Our new backyard {progress!}

decorating, found here & there, inspiration By June 17, 2019 6 Comments

We have been working on getting out backyard up to speed so we can enjoy it with friends this summer. For those of you catching up on Leonard news, we moved into a new home about three months ago. It has been a crazy season for us! We launched my new book, Brave Love, moved into a new house, Matthias got really sick and missed three weeks of school and then David caught the same bug and ended up being airlifted to UCLA where we spent a week getting him stable. I feel like I’m still trying to get back into my rhythm! It’s been hard with lots of sweet moments and I’m ready for things to mellow out a bit.

So anyway, we have been working on our backyard–and it’s starting to come together. I wanted to show you progress pics. It’s not perfect {is anything perfect?!}, it’s not finished, but it’s ready to be enjoyed. Below are some BEFORE pics of the backyard when we bought the house.


These pics above are from the listing. This is how it looked when we bought the house. There was a huge BBQ, a built in heater that didn’t work, a hot tub that didn’t work and a lot of tile. It’s kind of a strange backyard. There is one small area where we put two couches and a fire pit. There’s a raised area where there’s a hot tub and seating and there’s a long walkway in between the two spots. It’s a small backyard and we wanted to maximize the space.

Louis would like you to know he approves of the new seating near the hot tub. He’s so funny. These black chairs are from Target and they’re super comfortable. Find them here. The black and white pillows are from Target, too. Find them here.

It’s starting to look cozy!

My philosophy for outdoor living is to make it as comfortable as possible–that way we’ll actually use it! I like to decorate just as I would indoors with seating, side tables, plants, baskets, even art or decor hung to make it feel home-y. The problem is everything gets more wear outside. For furniture I either buy pieces made specifically for outdoor or I thrift wood and wicker so I’m not devastated when they fall apart after a year or two. I also try to keep the furniture wiped down so it’s ready when we are. If we decide to eat dinner outdoors it’s easy! Everything is clean and ready to go.

I found this weathered bench a local thrift/vintage shop and fell in love with the texture. I like to mix clean and rustic, wood and white. That wicker egg-shaped chair in the background was a $15 thrifted store find. I had it David’s bedroom but he never used it so I put it outside.

These teak candlesticks were $6 each at a local thrift store. I freaked out when I found them. They are super cool. Now I just need candles to go on top! ?

Okay, we are super excited about this 14 foot outdoor bar our friends from Emily Ryan Homes built for us. Guess what? They found old planks from the Pismo Beach pier {the pier needed some TLC and these planks were replaced} and cleaned them up to create the rustic bar. The black barstools are from Target. Find them here. I loooove the way the whole thing came together. It’s a perfect spot for teenagers {and adults!} to hang out. Also it puts the strange walkway to work. Instead of feeling awkward it feels purposeful!

I can’t wait to have pizza parties and BBQs in this space!

These teak couches are low and super comfortable. I found them at Joss and Main. Find them here. The fire pit is from Amazon and not hooked up yet. We still need to get a propane tank. We’ve already BBQd at least 20 times in our new backyard. I love it! Now it’s time for s’mores–don’t you think?

Do you use your backyard in the summertime? What are your favorite things to do out there? I need your help! I want to make this space as amazing as possible. What are we missing in our backyard?

PS friends, there’s a big summer sale happening in my shop right now. Don’t miss it! Click here to shop.


styled shoot featured on green wedding shoes!

features, found here & there, inspiration, photography By November 8, 2013 No Comments

A little while back I joined forces with the amazing Cameron Ingalls to style a vow renewal shoot and it was recently featured on Green Wedding Shoes!

The gold xo cake topper and the gold mr. and mrs. banner looked adorable on top of a fantastic cake made my Two Cooks Catering! And how yummy do those appetizers look?! I may have snuck a bite or two.

The tables were decorated with hand painted rocks, vintage plates and cups, napkins from World Market with super cute wooden utensils wrapped in our diy pom poms. So inviting don’t you think?

We couldn’t forget about the kids! The couple renewing their vows, Brit and James, have the sweetest kids you will ever meet! They loved their little fox plates and coloring page placemats.

I am so thankful for all the amazing people who came together to make this happen!! It was such a fun collaborative effort and I could not be more pleased with the results! Check out the feature on GWS here!

List of amazing contributors:

photography: Cameron Ingalls // planning + design: Lisa Leonard + Alexandra Creswell // venue: The Sanitarium San Luis Obispo, California // florist: April Flowers // catering + desserts: Two Cooks Catering // hair + makeup: Savannah Casteel // women’s wardrobe: Ambiance SLO // men’s wardrobe: Jules D // fine jewelry: Baxter Moerman // cake toppers: Lisa Leonard // misc. props (plates, napkins, placemats, wooden utensils, cups, etc.): Brickhouse Goods


folk magazine feature {valentine’s love}

features, found here & there, jewelry By February 14, 2013 9 Comments

Have you heard of Folk Magazine? It’s full of seriously beautiful images. A subscription is only $10 and FULL of so much creativity. And this month, they featured our boutique collection, Heartfelt, and interviewed me. So exciting! Take a look.

I’m honored to be included in the magazine. You can read the article here. {Forward to page 8 to see heartfelt, page 13 for the interview} And hop over to ‘like’ Folk Magazine’s Facebook page! Just plain pretty and inspiring!

Do you see a piece from our heartfelt collection that you have to have? Well you can find them here at Earth Angels Studios.  This one is definitely a favorite of mine. And this one is a best seller!


Seen here and there {magazine features}

features, found here & there By December 13, 2012 39 Comments

Well friends, it’s been an incredible season for us. We’re in the midst of having our strongest holiday season ever and I am so thankful! Also, we’ve been featured in some FABULOUS magazines this month. I am so humbled to see these–and so grateful! Take a look!

 Celebrate Magazine has a gorgeous feature on the ‘Celebrate Cake Topper‘ and Numbered Wine Charms. I loved how they used the topper in cheese. Wouldn’t this be perfect for a wine and cheese party? I love it! Thank you Celebrate Magazine–we love you!

American Baby Magazine featured our molded heart ornament. We’ve had a hard time keeping these in stock–they’ve gone crazy! Have you picked out a special ornament for 2012?

Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine featured our Heartstrings Wall Hanging. This was one of my favorite magazine when my boys were babies–so this feature makes my heart happy!

Romantic Homes featured our Pretty Like A Bow Necklace. This necklace is such a statement piece–and super sweet. Thank you Romantic Homes! We are so grateful!

Where Women Cook Magazine featured our ‘Feed Your Soul’ necklace. This necklace has been one of our most popular. It’s available as part of our boutique collection at Earth Angels Studios. They did a full page feature–and we love it! This magazine is a favorite. Yay!

Have you seen the recent SLO Life magazine issue? We live in San Luis Obispo, and it’s a well loved local magazine. I had to laugh, because the cover is almost life size. 😉 So far I’ve been recognized at the Gap, the thrift store and the grocery store. I am so honored to be in this magazine. They did a full interview that talks about our workshop and family. You can read the article here.

I am so grateful {and kind of in shock!} about these features. It’s amazing–I don’t deserve it.

Confession–I’m a total magazine junkie! Are you? What are your favorite magazines?


Favorite shops starts carrying my jewelry–it’s a happy, happy day!

found here & there, jewelry, san luis obispo By September 20, 2012 14 Comments

One of my very favorite shops in Morro Bay is carrying our heartfelt line. Poppy has been a favorite boutique for years and years now. I got a great pair of jeans there, like, 7 years ago, and I was hooked! From cards, to jewelry, and pretty candles–it’s seriously an adorable and unique shop. Find a dress for yourself and the perfect gift for a friend.

Wil you please hop over and ‘like’ Poppy on Facebook? Because when one of your favorite shops starts carrying your jewelry–it’s a happy, happy day! And if you’re in Morro Bay, make sure to stop by. Thank you, Poppy. You rock.


so exciting–press!

found here & there By December 20, 2011 32 Comments

 We had some super press lately–and I want to share it with you. Every time I see our products in print, it’s surreal and so fun.

Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine featured our pennant banner with the word PEACE in their December issue. I love this magazine. I read it every month when my kids were babies.

Daily Candy Kids featured our whimisical bubble wand in their gift guide–we are so honored!

Elisabetta Canalis was photographed wearing our tiny twig necklace. She is best known for her role on Dancing with the Stars and her relationship with George Clooney.

Georgia Family Magazine featured our itty bitty hearts necklace in their holiday shopping guide. They chose some fabulous gifts–and we were thrilled to be included!

Dallas Christian Family featured our grateful tags in their November issue.  The issue was focused on adoption–something we are very passionate about!

Wedding Essentials Magazine featured our two hearts become one cake topper. This is a gorgeous magazine filled with creative ideas.

Canadian Family Magazine featured our pewter fairy wand in an adorable spread with lots of fun toys. See that little cutie on the right?

And Baby Couture Magazine featured a huge, full page feature of our pewter fairy wand. I love this magazine–it super hip and fun.

Phew-crazy! We are so honored by all this press. But the best press? When you wear our jewelry and chat about us with friends or the person next to you in line at the grocery store. Word of mouth is far and away our best press–and we are grateful. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!