Spotlight: The Blogger Behind The Talent.

  Kris from Junk Chic Cottage, and myself (Susan) Must Love Junk 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.
We decided to start off this feature with ourselves, and give you a more personal glimpse into our 'real lives' so that you can get to know us a little better!
We'd love to hear what you think of this new feature!  Without further ado...


Every week on Saturday we will spotlight a blogger and have them tell us a little bit about themselves and their blogs.  

Saturday Spotlight:
 The Talent Behind the Blogger.

I am Kris from Junk Chic Cottage

 I have been doing my blog a little over a year now.  When I started my blog I did not think anyone would get me or my style.  I was so wrong.  It is amazing all the wonderful bonds I have made with other bloggers.  It was wonderful that someone else would get the love I have of re loving old salvage pieces, like doors and windows into my decor.

I am a nurse by profession but am a decorator by heart.  My passion is my home and having it reflect the things I love.  I have been married for 32 years to a Fire Chief that is amazing and talented with tools.  He can take my visions and make them work. You have to love a man with tools and that knows how to use them!!!

My husband Terry and myself.

We have two grown daughters.  My oldest daughter is married and they have a beautiful little daughter.  My granddaughter Abby is the love of our lives.  My other daughter is following in my foot steps as a nurse.  She has a  caring heart and loves her job of taking care of people.  I am so proud that both my daughters have grown to become the women they are.  They both make a big difference in this  world we live in.

My husband Terry and son in law Tim.  They are both firefighters and heroes in our lives.

My daughter Jennifer, her husband Tim and their daughter Abby

Love of our lives.  Our granddaughter Abby.

My daughter Kim and her baby, our grand dog Penny.

My daughter Kim following in my footsteps as a nurse.

We have a 10 year old basset hound named Libby that lives with us.

I enjoy decorating my home and writing for my blog.  My family is the most important part of my life and I cherish them.  I love to surround myself with old salvage pieces of history and have them become part of my decor. The more vintage and chippy the piece the better.

You will find old and chippy doors throughout my home. My signature pieces in my home.

I used old farmhouse doors to make a headboard for my bedroom.  I can admit I am a door hoarder!!!!

Old horse barn door.

Something else to know about me is I have an addiction for magazines and decorating books.  I have them stored everywhere throughout my home.

Pretty much anything salvage I can re purpose and re use in my home is my signature.

My nest is small but full of unique charm.

Well there you have it a little bit of personal information about me.  I have enjoyed learning and becoming bloggie friends with so many of you.  Please hop over to Susan's blog and let her introduce herself to you.  Please leave us a comment and give us some feedback on our new feature.  Thanks for letting us share a little about ourselves.
Kris :) and Susan :)


  1. Hi Kris,
    I stopped on by from Must Love Junk, and enjoyed getting to know you. My favorite part? LIBBY! Oh my goodness sakes, those eyes!! I used to have a basset just like her, but she passed away. Abby is precious, and I applaud both you and your husband for being true heroes on a daily basis, professionally. I've carried on, but I must tell you I'm a new follower.

    Hugs from Oklahoma,

  2. I must say I luv this . You and Susan had a wonderful idea to do this.
    Never shared but my head board ( and foot board) are made from doors as well. Plus I took ( removed) the laundry room'sbifld doors ( shutter type) from my old home. Brought them with me ( they are in my current dining room on either side of the big window)as they had my children's measurements on them :-/ Shhhh!!!!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs, Gee

  3. I loved reading this. I just commented to Susan that if I had read her post first that I would have written something different. But, I am trying to not compare myself or my home to others so I am happy with it.

    Another artist teased Steve recently that he is taking up all the wall space in town with his art and no one else can get their work seen. I have just decided that the reason I can't find an old door is that you have taken all the good ones.

  4. Love this idea of getting to know the person behind the blog. (I just came from Susan's) You're so blessed with your wonderful husband and family. I can just tell that you'd be the sweetest caring and giving friend. thanks for sharing "life" with all of us.

  5. This is a great idea! I love it! It looks like you have a wonderful family.


  6. This was such a beautiful post.I have only just found your blog and love it so it was great to meet the lady behind the blog-love dee x

  7. love the idea, kris! you and susan did a great job with your posts. nurses and firemen--heroes do run deep in your family:)

  8. What a wonderful idea, I enjoyed getting to know you through this post. What a wonderful family you have. I love your decorating style taking the old and making it useful .

  9. Kris,
    What a nice little Saturday read with my coffee - love your idea, and your teaming up with Susan. I look forward to these!

  10. Kris, you and Terry are such a wonderful couple-it was so great meeting you in person a few months ago! Love seeing more pics of your beautiful family! :)

  11. Kris, this is a great idea and I have to say, you are just as cute as your blog! xoxo

  12. Well done, Kris! It must be difficult to narrow down your life into one little blog post. I feel we have become such good friends via the internet and really do hope we get to meet in person some day.

  13. Kris, You have a beautiful family. Red Green says, "if you can be handsome, be handy", your husband is both, lucky you. I adore all those old doors. So many things you can make from them, you headboard is great. xoxo,Susie

  14. What a marvelous idea! As a new-ish follower it is so nice getting to know the background behind the blogger. If I may make a suggestion..... you might re-publish this post every year or a couple of times a year, for the other 'newer' followers to enjoy! I know I did. Hugs from Vicki in KY.

  15. Kris, such a great idea, love your home and so nice to "meet" your family. It is such a personal touch, highlighting a beautiful family, home, and career. Thanks so much.

  16. Great feature Kris! I enjoyed reading more about you and seeing family photos.You are truly blessed with your family!Always enjoy seeing photos of your beautiful home!

  17. Kris, this is a great idea! It was a pleasure getting a glimpse into your life and gorgeous home. Looking forward to watching this feature and getting to know other amazingly talented bloggers.

  18. I think this is going to be a great feature...we always want to know a bit more about the woman behind the words. I so enjoyed seeing pictures of your beautiful family! And your pretty home never fails to inspire me.


  19. Kris
    This is a great idea you and Susan have for getting to know the bloggers better!
    You have a beautiful family and a real talent re-purposing about anything.
    That Libby has about the saddest doggie eyes I've ever seen-so sweet.
    I'll pop over to Susan's now.

  20. Hi Kris, It is nice meeting you and your family! A nice picture of you both and I love your dog!!! I don't have the kind of talent you do but I sure do enjoy looking at your blog for inspiration and ideas. Thanks for sharing so willingly! Nancy

  21. Visiting your home brings me such pleasure. Everything is so lovely. I have two pieces, a vanity and an armoir, that I want to paint red this summer before I return to school. Your pages inspire me. My husband retired from the fire department on injuries. He has missed it so much.

  22. I love this new feature and I loved hearing about who you are Kris. Can't wait to get to know bloggers! Blessings to you, Patti

  23. I really enjoyed this post, Kris. You have a lovely family and I'm sure you enjoy spending time with your cute granddaughter. I love your collection of doors and just wish I could find even one with such great patina. Thanks for sharing.

  24. I really enjoyed this post, Kris. You have a lovely family and I'm sure you enjoy spending time with your cute granddaughter. I love your collection of doors and just wish I could find even one with such great patina. Thanks for sharing.

  25. Most mornings given time I head straight for the computer coffee in hand. I get giddy each time I see a post from you or Susan...I click the mouse and cant wait to see what you have come up with now.. I love your style.. You have a wonderful family, oh and that dog, so so cute... Enjoy your day!

  26. This sounds like a great feature to have! Love getting to know fellow bloggers. You have a beautiful family, and I love your style!

  27. You have a lovely family and a gorgeous home.

  28. Susan ~

    From one nurse to another ~ it is wonderful to meet you, your charming family, and to see more of your beautiful home! I love this idea ~
    Could you please let us know how you made the gorgeous "light fixture" in the second-from-the-bottom picture ~ it is SO yummy!!!

  29. What a fantastic idea, thank you so much for sharing your life and wonderful family with us. Your sweet granddaughter Abby is just as cute as she can be :)

  30. Hopping over from Susan's....I love this series...and great to have gotten to know you better...we share lots of common things...i was in the healthcare field for 25 years...I am a magazine hoarder (need therapy sessions)...a lifelong passion for decorating...and the love of family and home...Truly enjoyed this post and looking forward to the series!...Now, if my memory serves me correctly, are you the person who literally took a cabinet/shelf off the wall and gave it to Susan?

  31. Kris, you have a lovely family. And I sure have enjoyed following your blog and seeing your beautiful home.

  32. So glad to know a little more about you. As you know...I love your style!!
    I think this is a great idea and can't wait to meet more ladies behind their blogs.

  33. . Kris, I stopped by your friends blog and I love your idea. IT's so nice to learn about the blogger that we read.
    I think this will be successful and we will get to meet a lot of wonderful, rather just readying there blog. My hats off to you for such a great idea.
    What magazine were you featured in so I can purchase it.
    Thanks Kris and have a special week.

  34. Kris,

    Your family is beautiful! And your basset hound is just darling :) I always wanted one.

    Amy Jo

    1. Hi Amy Jo,
      Thanks so much. Little Libby is a great dog. Basset's are smart and pretty laid back. They are not barkers but on occasion can howl!!
      We had two basset's Molly our 15 year old and Libby our 10 year old. Molly just passed away this Spring. We miss her and so does Libby. Living to be 15 for a basset hound is pretty good so she had a great long life with us. So now we just have Libby she is my little shadow. Hope your week end is good.

  35. Hi Kris!
    I LOVE what you're doing!! It's so nice to get to know you better, what a lovely family you have and of course I think your home is awesome. You and Susan are 2 of my fav blogs these days and right up my alley. I love the hunt for something on sale, in a reused shop, or by the curb (that's right I'm not too proud to pick treasures up and throw them in my trunk).
    Keep up your idea - it's great!

    Blessings, Edie Marie and Marie Antoinette

    1. Thank you so much. I am so glad you like our blogs. It has been so much fun getting to know other bloggers in this past year. I too am not beneath stopping to do a rescue from the garbage!!!!!! Especially if it is an old door!!!!

  36. I remember the first time I visited your blog and was enchanted by the clever way you integrated old doors and windows into your decor. I've enjoyed following along this past year and watching the many changes you've made, both inside and out. I just want to know where you get all your energy!!

    You have a beautiful home and family, too. Thanks for sharing!


  37. Hi Kris,
    Love your blog and your soft and dreamy decor style. I have always loved taking items and repurposing them. It so much fun to see how creative other bloggers are!
    Be blessed,

  38. I really enjoyed your post today, it was so fun finding out more about the person behind the blog.
    Have a great Sunday,

  39. I really enjoyed reading this post and learning more about you! I didn't realize that you were a nurse. Of course, we have the fire dept in common with our families. It was nice to see your husband in his uniform! That's really neat that your son in law is a fireman and your daughter is a nurse. Y'all are keeping these professions alive and well in the family, aren't you?!

  40. I think that this is a great idea and have enjoyed reading both blogs! It's always fun to learn more about a person and to see more of their world! Looking forward to more features! Hugs, Leena

  41. Helloooo Kris...
    Finally catching up on all your posts ~ and this one was just darling!!! Delightful to hear about "all-the-love" behind Your SHaBBy White Out!!! BeSt Pic of YOU and Terry!*!*!
    Hugs - Jeanine Burkhardt

  42. LOVE all your chippy doors...I try not to "covet" them :) Beautiful family too! Thanks for sharing more of YOU with us...great idea for a series!! Laurel

  43. Oh man I love the wine rack magazine rack idea!! Gonna steal that one for sure!! Such a nice post. Blessings to you all.

  44. Love your new feature and learning more about you and your sweet family!