Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Making Lemonade

Hi there! 

I love that old saying.....'when life gives you lemons...... make lemonade'.

The news of the world has been heavy on my heart and when I found this art print from 
One Kings Lane about making a gin and tonic instead..... it cracked me up.

Hence, this little yellow lemonade post! 

Making Lemonade



Monday, June 30, 2014

Things I'm loving...Pink and Orange

During the summer, I am drawn to hot pinks and bright oranges
 not only in fashion, but in fabrics and furnishings. 

I love neutral furniture with pops of color.  This room just makes me smile!

Fabrics from Romo are on my project list these days and I can't wait to share some client updates!

Aren't they yummy?

Pillows are an easy and affordable way to add pink and orange to your decor.
Here are some of my faves!

pink and orange pillows



Monday, June 9, 2014

"Tray of the Day" GUEST POST from Powell Brower Interiors!

Hello there!
My friend Nancy from Powell Brower Interiors is my first 'Tray of the Day' guest poster!  You all know I'm obsessed with using trays in my designs -- and showcasing a tray here and there on my blog as a 'Tray of the Day'.

Nancy and her daughter, Bethany, are design geniuses and wonderful blog friends of mine and they kindly agreed to share some of their recently styled trays!

So without further ado, meet Nancy!

Thank you Leslie for inviting us to share our tray styling ideas.  Trays used for serving? I think not!   We use alot of them in our own homes and in our client jobs, so if we see one we love while we're out and about, we pick it up.  

They define an area and consolidate accessories to make a nice vignette, almost like a resting place for the eye, rather than having knick knacks all over a table top.  

This striped navy and white tray is one Bethany repainted and uses in her living room.

Here are some trays we used in a client's living room design. We love how they make the objects so much more interesting!

You can never have enough trays! Clear lucite, exotic wood, painted  bold accent colors or metal or brass-  it's the easiest way to update a tabletop and easily changeable from room to room if you get bored.  Have fun and love your decor!

Powell Brower Interiors

Thank you Nancy!
Watch for more 'Tray of the Day' guests coming soon!
What about you, dear readers?  Do you use trays in your decor?  If so, send me a pic and I'll feature it on the blog!


Please visit Nancy and Bethany at Powell Brower Interiors!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Designing with Blue and Black

Blue combined with black is a really fresh look.....

Last week I staged a room that started out looking like this:

And with blue and black, I transformed it into this:

If this were an actual interior design job of mine instead of a residential real estate staging job, I definitely would have added window treatments.  But for real estate purposes, the room looks bright and cheery.

The easiest way to add blue and black to your decor would be with pillows, lighting, art and accessories.  I've curated a few affordable ideas that I think are fun.  

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Art of Bean Finneran

I'd like to introduce you to an artist whose work I really admire.

Bean Finneran creates sculptures called 'cones' out of hundreds (and thousands) of individually created 'ceramic curves'.  I've included her YouTube video at the end of this post so that you can see how these sculptural gems are created.

I first came upon one of her sculptures while visiting my beautiful and talented friend 

The fuschia sculpture that Marion owns now sits on her lanai.

(photo via)

When I went back home to Hawaii a few years ago, I visited Marion and she had the Bean Finneran piece featured on her coffee table in her living room.

(photo via)

Ms. Finneran's sculptures are so reminiscent of natural sea coral, and I love that each 'sculpture' is made of individual parts that can be reshaped by it's owner.

Watch and you will be amazed!


Monday, May 26, 2014

Affordable Graduate Gifts

In a few short weeks, my youngest graduates from high school! 

 I thought I'd share some affordable gift ideas for the graduates in your life!

Graduate Gifts for Her

A dorm room desk would look a little brighter with this clock.
Corral jewels and keys in a darling chevron tray.
What girl doesn't love a fab pair of earrings?
And of course, just in case of an emergency.....
The world is her oyster!
A fresh Iphone case will make her smile when she's plugging in all the new contacts that she's made at school!

He won't question the time with this clock!
A wallet is a tried and true gift :)
Did you know that J.Crew monograms towels?
Record players are back in style....(darn! I wish I had kept all my old records!)
And of course, a dop kit is an essential!


Friday, May 23, 2014

Loving Sunara Ikat

I'm smitten with this dress I just purchased from J.Crew ....(I live in dresses all summer).  It's so comfortable and cute! And, no, I didn't purchase the hat. :)

It reminds of the beautiful F. Schumacher fabric called Sunara Ikat.

Look how beautiful it is when it's all done up on these awesome chairs....

(photo via)

Also, this fab store on Etsy sells Sunara Ikat pillows!

Last year, I purchased a beat up vintage chair and reupholstered it in Sunara Ikat -- 
I think I'm in love!