The Best Wedding Kiss …

Categories Romance

THE Kiss! The Wedding Kiss!

Everybody seals the deal with one. Some kisses are smooth. Some kisses … well … are awkward. Out of curiosity, what’s your vote for the best move for the wedding day kiss?

What do you think?

  • Keep it family friendly–like Bogie and Lauren Bacall?
  • Go in for the romantic plant–like Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward?

Getty images via InStyle Weddings

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Locking in Your Love!

Categories Inspiration + Romance

What is your favorite symbol of everlasting love? A wedding ring? A bouquet of roses? A love letter? An engraved padlock?

My bosses were in Germany recently, and all I got were these three very cool photos of the “Love Locks” on the Hohenzollernbrucke railway and pedestrian bridge in Cologne. Are you familiar? A fairly new trend {last 10-12 years or so}, Love Locks are found mostly in Europe, in Canada and if you look closely, in the U.S. too. Been to Lovelock, Nevada or the Brooklyn Bridge lately?

What’s it all about? Forever love! This romantic movement involves couples professing their love by etching their initials onto a lock … attaching it to a bridge, post, fence or if you’re in Moscow–a tree–and then throwing away the key. Here in Cologne, couples toss their keys into the Rhine River.

Although not exactly eco-friendly, it is entirely romantic! Could you see yourself locking your love?

Love Locks" on the Hohenzollernbrucke railway and pedestrian bridge in Cologne.

Bridges are romantic all by themselves but to see all these colorful, personalized locks has got to be inspiring!

Have you been here or seen the Love Locks somewhere else?


July in Paris … Our web writer Kathryn, went on a mission recently to find a Love Locks bridge.

Here it is, and isn’t it gorgeous?!

Lovelocks bridge in Paris

Sigh …



The “Hope and Generosity” of Marriage

Categories Inspiration + Romance

The royal wedding of Prince William of Wales with Miss Catherine Middleton takes place in just a few days. Like it or not, we’re affected by this fete ~ certainly true of the wedding industry.

So, be ye sick of hearing about the royal wedding or not, here is a message that we can all embrace ~ of hope and commitment.

I invite you to watch this video with Dr. Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, who will be marrying William and Kate. I was enthralled by Dr. William’s eloquence regarding his thoughts on the hope and generosity- that is marriage. He talks about how every wedding has a message … That there is a mystery and delight inside the heart of human beings who still want to discover and spend the rest of their lives with another person. It’s down to earth and inspirational for those who are married and for those soon-to-married. L et me know what you think.

source: The Royal Wedding

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Create A Romantic Bedroom Retreat…

Categories Romance

Just like creating a wedding that’s reflective of your personal style, so it is the same in creating a personal romantic space for after the wedding.  A retreat that beckons and calls and is completely reflective of the two of you.

Do you have a pulse on your design style?

Cottage-y~ Shabby Chic…  Retro… Art Deco… Elegant… Rustic~ Cabin~ Westerm …Victorian… Shaker… Modern…

do you fall somewhere in between? combo? other style?

Devour magazines, the internet and HGTV for design inspiration.  Talk to each other about one another’s style preferences and about the important elements you want in your space to bring you to your happy place.

Practical Suggestions that will pertain to any style: Keep it uncluttered. Keep it clean. Use soft lighting, high quality linens and scented candles.  Say NO to working in this room. Oh and a must have: a really comfortable bed!!

cozy bedroom

The Inspired Room

I found this super easy style quiz to take on The Inspired Room too. It’s a great place to start!


loving. living. small. is a blog dedicated to 1000 ft. or less of living space.  Check it out for great ideas if yours is a  smaller space.

What’s Your Design Style? {i’m country eclectic} Where do you look for inspiration?

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