I’m so excited to announce my new blog name, Caitlin Marie Design! Today I’m sharing the reasons behind the change, upcoming projects, and dreams for the future.
Hello dear friends! I hope you are all having a bright day! So… you may have noticed a few changes on the blog recently. On Instagram stories a little while ago, I announced my plan to change the name of my blog. After several weeks of hard work behind the scenes, I can now officially present to you my new blog name… Caitlin Marie Design!
Today I wanted to share a few thoughts about the change, as well as my plans for Caitlin Marie Design moving forward. I hope you’ll grab a coffee (or hot chocolate, if you’re like me), stick around, and let me know what you would like to see from the blog in the coming months!
A Quick History
Where did the name “Lion & Lantern” come from?
I crafted the name Lion & Lantern for my Instagram account in early 2016, when I began practicing modern calligraphy as a hobby. It was a great outlet for me while I spent most of my days at home with one-year-old Bug, and I loved participating in lettering challenges and making friends with other creatives.
Soon after, I opened an Etsy shop where I offered custom hand-lettered prints and printable artwork made from my calligraphy!
What did Lion & Lantern mean, anyway?
The name Lion & Lantern was an homage to my favorite author, C.S. Lewis. In his book The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, Aslan (a lion) rescues a selfish, unrepentant boy and in doing so brings hope and light to the whole world. I have also been rescued and given a true hope that shines through my darkness, and inspires me in every area of life, not least of all my creativity. (If you’re a Lewis fan, check out our Narnia Inspired Nursery!)
What happened to calligraphy and Etsy?
Eventually, I decided that Etsy wasn’t the best fit for me. As much as I enjoyed calligraphy as a hobby, it wasn’t bringing me joy as a “job.”
In early 2017, we moved into our first home. I spent a lot of time thinking about how to make our builder grade home cozy and stylish on a budget, and discovered the joy of decor blogs. I loved reading about people like me who were slowly and thoughtfully cultivating their homes.
Later that year, I shifted gears on my Instagram and decided to start blogging. (Check out my first blog post here! My style has changed quite a bit!) I went ahead and used Lion & Lantern as my blog name.
Why Caitlin Marie Design?
As much as I love the name Lion & Lantern, and will always aim to share my heart and faith on this journey of cultivating our home, the name just isn’t the best representation of my content anymore. After about a year and a half of blogging, I feel that I have hit my stride and have a clearer vision for the future.
I wanted to choose a more versatile blog name, and using my first and middle name was an easy choice. I believe that it will be a good fit as I continue to share design tips, budget decor, and seasonal tours. I’m so excited about Caitlin Marie Design, and I hope you love it too! (Especially because I’m not planning to change it again–lol!)
What’s next for Caitlin Marie Design?
Get ready for lots of inspiration coming soon!
- I’m participating in two fun blog hops in May–a summer tablescape tour and summer home tour–and you do not want to miss all of the seasonal inspiration!
- If you follow along on Instagram, you’ll know that I’ve been on a painting kick and recently gave the dining room a mini makeover. Expect a post with details soon!
- Lately I’ve been daydreaming about refreshing our bedroom and guest room as well, and want to share the process as I create the designs and source affordable decor for those spaces.
- Finally, I’m always on the hunt for great budget pieces and want to document my “research” here in the form of round-ups and shoppable posts to help you cultivate your home while sticking to a budget 🙂
Honestly, I’m not sure where this little blog will take me! In this season of life with young children, my days are full of snuggles, diapers, and not much free time (can I get an amen? 😉 ). My blog, Instagram, and the friendships I have made through them are such a joy and inspiration to me, and I have hopes that they will blossom as I eventually gain more free time to devote to them.
For now, I am trusting God’s timing. Maybe someday I’ll be blogging while my kids are at school, working with brands, or meeting with clients about interior design jobs… those are big dreams and I love to think about them. But I am so thankful to know that everything is in His hands, and I do not need to rush or worry. His timing is perfect.
Thank you so much for joining me on this adventure, dear friends. I would love to hear your thoughts below. Specifically, let me know what you would like to see on the blog in the coming months!
Love and light,