Hello and welcome — I’m so glad you’re here!
My name is Julie and this is my family.
As you may have already guessed, we live in Texas. And, if you’re like most people, you’re probably a little curious about the name of this blog.
First, let me explain the word, “longhorns” is not about the University of Texas. My husband, the Texan, is actually a Horned Frog (Texas Christian University). So, it’s really about the overall style of Texas…you know, longhorn cattle, cowhide rugs, leather furniture, ranches.
Don’t most people picture cowboys on horses and longhorn cattle when they think of Texas? The longhorn is iconic, I think. So, the word represents my husband, his style and his very masculine and Lone Star State tastes.
“Lilacs” represents me. I grew up in Minnesota. I am a Scandinavian, meat and potatoes-eating, big trees, clear lakes, lush gardens and lilac-lovin’ girl. I am pure Midwestern. Moving to Texas more than 20 years ago was a bit of culture shock. It is very different from where I grew up.
That said, I have loved Texas from the get-go. It is a great place with a rich culture, great food and great people.
Five years in to my life here in Texas, I met my husband. I didn’t realize it back then, but when I married a Texan I really married a whole different culture. Even though we had so much in common, we were very different.
As a result, building our life and our home together meant making some compromises. It meant finding common ground that would satisfy both of our tastes — how we would decorate our home and what kind of food we would eat.
Fifteen years in to our marriage we have gotten pretty good at compromise.
I have figured out how to blend our decorating styles and I have also discovered recipes we both enjoy (and some that please our kids too!).
The learning process was sometimes hard and there were times when I felt like my creativity was stifled. As a result, I created this blog.
This website is my creative outlet.
It is a place where I share my love of all things home.
Here I get to express my love of decorating, organization, home cooking, gardening, crafting and DIY.
If I can offer you any inspiration or wisdom along the way it will make my day!
Thank you so much for visiting…I hope to see you here often!