About Us

We're so glad you're here...

We're Maryal and Chris Carter, the crazy-in-love and bespectacled 30-something couple behind Love + Specs. See what we did there? Specs! As in we're optically challenged and both need glasses to find our way in this world. And we, like you, are crazy about the cottage lifestyle! Cottage style and the cottage lifestyle in general has always been as elegant and elevated as it is inviting and lived-in. It brings the outside in and effortlessly blends in with its surroundings, while standing out in all the best ways. It’s comfortable where it counts, personal, peaceful, rooted in rest, warm and well-appointed with care and intention. It’s influenced and informed by a place’s past, its spirit, while never feeling outdated, uncomfortable or inhospitable in any way. And maybe most importantly, it’s always fun and a little bit funky! That little bit of quirk that makes cottage style feel so hospitable, so approachable. And no matter what kind of abode you’re rockin’ or where you live, we’ve made it our mission here on Love + Specs to bring the cottage lifestyle right to your front door via this little blog and inspire you to find your way to that lived-in, loved-up, cozy cottage life.

Whenever you explore Love + Specs you’ll find cozy, eclectic, inviting cottage home decor, easy, design-focused DIY projects, effortless, casual style for him & her and charming luxury travel, on a budget! And that last little bit is another important component of what we do and what we’re passionate about here on Love + Specs. We want to be able to indulge all of our passions on a budget, without sacrificing style in the process. Is that so much to ask?! No, no it’s not. So we work really hard to find creative, inspiring ways to maximize value and lead an affordably luxurious lifestyle that we love, and share that insight and inspiration with all of you so you can live an intentional life full of more of the good stuff we all need and less of the noise we don’t.

So if you're a cottage lifestyle lover like us, or just looking for tons of fun, creative inspiration in all avenues of life that doesn't force you to go into debt, come on in and don't forget to drop us a comment while you're here and introduce yourself - we’d love to meet you and say hey! Thanks for being a part of our journey - we're so happy you’re here!

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