Friday, August 8, 2014

Saturday Spotlight: Lisa from Lee's Hideaway

Hi, everyone!   Kris from Junk Chic Cottage and I 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 Kris's and my blog. 


Today I'm pleased to introduce you to my guest, Lisa from Lee's Hideaway.  I think Lisa is just gorgeous, and also sweet! She's not only a blogger, but a published book author, too. On her blog you may find her sharing a favorite recipe, showing photos of her stunning countryside views, or decorating her gorgeous home.  Please sit back, relax, and enjoy getting to know Lisa better.


Hi everyone.  My name is Lisa and my blog is called Lee's Hideaway.  Sweet Susan asked me if I could prepare a post for her blog.  I was so happy to be asked.  I love Must Love Junk and have become an addict myself of wonderful vintage finds.  
A little about me.  I am a writer, mother, wife, gardener, decorator, (wannabe designer),all vintage lover, farmhouse obsesser and cookie lover.
My husband and I bought our farmhouse in the early 90's and restored it one project at a time.

This was actually the first photo ever taken of our house.  Since then we have added, changed, redone and restored most of it.  It has been a labor of love but definitely labor.

First thing we did was to add the portico and then remove the gigantic pine.  

Next we added a full porch changed the siding and landscape.

We added an Amish Barn a few years back and it was the perfect touch.

I have been married for almost 26 years to my husband Rob.

And we have two sons, one about to leave to college and the other about to get married this fall.

We have two beloved doggies, Rudy and Wally.

When I am not writing or doing laundry, cooking, cleaning, food shopping, eating or sleeping or watching a movie here and there I love gardening, baking and shopping for antiques and vintage furniture.

My favorite thing to do to de-stress and relax is to be by the ocean.  I love to be at the beach.

The beach is where I could clear my mind and find peace and inspiration.
I am a huge Mary Carol Garrity fan and have every Nell Hill created design book.

She is an inspiration to me and a mentor and one of the loveliest people I have ever met. Through the years we have remained in touch and I have incorporated so much of her style in my decor.
Another highlight for me was meeting one of my favorite authors Nicholas Sparks.

My recent book is called The Shoebox and it is available on B& or
I am in the process of looking for an agent and getting my second book picked up by a publisher.  My dream is to someday have a fan pose with me at a book signing.  
But for now, I am just happy posting on my blog ""
and enjoying a Grande Vanilla With With Latte from Starbucks.  

Thank you Susan for inviting me as part of your blog post and invite your followers to come visit Leeshideaway anytime.  

Lisa, it was great learning more about you and your lovely family...thanks so much for sharing!  Please visit Lee's Hideaway then head over to Kris's blog to read about Keya from Vintage Prairie Style.
Have a fantastic day! :)


  1. Lisa,
    It is so nice to meet you and get to know more about you. Love your beautiful vintage farmhouse. How exciting that you have been published. Congrats. I bet you will have fans standing posing for pictures with you someday for sure!!! I think you are the first blogger we have had on Spotlight that is a published author. So exciting!!!

  2. Oh, I love Nicholas Sparks and I've read every one of his books. I have most in hardback. They are my treasures. You lucky girl. Your home is absolutely beautiful. Would love to see the inside to!

  3. Hi Susan, it was so nice to meet and learn about Lisa. How exciting to be a published author and to meet Nicholas Sparks! You have a beautiful house and gardens Lisa. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

  4. Lisa is just beautiful - I was so shocked to read she has been married 26 years and has a son getting ready to be married! Love her home. It reminds me of the center hall Colonial we left behind on Long Island almost three years ago. We also had bought ours in the 90's and fixed up, updated and added to it over the years we were there. How exciting to be a published author. My daughter is working on her first book and it would be great if she would get moving on the next phase of that (finding someone to publish it)! I'm sure there is a fear of rejection holding her back though.

  5. Hi Everyone, thank you for your lovely remarks. (Way too kind) This is so fun to be featured on this amazing blog. Every week I look at her lovely finds and decor and think, Ugh I have to do my room over like Susan's. Anyway, feel free to visit my blog anytime. Thank you so much Susan for this opportunity. I am truly flattered. With all the amazing blogs out there including yours sometimes I don't think mine is in the same league but I'll take it. God bless,
    PS. If Your interested The Shoebox is available on, B& and you can download it on your kindle. Just google The Shoebox by Lisa Mercado-Fernandez
    And if you would like to buy a signed soft copy feel free to let me know I will send you one gladly.

  6. Susan thank you so much for the introduction of Lisa on spotlight. Lisa you are not only gorgeous in looks but your family and fur kids are gorgeous. Lovely home and lifestyle. I write too, but my expression is poetry. I will visit you on your blog.

  7. I twas so nice learning about Lisa. Wow, she has her own book - how terrific. I will be checking out her blog. Thanks so much Susan for sharing Lisa with us.

  8. I have not met her yet. Thanks for introducing her. I just popped over to her blog and was in awe over her gorgeous farmhouse! She is a true talent with her writing and her decorating for sure.

  9. is so very nice to meet you . . and I must say that I love how you added the front porch to the house and that wonderful Amish barn!....Your roses area gorgeous!...Love Mary Carol Garrity and so great that you met the wonderful Nicholas Sparks...We in NC love Mr. Sparks!...Hoping over to pay a visit to Lisa...great feature today Susan!!! Have a fabulous weekend!

  10. Oh, Lisa is a new one to me and I can't wait to read more on her blog.

    How exciting that she is an author.

  11. Lisa is such a lovely and charming woman!! And oh what talent!! Beautiful feature and post.
    Mary Alice

  12. Nice to meet you, Lisa! Hello to Rudy and Wally, too. ;)

  13. So nice to meet you, Lisa! You are stunning and I love your house, family and dogs. They are sooo cute! Congratulations on being published ~ that's awesome!


  14. so glad to meet you and your family, lisa! congrats on being published!


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