Keeping it Simple in Vernie’s Home and Garden

Article & photos by Melodie Yvonne

LAFAYETTE, IN (September 5, 2019) – Vernie Long lived a beautiful yet modest life in Lafayette, Indiana. She cared very much for every single soul that crossed her path, and she did so with all of her heart. Her best advice to her beloved grandson, the legendary Shannon Hoon of Blind Melon, as well as to the rest of the world was to “keep it simple, stupid”, and her life shined from following her own wise advice. She kept it simple having no need for the flashy lifestyle that popularity can sometimes bring, and her doors were always open to one and all.

Vernie loved with reckless abandon, and lived her life to the fullest leaving behind a legacy that will be celebrated for many moons to come. Her energy can still be felt vibrating where she lived for so long, and that makes it still to this day one of the most welcoming homes in Hoosierland. Nel Hoon, Vernie’s daughter and Shannon’s mom, recently moved into the ethereal abode carrying a magnanimous spirit not unlike Vernie’s. Nel is also intent on following in her mother’s simple and good hearted lifestyle. If home is where the heart is then this home has heart written all over it in capital letters, and this house as well as its inhabitants will surely keep on shining for countless generations ahead.

Check out the full gallery from the walkthrough of Vernie’s home & garden in Lafayette, Indiana below, and keep scrolling for the inspired video

All photos and video are inspired by and dedicated to Nel Hoon and Vernie Long <3 <3 <3

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Melodie Yvonne

Melodie Yvonne, lead photographer and owner of Photographic Melodie, grew up in the small southern Indiana town of North Vernon. She picked up her first camera at the age of 5, and was immediately hooked. By the age of 15 she began to turn every trip, even just to the local park, into a fantasy scene of her own imagination, and started mentoring with many local professionals. Melodie received an Associates of Applied Science in Visual Technologies majoring in Photography from Ivy Tech in 2002 after studying under acclaimed professors and many other masters in the field.

Melodie’s main focus has always been music photography. Growing up listening to many amazing musicians inspired her dream to create visual images that made people feel the way they do when listening to music. Her goal was to help people SEE the music.

Melodie has done numerous jobs around the country ranging from working for bands to being the official photographer on many southern Indiana Poker Runs. Her specialties are in nature, music, and candid event photography. She published her first print work, a collection of images & poetry, in 2011, and has since published many more print works. Melodie currently acts as owner & lead photographer at Photographic Melodie, House Photographer for Purdue Theatre, and Tour Photographer for multiple Billboard Charts topping bands as well as freelance work with many other media outlets, venues, and musicians.

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