Lisa Leonard Designs

loving where we live

August 27th | decorating, inspiration

Our living room is where we spend most of our time. It’s attached to the kitchen, and we all hang out on this side of the house–eating, playing, watching television, doing work, etc.

These couches have been through the ringer. I can’t even count how many times I’ve scrubbed them clean. They have worked hard–some day soon they’ll need to be replaced. The coffee table is scratched and scuffed. The rug has spots and needs a professional cleaning. But there is lots of light, and color and coziness. It’s imperfect. It’s real life. It’s beautiful.

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The yellow lamps and pillows are from Target.

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I recently got the sheepskin to add coziness to this chair and cover up the fading upholstery. Fun!

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Check out the chair before and after. It’s had a second life–crazy! It’s pretty broken down and faded now. But such a fun color.

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The coffee table was thrift find. I painted it white and all the edges have worn away. It’s rustic!

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We keep lots of David’s toys in vintage crates under the coffee table. He loves to slide the crates out and go through the toys–flinging them all over the room. It’s pretty funny. Also, it’s easy to clean up. The rug is from Ikea.

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The mirror, sconces and books above the fireplace are all thrifted.

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Lots of music all over the house. Lots of noise too!

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That pouf is from Target. My friend Annie bought it and decided she didn’t want it. I traded her for a pair of earrings from the shop. Awesome!!

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The ampersand marquee is from Junk Art Gypsyz. It adds happiness to the room.

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Someday I want to paint those bookshelves white. I think it would brighten the room a lot.

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And here’s a close-up of the ampersand marquee and vintage typewriter {thrifted}.

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Two decorating books I can’t get enough of right now are The Nesting Place and The New Bohemians. So inspiring!

What room in your home gets the most family time?

big hair, don’t care

August 26th | what I'm wearing

This morning I overslept a bit. I rushed to get ready–black top and jeans–whatever is easiest. A little mascara and red lipstick go a long way. When I got to David’s school I realized I had forgotten his backpack–so I had to run back home and grab it. Then the school called to say I mixed up the boy’s lunches {David eats a special diet} so I had to go to two different schools and swap their lunches back. Then I ran to the workshop, was late for a meeting and we quickly took some ‘what I wore’ pics. My first thought when I saw them? Wow, I have BIG HAIR! It goes right along with my crazy day. Woohoo! This is my life.

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Feel like you’re the only one who doesn’t have it all together? We should hang out. Life is so imperfect and sometimes completely NUTS! I need to take a deep breath and get myself an extra large iced tea.

Outfit details: Jeans, Big Star via Zappos {similar}. Sheer tunic, K-la {I got this on my trip to North Carolina with Incourage}. Sandals, Miz Mooz {similar}. Sunburst ring, My Shop. Tiny initials necklace, My Shop {LOVE!}

Did you see we have a BIG end of summer sale happening?! Take 20% off the entire shop with code ‘sunset’. It’s a good day to treat yourself to a special necklace or a couple stacking rings. Click here to shop. 

hello hope, hello monday

August 24th | get creative, hello monday

Hello friends! It’s a brand new week and today the boys start their new school year. David is in 8th grade and Matthias is in 6th. We are excited for what this year holds!

I’ve been struggling with sadness over the last weeks and just a couple days ago the clouds started to part. I woke up happy and hopeful. It’s been a while–and I savored the feeling.

With hope and happiness comes creativity. I put together some little collages of beautiful things I’ve found on walks or at thrift stores. Inspiration is a good thing.

Life is imperfect. Life is hard. Life is beautiful. Life is to be lived. So today, let’s try to live it well.

It’s Monday. How about some hellos?
***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

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Hello air plants {I’m giving these a try!}, hello vintage print, hello feather, hello stones, hello swing free earrings.

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Hello jersey cow postcard, hello lavendar bottle, hello little twigs, hello swept away necklace.

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Hello little book, hello pretty illustrations, hello you’re my wish necklace.

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Hello sunburst ring. So pretty. To me, this represents hope. Each day is new.

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Hello packing lunches.

Hello special breakfast {chocolate chip pancakes, of course!}

Hello new desks, new classes, new teachers, new things to learn, new friends to make.

Hello trying hard to get outside, to walk, to jog, to sit in the sun. It’s good for my soul.

Hello praying and reflecting and journaling.

Hello house to clean and dishes to wash and laundry to fold.

Hello jewelry to make and meetings to have and dreams to pursue.

Hello boys to snuggle and moments to savor.

Good things are happening. It’s a brand new week–with beauty to be found. Today is a blessing, let’s soak it up.

What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments or link your own hello monday post there!

sister birthday 2015

August 19th | celebrate the every day, san luis obispo, shops i love

Last weekend I got away with my twin sis, and my two younger sisters who are also twin for a sister weekend. All of our birthdays are in August and we’ve had this tradition since college.
How insane is that?!

We rented a luxury cabin {kind of like a tiny house} from Flying Flags resort in Buellton. It was adorable! We ate so much good food and talked and talked and laughed and cried and talk some more. I brought matching pajama bottoms for all of us because we’re nerdy like that! It was some much needed time away to rest and have fun. And of course I have lots of pics to share with you! At the end of the post I have links for our favorite spots in Buellton, Santa Ynez and Los Olivos.

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SY Kitchen, I had soup and a steak salad. So gourmet!
Dos Carlitos, Get chips and guacamole to start. Shrimp tacos and mango margaritas are to die for!
Plenty Boutique–Love this shop! Great boots, dresses and jewelry.

In Los Olivos
Sides Hardware and Shoes, everything I’ve had was delicious.
Enjoy Cupcakes–blackberry wine cupcakes, please!
Artisans Gallery–so many pretty, handmade things. The courtyard is breath-taking.
Los Olivos General Store, cookbooks, lotions, olive oil and pretty things.
Honey Paper–fun stationary and journals

Flying Flags Resort, rent an airstream trailer or luxury tiny cabin. They have a pool, playground and ice cream shop.
Ellen’s Pancake House, you can walk from Flying Flags. I had the chocolate chip pancakes.
Industrial Eats, great oven baked pizzas and salads.

Ok, I’m ready to go back! It was so fun. Today is my actual birthday and we’ve got a date planned tonight. So fun! have a fabulous day, friends!

hello monday, hello santa ynez

August 17th | boutiques i love, hello monday

Hello friends! Last night I got back from a weekend with some of my sisters. It was a sweet time and so good for my soul. We visited Plenty Boutique in Santa Ynez. It’s one of my favorite boutiques! If you’re driving on the 101, I recommend stopping in–and then head over to Dos Carlitos for chips and guacamole or SY Kitchen. Yum! How about some hellos?

***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

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Hello Steph and Jules! They’re the owners of Plenty Boutique. Aren’t they gorgeous?

Hello unpacking. Or I should say, hello trying to avoid unpacking.

Hello cousins in town.

Hello Lego camp. Yay!

Hello last week of summer before SCHOOL starts. Yikes!

Hello planning school lunches and gathering school supplies.

Hello more meetings this week. There’s lots going on in the workshop. We’re planning and dreaming.

Hello birthday week! Hooray. Guess how old I am?!

Hello heat wave. It’s been warm here!

Hello starry night skies. Did you see the meteor shower last week. We saw some amazing shooting stars that streaked across the sky. Amazing!

Hello to you! It’s a brand new week with beauty to be found. Are you ready?

What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments or link your own hello monday post there.

all day meetings {what i wore}

August 12th | what I'm wearing

Yesterday I had an all day marketing meeting. Our team was out and about, brainstorming, dreaming and planning. I wanted to be comfortable but put together. Nothing is better than jeans–and this sheer top was funky and fun. Here are the details…

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Outfit details: Jeans, Big Star via Zappos {similar}. Black tank, Old Navy. Sheer top, local boutique {similar here}. Sandals, Miz Moos. Next step necklace, My shop. Bag, H&M

Tomorrow I’m in meetings again all day. So fun and so exhausting. This weekend I’m getting away with my sisters. I can’t wait. I’ll have pics to share next week.


hello point buchon trail {hello cousins!}

August 10th | family, hello monday, san luis obispo

We had four nieces in town this weekend, along with three aunties and a grandma. It was a full house and so much fun! We ate yummy food, hit some garage sales, watched Ferris Bueller’s Day Off {classic!} and hiked Point Buchon in Montana de Oro.

It’s a brand new week! How about some hellos?

***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

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Hello gorgeous weather. I want to be outside all the time!

Hello catching up on housework and laundry.

Hello wearing these earrings every day lately. Love!

Hello looking forward to a birthday weekend with my sisters. I can’t wait!

Hello slow mornings and pancakes. With lots of coffee of course.

Hello finishing up our fall line. I’m so excited to share it with you in a couple weeks.

Hello hiking and running. We’ve been getting out every chance we get.

Hello Thai chicken salad for dinner one night this week. I’m trying a variation of this recipe {cutting out some sugar, and putting it on top of lettuce instead of inside a tortilla}.

Hello big business decisions to make this week. I kinda want to curl up with a blanket and hide. Exciting and scary stuff.

Hello to you! It’s gonna be a good week. Let’s do this!

What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments or link your own hello monday post there.

50th anniversary {all the details}

August 6th | celebrate the every day, family

When we were in Lake Arrowhead last week, all the kids planned a 50th dinner celebration for my parents. We split up all the tasks and it came together beautifully. The dinner was delicious {I had nothing to do with food prep!} and the decorations were so fun {I helped with the fabric bunting and centerpieces}. We had a toast {Martinelli’s sparkling apple juice} and a talent show put on by the kids. My younger sister created this video of photos through the years. Each guest took a succulent favor home with them. I’m sure we’ll remember this night for a long time. I took lots of pics to share with you–take a look!

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I know my parents felt celebrated and that’s exactly what us kids wanted for them. So special! 50 years is a crazy, amazing thing.

drapey vest and boots

August 5th | what I'm wearing

after I snapped pics of this outfit, I realized almost every piece is from Target. Crazy! I find some great stuff there–and I love mixing it with higher end stuff like really good boots that last for years or a special piece from Anthropologie.

It’s Wednesday and I’m linking up with Lindsey at the Pleated Poppy for some fashion inspiration.

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Outfit details: Gray distressed jeans, Target. Black tank, Old Navy. Drapey vest, Target {in store}. Booties, Target. Swing free earrings, My shop.

We’re enjoying some cooler weather this week {around 70*} so I slipped on my booties. We’re buying backpacks, school supplies and starting to think about going back to school. Are you in back to school mode yet?

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August 3rd | family, hello monday

Hello friends! We just got back from celebrating my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary in Lake Arrowhead. It was busy and crazy and fun. Now we’re welcoming cousins and preparing for zoo camp this week! I’ve got pics to share of our trip and some hellos for a brand new week.

***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

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Hello cousins and aunties and uncles and grandma and grandpa. All of us together!

Hello party prep and celebrating 50 years.

Hello splashing in the lake and waterslides.

Hello pine trees and starry skies.

Hello editing pics and smiling at memories made.

Hello stand-up paddle boarding for the first time. Once I got over being terrified of falling, I love it!

Hello big breakfasts and lots of coffee.

Hello making up spare beds for cousins.

Hello packing lunches and loading up on sunscreen for zoo camp.

Hello to you! It’s a brand new week with beauty and busyness waiting. Are you ready?

What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments or link your own hello monday post there.