HOME-SPIRATION: Wooden Beams

Dallas, Texas is the land of new construction. There are always new homes, condos, or apartments being built and more than enough people to fill them. Growing up in Cincinnati I have really come to appreciate older homes, history, and a little character. There is something to be said about the beauty of an older home. I think there are so many details newer homes can have to add a little bit more character, one of them being wooden beams on the ceiling. Here are some of my favorite home-spiration images…

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

I also just love the combo of these pendant lights and steel barstools.

I also just love the combo of these pendant lights and steel barstools.

 

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

Hello gorgeous.

Hello gorgeous.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

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TOURIST STYLE: Cincinnati Food Finds

Today is the day that David and I officially move from Cincinnati to Dallas for good! Of course I will miss my huge family that lives in Cincinnati, but I think second to them I will miss all the wonderful food Cincinnati has to offer! Of course we will miss the usual, Skyline and Montgomery Inn, but these are some of our favorite food finds of Cincinnati. If you have not been to these place you must check them out!

MARX’S BAGELS

This has been a favorite of mine since childhood and I have dragged David there twice in one week before! I always get a tuna melt, on a bialy, with swiss! This place is an amazing place, with amazing food, and an owner who is as crazy and hilarious as ever. Trust me, you get lunch and a show.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

BREW RIVER

This is a great little place David and I stumbled upon one little date night. Its this small little place with a great little patio. They give you amazing beer flights and the food is INCREDIBLE. We also hear they have an amazing brunch, so we will be back soon to try it!

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STRONG’S PIZZA

This has been our pizza staple for the past four months! Its a small joint in Newport, KY that has amazing pizza and salads. Our favorite is The Hot Drunk Hawaiian: vodka sauce, prosciutto, jalapeños, and pineapple!

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Their original pizza is The Margherita. One of the best I have ever had!

Their original pizza is The Margherita. One of the best I have ever had!

 

BLUE ASH CHILI 

I know I said I wouldn’t mention Cincinnati classics, but you can’t escape four months in Cincinnati without some Cincinnati style chili. We love skyline, but this place is also one of our favorites! Plus we love anything that is Diner, Drive-Ins, and Dives approved! If you ever go there, you really need to consider getting their amazing 6-way (topped with deep friend jalapeño bottle caps!)

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

We will miss you Cincinnati! But we will be back soon and we’ll be hungry!

TOURIST STYLE: 1215 Wine Bar

After my post on Cooper’s Hawk I realize I really needed to post about another one of our favorite wine spots in Cincinnati, 1215 Wine Bar. Its this small gem in OTR that has an amazing selection of wines, a great small plates menu, and live music. The best thing about this place is that they have a whole wall of wines sold at the rock bottom price that you can buy and take home or buy and have them serve it to you there!

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The best thing to try at 1215 is their WINE FLIGHTS!   You get a selection of three wines, and if you ask the bartender he will number them and give you a list of flavors and aromas found in each glass of wine and you have to guess which glass is which description! Its my favorite thing to do! And of course it helps that I always beat David!

The best thing to try at 1215 is their WINE FLIGHTS! You get a selection of three wines, and if you ask the bartender he will number them and give you a list of flavors and aromas found in each glass of wine and you have to guess which glass is which description! Its my favorite thing to do! And of course it helps that I always beat David!

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Their plates are small, but the quality is amazing! And that honey almond crunch they serve with their cheese plates is AMAZING with blue cheese!

Their plates are small, but the quality is amazing! And that honey almond crunch they serve with their cheese plates is AMAZING with blue cheese!

If you are ever in Cincinnati, and are a wine lover you need to check out 1215 Wine Bar!

HOME-SPIRATION: Mud Room

One space I have never really considered is the mudroom entryway. With all the crazy weather here in Cincinnati I now completely understand the true reason for a mudroom. No one wants all that snow and salt and dirt tracked in to their clean home! Here are some of my favorite versions of a mud room. I love the idea that a space like this can be functional and extremely stylish at the same time.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

TOURIST STYLE: Cooper’s Hawk in Cincinnati, OH

So if you have read some of my past posts you know David and I love wine. Drinking wine, wineries, if it involves grapes we are thrilled. So of course when we found out there was a great new wine tasting room in Cincinnati, Cooper’s Hawk, we had to go and see what it was all about!

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

Well the review is in and we had such an AMAZING time. I had briefly heard a few ladies at work discussing the new place so I looked in to it, and found an amazing review describing the place as “a little bit of Napa Valley in Cincinnati” so of course that peaked my interest! We were greeted when we arrived with a small tasting of wine and were told that there was a tasting room, a bar area and restaurant. We decided to start with their deluxe wine tasting which included a house made dessert of our choice. I have never paired dessert with dessert wines before, but let me tell you it was HEAVEN for a girl with a sweet tooth! After a full wine tasting we had an amazing flatbread pizza at the bar. I am telling you if you are ever in Cincinnati and are a wine lover of any kind you really need to check this place out! They also have locations in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and Wisconsin! I may have been born and raised in Cincinnati, but I still love checking out new attractions in tourist style.

HOME-SPIRATION: Welcome Mat

With a new city on our resume we are really trying to find our new normal, our schedule and flow so that we feel more at home here. Thursday is the day that I have no classes at all and we took the day off to explore to glories of Cincinnati. As a design and art lover I have learned if you ever want to feel at home in a city find their museums and hidden gems. It will make you feel like a local! Well since I grew up in Cincinnati of course this was easy for me! We went to the Cincinnati Art Museum and went to Happy Hour at Hofbrauhaus of Newport yesterday and it was such a fun day date. If you are ever in town you will really want to see the Cincinnati Art Museum, its really an amazing part of this city. So as David and I are rolling out our own welcome mat here I thought I would share some of my favorite home-spiration images for welcome mats.

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This is my favorite! Its not really a welcome mat but with all of our rainy and snowy shoes here I think this is a brilliant and stylish idea.

This is my favorite! Its not really a welcome mat but with all of our rainy and snowy shoes here I think this is a brilliant and stylish idea.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

 

We all know I am a sucker for a monogram

We all know I am a sucker for a monogram

A little humor goes a long way.

A little humor goes a long way.

 

A gorgeous stone welcome mat is as easy a new sheet of tile!

A gorgeous stone welcome mat is as easy a new sheet of tile!

 

I love this! a little inspiration never hurt anyone!

I love this! a little inspiration never hurt anyone!

 

 

 

 

HOME-SPIRATION: Wood Burning Stove

So David and I have officially moved back to Cincinnati and WOW what a weather shock! We went from our gorgeous and mild Texas winter to BELOW ZERO temperatures. So of course I am dreaming of snuggling up next to a fireplace and having nothing to do with the outside! Our apartment is cozy and warm, but I would not mind having one of these gorgeous wood burning stoves right about now. I love the way these stoves act as fireplaces, and add such amazing charm to any room! Here are some of my favorite home-spiration images for wood burning stoves.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

I love this!! David and I need a fire pit or a wood burning stove like this! OBSESSED!

I love this!! David and I need a fire pit or a wood burning stove like this! OBSESSED!

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME. LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

A warm bubble bath and a fire! I love this old school charm! How cozy and gorgeous!

A warm bubble bath and a fire! I love this old school charm! How cozy and gorgeous!

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

Stay warm and cozy! xoxo