I’ve been sharing beauty on my corner of the Internet for nearly a decade. My blog has been mentioned in The New York Times and my home featured in books, catalogs, and on various popular websites. Everything appeared Pinterest perfect; that is until all of the tidy corners of my life came untucked. With the announcement of my parents’ unexpected divorce, my strong cords of security unraveled, my ideals of “home” shattered, and my roots were uprooted, all while living in my childhood home. Lost at home, I wandered through loss, anxiety, grief, and pain—this is where Beauty found me.
At your end, there is a beginning.
Among the rubble, the foundation to rebuild.
In the emptiest of places, a full life.
Amongst the mess, beauty.
If you are like me than I bet you have believed these lies too:
If I could just run away from my problems . . .
I will feel better (and life will begin) when I get through this . . .
If I can just make it through today . . .
When I’m on the other side of this problem, crisis, heartache, difficult situation then . . .
Aren’t we always looking for an escape, for immediate rescue?
But what if we are missing the opportunity for all to be redeemed?
If we are missing today’s gifts of goodness and beauty, then chances are we will miss tomorrow’s too.
LA LA LOVELY will awaken you to beauty
The cotton candy colored sky during the cold winter presents a custom painted canvas of hope. The roaring ocean reminds us of God’s power, which is still at work. The gap-toothed grin caught between the cheeks of your child, the floral pattern on your hand-me-down dinner plates, the aroma of coffee after a sleepless night—these grand and everyday gestures are an answer to an ache.
This book is my journey. My story of finding and being found by beauty. I’m certain you will laugh (out loud), cry, and hopefully catch yourself whispering, “me too.” I’ve written the book as a series of essays accompanied with beautiful photographs, illustrations, design tips and practical advice for creating a place of beauty and belonging no matter where you live or what you’re going through.
Join Me In
- Finding a beginning in your ending
- Opening your heart to hope
- Designing a creative space of respite in your home
- Letting go of control and perfectionism
- Learning to accept yourself as a Beloved daughter
- Discovering Beauty as answer to your ache
- Rebuilding from your ruins
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
“Trina’s soul is not unlike her innate design sense. It’s deep and searching, forever shifting to make room, to carve space, to find a new purpose for it all – the hardship and shiplap, the mundane and the mirror, the strife and the sofa. What a beautiful gift it is to witness such transformations in her living room and living heart.”
—Erin Loechner, Founder of DesignforMankind.com and Author of Chasing Slow
Trina’s book is lovely, but the words and content inside massively exceed the beauty of the cover. This is a book that embraces the tension of “and”. We can talk about lovely things AND talk about real things. We can embrace the artistry around us, we can enhance the beauty we find, AND we can also see the broken, partnering with God in redeeming it all. Reading this, you’ll be encouraged and spurred on, inspired and ignited to find the lovely around you AND equipped to add to it. I can’t suggest it enough!
—Jess Connolly, speaker and author of Wild and Free and Dance Stand Run
“Trina McNeilly views the unswept corners of life through the persistent gaze of beauty and the outcome is contagious. With the eye of a designer, the soul of a poet, and the compassion of a daughter deeply loved by God, Trina helps us bring order to our hearts along with our living rooms. Fun, warm, and vulnerable to the core, I devoured this book.”
—Shannan Martin, author of Falling Free: Rescued From the Life I Always Wanted