Well, hello there!

No, your eyes are not deceiving you – Love & Renovations has a new look!

I’ve been wanting to change things up and simplify the blog for a while now, but was too scared to tackle it myself. With the advice of a few friends and a lot of help from my BFF Google, I figured out how to do it and you’re seeing the results of my hard work today!

It’s still a work in progress, so you may see a few tweaks here and there over the next week or so. I have plans to re-vamp a lot of the pages and features to make it much easier to access and to add a lot more content, so be on the lookout for that!

Please let me know if you run into any issues or bugs while you’re browsing – I’m learning as I go, here!

Everyday Eclectic

I’m just popping in on this Friday morning (oh my goodness – it’s FRIDAY!) to let you guys know that I had the opportunity to set up a curated sale for Arcadian Home and it’s officially live!

It’s a fantastic home decor website that has some really amazing options, and I had an absolute blast putting it all together.  I tried to get a good amount of options and I didn’t choose anything that I wouldn’t put in my own home, so I hope you enjoy! Check it out and see if there’s anything you can’t live without…there are a few things I’m dyyyying to order!

Have a happy weekend – anyone have any fun plans?

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An Announcement

You may have noticed over the past few months that things on the blog have been a bit…lackluster.

Projects have been few and far between, and nothing too complicated (or, um, well done) has popped up in a while. I’ve brushed it all off on summer laziness and being busy but that’s a lie.

You see, there’s a much better reason for my lack of energy, desire to complete projects, and the general boringness of the blog lately.

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Yup. I finally get to share with all of my invisible internet friends that Corey and I are expecting a baby in January. We’ve just crossed over into the second trimester and we couldn’t be more excited.

Now that I’m finally starting to get some of my energy back (and I don’t constantly feel like I’m about to lose my lunch), I’m hoping there will be some fun projects coming your way again over the next few months. We’ve got big plans for the nursery, and once our bank account recovers from the amazing vacation we just took (more on that later!), we have a ton of other stuff on the agenda too.

So what does all this mean for the blog?

I won’t lie – things are going to change a bit. Now that we have a baby on the way, we’re going to start being a lot more responsible and careful with our money, which means less wiggle room in the budget for projects.

I also want to start focusing more on family time and step away from the computer more often. Corey and I both work full time and I’m also in grad school, so when you add in blogging four times a week I spend a lot of time on the computer. And that schedule just won’t be sustainable with a baby. So, I’m going to start playing around with it now so that hopefully come January things will have settled into a nice, new blog routine.

So, you can expect to see fewer posts around here, but hopefully that also means you’ll start to see more high quality posts and less “Crap, I don’t have something for Wednesday’s post, what can I write about?” type posts. If I’m being honest, this decision to move away from a schedule and into more of a relaxed “blog when I want to” routine is only partially fueled by the baby – it’s also inspired by this post by my fellow Weddingbee blogger, Kimberly Michelle, on the state of the blogosphere. She said a lot of things I’ve been thinking for a long time, and helped me realize that I’ve fallen into a lot of the traps she wrote about. And I’m not going to do it anymore. I blog for me, and I don’t make money from blogging (aside from a tiny check from BlogHer every month), and I feel like I’ve lost sight of that. I’ve already started to take some steps in this direction over the last few months – I stopped accepting sponsors and advertisers (aside from continuing to be a BlogHer member), and I’m excited to take a few more steps towards turning my blog back into something I’m excited about and not something I feel like I have to do.

BUT! I still plan on working on our house and slowly turning it into the home of our dreams, and I still plan on documenting that here!  It just may mean that now you hear from me once or twice a week (and some weeks I may not have anything to say), and hopefully you’ll start to see more quality and passion out of my posts because they won’t be forced anymore.

We’ve also always shared quite a bit of our personal life here as well, so you’ll definitely see more baby and family-geared posts as well. Just know that I don’t plan on turning into a full-on mommy-blogger, and I’ll keep the pregnancy and baby updates to a minimum, unless there are a ton of you who are just dying to hear all about it.

And now you know why the DIY projects have been mostly MIA over the last few months, and hopefully you’ll forgive me. I’m looking forward to this new chapter on the blog, and I’m excited to see where things lead!

I’d love to hear from you on how, if at all, you’d like to see things change with our big news. Would you love to see pregnancy and baby posts popping up from time to time, or are you crossing your fingers that this is the only time I’ll mention it?

(All photos in this post via Jessica Christine Photography)

Summer Schedule

Just a quick post today to let you know that apparently my whole schedule has fallen apart now that summer has begun and I don’t even know what day it is anymore.

I’ve been super busy with grad school work (which I’m finally just about done with!) and I have been sick-ish on and off, so not much has happened around the house so far this summer.

I think I’m going to do a slightly modified blogging schedule over the summer, which basically means that instead of blogging regularly 4 times a week, I may miss a post here or there. It definitely won’t be anything crazy like only one post a week, but there may be weeks where you only see two or three posts – and most weeks, I’ll probably still stick to the usual schedule.

I know this will probably be devastating to those of you who eagerly check for a new post from me every day (right? RIGHT?), but I hope you understand. Summer does crazy things to us teachers!

And now, I’m off to play more Zelda, watch more Desperate Housewives, and turn in the last of my graduate school work so I can finally get started on some projects!

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Greatest Hits

Howdy! I’m technically taking this week off of projects and blogging because, um, Creating With the Stars was exhausting and I need a dang break.

But, I’ve noticed a lot of new faces (computer screens?) around here lately, so I thought today would be a perfect day for a super quick roundup of some of the most popular posts here on Love & Renovations. Our greatest hits, if you will.

So, without further ado…the top 5 most-viewed posts on our blog (counted down in reverse order, just to add to the suspense!)

#5: Enabling Our Dogs

It cracks me up that this is one of our top five posts, because it was such a random project. I swear to you that one of the top referring Google searches for my blog is “bench for my dogs to look out the window.” Apparently we aren’t the only crazy dog people out there.

#4: More Form, Same Function

I wish I could go back and re-do this post sometimes. It was written way back in the beginning of our blog (one of the first projects we ever did!) and the photos are terrible. I owe you guys some updated photos of this beauty sometime soon. My favorite part about this post, though? It’s one of the very (VERY) few posts penned by Corey!

#3: A Homemade Curtain Rod 

Not surprised that this was a top one – I’m still pretty obsessed with these guys, and we’ve used the same technique several times in other parts of our house. Love the industrial look!

#2: Home Sweet Home

This thing still makes me smile every time I walk down the hallway. It’s probably one of my favorite things we’ve ever done.

And, of course…

#1: A Handmade Dining Room Light

The project that got us into Creating With the Stars to begin with! It’s been featured on Apartment Therapy (which is probably one of the main reasons it’s our #1!) and I still love it just as much as I did the day we made it. Love, love, love.

And that, my friends, is a quick snapshot of what we do around here. I hope those of you who are new decide to stick around, and of course, those of you who’ve been reading forever know that I love you to the moon and back!

I hope you enjoy your weekend – I’ll be back on Monday with some new projects (if I can peel myself off of the couch), hopefully feeling more refreshed and ready to go!