Friday, September 23, 2016

Dear Bloggers I need your help - Childhood homes!


Dearest Bloggers, friends and readers,

I'm reaching out to all of you to help me get answers to some heart filled questions.

Last night The WALL STREET JOUNAL 
says YES we can go home again! 
Please click the two links below and you will understand the question.

I need the answers ASAP from all of you who care and obsessed about your childhood or family homes, it can be yours or a relative's.
 YOU KNOW.. that place you have never forgotten and it lives in your dreams *



1. Would you buy back your childhood or family home?
2. Do you dream of your childhood or family home?
3. Are you thinking about buying back your childhood or family home or in the process now?


Last night I theses were posted on
 THE WALL STREET JOURNAL






Click link below
http://www.wsj.com/articles/buying-back-your-childhood-home-has-never-been-easier-1474551478

followed by this 






http://www.wsj.com/video/homeowners-buy-back-the-family-homestead/CCEADDCA-63A6-4B51-A521-93E2DC80EAB9.html


My Answers are all YES!

Leave a comment with your answers or if Q.3 is PV message on the link to my FB.

* If QUESTION 3 is YES, 
YOU are thinking about buying your childhood home or in the process. 

I need to know ASAP... we need to seriously talk! I will explain why later. (I am not selling anything)
Please Private message me on my  Face Book 
Leave name, email, phone

My Childhood home is everything to me.
I want to know what you think from your heart about the articles and please take a moment to answer the questions in my comment section.

Thank you sooooo much your beautiful
xo,
Gail


Monday, September 12, 2016

French Lilacs

Hi Darlins,

It's a beautiful September morning in SoCal, a cool soft breeze fills the air.

French Lilacs remind me of summers at our Lake House.
My Mother Loved them!
I think she would watch for them to bloom every year.
She would say "the Lilacs are ready" I would go gather a bouquet for her.
I can still imagine her cutting them over the sink and arranging them in old milk bottles, 
smelling each batch when she finished, the fragrance was unforgettable.

This Spring when we were at the nursery getting our dwarf trees for the front garden beds,
 I spotted a pair of French Lilacs & Now you now why I love them so much!!!

The cooler temps has me wondering about ours, still in containers, one is blooming again, 
but the other is only leafing out!



Isn't this bloom heart shaped???







This ones either supper happy or the cooler weather is tricking it to bloom again!


This one?

A beautiful week to you, 
enjoy the little things too!
xo,
me






Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Coming soon the Powder bath reveal

A beautiful September to you..

I hope your weekend was relaxing & fun!
Ours was filled with landscape projects, cleaning out the workshop & hosting a dinner party!
All of which I enjoyed...

We had dinner guests that were touring around and went to see the new powder bath..
 I will be revealing it soon here!

Both husband and wife LOVED the powder bath, they came out saying this person would love it and that person would love it!!
Awe... a sweet feeling after you put soooo much thought, research and time into a space.


A sneak peek at the 100 year old marble sink..
I was on pins and needles opening the crate, it was shipped from New York.
 It made the trip across the coast beautifully!!

I LOVE having a little stack of vintage finger tip linens for guests.



I had some vintage glass I was saving cut to size for this frame. The size just fit!

These might be the last of the heirloom rose blooms from the garden ...

Soon I will do the reveal, I'm waiting for a couple more finishing details, you know how that goes!

Off to back to school night, one week under our belt, last night a photo shoot for Senior pics!

A lovely evening to you,
xo,
me



Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Farewell August - Senior year ahead

The last days of August...
My Favorite month is coming to a close..
A week of celebrating has left me grateful for the beautiful moments..I did manage to get some great family pics!
Beginning with our Anniversary, then a surprise visit for my birthday from our oldest son.
We had some great family time, walking on the beach with our dogs, dining out & being together.
Hmmm...I can't remember cooking at all last week!

Today is a bittersweet...



First day of school, Senior year! 
I know this year will pass quickly, he's our last one in the nest!


He was the face of my brand, as shown here in a post card announcing the launch of my store "Buckingham Mercantile".
He was about 6 months or so!

We adore his personality,
 his quick wit is charming 
&
 he is truly one of a kind!

*Happy First day of School*

Make it the best one ever!!!
xo,
Mom

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Happy Anniversary

Hello Darlins,

Twenty nine years ago today ...
I walked down the isle shaking like a leaf
 Dad at my side, holding me steady with each step...


...when I was handed my bouquet I said...Do I have to carry it?
I don't think I can walk, hold my dress and the keep my veil on & I'm scared I'll trip!!



I saw smiles & tears of joy on the faces of my family & dear friends. 

Waiting for me at the end of the long walk...was a tall and handsome man, soon to be my husband. 

 Moments I'll cherish forever...


Taking every word into my heart as the minister spoke...
trying to hold back my tears.


Those silent moments made for two, we couldn't stop looking at each other!
Magical...

Our first dance as MR. & Mrs. seemed like it lasted forever, 
though...he kept stepping on my toes!
 He's a very good dancer, his ballroom dancing class in college gave him an edge!!!


Twenty Nine years have gone by quickly...he's still spilling on me & cleaning up my messes! 

He's still the one that makes me laugh
&
the one... who taught me to laugh at myself

the one...who's there to challenge me to do better.
the one... who's my rock.

I'm grateful we found each other all those years ago, together... we are ONE.




No words need to be said, 
a look says it all!

A beautiful day to you all!

Happy *29* Anniversary to My Husband Mr. Casual 
Love xo,
 Mrs. Elegance

If you wish to see more wedding photos Look at previous AUGUST posts!

http://casualloveselegance.blogspot.com/2015_08_01_archive.html



Friday, July 29, 2016

Entrenching Beauty

A Beautiful weekend is on it's way...

Soooo many things entrench our busy days
 our weeks
our months
 &
  before we see it...
 YEARS!

I hope hope hope, we can make beauty something that we get entrenched in.
*I LOVE LOVE LOVE Beauty*

Just to be clear...i'm referring to beauty that surrounds us.
Our world
Our Cities
Our Towns
Our neighborhood
Our home
OUR SOULS

Beauty to me is:
 entrenching our souls & our lives with that which gives us joy
 inspires us to be better

the awesomeness to feel humbled by a simple flower petal
 o
see grains of sand fall out of a shell 
&
grateful for hearing water lapping on the shore
& rain drops.

I'm in awe how much beauty naturally
surrounds
 you & me.



i Love beautiful things
beautiful words
beautiful stories
beautiful photos
beautiful art
beauty is everywhere.

...beauty is in the eye of the beholder!



My life is entrenched in beauty because I see it.
I choose to
 see beauty in the simplest things
& hear it in quiet places.

but...

 being open to knowing how it makes us feel...
 is most profound.






Cutting a few flowers from the garden, bringing them inside to enjoy their fragrance in our kitchen is... 
just the best!

Simply entrenching our life with beauty.


Happy Weekend, make it a beauty!

Let's look back in a few decades
 &
reflect on

A BEAUTIFUL LIFE

xo,
me

Friday, July 1, 2016

WOW!

Wow....
I've missed you!

Happy *4th of July* weekend*

*Firstly*
I'm fine! I've been getting the sweetest emails inquiring about where I've been? 
Ok your right. I have been a little MIA here on the blog! Ok a lot!

 Honestly.... I've wanted to write my heart out about every thing that has been going on but I couldn't.
I still can't as of yet. I'm speechless!


THREE
 words that describe what's going on.

PROFOUND
EPIC
LOVE




.all I can say right now.

I'll give you
 the
 skinny,
 the 
scoop
 the
 dish
 when I can. 

A new journey....


Q. Do you really believe we each have a path in life that we somehow find and will follow? 
I'd love to know if you believe that it's true?


A beautiful & safe 4th to you,
have lots of fun
savor the weekend
 relax a little
 play some great music & have a giant piece of watermelon!
xo,
me






Saturday, May 28, 2016

Happy Memorial weekend

Hello Darlins,

Memorial weekend...
it's here!
Officially feels like the start of summer don't you think?

Flags blowing on porch posts
 in  planters
 small yet enormous
reminders of the profound journey of our nation.

This weekend...
 a time to be together & remember those who once stood tall for their proud land
 &
 us the people.


A vintage glass jar on our front door, garden flowers & little flag that will wave in breeze. 

A beautiful Memorial weekend to you,
Blessings America,
xo,
me

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

How I came to love french yogurt!

A beautiful wednesday to you!

Are you a yogurt fan? 
 Plain or flavored?



 Honestly, I wasn't a yogurt fan until a couple of years ago. 
....it all started when I read the book "French women don't get fat"

 I was inspired by the way those women in the book spoke about their yogurt, like it was magical!

Well, I don't know if it is... but since I read that book I seem to be loving plain organic yogurt.



I like it pretty though...
 fresh berries 
a drizzle of raw honey, mmm!

 French style is my favorite, this brand is especially good.
 "Saint Benoit"

Try it, maybe you will be a fan!

A beautiful evening to you,
xo,
me

Monday, April 18, 2016

Monday Musings

Happy Monday to you!

Did you  enjoy a lovely weekend?

Most of my weekend was spent out doors gardening & harvesting lemons.


Our roses started out slow, though the last couple years they are producing more beautiful blooms!

We took out some large trees so they must love the longer exposure to the morning sun.


Fresh cut roses...


On the front door


In the foyer in this antique glass mailbox, that I adore!


This smells amazing, i wish this was smell-a-blog!
I have a large French lavender in the foyer, it will be in the garden soon!

We had friends for dinner on Saturday & it was so lovely to see them here and catch up!

Each season has a uniqueness of it's own doesn't it?
For me Spring begins when I see blooms popping out on the flowers in our gardens 
&
I smell the scents from fruit trees and flowers they smell delicious...
longer days 
fresh breezes coming in through the windows, for me it's familar, it's Spring.

Hope you will find a moment to relax & truly enjoy the loveliness of Spring!
xo,
me



Monday, March 28, 2016

Let's catch up.

Happy Spring Darlins,
Thinking of you....

Hoping your Easter was lovely!


My first spring rose blooms, they smell delishes!

Easter was lovely, we enjoyed having our brunch outside. 

Projects and happenings have taken me away from my blog for a bit & I've missed you!

Let's catch up.

We've finished, yes completed all the stone walls in front!


Lincoln is standing on the new curved stone bench we designed into the wall. 
I can't wait to have coffee out there!

Here's a peak from inside my clients design renovation...


This is a wall from in the family room, I will do a post when we get all the furniture in. 
 The sconses and white painted paneled walls are dreamy! 

I've been visiting your blogs, it's my favorite time when I can check in on all of you!

It's been tough, honestly I want you to know I'm trying to keep my focus.
No worries, it's all good,  I'd love you to hang in there with me, 
In time I'll give you the whole scoop of what's been happening!


Surround yourself with the beauty that is around you,
xo,
Gail




Saturday, February 6, 2016

Saturday's "Designing with Vintage" No. 12

Hi Darlins,

Time is flying isn't it?
I'm sure I'm not alone here!

Quick Update..The Del Mar design renovation is very exciting...we're heading to the finish!
 The pro kitchen appliances were installed this week, the new roof is on, bobcats in the yard prepping for landscape etc..

My other renovation of the French Farm house is also moving along.
 The stone walls are almost finished in front! They look amazing, updates are coming!


Saturday's "Designing with vintage"
 No.12

When scouting for vintage architectural pieces I never anticipate what I will find.
Recently...I spied this pair of vintage doors.


A pair which is seldom found..
with the most beautiful chippy shade of blue, 
I kept walking around the shop and  coming back to see them again, then I was dreaming of them all day.
 That was it...I went back to purchase them.

I'm seeing them incorporated in the butler's pantry. Just so happens, they will fit like a glove!!

Right now they are in waiting...I see them propped up every morning...
I LOVE LOVE LOVE them!

So if you fall in love with a piece and dream about it all day or night, go back Quick & purchase it!!!

Have a beautiful weekend, enjoy!
xo,
me

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Lighting for my client

A beautiful day to you Darlins,

We're bringing all the finish work together at my clients home...

A couple large fixtures were hung.
 Getting the first look at all the pieces after months of scouting for just that perfect statement piece.

 LOVE LOVE LOVE everything!

Clue... This is hanging in the dining roon & it shines a beautiful glow on the space?


Your so smart & gorgeous too!
YES...A chandelier!
 An amazing one you will see soon

Yes...those are vintage beams!!!
{one of a kind we made them just for this room}

I can't wait to see it all come together in the next few weeks & I will curate the reveal to share!
I've been so busy, sorry for the spread apart posts, I'm doing mutltiple jobs right now!

I miss you & will be back soon with lots of exciting new things to share for 2016!!
I'm trying to find time to set up instagram soon...

Enjoy each moment that brings you the joy you deserve!
xo,
me

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Saturday's Designing with Vintage No.11 Chippy Shutter

Welcoming 2016
Are you excited about the New Year? 

I am thrilled to get things rolling... 
I've been working on a clients home & we are finally getting to the finishes.
 I can't wait to show you the project before & afters when we are complete.

Meanwhile here at the French farm house renovation it's quite the mess!!!
 A good ole sawdust, paint, stone work, tile, flooring, trim best kind of mess. 


 Saturday "Designing with Vintage" No. 11 
at home...

Something utilitarian as a built in ironing board I would painted to match the trim work in the space.

We installed this one & it looked like a box on the wall, which it is... and boring at that!

I was scouting vintage doors & I found this vintage european shutter.


I fell in love with the winter white shade of chippy paint & rusty hinge. 


It appeared to be the perfect width.


I have a pretty good tape measure built into my eyes!


I LOVE it! 
A little trim on the bottom & some special sealer so the perfect little chippy paint won't chip of.
 I wanted to add some character to the face of the ironing board door and give it the look of
 a 
cute little cupoard.

Eventually this will be moved to the new laundry room. 
Next week I'll show you why!!!

Let's create & enjoy the beauty around us...
xo,
me 

Thursday, December 31, 2015

2016 My wish for you!

The last greeting of this year Darlins...

It's always bittersweet to me, sometimes the best is left to cherish but the uknown is absolutely thrilling.

2016 what will it bring?
 *POSSIBILITES*

365 new days of fresh & new ideas
 365 days to be excited & thrilled about anything your heart desires.

365 days to just be you...
365 days to cherish
365 days to dream
365 days to feel amazing
365 to love those around you & remember those who left to soon...


Thank you for each & every visit, comment & friendship
here to
 CASUAL LOVES  ELEGANCE.

I love connecting with you & I'm excited to share what's in the works for 2016 with you!


My wishes for you & me Darlins....
Let's
Travel safe, keep our chins up, hearts open
 &
 believe in all that we do, 
give our very best everday!

*DREAM BIG*

*Happy New Year 2016*
Thank you
 from the bottom of my heart...
xo,
Gail



Thursday, December 24, 2015

White Christmas in Mammoth

Christmas Eve greetings to you sweet Darlins from beautiful Mammoth lakes, California

*It's snowing*
I was dreaming of a White Christmas
 & 
 my wish came true this morning we woke up to snow falling!


The village of Mammoth lakes, Ca today...


We took a drive to enjoy the beauty...


 As we drove along the snow was falling and I saw this on the side of the road, someone made this fantastic snow maiden...


 i had fun making finger drawings in the snow.





May your Christmas be beautiful & fill your hearts with peace & LOVE
xo,
me

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Saturday's "Designing with Vintage" No. 10 Christmas

Merry Christmas Darlins,

Anticipation & beauty is all around us, 
Let's take a moment to see the sparkle in a childs eye.... 
 It's truly there for those who believe.

I believe....
 Let's keep Christlmas in our heart all year... I do!!!
Our home is lingering with saw dust, our yard looks like a rock quary, we still have a sinkless kitchen....

We have what matters most.... the joy & love inside our home captivates the magic amongst us.

Also we have a sweet house guest this week & she has added an extra twinkle to our Christmas this year.

Welcome to No. 10 Saturday's "Designing with Vintage"

Today I though I would share  a few favorite pics from past Christmas's in our home.

First up is evergreens....when ya'll are shopping the stores on black friday, I'm not. 
I go early in the morning just to buy my Holiday greens!














A Vintage miners cart becomes our stand for the tree.
* 1930's deer mount from an old hunting lodge in the midwest,
 * Louis Mirror in the dining room get draped with evergreen garlands.






A family ornament that's been loved for decades.

I hope your moments will be spent coveting the joy of the season, filling your heart & home.


A warm, cozy & beautiful Saturday to you!
xo,
me