Friday, March 14, 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. 

Saturday March 15

Good Saturday morning everyone.  It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to another really sweet blogger this week.  Shanon from Vintage Sparkle Chic.
Shanon is as sweet and has a really super cute blog.  After reading about Shanon please hop over and check out her great blog.

I am so honored and so excited to be featured for Saturday Spotlight: Life Behind the Blogger.

I am from Vermont but moved to Colorado when I was 23. My family has all followed me out here. I had to move because of very bad allergies and asthma and I needed to live in a dry climate. I am so much better here but I do miss Vermont and all the moisture. Colorado is so dry! I have been here almost 19 years. I work as a dental hygienist three days a week.

I am married to my love, Michael, this year makes 15 years for us.

We have two beautiful girls. Taela (left) just turned 13 and Kila will be 11 today! 
We love to just spend time hiking, camping, grilling and just being together.

 My style is shabby french, I love whites with splashes of color. I recently painted my kitchen cabinets and I am thrilled with how they turned out.

A splash of turquoise for the island.

I also love shabby green. This mirror is new to me with the perfect patina. It matches my shabby green bistro chair perfectly.

Gardening is my favorite thing to do. I thought I would share some of my flowers with you.
I love peonies. They are one of my most favorite flowers.

I love to watch the birds and read out back on the patio.
I am obsessed with counting the bird species and am up to 46 in my yard.
My husband says they eat better than we do…..he may be right. :))

We love to entertain in the summer. Everyone gathers on the patio enjoying cocktails and great food.

I spend hours gardening in the spring and summer. By the time fall rolls around I am so done with it.

Last year I planted Peony Poppies and plan on doing it again this spring. I loved their huge heads, yummy goodness of large flowers.

 The second of my most favorite flowers is David Austin Roses. They are as large as peonies and flower for most of the summer into fall.

Can you tell I am sooo ready for spring to start??
My favorite time of the year is about to begin and I couldn't be happier.

Thank you so much Kris, for featuring me today.


Thanks so much Shanon.  Your girls are so cute and I love love love your outdoor space.  Thanks for sharing a little bit about yourself with us.  Now that you have gotten to know Shanon please hop over to Susan's blog and get to know another sweet blogger Lori from Not Forgotten Farm.

Have a great week end everyone.


  1. Kris- Thanks for the spotlight on this delightful blogger. I am headed over to her blog to sign up to follow. LOVE her style. Mama & baby girl are sleeping so Iam blogging a bit. xo Diana

  2. Oh, I love it all - white with pops of color - right up my alley.

  3. Great to meet another blogger with great style - love the pops of turquoise and green with the white! xo Jonni xo

  4. Beautiful garden! I love the touches of turquoise and the verdigris.

  5. Lots of beautiful eye candy! Fun to meet Shanon!

  6. Pleasure meeting Shannon, her girls are just precious! I love the colors she used, all awesome!

  7. Happy birthday to Kila !! What little beauties, talking about the daughters here. I love the garden area and the flowers. Shannon does has a green thumb.I really liked the kitchen. xoxo,Susie

  8. Hi Shanon, I love how you're obsessed with gardening & bird-watching - I can relate to that, and also to how you're so done with it when fall comes. It's always exhilarating when spring comes to get out, isn't? Your home looks super-inviting, both indoors and out. Thanks, Kris, for introducing me to Shanon.

  9. How great to see the feature on Shanon today! I love her outdoor area - her patio is great. Love kitchen, too, and how open and light filled it is.

  10. Thank you, Kris!! It is so fun to read all of the sweet comments here, thank you everyone for taking the time.


    1. Shanon,
      You are so welcome. It was so fun to feature you and get to know you better. I love love love that outdoor space. A girl after my own heart. Beautiful. Your feature will run until tomorrow so please check back to see all the sweet comments. I think you will be getting some new wonderful blog friends. That is what I love about this feature. It brings so many bloggers together that may not have known about each other. I love learning the more personal side to each of the bloggers in the feature but I love that it brings such wonderful bloggers together to find each other. Loved your feature and thank you again for doing this for us. Have a wonderful week end.

  11. Lovely post, Shannon. Your home is so fresh and airy. Love your pops of bright colors throughout your home. And the patio area is glorious!!
    Mary Alice

  12. I am totally drooling over Shannon's gorgeous blooms! Love her style, and her pretty patio too. I also am loving he kitchen, aqua and green are some of my favorite colors too! Headed on over to pay her a visit:)

  13. Wow ,can't believe I never stumbled on to her blog! Love Shanon's style!And I enjoyed reading more about her and her family.


  14. Shanon, it's so nice to meet you. I don't think I've been to your blog. I love gardening too so it's so much fun to see your beautiful Colorado gardens and patio. Can't wait for spring!!

  15. What a fabulous home...just love her "Shabby French"....and her flowers/gardens are gorgeous!...Great feature here today Kris!...Love Shanon's home and how nice to meet her!!!

  16. Shanon is a dear. I've always loved dropping by her blog. Great feature.

  17. Lovely home and grounds - Glad to drop in to read about the new blog spotlight - always fun to get to know new people in the blogland..

  18. Lovely feature! Shanon is super sweet and now she's got me dreaming of gardening and summer patio parties! :)

  19. WOW! What a gorgeous feature. So many pretties to see at Shannon's. I loved it all. Happy Weekened!

  20. Shanon,
    Great inspired style. I will be checking out your fun and inspired blog.

  21. Shanon, I loved meeting your lovely family! Love your style, too! Thanks for sharing :)

  22. Shannon, beautiful home and gardens. I will be following you. Thanks Kris for spot lighting Shannon.

  23. I am off to see Shanon! She has the same ideas and dreams as I do about decorating and gardening. Yes,,,by the end of summer we are done. But oh, spring! Come one. I so love her decorating. It's so great that you do these spotlights, Kris...we get to meet so many great bloggers! Thanks! :)


  24. It was so nice to learn a little bit more about Shanon. I've been following her on Pinterest for some time now...great style!


  25. HI Shanon - have to run over and become your newest follower - love love love your style!!!

  26. shanon has a fab style, and two adorable girls! thanks for sharing, kris!

  27. One of my fav bloggers Love all Shanon's great pics too