Saturday, November 21, 2015

Saturday's Designing with Vintage No.7 Window to charm

Happy Saturday Darlins,

Welcome to No. 7 "Designing with Vintage" from my home.

Our home is being renovated & we are living in it...
We are in the drywall phase now so it shouldn't be alot longer!!!

I love out of the ordinary storage, I love charm with practical.

So here's one of my cabinets in the kitchen I've been using for storage.

SO.... yesterday I came across this window, I had to buy it $40 bucks!

I bet you can guess what's going to happen with this one!

Yes mam... another cabinet! I'm so excited to get this one made.

Designing with Vintage
what I love, 
my passion is organically to add charm to everyday function.

I hope you are inpired to look around for a vintage window or door and make something useful for your space.

A beautiful weekend to you,

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Saturday's Designing with Vintage No.6 Vintage Garden House

Hi Darlins,

Happy Saturday! Welcome to Saturday's "Designing with Vintage" No. 6.

Vintage Garden House

It all began when I found this vintage structure.

 I fell in love love love with it
 had to bring it home.

The yard needed a focal point from the kitchen and front of the house.

We fenced the property and cleared the area for the foundation.

It was dismantled and put on a flat bed truck and brought here, we poured a slab and faced it with stone to set the structure on.

I was drawn to these vintage doors,
 they looked like the Front door I had designed on our beach house.

This cast iron fireplace was found in Ireland. 
 I had it powder coated white and used this in my retail store for many years.

This vintage cornice is off the face of an old building. 
I have it hanging inside just because......

At night we have soft light washing the face of the structure, it's so pretty with a dark sky.
Can you see the moon peeking around the back ever so softly?

This vintage structure adds the casual elegance I dreamed of for our property.

I hope your inspired to have a vintage structure in your landscape sometime.

A beautiful weekend to you,

P.S we're re-landscaping with the new stone walls so I will share that in the future, can't wait to show it finished!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Saturday's Designing with Vintage No. 5

Hi Darlins,
We're getting  used to the new time change. 
I love it, what about you?

Finally beginning to enjoy the season with the cooler weather, by making a couple cozy fires.

Welcome to No. 5 Saturday's "Designing with Vintage".


 I love vintage lighting.
 I ponder the rooms those fixtures gave light to before..
 A sense of romance but simply utilitarian.

Today I'm sharing a few of my favorite vintage fixtures in my french normandy farm home.

Vintage pieces are so interesting as re purposed as lighting.

Can you guess what this was?
Can you see the spout in front of this coffee server?

No change needed... not in service anyomore!
This was a parking meter.

It's in my son's room, left of the bed.

A cool galvanized light from old parts. 
You can SHOP for it here.

Before it was electrified, I was told this was this light was used for candles.
  The handle was to carry it through the home. 

A glass table lamp is a family heirloom.

It is missing a few crystals, love it just the same.

A crystal chandiler in the foyer has delicate detail.

A tiny vintage sconce with crystals. Above my desk.

All time favorite sconce!

French sconces with the original blue crystals.
Missing a few of the blue crystals that sadly broke when moving.

These sconces are in the dining room.

ALL PIECES found as is at Antique shops and vintage markets, except the heirloom glass table lamp.

Today I hope to inspire you to think about using vintage lighting in your spaces. 

On a side note, I'm grateful for a new design client, I have my finger's crossed to use some vintage pieces and of course lighting in the project, I will be taking pics on the project to share with you!

A beautiful Saturday to you,

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Saturday's "Desiging with Vintage" Halloween

Happy Saturday...
It's Halloween!

A fun day for many with scary festivites looming...

I hope you don't I'm keeping it short and just to a little Halloween decoratitng here at home from previous Halloweens.

Next Saturday, we will resume with No. 5

Paper stars garland strung beneath the chandelier.

Paper skeleton garland strung between the lights in my sons room.

Little skulls, magic cards and lots of candles in the entry.

Antique urn in the foyer with garland that sparkles in black glitter.

Birch trees with a few hairy creatures..

I Love gingham ribbon... do you?

Have a safe & fantastic day & weekend.

The good witch

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Saturday's Desinging with Vintage No.4 & shop my house!

Happy Saturday Darlins
Welcome to  No. 4 of  Saturday's "Designing with vintage"
 from my home to yours.
{Scroll down to the week before No. 1 if you want to review or more}
Today I'll be showing you vintage pieces that I have found
how I've curated them in and around our home for the Autumn season.

Let's get started with the street lamp base.

The vintage horn handle fork is a family heirloom.
I love using vintage school flashcards!

I've placed it in an isle of our Lemon Grove.
It is two pieces that would of fit around the base of a street light. It's how I found it.
Material is cast iron.

Pumkins & grapevine always convey fall!

Go ahead shop my house!

While we're outside let's head over to the Tin Man's shed.
{I'll take you here again another time}
I've repurposed an old rake & hung it on the Carriage door.

A twig of the pepper tree is naturally pretty anywhere!

LOVE... this vintage french bistro chair, I found two of them. 
It folds!
Heavy, it was already black.
I don't paint my objects very often.
I love finding them as they are.
Stay with me we're going inside my house now!

This is one of the fireplaces in our home.
It hasn't been renovated YET!
at the moment it's my Gathering room...

My favorite Antique find.
{this one really is my favorite}
This french mirror is very tall.
 I love the detail so much I use as my blog header here on Casual Loves Elegance.
I found it at a Antique shop locally in Solana Beach.

On the mantle you see the white square candle holders I repurposed from old fence posts caps.

Repurposed ceiling tin makes for a great little planter.
 The dried hydrangeas are reminders of the season.

My wish here is to inspire with your own creativity in & around your own home.
Truely was lovely of you to visit as always.

A beautiful Saturday to you,

Friday, October 23, 2015

Kitchen fixer upper * CLE mini style.

Hi Darlins,
We couldn't take this ugly space one more day...
I have the ugliest kitchen with in southern California... I'm pretty confident!!!

This was how the space looked as of yesterday
GREAT improvement already!

I am so excited to be in this room again tearing things up & doing the mini fixer upper.
Nights & weekends you know where to find us!

The kitchen.... the most used, most coveted, most dreamed about room of a home.
...this kitchen is most used, we love to cook, entertain and we have mangaged so far...

Later I will create the back story for you with the first pics when we bought the house to bring you up to date. You'll see why this is so exciting!

This is a mini fixer upper for now... I'll share the final plan later.

I'm Starting a new Pinterest board MINI fixer uppers.

A beautiful Friday all...

Look forward to you coming by tomorrow for Saturday' s"Designing with Vintage" No. 4


Saturday, October 17, 2015

Saturday's Designing with vintage No.3

Happy Saturday Darlins,

I'm excited this morning! 
We are doing some demo of the kitchen counters today!

I want to get this post out to you before the jack hammer gets plugged in! 

Let's get right into No. 3 of Saturday's "Designing with vintage" series from my home. 

The Entry is the first place 
that makes a lasting impression.

1970's to our French Normandy Farmhouse entry.


1970's tile, skinny base, gold oak, pocket door 
this was what it was. 
A waste of a space....

Behind this little pocket door was a small bath, corner plastic shower and two bedroom with only one closet... weird!

We tore it all down, I'll share that later.

 1970's to our French Normandy Farmhouse.

I found two sets of European doors...
knew immeditaley where one set would go

The doors are extremely thick & heavy. They were 11 feet tall with the transom.
We reworked them, cut them down & I found this beautiful glass to put in.
The original carvings were missing so we had new ones hand carved.

Behind the doors is a little foyer we created between the master suites.
I will share the moldings on another post, they are my favorite!

You might recognize the from my side bar, now you can visulalize it's location in the house.

Two bedrooms are off each side with this charming foyer in the middle. 
Each suite has a walk in closet & marble clad bath I'll share later!

Changing the accoutrements around for the seasons keeps the entry fresh.

This was Spring

 Across from the doors aEuropean Antique iron conslole is hung with a marble top.
Above Antique french mirror.

A mirror in the entry is important, beautiful and serves a purpose...
Catch those bad hair days & grab a ball cap before you walk out!

Usually greenery or fresh picked from our garden.

A nice place to leave a afteschool treat.

I love chandilers, i know you do too!
 Pretty in day light & always elegant.

The Vintage List 
 Antique Doors found in Los Angeles.
Basket is french with wheels, I added vintage european linen found @ a friends yard sale.
Iron Bed with planters found @ a french shop locally.
Umbrella white with clear  handle found@ a midwest fleamarket.
White dust pan & baby sand box shovel found @ The Rose Bowl flea market.
White shelf found @ a quait little shop & I added the vintge door knobs.
Wood bench is european found @ Roger's Garden's New Port Beach.
 Large Antique Urn-traded for, read the last post for details!
Chandlier found @ orange county flea market.
 Antuiqe french mirror found @ a vintage flea market.
Iron Console with marble top found in Los Angeles@ quaint shop
 French chair found@ a vintage sale.
Milk bottle found @ flea market.
Beaded Crest patch - family heirloom.

We love the entry so's a big transformation & fits us now!
I can't wait to see the Antique front door in the next phase of the renovation!

We haven't touched the front exterior entrance YET!
Of course...I have my front doors! Blanketed out in the storage trailer...
I can't wait to see them, they are Antique and will be coming up in the next phase of the renovation! 
Hang in there when we get to that phase of construction you'll hear all about those doors & their story!

I'm here to help... contact me if you need help in refreshing or building your Entry. 

A beautiful weekend to you!

P.S. I had to finish this post after I helped with the demo...
 already done!
Going in to clean up & make a lunch run!!!