Monday, December 15, 2014

*10* more days....

On the tenth day of Christmas...

i lit this candle in my kitchen 
to reflect upon the brightness of this day.

I hope you will enjoy this beautiful day...

Saturday, December 13, 2014

cozy spots part 2

With the holiday bustle everywhere, 
I hope you can create a place that is cozy to come home to. 
Yesterday I shared mine... 

Here a few more I found you might enjoy too!


My Desgin tip: Creating a corner to read or take a nap in is a special treat.

More here...on my Second Shout Out Saturday's Designing with Vintage series. 
& shop some cozy things for your space.

Enjoy the fullest beauty of this holiday season.

Friday, December 12, 2014

A cozy Christmas corner

Morning Darlins...

OMGoodness... it's a winter storm...SoCal style!
Rain & wind here & snowing in Mammoth!
The top story of our house is only the master bedroom & ensuite, 
the house sits high up on a knoll, surrounded by gigantic eucalyptus & few old pines...
 when those winds start blowing, it whistles through the windows.
...the upstairs hasn't been renovated yet!

So it's the perfect day to share the coziest Christmas spot in our living room!

My SIL & niece sent me this Reindeer feed sack... L*O*V*E*

I have wrapped a few gifts hope to finish soon!
I soooo hope you L*O*V*E this time of year too....
A busy day I have to scoot...
Stay cozy!

P.S. Grab your latte or cocoa tommoro & come by for Saturday's "Designing with vintage" here...

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Oh my Deer, Louie & a our fat bare tree...

Happy Wednesday Darlin's...
So much excitment in the air...can you feel it?
Are you decorated, wrapped & coiffed for the holiday's?
I'm getting there almost done with decorating!
Here's a peak...

Oh my vintage deer....
swaddled with evergreens & crowned with a gentleman's silk antique campaign hat.

Evergreens in the dining room
 flank the Louis Antique french mirror above the fireplace.

...the fattest bare tree, I think it breaks our records for girth!!!
{getting it in the house and up on the vintage cart was priceless}
Tonight the plan is to decorate it! 
Every so beautiful to me, just as it is...

Hope your enjoying a beautiful holly jolly day!!!
Soon, maybe tomorrow I will share a cozy corner I have put together...

Saturday, December 6, 2014

vintage sleds & sleighs

Happy Holiday's Darlins,
I hope your having some holiday fun...

Since last spring,  I've been pining for the vintage black sleigh I spotted at a flea market. 
It would sooooo be mine except.... I couldn't get it from the midwest to Cali!

So many favorite and nostalgic images of Christmas include pure olde school fun on sleds and sleigh rides. 
Images that inspire the holidays with vintage beauty and happiness. 
Keep may find something vintage like these to use for your holiday decor. 
Truly a magical sight!

If you dare...
& have a large enough space why not bring them inside, 
after all it's Christmas!

Photos Pinterest

My design tip: Vintage toys, sleds & skates curate a playful & nostalgic feeling to holiday decor. Have fun with them.

Hop over to Second Shout Out blog my series Saturday "Designing with Vintage"
& shop Casual Loves Elegance store at Second Shout Out for the holiday's.

A beautiful Saturday to you,

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

A December welcome


I L*O*V*E* this time of year.
 Each year I strive to stay in the moment & enjoy all that December has to offer.
Of course Christmas... but more than the holiday it's the heartful goodness that I enjoy most.

At our all begins with the scent of Christmas.

mmm smells like Christmas!
One of many fresh evergreen wreaths that are hung around our home.
here's a peak!

A beautiful December day to you!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Beginnning the holidays with evergreens

Happy Holiday's Darlins...
It's official, we're off to begin the holidays.

I officially began with evergreens...
 Each year I anticipate the smell of christmas, it truly inpires me.
I came home with fragrant wreaths, over a hundred feet of fresh pine mixed garland for our mantles, headboards & doorways. 
It's amazing just having them in my truck made me happy!
 I'm always thrilled when the Christmas greens are up,
 I love * love * love * these simple beautiful gifts of nature draped around our home.

 Nothing says welcome to the Holidays more beautifully...
besides fresh baked cookies!!!

Photos Pinterest

You know what we will be doing today! 
Time to break out the Christmas music, humming already!

My Design tip: Whatever size your space is or style & budget, evergreens are beautiful on their own.

I hope you will take time to savor...
 every moment this season has to offer.
Hop over to SECOND SHOUT OUT BLOG  for my series Saturday's "Designing with vintage"
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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Dearest note & our Thanksgiving table...

Setting our Thanksgiving table...
I set the table yesterday, some girl friends were coming by late afternoon and we were going to be in the grove picking lemons for our dinners so I wanted to get as much done as possible.

Our dinner will be early afternoon so I got an early start..
Awe....My husband just handed me a mimosa! I guess it's okay since I've been up since 5:00am getting the turkey ready!!!

I gathered my heirloon silver serving pieces

A mixture I know....but each piece is a gift that have been in our families.

The simple setting...

Dark grey linen mateo napkins... a birthday gift from a friend, draped over the chair backs. 
My favorite star napkin ring & rosemary sprig from the garden.

OLDE school Reminders, so appropriate....

It's a warm day and beautiful day here in Southern California...
I think the windows will stay open but candles of course!

Turkey is roasting in the oven...
Better get my deserts and soup made...

A beautiful Thanksgiving to all...

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Blessings at Thanksgiving

A beautiful saturday... 
Just returned from a 5 mile walk, just lovely... still damp from the rain the other night. 
Our dogs are laying by the pool and I'm pretty sure will stay there most of the day.

Gathering on Thanksgiving is special in so many ways. 
We all have memories of our favorite Thanksgivings. 
Growing up my family was large, lots of relatives.
 I remember...
 loving those big gatherings, 
at my grandparents Lake House. 
We were elbow to elbow seated at the dinner table, squeezing everyone together and saving room in case for one more.

photos Pinterest
Simple touches from nature, vintage dish ware, the love of family and friends elbow to elbow at your tables is what I hope for you this Thanksgiving.

Close your eyes for a moment.. try to remember what you love most about this special day!

My Design tip: Set your table and place around your home things that hold meaning, bring a smile and warm your heart.

Blessing to you,
xo, me

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Saturday, November 15, 2014


When you hear these words
 upcycling & repurposing
are you wondering what's the difference?
Maybe I can show you how they are different!
Upcycling...little different than repurposing.
 Upcycling is converting forgotten items and furnitture into something creative and utilitararian.
Dismantling them and using several pieces to build something truly one of a kind.

Repurposing is using something that was intended for a specific use in a new way.

 Both....Inspiring us to scout for salvage pieces with history and seeing them in a brand new way.
These are upcycling pieces are exceptional, 
I can see these types of upcycling projects for merchants as well as for home.

A wine barrel tub, really cool for outdoors...{repurposed piece}

Vintage wash stands
porch balusters
are crafted into these benches.

Recognize this?
A hint for you....
We all slept in one!

Photos from Pinterest

My Design tip:  If you have a sentimental attachment to a piece but you don't like the style or what it is, upcycle it. The history will still be there . Loving it, is using it.

Hop over to SECOND SHOUT OUT BLOG for my Saturday's "Designing with Vintage"
get started on holiday shopping

Enjoy a beautiful weekend,