by design episode #67: Holley Gerth // Fiercehearted

Today we chat with the lovely Holley Gerth about her new book “Fiercehearted”. Holley is a best selling author, speaker, life coach, counselor and she also co-founded the wonderful online community (in)courage. Whew, right? This sweet lady has leaned in and embraced her calling fully, and she shares a few of  the highs and lows along the way. We chat about infertility, adoption, and what it looks like to be an introvert and an all-in encourager of women at the same time. Holley shares her struggle with doing ALL the things (which we can relate…

by design episode #66: girls trips, heart checks & what it means to be IN Christ

On today’s episode we chat girls trips, heart checks, and what it means to be IN Christ. We dig in to the truth of who we are “in Christ”, how the Father sees us because of it, and ultimately how living from that truth can change not only the way we see ourselves, but also how we serve and love others. We also give you instructions involving making a list and lighting candles. So listen in, grab a pen and paper, and get those matches ready! xo, Lyn & Dannette ••• LINKS & THINGS {by design} pinterest…

by design episode #65: Encountering Jesus & Dannette’s 40th Surprise Party

Today we talk about what happens when we encounter Jesus. This type of encounter is not just something that happens at the moment of salvation when the scales are removed from our eyes and we believe and turn to Christ. It’s also something for those of us who already believe and yet are still living in the broken shadowy areas in certain parts of our lives. It’s the moment when we see MORE of Him and dare to step further into the light, transforming our lives and deepening our relationship with the Lord. This episode is…

by design episode #64: Home Staging Tips

On today’s episode Lyn gives some tips for staging your home, and we share a few guidelines to help get you moving in the right direction. We also chat books — what we’re reading and about to pick up. And don’t forget about our up and coming Gift Giving Guide! We’re in the process of preparing for our lists now (we’re ahead of the game, obviously!), so please send us some of your favorite artisans, etsy shops, small businesses, whatever. We’d love to feature you or one of…

by design episode #63: Finishing Your Race Well // Life Change Center Finishes

Today we chat about running our race, doing it well, and making our days count. Like REALLY count in light of eternity. Lyn shares about a friend who recently lost a loved one, and we discuss the mix of feelings and emotions and ultimately what that can point us to. We also talk about doing the next small thing, whatever it may be, to move forward in our faith when we feel stuck. Dannette also shares a bit about an interiors project we’ve been working on that’s almost finished. She shares the overall design concept, some…

by design episode #62: waving the banner of love, hope & faith // dannette’s accidental kitchen reno

Today we share a few of our sentiments as we discuss some of the hard and ugly things happening in the world these days. We chat about God’s desire for us to be one in Christ, the beauty of creation in all it’s diversity, and we share a few ideas on how to stand in this broken world and wave the banner of love and hope and faith. +++ We also talk about Dannette’s accidental kitchen reno that involved four microwaves and eventually domino-ed into new countertops, a soon to be installed backsplash and…

by design episode #61: embracing your season & homework station ideas

Today we talk about embracing your season of life and living fully right where you are. We encourage you to press into where God has you in this season, because we believe he wants to do a work in you and through you, right where he has you. We also chat a bit about the new school year and set you up to win with some great ideas for homework stations. Because if you’re anything like us, the school year snuck up on us a bit, and we are totally not ready for the homework battle. Can we…

by design episode #60: LIVING BELOVED & back yard party decor

Today on the podcast we chat about the hard to believe truth that we are the BELOVED of God. We discuss a little about the book that inspired this conversation, a few scriptures that Dannette is all excited about, and what it looks like to really take hold of this truth and live as the beloved. And on our design chat, Lyn shares some of the details behind the big pursuit event she coordinated. This girl has vision, friends! You’ll be all inspired to throw a party in your backyard after this one…and without spending a…

by design episode #59 // PURSUIT LIVE

Today is a really special episode! Many of you know Lyn hosted a women’s event in her backyard with a panel of women discussing what pursuing God looks like. WE RECORDED IT, and now you can listen along even if you weren’t there! It was such a magical evening, full of rich conversation, encouragement, and amazing worship! Make sure you listen all the way to the end where you can hear a couple of the songs led by Kurt Felsman and Sydney Perry. Thanks so much for listening! xo, Lyn & Dannette ••• LINKS & THINGS {by…

by design episode #58: Being Faithful in the Small Things

Have you guys ever been a little scared to do something new and out of your comfort zone? On today’s episode we talk about some new and exciting steps of faith for us. Lyn has her first speaking engagement this fall, and she’s still kinda shocked! Dannette is embracing her calling as a writer, and God’s been opening up new places for her to share her gift. So, if you’re feeling called to step out and do something new, or if God’s really been tugging at your heart — be…

by design episode #57 Hope and Chalk Board Paint

On today’s episode we catch up on some things going on in our lives, {like PURSUIT in Lyn’s backyard THIS THURSDAY!! YOU should come!!} and what God’s been growing in us.  We share how hope, real lasting hope has helped us both in the darkest hours of our lives. We know all to well that sometimes in our right now, hope seems far off and unavailable. But, with reminding ourselves of truth, we can cling to the only promises that we can trust. We also talk about our deep love for chalk board paint…

By Design Episode #56: Eyes on Him // Dannette Gora

Keep your eyes on God. I’ve had someone ask me before what that really means. Because apparently, I say it often. So what does that really mean? And what does that look like? EYES ON HIM. It’s sort of become my life mantra after the rolling seas of 2014. It’s when I learned to keep my eyes above the waves; to keep my eyes on God and not my circumstances. And I say it often, yes, because I tearfully lived it and know how it can change the depths of the really hard from bitter to bearable…

by design episode #55: a modest heart & tile backsplashes // kitchen reno series

Today we finish up our series on Kitchen Reno’s with some advice on tile backsplashes. We chat about the best tile sizes to use, whether or not to run your countertop up the wall, and all our favorite options as far as tile style goes. We also talk a little about modesty and not just in the sense of how we dress. We’re talking about a modest heart posture, one that doesn’t seek to bring glory and attention to itself, but rather to God. We focus on asking ourselves some questions to help get to the…

by design episode #54: painting cabinets // kitchen reno series

We’re continuing with our Kitchen Reno Series and today is all about PAINTING CABINETS. We talk thru all the necessary steps, share some of the products we use, and offer some encouragement to get you painting. Thanks so much for listening! xo, Lyn & Dannette ••• LINKS & THINGS {by design} pinterest board: https://www.pinterest.com/bydesignpodcast SEE BEFORE AND AFTERS OF LYNDSYE’S KITCHEN CABINETS: www.lyndsyefelsman.com PAINTING YOUR CABINETS: Remove doors and hardware. Be sure to number and label both the doors and the hardware as you remove them or you’ll regret…

by design episode #53: Countertops // Kitchen Reno Series

We’re continuing with our Kitchen Reno Series and today we talk about COUNTERTOPS. Lyndsye shares more about her kitchen reno and why they chose the counters they did. We talk about all the options, types and some of the pros and cons. Thanks so much for listening! xo, Lyn & Dannette ••• LINKS & THINGS {by design} pinterest board: https://www.pinterest.com/bydesignpodcast TYPES OF COUNTERTOPS: Plastic Laminate: Made of layers of resin and kraft paper and has a decorative layer of pattern or color sandwiched within. It’s topped off with a clear melamine resin on…

by design episode #52: knobs and pulls {kitchen reno series}

Today we start a new series on Kitchen Reno’s and to kick things off we’re chatting about kitchen hardware…aka knobs and pulls. There are lots of funny stories in this one, not to mention a few good tidbits to help you pick out your cabinet hardware. Lyndsye is also talking about her latest kitchen renovation and we get a peek into her new space. Thanks so much for listening! xo, Lyn & Dannette ••• LINKS & THINGS {by design} pinterest board: https://www.pinterest.com/bydesignpodcast WHERE TO BUY: www.coolknobsandpulls.com (we weren&#8217…

by design episode #51: pursuit

Today we talk about the topic of PURSUIT and what that looks like in terms of our faith. We discuss how God is after our hearts, how he pursues us, follows after us, and how he is forever longing to heal and restore the broken within us all. We chat about the things we find ourselves chasing, the longing in our hearts to be found, and the beauty of the pursuit of God. Lyn also shares a bit about her passion for this idea of pursuit and how it led her to start a women’s gathering here in…

by design episode #50: LINA ABUJAMRA // Living with Power

Alright guys… so today is episode 50 for us…and we’re probably more excited about our GUEST than we are about it being #50!!! Today we have LINA ABUJAMRA on the show, and if you haven’t heard of her yet, you need to listen in because she is doing some amazing things in the name of Jesus. Lina works as a Pediatric ER doctor in Chicago, and she also founded a non profit called LIVING WITH POWER. On top of that, Lina is a gifted speaker (we’re talking anointed!), has written multiple…

by design episode #49: The Verb with Dr. Holleman {CHOSEN}

Dr. Heather Holleman is back in this episode to discuss the verb CHOSEN. As we’ve mentioned before, Heather has a PhD in English Literature and has been teaching writing at Penn State for 10+ years. She also writes books (like life changing ones!) and we’re excited to share her passion for verbs and knowledge of God’s word with you all! Today we chat about what it means to be CHOSEN from Ephesians 1. Heather shares 7 reasons WHY God chose us, and the way she breaks it down for us is super encouraging. Oftentimes…

by design episode #48: shannon courtaney // intentional parenting

Today we get to talk with one of our favorite ladies! Shannon Courtaney has mentored Lyn in SO many ways over the years and has always pointed her to truth both in her words and by modeling it in her own life. She’s a mom to four sweet kids and is someone who many of us look to for wisdom and encouragement in our little community here in Valparaiso, Indiana. Shannon and her husband Brad are not the perfect parents by any means, but we believe they have been gifted with grace and wisdom, and we are excited…