Free Love 2022 — 10 Free Weddings Across Texas

Oh, Free Love, how we love you so! This year, we gave 10 couples free weddings on Valentine’s Day in Austin and Fort Worth. We completely transformed our showrooms to become a ceremony + reception area with the help of some amazing vendors. This year was extra special, as it was our first year to give back to couples in DFW.

Free Love is truly a labor of love. We spend months planning and preparing for this day. It’s one of our favorite events of the entire year because we get to focus on the things we care about most — LOVE + HUMAN CONNECTION.

Austin Free Love

We couldn’t have pulled off these 4 free weddings without the help of some amazing vendors who donated their time + services. For day-of coordination, Simply XO Events was there to make sure the day went smoothly and we stayed on schedule. When you’re hosting a day of free weddings, it’s important to stay on track to make sure each couple gets their full experience. The stunning floral was designed by Truth & Blooms. This floral really popped against our white showroom and fluted stage. Photography was by the amazing Feather and Twine, who have been a part of Free Love for a few years! The officiant, Kye Flans, has also been a huge part of Free Love since the beginning. Music was provided by Premier, cakes by Michelle’s Patisserie, and catering by Contigo. Vogue Vignette was also there doing live drawings of our couples, giving them a piece of art to cherish forever.

DFW Free Love

It was our very first year to host Free Love in Fort Worth, and it was a huge success thanks to our vendors! Our amazing day-of coordinator, So Golden, was in charge of keeping the 6 couples on-schedule. She made sure everyone was happy and was such a joyful spirit to have there on the day. The stunning floral was created by Hannah Willis Creative. Seriously, we are still dreaming about those red roses. Photography was by Sara Boyd, one of our favorite gals to work with! Joined by Jasmyn specially crafted each ceremony, making sure the couples’ had a special and unique ceremony. Our friends at Pop Up Bar created a drink that was funky, delicious, and super pretty to look at — “Heart Beets 4 U.” Bubbles & Brew  kept our couples hydrated with champs on tap. A special violinist from North TX Music Company played some magical music as the couples walked down the aisle. Mini, individual cakes for each couple were provided by  Loft 22 Cakes  + delicious custom-made macarons by WE THE BIRDS. Lastly, our friends at  The Tamale Company brought their tamale cart and served the most delicious tamales we’ve ever eaten!

Pride 2022 — We believe in Love.

We believe in love. Love is powerful. It transcends hate and has healing power. Love does not discriminate. That is why we stand in support of the LGBTQIA+ community. There is so much work to be done in our industry to ensure intersectional equality and justice for all, but in honor of gay pride, we choose to celebrate the strides the community has taken in recent decades, including the legalization of gay marriage in 2015.


Inclusivity is one of our core beliefs, which is why we believe no one should be ostracized or discriminated against, especially for the things they cannot change. We aim to be a safe resource for those that feel judged for choosing to marry whomever they want, whether that be someone of the same sex, or not. Love is love.


We find beauty in love, no matter how it looks. Cheers (clink clink) to how far we’ve come since we started in 2011 and to the strides we continue to make in the events industry in showing acceptance for all.

We put together this rainbow shoot to show our support for the LGBTQIA+ community. The pride flag colors each hold a different meaning, and each color represents an important value of the LGBTQIA+ community. Read below for what each color represents!

Red

The red in the flag represents life. This makes sense if you think about how blood is red and how often blood is thought of as a vital life force of the body. Red also represents passion among many cultures. And, passion is ideally where life originates from.

Orange

Orange represents healing. As a color, orange is believed to be a fun and celebratory color. Fun and celebration are both healing activities.

Yellow

Yellow represents sunlight. The color yellow functions as the flag’s radiant and bright center. The color yellow is said to stimulate new ideas and thoughts.

Green

There’s a lot of green in nature, which is what this color on the original pride flag is meant to convey. Nature is a healing place, and the color green is associated with prosperity and growth.

Blue

The blue in the original pride flag was for serenity. Little is more important than the ability to feel calm and serene. Blue is known as a relaxing color that soothes the soul. The color blue is often used for nighttime consumer products to represent bedtime and calmness.

Purple

The last color, purple, represents spirit. Purple is often thought of as a regal, royal color that, on its own, denotes pride. Like blue, purple is considered a calming color, but rather than being associated only with calm, the color purple connects us to the spiritual realm.

Planners Day Out 2022

Photos by Randi Reding.

This May, we hosted 60 event planners in the Austin area to a day full of rest and relaxation at our Austin HQ. We feel that it is so important to give back to our community, especially to the ones who have supported our business over the years! The day was full of pampering services, health positive activities, and education to help alleviate stress during the busy season. The day wouldn’t have been made possible if it weren’t for our amazing sponsors + vendors that joined us in providing the most relaxing day ever. See below to get a breakdown of the three areas we focused on for this event — Mind, Body, and Soul.

MIND

Guests learned from our professional Enneagram coach, Beyond Your Type, on how to live a more balanced and sustainable life through knowing their inner self workings. You can learn more about Elle’s offerings + services here! They also worked the right side of their brain in our creative cyanotype workshop led by the ladies at Broad Studios. Then, they took home their handmade piece of art to further appreciate their creativity.

BODY

Their worries melted away while getting massaged by the heavenly hands of the expert massage therapists at Austin Massage Company. Then, guests soothed their tired hands or feet with a blissful manicure or pedicure by 10 Spot. They allowed their bodies to move to the beats by our friends at Dart Collective. And lastly, they nourished their bodies with delectable hors d’ouvres, sweet treats, cocktails and wellness drinks provided by our favorites at Contigo Catering.

SOUL

Lastly, a gentle and restorative breathwork session by Ascend with Anna guided the planners through a meditative breathing exercise to draw out bad vibes. Additionally, the guests participated in a sound bath by Valerie Bachman to create balance and ease in subconscious mind, emotional, mental & physical body. Afterwards, our tarot card expert, Sound Sight Tarot, helped empower them to create their own future.

What The Planners Said

“Loot Team — I can’t thank you enough for one of the BEST afternoons I have had in a LONG time! From walking into the showroom & carrying into this week — I needed that clam rest. I’m so thankful to you!”

– Ashlee Voda

“Thank you x a million for hosting such a fabulous soiree on Monday. Alex and I had the most incredible experience – from start to finish. The “mind, body, soul” focus really hit home for me especially as I’ve been making all three of those things a more intentional focus in my life. I *loved* the breathwork and I’m in discussion with one of the gals at the event to do some “ancestral” energy healing work. Juliana and I are discussing details around taking a ceramics class with Jenny (the cyanotype artist!). Everything from both of our tarot card readings couldn’t be more spot on, and it’s a little bit weird! Also, my greek yogurt this morning tasted nothing like that coconut yogurt parfait from Contigo even tho I so desperately wanted it to haha. And the neck massage from my boyfriend also wasn’t nearly as intentional as the gal who worked wonders during my chair massage. Everything was a 10/10. The music, the food, the drinks, the people, the space (your space!!), the group sessions, the artwork, the pampering, the experiences. Thank you again for hosting such an incredibly fabulous event. I wouldn’t have changed a single thing about it.. Other than I wish I would have gotten there earlier right when it started so I could have enjoyed it longer 🙂
PS. I’ve been burning my new incense during my nightly meditation/journal time and the gift was just so perfect for where I’m at in my journey.”

– Vanna Vanoss

More Details From The Day

ILEA Best Corporate Event 2021

Our DFW Grand Opening party won Best Corporate Event at this year’s Texas Star Awards! What better way to celebrate the award than giving you a whole run down on one of our favorite parties of the year.

Loot’s New Roots — DFW Grand Opening Party

How do you immerse your guests in an event experience to make them feel as though they just stepped back in time to a cool seventies Western warehouse party? We felt that the furniture and decor was paramount in lending way to this very specific vibe, so we brought in authentic seventies mod furniture (including a plush orange velvet sectional), tons of plants, vintage bars, and lots of western flair including vintage art, neon signage, cowhide rugs and tumbleweeds. We created large scale hand-embroidered wall hangings to add large focal points throughout the space, reminiscent of the ever-popular curved designs of the era. We were careful to counter-balance the seventies mod decor style with rustic elements such as traditional western Equipale furniture, woven jute chairs, vintage galvanized trash bins, and distressed wooden tables as the western cowboy culture of Fort Worth was extremely important to us to honor our new roots. 

Photography by Grant Daniels

We also wanted the guests attending to be entertained at every turn, all of their senses stimulated to create a long-lasting memory of the evening. From the moment the guests were greeted with warm smiling faces, they were asked to use their creativity to draw their best state of Texas and tape it to the wall inside the entry for a chance to win prizes from local Fort Worth businesses. The Nag Champa incense filled the air inside and out with a sweet earthy smell of sandalwood and patchouli, providing party-goers with a feeling of nostalgia and familiarity. Upon stepping foot into the outdoor space, a seventies VW bus converted into a bar from HD Liquid Catering offered patrons a refreshing champagne cocktail and a local favorite food truck, Magdalena’s served up authentic tacos and churros. At the entrance of building, a friendly longhorn bull named “Tex” awakened their senses as it stood regally with its horns spanning six feet wide. Tunes of live local musicians invited guests inside and familiar songs put smiles on their faces and pep in their step. As they entered the space, they were delighted to see a video projected on the wall, a piece of art in itself, capturing the spirit of the theme. They touched the handmade wall hangings and marveled at their textural beauty. The click-and-clack of a pre-war industrial sewing machine, pounding away in a corner piqued their curiosity and drew them further in to discover a display of custom designed bandanas which were free for the taking. Guests could then choose to have local artist, Daniel Wright from W Durable Goods chainstitch their name or short saying onto the corner if they desired, creating a personalized souvenir to remember the evening. As patrons continued to explore the space, they would discover two more bars, generously sponsored by HD Liquid Catering, each with its own flair – one serving different variations of a margarita and another serving a mean old fashioned. A live paella cooking demonstration by a local chef, courtesy of Magdalena’s took over a corner of the space and filled the air with excitement. Servers floated around the party, passing delicious bites, catered by Magdalena’s, such as gourmet chicken flautas and butternut squash empanadas. After a twirl and a two-step on the dance floor, peach cobbler from Uncle Willie’s Pies hit the spot and gave the feeling of true Texas hospitality.

At the end of the evening, Loot’s co-founders Anna and Rhoda threw darts at the comical drawings of Texas, which were hung up on the wall by the party-goers. Where the darts landed, the winners were chosen, each taking home a very coveted prize by our favorite local businesses. Our “Fort Worth Faves” included things like a one night stay at Hotel Drover, a handmade leather pouch from W Durable Goods, coffee from Race Street Coffee, a generous gift basket from Silver Star Spirits, bath and kitchen favorites from local lifestyle brand Winton & Waits and a huge tote bag from Morgan Mercantile filled to the brim with local Fort Worth merch. If guests weren’t so lucky to get their Texas darted, they still walked away winners with a thoughtful gift from yours truly – Palo Santo incense sticks and a custom made terracotta ashtray wrapped up in a pretty muslin bag, an ode to our signature scent. 

Challenges We Overcame

The custom tapestries were a DIY project with materials found at the local craft store. We needed something large scale that would make an impact in the large white warehouse space and decided to take things into our own hands after coming up short with ready-made options available. 

Live plants were a huge part of the design vision to bring in a relaxed seventies vibe. However, live plants were extremely expensive to purchase, so we used faux plants that we had available in our rental collection mixed in with just a few live plants to give a realistic look. Guests couldn’t tell the difference unless they actually got up close and felt the leaves. 

We needed lots of ambient light in the space to create a warm, relaxed atmosphere. In addition to the uplighting provided by DFW Parties, we installed tons of pendant lights and did the wiring ourselves with smart outlet plugs and tons of white extension cords, concealing them as best we could to maintain the light and airy atmosphere. We also painted hogwire fence panels white to blend into the ceiling and used that to hang clusters of lights. The metal hogwire grate held up all of the extension cords and power strip, which we were able to hide with large dried floral installations, courtesy of Kristen McCurdy.

Our space was also a challenging aspect. With 300 people expected to attend, we had to get creative with our 3,000 square foot showroom space to accommodate that many people. Luckily, our parking lot served as an amazing outdoor area where we were able to provide mixture of reclaimed wood walls, hedge walls and a large cabana to completely block off the street, create a luxurious entry for guests, and give the feeling of a completely private party environment for guests mingling outside. Guests commented that they felt they were entering an exclusive restaurant!

Video by Jordan Jeanty Studios

All and all, we had an absolute blast at our DFW Grand Opening and are so thankful for everyone who to came to support us. Lastly, it wouldn’t have been possible without our amazing sponsors who helped us bring this vision to life.


Space, Rentals + Design: Loot Rentals | @lootrentals 

Photos: Grant Daniels | @grantdaniels

Video: Jordan Jeanty | @jeantystudios

Florals: Kristen McCurdy | @kristenmccurdystudio

Drinks: HD Liquid Catering | @hdliquidcater

Food: Magdalena’s Catering | @magdalenastx

Cobbler: Uncle Willie’s Pies | @unclewilliespies

Stage Lighting + Sound + Video Projection: DJ Rod Baker | @djrodiii

Tunes: Hunter Cox | @huntergcox and Bubba Bellin | @bubbabellinmusic

Chainstitchin’: W Durable Goods | @wdurablegoods

Tex the Longhorn: Charlotte’s Texas Longhorns for Hire

A Letter From Our Creative Director

Anna Crelia // Photo by Lana Del Mar

In Spring, we linger a little longer. The earth is warm and brimming with new life, we can’t help but ground ourselves in it. The blades of grass feel softer, the soil is wetter, the air feels fresher. The beauty of it all is very attractive, leading us out into nature to slow down, breathe in and breathe out, and re-connect with her energy. And just as the earth is brimming with new life, so are we – our minds become more creative. We dream. We wonder. We are awakened. 

This season we are inspired by the concept, “Spring Awakening.”  The facets of nature that cause wonderment and awe — which are also very prevalent in our new Spring vibe, from their color to their symbolism — are golden hour, soil, natural hemp, wildflower, and touch.

We invite you, our fellow Looter, to immerse yourself in nature this season. Bust out the picnic blanket, lay in the grass, indulge in a bottle of natural wine, and gaze up at the clouds. Tune into our Spring Awakening playlist, linked below to be immersed in the vibe.

Golden Hour

We are inspired by the sun and the warmth it casts right before it sets, basking everything it touches in a golden hue. We live for these moments and the beauty that transpires from them. 

Soil

What once was cold and lifeless is now warm and brimming with new life. We allow the earth to touch our bare feet, our bodies if we let it, and we ground ourselves in its energy. The soil is life.

Natural Hemp

It is truly amazing how such a beautiful textile can come from dried stalks, very similar to the wheat fields we were so inspired by for this season. When the fibers are woven together, they work to create a durable, yet soft piece of material. The natural cream color that is derived from the stalks is surprisingly beautiful. The natural hemp rugs in our collection provide the backdrop of our inspiration.

Wildflower

These unintentionally planted seeds of beauty provide a welcome surprise in the Spring — A pop of color amongst the neutral landscape. Shades of pink and purple bring joy in this season as we are reminded of new beginnings.

Touch

The layering of different textural elements — from fabric to wood — remains a constant inspiration. The juxtaposition of a soft bouclé fabric next to a sculptural wood form excites the senses and engages the mind. This season we are inspired by fleece and boucle for their comforting touch, but welcome the contrast of course hemp rugs and pillows. Smooth wooden surfaces that show their grain provide a modern, yet natural element this season. We are continually drawn to natural reeded elements such as bamboo lanterns and jute stools. However, this season we are inspired by mixing these elements with sleek, modern shapes and forms like our metal Saarinen Bar Tables and Bertoia Chairs. Plaster-like finishes, such as our Turkish pottery and Papier Maché bowls infuse earthiness into our inspiration, and ground the collection. Overall, this season is inspired by sultry finishes and shapes, rounded edges and comforting details intentionally curated to inspire a visceral reaction.

Our Spring Playlist

SXSW Austin Event Rentals

After a 2 year hiatus, SXSW is returning to Austin, Texas and we are so stoked. It has been our pleasure the last seven years to provide rentals for its conferences and festivals that celebrate the convergence of tech, film, music, education, and culture. In years past, we have had the pleasure of working with brands such as Refinery29, Esby, MadeIn, Create & Cultivate, Mercedes Benz, SoHo House, and many more. Seeing activations, corporate events and parties come to life with our curated selection of lounges, bars, furnishings and decor is one of the highlights of our year. We can’t wait to see our city transform into a playground for key decision makers and influencers, offering unparalleled networking and business opportunities to both up-and-coming and established organizations.

SXSW is taking place March 11 – 20, 2022 and our rentals are already starting to book up! We highly recommend to our clients to reach out as soon as possible with your rental requests so we can reserve your items on a proposal. Here are our list of suggestions for rentals to start with!

Bars

Our custom and vintage bars are not found anywhere else as they are all unique to our collection. We focus on form and functionality with our bars as it is so important to us that our bars not only look great, but work for their intended use! Here are a few of our most requested bars. 

Natural Prism BarsQuantity: 4
Holly BarsQuantity: 2
Cinder Bars — Quantity: 2
Poplar Bars — Quantity: 3
Sugi Ban Bars — Quantity: 4
Ambra Bars — Quantity: 2

Bar Tables

If you’re going to have a bar at your event, you have to have tables to enjoy those libations, right?! We’ve got you covered, whether you need high tops, bistro tables or communal bar tables! 

Saarinen Tulip Bar Tables — Quantity: 3
Sebastian Pub Tables — Quantity: 10
Light Apollo Highboy Tables — Quantity: 14
Vince Bistro Tables — Quantity: 8
Rhodes Communal Tables — Quantity: 5
Boyd Communal Tables — Quantity: 20

Bar Seating

Make sure your guests and patrons are comfortable by pairing our bar tables with a bar or counter stool!  We have styles ranging from rustic to modern and plenty of weather resistant styles to accommodate outdoor events. 

Oscar Stools — Quantity: 60
Jordan Stools — Quantity: 82
Saville Stools — Quantity: 54
Gillian Stools — Quantity: 30
Mercer Bar Stools — Quantity: 28
Acapulco Stools — Quantity: 32

Dining Tables + Chairs

Maybe you want your guests to sit down have a meal. We have plenty of options to satisfy any style. Round tables, bistro tables, farm tables, and biergarten tables are available to rent from our collection. We also have plenty of seating to match, from chairs to benches! Check out our most popular dining furniture below!

Cartwright Farm Tables — Quantity: 36
Biergarten Tables + Benches — Quantity: 8
Bertoia Chairs — Quantity: 154
Oslo Chairs — Quantity: 244
Blanche Bentwood Chairs — Quantity: 245

Lounge Furniture

Our collection of lounge furnishings includes sofas, chairs, side tables and coffee tables, poufs and ottomans. You can pick from a multitude of pre-styled lounges from our website OR you can reach out to our sales team for help putting together the perfect lounge for your event. We pride ourselves on having a wide array of different styles – ranging from modern to vintage, rustic to boho, Scandinavian to Texan – to pull together any theme! Outdoor furniture and leather sofas and chairs are always in high demand for the festival.

Check out our most requested lounge pieces for SXSW!

Tobie Tipi Beds — Quantity: 4
Garbo Side Tables — Quantity: 4
Woodard Wire Chairs — Quantity: 10
Cove Outdoor Sofas — Quantity: 2
Toba Teak Coffee Tables — Quantity: 3
Trinidad Sofas — Quantity: 3

Decor

To create an intentional and warm environment to welcome guests, we recommend adding textural elements such as blankets, throw pillows, rugs, faux plants, lighting and tabletop decor such as vessels, bowls, and vintage accents. 

Here are a few of our favorite rental items to style a space:

Moira Table Lamp — Quantity: 2
White Turkish Pots — Quantity: 19
Papier Mache Bowls — Quantity: 5

Product Display + Signage

One of the most important aspects at a corporate event or activation is the way in which the brand is represented through signage and creative merchandising display. We offer rentals to achieve an Instagrammable moment that will be captured by millions. Our favorite rentals to offer for unique display options are vintage store displays and shop counters, unique shelving, pedestals, and architectural elements such as arches, walls and backdrops.

Here are just a few of the rentals we carry to help brands achieve a noteworthy activation:

Ziggy Stardust Shelves — Quantity: 5
Reclaimed Shiplap Walls — Quantity: 3
Twain Hutch — Quantity: 1
Goliath Shelves — Quantity: 3
Modern Wood Cabanas — Quantity: 3
Hedge Greenery Walls — Quantity: 4

To see a full gallery of rentals for SXSW, check out our curated selection here.

Some of our favorite events from 2019 were…

Loot for Esby
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Loot for SoHo House

We can’t wait to make some magic with even more brands in 2022! Send us your wishlist to lock in your Loot before we’re booked up!

11 Years in the Making

Ah, the Book of Loot Lore. Like any good story, it starts once upon a time…


It was 2010 in Austin, TX, and Anna was a bride-to-be, in full-on planning mode. Struggling to find the tabletop and décor rentals to complete her vision for the big day, she enlisted the help of her brother’s wife, Rhoda – a fellow lover of great design and of the thrill of the hunt. They scoured flea markets, estate sales, and antique malls in both Austin and the DFW metroplex for the perfect pieces, eventually succeeding in bringing the look to life.


Then, the dilemma: what to do with all these treasures now that they’ve had their moment in the spotlight?

What began as a labor of love, still is. Many years, and thousands of events, milestones, and memories later, we Looters strive each day to create spaces that allow our clients – couples, families, companies, and more – to tell their own one-of-a-kind stories.

How to Host Your Own Galentine’s Day Brunch

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun…and Brunch

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again…Loot loves love. Most of the time, we’re celebrating the Holy Matrimony kind, but no rings need be exchanged for us to recognize a good reason for a great party.

We get it. Your ideal Valentine’s Day involves snuggling with your sweetie, reveling in the romantic, and eating lots (and lots, and lots) of chocolate with your boo…BUT you also have mad love for your besties, and all the special gals in your life that love you through and through. Or, maybe you’re a Beyonce-loving single lady who knows this holiday is about celebrating all kinds of love. Whatever your love story, do we have an occasion for you: Galentine’s Day.

Fun fact. Galentine’s Day is an age-old tradition started by storied couples of ancient times. Okay, no. The phrase was coined by the character Leslie Knope on the hit show Parks and Recreation:

“Every February 13, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.”

We hear you, Leslie, and we are ALL IN. (And, the 13th even falls on a Sunday this year…it’s practically begging for a brunch.)

Any fabulous, memorable party is one that appeals to ALL the senses…where the feel, and the love literally surrounds your guests. So, the fact that our Loot Guide to a Galentine’s Day Brunch centers around the senses just makes, yes…sense.

SIGHT

The goal: to have your gals walk into your home/venue/wherever you party, and do their best impression of the heart-eyed emoji. You want your guests to feel the love and care you’ve put in to making this get-together one to remember, and the space you create is the first important step.

For a cozy, comfortable, effortless look, try making the base of your style centered around calming neutrals. It IS February, after all, so a warm, soft space will be a welcome escape from the chill of the season.

How about this for the epitome of cozy? Meet our new Tobie Tipiis. That’s right…tipii. Style with soft pillows and blankets and your guests will want to either cuddle up, or maybe even take a little snooze.

Don’t get us wrong, we love a good dose of red and bright pink. But, there are ways to layer in those Valentine staple hues that allow you to be both free-spirited AND festive. Our Nouveau Bohemian Picnic Package is the perfect way to gather ’round with your best gal’s in style.

We also love these items for your classic pops of red and pink!

TOUCH

Interesting textures add a whole new level of style to any space, and mixing a variety of them is so 2022. Show some love for fabrics of all kinds that not only add to the look, but add to the feel, and to the experience of interacting with the pieces that make up the party’s setting. Whether it’s boucle, Sherpa, velvet, even the combination a cool-feeling fabric with the bounce of a cushion, it elevates any room.

HEARING

Good music is a MUST for every gathering, so let your guests’ ears feast on some love songs that run the gamut from sweet and romantic to dance-worthy anthems. (Have you heard about our annual Free Love event? On Valentine’s Day, we’ll be gifting seven couples in Austin and seven couples in DFW a free Loot-designed wedding or vow renewal. This playlist is our jam while they celebrate at their reception that day.)

TASTE

Now we’re talking. It IS brunch, after all, so let’s show those taste buds some love. Being the hostess can often mean that your enjoyment of your own shindig takes a backseat to catering (literally) to your guests, but it doesn’t HAVE to be the case. You’re the boss here, so make it easier on yourself by serving food and drinks they can actually serve themselves.
Let’s start with drinks.

“Brunch” is almost synonymous with “mimosa.” Creating a signature cocktail to share plus a way for the gals to customize their own concoctions, is a genius way to take the bartending duties off your plate. Plus, they’re just pretty. A beautiful and oh-so-yummy option? This Strawberry Cream Mimosa is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

We also bet your gal pals will love mixing together their own sparkling treats with a stocked mimosa bar. Champagne or prosecco plus a variety of juice options and fruits equals happy ladies.

BUT, don’t forget to serve it all in style. Any of our gold Loot bar carts plus glasses bring smiles to complete the perfect look.

As for the goodies to snack on and graze around, you can’t go wrong with a gorgeous AND delicious charcuterie board: whether a pretty Valentine’s version of a classic…

OR a specially tailored breakfast/brunch assortment, featuring croissants, or avocado toast, or yogurt parfaits.

DON’T FORGET: Present the boards on one of our unique tables, and use soft and gold tabletop items to add to the look.

SMELL

Since the plan doesn’t include freshly baked cookies (although, it CAN…you do you), it’s always a plus to make your gathering have a distinctive, pleasing scent. It could always come from fresh flowers, but we also have a couple other ideas.

First, Looters {heart} Palo Santo. We love to burn it, we love to gift it, we love to LOVE it. Literally meaning “holy wood,” this natural incense comes from wild trees native to Central and South America. Simply hold a flame to one end of the stick for up to 30 seconds, and let the smoke drift throughout the room to ward off bad energy and calm the mind. Tie it up with dried flowers and it also makes a beautiful place setting and a bundle of a soothing aroma for your guests to bring home.

Or, there’s the old standby: candles. As long as you stay away from anything TOO overpowering, candles can add not only ambiance, but also a fragrance to set the mood. Even tapered candles can come scented these days, and they – along with the candles available everywhere in jars – deserve a special and honored spot on the table. Present them in style with some of Loot’s candlesticks.

FEELINGS

Ah, yes, the lesser-known sixth sense. (Yes, we made this up.) No visions of dead people included, just the warm fuzzies that come from the genuine expressions of appreciation and love for your gals. Sure, you can always go back to the good old days and break out those matching BFF necklaces (although, in their defense, there ARE some cool new versions!), but let’s get with program, folks.

Sometimes the best gift isn’t even a gift at all, but a token of love straight from the heart. Steal a play from Kylie Jenner’s Galentine’s playbook and include at every place setting a note about the things you love most about each guest.

Or, how about this for a way for your gals to remember the sentiment of the day? Another candle shout-out, but this time to one that they can take home to remember how super-cool you are, and how much you think of them. (Thanks, Bloomies.)

Still at a loss? Check out this great list of ideas for your besties. But, at the end of the day, your friendship is what they treasure most, and the fact that you celebrated that love at your own Galentine’s makes you friends and soul sisters for-evah.

Design We Love That’s Trending in ’22

In the same way that confetti, champagne, and new year’s resolutions are staples of the calendar flip from one year to the next, the design industry has its own tradition: gazing into its perfectly-styled crystal ball to predict what trends will rule in the next twelve months. From lists compiled by interior design magazines and blogs, to home renovation networks and paint companies, the best design minds from all over the industry come together to give their own two cents.    

“But, Loot,” you say. “You don’t seem like the kind of folks that would care about following the crowd. Or would do something just to be ‘trendy.’” Right you are. A Loot-designed space is unique, with its own vibe, and as individual as the story of the people or organization being celebrated. But, we’re also total design geeks. We keep our fingers on the pulse of what “experts” – especially those we really admire – are noticing and loving.  It’s that combination of down-to-earth, free-spirited originality with the best of modern design that sets the Loot Look apart from the rest. 

Curious as to what trends seemed to rise to the top, across the many lists we saw? 


HERE ARE OUR TOP FIVE:

1. Read our lips: Vintage is HUGE.

Whether you raid an antique mall, flea market, or your grandma’s attic, chances are, you’ll strike some piece of design gold. It’s not necessarily that what is old is new again…it’s that what’s old has intrinsic value in its own look, its own design, its own history. 

Not only that, but it points directly toward another trending priority of the day (and priority of Loot’s!): sustainability. Giving everything from furniture, to décor, to clothing, a new life through a new use, use by a different person, or a refreshed, upcycled look, means it’s one less thing in a landfill. It’s one more way to tell a story. One more way to honor the best of the past and bring it with us into the future. 

Mixing vintage and new is one of Loot’s collective superpowers…and so is finding those diamonds in the rough. Our rental collection features one-of-a-kind pieces that bring personality and style to spaces and events of any kind.

2. Biophilia (yes, it’s a word).

Kermit, you’re wrong. It IS easy being green…AND it’s totally in. Nearly every paint company that takes a stand on what the color of the year will be has put their money on some shade of green (pun intended)…emerald, sage, evergreen, olive, even avocado, you name it. It’s almost like the new neutral. 

This green heyday REALLY includes living greens themselves. Plants of all kinds, real or fake, full or sparse, in big pots, or in tabletop bowls…any way to bring the outside in is, well, in. Same with natural light…let that sun shine in as much as possible, and add to the calming, soothing effect that a space with nature at its heart can provide.

We were all about biophilia for our Ft. Worth showroom opening in July, and with our rentals, you can embrace your inner outdoorsy-ness, too.

3. We’ll give it to you straight. Curved lines are all the rage.

Let’s be honest. It’s kind of awesome when it feels like your chair is giving you a hug. Thanks to the movement away from harsher straight lines and edges (although they certainly have their place, too!), soothing and comforting curved pieces are stealing the show. And, it doesn’t stop at seating. Rounded, soft edges of bars and tables, even curves in fabric designs and patterns, in tile, in rugs, in arches…it’s a look that’s getting a lot of love these days. And, we’re all in.

4. Textured materials are giving us the feels.

The look of a piece of furniture, textile, or décor only tells part of its style story…it’s amazing how your sense of touch can take the experience of a space to the next level. Pillows can go from plain to luxurious, chairs from just comfy to cozy, tablescapes from basic to chic…all simply from the richly textured materials being used. Sherpa, velvet, boucle…they’re all among the “it” fabrics this year. And, we’ve got you covered.

5. You say dark, I say deep. You say moody, I say rich.

If subtle neutrals, flowing foilage, or light and airy aren’t your thing, you’re still in luck. From paint colors on walls and cabinets, to upholstery, rugs, and pillows, jewel tones are having a moment in the spotlight. What once may have been called “dark and moody” is now “deep and rich,” and it’s just darn hip and cool. And guess what? You can even – gasp! – mix blacks and dark tones together with browns and earthy hues. Not only is it okay, it’s “on trend.” 

P.S. Designers say that if you’re gonna splurge on this trend, you can’t go wrong with a statement sofa. 

So, are you feeling inspired?

Well, take it with a grain of salt. Maybe you’re running out to buy plants right now, darting towards the first estate sale you see, then coming home and snuggling up in your Sherpa blanket on your bright emerald boucle couch. OR NOT. The only design trend that truly matters is the one that speaks to YOU.

Can’t wait to see how you do you in ’22.

Calling All Lovers: Free Love 2022

It’s no secret that Loot loves love. In fact, it’s in our company roots. So, to us, there’s no better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day (AND our 11th Lootiversary in February!) than to give the ultimate gift of love to 14 couples across Texas: a FREE WEDDING OR VOW RENEWAL. (**See below for more details.)

On February 14th, seven couples in Austin and seven couples in Fort Worth will be welcomed throughout the day into our showrooms, which will be transformed into beautiful and unique Loot-designed ceremony and celebration spaces. Our lucky and in-love pairs will have their own dedicated time to exchange vows, and to enjoy a reception with a small group of family and friends.

So, we’re putting the call out to all Loot-lovers…click below to tell us about yourself and apply to be part of Free Love 2022. We would be honored to create a day for you that you and your loved ones will treasure. We can’t wait to meet you!

**Every year, in addition to the space, we provide everything from the officiant to the food, floral, music, and photography. The vendors that partner with us on the event provide their services free of charge, but couples also have the option to pay for a selection of additional services with those vendors, if they choose to do so. 

Each couple will have roughly 1.5 hours of time on-site at our venue. There will be some slight overlap between couples, but we have designed the event to where no one is in the same space at the same time, and have made sure there is enough of a time gap to sanitize each space in between parties.


Take a gander at Loot Free Loves of years past…can you picture yourself here? We can.

Just wait to see what we have in store for our couples this time around…