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Cottage of the Month July 2013

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Happy July, friends! This month we're visiting Kris's charming home in Illinois...

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Where is your home located, and how long have you lived there?

We live in a lake town in the northern suburbs of Chicago, Lake Zurich, Illinois. We have lived in our cottage home for 6 years.

What is your favorite decorating style?

I am very neutral Prairie Style/Farmhouse and a lot of cottage chic.

Where do you get your decorating influence from the most?

I gather a lot of inspiration from blogs and magazines. My favorite place to gather inspiration is on Pinterest (major addiction)!! I love looking at other bloggers homes, there is so much talent and inspiration in the Blog World.

In five words or less, your home is?

A great place to call Home.

My Favorite Place to be.

I love to be home when I am not out on Junkin' trips or going on treasure hunts at the flea markets. My home is my sanctuary and a place I am the happiest.

What is your favorite store or flea market to shop?

One of my all time favorite shops near my home is Tattered Tiques. Love love love all the treasures I find there. I also have a couple of great flea markets near my home. Kane County Flea Market and the Grayslake Flea Market.

Share one of your favorite decorating tricks or ideas:

I love to take old vintage chippy architectural things with history and re love them into my decor. For example, I love to take old windows, doors and re purpose them into my home; anything with history. I have an old door that came out of a lake home and I re hung it in my entry way with hooks for storage. I look at it and think about all the families that had passed through that lake house front door to enjoy happy summer vacations together.

What is your favorite paint color brand and name?

One of my favorite colors is Behr's Cottage White. I have that on a lot of my walls. I also like Seaside Sand from Behr.

What are your favorite things to collect right now?

I am having a love affair of late with old doors and windows. My husband and I just made a headboard out of some old vintage farmhouse doors for our master bedroom. I also have a love of old vintage bikes. I have one in my home and another 2 in my garden.

What is your favorite room in your house and why?

Wow that is a hard one. I truly love all my rooms but I guess I would say my dining room. It is big and roomy and I entertain quite often with family and friends and this room gives all of us plenty of space to be together. Plus there is always yummy food involved in that room!!!

Your next project is?

I actually have a big one for this summer. It is for my husband who is so great about helping all my crazy decorating ideas and making them come to life. He is a fire chief and lives without complaining in my white ruffled home, so I want to help him to re model his garage area. This is where all the magic of his craftmanship happens so I want him to have a beautiful "man space" of his own.

If you sell on line or have a blog please provide the url so viewers can check it out.

I do not sell on line I am hoping to in the future but I do have a blog:

(Photographs provided by homeowner)