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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HOME-SPIRATION: Unique Vent Hoods

One of the last and final steps of our downstairs renovation is to finish up the tile backsplash in our kitchen and put up our new vent hood. We decided to get rid of our clunky microwave/vent hood combination and replace it with an update and GORGEOUS vent hood (Thank you David for this amazing idea!) Here are some of my favorite home-spirations for unique vent hoods. They really can create a whole new look for a kitchen.

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LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

I love this all white kitchen and wooden vent hood!

I love this all white kitchen and wooden vent hood!

An amazing way to create more storage!

An amazing way to create more storage!

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Amazing statement in an outdoor kitchen!

Amazing statement in an outdoor kitchen!

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LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

A great way to create another personalized space in your home!

A great way to create another personalized space in your home!

A mixture of modern and funk y with the white gold and wood!

A mixture of modern and funk y with the white gold and wood!

Love.

Love.

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LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

 

 

SUNDAY INSPIRATION: Be Done With It

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I might have talked about this before, but I tend to have trouble letting go and being done with mistakes I make or bad days. I have noticed that the reel usually plays over and over in my head of what I could have done differently, and I tend to beat myself up about silly mistakes I have made. I have decided I really need to have a more positive and realistic voice in my head. Not all things are bad, and not every little mistake is worth beating yourself up about. David always tells me that the best way to deal with mistakes or blunders is to always learn something about yourself or what you can do differently next time, and then you can truly move on (he’s a smart man that one). I think that this quote is a beautiful way to live, to allow yourself to be human and make mistakes, love yourself for it, and then start each day new and fresh. This week I am going to try and give myself a clean slate every day, to learn but not dwell, and to speak to myself a little bit nicer.

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!

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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!

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REINCARNATION: Floor Lamp Favorites

Happy Monday morning everyone! I thought I would bring a little light to everyone’s week and talk about, well of course, lights! When I used to think of floor lamps I would think of the plastic floor lamp from Target that was in my dimly lit dorm room. Tacky and not functional. However, of recent I have rediscovered the beauty of the floor lamp when searching for lighting for our living room. Here are some of my favorite home-spiration images of floor lamps a few amazing options for any space!

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.

 

 

 

If you’re looking for a stylish floor lamp of your own, here are some of my favorites…

NOVARA FLOOR LAMP from Anthropologie for $398

NOVARA FLOOR LAMP from Anthropologie for $398

Mid-Century Overarching Floor Lamp (my favorite!!) from West Elm for $699

Mid-Century Overarching Floor Lamp (my favorite!!) from West Elm for $699

A touch of gold with the STELLA FLOOR LAMP from Urban Outfitters for $129

A touch of gold with the STELLA FLOOR LAMP from Urban Outfitters for $129

The Tripod Floor Lamp from Lampsplus for only $149!

The Tripod Floor Lamp from Lampsplus for only $149!

Last but certainly not least, the HEKTAR lamp from IKEA for $69.99

Last but certainly not least, the HEKTAR lamp from IKEA for $69.99

SUNDAY INSPIRATION: What Happiness Takes

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I just adore this quote, because of its complete and honest truth. I am a true believer that happiness is a decision you make, and staying happy is a that decision being repeated over and over in your daily routine. Happiness is not a destination but a side effect of courage, work, and intentional behaviors. Obviously anything worth having is worth working for, but I think the really hard part for me was finding that courage and without a doubt happiness takes courage. Only a short time ago I had a really big fear of missing out, of not getting the approval of others. I would buy concert tickets not because I wanted to see the band, but just because I was afraid of missing out. It is such a freeing feeling to know that I am courageous enough to say no to plans because they won’t make me happy. I am courageous enough to tell people my hobbies don’t include going out to bars, but blogging and obsessing about my next home DIY project because that is what truly makes me happy. Never be ashamed of the healthy and happy decision you make in your life just because others might disapprove.

HOME-SPIRATION: His and Her Office

This past weekend I surprised David and gave him his office back. Many of you might be reading this wondering what happened to his office in the first place? Well my kind and gracious husband-to-be let me turn his bachelor pad office (full equipped with bo-flex machine) in to a quirky quest bedroom and a full time clothes closet. I finally came to my senses and realized that David and I both need a space to work and feel comfortable! From that, the idea of a his and her office was born. Next came the challenge of surprising him, luckily he was off to a fantasy football draft and golf outing with his friends this past weekend so it was the perfect time. More on the surprise later, first here are some of my favorite his and her office home-spirations.

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I love the masculine leather chair next to the feminine upholstered chair! Hellooo his and hers!

I love the masculine leather chair next to the feminine upholstered chair! Hellooo his and hers!

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LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

This might be more suited for a small business, but I love it anyway!

This might be more suited for a small business, but I love it anyway!

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LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

What a perfect view!

What a perfect view!

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SUNDAY INSPIRATION: Transformation

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I love this quote and I really think it rings true to how our society is today. So often I feel like we are all under this pressure to be a certain way, to be perfectly put together, and not show the world our struggles. But honestly, I feel like the world would be a better place if we all accepted the struggles that are required to achieve beauty in our lives. I know we would all have a better relationship with others if we recognized that everyone is fighting their own battle. And I know for certain that we would have better relationships with ourselves if we accepted the struggles we go through as a part of something greater, a way to achieve a more beautiful life. This week and weeks to come I hope to accept this about myself, to realize how far I have come in life and the butterfly I am today as well as the beautiful butterfly I can become.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: A Few of My Favorite Things

I officially turn 23 today! and this blog officially turns ONE YEAR OLD this month!

Here's to year 23!

Here’s to year 23!

Here is a run down of a few of my favorite things from the past year… anything from home goods to wines! Any of these will brighten your day or your space!

Mrs. Meyer's Basil Liquid Hand Soap... the most amazing smell! I have put Mrs. Meyer's in every bathroom in our house and our kitchen I am addicted! They come in a million scents but Basil is by far my favorite!

Mrs. Meyer’s Basil Liquid Hand Soap… the most amazing smell! I have put Mrs. Meyer’s in every bathroom in our house and our kitchen I am addicted! They come in a million scents but Basil is by far my favorite!

Woop Woop Shiraz! An amazing Australian Red that David found for us at Costco! Low budget and amazing taste! A MUST! Something perfect to bring over to a friends for dinner or a girls night!

Woop Woop Shiraz! An amazing Australian Red that David found for us at Costco! Low budget and amazing taste! A MUST! Something perfect to bring over to a friends for dinner or a girls night!

David got me hooked on Starbucks (even more! if thats possible) and Americanos! So of course this had to be a part of the list!

David got me hooked on Starbucks (even more! if thats possible) and Americanos! So of course this had to be a part of the list!

The Drybar is HEAVEN on earth! I am obsessed with their blowouts and products and just the whole experience!

The Drybar is HEAVEN on earth! I am obsessed with their blowouts and products and just the whole experience!

I would not even be able to survive this winter weather without my L.L. Bean Duck Boots! They really have saved my life here!

I would not even be able to survive this winter weather without my L.L. Bean Duck Boots! They really have saved my life here!

GUILTLESS PIZZA! What an amazing find right from Dallas, TX (though they can ship to you wherever you are!) Its this amazing couple who homemakes pizzas and pizza crusts that are gluten free! We just buy the crusts and build your own pizzas! Definitely worthy of your money and your tastebuds!

GUILTLESS PIZZA! What an amazing find right from Dallas, TX (though they can ship to you wherever you are!) Its this amazing couple who homemakes pizzas and pizza crusts that are gluten free! We just buy the crusts and build your own pizzas! Definitely worthy of your money and your tastebuds!

GUILTLESS PIZZA! What an amazing find right from Dallas, TX (though they can ship to you wherever you are!) Its this amazing couple who homemakes pizzas and pizza crusts that are gluten free! We just buy the crusts and build your own pizzas! Definitely worthy of your money and your tastebuds!

Anyone who knows me knows I am IN LOVE with my Crockpot! If you haven't already invested in one of these babies you really should!

Anyone who knows me knows I am IN LOVE with my Crockpot! If you haven’t already invested in one of these babies you really should!

I think this list could go on and on but I will stop there! Year 22 has brought me some amazing things: this blog, the love of my life, a new family in Texas, a full time job after graduation, and a whole new perspective on life. I can not wait to see what year 23 holds for me!