Majestic Design Love

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 (albeit scary). 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 my photos of the sky taken from our home because they felt like love letters from God 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? I soon took the link down because it occurred to me that, “Love, God”, could lead people to think it was where I spelled out my beliefs, and maybe cause them to miss out on the love letters. Instead, they are accessible from a sunset photo in my sidebar.

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

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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 I should check out 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, Hotel Emma, 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.