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Friday, June 28, 2013

Show Off and Inspire - Blondie's Journal

Today I am super thrilled to be able to Show Off and Brag about Jane from Blondie's Journals.  I love her blog and her style of decor and writing.  You instantly feel like you've know her forever with her easy way of describing her projects and her life.  I always feel like I am visiting a very special friend when I read her blog, and I know you will too.  Thanks for sharing with us Jane, your home is so friendly and inviting.


Hi!  
I'm Jane and I write the blog Blondie's Journals.  I'm really excited that Marty is having me over today to share a peek of my home.  I've been blogging for about 4 years and I really enjoy sharing my adventures in decorating, cooking, gardening and a few DIY projects thrown in for good measure!

We live in Chicago, which I think is the greatest city ever.  You name it, you can do it or find it here!  We live in a quiet neighborhood in a home that was built in the 1930's.  We've been here 27 years, raised and are still raising our four children here.  Of course my home has gone through a lot of changes, but I think my style can best be described as Cottage.  I love soft, neutral colors as well as old and new pieces with a lot of charm.  My philosophy is that if you pick and choose elements from styles you love and are drawn to, rearrange pieces once in awhile for a fresh look, you might just find that you have that "dream" home!  Our home is very small by most standards but I think that you can work with that by keeping the size of your furniture in scale with the room and avoiding clutter (one of my big downfalls!).  So let's get started.







So now you come to the second bath on another long hallway.  The walls are rough pine which we painted white, in fact the whole bathroom is white except...





I hope you have enjoyed this tour of my little cottage.  I want to thank Marty again for having me and I want to invite you to come over for a visit with me at Blondie's Journals, where you'll find a little bit of everything! :)

XO,
Jane
Isn't she amazing, I always feel like we had a nice cup of coffee and a great visit.  Be sure to go say hello and  if you aren't a follower, you need to be.  Blondie's Journals.

If you would like to be featured on Show Off and Inspire, just send me an email.

  I am linking to the following parties:

Wendy at The Shabby Nest for Frugal Friday
Richella at Imparting Grace for Grace at Home
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Alison at Stuff and Nonsense for Friday's Unfolded
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Diann at The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Kate at Chic On A Shoestring Decorating for Flaunt It Friday
Jane at Finding Fabulous for Frugalicious Friday
Jennifer at Jennifer Rizzo for Fabulously Creative Linky Party
Jen at Tatertots and Jello for Weekend Wrap Up Party Friday
Karen at Redoux Interiors Friday Party
Aimee at It's Overflowing for Overflowing with Creativity Sat.



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55 comments:

  1. What a cozy home. I love the natural color choice.
    The vignettes are to drool for too.

    TY Lady Marty for the feature. She is worth for an applaud. As a blogger, I know the feelings once featured.

    Congrats, Jane. I been reading your blog, so I see some of the corners of your adorable home.

    God Bless You All...

    Hugs from Stockholm,
    /CC girl

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  2. What a warm and cozy home, her design aesthetic is truly effortless and I love it, thanks for sharing Marty, have a great weekend!

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  3. I loved seeing your home Jane. I always think of you at the lake so it was fun to have a peek into your home (which is beautiful).

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  4. Yah for Jane!
    She is just the sweetest,nicest and funnest gal!
    I feel so blessed to know you both in person as well as blogging.
    Jane's home is so warm and inviting, just like her.
    Thanks for sharing Marty, what a fun tour.
    Hugs friend,
    Cindy

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  5. Blondie's home is so cozy, and I LOVE a cozy home! She is one of the sweetest and friendliest blogger's in blogland. I have always enjoyed following her, and always love it when she stops by my place and leaves her sweet comments.

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  6. Great home, Jane! Love the kitchen. The spice rack is really neat. Your yard is spacious and well-manicured. You are a very creative decorator. Thanks, Marty, for featuring Jane!

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  7. I love seeing the big pictures of Jane's home! Everything is so pretty and cottagey is the perfect word to describe it. The woodwork is amazing in the kitchen and that mantel. Makes me want to take a trip to Chicago.

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  8. Jane's blog as well as her home are so welcoming. I love her blog posts and her sweet comments :-)

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  9. What a lovely house! Thank you for the tour. It would surely hurt my heart to see that lovely quarter sawn oak cabinet in the dining/living room painted! You just don't find that anymore and it is so beautiful! I noticed the Wyeth print over your bed right away and though it the perfect picture there. You just need the yellow lab curled up on your bed. :) Very comfy and homey.

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  10. That was great! I love Jane and her blog. You described it well! You do feel like an old friend when you read her posts! It was fun to see her whole house.
    Karen

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  11. Oh, Marty! Jane's house is wonderful - it is so welcoming and special - I see why you love her touches so much!

    She has a wonderful blog, I agree - and her style IS like reading from an old friend.

    Kinda like you are, too.

    Have a fabulous weekend. Hugs.

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  12. Marty and Jane, thanks for sharing this charming home. I'm a long time follower of Blondie's Journal. Jane is a dear! This has been fun!

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  13. Marty, thanks so much for featuring Jane! What an awesome tour. Jane is such a kind and sweet spirit--a truly lovely member of the blogging world. It's been awhile since I've visited her at Blondie's Journal, and I see that I've been missing a lot!

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  14. I feel like Jane's home is a perfect reflection of the wonderful person she is, kind, welcoming, warm, and truly lovely! And who knew you had a parrot Jane?!

    xo Kat

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  15. Marty, thanks for featuring Jane's adorable cottage home in the city! I love it. My favorite thing about her home is the pretty pine mantel. :D

    xo,
    RJ

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  16. Hi Marty... so happy to meet you!... I am here from Janie's blog (Blondies Journals) and I loved seeing her home tour!... I have seen many parts of it over the years I have known her, but never taken an entire tour... Janie... it is beautiful!... love your kitchen especially and the spice rack~cabinet!... your favorite chair looks sooo cozy and inviting... and your deck and yard look like such a nice, relaxing spot... oh yes, your impatiens on your front porch steps are gorgeous... like everyone else, I feel like I have known you for years... and your home just says "welcome... let's sit down over a cup of coffee and chat"... your blog say the same thing!... Marty... thanks for featuring one of my VERY favorite ladies!... I am signing on as your newest follower, xoxo Julie Marie

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  17. Your home is beautiful and welcoming Jane! Thank you for sharing it!

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  18. Marty,
    Thanks for sharing Jane's home with us. She is so sweet. We are hoping to meet up this summer. I can't wait to meet her in person. Love all her cute and cozy touches to her home.
    Kris

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  19. Thank you, Marty, for sharing Jane's home! It's so warn and cozy and I love that there's lots to look at! ~~Angela

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  20. Thanks for sharing Jane's Cottage with us Marty.. Her home is cozy and welcoming and she's such a great gal.. LOVEEEEEEEEE that island..~!

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  21. Thank you for featuring Jane's home, Marty! I've followed Jane's blog for quite awhile now and we've become good friends. We've even met in person! Her home is beautiful, warm, and inviting - just like Jane herself. :-)

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  22. I am so lovin' Janie's home but I love her the BEST. :))

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  23. Your house is great! I love love love the fireplace!

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  24. Love seeing Jane's home on your blog!

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  25. So gorgeous! Love this beautiful, cozy home. Thanks for sharing.

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  26. Jane's home is as cozy, happy, charming, and inspirational as the girl herself!

    Cheers and thanks for the tour,

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

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  27. Jane's home is beautiful! That spice rack is amazing! I really love the family room and that reading chair is perfect! What a great backyard too. :)

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  28. Jane is such a sweetie, and her home truly reflects her personality.

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  29. Marty, please stay safe during this awful hot weekend. I know this doesn't relate to your lovely post but I am thinking of you in this heat.

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  30. This was a fun home tour! Jane is a great blogger friend. Thanks Marty for sharing her home here for TTF!

    Linda

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  31. What a charming home! Thanks so much for sharing this Marty!!

    Have a great weekend!

    xox

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  32. So glad to have a tour of Jane's entire home! Charming, and so cozy! Love it!!!

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  33. I enjoyed this home tour so much! I love Jane and her blog! She is such a special person!

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  34. lovely home and garden-just like jane:) tfs!

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  35. Love Jane and her gorgeous home:) Have a blessed day and thanks for the tour! HUGS!

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  36. Jane is a real sweetheart, with a sense of humor as you can see from the dandelion sign!

    Bliss

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  37. Wow...what a lovely home...thank you so much for the tour. xo

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  38. Hello Marty,
    What a wonderful home to feature....love Jane and her charming home.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  39. Love Jane, and her home. Thank you for sharing with us!
    xo

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  40. I enjoy Jane's blog. It was great getting a tour of her pretty home!

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  41. So beautiful and cozy, Jane. Thanks for the tour.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  42. Thanks for featuring Jane's home...I have been a follower of her blog for quite a long time now....Enjoy reading her posts....

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  43. How fun to see the inside of Jane's cottagey home, Marty! Thanks for featuring her today! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  44. Jane's home is lovely and cozy. I would die for that kitchen island. In fact, the entire kitchen is fabulous!

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  45. Loved seeing some homey spaces in Janie's house that I had never seen before. She is such a down-to-earth, genuine person!

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  46. What a lovely cozy home! I enjoyed the tour immensely! :)

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  47. thanks for hosting Jane, who I've been following for years. You are right, her warm personality is good for one's soul!.. and Jane, your cottage style home is lovely. I often take ideas from you for This Old House. :-)

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  48. Jane, your home is lovely, warm, and inviting, just like I imagined it would be.

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  49. Jane's home is so warm and comfortable, LOVE her amazing kitchen island!!

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  50. Jane has a beautiful home and I always enjoy visiting. I am still loving that remodeled kitchen. It really looks amazing in the wide shot where you can see the table and the fireplace! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  51. I am featuring this tomorrow on HSH!
    Sherry

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  52. I don't know how I missed this before, Jane & Marty. I just love it and it is so YOU, Jane! Warm and cozy and you just feel surrounded by love and know there is laughter in the house. It's perfect! xo Diana

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  53. Warm, welcoming, homey, cozy...the adjective list could go on and on. I really enjoyed seeing Jane's home and I'm so jealous of her spice rack...

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  54. What a beautiful home Jane has created! I'm a follower of hers, and I have always admired her sense of style. Love all of the cushy looking furniture, that awesome kitchen island, and the great baskets, too! It all says "welcome"!!

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  55. What a gorgeous home Jane has. Soo in love with all her decor!! Thanks for sharing Marty!

    Jody

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