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!

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!


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...

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

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

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
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
 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.


 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



Friday, July 1, 2016


I've missed you!

Happy *4th of July* weekend*

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!

 words that describe what's going on.


.all I can say right now.

I'll give you
 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!

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,

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,

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!

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,

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"

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...

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!

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!

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
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...

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?

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

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....
Travel safe, keep our chins up, hearts open
 believe in all that we do, 
give our very best everday!


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

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

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!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Saturday's Designing with Vintage No. 9 "Butlers sink restoration"

Happy Holidays!
Welcome to  Saturday's "Designing with vintage" series No. 9 from my home.

Are you enjoying all that the season brings, 
We are all scurring about so the posts are short & sweet for the next few weeks
I'll be packing them with inspiration I hope you'll savor!

This vintage sink I found years ago up in a salvage store in Los Angeles.

SHE is finally home, it will be inloaded later today off the truck when we can rangle some muscle, 4 men!

I had to peak and tear the plastic...
those are rain drops!

Beautiful curves..

This is how I found her, stuck in the back room amongst all the other lonely bath fixtures.
I had to get her out of there & restore her beauty.

After a couple years I finally found a restoration place...in my state!
 I took her a few weeks ago, the bottom of the sink was badly pitted, I wasn't sure it could be done.

I took her here 

Randy La Page and his team restored the elegance back to this old sink. 

They are magical.
 I am so happy with the finished resoration. 
They are the only place in near San Diego I found,
 I did alot of searching and talking to people.

RANDY LA PAGE from RW LITTLE came to my home, inspected it and said yes they would be able to restore her.

NEXT.... is going to to new faucets & drain. Soon she will be placed in the Butler's pantry.
I will do a full post when she is all set in place in the reveal.

SOOOOO this is how I design with vintage!

I hope your inspired, it's nonsense to be scared of something old, 
just do your homework, ask questions & be patient anything is possible.

 I can help you at CLE Design just send me a email.

Shop for gifts in my store.

Enjoy the beauty of the season,