Friday, May 31, 2013

Dream Big

Happy Friday!  I can hardly believe tomorrow is the first day of June and that Summer break from school is upon us!  I've been busy trying to get the house in order for summer, rearranging the furniture (again!)  My home sometimes reminds me of my childhood dollhouse, only on a full size scale!  A favorite pastime was constantly rearranging that little house.

Back in February, I had the pleasure of working with the talented Janet Coon
on a photo shoot of my home, Oak Tree Cottage.  It has always been a big dream, to have my home featured in a publication and I welcomed the opportunity to learn some tricks of the trade!  It is also quite something to see your home through someone else's eye, or in this case camera lens! 8 hours, several dozen roses and countless photo's later, I can fully appreciate the work that goes into creating a magazine spread. I promised to share the photo's with you, so here they are!

I want to thank Lotus Publishing for featuring my home in two of their beautiful magazines, Shabby Style (France) and Vivere Country (Italy).  
Unfortunately, these magazines are only available in Europe but if you can get your hands on a copy, I highly recommend it.  They truly are inspiring, beautiful publications.

Also, a big thank you to Janet Coon for her talent & friendship.  Inspiring me to stay true to my personal style.  

And to my family and friends, for flowers, flea market trips and support of my undying love of all things shabby and decorating quirks.

Oh how I wish my tv (framed above the fireplace) was white!

My Shanty Jack, a gift from Sherry Hicks, as a tablecloth

Among my many flea market/estate sale finds, my shabby, tattered, $1.00 hat that I adore

Little treasures and my dining room

Our wild, Southern garden and yes, our chickens!  Moxie loved her 5 minutes of fame, too

Our beloved front porch.  Love sitting here, watching the world go by.
And some of my handmade pieces, including my original art.

 I had to put my school girl French into practice to read the article!


Wishing everyone a beautiful weekend and happy hunting at the markets, estate sales and shops.

Thanks for stopping by!
xoxo Drena


  1. Such a pleasure to work with you on this shoot of your beautiful cottage Drena...and I love your style that truly is your own! xox

  2. Hello....what a lovely blog to stumble upon, the photos are beautiful. I know dreams come true and,sometimes it takes time, getting started is the answer.
    xDebra jean

  3. Beautiful post loved all the shabby pretty and really enjoyed looking at all the before's and after's in your new cottage:-))