3.24.2014

Join Me On My New Blog: Bravehearted Beauty


This is the day!
My last post as LLH Designs and my first post in a new space.

Introducing my new blog:


See you there!
P.S.
Email subscribers: you'll need to visit Bravehearted Beauty
and renew your subscription there if you'd like
to continue receiving emails from me.

3.11.2014

My Parting Gift to Design Lovers: A Simple Guest Bedroom

For those who thought this was a design blog {wink!}, I have a parting gift before I start my new blog adventure. One last room from our farmhouse.

A simple bedroom for our younger guests.



Old shutters cut in half for headboards.
Ikea duvet covers and shams. 
Pottery Barn bed skirts.
Pinecone Hill blankets.

{A huge thanks to my handy sister for helping with the shutters or else they'd still be in my garage gathering dust! I have great vision, but very little motivation and skill when it comes to DIY projects. My sister on the other hand: she rocks the saw, drill, hammer, whatever it takes!}

Porthole mirror from my favorite online source, Wisteria.
{Night stand also from Wisteria, but no longer available.}

An old telephone from the Nashville Flea.
{So that children can see how phones used to be!}

No room is complete without books, and children's books are my favorite! 
{Love this series for little ones.}


Found the lantern in the attic.
The secretary was handed down to me.
{Painted it with plain ol' paint long before blogs, Pinterest and chalk paint!}

My mom used to give me a Beatrix Potter figure every Easter.
{Not sure how safe these are with three little nephews!} 

The porch just outside the bedroom.

And the beauty God designed. Ever changing, always glorious!
{I clearly took these photos in the summer!}

Other things you may want to know:

Rug is Dash & Albert.
Walls are Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams.
Curtains are Ikea linen; rods from Target.
Barn lights from Lowes. {My sister added the wall plug.}

When I stumbled across these photos today, I had to laugh at what this room looked like when my three adorable nephews were here last summer. {Who knew linen curtains could become a canvas for poopy diaper painting?} I also had to laugh because I had my nephews in mind when I designed this room {simple and neutral}, but as my sister pointed out, it's not exactly boyish. Apparently, it's still too pretty. Yep, I'm a beauty lover!

Several of you have asked if I'll share photos from my home on the new blog. I'm not sure. I tend to share whatever is on my heart at the moment. Beauty is always on my heart, but I find beauty in so many places these days. In my Houston home, I was inspired to create beauty inside. Here on the farm, I'm drawn to the beauty outside.

And another thing: living on a farm has changed the way I keep a house. I couldn't keep this house clean if I tried! And besides, I'm done with perfection. Learning to embrace the mess. {Though I don't find the mess all that inspiring to photograph!}

Coming real soon...


The new blog!
Almost ready to start sharing beauty there.
I hope you'll join me.

Hugs to you!

P.S.
Hiking worked!
Wore this little guy out!


3.09.2014

Time To Wear This Puppy Out!

Oh, glorious day! Is there anything better than sunshine?!?! All of a sudden, I'm Miss Ready To Conquer The Hiking Trails! I'm not known for my exercise habits {as in, I don't exercise when the sun's not shining, or when I don't have a friend, or when I don't feel like it...which is most of the time}, but on a day like today, I'm energized by the sunshine and ready to go!

And do you want to know who my newest trail buddy is?
This crazy guy:

Aslan loves to run...and only has one speed: fast!

He runs circles around Buddy and Bella.

Every now and then he stops to catch his breath...

...but it's not long before he's up and running again!

Buddy and Bella are much more my tempo.


One of these days, I hope Aslan will join Buddy and Bella in the chill department, but until that time comes, I have to find ways to wear this puppy out before he wears me out! So since the sun is shining and today's sunset is an hour later, I'm off to the hiking trails in the nearby park. Feeling like a rock star for getting out there! And praising God for an extra hour of sunshine!!!

Let it SHINE!

xo,
P.S.
I just came up with the new blog logo.
Can't wait to share soon!

3.05.2014

Diamonds On The Trees

Sweet friends, you spoil me! I hardly know where I'm headed with this new thing, yet you cheer me on and say you'll follow. I don't deserve you, but I sure am thankful for you! As soon as I get past the technical challenges of setting up a new blog, I'll start sharing beauty there. {Can't wait to tell you about the new name!}

But in the mean time, there's beauty to share today...right here. This crazy winter weather has resulted in a peculiar glory: diamonds on the trees!




Oh, and you should see the hills...icy tops with evergreen bottoms! {Wish I had my camera in the car.} And right now at this very moment, as the temperature rises, the ice diamonds are cracking and popping. The trees are still as can be, but noisy. It's the wildest thing!

What kind of peculiar beauty are you seeing today?



2.28.2014

I Feel A New Thing Stirring

Hello sweet friends! It's Friday night, and this homebody is enjoying a glass of wine by the fire while today's sunshine gives way to a sprinkling of sleet. Can I just say out loud that a solid week of sunshine does wonders?!?! I've been taking insane amounts of Vitamin D all winter long, but nothing beats God's natural medicine!


God has given me a lot more than sunshine to heal my heart these days. He really is doing a new thing, and I'm finally perceiving it! I'd love to share more, but the craziest thing keeps happening as I open this blog and start writing: my words just don't feel like they belong here anymore.

Oh, I'll keep writing, that's for sure. Words are like the air I breathe! And I'll hunt for beauty as long as I'm living. It feels like God's love language to me.

So what am I saying? I think a new blog is on the horizon. More beauty and more of my heart journey. I think God has even given me the name. I just didn't realize it until today! 

Friends, do you know how crazy this is for me?!?! I'm not exactly the girl who embraces change and newness. Hello?!?! My business logo has been the same for a decade, and this blog has been the same for 4 1/2 years, and I've quite liked my lack of change! So when I say something new is on the horizon and I'm actually saying YES to it, you know God is up to something!

Before I go, I have to share this post by Jennifer at You Are My Girls. Reading her writing is so often like reading my own heart. I've never met her, but I'm pretty sure we're kindred spirits! So if you need a good dose of deep and real, go read Jennifer's blog. And if you want to hear words from God's heart to yours, subscribe to "Loop." I'm in awe every time I read it. {Thank you for sharing your brave and beautiful heart, Jennifer!}

Happy weekend! 


P.S. So happy you liked the video of Aslan and Bella! They really are that cute every day. Makes up for all the craziness a puppy has added to my life! And THANK YOU for your kind and compassionate emails and comments. Depression and dreary weather have been hard on me this winter, but as sure as the daffodils are bursting out of the barren ground, a new thing is happening in my spirit!

2.21.2014

Something to Make You Smile

Sweet friends, it's been awhile. Thanks to those of you who've checked in on me. Your instincts are right. Winter depression was hovering over me like a dark, heavy, wet blanket. It's the worst feeling...and leads to the very thing I don't need: isolation and withdrawal. It doesn't help that it's been the coldest winter I've ever experienced!

But that's not the end of the story. In the midst of barren, broken places, beauty is rising. And beauty will have the last word in my story! God is doing a deep work, and when I can put it into words, I hope to share.

But for today, I wanted to show you what's making me smile here on the farm. Aslan has found a best friend in Bella. Watching them will melt your heart and make you laugh out loud!

Here's the video I took on a 5 degree morning:

{Email readers click here.}

And here are a few photos on the same chilly morning:



Buddy is a gentle giant and tolerates him for a few minutes...

But it's Bella who plays with him long after Buddy walks away.

She plays until he wears himself out.

Best friends.

And my sweet and sleepy Buddy.

It's a glorious Friday on the farm today: sunshine and the most crisp, clear kind of air. The kind that makes me feel like I have sharper vision. {Perfect for beauty hunting!} If there's one good thing I can say about all the dreary winter days we've had, it's that they make me appreciate the glory in a bright, sunshiny day!

Happy Friday, sweet friends!

1.24.2014

My New Birthday Song

How do you feel about your birthday? Okay, for real. How do you feel about celebrating the day you were born? Is it a day of rejoicing? A day when you embrace how fearfully and wonderfully made you are? Is it a day of significance and importance? A day you allow yourself to be delighted in? A day you believe you are worthy of celebration and honor?

Or is it a hard day...maybe even a dreaded day? Are you afraid of being forgotten...or on the other extreme, the center of attention? Is it a day marked by fear and insecurity? A day of heightened sadness or loneliness? A day of high expectations and inevitable disappointment? A day that reinforces your belief that you aren't worthy of delight and celebration?

I've been all over the map on my birthday. You name it, I've felt it. But even on the best of birthdays, there's always this underlying feeling of fear. {I didn't realize that until recently, but it was always there.} In recent years, I've been trying to get to the bottom of that. And while I may still have some digging to do, I've discovered something: my fear of birthdays has everything to do with what I believe about myself.

Did you know you can believe an untrue thing about yourself deep down to your very core and not even know you're believing in it? SO many lies...the lie that you aren't wanted, you aren't enough, you aren't worth celebrating, you aren't beautiful, you aren't fearfully and wonderfully made, you aren't ___________ {fill in the blank}.

It pains me to type those lies, and pains me even more to have believed in them.

Back to birthdays. There's a story that surrounds the day of our birth. We're born into a story that began long before we entered the world. I hope the day of your birth was a joyful celebration. But I also know enough about life to know that it might not have been.

I don't know your story, or what you've learned to believe about yourself because of it, but here's what I know for sure: you are wanted, you are enough, you are worth celebrating, you are beautiful, you are fearfully and wonderfully made. Even in the most broken story, this is what is true of you.

Today, on my 39th birthday, I'm singing a new song. And I'm inviting you to sing it with me. Turn it up and belt it out. Because THIS is what is true!

{Email subscribers, click here to listen. It's worth it!}

From the day you were born 
And took your first breath
You opened your eyes and in came the light
He was watching you
But all of your life you couldn't shake the lies in your head 
Saying you're a mistake
Oh but you were made
By a God who knows your name 
He doesn't make mistakes

CHORUS
You are wanted
To every broken heart, He stands with open arms
You are wanted 
To every searching soul, look to the rising sun
If you're lonely, hurting, gone too far
To the outcast you come as you are
For you, you are wanted, you, you are wanted
You, you are wanted, you, you are wanted

Let this be the day that joy takes the place
Of all of the years that shame tried to steal away

He is calling you
Lift your eyes to see His face 
Come run into the arms of grace

CHORUS

You, you have been marked 
You're set apart
And He calls you His

So you don't have to search
Don't have to look for where you belong

You are wanted

Awesome! Let's sing it again...and again! Ready?
For YOU are the one the Lord has made! There is no one like you!
You are wanted...and absolutely needed.

With joy on my birthday, 
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