Wednesday, July 29, 2009

LetteredCottageHome.com

Greetings from TLC!

How many of you remember when I was talking about launching a company called "Lettered Olive"? Well, that was before my design consultation business started to keep me so busy that I didn't think I'd ever get to launch it! Since last fall, I've had the opportunity to answer questions, create inspiration and design room plans for folks all over the globe, and while the work load is heavy, I really feel like for the first time in my life, I'm finally doing what I was born to do.




(My first virtual design consultation!)



It took me 34 years to figure it out, and I made many expensive mistakes along the way. (I quit the Commercial & Technical Art program at Southcentral Technical College in Minnesota to attend a Music Business Management program at the Art Institute of Atlanta? What was I thinking!! Still paying for that one.) Either way, I hope that now my parents can finally find some comfort in knowing that I seem to have figured out what I want to be when I grow up. To be honest, it feels more like IT actually figured out ME. Almost like my inner designer just finally snatched away the reigns and said, "Alright Missy, it's showtime! Hang on for the ride, it's gonna be bumpy for a bit!" :-) But my inner designer isn't the only one responsible for motivating me.

My husband, Kevin, has effortlessly contributed 6 years of inspiration. It started on March 13th, 2003, with a tiny wave from across a crowded room in Springfield, Missouri. Sure, I was instantly smitten, but I had no idea what an impact he would have on my life at that moment. Within the first year of our relationship he had single-handedly inspired, encouraged and helped me to create JustLaylaArt.com, an online gallery where I sold my pop art paintings.
I have vivid memories of the two of us sitting on the floor in our first home, stretching our own canvases, so that I could offer custom sizes to my clients.




And while I painted colorful cats, & dogs and cityscapes and country lakes- he was boxing up my finished works, to be shipped, so that I didn't have to put my brush down, and could take advantage of every second of daylight.



Daytime is still my favorite time to create, and six years later Kevin is still my main source of motivation. His approving smile is the ultimate confidence booster, and his open and genuine heart encourages me to become a better person every single day.

And then there's YOU. The witty, the talented, the sweet incomparable you. :-)
Even if this is your first time here, the fact that you took time out of your busy day to stop by and read this post is unbelievably flattering. If you're a regular reader of my blog, I love reading the comments you leave for me. Whether it's a friendly hello, or one that opens my eyes to fresh & fascinating new perspective- it's comforting to know that I've got a network of friends out there that I can not only count on, but also lean on, and be inspired by, 24/7.
Thank you SO MUCH.

Another person that has recently stepped into my picture in a positive way is my friend Sarah. You may remember her bedroom re-do I helped her with, and you may remember when I blogged about her extraordinary etched glassware available on Etsy.
A while back, on a road trip to a distant flea market, Sarah and I chatted about why I couldn't ever seem to find time to launch LetteredOlive.com, and about her desire to work from home so she could start planning a family. By the time we had reached the flea market, we both realized that, together, we might actually be able to accomplish our goals. "Lettered Olive" was the name my Mom and I were going to use, but not long after deciding on it, Mom discovered that she was actually happier creating her Shellboxes, than running an online home store.
So the name Sarah and I have decided to call our new venture is

"Lettered Cottage Home"

We'd like to welcome you to stop by and check us out anytime you're searching for a unique gift or something special for your home. The site is pretty basic right now, and it's not super full yet either, so expect to see it evolve quite a bit over the coming months and (hopefully) years. Sarah built it from scratch though, and I'm so impressed with what that girl can do when she puts her mind to it. (You should've seen the picture-perfect cake she decorated for me for my birthday this year!)

I'm especially excited to report (to all those who emailed me asking about them) that we are carrying the Herb Crates I used in my Kitchen. :-)



But my favorite part of our website is the "Flea Market Finds" section. Once or twice a month, we head out to various flea markets and antique stores in search of enchanting and inspired goodies to add to the site.



It is hard for me to think about parting with most of the things we collect, but the thought of something bringing as much joy to someone else, as it did to me is such a positive rush!



My only hopeful request is that if someone buys something from that section, they will send me a photo of where they used it. I love a happy ending. :-)

In honor of our Grand Opening, we're having two giveaways.
Leave a comment on this post, and be sure to include your email address for a chance to win our small Parisian Cake Stand. We haven't added this item to our store yet, and I don't have a photo of it yet, so you'll just have to take my word that it's adorable. :-)
To win the large Parisian Cake Stand, leave a comment with your email address and help us spread the word about Lettered Cottage Home by linking to it on your blog. (For everyone who takes the time to do this, we really appreciate your support!)

So there ya have it. Lettered Olive is now LetteredCottageHome.com, and its all because I'm surrounded by such an incredible support team.
I hope you enjoy browsing through our selection of wares, and that you'll stop by often to check out our delightful, new arrivals.

If you have any Lettered Cottage Home-related questions, you can find the ever-so-helpful Sarah at LCHome@live.com.

And just because I'm feeling a little mushy, after writing this post, I'll sign off today with an optimistic reminder...

We all have a dream inside of us. Once you've realized what yours is, be brave, and chase it with every fiber of your being. Don't let fear of the unknown, or an already busy schedule deter you. Decide what you want to represent, and commit yourself to your dream, just as you would commit yourself to making sure you eat each day, and sleep each night.
Our dreams allow us to feel the most alive.
Pursue your dream with the same sort of intensity and passion you would derive from experiencing the results of it coming true.


Layla :-)

355 comments:

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Tammy said...

Good luck. I love following your blog and am excited to check out LC Home !!!

kalicokat@verizon.net

Nichole said...

Very exciting Layla! I love your blog and I'm excited to check out the new site! Congratulations!!

nmbartos@aol.com

Anonymous said...

Oh, I am SO very excited about your new venture!! You are so inspiring and creative beyond words. Thanks for sharing your talents! Have a wonderful day! Kristin

Lynn said...

How exciting!! Can't wait to check out your new website!

Lynn

dlrtc@yahoo.com

Becky said...

How fun! I enjoy your bog! Much luck with the new endeavors!

dbhowellfamily at gmail dot com

Brittany said...

Congrats! Sounds fabulous - I can't wait to pop over to LCH and I want that small cake stand :)

Brittany
Brittanymsmith@live.com

Kristy said...

Can't wait to see it all!

kaflorey at gmail dot com

marid22 said...

Just found you recently and was so hooked I am working my way back through all your entries. Good luck.

Anonymous said...

Congrats I love your site & look forward to shopping with you now!

simply fabulous said...

Hey Layla! Congratulations on you new site and business! I know it will be a huge success! I love reading your blog daily! I have posted a post on my blog about you! Check it out! Thanks for all of the great inspiration you give! Beth

www.simplyfabulous1.blogspot.com

Meg said...

congratulations!!!! I wish you tons of success!
Meg
fourryders@yahoo.com

Sarah Stephens said...

I'm so excited for your new adventure for you and for me. ;) I'm sure it will be a sucess. Thanks for the giveaway.

stephaa@hotmail.com

Natalie said...

How very exciting for you! I've posted a link on my blog and wish you the best of luck!

nataliegessell@comcast.net

Stephanie said...

Best of luck! I just added window treatments in my kitchen (pics in blog) and now my table is lacking...well, everything. I'd love to use that small Parisian cake stand as part of a centerpiece. Fingers crossed...

smcmahan(at)lundygroup.com

Jill H said...

Oh Yeah Layla! Your inspiration at the end was stunning! As a fellow Minnesotan as well as a customer of yours; I say "You betcha! Go fer it!" Just kidding... way to go. Can't wait to watch the dream unfold... and now I have to go shopping at LCH!
And just maybe I'll start blogging soon too - the writing bug has been biting!

Holly said...

This is awesome Layla! I was just showing my Mom the bench you and Kevin created from the headboard last night - I don't have a blog to advertise for you, so I'll just have to stick to word of mouth! :)
And now I'm off to check out LC Home....

Holly
dustle83@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

So very exciting! I just love following your blog and look forward to you new offerings!! I cannot wait to see the new pedestal. Have a great week! Kristin
klwagner009@hotmail.com

Lindsey said...

Congratulations Layla! How exciting, I'm so happy for you! Can't wait to check it out!:)

Greyfreth said...

I'm so happy to see you chase your dreams, Layla. It's a wonderful, beautiful dream. 3 cheers!! Here's to you and your success!
xo Isa

Domestic Lola said...

Good luck Layla! Your website is amazing, you will do GREAT. Can't wait to explore your new site!

Lindsay from Domestic Lola
lindsayvoitik@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I'm new to your blog - and am now eager to find some of your great items for sale! After three babies (oldest is 3!), I'm ready to start focusing on my home again. I've got the decorating bug.

jlswanson@me.com

Melissa said...

Can't wait to check out your new site and all of the great flea market finds!

Melissa
aloveatfirstbite{at}gmail{dot}com

Deanne said...

Enjoy your blog, and love what you have done with your house. Can't wait to see your new website!

vanessa said...

congrats on the shop! going to check it out now.

slip4 said...

I checked out your new site and it's wonderful! Love your style and I know lots of others do too, so you are sure to be a success! Congratulations on following your dream.

Kelsi's Kloset said...

I am trying to redo my kitchen and great room and was searching Rate My Space when I came across your kitchen (that of which I just LOVE). This of course led me to your blog. I've been following your blog for about a week now and absolutely love your style and am compiling many ideas for my space. What's even better is that I read where you are in Pratville and I am just sligthly North of Birmingham. I could actually visit some of the flea markets that you blog about! Good luck on your endeavor. I will visit the site. I actually have a small monogramming business (my primary career is teaching) in which I have a site and would not mind putting your link on my site. It's geared more toward children, but I also have customers that are getting married and purchase things for their bridal party. I won't post my site here (because I wouldn't want to over step my boundaries), but you could emai me with the info if you want a link on my site.

Thanks,
Rene'

kelsiskloset@yahoo.com

MER said...

Love your blog and what you share! Thanks.

molly.rosedale@gmail.com

And I added your link on my blog (mollyrosedale.blogspot.com).

inthetweeds said...

This was such an inspiring post! I love that you have discovered that which you want to do and have gone all out for it! For someone who feels trapped in corporate-land but too "practical" to leave, I must admit I am jealous yet SO HAPPY for your bold step forward! So, many congrats!!!

Love the new online store - such cute things!

inthetweeds (at) mac (dot) com

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

So much fun. I love your style and I can't wait to check everything out. Laurelmacd@gmail.com

So Not Martha said...

I am desperate for a set of the herb boxes. I tried to purchase, but when entering my address it only offers the option to choose a US state. Do you not ship to Canada??
I NEED the herb boxes, and I'd love to figure out how I can order a set. Thanks!

stephmccracken@gmail.com said...

Darling new site and new stuff - LOVE IT!!! btw, being originally from Paris (Texas that is!), I think I should definitely win a Parisian stand! :) Best of luck!!

Kate and Jeff Carney said...

I love following your blog. I linked your site (the new) under my list of places I visit all the time. We don't have flea markets where I live. This is both good (saves money) and bad (missing unique finds).

I don't watch the design star show. Not into that type. But I love getting your visual interpretations and much prefer them to what I see from the show.

kate@chromacafe.com

Erin said...

Can't wait to explore the goodies on your new site!

eemoore07@gmail.com

Brianne said...

Congrats on the new site! I can't wait to see what you find!

bagfashionista said...

best of luck! I'm still struggling to find out what i truly want in life - i'm content with what i have right now, but know that there has to be something more out there

Anonymous said...

First you inspired me to take my first photography class and follow my dream thank you! I signed up today:) I also could not be more thrilled with your shop...off to order the herb crates!!!!

brooke628@gmail.com

Amanda said...

I'm super excited to check out your site! Good Luck in the years to come! Congrats!
mrsgrist@yahoo.com
http://itsjustahouse.blogspot.com/

Redelsperger Family said...

Good luck to you, Layla!

Tana@ Crafting R&R

tana.redelsperger@yahoo.com

Julie M. Jackson said...

WOW! All I can say is WOW! I am so happy for you and I LOVE LOVE LOVE your site! I have copied (borrowed) two of your ideas so far, I put the letters EAT in my dining room and found the herb crates at Home Goods and did a similar set-up. I LOVE your style! It's me with an actual plan of action! HA! juliejackson1975@aol.com or www.thisismethenjmj.blogspot.com

princessmimi said...

Congratulations Layla!! You are one busy woman and you have such fantastic talents and ideas. And, I have to send one of my favorite quotes your way just to inspire you back...

"Shoot for the stars for even if you miss you'll land among clouds". -- unsure of author!

Good luck!!!

Finding Home said...

I'm so happy that you've truly found your bliss. I'm so anxious to jump on over to your site that I'm ending this comment in two seconds. May this venture bring you both all of the success in the world!

Teresa said...

Congratulations on your new venture!

teresacline2001@yahoo.com

Bobette said...

Congratulations! I love that you are following your dreams. You are so very talented.

BobetteDavis@Hotmail.com

Aura said...

Beautiful store, Layla! My dream has always been to open my own baby store, even though kids are no where in the picture for us, right now. I've just always loved baby items. Right now I'm working hard on trying to get my products done and my website up. Congrats on all these new adventures in life! It's all so very exciting to start something new that you're passionate about. When I get my kitchen remodel done, I am definitely ordering your crates. Your prices are great!

Sunny said...

How exciting! I follow your blog every day, and am looking forward to visiting LetteredCottageHome, as well. Congratulations and best wishes for every success.

Denise said...

Layla, you continue to be an inspiration. When I am decorating now, I think to myself, "I wonder what Layla would do!" If only you were just down the street...but then again you would probably get very sick of me and I would be broke.

Love the idea for your new venture and I am sure that I will be shopping there soon~

Denise
fourguys@comcast.net

Ashley's Busy said...

Good luck on your new venture!!!

ashley at ashleysbusy dot com

Michelle said...

Love your blog and can't wait to peruse your new estore. Congratulations on reaching your dream:-)


myoungstudios@gmail.com

HopiQ said...

I just love your blog and all the beautiful inspiration!

Elizabeth said...

This is so exciting! Congratulations!
Elizabeth
dizzylizzy5(at)att(dot)net

Katherine said...

This must be very exciting! Congratulations.

And I just want you to know that you provide me with so much inspiration as we tackle our own home renovation.

kjstar82@hotmail.com

Sarah said...

Yay! I'm so happy for you and Sarah, Layla! And the rest of us too, as now we all benefit from your talents:) Thanks for sharing your journey with us...the sky is the limit for you:)

Sarah said...

Good luck Layla! I'm sure you'll do great with your new venture!

rose said...

Congratulations on realizing your dream, Layla!

nelsonrose1(at)gmail(dot)com

Lynn from For Love or Funny said...

Pursuing one's dreams takes so much courage and vision...I'm thrilled that your dreams are coming true!

Vicki K. said...

Congratulations! I think all of your ideas are so fresh and adaptable to many kinds of interiors so you will do a wonderful job in ALL your ventures!

christy said...

So exciting! I already ahve my eyes on a couple of goodies!

Lynette said...

Congratulations on beginning a new adventure! My friend Nicole lives by this motto: "When you understand that what most people really, really want is simply to feel good about themselves, and when you realize that with just a few well-chosen words you can help virtually anyone on the planet instantly achieve this, you begin to realize just how simple life is, how powerful you are, and that love is the key."...In that vein, I'd like to say that I think you have fabulous style, a super creative hand, and a zest for life....thanks for sharing! Keep it up, I'm always excited to check out your blog and see what you are up to! Lynette

caylor@daktel.com

Anonymous said...

I love your new site! I am planning on making that sweet little birdbath my very own! Lots of luck to you!

Erin Sullivan
erin.sullivan@gatewaypeople.com

Sarah said...

Love the exciting news that your sharing today! I am hoping there is an abundance of those herb boxes as I will have to wait until Friday to order mine.
Sarah
blankenship4christ@yahoo.com

countryrosegal said...

You continue to amaze and impress me! I love the new site and I'm sure you and Sarah are going to fly high with the new adventure! :) Like everyone else, I cannot wait to order the herb boxes. I also ordered (and sent you an email) several photos on your new art site - I asked if Kevin could do some specific photos ~ looking forward to hearing from you. I am more determined than ever to start going after my dreams - only taking me 34 years also. :)
Sarah

Meghan Hein said...

Yeah Layla! It is such a blessing to be able to use your God given talents to inspire others and fill us with so much joy! I am so happy that your path has lead you to this endeavor. My husband and I are currently packing away everything in our little one bedroom apartment. We are moving into our first official home and lay awake at night talking about how your Lettered Cottage has given us SO many ideas. I'm still twisting his arm about painting the cabinets... but the bead board is a done deal! Thanks for all you do and I wish you the best of luck in this new and exciting journey!

meghan.hein@mac.com
http://mrshein.blogspot.com/

Julianna said...

You're awesome and provide me with inspiration consistently. Congratulations on your new venture!
juliannafarmer@att.net

Meg said...

Love your blog Layla! I'm excited about your new site!

MBoshell@bellsouth.net

tale of many cities said...

congrats on taking the plunge.. and best of luck & success with it!!

blessings,
-Tracie
chapellanedesigns@yahoo.com

Chez said...

Can't wait to check out the new site!

chezdishman@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Good Luck! I'm excited to check it out! I've referred several friends to your blog for DIY instructions and inspiration. kaatskoenig@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Congrats to the both of you and thank you for the inspiration!
Love all about it all!
blessings
jody

Boyer said...

A friend just told me about your blog. Looks great, and can't wait to keep reading!

Anonymous said...

I'm always inspired by reading your blog and looking at your pictures. Thanks so much.

Lisa
lrfamily@verizon.net

A Little Bit of Dreams said...

Im excited to check it out! I just love looking at ur blog.
Congrats! Wish u the best of luck w/ it!

Bess101202@gmail.com

Amelia said...

Woohoo! I just bought the herb crates! Congratulations on your new venture, Layla! Can't wait to see more fabulous finds at LCH. Oh, will you be providing a LCH button so I can put it up on my blog? Meanwhile, come see my blogpost about the purchase.

amelia[at]robichaux[dot]com
http://www.stripeydots.blogspot.com/

3egirls said...

Your blog is the first one i ever followed and i now get inspiration from it all the time!! I'm excited to now be able to shop from items that you have handpicked for Lettered Cottage Home!! I wish you tons of success!!

amyjomorgan@hotmail.com

Alecia Watson Bahna said...

Although I don't comment much I am a faithful reader. Once your accepting consultation requests again, I'm going to get your advice on some areas of my home. Good luck with this new venture!

aleciabahna at yahoo dot com

Kristen said...

Best of luck with the new site!

kstabler@cbizmmp.com

Sarah said...

So exciting! Can't wait to check everything out!

Bay said...

I'm so excited for you and Sarah! Isn't it funny that on my last comment to your previous post I used a "take the reins" stance and then you said almost the same thing (but better-darn you!) I hadn't even read this post yet.
Anyway, good luck and I am keeping my fingers crossed that I win either one of those cake stands. I'll be posting about it on my blog! And again, you get what you deserve, you know. And Layla, you deserve the world! Congrats!

Sue Anne said...

Count me in! Good luck with your new venture.

Frank and Natalie said...

SO EXCITING! I think I was just as excited to hear you met in Springfield, MO. That's where I live... Small world.

natalietristan@aol.com

KK said...

I'm sure Lettered Cottage Home will be just as fabulous as all your other ventures. Best of luck!!! Any updates on the Half Note Cottage?

Tina said...

Congratulations!! Wishing you the best!

FOR THE SAKE OF TIME said...

What wonderful news! Good for you and the courage it took to get to this point. I am SURE your parents are proud. Can't wait to see what is to come.

Charla

Hayley said...

Best wishes on your new venture! I will check in often to see all your treasures. I wonder what you were doing in Springfield, Missouri, and which crowded room you met your husband in? That is where I live, and have lived since 1994!

Happy Nester said...

I wish you the best of luck. I am sure with your talent this will be a success.

Monica@happynester.com

Cindy Ericsson said...

Best of luck on your new venture! I can't wait to see it grow!

ericssonATchristianlivingDOTnet

Alison said...

So exciting! Now, should I apply for bankruptcy now...or later? I love everything and I haven't even gone to the site!!!

Gwen said...

The shop is looking good!

mailcybergwen(AT)gmail.com

Traci said...

Congratulations! I can't wait to check out your online store!
Blessings,
Traci

Mary Feagley said...

Uh oh! Best of wishes for a great new venture!

Mary
mary.feagley@gmail.com

Bonnie said...

Love that you are following your passion!! Best of luck on LC Home!

jo said...

Layla-
Congratulations and good luck. I read this everyday! Thanks for such an inspirational post. My daughter is on her way back from her first year at grad school-law school- didn't work out like planned- and she isn't sure what to do next. I have been sending her some of the messages you put on your blog and from the Daily Motivator--
I love what you just wrote and I will send her that tonight!
I also bought your DREAM BIG and BELIEVE cards and I am going to frame them for her. You also inspire me to decorate my own house and give me a lot of ideas. THANKS SO MUCH.

Kristie said...

Best of luck with your new website...and Kevin's too. I love that you are living your dream! How exciting!!

gkrigo@aol.com

kathi said...

Congratulations Layla! So great to hear that you are opening your shop!
I love the mini bird bath and the fish plate! I'll keep checking back!
I know this will be great!

Shaina said...

Oh man, I love that you've opened up shop, but I don't know if my husband will be as thrilled! :-) Good luck and I hope you have many successes in your endeavors.

Rachel and Jeremy said...

Oh exciting is this. I love your work and can't wait to continue to watch as things transpire. *Plus, I am in need of a cake pedestal, I really want to start collection different cake pedestals. This could be the first in my collection.

Thanks!
Rachel
rp_panda@hotmail.com

Cathy said...

Congratulations on getting the new venture started and best of luck!

Pam said...

Congratulations on your new venture! I look forward to seeing all that you'll have in store for us in the future. Heading over there to check it out now.

Pam
hhrambings@gmail.com

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

Oh Layla! Congratulations!! I wish you all the best in your new endeavor!!

B said...

Well said! And, well done!

hairbernadette@hotmail.com

Christina said...

I've been reading your blogs for months, and I absolutely LOVE it!!!! I want to redecorate my entire house based on all of your work on The Lettered Cottage...if only I were rich. :-) Good luck with the online store!
christi.vanmeter@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Hi Layla,
I just scampered over to LetteredCottageHome.com and scooped up the nesting crates! Love them! But, now I will need another consultation to git 'em placed just right in my kitchen!!!
Yeah!
Blessings,
Sindy

EVN said...

So excited for you! Can't wait to see what's to come...

TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo said...

Hi Layla.
How incredibly exciting for you.
I am linked up on my blog, and I can't wait to spend some time over at LC Home.
I thought I'd add that I am now 30 and I absolutely know without a doubt that I was put on this earth to be a mom to my girls. I think I'm finding my way into something outside of home though too. It's pretty empowering to be deriving a plan.
Sometimes it does just take a little while to decide what you want to be when you grow up. ;)
So excited for you!
XOXO
*Tricia

SoBella Creations said...

Congrats on your new adventure!

Kristi said...

wow. great stuff! you have such a good eye for treasures!

Amy@TheLemonCottage said...

Congrats to you!!! Gonna hop over to look!!!
~Amy

The Cockrells said...

Congratulations, that is way exciting! I will be sure to check out the site and spread the word via my blog. =)

-Gayla

Anonymous said...

I love reading your blog-I appreciate your creativity! Holly
bhc-law(at)juno(dot)com

carolyn said...

layla- so fantastic!! i found you through denise (you did her kitchen) and have been hooked ever since. i've also given one of your jars to a friend and it's absolutely made her smile on more than once. you've got a gift!

can't wait to visit the new site- heading over now!

carolyn

neblett at comcast.net

Stephanie said...

Congratullations on your new endeavors. Once again I am inspired by you!
Stephanie @ A Fine House
afinehouse@att.net

Adam and Hayley Peterson said...

Oh, I so hope I win the cake stand! i've been on the search for one, so I can put my treats (I love to bake!) on something prettier then a paper plate, but have come up empty handed :( Love love love your blog. It's the first design blog I ever came on, and the one I'm most excited to check each day. Good job chasing your dream. I'm just trying to make the jump right now and I know how scary it is!

Alyssa said...

I just discovered your blog and I love it! You are so talented and have given me so many ideas for my home! Love the new site, can't wait to order something from you!


ricci80@msn.com

Anonymous said...

You are such an inspiration to all of us. Way to follow your dreams!

tosha_be@yahoo.com

Fine Linen said...

I love the site, it's going to be wonderful!! I'm saving up for those herb boxes...LOVE THEM!! Honestly, thank you so much for your blog and inspiration. You've given me so much hope and helped me find something in myself I didn't know was there. Or did know but hadn't taken the time till now to really just go for it. Your ideas and help will make building our new home such a wonderful experience for me. I'll go into it confident, and with a vision now. THANK YOU!!
Best wishes, and many blessing along your journey.
Fine Linen
www.simplyfinelinen.blogspot.com

Isabel Z said...

I am absolutely thrilled for you and I can't wait to see what you add over the months, years.... As the proud owner of some of your beautiful photographs I know that you will carry items that bring joy and beauty to our homes. I wish you huge success and lots of happiness with this endeavor.

isabelzito@verizon.net

Jennifer Mize said...

Congratulations!! I've been reading your blog for several months now and I'm thrilled to see this new adventure. I can't wait to see all of your amazing finds and designs!

Sims Family said...

Thanks for always sharing your great ideas. I love your blog and am excited to see the new site!

sims.whitney@gmail.com

Julia said...

Oh so exciting! You're new store is up on my blog attached to one of my quirkier posts. (Posted Today.)Hope this new venture is a dream come true!

Donna said...

Congrats. Leaving a quick comment so I can go lookie at your stuff. You are so talented!!

Bourgoinfam8@aol.com

So Not Martha said...

I just blogged about your new shop! Crossing my fingers for that cake stand!
chatterboxcorner@gmail.com

sarita said...

congrats on your new "store"...i love that little shabby chic miniature bird bath!! would look so cute with little soaps in a bathroom!
thank you for the chance to win the miniature cake stand..i visit your blog everyday...

Fine Linen said...

I just blogged about your new site.
Congratulations again!
Many blessings, Fine Linen.
www.simplyfinelinen.blogspot.com

Billie said...

Happy to finally be able to buy the crates!

bjemory@gmail.com

Kelly W. said...

Good luck on the new endeavor!

patekr@bellsouth.net

Shari said...

Hi Layla,

OOooohh!! So excited with this venture of yours..sign me up as a customer!!! You are awesome!

Pat B. said...

I LOVE following your blog so much. I am so impressed with all that you do. You are truly following your dreams & making them come true.
Best of luck with your newest endeavor (I'm on my way to check it out right now!!!).
Pat B.
plbheidi@yahoo.com

GritsGirl said...

Love your blog....gives me inspiration...Look forward to browsing your new page!!

shopnsavy (@hotmail.com)

Rona's Home Page said...

I'm very excited about your new online store. I love adding new decor items to our home.

Ruth said...

You have inspired me, Layla. Because my youngest son and daughter-in-law recently took a room of furniture, I needed to take action. I have NEVER refinished or painted a piece of furniture in my LIFE!...until last week! I stripped 8, count 'em, 8 layers of paint off of a chair that had belonged to my grandparents, stained and polyed it. It looks great if I must say so. I am going to use it as a nightstand in that room. Yesterday I recaptured an abandoned wooden ladder from beside our garage and painted it. When it is ready, it is going to be a quilt rack in that guest room. And today I stripped and sanded a dresser for the same room. I will be staining tomorrow! Thanks for the inspiration. My husband is almost overwhelmed, but I am having a blast.

I have found more to do around here, but my summer break ends next week. Alas, they will be things to dream about during the school year!

w.ruth.smith@gmail.com

Denise said...

Thanks for sharing your journey. I think it is so important to remember that it all starts with a dream!

geri said...

Layla & Sarah.

Your website is just beautifully done.
The colors are great, your pictures of the items for sale are clear and lovely looking.
Good Luck!
You will be very successful because of your passion for what you are doing.
Can't wait to shop.
Geri.

Anonymous said...

how exciting! Please enter me for the small stand. thanks!
Terry B.
rjbryson@gmail.com

duchess said...

Congratulations on your new venture!
Wishing you all the best.

Leah S. said...

I checked out the site. Looks great! You guys are selling lots of fun stuff. I'll keep it in mine as I decorate.

Blue Muse said...

I wish you much success to you on Way to follow your dreams!

Isachandler@gmail.com

Katie said...

I cannot wait to go "into your store" online and see all your fun things! I love following your blog! I will try and link you but know that you are listed on my "i follow" section!
broeker79@hotmail.com

Tami SouthStreetShabby.blogspot.com said...

Good luck on your new adventure! I'm sure it will be a smashing success! You are so very talented and have the desire to make it happen. Tami E.

Christine Edwards said...

Congratulations on your new business venture. I'm sure it will take off as well as your design service has. All the best to you and Sarah.

Aimee said...

Congratulations Layla! You always find a way to inspire me with your posts! Good luck! :)

Cathy said...

I think this is an awesome idea Layla..good luck to you both! I know it will be a wonderful success.

{{Big Hugs]}

Cathy

Carol said...

Congrats on your exciting new venture!
lvetopaint@comcast.net

Sarah said...

Layla I'm so happy for you! You are such a fabulous designer and friend. I look forward to having a new way to help support your dreams... and Layla-ize my home!!! Thank you again for my bedroom makeover. God's blessings! Sarah :D
shinson1@mac.com

Angie said...

Congratulations on your new site! Thanks for the giveaway!!!
griffithss@bellsouth.net

MilkMaid said...

I am SO SO SO excited to read of your flea market area of your new adventure....I envy everything you ever show to us here.

GOOD LUCK!

April in CT said...

I've been wanting those herb crates since you first posted pictures of them. I'm just in love with them!! Thanks for the give away :o)

Angela said...

I just discovered your blog about a week ago and you are fabulous! I can just tell through your writing that you are a wonderful person. Good luck with your new endeavor!

AngmeisterSC@aol.com

Megan said...

I ADORE your blog and have been truly inspired by your designs! It's awesome that you've followed your dreams!

sassibritches@yahoo.com

Christy w. said...

I really enjoy your blog and it has been an endless source of motivation for making our house our home. Thanks

Amber said...

Congrats and good luck with your new adventure! I'll most definitely be checking it often, so can't wait to see what you find!!!

amber dot engfer at gmail dot com

Chelsey said...

I just added those herb baskets to my kaboodle list! Can't wait to see what you guys come up with! chelsey DOT jorgensen AT gmail DOT com

Brooke said...

This is exciting!!! I LOVE your blog and design style. I will be checking the store out daily :)

brooke.nielsen@gmail.com

Carol said...

It took me 46 years to figure out what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. (well, at least for now). Congrats. Follow your dreams.

Gypsy aka Tam said...

Layla,
congratulations to you and Sarah on your new venture!!!
I love your blog and now also love your shop. I just placed my first order, I've been waiting desperatly on your update about those herb crates. LOVE LOVE LOVE them!!!!

Have a wonderful evening,
Tam

gypsy.67@verizon.net

Anna See said...

Beautiful! I am so excited for you!

Anna See at aninchofgray@yahoo.com

The Sawyer Family said...

Oh man... I hope I win!! congrats on the new online store! can't wait to shop!

I posted about your giveaway.

kelleysawyer@gmail.com

Johnson A GoGo! said...

Layla, I absolutely love your blog! It always lifts my spirits and makes me smile. I, too, have an inner decorator and have often wondered about doing something about it.

I'm very excited about the herb boxes! I love them!!

Good luck in your new venture!

Andee

MissCottageApt said...

Layla! My jaw hit the floor when you said you and Mr. LC met in SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI! That's where I live!?!

Congrats on everything - you've worked so hard and you are truly an inspiration for someone who's taken their own detours before realizing what they really love.

YAY you!!!

Flat Creek Farm said...

Congratulations... you deserve it all! I've been an admirer of your blog for quite awhile now. And I have placed a link to your new wonderful site on my blog. Thanks for all the inspiration, and best wishes in your new venture! -Tammy
tamwms(at)mcmsys(dot)com

Jenn said...

That is so exciting! Thank you for inspiring others to follow their dreams. I'll check out your online store often...

houseofstone@telus.net

julie said...

wow! good for you! i love your attitude! and i love your new shop! i will definatly have to buy a layla goody! how long do we have to post? so excited for you! julie

Kim said...

This is the best news ever! Made my day! I just ordered the herb crates and I cannot wait to use them! Thanks SO much! Congrats on your newest adventure, I know you'll do great!

Dawn Eshnaur said...

Layla-I LOVE your blog and your decorating style! I think you should definitely try out for Design Star again.....I loved your re-do of the dining room :) I am so anxious to look at your online store. Hope I win the cake stand!!!
Dawn Eshnaur
dawn.eshnaur@sssd.k12.ar.us

AnneLoyd said...

I love it!!!! You are very inspiring and I hope that you do well with your new venture!

Anneliz702@hotmail.com
theloydcollection@blogspot.com

cousin Deb said...

I love your blog and check it every day. I especially love your kitchen cabinets. So Brave!

debra@canoemail.com

Twice Remembered said...

I'm so proud of you Layla - you are such an inspiration! Congratulations! Your new shop is so sweet and will do very well! As it has taken me literally two or three years to try to get things in order so that I can start "creating for a living" {still.not.there}, folks like you inspire me to keep going and little by little, I'll accomplish what I set out to do! Thank you for encouraging us to never stop dreaming:) {{hugs}}

Aimee' said...

Love your blog! And I must admit...you WERE the inspiration behind my current guest bath "redecorate." I can't wait to finish it!!

aimeetorres83@yahoo.com

whitney said...

Congrats! So exciting for you. I'll be checking often for the fle market finds, no good flee markets around me.

gail said...

I follow your blog daily and can't wait to check out Lettered Cottage Home! Congratulations and all the best on your new venture. With all your talent and creativity, I have no doubt it will be a great success.

Gail
tcupquilt(at)yahoo(dot)com

Cheri Peoples said...

Congrats and I will post about it on my blog. I recently added a second blog selling our photography and some of my father's art. I;m still loading in pictures so it's not complete but I'd love for you to stop by.

I am starting a NEW Mr. Linky party. It will begin on Aug 10th so everyone will have a week and a half to think about their first post. I have a poll up for votes on which button should be the new button. The "party" is called The Knock Off Knock Out-where THRIFTY meets creative sensation. Go over and learn more about the new weekly event and I would appreciate if you would cast your vote and HELP pick the new button design and its the last week for the July GIVE-A-Way, if you would like to be a part of that event..
Cheri

Its So Very Cheri
and
Its So Very Cheri 2 -OUR FAVORITE THINGS

Teri said...

Congratulations!!

the lady of the house said...

Layla, your a doll and may God Bless you and your family! You have such a beautiful spirit and you are truly inspiration through what you have done for your business and your home. I so enjoy stopping by here and will be glad to list the new website on my blog!
Sincerely, The Lady of the House

samimelton@yahoo.com

ByHISgoodGrace said...

Best Wishes and Many Blessings on your new venture. This is meaningful to me to read this today because I JUST launched my new web site today for my at home business as well. I think I know how you are feeling! And, I'm happy for you. I will be sure to link you up and to check out the shop!

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Im so exicited for you and your new line. You know we all want those sweet nesting crates...hope you have plenty~ Best wishes on your new venture!

Megan said...

Congratulations! I am very excited for you two. I hope that everything runs smoothly for you. I can't wait for your design services to be back up. I've got questions!
Off to buy those crates. I adore them!!

Laura said...

Wahoo!!! It will be a resounding success, Layla. Thank you for doling out peace and hope with your designs and posts. That's why I come back every day.

Hugs from Stuttgart, Germany..
Laura

laura.ann.sims@gmail.com

Amber said...

love your message, I am 27and still trying to find my niche and this was so inspiring to read. i am long time reader but don't think I have posted, because I read on my google reader. Love your blog and design and life inspiration!! xoxo

chandelier magic beach house said...

Nice to meet you and Good Luck to you. I'll go right over to your website and I'm sure we'll meet again.

Love this blog -

Marsha

Marika said...

congrats on opening your dream!!

marika at gmail . com

Carla said...

Congrats! Good luck on your newest venture.

cking32@woh.rr.com

Leanne said...

I found you recently and have enjoyed your blog so much. You have great ideas and I love your style. Congrats and good luck on LC Home. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Blushing hostess said...

Will go by and lovely story about Kevin. Congratulations again anf very best wishes!

Denise @ Life on Stepping Stone Lane said...

Congrats Layla!! I am very excited for you and Sarah! What a fun venture for you both!

The Doane Home said...

Layla & Sarah...Love the new site, how exciting for you both! Look forward to seeing all the goods you will be selling.

jendoane75@aol.com

Christy said...

Best of luck on your new venture! I'm off to check it out and do a little shopping. :)

candcpixley@verizon.net

Gloria said...

Layala, I have been your blog follower for about 2 months now and I absolutely enjoy your love for design! You have a great talent. I looked through your new site and it's perfect. I can't wait to see how it develops over the years.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the new site! I just added you to my blog roll.

thedomesticnotebook.blogspot.com

Sheaffer, Chris, Scout, and baby Carter said...

Yeah! LOVE the flea market finds section! I will be checking that all the time!
simsslp@yahoo.com

Wirt High School said...

Congratulations on your new website! Your blog is so inspiring and informative! Best of luck to you!

vmarquez@eigfw.com

Grits414 said...

Congrats!!!
gamecock414@yahoo.com

Danielle said...

Congrags Layla! I love your blog and your home and cant wait to get some fabulous finds from your new site! Im sure it will be a hit :)

dnwalton@comcast.net

m said...

how exciting--I've been following your blog for a while now--waiting/anticipating for that store to open! congratulations!

LeslieJ said...

love your new shop! I saw those crates a few days ago and thought they were adorable. would love to win! put a link to your shop on my blog!

lesliejerkins@gmail.com
www.leslieguinn.blogspot.com

B''ham Nancy said...

Love the shop. Love the herb boxes.
What a great idea. I will enjoy
checking in this store for sure.
rreed1143@charter.net

Angie said...

Good luck with the new venture! LOVE your blog! :)
Angie
shopaholic0603@hotmail.com

Jan said...

I'm so excited for your new adventure.

Marta (Montenegro) Martin said...

Congratulations. We will for sure visit your shope often!

susan said...

Hi Layla,

Love your site! Please enter me in the drawing, fingers crossed!!

Melissa said...

Can't wait to see the site-I read your blog daily and love your style

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Congratulations Layla, I am so happy to see that we can find you and your amazing design smarts at more and more places! I'm excited to check out your new site.

Peg M. said...

Wishing you all the best on your new venture! I read your blog regularly--I'll be checking to see if I'm the winner! My fingers are crossed!!! :-)

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