The makeover I’m sharing today doesn’t have anything to do with our little farmhouse or furniture or decorating… well, not directly anyway. This makeover is about bettering the way I share my thoughts and projects and ideas with you in the most beautiful, inspiring, and easy way possible. It’s about the feeling I want you to have when you visit Love Grows Wild. It’s about better this blog, our homes, and our lives. In other words… LOVE GROWS WILD GOT A MAKEOVER!
This is a project that I’ve dreamed about for years and planned and worked on for months, and today I’m finally able to share all my hard work with you in the form of a beautiful new website with new branding, new features, and new ways to enjoy everything Love Grows Wild. I’ve always wanted to make LGW a place where you come to be inspired and for us to connect on the things we love, and a lot of time and effort went into carefully researching and planning the best way for you to navigate the website. I hope you love the new look as much as I do and that you find the website to be much more functional and easier to access what you’re looking for. I wanted the design to reflect what you see in our home… simple, clean, and neutral with just a hint of the colors of nature. I’m so excited to walk you through all the changes, so without further ado, let’s dive in!
When you go to lovegrowswild.com, you’ll now start on our main home page where you can…
- find my most recent blog posts
- read MY STORY
- find the best way to CONTACT or WORK with me
- head over to the BLOG
- find links to follow me on INSTAGRAM, PINTEREST, FACEBOOK, and TWITTER
I worked really hard to restructure this website so you are able to find my content quickly and easily. In the navigation menu beneath the Love Grows Wild logo, you will now find categories such as Our Home, Project Gallery, Seasonal, and Recipes. If you click Our Home, you will see a list of all the posts I’ve written about our home. Or if you use the drop down menu under Our Home and click on Dining Room, you will find all the posts written specifically about our dining room. Under Project Gallery you will find a menu to view different tutorials such as Furniture Makeovers, DIY Decor, Decorating Inspiration + Advice, etc. You can use the menu under Seasonal to find posts written with a Spring or Summer theme. And when you’re hungry, you can use the menu under Recipes to look up Meal Ideas, Desserts, Side Dishes, and more. I really hope this helps you discover and rediscover the many posts I’ve been writing and sharing over the last 6 years!
Under the Shop menu, you’ll also have easy access to finding information about MY BOOK, information about my retail store, LOVE GROWS WILD MARKET, and an exciting new addition to my site, SHOP LGW STYLE.
One of the most common questions I get asked both on the blog and social media is where I find the items I decorate with. This has been such a hard thing for me to keep up with because the decor in our home changes almost on a daily basis, and many times the things I’ve purchased eventually get discontinued or are out of stock. I’ve made it my goal to provide you with as accurate and current product sources as I can and to also share items that I find and love and think you will too. You can now get the “Love Grows Wild” look all in one place by heading to the SHOP LGW STYLE page. Here you’ll find items for home decor, furniture, kitchen, fashion, cleaning & organizing, beauty, and holiday & seasonal, all hand picked weekly by yours truly. I hope this feature makes it easy for you to find the items or similar items that you see here on the blog, as well as outfits from my closet, tools I use to keep the house clean and tidy, and anything I think will make your life a little more beautiful and simple. I’m still working on adding items and will continue adding items weekly, so check back often to see what is new!
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When you click on the BLOG page, you’ll notice that you can now share posts quickly and easily from the social icons below each post. Pin them, share on Facebook, tweet, or email your favorite posts! You can also search for a specific post in the sidebar on the right or at the very top of the page by the social icons.
I hope you’ve enjoyed a little tour of the new site, and I can’t wait to hear your feedback! Please feel free to share what you love, what you’d like to see, or if you notice anything a little off or not working. We’re still making adjustments and working out any kinks and want this to be the best it can be for you!
Before you go, I’d like to share something from my heart that feels a little awkward to talk about, but I feel like it needs to be shared. 6 years ago I started this blog not knowing if it would ever go anywhere or be read by anyone else besides my sweet mom. I slowly learned and got better and taught myself how to use a camera and took courses on running a creative business, and little by little I grew this little blog and my business to what it is today. I started it from scratch, without making a penny for a long time. I watched other bloggers who have become good friends of mine grow their blogs to millions of followers and get huge sponsorships from brands and make more money than I could ever dream of by placing high-earning ads on their blogs.
I would never want to put down anyone else’s business or their idea of success, but I’ve always known that sacrificing the intention and authenticity of my blog in order to make the most money wasn’t something I wanted to do. I started this blog to share my creativity and ideas and to connect with women, and I always want to maintain that goal. Naturally as the time and money I put into my growing little business increased, so did the need to make this work financially for my family. I would be lying if I said that I didn’t want to make as much money as I can… I would assume that’s at least one of the goals of all businesses. But if I started writing blog posts sponsored by brands that have no connection to my life or plastered ads all over the beautiful images I take so much time and care to create for my blog, I would feel like I’m losing sight of why I hope you’ll follow Love Grows Wild in the first place. In the past, I’ve been pushed by ad companies to put highly profitable video ads and “sticky” ads on my site that basically block your ability to view my content. I’ve tested them on my site to see what I thought, and yes, I made a lot of money. But I didn’t like what I saw when I opened up my site, and I’m reasonably certain you probably didn’t either.
All that said, last year when I decided to spend a fairly large chunk of money redesigning my website, I also made the decision to cut back… WAY back on the ads on my site, which lowered my income 20-25%. I’m being completely honest and transparent with you so that you know my heart and my desire to do my absolute best for you. I carefully choose the brands I work with so that you know I actually love their products and use them in real life. I’m trying to only place ads on my site that do not interrupt your experience, and I hope you understand that while I truly wish I could do away with them completely, they are a large portion of how I’m able to pay our bills and feed my babies and keep Love Grows Wild going and growing.
I thank you from the bottom of my heart from supporting this little blog of mine, and I’m forever grateful for the connection I’ve been able to make with women from all over the world. Whenever you read my blog posts and share them or use my affiliate links to purchase the products I recommend, I make a very small commission that helps balance the money I’ve lost by decluttering the ads on my site. It doesn’t cost you a penny to do those things, but they make a very big difference in what I’m able to do on my blog and for my family.
All of this feels very vulnerable and strange to say, but I wanted to share that with you so you know where my heart is. Thank you for being part of this wonderful, incredible Love Grows Wild community. I can’t wait to see what the next 6 years bring!
And speaking of creative souls who I am so blessed to have in my life… a big thank you to my dear friend, Mackenzie Lee Photography, for making me look and feel beautiful in these new head shots for my brand new site!