When Art and the Heart Meet

Being married to someone who also has a creative bent means that my husband likes to have a say in the decor choices for our home. We don’t always agree on what we’d like to see in our home, but in the end, I’m always grateful for the collaborative process. (As long as he has embraced my vision.) The color of our new seating in the breakfast nook took some convincing, but once it arrived, we both swooned.

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Sometimes, my sweet husband will let things he is not a fan of slide—brass animals that show up from estate sales,

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throw pillows,

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and plants—come to mind.

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But art on the walls, and how high or low it’s hung is a meeting of the minds in our home. We definitely have to be in agreement. Because we both recognize the value art can bring to our lives, what we choose to look at everyday is meaningful to us and worth voicing an opinion about.

I love the way art can impact me when I walk into a room. It can take me to a place far away from where I really am with just a glance,

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to a time when my sons were much younger, and mine and my husband’s parents were too.

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it can affect me physically with the colors or images it offers,

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and when people come into our home, it says something about me and my family.

I’m glad there are online places like Invaluable, Etsy, and eBay, for finding unique pieces of art that are affordable. I also love estate sales and discount home stores for finding sculptural and large works of art. I want art in different forms to be everywhere in my home–showcasing the beauty of the people and the world around us. It brings joy to me, and as my husband said, “because it’s something to look.”

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One of the things I love most about our home is the view of the ever-changing sunsets, the giant clouds and fog that roll through the sky, and the amazing lightning storms. I love that our upper living room windows also reveal the sky and allow the moon to light up the living room at night when it’s full.

When I originally created my blog, one of the links I included at the top was, “Love, God”. I wanted to share the photos I had taken of the sky from our home because they felt like God’s love letters through His creation. Being that my passion is for design and I believe He is the Master Designer, I saw it fitting to include it at the top. I can’t deny His skills. Who else can put red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet together and make it look absolutely amazing? It wasn’t long before I took the link down because I realized that, “Love, God”, was not very clear and could lead people to think it was where I spelled out my beliefs, thus causing them to miss out on the photos (love letters).

Here are the photos I shot from our back porch or through our living room windows straight off of my camera. And in case you haven’t been–welcome to Texas!

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The 2014 San Antonio Parade of Homes

After living in Texas for the past twelve years, I’ve experienced a good dose of the mentality, “Everything is bigger in Texas!” It was no surprise that the homes in this summer’s San Antonio Parade of Homes were big. I don’t have a need or a desire for a home the size of the ones in the parade, but they are fun to explore!

The first home had a nice variety of plants in the landscaping.

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Here is the rest of the home with plenty of windows–and check out the driveway!

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The best part of the home was the upstairs balcony. The transparent deck surround and the expansive views were fantastic.

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How fun to have a seating area with a fire pit in the pool!

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The master bathroom had two shower entrances and incredible natural light. It would be fun to turn the outdoor area in a lush and colorful space.

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The staging in the entire home could have used some love. But the master bedroom took the cake. It was a huge bummer. The bed really overpowered the room and didn’t enhance the architecture of the room. A rug would have been nice in here.

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The back porch and outdoor deck areas would be great for entertaining and hosting family and friends. Staging love was needed outside as well. There was not a plant or a flower to be found on the back porch and the tags were still hanging off the outdoor furniture.

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The second home:

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This was my first time seeing an organic pattern on a home’s entrance steps. I loved it!

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This is the point with each home that I get excited about what could be beyond the front doors!

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Sadly, my hopes were dashed with rope lights, pendants, and paint. Maybe this entrance appeals to someone?

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I like to post and remember the best parts of homes in a parade. However, some of the styling in this parade missed the mark so much for me that I had to include parts of it. This table setting was unlike anything I have ever seen in a show home. If I ever start to doubt my decorating abilities, I am returning to this post. I couldn’t help but want to help them with the styling!

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It gets better though. Saddle up! This space humored me and mortified me all at once.

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One more room for good measure.

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The home certainly redeemed itself in the backyard!

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The third home:

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I hoped for inspiration beyond the door!

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And thankfully, I found some.

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House number four did not disappoint.

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I was excited to see the inside of this home!

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This living room warms my color loving heart!

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I can’t get over all of the turquoise and orange outfits in this shot! They coordinate perfectly with the outdoor decor.

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If you’ve ever wondered what an entire wall of gold penny tile would look like–you’re welcome.

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The art makes me think of my kid’s I SPY books.

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House number five:

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Gorgeous entrance. Crowded parade.

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I love the hem of the woman’s dress in front of me complimenting the lines in the wood flooring.

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The waterfall island is amazing.

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Gorgeous flooring!

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This bathroom makes me happy.

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All in all there were major highs and major lows in terms of inspiration. What did you think? I’m already looking forward to next years parade!