Saturday, November 11, 2017

Christmas shopping?


Do you know someone who already has everything?!?  Have you ever thought about providing them with the gift of a mini-session or a full sized portrait session?  If not, consider purchasing one from BrookeLens Photography.  Starting at $50, this might just be the answer to your shopping  dilemma!  Gift certificates are redeemable from January-June 2018 and are a thoughtful, fun way to say "Merry Christmas!"

Send a message to epicspacedesign@gmail.com for more information!





Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Multitasking Magic


Do you need to update the photos in your home?  Are you ready to cross your "Christmas Card" photo off of your "to-do" list?  Do you need an amazing gift for grandparents?  BrookeLens Photography can help you with all three of those at once! 

Whoever said you can't do multiple things at once (and do a good job) wasn't a mama of 5 kids!  Multitasking is the story of my life.  While I truly value the time that I can put my feet up, curl up with a good book, or focus my attention on one thing. . .that rarely happens between the hours of 7am and 8pm!  Thus, I have adapted, and I've learned how to do multiple things well, and most of the time that means combining several tasks into one!

There are a limited number of sessions open on Saturday, November 18th from 9am-12 noon.  Stay tuned for more details about pricing, location, and a phenomenal opportunity to partner with Pajama Program, a wonderful organization that provides books and pj's to kids in need!   

Monday, October 9, 2017

inviting autumn into your home


Autumn is my absolute favorite season of the year. It's kind of sad since it's approaching mid-October and our high temps are still hanging out in the 90's.  That's Texas life though. Because I love this season so much, and often times it just doesn't feel like "fall," I am very intentional about creating the ambience in our home.  Here are a few quick and inexpensive ways to invite autumn into your space.

1.  Flowers. . .


I picked up a bouquet of flowers last week from Aldi, and I've been quite impressed.  First of all they were only $1.99! Yes,  about 2 bucks!  I was able to arrange them into two different bouquets.  I placed one vase in our study and one in the corner of our breakfast nook area.  Since most of our home decor is very neutral (lots of light gray, brown, and white), I love adding small touches like this to bring in color and warmth.



2.  Pumpkins and Gourds. . .
We visit at least one pumpkin patch every fall.  It's a family tradition, and my kids love to go in search of their "perfect pumpkin."  I usually pick out a few extras for decor and design purposes.  These beauties are sitting on our front porch in a rustic butter churn.  There are tons of places to find pumpkins or gourds and zillions of ways to use pumpkins and gourds in your home decor.  These are literally "stacked" right on top of the churn.  Nothing fancy-but it sure does add curb appeal as you look down the driveway to the front door.  


3.  Diffusing "fall" scents. . .
We have a diffuser for almost every room in our home.  Not only is a diffuser great for cleansing the air, but it also sets the atmosphere of your home.  Typically in fall I start diffusing scents like cinnamon and ginger, but there are many options that can be diffused individually or blended to create a scent that "smells like home." If we're having company or friends come over I try to bake cookies or brownies right before they arrive.  First because we have something to offer them if they want a little snack, but secondly because it makes the home smell so warm and inviting.  With great scents filling the home, I feel like I can accomplish the same goal without turning the oven on at all!


4. Mantel Decor/Tiny "pops"of Color. . .
Our mantel decor changes throughout the year, but the foundational pieces remain the same.  This makes it so quick and easy for me because all I have to do is switch out a few pieces.  I enjoy starting with a few neutral pieces (grays, browns, and whites) because I can add colors that reflect the season and make the mantel look like a whole new work of art.  Our decor for Christmas is the most dramatic, but even then I can update the pieces in about 15-20 minutes with ease.  

We have a collection of rustic window panes and old window frames combined with some weathered wood, and a few small knick knacks.  For fall I typically add a pumpkin or two (sometimes real, sometimes artificial).  This year I also added a little box which is sitting on its side to house the pumpkin.  We have three candlesticks that hold smaller pumpkins as well. 

5.  Front Door Decor. . . 
I love a great wreath!  It adds character, interest, and curb appeal to any front door.  We've had this wreath for a few years now, and to be honest I have to say I'm surprised it's held up this long.  I'm not very good about storing them in a wreath box (which I need to buy desperately) so our wreaths have been tried and tested.  Even though it's not the fanciest wreath, and it's getting a little old--it still looks great as you walk up the driveway to the front door.  It whispers, "Happy fall y'all."