Friday, June 26, 2015

Saturday Spotlight: Life Behind the Blogger


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!

Xo,

~julie

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.
Kris
:)

25 comments:

  1. Lovely and warm surroundings filled with love, happiness and family. Its nice of you to share, best wishes!

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  2. Morning Kris,
    Such a great post by Julie, so enjoyed reading about her life and family and lovely farmhouse. What a Beautiful kitchen, can't believe she was able to paint the counter tops, never heard of painting formica before, but it sure looks awesome. and all that beautiful wisteria made my heart happy and
    made me want a whiff..............it has such a fragrant aroma..........and is also a nice remembrance from my childhood, as It was one of my Mom's fav
    flowers. Thanks Kris for another wonderful spotlight post. Hope all is well at your house.
    Blessings, Nellie

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  3. Thanks for introducing us to Julie's blog. Such a beautiful house.

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  4. I always enjoy Julie's blog and her home is gorgeous! What a cool background. Thanks for all that neat info.

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  5. Another lovely feature, Kris! I'm off to visit Julie.
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    xo,
    Lin

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  6. GREAT feature here, Kris. I am off to find a new friend (Julie). Hope you have a great weekend. I don't always get here on the weekends so I am glad I caught this one. xo Diana

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  7. Thank you so much for the introduction. Julie has the life I dream about. I am off to visit her. Have a nice weekend!!!

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  8. So nice to meet Julie. She has a beautiful relaxed style, and, a grateful spirit.

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  9. I have followed Julie for awhile now and love her simple decorating style.

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  10. I follow her blog and always enjoy seeing what she's up to. She lives on the opposite side of the country from me with very different weather and lifestyle, so it's always interesting. I'm assuming she doesn't work for that aeospace company anymore! What an exciting career that was. I didn't know that she traveled all over the world like that! It was good that she got to do that before starting a family. Thanks for spot lighting her today.

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  11. Kris you hit it out of the park again with this delightful spotlight. Julie I will head over today and read your posts, love your relaxed style.

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  12. I visit Julie often Kris, I love and adore her Paririe Style and all her little French touches she adds, her life has taken a full circle to even getting better and visiting her over at her blog is always a learning experiance. You can see that as a whole she pours her heart into her home life and those boys don't lack for family attention.

    Myself moving from Sothern Ca. to the Seattle area of Washington State to a smaller town on Lake Washington, then on to Northern Ca. With Family in Walnut Creek, we lived in the Los Gatos area, and the Monterey Bay Area, for many of the years to then move back to Sothern Ca. I can relate to all these experiances and changes like Julie here. ONE THING.....Rain and all I would absolutely move back to Washington if chance presented its self, it's a wonderful state with more beauty to offer then one can handel.

    Julie's, how is wonderful, and once having a farmhouse it makes me want a little piece of her pie again.

    This was a wonderful spot light to wake to this fine Saturday morning.
    See you soon Kris, enjoy your new home project in transforming your sofa with its new slip.

    Xoxo
    Dore

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  13. Dear Kris ~ Thank you very much for the opportunity to share here on Junk Chic Cottage. Your blog and your home give us insight into your creative and gracious spirit. And thank you all for your kind comments - - you have been the wind in my sail this Saturday morning! I look forward to getting to know you better... Xo, ~julie

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  14. Thank you Kris for introducing us to Julie! She sounds like a thrifting, decorating on a budget, vintage loving gal after my own heart. Heading over to her blog next.

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  15. I love Julie's Blog. Even my 92 year old Dad gets a kick out of it. I had no idea she has only been blogging for a year. I feel as if I had known her for a long time.
    And what a past career! She has lived a lifetime of dreams in a short time. Now for a really important career - motherhood.
    Thank you Kris and Julie
    *Smiles*

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  16. I read Julie's blog and love it! thanks for sharing more about her.

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  17. Beautiful everything...love it!
    Have a nice weekend, take care...
    Titti

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  18. I enjoyed meeting Julie! And I know I will like her Farmstead blog too.
    Another nice Saturday Spotlight, Kris!

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  19. I visit Julie's blog and enjoy the beauty of her french farmhouse. I did not know of her career and travels. How fun that must have been. A lovely spotlight.

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  20. It's always great to meet a new friend, especially when they have such great style! ;) I'm off to visit Julie and introduce myself while I poke around her "house"! Have a great weekend and thanks for the introduction.

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  21. It was great to meet Julie! Oh my, a french farmhouse has everything that I do love! I'll be off to see her in a bit. Thanks for the sweet introduction!
    Nancy

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  22. Thanks for posting. I always enjoy your spotlights! I love the idea of the bench for a coffee table!

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  23. Julie has a beautiful blog which I follow and enjoy a lot. Thanks you Kris for a little more insight on her. Jo

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  24. She has such a beautiful home. I thought she was on my blogroll, but for some reason, she wasn't. She's on there now :)

    xo

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  25. Wow! Thanks for sharing - Julie has a fabulous blog and I love her style. And the picture of her three sweet sons and the family dog is just adorable. I am looking forward to following her! Jane

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