master bedroom makeover

decorating, DIY By November 19, 2015 5 Comments

Our master bedroom doesn’t seem to get enough attention. Overall, I keep the main areas of our home tidier than the bedrooms–that’s where I stick stuff I don’t want to deal with. But the bedrooms are where we rest and regroup. These spaces should be flaming and beautiful–especially the master bedroom.

Steve was in the Dominican Republic last week, so while he was away, I tidied and purged and cleaned and freshened and made the space much much more beautiful.

I partnered with RugsUSA for this post. They sent me this gorgeous rug. It has such a vintage-y feel. See more details below. 
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The branch was found on the hill near our house. I had planned to hang it above the bed, but I tried to hang it a bunch of different ways and it look right–either is was hanging too low {and we would knock our heads on it if we sat up to read} or it was so high the battery packs dangled down into plain sight. In the end, I found this large vase at Target. The branch is also secured to the wall in one place.

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The bedding. Oh my. It’s from West Elm and it was a spurge. We’ve never splurged on nice bedding before–and now in our forties I felt like it was time. Wow, it is truly beautiful and feels so good. I wanted lots of neutrals to keep things calming.

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The lamp on my bedside table is from Target. The camera is a thrifted find.

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The large heart was gifted from a friend. The baskets hold mismatched socks and other things waiting to be put away. 

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My dear friend, Brenda, helped me hang curtains. I can’t believe how it warms up the room and makes it feel so much cozier. And it keeps the room dark in the mornings, too. The typewriter table was a thrift store find. $12–awesome! As soon as I picked it up, a woman tried to tell me it was already hers. But no, she walked away. It was mine. I just smiled sweetly and walked towards the register.

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This vintage cycling poster was hanging in Steve’s office {I gifted it to him a couple Christmases ago}. Now our office is one big loft, so we don’t have our own walls to decorate. We both love it–now it hangs in our bedroom!

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How pretty is this rug? And it’s so incredibly soft. I love how it looks worn, even though it’s new.

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An area rug really defines a space and gives it more personality. This rug is perfect for our bedroom. How cute is this rug for a family room? I’ve got my eye on it!

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Sometimes I want to leave the twinkle lights on all night–they are so pretty!

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All the details: Bed, Pottery Barn {we’ve had it for years}. Bedding, West Elm. Rug, RugsUSA. Branch, found. Copper twinkle lights, Amazon. Large basket, lamps, throw, Target. Overstuffed chair, side table and dresser, ModelHom. Curtains, Bed, Bath & Beyond.

I can’t wait to crawl into bed tonight!!


boys’ room redo

decorating By October 20, 2015 3 Comments

I’ve been on a major cleaning/purging/re-organizing/house simplifying kick for the past couple months. It’s awesome. It’s life changing and I’m a little bit obsessed. My most recent project was the boys’ room. The boys have shared a room since Matthias was born and although we have an extra room and couple split them up, they prefer to be together. Which, can I just tell you, makes my heart so happy. Some day Matthias will want more space, but for now, they prefer to be together.

I didn’t take good ‘before’ pics but you can see their bedroom here, from a few years ago. I think Matthias was four in these pics {he’s eleven now}. So it was time! We needed to transition from a little boys room to a pre-teen bedroom. Wanna see some pics?

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Here’s the view as you walk in their bedroom. These are the same bunk beds we’ve had since they were 3 years old. They’ve held up grew. We got them at a local boutique that went out of business.

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Matthias and David {and Steve!} are VERY into Star Wars right now. I mean, isn’t everyone? The new movie comes out in a couple months and we are eagerly anticipating seeing it. There is a lot of great decor out right now, so I got some cool canvases, etc for the walls.

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Our friends, Josh and Maggie got this Curious George ‘jack in the box’ and it is one of David’s very special things. We put some of Matthias’ favorite books on top of the shelf for easy access.

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I hung curtains in the room {with the help of my amazing friend, Brenda and her awesome power tools}. It adds softness to the window and diffuses the light. boys room redo lisa leonard-06
A woman named Karen made these hand-painted signs for the boys years ago. The boys still love them. That R2D2 sign was in the dollar section at Target!

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We hung a shelf up on the top bunk so Matthias can have some of his special things within reach.

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Favorite stuffed friends wait patiently while the boys are at school.

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These cubbies are full of legos, star wars figures, hero factory and other toys that are hard to organize. The basket is for extra blankets.

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The boys closet is all cleaned out the clothes are accessible. I feel like I can breathe!

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We used the space under the bed to hold a new piano, some stuffed animals and Steve’s car from when he was little.

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We found this dresser at a garage sale when I was pregnant with Matthias. We painted it red and replaced the knobs and it’s been awesome. The marquee letters and canvases are from Target. The lamp is from Home Goods.

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Here’s the corner of the room, across from the bunk beds with a bookcase, clips to hold drawings and the dresser.

This room feels so fresh! I keep going back and looking at all the open space, organization and new decor. It feels so good! Are you working on any projects around the house right now?


loving where we live

decorating, inspiration By August 27, 2015 6 Comments

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?


loving vintage roadway signs

blog friends, decorating, shops i love By May 21, 2015 2 Comments

I couldn’t wait to share these with you! I’ve been looking for some fun vintage roadway signs and I haven’t been able to find them anywhere. And guess who created some ADORABLE signs with a perfect vintage feel? Yep, Barn Owl Primitives.

These remind me of long road trips on heading North on the 5 freeway to see cousins.

Picnic! Food! Scenic spot!

So fun.

I love the simple brown and white with sanded edges. So sweet! And perfect with some sunny flowers and a funky lamp. Lamp DIY here.

Do these evoke road trip memories for you?

Yay SuMmEr!! Let’s take a road trip and have some fun.

You can see all the vintage street signs here. And use code LLD25 for 25% off anything in the Barn Owl Shop. Awesome!

**Click here to shop**


mounting photos on wood DIY

decorating, DIY By April 1, 2015 9 Comments

I’ve got a fun {and easy} project to share today! I snapped this pic of our green, vintage typewrite with a sweet note–and I loved it so much, I decided to mount it on wood. Also, as a gift for you, I’m including the high res image to download. Feel free to create this same project or frame the photo. It’s super high res–so you could go quite large! Read on for details.

I’ve got a thing for vintage typewriters–so when I found this green one at a thrift store, I snatched it. Isn’t it sweet?

For this project, all you’ll need is…

*a piece of wood {I got this one at Michaels for $5}
*a large photo {i had this photo developed at costco}
Click here to download the high res image typewrite image. This is my gift to you! For personal use only.
*white glue {thinned with water, 2 parts glue/1 part water}  or modge podge
*sponge or paint brush

Lay wood on top of photo and trace around edges.
Then tear photo inside of lines, so the wood will show around edges.

Cover the wood with glue mixture, then cover the back of the photo with glue mixture

Place photo on wood and cover top of photo with glue mixture

Let dry completely

I nailed directly through the wood, but you could attach a hanger to the back {if you’re not lazy like me!}

Click here to download typewriter image. For personal use only.

So fun and easy, right? I think this would be adorable with pictures of your kids at the beach. Three in a row over the fireplace? Love it!

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left field, san luis obispo

decorating, san luis obispo, shops i love By February 3, 2015 1 Comment

This brand new shop here in San Luis Obispo, Left Field, combines some of my favorite things–succulents, baskets, colorful rugs, rough stones, rusty metal, textured shells and lots of light. The result is magical. Today I’ve got lots of photos to share. I hope they inspire you!

Left Field is on Monterey, right across the street from Ruby Rose and just down from Splash Cafe.

Want to read an interview with the owner? Click here.

Browsing a couple amazing shops and clam chowder, hmmm. Sounds like the makings of a perfect afternoon, don’t you think?!


holiday home tour

christmas, decorating By December 9, 2014 6 Comments

We’ve got the house all decorated and we’re soaking up the Christmas season. I love sitting near the tree and enjoying the twinkle lights. I’ve got a cinnamon candle burning and Christmas music playing. Wanna step inside for a tour?

The front porch is super happy, especially after the sun goes down. I love the red poinsettias and twinkle lights.

A couple years ago I made the DIY doormat. You can see the directions here. So fun!

I set up our new nativity from the shop in our entryway. I want it to be the first thing we see–to remind us of why we celebrate Christmas. And it’s high enough so David can’t reach it.

Love these hand-painted signs by Barn Owl Primitives. And have you seen their new website? Friends, it’s so beautiful! And watch this video about Kristi’s story. So cool.

Adorable, right?

The handmade nativity is very dear to my heart and I have been so humbled to see it resonate with you! These are still available and you can have it in time for Christmas!

This painting is a thrifted find and the lamp was super ugly–but I stripped the shade and spray painted the base to make it new.

A happy silver bells wreath hangs near the windows and reflects light.

 Our white tree feels very vintage and the ornaments pop against the white background. It’s from Target online.

Every year, grandma gives the boys a new ornament. We love pulling them out every year and reminiscing about past years.

And every year we add a new ornament from our shop. Again, it’s not too late to order for Christmas!

This ornament was a souvenir from England. So many sweet memories and so much meaning.

I kept the mantle almost the same, I just added a few trees and a big ‘merry christmas’ sign from the shop last year.

This elf was a gift from my mom when I was in college. I still love him 20 years later!

These letter cards {from the shop last year} were layered with printed paper and brads and they make a big impact.

We keep our ampersand sign up all year, but the red feels extra Christmas-y and fun during the holidays. You can find it here, from Junk Art Gypsyz on Etsy.

It’s tradition we hang our stockings on the staircase. We did that when I was growing up.

Is your house decorated? What’s your favorite decor for the Christmas season.


ornaments are here!

christmas, decorating By October 16, 2014 4 Comments

Well it’s been a whirlwind week! The response to nativity completely knocked my socks off. I’ve worked on this project for so long and I’ve had moments of excitement and moments of insecurity–so to see it in the real world and hear how much you love it is amazing. And humbling. And awesome. I’m so thankful.

Today I’ve got new ornaments to share. I know Christmas is still 9 weeks away, but many of you are already planning.

These hand-crafted ornaments are a tradition for many of you, year after year. And they make heartfelt gifts for teachers, babysitters and dear friends. I love how personal they are and that they carry memories with them. Precious.

Above is the brand new Love and Laurel ornament. It represent heartfelt affection and honor.

The detail on our hand-crafted snowflake is truly beautiful. Personalize the banner with names or a sweet phrase.

How sweet is the new nativity ornament? Love all that this represents.

Last year the alphabet ornaments ‘My Holly’ was far and away our best seller!

The Molded Heart ornament is a sweet classic. I adore this one!

The snow globe is full of whimsy and magic!

And how fun is the brand new family tree ornament? I love it!

You can see all the new ornaments here. Which one is your favorite?


DIY arrow sign

decorating, DIY By September 2, 2014 6 Comments

My sister and I saw the most adorable, vintage arrow sign at a boutique in Paso Robles a couple weeks ago, but it wasn’t for sale. So we decided to get crafty and do make one ourselves. It was really easy. Don’t get turned off by the measurements–basically, you just want everything to be centered and symmetrical

 We used balsa wood, red paint, a ruler, pencil and sandpaper.

1. Measure the center of your sign and draw a line all the way down. This will be the center of your arrow.

2. Draw lines on either side of your arrow, equal distance from the center. This is the width of your arrow.

For the detail at the end of the arrow, we decided how far from the edge each tail feather should go, then drew a pencil line. Measure 1/2″ or so between and draw dots, connect all your dots and you have symmetrical lines.

Erase all extra pencil marks and begin painting the edge of your arrow with a clean line. I small paint brush makes it easier.

Once it was dry, I heavily sanded it to give it an aged feel.

It points the way to the kitchen, which is where we all hang out. So it’s perfect!

Are you ready to make your own arrow?


ashley’s {adorable} living room

decorating, inspiration By July 25, 2014 1 Comment

I’m sure you know Ashley from Little Miss Momma. This girl is gorgeous–inside and out. And she has a knack for decorating with fun and personality. She’s real, honest and one of my dear friends. Today I’m sharing her family room with you!

 That USA on wood painting is from Salty Bison. Love!

I love her dark wood floors, white furniture and pops of color. Well done!

Isn’t it a happy space? Thank you Ashley for sharing your gorgeous home with us.