger that shares my love of neutrals, slipcovers and fun architectural pieces with history mixed into her decor. Sit back and enjoy getting to know Julie from Little Farmstead.
I was so honored when Kris asked me to participate in this series. I adore her style and know that she has an amazing group of readers.
I started blogging a little over a year ago. It has been a meaningful creative outlet for me. What fun to share ideas and perspectives with newfound friends, who enjoy many similar interests! I have been encouraged and inspired within this blogging community and for that, I am very grateful.
On my blog, Little Farmstead, I write about farmhouse living, decorating, DIY projects, gardening, celebrations and bits and pieces of our family life.
I grew up in Walnut Creek, California (about 30 minutes from San Francisco). My Dad was a pastor and my Mom was a teacher. They are pretty much my heroes. I have a sister who is very creative and has been my decorating partner-in-crime over the years.
We are blessed to live close by my parents and my sister and her family. The cousins are very close, which makes for a lot of fun times together.
As a child, I loved swimming (I even did synchronized swimming!) and riding my horse. In junior high and high school, I played a lot of sports - volleyball was my favorite. In summers, I worked as a life guard. It was rough, but somehow I managed. ;)
I attended college in Southern California, where I met the love of my life. After graduating, I worked in marketing at a technology company in Newport Beach.
Then, two years later, my husband and I got married in the Bay Area and moved up to beautiful (and rainy!) Seattle.
In Seattle, I took a position in an aerospace company. My first week on the job was spent in Paris at the Paris Air Show. I remember people asking me that week how I was liking my new job. "So far, so good!" was my response. ;) As part of my job, I also traveled to Germany, Chile, Brazil, Mexico and Australia, as well as many cities in the U.S. This was a real dream come true for me - - I had always wanted to see more of the world! I also enjoyed getting to know people from different countries. Learning more about different cultures has always been very interesting to me.
Then in 2003, my life was forever changed when our first son was born... and then, a couple years later, our second baby boy... and three years later our third son!
Our home is full of boys and full of life - - lots of activity and noise. We've had our share of trips to the ER and someone is always hungry. Oh the dirt! (I bleach our white slip covers regularly.) But man, oh man... our boys are the best. They are my buddies, my world.
A year-and-a-half ago, our dream of moving just past the city limits, to our own little piece of the country came true! It is amazing to live here at our little farmstead, enjoying nature and having room for our boys to play and explore.
One of the main reasons we wanted to move to a country setting was so that we would have more reasons - a dog to walk, eggs to gather, a garden to tend, bonfires to enjoy - to be home together.
We have a small menagerie of animals, including: a chocolate lab, two cats, a rabbit and chickens. We've enjoyed having a vegetable garden and hope to learn a little bit more about gardening each year.
I love "nesting" and usually do it on a budget. I recently painted our dark green formica kitchen countertops. Paint can truly work wonders!
We count our blessings each day. We've experienced difficult times, like everyone. But through it all, we've experienced God's grace, faithfulness, forgiveness and love.
If you enjoy farmhouse, vintage, prairie, cottage or flea market decor (shall I name more styles just to cover my bases? :), I may have some ideas for you... I'd love it if you'd stop by Little Farmstead!
Hope you have a wonderful day!
Thank you Julie for sharing your beautiful home and life with us today. Please take a few minutes and visit Julie's blog Little Farmstead.
Have a great week end.