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 1st

Good Saturday Morning Everyone.  It gives me great pleasure again this week to introduce you to another fabulous blogger.
Cindy from Dwellings-The Heart Of Your Home.  Cindy is not only sweet and talented she hosts a fabulous party on her blog called Amaze Me Monday. Take some time to get to know her on a more personal level and then head over to check out her lovely blog.

Hi, I'm Cindy and my blog is Dwellings~The Heart of Your Home.

I was honored when Kris asked me to be a part of her "life behind the blogger" series.
On my blog I share about living in the South,
home tours,
fluffing my nest,
home remodeling projects,
and more.
It wasn't until I began writing for this series that I realized my ease in sharing about all of the above, but was at a loss and a bit shy in sharing about my personal life.  Thank you Kris, for inviting me to be a part of your series, and for helping me to step out of my comfort zone.

I'm a Southern girl.  Born in Virginia, we moved to Savannah Georgia during my early elementary years and then to North Carolina in early 1970.  My brother is six years younger and I have twin sisters, not identical, who are four years older.

This is me at 5 years old, I still have this dress!

It was my grandmother who most influenced my interest in decorating, collecting, housekeeping, and gardening.  Growing up, when changing the decor wasn't an option, I would swap rooms to change things up by moving my little brother's things into my old room, and my things into his room, and would then add a little color to the walls with paint.  Mom would come home to find the bedrooms had been swapped and was amazed how someone so tiny could move all that furniture with no help.  Where there's a will, there's a way...I still live by that motto!

My family is my heart.
Since I can't introduce you to all my family, you have to meet my mother...the rock of our family.  Within these past two years she has been diagnosed with breast cancer, undergone a double mastectomy, removal of ovaries, chemotherapy, radiation, and most recently a severe case of the Shingles virus, and she still smiles that big, sweet, smile!  My mom is the most amazing lady...

Christmas 2013

My dad.
I do believe I've always been his biggest fan.
From a tiny girl to this very day, dad has always had a special place in my heart!

Dad and me at my daughter's wedding rehearsal dinner.

My babies are all grown up and living on their own.  Yes, they'll always be my babies!
Our son travels for his modeling career, but still lives close by.  My only must always live close to your momma!

Our son ~ 2014

Our daughter works in the family business so I get to see her every day.  She and her husband recently celebrated their one year wedding anniversary and moved into their new home, which is only three minutes up the road.  Yippee!

Our daughter, son-in-law, and grand-pups; Daisy and Max.

Our Fur Babies...

Coco                                                                  Bella                                                                Jet  

Our Malti-Pom, Ellie-Mae

I can't speak of my life without giving thanks to my God for His grace and provision for me and my children.  Life is often difficult.  There are trials and hardships each of us experience, but God is always faithful; always good.  "...I will never leave or forsake you."  Joshua 1:5

My husband is my best friend and we are like two peas in a pod!  We both enjoy spending time with family, antiquing, long walks, sipping coffee on the porch, and the list goes on.  He is so loving and kind, he sees my passion to fluff our nest and garden as noble, he assigns me value; I am truly blessed!  We recently celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary.

Mr. Heart and me at our daughter's wedding in September 2012.

Oh yeah, we love to camp too!  Here's our Home Away From Home.

Our Camper

How did I begin blogging?
Years ago, I was searching online and found a couple of websites that I began visiting from time to time.  It was fun seeing how they decorated their mantle, set their table and folded their napkins, and cleaned those stubborn stains off their rugs.  Before I knew it, I was hitting the publish button for the first time on my own blog.  It has been over three years ago now that I began blogging about my life, home and passions.

Our home is decorated with antiques, vintage finds, family heirlooms, and a sprinkling of new here and there.  With touches of English, French, and colonial style, the pieces that speak to me are the ones that find a place in our home.  We have a deep appreciation for historic homes, so as we remodel ours we look for ways to incorporate details from days gone by.

A table skirt I sewed for the den.

Pillows and window treatments too.

Stitch work.

An antique empire chest Mr. Heart and I found at the auction.

Gardening ~ Always nice bringing the outdoors in.

There is always an abundance of beauty and intrigue in the garden.

DIY Projects

Remodeling Our Home
Stone Front Porch ~ Slate Porch Tiles ~ Guest Bath Remodel ~ Brazilian Cherry Hardwood Floors ~ Beveled Glass Double Doors

I hope you will come by for a visit.  We are currently working on our biggest remodeling project so far, relocating our tiny and outdated kitchen into another area of the house to create the kitchen of my dreams.  You're invited to follow along and are always welcome at Dwellings ~ The Heart of Your Home!


Thank you Cindy for stepping outside your comfort zone and letting us get to know you better.  You have a beautiful family. So happy to have gotten to know you better.
Now that you have gotten to know Cindy on my blog please head over to Susan's blog and meet another fabulous blogger Diane from Lavender Dreams.
Have a great week end.


  1. It was fun learning about Cindy...lovely photos...and lovely family!

  2. I love Cindy's blog...always have. It is always fun to get a behind the scenes peek at the real person. What a heart-warming feature. I can see the love of family just shining through. How lucky to have wonderful parents as an adult. xo Diana

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  4. Oops! I accidentally left the above comment under my husband gmail login instead of mine. Sorry Kelly.
    I wanted to thank you for sharing Cindy's story. I've only recently begun following her blog and I love it. It was really fun to hear a bit more about her in your feature. I look forward to hearing other blogger's stories each week. Thanks so much and blessings to you,

  5. Cindy, it was such a pleasure 'meeting' your beautiful family! Your mother is a very strong, special woman! And of course I love your fur babies! :)
    Thanks for sharing with us and letting us get to know you better!

  6. So great to read more about Cindy! She has a beautiful family. Love the projects she has shared here. I got to meet Cindy briefly at Haven last year.

  7. Love her and her blog. Such a beautiful lady and such a great talent. So much fun to learn more about her. Thanks for featuring her today. Hugs, Marty

  8. Love CIndy and her blog, and now it's nice to know yet a little more about her. Blessings to you and your mom, Cindy as she goes through her health struggles. Thanks, Kris, for hosting yet another blogger.

  9. It looks like a wonderful life.... Thanks for sharing.

    Amy Jo

  10. What a wonderful feature on a favorite blogger, Cindy! She is a sweetheart and such a lovely lady! It's fun to see even more photos of her beautiful family, too! Thanks for this fun idea, Susan and Kris! We have so many talented bloggers in our world! Enjoy your day!

  11. Thanks so much Kris for inviting me to be a part of your series, it's an honor to be featured on your beautiful blog!
    Blessings sweet friend,

    1. Thanks Cindy for doing Spotlight. You have a beautiful family and your mom is just awesome. Loved learning more about you. So happy you decided to come out of your comfort zone and share with all of us. Beautiful post.

  12. Fantastic spotlight. Cindy is a sweetheart. I loved learning a little more about her, and, her beautiful family.

  13. This was a charming introduction to a beautiful lady and her family. They are a close family, I really like that. It was enjoyable to read about how she got started blogging. Thank you Kris. xoxoxo,Susie

  14. When I saw the blog name, I thought I was familiar with it, but as I read on, I see that you have introduced me to another new blogger.

    Thanks for the weekly feature.

  15. Hi Cindy - Loved reading this - and seeing your beautiful kids !!!
    I posted a similar photo of me when I did this - you were so cute - but you're one gorgeous Mama now!

  16. I enjoyed getting to know Cindy...will have to hop on over and visit her blog.

  17. She has such a lovely home and is a very sweet and kind lady. (Great nature pics!) And I love that she brings red into her decor.

  18. It is so nice to get to know the personal side of our bloggers. Thank you so much Kris for Show Casing Cindy. I already follow her, but now I feel that I know her.
    Have a great weekend and since it is the first of March maybe the bad weather will go away.

  19. What fun to learn more about one of my favorite bloggers!


  20. I've never met Cindy before, so I am headed on over to visit her blog:) I am always happy to meet fellow animal lovers and rv enthusiasts!

  21. I've visited Cindy's blog before and she is so sweet. It was so much fun to learn more about her. I had no idea that her son was a model! He's so handsome. And her daughter is beautiful. Cindy has a beautiful family. I'm impressed with her mom's resilience throughout her health problems. Thanks for spotlighting her today.

  22. Kris,
    Wonderful feature you and Susan treat us to every Saturday, Thank you. Headed over to Cindy's blog.

  23. I loved getting to know What a wonderful lady with a heart filled with so much love for her family and the energy to make things happen at home! She is so creative and I'll be heading over to her blog right away! Love this awesome series!

    Have a great night.

  24. OMGosh...I totally loved reading about your featured blogger. She is adorable, has a beautiful family and a lovely home.
    Thanks for introducing her...I'll go right over for a visit.
    xo bj

  25. It's so very nice to meet Cindy. She has such a beautiful family and I'm quite sure I will enjoy visiting her blog and getting to know her in the weeks ahead! Thank you for sharing her with us.

  26. This was so wonderful! Cindy's blog was one of the very first ones I started following and she was my very first follower when I started last summer. I will always remember her kind, and encouraging comments as they were a blessing to me and she was especially helpful when I first started my blog and ran into a couple of problems. I am in NC as well so I consider her a neighbor! She has a beautiful blog and home but her spirit is even more beautiful! Go check her out!

  27. So sweet to read all of this about Cindy. No wonder she's so easy to like on her blog. :)

  28. I love Cindy and her great to get to know her an her family better....So nice to also know that she is a fellow North Carolinian!!!
    Great feature as always Kris!

  29. nice to see Cindy in the spotlight. She is as sweet as she is beautiful inside and out. I spent an afternoon with Cindy a few years back, her myself and another blogging friend. I need to do that again this Spring for sure. We had fun!

  30. A beautiful lady with a beautiful family and home. I'll check her blog...the photos are great! Such a blessing to still have one's parents.


  31. Ah...Cindy, your mama is just beautiful! Her soul is golden! xoxo Jen

  32. Cindy...this is such a great post and I enjoyed getting to know you better. I have always loved your style and I have often thought that your home reminded me of a century+ old cottage, just with your pretty antiques and pieces. Your home is just lovely,

    I feel the same about my kids...and yours are so pretty and handsome (you know which is which!!!). I love that mine are close by...we share that love.

    Bless you, my friend...I've loved getting to know you more and we will certainly travel the same circles in the years to come! :)


  33. such a gorgeous family! so great to meet cindy:) thanks, kris!

  34. I loved the article! She's such a sweet soul. I frequent her site quite often, and it's nice to get to know her a little better.
    Sam from

  35. I enjoyed meeting Cindy and learning about her family and her blog!


  36. I loved learning more about Cindy. I've been a big fan of her blog for a long time.