Saturday Spotlight: Life Behind the Blogger

Susan from Must Love Junk, and myself 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. 
Janae from Not So Shabby Shabby Chic
May 24

Good Morning and Happy Saturday.  This week I am introducing you to a sweet blogger and  I have to put a WARNING on this read.  The warning is you will have extreme "how adorable" and "how cute" is that  while reading her feature.  Janae from Not So Shabby Shabby Chic is a blogger I met through her Mom another fun blogger Sandy from Love of White that I featured a while back.  

 Janae shares my love of white and shabby chic.  Janae will introduce you to her furry family that is just too adorable. I have to warn all of you this will have you saying awwwww on the cuteness alone.   Wait until you see how she get's her little furry kids to all look at the camera and smile.    Enjoy getting to know Janae, her boyfriend and her fur kids.   When you have a minute please hop over to see her beautiful blog.

Hello everyone! I am so excited to be doing the feature for Junk Chic Cottage. I am so honored to be shared by a blogger with such a gorgeous home!
 I'll start with the basics, My name is Janae I am 24 years old, I live in Oregon where I was born and raised. I am huge animal lover and am very close with my family. My day job title is "Senior Certified Pharmacy Tech"  for a well known a chain, but my true passions are decorating and my fur-babies. 
My blog is called
Not So Shabby - Shabby Chic
I bought my first home 3 years ago when I was 21. I have so much fun decorating it.
My boyfriend of 7+ years lives with me, along with our 11 furry children.
Sidney & I have been together since my Junior (his Senior) year in high school.
I am so blessed to have a man who loves animals like I do, and is also very tolerate of having a pink master bedroom and a girly rest of the house, he does have a man cave room in which I do not decorate at all.
My Mother is my very best friend. We see each other at least 4 times a week, usually more, and talk on the phone every single day usually for at least an hour. We have so much in common. I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful Mother/ Best friend
My Mother is also a blogger, you may have read about her before, because Kris featured her too a while back.
I am also very close with my step Dad and younger siblings, I am so blessed to have such a close family, I also only live about 5 minutes away from them, although we have talked about trying to someday live next door to each other.
When I started my blog just about 4 years ago it was going to be all about decorating, but over time as I have added to my furry family, it has become just as much if not more, about the fur-kids too. When I started my blog I was a renter so I only had 1 rabbit & 1 cat, so you can see my fur-family has grown a lot.  
We have 4 Pomeranians (Bella, Bentley, Lilly & Lacie) 5 cats (Billie, Lulu, Levi, Leo, & Alien) & 2 rabbits (Little Bunny Fufu & Frankie). They are my babies, I cant even explain to you how much I love them.
I am a promoter of rescuing! Five of my eleven furkids are rescues. When I added the first several to our family, I didn't really know how important rescuing is.  Now that I am educated on the subject, I will only adopt from shelters, or rescue groups.
Two of my Fur-kids are 3 legged Rescues.
Leo my 3 legged cat I took in as a stray kitten in need of a leg amputation
Lilly my 3 legged dog I adopted from a dog rescue already 3 legged.
Both are front leg amputees Leo the left, Lilly the right.
It truly is amazing how well they adapt, they both get along great and amaze me everyday.
This was our Christmas card this past year.
Yes they are all really wearing the hats no photoshop :)
I thought it would be fun for the feature to give you a little tour of our home....
The photo above is of the "Pommy Playroom" . This is the doggie proofed room in which my 4 Pomeranians stay in when home alone (otherwise they get into stuff!). They have lots of fun toys to play with and I also have a camera set up in this room that I can watch them from on my Iphone, yes I am very much a crazy dog lady! I won't even show their closet, because you will think I have lost my mind, but you may be able to find a pic on my blog somewhere :) Sidney & I both work somewhat opposite schedules which is a downer at times, but really works out good for the fur-babies, so they don't have to be home alone too often.
My Favorite room in my house I think is my bedroom
See what I mean about having a good man for sleeping in this bed with me?
My bed is probably a bit big for a small master ( it is a king size) but I need a big bed because all our cats & dogs sleep with us at night, its a pretty tight squeeze with everyone lol.
This is my master bathroom, which is also where the rabbits live.
I do not cage them they have free roam of the bathroom when home alone.
 This is our guest room. I love this room but we rarely use it all, we pretty much never have over night company, since most of mine & Sidney's family is local. This is the room we will someday covert to a babies room when we get married and decided to have human kids.
My sweet babies.
 Now heading downstairs......
 This is the first room you see when you come in my front door. Also the first room you see coming down the stairs ( I am standing on the stairs while taking this picture). The toddler sized bed is for my fur-kids of course.
I love them so much!
Pretty boy Billie.
Here is my little kitchen, it looks so different then it did when we moved in. I have changed the floors, painted the cabinets and counter tops, yes painted counter tops. This is also an older picture I have since got all new appliances still white, but they have a  some what retro look, but I have not got great pictures of them yet.
Cell phone pic with new appliances from the G.E Artistry line. I love them.
Spring time is my favorite time of year, I just love having fresh cut flowers they are like an all natural anti-depressant!
Here is my dining area right next to my kitchen
Which looks on to my living room.
 Peonies are my absolute favorite flower, I have been trying to grow some in my yard, but my plants are still young and do not get a lot of blooms yet. Both my Grandma & Mother give me cut peonies out of their yards when they are in bloom, I love them they make me so happy ( both the flowers and my Mom & Grandma).
 Here is my tiny half bathroom that is downstairs.
Okay now for my crazy obsessions
Vintage Mirrors!
I have quiet the collection. These mirrors I have mostly found at Goodwill's and other thrift shops. My Grandmother has also found a bunch of them at garage sales. My upstairs hallway and landing area has no windows, I love the way my mirror wall reflects light.
I hope you enjoyed meeting me and my furry family, as well as the tour of our home.
Feel free to pop by my blog anytime
Thank you so much again Kris for featuring me.
Love, Janae

Thank you Janae for doing Spotlight.  It was so much fun to learn more about you and your handsome boyfriend and the furry kids. Your spotlight was so heartwarming.   Now that you have gotten to know Janae please hop over to Susan's blog and meet Jen from City Farmhouse.
Have a Great Week End.


  1. I first discovered Janae through her mother's blog and I remember being so impressed that she purchased her first home when she was just 21. And, I would like to know how she ever posed those animals for the Christmas card - all with hats!

  2. Janae has the most beautiful home..all the white and ruffles that I so love. I am amazed by her love for animals and she has a huge heart to welcome all of these babies of hers into her home!! I have to visit her blog...she sounds like a lovely, caring person...with a great sense of decor! :)


  3. Janae's family is amazing, cats, dogs and rabbits that get along with one another. I am impressed. Love the mirrors. xoxo,Susie

  4. One of the best things about this series is learning the backstory of bloggers. Janae certainly demonstrates a can-do attitude and energy by having her own home at 21 and taking in so many pets (and mirrors, lol). I love seeing industrious, young adults. Way to go, Janae! Thanks, Kris.

  5. II am so impressed that someone so young owns their own home and maintains it so beautifully. She is wise beyond her years! Thank you for sharing her home and family with us.

  6. Thanks so much Janae for doing our Spotlight. It was really a fun read to learn about you and I too have to say I am impressed with how much you have accomplished at such a young age. Love your mom and now love learning about you too. Your mirror collection is awesome and your furry kids just too adorable.

  7. Janae is adorable! I've landed on her blog before and she's so inspiring. I am so amazed by how pretty her house is and to have all the critters in there is really impressive. I love that her husband doesn't mind the feminine decor too. I wish my son would meet someone like her - pronto!!

  8. Janae, I just love your beautiful home, and admire your rescue/love of animals!! They are all simply adorable! (And you have a good man, too! :) Thanks for sharing!

  9. What a fun post! Janae's home is gorgeous! She is adorable, and her honey is a cutie, too. Love how she pampers her fur babies.
    Great share today.

  10. Kris, What a cute blogger you've introduced today, thanks. Janae as a Mom to 2 precious fur kids I am blown away with your 11 babies! I'm headed over right now to check out your blog. Janae you are so adorable.

  11. Oh what a great blogger. Her home is so lovely and I can't believe she has so many fur-babies - they are all beautiful. I can't believe she got all of them to sit still for their picture and even with hats on.
    Thanks so much Kris for Spotlighting Janae. I will be following her.

  12. Those mirrors are incredible - just beautiful !!!
    And how on earth do you get all your animals to actually smile - I thought they were stuffed - they look too perfect to be real LOL............
    You're too cute for words !

  13. So fun to read! A lovely home, and her fur babies are so adorable! Thanks for sharing Janae with us!

  14. WOW, that is some mirror collection Janae has, beautiful! Thank you for featuring such a lover of white, chic and frufru!!

  15. It was so much fun meeting Janae, her fur babies, and her boyfriend, Kris! I just love her home, it's gorgeous! And I'm so impressed that she bought her very own place at such a young age. Since animals are so near and dear to my heart, I really loved learning about all of her rescues. What a kind heart she has, I'm headed over to visit:)

  16. Love her style and those fur babies are so adorable!!

  17. Oh my this is like a doll house. I loved it all! Such a doll herself. Have a wonderful weekend Kris! XO

  18. Cute girl with a cute house and cute furry friends! However in the world do the animals all stay on the bed together like that for a photo shoot? LOL. I have to say I love the photos with the fur-babies the best. :)

  19. Thank you soooo much for featuring me I am so honored!! I love reading all the comments it has really made my day, I can't stoping smiling, thank you all so much. I am so excited that I have got several new followers now too, thank you so very much!

  20. Of course she is my daughter so I am a bit partial--but I do think she is quite amazing. Thank o much for featuring her Kris--and it is so fun to read all the sweet comments!

  21. I want to use your white color for my new living room design Ideas. I already visited many site but here I found the best design for my new home. Thanks a lot.
    Beautiful Modern Living Room Design Idea

  22. janae's home is so beautiful! it's amazing how she gets the animals to pose in her pictures! her mirror collection makes me want to collect mirrors:) you can see her mother's influence peeking out, too!-tfs, kris!

  23. The fur babies are wonderful. They pose for the camera! Love the mirrors too. Thanks for this feature Kris.

  24. I am so proud of first grandchild. Not only is she skilled at decorating and not afraid to try putting in her own floors, but she is kind and helpful to all. She is such a blessing!!

  25. I gotta say, what a purchase. What's making it more even better is that you've managed to forge a personal stamp on it all. I reckon you've settled all your dues at this point, paying for that lovely home? There's really nothing else to say except that we hope everything has indeed been settled and has fallen neatly into place. I enjoyed the virtual tour. Thanks!

    Kevin Fritz @ Iron Point Mortgage

  26. I just adore Janae's home and all of her sweet animals. I've always said if someone doesn't love animals, the elderly and babies, then they do not need to be in my life! And I love her Mom (Sandy) too. Blogland has definitely introduced me to so many wonderful people!

  27. Loved the feature of the adorable Janae! Her home and furry babies are sure cute!
    It was a pleasure learning more about her.

  28. I love Janae and Sandy's blogs!! they are an adorable Mom/Daughter duo! How do you paint your counter tops? I would LOVE to do that !!! I asked down at the Sherwin Williams store, but they said they didn't have a good product for that................ If I could paint before we replace, it would really add to our home :) ox

  29. I love your page. All of your pets are beautiful. Love it!!!!