ideas for living room {the most family place in the house}

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?


hello celebration

adventures, family, inspiration By July 27, 2015 3 Comments

Later this week we’ll be up in the mountains celebrating my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. It’s sure be fun with a lot of crazy mixed in. How about some hellos for a 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 grandparents. Hello big family!

Hello mountains, cabin sleeping, and starry nights.

Hello driving winding roads and trying not to get carsick.

Hello swimming and hiking and board games.

Hello making memories.

Hello breathing deep and letting life be imperfect.

Hello celebrating 50 years of marriage. I think you have to be a little bit crazy to be able to stay married that long, don’t you?

Hello to YOU! It’s a brand new week with beauty to be found. What are you saying hello to this week?


how to wear it {photo shoot!}

inspiration, jewelry By April 14, 2015 3 Comments

Last week we teamed up with our friends at Ruby Rose to style a few outfits and pair them with new jewelry from the shop. This shop is one of my very favorites in town–filled with vintage books, clothing, succulents and other beautiful things. It was so fun! I took lots of pics–read on for inspiration.

The whole shop is breath-taking. I always say I’m going for inspiration–but then I want to buy everything. The way they style and set up the shop is artistic and out of the box.

Boots, Yes, please.

Lindsay is wearing our first outfit. Isn’t she adorable? Let’s call this outfit ‘Classic with a Hippie vibe’.

 Lindsay runs our customer service in addition to other responsibilities. For this look we used a flowy black top, flare jeans and clogs. Such a great every day outfit!

Lindsay’s wearing the sterling ‘Believe’ Necklace and two Chevron Rings. Classic and free-spirited!

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Onto our next look! Jackie was shopping at Ruby Rose and how cute is she? Super stylish and sweet. So we asked her to jump in on our shoot and she agreed!

I’m calling Jackie’s look ‘Relaxed to perfection’

I love outfits that are stylish but still relaxed. Her awesome jeans are belted and the kimono style cardigan with some pretty jewelry pulls everything together for a finished look.

Jackie is wearing the Half Full Necklace and the Twists and Turns Earrings. Gorgeous!

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Next is Kimmie! She helps us with production and marketing. And she is pretty with the best smile! Let’s call this look ‘Vintage Romance’.

How fun is this dress? I love the lace necklace and tiered skirt. Whimsical and sweet.

Kimmie is wearing the ‘Oval Mirror Ring‘ above and ‘Petite Your Heart in Mine‘ Necklace below.

Below is Lindsay again with a look called {and I’m making these up as I go} ‘Gypsy Love’.

Seriously how amazing is this dress? Just the kind of thing I could wear everyday. So pretty and easy and flattering.

Lindsay is wearing the ‘Tiny Tied to My Heart‘ Necklace above and ‘Very Loved‘ Ring below.

This last look below might be my favorite–but I mean, how can one choose?! This last look will officially be called ‘Boho Chic’.

Kimmie is wearing a spaghetti strap black dress with a floral kimono and sandals. I love that kimono, in fact in came home with me and I’ve worn it five times. It’s awesome.

For this outfit, Kimmie wore the sterling ‘Love Note’ Necklace with her initial.

And a few more pics of the shop just in case you need a little more inspiration.

I’m crushing on our new collection and I’m crushing on Ruby Rose and all the beautiful items so perfectly displayed. Ruby Rose is part of the Junking Trail {a bunch of awesome vintage shops} this weekend. Doesn’t that sound like FUN?!

Our new Mother’s Day collection is full of meaning.

What you do matters. Who you are matters.
You have a nurturing heart and a strong spirit.
You are a mom and so much more!

See the whole Mother’s Day collection here and find the perfect gift for your mom, auntie, grandma or yourself!


the meaning of new start {creating goals}

inspiration By January 6, 2015 8 Comments

New beginnings are so important! It’s January–a new year and a fresh start.

I’ve been reflecting on the various times of the year that feel like a fresh start. Every Monday feels like a new beginning. I love that! The school year is a huge new beginning! And every year on my birthday I think about who I am, what I want and how I can grow. And of course, the new year is a new beginning.

Here are some thoughts/goals/resolutions I am thinking over.

Blog more. I want to write more. I want to pour out my heart more. This space feeds my soul and I love connecting with you. I want to spend more time here this year.

Ask for help. I need to let others help me more–especially with David. I’ve hit some lows lately. I get tired, exhausted and discouraged because I’m doing too much and I’m not allowing others to help. And at times, I struggle with bitterness, even though I haven’t voiced my needs. This year I want to let go of some control and let others help more. It’s good for me and it’s good for David.

Allow downtime. I want to spend my downtime reading books and magazines more, and be on Facebook and Pinterest less. I want to shut down screens and enjoy quiet time in books and stories. I know this will lower my stress level!

Create with Matthias. I want to draw, paint, sculpt and take pictures with my younger son. I want to nurture his creativity and connect with him. I’ve got some fun ideas and I can’t wait to share the results with you!

Listen to David. He has so many thoughts, ideas and preferences. Every day he grows in his ability to tell me what he wants–not with words, but with gestures, pointing and leading me to things. The crucial part is, I have to slow down, pay attention and LISTEN. It’s hard for me! I get busy doing things that seem important when taking time to listen is so much more important. I believe listening gives a person dignity. I believe David’s opinion matters. I want to listen more.

Simplify. Especially the house. I want to get rid of things we don’t use or need. I want clear counters and less clutter. I’m pretty sure my soul will breath easier.

Be active. I just started working out at a local gym a few months ago and I love it! It was a very vulnerable thing for me to join a gym but I feel stronger already. I want to continue these workouts and perhaps increase frequency. I also want to walk and ride bikes/scooters with my boys more.

Pray. I want to use the ACTS model {Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication} to pray every day. Some days it may be a few minutes, sometimes more. I believe in the power of pray. And I need to spend more time praying.

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Do you have any goals for the new year? I’d love to hear!


huckleberry market {love}

inspiration, san luis obispo By November 4, 2014 2 Comments

Hey there! I have inspiration to share today! We’ve got a new floral + gift shop here in San Luis Obispo and it’s nothing short of lovely. It’s full of texture, light and color–so that means it’s full of my favorite things! Take a look…

They’ve taken over Ruby Rose’s old space and made it fantastically new.

Succulents make my heart sing!

It’s such a light-filled space.

Wouldn’t these library cards make adorable gift tags?

Paper, ribbon and scissors–what else do you need?

The shop is owned by Karen and Carla {that’s Karen above} and it’s beautiful. If you live near San Luis Obispo, or pass through, you must stop in! You can follow Huckleberry Market on Facebook and Instagram. They also do creative gatherings. So fun!

What’s inspiring you today?


creating traditions {with nativity}

family, inspiration By October 23, 2014 1 Comment

Ah! I am THRILLED over the response to our new nativity. It’s so exciting!

I know this will be a keepsake year after year.

I created the nativity for my nieces and nephews. I wanted them to have something to cherish in their childhoods and carry memories into adulthoods. I hope they use these nativities with their own children!

When I was growing up, the nativity was a big part of our Christmas season. Every year, after we went to bed on Christmas eve, my mom would place baby Jesus in the manger. And when we woke up on Christmas morning he would be there–reminding us of the true meaning of Christmas.

Each piece is hand-molded and beautiful in it’s sweet simplicity. I spent hours trying to capture the story through these little pewter figures.

When I was molding baby Jesus, I felt so humbled trying to capture something with such HUGE significance and wrap it into a pewter figure. Jesus has brought JOY to the world and his birth changed my story.

The demand for the nativity has been great. We are doing our best to keep up, but please if you want one, don’t wait! They are only $199 and I don’t want you to miss out!

Find the new nativity here. 


Christmas keepsake treasure set by Lisa Leonard

finding love, inspiration By October 14, 2014 12 Comments


Friends, I have been working on this project for a year! It’s been such a labor of love. I started it as a gift for my nieces and nephews. I wanted them to have a keepsake to treasure year after year that reflects the true heart of Christmas.

As it started coming together, I knew I had to share it with YOU as well!

Our brand new nativity includes 15 hand-molded pieces and a stable made from California Oak wine barrels and a story book with the Christmas story.

Molding baby Jesus was a truly humbling thing. How can one capture something so meaningful, life changing, world changing and hope-filled?

There are three wisemen, a shepherd and six hand-crafted animals. The pieces range from 1/2″-2″ each. Precious.

Each nativity includes a story book that tells the Christmas story and has questions to help kids {and adults} understand the meaning of the nativity.

Joy has come to the world!

Today we are offering a very limited edition nativity with a few very special features.

*Baby Jesus is finished in gold
*Marking from California Oak wine barrel are visible
*Bottom of stable is signed and numbered by me

Growing up, the nativity was part of our Christmas celebration every year. After we went to sleep on Christmas eve, my parents would place Baby Jesus in the manger and we would wake up to find him there. We read Luke 2 together and talked about the gift that Jesus gave us on Christmas.

Do you have a nativity tradition to share?

Click here to see the new nativity set! {There are only 100 limited edition sets, so don’t wait!}


local love, ruby rose

inspiration, san luis obispo By September 26, 2014 2 Comments

Hi friends! How about some inspiration for your Friday? You know I love Ruby Rose. Well, the recently moved to a new location on Monterey Street. I knew it would be gorgeous but it seriously knocked my socks off! So much light, texture and beauty. If you are in the area or passing through you MUST stop and take it all in. Plus it’s right by Splash Cafe so you can stop in and get some yummy clam chowder for lunch. Sounds like a perfect day to me!

Can you see how they created the shape of the USA in the plaster wall? I LOVE this!

I heart Ruby Rose.

Tell me something that’s inspiring you today!


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.


I love when that happens, don’t you? {paso robles}

food & goodies, hello monday, inspiration, san luis obispo By June 2, 2014 7 Comments

Oh The General Store in Paso! It’s adorable and filled with fun goodies. Paso is fabulous for wine, great food and adorable boutiques! It’s gets warm in the summer, but the evenings are glorious! It’s a place I go to for inspiration. A couple of weeks ago I got to chatting with one of the owners, Joely and we were fast friends. I love when that happens, don’t you?

It’s Monday and time for 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!***

Hello baskets. Hello planning a picnic! Yay!

Hello soaps that smell so good, I almost don’t want to use them. Except I freak out about germs so I wash my hand A LOT.

Hello happy straws. I think I love you.

Oh never mind! Hello BEAUTIFUL bag! I think I love YOU!!

Hello beautiful store, filling my head with ideas and inspiration.

Hello Joely! You are the sweetest.

Hello flying home from Las Vegas today. I won’t miss the hot weather!

Hello last week of school for my boys. Summer is UPON US!

Hello flip flops and flowy skirts.

Hello backyard that’s spruced up and ready for warm evenings. I can’t wait to share pics with you.

Hello Father’s Day. Have you found something for dad yet?

Hello David who is feeling so much better. And I am feeling so thankful!

Hello finalizing product for Christmas. Crazy I know!

Hello Monday! It’s a brand new week filled with beauty waiting to be found. Leave some hellos for us in the comments section or link up your own hello monday post there!