Sunday, February 24, 2013

How I Found My Style Sundays- Junk Chic Cottage

Hi my name is Kris and my blog is I was excited when Pam asked me to be part of her How I Found My Style Series.  I am pretty new to blogging and just learning to navigate this new world.   I have meet some of the sweetest people that share my love of decorating.    I would love to share with all of you a little bit about me and my style and decor. 
To start my decorating style is Cottage Chic. I love whites, creams and pops of soft colors. The chippy, faded and worn pieces are signature to my style.  I love things with history like an old door off an old home and then I re purpose it into my home decor.  I like my home to be soft and relaxed.  

I found my decorating style when my husband and I moved to our current home 5 years ago.  We have two daughters that were out on their own and He took a job as the fire chief in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago.  We sold our home where we lived for over 25 years and downsized to a cute little cottage ranch in a Lake town near where he took his job.  This is when my love of cottage, chippy and vintage style bloomed. 

 The most treasured things in my home are old heirlooms passed down from family.  A big part  of my signature style is  re loving old vintage pieces like doors, windows, chippy shutters etc. pieces with history and giving them new purpose in my home.  I think they add such character to your home.

I think to create a beautiful home is not how much money you spend on decor but how much of your decor reflects your personality and things you truly love.  I feel your home should be comfy and inviting and reflect you.
This is the entry way into my home. This is where my love of old vintage doors and shutters become part of my decor. 
I love vintage cottage and do a lot of soft whites and creams throughout my home. My love of flowers, and gardening and old chippy things is found through out my decor style.
Even in my white world I need space for the hubby!!! We found him this worn leather club recliner. I felt it mixed nicely with my white cottage decor. Gave him a "manly" space in my white world!

Old vintage bike that I just fell in love with the moment I set eyes on her.  I love that I have this right off my french doors that lead out to my garden. I love to bring the outdoors into my decor.
My kitchen is a mixture of farmhouse and cottage chic.
My dining room is all cottage with whites and cream.
In my office I like to surround myself with all things I love. No real planned style just things I love and have collected. I like to use old things like the old gate hanging above my desk for a bulletin board.
I like to take things like the wine holder and make it work for storage of my many magazines. This old table with the vintage wire baskets helps to organize my collection of magazines and decor books. I am a little bit of a hoarder when it comes to design magazines and decor books!!!!!
I framed out this window in my office with some old chippy posts and the header is made from old doors. I added my favorite motto to live by "Live, Love, Junk!"
Laundry room. A mixture of old vintage laundry things I have been collecting.  The cabinet over the washer and dryer has the old vintage washboards for doors.
More Laundry Room.
Love all the natural light that comes in this laundry room. This laundry room was a total remodel so if you would like the before and afters you can check it out on my blog.
In my smaller guest room I used old vintage cottage gates for headboards.  Love the statement they make in the room
Old vintage frames hung on the walls. They give a statement all by themselves.
Since we live in a lake town I wanted to do my other guest room in a lake theme.   I always think of blue when I think of the lake cottage so I added pops of blue in this room.
This old farmhouse mailbox came right off the farm.  I love this treasure I found. So chippy and full of character.
Another  chippy old shutter I found and put up in this room.
This guest room faces west so the sun comes in so bright in late afternoon and you can see the sunset from this room so when I found this old vintage street sign I knew it would be perfect over this window.
This is my master bedroom. This is my favorite room in our house. It is truly my sanctuary. I wanted it soft and relaxed in this room.  I have a lot of overstuffed duvets and pillows. The headboard was made by my talented hubby.  He made this headboard out of old doors we found at the flea market. He framed them and used some crown molding and I just love the history of these doors and how they are part of my bedroom.  Chandeliers are so romantic and a big part of my bedroom. I have the old wire fencing chandy with the old insulater bulbs to hold votives.  The other chandelier hanging over our bed brings romance into the room too.
Old vintage suitcases and this chippy folding chair I found in the trash. Yep! that is right someone threw out this little treasure. Rescued her and brought her home.
My little furry friend wanted to be in the pictures so I said ok since she matches my cream and white decor!!!!!!!

Well that is some decor style from my lake cottage home. Thank you Pam for this fun opportunity and I thank all of you for taking this tour. Thank you letting me share some of my home with you.
Thanx so much Kris for sharing your amazing home with us! I love all the little details you put into it especially your laundry room cabinet doors!


  1. OMGosh- This is beautiful!!! xo Diana

  2. Adorable. I love the guest bedroom with the gate as the headboard. The entire house was beautiful!

  3. I follow Kris' blog and always enjoy seeing pictures of her home. Just beautiful! Thanks for sharing Kris' style with us, Pamela!

  4. Thanks Pamela for sharing Kris' luvly home.
    I just luv the soft relaxed style her white and creams evoke, and all her salvaged doors and shutters :-)
    Thanks for letting have a visit Kris.
    Hugs, Gee

  5. Good Morning Pamela. Thanks so much for doing this feature on my home. I was really honored when you asked me. You have the sweetest bloggers that follow you and they have left me some really nice comments. I posted a link back to your blog today for my followers to find your blog and my feature and so they could check out the other Sunday homes you have featured. Thanks so much again. This truly was an honor.

  6. I am "Running" to follow Kris and her blog. I recently moved into a ranch style cottage, and though not new to loving the cottage style, am starting from scratch ( long story) , and her style is exactly what I love a combo of farmhouse and garden cottage, and for me a bit of French thrown in. I am always now on the hunt for inspiration and ideas, and your blog and now Junk Chic Cottage certainly offer that in spades!

  7. I don't think I've ever seen so much inspiration in one post. I'm off to Junk Chic Cottage to follow and see more!

  8. Kris's home says so much about her great personality. I have so enjoyed following her blog these past few months and being inspired to create such a warm and inviting home. Thanks for the feature, Pamela!


  9. I've always loved Kris's home. I told her it should be featured in a magazine, I'm shocked that it hasn't already been featured! She has her own unique style and I simply love everything about her home!

  10. Kris has one charming home. Some of my favorites are...fencing in the kitchen...old gates as headboards and those door fonts in the laundry room.


  11. Kris, love your beautiful, relaxed, and soft style!!! The bike is my favorite!

  12. All so pretty! Love the pops of blue in the lake themed cottage...

  13. Wonderful feature! Kris is such a lovely, talented and creative person and it shows all over her beautiful home! So inviting, comfy and sweet! Hugs, Leena

  14. Awesome.What a beautiful home.My favorite thing is the queen sign.Hysterical.

  15. Pamela, Kris's home is beautiful. There are so many unique and pretty things I had to go back and look again.
    xx, Sherry

  16. Beautiful! Going over the check out the blog!

  17. Absolutely lovely! I've seen this house featured at link parties and LOVE It!

  18. Hi Kris, was I ever surprised to find you here ;)
    Excellent article, well done.

  19. This is one of the best examples of shabby chic I've ever seen. Beautiful!!

  20. I have just read some of the beautiful comments you left here about my home. I thank Pamela for this feature and I thank all of you sweet bloggers for your beautiful compliments. I am fairly new to this blog world but have found some of the sweetest people and such beautiful blogs of inspiration. Thanks you from the bottom of my heart. I appreciate all of you.

  21. Beautiful home, That's talent. Everything just flows together.

  22. I love your front door entrance and your style of decorating! Wondered if you had a dog with all that white as our little brown furbaby tracks in! Will be back to visit when I have more time! Nancy at

  23. kris's home is so gorgeous! it needs to be featured in several magazines:)

  24. Beautiful, Kris! I love all the white! Charm! Charm! Charm! Thanks for the introduction, Pamela! ~Kristie

  25. Great series, Pamela. Another wonderful home story with great advice.

  26. I love everything about your home and your decor. I could live there in a minute. So so beautiful. I would like to know what paints you use. Thanks Tobey

  27. Every so often I find pictures of a home and I find myself slowing down, becoming calmer, more relaxed and that is exactly what happened while looking at these pictures. Thank you. I so love that bicycle. I am headed over to this blog now.
    Thanks, Patty

  28. The BIKE!!! perfect with the flowers and sign on in and the fencing above the kitchen cabinet and well, everything. I reallyyyyy loved looking at your home.


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