LOVE LETTERS: The New Look!

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

I have been working hard on some new and upcoming changes to the blog! For the past two years (wow I can not believe it has been that long!) I have really been focused on my content, finding my voice as a blogger, and really diving in to what I love to write about. I feel like I have kind of let the look of my site go to the wayside while I found my footing. I am so excited to change up my theme (loving FICTIVE) and hopefully in the future have a custom site! I am also trying to focus a lot of energy on my next step in the blogging world. First on the list, getting active in social media! Here is to the next chapter of LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

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LOVE LETTERS: Engagement Photos Sneak Peak

Tonight we are celebrating our engagement with all of our Texas friends and family at the place David and I met for the very first time! In honor of our engagement party I thought I would share just a small sneak peak the amazing engagement photos session David and I had at the great State Fair of Texas (unusual yes… and completely amazing!) My extremely talented photographer, Shaun Menary, was kind enough to send us a quick preview and we are so thrilled! I can’t wait to share ALL of our photos with you soon!

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

 

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

I am so glad we got to capture one our favorite parts of the fair, Fletcher's famous corny dogs!

I am so glad we got to capture one our favorite parts of the fair, Fletcher’s famous corny dogs! This will most certainly be hanging in our kitchen soon!

There are so many more great pictures to share so stay tuned!

HOME-SPIRATION: Outdoor Fireplace

So in recent months I have done A LOT of outdoor fire pit and patio posts. I think it is due to the fact that having recently moved to Dallas I am realizing how many months of the year outdoor spaces can be utilized here! I mean its October and today the high is 90 degrees! Yes I do miss the leaves changing and bundling up for fall activities, but I definitely do not miss the snow and cold! I love the idea of an outdoor fireplace for these late fall months in Dallas. It does get cool at night and I can imagine me and David having a place in the future with a gorgeous outdoor space, drinking wine and enjoying an outdoor fire. Here are some of my favorite home-spirations…

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

 

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

I think anyone who knows me knows I think everything is better in white!

I think anyone who knows me knows I think everything is better in white!

I just love this ceiling! Imagine enjoying a fire while it rains on that tin ceiling! LOVE.

I just love this ceiling! Imagine enjoying a fire while it rains on that tin ceiling! LOVE.

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Eating and entertaining outdoor space. LOVE.

Eating and entertaining outdoor space. LOVE.

I love this and the wood storage next to it!

I love this and the wood storage next to it!

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

HAPPY HOUR: Spiked Cider

Happy Friday everyone! Nothing says fall in the Stephenson household more than pumpkin picking, apple cider, and some good pumpkin ice cream! This is the delicious recipe I will be serving up this weekend for our amazing fall weekend.

SPIKED CIDER.

SPIKED CIDER.

INGREDIENTS

1 Quart of apple cider

1 Package of mulling spices

Spiced Rum (We always prefer Bacardi)

 

DIRECTIONS

Bring the quart of apple cider and package of mulling spices to a boil.

Once boiling, turn the heat down to low and allow the mixture to simmer for 30 minutes.

Strain out all mulling spices, serve cider over 1 ounce of spiced rum.

 

The whole idea for spiked cider came when I saw this ADORABLE package of mulling spices at Kroger last week. You can find them at your local Kroger or Amazon!

The whole idea for spiked cider came when I saw this ADORABLE package of mulling spices at Kroger last week. You can find them at your local Kroger or Amazon!

 

REINCARNATION: Lantern Lighting

I have spent a HUGE (maybe inordinate) amount of time shopping for light fixtures. In our previous renovation posts you see that we got rid of our brass light fixtures and updated them. One great trend I came across while researching our dining room table fixture was lantern inspired lighting. We ended up going with a round chandelier type fixture, but I do still love the idea! Here are some of my favorite home-spiration images for lantern lighting and a few great fixtures in case you get inspired by the idea!

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

Here are some amazing lantern inspired lighting options for any space…

Richmond Hanging Lantern from ShadesofLight.com

Richmond Hanging Lantern from ShadesofLight.com

Bolton Indoor/Outdoor Lantern from Pottery Barn

Bolton Indoor/Outdoor Lantern from Pottery Barn

Here is a Illumine Satin Black Hanging Lantern from Home Depot.

Illumine Satin Black Hanging Lantern from Home Depot.

Gillmore 6-light Clear Glass Shade Lantern from Overstock.com

Gillmore 6-light Clear Glass Shade Lantern from Overstock.com

HOME-SPIRATION: Hexagon Tile

So I know there has been a huge resurgence of subway tile. Everyone is using subway tile, and for good reason! It is a classic tile used as far back as 1904. It looks great in any space and is guaranteed to never go out of style, which is always my style! But besides subway tile I have really fallen in love with these hexagon shaped tiles. Here are some of my favorite home-spiration images for hexagon tiles used in almost every space!

I LOVE this backsplash. This whole post was inspired by this photo!

I LOVE this backsplash. This whole post was inspired by this photo!

 

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

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You see some of these amazing designs in older homes. LOVE LOVE LOVE.

You see some of these amazing designs in older homes. LOVE LOVE LOVE.

Just as classic as subway tile!

Just as classic as subway tile!

I love the border!

I love the border!

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.