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





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!





She is GORGEOUS.
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,
xo,
me




Saturday, December 5, 2015

Saturday's "Designing with vintage" Holiday's No.8

Happy Saturday Darlins

Since the Holiday season is upon us I'll share with you some vintage inspiration from my home to yours from past holiday's..





Everyday vintage pieces are so lovely in holiday decor..
 Look around your attic or garage,
 I bet you can find the most creative pieces tuck away and you can use them today!

P.s I have yet to decorate this season, But I will share when I do!!!

Enjoy! Have fun! 
A beautiful weekend to you.
xo,
me

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Renovating before the holidays UHHH!

Hi Darlins,

Yikes....I had to skip my Saturday's "Designing with vintage" to help my husband put all the boards  on the ceiling in the Butler Pantry area. They are gorgeous even with out paint!!

Then I sanded the all the new dry wall in the same room.
Oh my... that's a job, Ihave done my share of sanding but this was a first for walls!
 I have a so much respect for the carrpenter trades, the work they do is TOUGH!!!

 I was giggling when I finished.
 I must of lost a few pounds sweating in the room. It was hot and all closed off with plastic. My triceps were burning!
Hmmmm, can I count it as a work out???

We are up against the clock to get the kitchen finished to the point of function. 
My oldest son is coming home for the holiday's = FOOD!
He will no doubt want his favorite things & we have to have our kitchen up & running!

So hope you don't mind...next Saturday I will continue the Design series!

Off to the prime & paint the first coat of paint!



On black Friday I bought Christmas greens! That's the only thing I buy on Black Friday!
 I love to have a few sprigs of cypress in the bathrooms!

Smells like Christmas...

I can't wait to decorate our home for the Holiday's!

Happy Sunday I hope your week has been special, it's almost December!!!
xo,
me


Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thankgiving

Happy Thanksgiving darlins.

I love this day.
My thoughts today are that you're in the midst of preparting a special meal for those you love.

A time for gathering, sitting elbow to elbow & telling stories over a meal prepared with Love.
I hope your day
 is
 unforgettable!



I love this old photo, I'm not sure where it came from. But the message is simple....

Let's feed our families with more than food,
 but with Love, 
companionship
 &
 nuture the young and instill what is truly important... Family...

 Let's trust we will remember these unforgettable moments together
 &
 most of all how they make us feel.

Love you all.

I'm grateful for each of you who've taken the time to come over to my blog through the years.
 &
 I hope in small way youv'e been inspired & will return to visit once again.

A wonderful & Happy Thanksgiving y'all to you & your family's.

XO XO
me
Gail



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
 is 
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,
xo,
Gail

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,
xo,
me

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!