Sunday, May 14, 2017

A note to My Mom in the heavens

Happy Mother's Day 
To all the precious Mom's around the world you are LOVED by someone more than you know, 
You are MISSED by someone more than you know,
You are EVERYTHING to someone more than you know.

This was my MOM in her 20's.



She was the youngest sister of 5
Auntie to 12
Mother of 6
Nana to 3

My best friend, My biggest supporter, My everything.

Happy Mother's Day Mom, 
you're still the most beautiful women in my world.

Thank you for being an amazing, loving, caring & nurturing Nana to my boys, they so adored you.

I miss you dearly.
 I carry you in my heart. 
Forever
xo,
Gail



Friday, April 7, 2017

Today

Today is because of all the yesterdays.

How are you? 

I'm grateful. 

For many reasons, but first for the opportunity I had yesterday to be sitting in an audience at Oprah's Super Soul sessions.  Just saying extraordinary seems small!



I have been writing more to see my own words, even simple reminders and old school notes!

My posts have been spread apart, it's not an excuse just to be busy so I all I can say is I'm willing to do better for my blog friends.


I've been and still am quietly hush about the journey my life has taken recently, it's because honestly it's beyond words, I'll just say it!
I'm trying to find the best way to document this story of mine. So hang with me ok!

A dream is a promise our hearts make..



Our lemon grove has me busy harvesting for our local orders 2-3 times a week. 
I'm grateful for such a beautiful healthy grove and for the company of my bestie, Our Saint Bernard "Lincoln". We spend the early mornings here, he mostly naps as I tell him about the latest vintage finds or my design ideas!



My small town is waiting for me across the lake beyond these green trees, 
the road home has been epic and very long. 
I'll be sharing this journey with ya'll soon.

"Expect home to be everything, because it is".

I'm sharing on IG now too at
xogailsmithpeterson

A beautiful weekend to you!
xo,
Gail

Monday, March 20, 2017

Welcome Spring

*Welcome Spring*


Following a wet winter here in SoCal which we are grateful for,
 I look forward to a lush garden filled with blooms. 

It's beautiful to see all the dwarf stone fruit trees we planted last year filled with blossoms. 

 Fingers crossed the french lavender thrives this year, I think it was overwatered last year, so I replanted more in late fall.


This Lupine is beginning to bloom and get's to be about 8ft tall.
Planted by the previous owners. No scent, short blooming season & not too attractive the rest of year!


Heirloom roses are what I anticipate most in spring, I pruned them way back last month, I hope to have more blooms this year. 
This pic is from last years garden.


I Love Spring & I know she will be beautiful again this year. I have a dinner planned in the garden folly soon, I hope to have blooms from the garden for my arrangement.

A beautiful 1st Day of Spring to you Darlings.
xo,
Gail

I seem to post more on my IG feed, you know cause its new!  Come follow me over there!
at
xogailsmithpeterson

Monday, March 6, 2017

My first fixer upper - Before & After

Happy Monday Darlins,

Today I'm sharing my first fixer upper.

When I first married I moved into this 1940's California ranch style home near the beach. 
My husband had bought it years before and did some remodeling of his own!!!
(Burnt orange tile-avacado green appliances, brick & a conversation pit)

So the story is looong, the short backstory is....

A young women dreams of the opportunity to be apart of choosing her first home.
Well I didn't get that, SOOOO my trade off was.
 I agreed to love it, not list it!
 BUT, In exchange, I would get to do a complete design and renovation of the house with my style and incorporate the other structures and landscape.

We began with a tiny 125 sq. ft shed in the back yard. I wanted to make into a darling guest house and live in it during the renovation. We had a budget & I wanted to be hands on living on site!

Yes, it would be the three of us because we had just had our first baby.
 Our son was 6 weeks old and we began the demo of our new family home.

The stakes were high!
{This was my first everything}
My marriage
my baby
my renovation
my design project.
{ I had no design background or experience}
So no pressure right!



BEFORE

This was the front elevation.
LOOONg no height
Needed an entry
The awful driveway in front of the windows and house needed to go
 along with the iceplant & palm trees! 

My Design vision was clear from the start and inspired by homes in New England or the lake houses in the midwest.


AFTER

The driveway was removed, a lawn with magnolias, birch trees, evergreens, boxwoods & roses were added. I love fences, my husband and I made 5 different designs for fencing!


The Roofline was raised to add height to exterior elevation and gave the interior more architectural interest to the interior ceilings.


We finally had a lovely proper entrance with a porch to watch the sunset and decorate for the holidays!

A single level home with views to the beach.

My husband laid all the solid southern pine floors and did amazing wood work and moldings in the interior. The process with plans & etc took about a year or so. We also hooked up to city sewer. The house renovation took about a year and half to complete. The years following we did the other structures.
We did most of the finish work ourselves and landscaping. I scouted for all the interior vintage lighting & designed some custom furniture pieces.

This and all our projects are truly a labor of love.

We sold the home a few years to do something totally different.
We have some land now, just a few miles from this home and are renovating another huge project into our french farm house.

I hope you enjoyed my first fixer upper!

A beautiful day week to you.

Stop by and follow on my new IG feed!
It's 
xogailsmithpeterson

xo,
Gail



Saturday, February 25, 2017

Imperfect beauty

Happy Saturday Darlins,

Hope your enjoying the weekend!

 We are enjoying sunshine here in southern Ca, after the rains we so desperately needed.

Working on our renovation in the evenings and on weekends after all is normal for us!
 Living in it can be a bit much at times!
 It's all good, don't get me wrong I'm a grateful girl.

Incorporating Vintage pieces and old salvage is what I love to do from a design standpoint in all our projects. 
I have a storage container... or two filled with pieces I have been coveting for this french farm house & future projects.


Finding imperfect beauties like these makes my heart flutter and my cheeks blush!




I know I will use them, it's just where and when!

So if I can save your heart a bit...a little lesson to share with you is...
It's not the pieces that you bought and hang on to,
 it's the pieces you passed up and didn't get that you'll regret!!

The hunt is fun, but when you see it all come together that's the joy!

Hey I'm on IG - follow me there! 
my feed is
xogailsmithpeterson

A beautiful weekend to you,
xo,
Gail

Monday, February 13, 2017

Love

Sweetest Valentine's Day to you!

When it comes to celebrating Valentines Day isn't sweet how much fun it is? 
It's timeless, and for all ages.

I used to be obsessed for making my own Valentines. Over the years, I loved giving something I created with my own sentiments.

I love hanging these glitter hearts in the garden folly, I love to see them when light catches a sparkle.



A sweet "HappyValentines Day" with Love to you & yours,
xo,
Gail

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

I'm blushing

Hello Darlins,

I'm blushing today...


This morning I woke to see our entry foyer featured
 on COUNTRY HOME MAGAZINE's
Instagram page. 


How lovely!
Thank you Country Home Magazine for a little sparkle on our home!


How's your new year so far?

I've been super focused with my new year agenda, lot's of beautiful things coming about!

Harvest season has began here at our family Lemon grove so that brings such love for the gardens, being outdoors and sharing our bounty with local markets.

Please join me over on instagram.
at
xogailsmithpeterson

A beautiful week to you,
xo,
Gail