August 1, 2016

Inspirational Monday #10

Welcome back to Inspirational Monday!  This is a great way to get your week started off right with a few things from around the web that might inspire you.  I know I always need that extra inspirational boost on Mondays. ;)

How is everyone's summer going? I cannot believe that it is almost over and the school year is just around the corner.

I hope to enjoy the last moments of summer on our back patio.  We recently did a little update and hung some twinkle lights and I'm in love (Post on that coming soon).

Speaking of cute patios, I love this porch from Binks and the Bad Housewife, love that Gather sign so much, she got it at the The Found Cottage, I've been wanting to check out the shop for while now, I've been so close a few times.

spring porch decor

Some awesome tips for throwing a great party at Style Me Pretty, love those painted pineapples.  

This list of practices for living a well designed life is great.

These are great tips for taking better iPhone photos.  

Indiana Homesick Candle
I would love to smell this candle, what a fun idea, they have all kinds of states.

One way I have been deeply inspired this week is by our senior pastor's wife, Laura, she lost her 5 year battle with cancer this past week, her journey was inspiring and she left behind an amazing legacy.  Please pray for our church family as we walk through this loss together.  Her funeral service was so beautiful, you can view that here, you can hear her speak of her journey at 1:18:25.  She was a remarkable woman and will be deeply missed. (Get your tissues ready)

I hope everyone has a great first day of August (say what!?!?) and a good rest of their week!

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July 27, 2016

Gift Giving With UncommonGoods

The summer can be a very busy time.  In our house it is usually full of weddings, birthdays, baby showers, and parties.  I'm always in the search for great gift ideas.  When it comes to giving a gift, I usually find myself leaning more towards giving a more personalized gift that is a little more thoughtful and meaningful.  If you have been around here long enough you know, I love things that come with a story and have meaning. :)  

One of my favorite places to shop for personalized gifts is UncommonGoods (you can check them out here).  I learned about UncommonGoods, when I started to receive their catalog in the mail, a few months back.  I decided to check out their website and was very impressed with the company as a whole.  They connect artists and makers of sustainable handmade products from around the world with buyers who are in search of some fun, meaningful goods.    I was amazed at all their fun, quirky, and personalized gifts and I was even more amazed to learn about what a great company they were.   They take pride in their products and have integrity in everything they do, from treating their employees well to giving back to the community by allowing customers to select a non-profit that will receive a donation from UncommonGoods. 
They also offer a little something for everyone on my shopping list for anytime of the year.  They allow you to shop by recipient, price, and even occasion.   They have even broke down their personalized gifts to even smaller lists, that can make a search for a more meaningful gift, a little easier.  A few of my favorite lists they have curated are birthday gifts, here, personalized gifts, here, and personalized baby gifts, here.  Another bonus is each product tells you a story about the maker and where your goods are coming from.  I love it, because you have a great story to tell when giving a gift and that makes it that much more meaningful.  
Here are a few of my favorite personalized finds from UncommonGoods (as pictured above).  Enjoy checking out all the fun finds they have to offer!

(This post is sponsored by UncommonGoods a brand I love and admire. Thank you for supporting the brands that help support DeTurk Design.)

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June 20, 2016


Welcome to the new DeTurk Design, I have recently given the blog a face lift and added some fun new features.  Take a look around! 

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I can't wait to see you back soon!