For Valentine’s Day (today!), I considered giving you bouquets of fragrant flowers. But allergies. So I changed my mind and decided upon delicious desserts. Because chocolate. But in the end, I chose what you seem to long for when your heart finds its way here…timeless design inspiration, wishes for peace, and encouraging love quotes with inspirational messages.
Encouraging Love Quotes & Serene Design Inspiration
The exquisite kitchen bay moment (above) in a timeless kitchen by Kate Marker Interiors continues to work magic and have its way with me. (And not just because it includes a farm sink and the very same Kohler Parq bridge faucet I chose for my own kitchen!).
Kate Marker’s Grey Oak Project
This glorious home is located in Barrington, IL, on a lovely street familiar to me since our close friends lived on Grove for years. (In fact, I met the designer Kate and chatted with her at a party hosted by mutual friends.)
Kate’s serene white modern farmhouse with limed-wash brick exterior only looks charmingly historic. It was actually built in 2016 and is now on the market, awaiting a lucky new family HERE.
Inspirational Words of Faith & Hope
“MANY WATERS CANNOT QUENCH LOVE; NOR CAN THE FLOODS DROWN IT.” (Song of Solomon 8:7)
White Brick Modern Farmhouse Exterior
“WE WERE TOGETHER. I FORGET THE REST.” (Walt Whitman)
Expanses of Snowy White in a Lofty Traditional Home
Encouraging Love Quotes
“HE WILL SUSTAIN YOU.” Isaiah 46:4
Kate Marker Knows Her Way Around Pretty
“WHATEVER OUR SOULS ARE MADE OF, YOURS AND MINE ARE THE SAME.” (Emily Jane Brontë)
Moody Blue Moment in a Modern Study
“THEY SLIPPED BRISKLY INTO AN INTIMACY FROM WHICH THEY NEVER RECOVERED.” (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
Rustic Greyed Oak Farmhouse Accents
“PLACE ME LIKE A SEAL OVER YOUR HEART, LIKE A SEAL ON YOUR ARM; FOR LOVE IS AS STRONG AS DEATH, ITS JEALOUSY UNYIELDING AS THE GRAVE.” (Song of Songs 8:6)
Soft & Serene Pastels Feel Like a Hug
“I HAVE LOVED NONE BUT YOU.” (Jane Austen)
Pale & Lovely White Kitchen With Oak
“LOVE IS PATIENT – LOVE IS KIND – IT DOES NOT ENVY. IT DOES NOT BOAST. IT IS NOT PROUD.” (1 Corinthians 13:4)
Breathtaking Sink Bay in a Timeless Kitchen
“MY HEALTH MAY FAIL, AND MY SPIRIT MAY GROW WEAK, BUT GOD REMAINS THE STRENGTH OF MY HEART. HE IS MINE FOREVER.” (Psalm 73:26)
Architectural Interest in a Hall
“IF JOY YOU WIN, YOU MUST SHARE IT. FOR HAPPINESS WAS BORN A TWIN.” (Lord Byron)
Shiplap, Dutch Door, and Suspended Shelves
“GUARD YOUR HEART ABOVE ALL ELSE. FOR IT DETERMINES THE COURSE OF YOUR LIFE.” (Proverbs 4:23)
Handsome & Sophisticated Powder Bath
“I HAVE FOUND THE ONE WHOM MY SOUL LOVES.” (Song of Solomon)
Whisper Soft Palette
“IN CASE YOU EVER FOOLISHLY FORGET: I AM NEVER NOT THINKING OF YOU.” (Virginia Woolf)
Tone on Tone Interior Bliss
“HE FORESAW MY EVERY FALL, MY EVERY SIN, MY EVER BACKSLIDING; YET, NEVERTHELESS, FIXED HIS HEART UPON ME.” (Arthur W. Pink)
Hello Lovely Curb Appeal
What a lovely home! Do visit Kate Marker Interiors on IG to follow her journey which keeps getting richer as her family calls a new space home.
“HE HAS MADE EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL IN ITS TIME.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
Unforgettable Discussion of Beauty & Love
Treat yourself to this interview which I have never forgotten since I heard it more than 10 years ago. And to read more from the late John O’Donohue, there’s THIS.
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Peace to you right where you are.
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