Lisa Leonard Designs

oh my goodness.

October 1st | blog friends, decorating, san luis obispo



okay, friends.

i just discovered a new store yesterday.

and it was so inspiring. crazy beautiful!!

my friend hillary told me about it. thank you hillary!!!




it’s called ruby rose (in san luis obispo, ca)

if you’re local–you MUST check it out.

if you’re not local, buy a plane ticket or rent a huge truck and head on over.

maybe we can grab a cup of coffee?




everything was beautiful, and displayed creatively.

i didn’t know where to start.

it was like my DREAM STORE.

(am i being too dramatic??)




vintage dishes, chandeliers, frames, paintings…




see that third painting, top row?

little mexican village?

it came home with me. $19. nice.




typewriters, vintage boots, dresses.

can you stand it??




they’re having a big sale/party this weekend.

sooo excited. can’t wait to take this girlie over.




ruby rose

1335 walker, SLO (behind ben franklin’s sandwich shop)

they’re ONLY open thurs 10-5, sat 10-2

and this sunday a special gathering 10-2. yay!

check out their facebook page.

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are you as giddy as i am??

36 Responses

  1. So lovely! :) Looks like so much fun!

  2. Oh dear… I just fell in love 17 times!

  3. FunkySteph says:

    Hi Lisa! You’d better watch, I could arrive soon from Luxembourg to visit this shop and stop by your house to have tea!

  4. Cathy says:

    I don’t understand how she got my roller skates from the 80’s…
    It does look lovely… I might take you in on the offer and drive from Montreal!
    Have a great week end!

  5. Danielle says:

    ooooo, that’s totally my kind of store, too!! 😉

  6. Renae says:

    what a beautiful store… giddy?? YES! Wish I was there. Have a wonderful weekend and happy shopping.

  7. Tracy Mayhue says:

    Hmmmm . . .could be a sign. So beautiful – I was up in your neck of the woods last weekend, and went to a friend’s photo shoot, and there she had interesting business cards and flyers of – you guessed it – Ruby Rose!! Next time I flee Los Angeles for a little relaxation, I’m gonna check them out. (And if you are ever in Venice, let me know – would love to do coffee.) cheers!

  8. Kathryn says:

    Oooh looks like a fun treasure trove.

  9. Sonya says:

    OK, I am booking my plane ticket and coming…mind if I hang out for a couple days? :)

  10. Katy says:

    ok i lived in slo for 6 years and i go there at least every other month and i’ve never even heard or seen this store. i’m about to jump in my car right now! can’t wait to plan my next trip over. (and get a pig sandwich from my fave restaurant as well. :))

  11. April says:

    CUTE SHOP!! I wish I could come!!! Too far! I will have to find something here in Minnesota.
    Is “this girlie” your sister?? She looks just like you. I am going to read her blog when I have some more time. It looks so good. Thanks for sharing that with us:)

  12. Jenny says:

    Oh my… if only I had the $$ for a flight. That store is right up my alley! Love the painting!

  13. lizibeth says:

    oh, now THAT is goodness! did my heart good just to see the pics – and now my soul is getting another lesson in contentment *sigh*
    Thanks for posting! <3

  14. Wise choice on the painting. It was the first thing that caught my eye from the wall.

  15. Merideth says:

    Stephanie is one of my favorite people. I haven’t been to her new store but I hung out A LOT at her old one. I think I’ll swing by today for a visit.

  16. kate says:

    just dicovered that shop about a month ago and fell IN LOVE!!! i love places like that!

  17. siobhan says:

    oh man Lisa,so beautiful!!! and so far away:( i will just have to salivate over your pics:)

  18. Joanie says:

    Very giddy. Thanks for sharing! And while we’re at it, let’s check out those thrift stores on South Higuera. AMAZING window displays!!!

  19. Denise says:

    This looks like my kind of store…..thank goodness I am a local and I don’t need a ticket! Thanks for sharing I love to find new stores in my area. Denise

  20. Sandi says:

    I am so excited….I will be in Morro Bay in December! I can’t hardly wait to check out this shop…..I check your Blog daily….makes me feel like I am at the Central Coast….I spent my summer’s in Morro Bay…my family owned The Hungry Fisherman……My Mom has a house in Morro Bay and I try to make it there several times a year…..Maybe in December we can gab a cup of coffee and go shopping…I would love to see your jewelry in person…..Have a great weekend! Oh by the way, I have the same picture of the pink barn that you have posted on your Blog….That is my favorite barn!

  21. Priscilla says:

    …this looks like my parents HOUSE a couple of months ago when we were moving them into a senior community!!!! ….do you think she will take my ice skates from the late 60’s?!!!!!!

  22. Jessica says:

    I can’t wait to visit that store next time we’re in SLO. We head to Morro Bay at least three times a year. I would love to meet up with you and have a cup a coffee.

  23. Margaret Scott says:

    Wow, it looks pretty amazing, a real treasure trove. I’ll book a flight from England!!

  24. Jenny says:

    This is hilarious, because “Ruby” and “Rosie” are our two favorite names right now for our child! Often, we have just said we should shove the names together and have a Ruby Rose. If we do name her that, I’ll just HAVE to visit the store!!

  25. Laura B. says:

    Check out Lisa’s jewelry featured in this months Elle magazine……page 419. There is a pic of her Sweetheart Tree pendant and her Family Tree pendant.

    Congrats Lisa on being featured!!! As soon as I saw the page, I had to buy the magazine!!!!

  26. Philippa says:

    Hi Lisa, yes, giddy, I love stores like this too (we call them shops here in NZ). NZ does have quite a lot of vintagey, antiquey, second-hand (not my fav ones as tend to have lots of ”rubbish” in them) shops. Where I live there are about 2 really good ones (not many huh).. I always manage to find treasures though. I think my fav treasure was a wedgewood rectangular dish with a lid, showing paper being made way back when. It is cream and the pics are a lovely burgundy. It’s a real treasure – around 5″ wide, 1″ tall and 3″ across – as I adore beautiful papers and it takes pride of place in my studio. Inside it I have bits of old watches, some tim holtz embellishments, brooch backs and clock hands! There I’m smiling just thinking about it! Oh and on the ends it says ”The Wiggins Teape Group Papermakers 1761-1961… how cool is that!

  27. Lady Dorothy says:

    OH! Thank you for letting us all know about such luciousness! Since I am in Paso, I will be there soon — that’s for sure!

  28. sarita says:

    Sounds like a great little shop wish I was closer but, Louisiana is too far .. thanks for sharing , you my dear are a delight !! Have a fab weekend !! Be blessed my friend !!

  29. Kelly H-Y says:

    Have fun this weekend!

  30. melissa says:

    I usually don’t comment on your blog but after living in SLO for 6 years, your posts totally make me miss it there and all the fun shopping. Luckily we are in Monterey now and get to visit often, so I’ll have to hit this store up next time I do!

  31. Traci says:

    that looks like a beautiful place Lisa!!

  32. Becky K says:

    That typewriter is amazing! And those are totally my rollerskates, too! I’ll be visiting my sister in Atscarero in December. I know everyone is so eager to take you up on your coffee offer…but would LOVE to meet you in Slo and share a moment of life together!

  33. Laura {{* *}} says:

    For a delicious taste of similar palette with a garden flair~

    When in St. Augustine, Florida ~

    57 Treasury
    144 King St # 1,
    St Augustine, FL 32084-4378
    (904) 827-1707

    Not your run of the mill floral design shop.

    {{* * }}

  34. Maaike says:

    Really, I have seen a lot of blogs lately, but you have the most touching, personal one of them all… makes me stand still. I just LOVE your blog and will post a link to it on creJJtion. Thank you for giving us a close look to your life! It is really inspirational.

  35. Terri says:

    WOW…what a great shop! Your pictures are great, too!

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