Where We Took an Out of Town Friend

Funny, the last time I posted was on the last day of school for all four boys. I long for summer every year, and I love it. But I am quickly reminded that it is an animal all its own.

My husband had a friend visit recently who is a creative director for a company in Dallas. They met in college while in the same degree program. It was the first time he had been to our new home and the first time my husband had the opportunity to take him to a few sites in San Antonio.

I think it goes without saying that if you are coming to San Antonio for the first time you have to walk through the Alamo and the downtown area of the River Walk. His friend had already seen both. Awesome. Done. He had also been to the McNay Museum (another place worthy of checking out) when he came for our wedding years ago.

Here are my iPhone shots of where we ended up for the day with someone who also enjoys the creative side of life and the great outdoors, and that mentioned that I might like the store Anthropologie to my husband years ago. Friend for life, no?

We started with the historic Pearl Brewery on the River Walk. They are currently in the midst of expansion and construction. A new hotel is in the works. I am really looking forward to its completion. I have high hopes for the design of the interior and the decor.

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I love the beautiful variety of plants and flowers native to the area growing like crazy along both sides of the River Walk.

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Areas of the expanded section of the River Walk incorporate public art. It’s unexpected and a treat to walk through and admire.

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Check out the carved face at the back of the cave. It’s a little creepy, but cool!

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More public art anyone?

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We continued toward downtown and came to the San Antonio Museum of Art.

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It’s exciting to see development along the River Walk. How neat would it be to live just across the bridge from the museum and a short walk from the farmer’s market and amazing restaurants?

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I love these metal works of art found along the river. If I recall correctly, they were used in the World’s Fair in Taiwan.

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We kept going and just past the museum came upon The Luxury: Haute Trailer Cuisine. The seating is all outdoors and the vibe is laid back, with a vintage flair. They offer cheffy food at affordable prices. The fries are delicious.

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My husband’s friend spotted a coffee shop across the street called Rosella. You don’t have to ask me twice. Turned out to be a great find!

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I love the exposed brick and the wooden beams.

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Fantastic, large windows and high ceilings. There is additional seating upstairs and outdoors. I’m a huge fan of the trees and overhead lights in the courtyard.

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The hibiscus flowers we passed heading back along the River Walk inspired me to plant a couple of them in my yard recently.

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They are so beautiful and they come is such a gorgeous array of colors.

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We headed back to The Pearl farmer’s market,

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then on to delicious food at The Granary,

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stopped at The Tiny Finch, where I fell in love with a fox clock

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and this pillow fabric,

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and passed beautiful signage and lighting for The Culinary Institute of America.

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Next, we went to the Eilan Hotel with living and retail spaces said to be inspired by Tuscany.

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I love the carved details on the stairs that lead to the hotel’s front desk.

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Gorgeous flower arrangements were at the entrance.

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I thought about framing parts of the wrapping paper they had for sale in the gift shop.

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Lastly, we went to The Shops at La Cantera. I absolutely love the Mexican tiles used throughout the mall.

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It is always fun to take friends and family to places they have never been that hold pieces of inspiration and enjoyment for my husband and I.

DIY Father’s Day Gift

Father’s Day is quickly approaching! What to do for my husband has been on my mind. I like our gifts to involve the kids in some way since they are the ones who made Father’s Day a reality.

One of the things we gave my husband for Father’s Day last year was an apron to wear when he grilled outdoors. On the chest area of the apron I ironed on a photo of our youngest son declaring his love for his daddy.

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I purchased an adult apron in the natural color. Michaels and Hobby Lobby both carry aprons for kids and adults. The apron retails for around $5. Michaels will honor a Hobby Lobby coupon for 40% off a full priced item (I use my phone for this) if you don’t have a Michaels coupon. The HP iron on transfer came from an office supply store years ago. Follow the directions that come with the transfers and you are golden. The photo and text transferred beautifully and the colors are great. The apron can be washed down the road if needed.

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My husband has actually used the apron when grilling. He really is my grill master! I love that anything you want to say or design can be transferred onto the apron for the special dad in your life.

Inspired by Coastal Decor

Here in San Antonio, Texas we are about three hours away from the nearest coast. When summer comes, we try to make a trip to the ocean. I am not a beach girl by nature, but I feel it’s important to venture to the coast at least once a year since it is within our reach and within our budget–particularly since a couple of my boys love going to the beach.

Last summer, we spent a little more to stay somewhere that was a newer build and had a more aesthetically pleasing interior than the place we stayed the year before. It was worth every penny. I really enjoyed the decor and layout of the place we stayed. It is really amazing how much the up keep and interior of a place can impact your stay somewhere. The owners of the home did a great job making a coastal theme look attractive and feel inviting.

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The swing was a big hit! Who doesn’t love a porch swing?

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Upon entering there were three bedrooms to the right and stairs that led to the upstairs kitchen, dining and living area. I thought the entry mirror with hooks and hats was a nice touch and the whitewashed, wood plank walls definitely gave the place a coastal feeling.

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The entry table came in handy for setting down keys, cameras, sunglasses, etc.

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This is the space upstairs. It was unique to have the kitchen, dining and living spaces upstairs. We quickly realized how wonderful it was because of the views and breeze it afforded.

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Prior to staying here, I had never experienced a kitchen with open shelving. This kitchen stole my heart and won me over very quickly!

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I love the studded, green bar stools against the pale blue paint and the stained glass in the windows was a beautiful decorative touch.

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I thought the light colored, pine flooring upstairs was a great choice for a beach house.

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The pale blue seen throughout the interior was carried out onto the upstairs balcony.

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Downstairs, all three bedrooms had whitewashed, wood plank accent walls. I love the organic, coastal feel it added to the room.

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A seagrass headboard and a lamp base that made me think of the inside of seashells made perfect sense.

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I loved having a runner to set my feet on when I stepped out of bed and adored the texture of this diamond patterned one.

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The bathroom in the first bedroom was filled with design choices that added to the light, airy, coastal theme as well.

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We chose stones for the shower floor in our master bathroom at home as well and I absolutely love standing on them in the morning. It is a therapeutic experience.

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The second bedroom had a beautiful, blue sliding barn door. I love the pop of blue in the whitewashed hallway.

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Bedroom number three had beautiful bedding and an organic textured lamp. The curtains in the bedrooms were almost as thick as canvas to the touch, but still had a light and airy appearance to them.

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Another great choice for a bedside runner in a beach house.

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What could be more fitting for a beach house than a mirror surrounded in shells? I love the iridescent nature of it.

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We will be heading to the beach again this summer. My youngest asks often how many more days until we go.

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We will be staying at a different home within the same community as the one we stayed in last year. I can’t wait to see the interior layout and check out the decor!