hello entryway refresh

decorating, DIY, hello monday By September 5, 2016 1 Comment

Hello friends! It’s wonderful to begin the week with a holiday. We are taking it slow and enjoying the long weekend.

I’ve been working on refreshing the house a bit–moving things around, cleaning out the clutter and adding a few plants. It feels so good! Our entryway seems to collect things–the jogging stroller, boxes, backpacks and all kinds of things. But right now it’s clean and open. I hope we can keep it that way–but who am I kidding?! It will continue to cycle through messy and clean. It’s a never-ending process.

How about some hellos for a Monday?

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Hello painted legs. I originally painted them aqua but I didn’t like it at all. This looks much better.

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Hello air plants and natural light.

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Hello sweet pups who are such good models. And I’m pretty sure Beasley is smiling. They crack me up!

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Hello holiday. It’s so nice to have an extra day.

Hello favorite new kid’s book. David and I have been reading this one together a lot lately.

Hello writing. I’ve been spending some time writing over the last few weeks. It’s so hard but also therapeutic.

Hello new-to-me Jane Austen story. This movie was so good.

Hello adjusting to middle school, not just Matthias but me as well. Its’s a big transition.

Hello cleaning out my car. And vacuuming!

Hello wanting to try this recipe. I think I’ll use my new instant pot though. Fingers crossed its a good one.

Hello inspired by this amazing woman. I’ve been searching her on Pinterest and she doesn’t disappoint!

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

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hello industrial cart {side table}

decorating, hello monday By July 25, 2016 2 Comments

Last week while thrifting with a friend, I stumbled on this awesome aqua industrial cart {right side of couch}. We already had one in our family room {left side of couch} and I loved the height and size. So I grabbed it, brought it home, scrubbed it quite a bit and placed it next to the couch. I love it. It adds a bit of color to break up the brown. Someone instagram suggested bringing in a rug with some aqua to add more color and I think that’s a great idea. Now I’ll start hunting for the perfect rug!

It’s a brand new week with beauty to be found. How about some hellos?
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Hello family room. This space is constantly going from tidy to disaster and then back to tidy again. I guess that’s the cycle of a home that’s actually lived in!

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Hello warm summer days. We’re having a bit of a heat wave–how about you?

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Hello sending Matthias off to summer camp for a WEEK. My heart can hardly stand it.

Hello pups already missing Matthias. Who will cuddle them all week while he’s away? We’re all going to have to chip in!

Hello walking and walking. I crave it. I love it.

Hello listening to this book on Audible. It’s equal parts tragedy and humor. I love a good autobiography. I love to hear other’s stories. It fascinates and inspires me.

Hello being falling for mexican tiles. How amazing is this fireplace?

Hello celebrating 17 years of marriage this week. Insane!

Hello looking forward to some down time this week.

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

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hello painted built in {hello monday!}

decorating, hello monday By May 23, 2016 9 Comments

We’ve been working on refreshing the family room–beginning with painting this built in shelving unit. It brightens the room and unifies the space. You can see before pics here {from three years ago}. Wow, looking at those pics, I can’t believe how much it’s changed. The before is cozy but the after feels fresh and open.

It’s Monday, how about some hellos?

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Hello lots of meetings this week. This week is basically devoted to meetings {with some relaxing and fun mixed in!}

Hello craving coffee. It’s nothing new but lately I just can’t get enough!

Hello feeling thankful for our amazing sitter who helps with the boys. She’s an angel!

Hello looking for a new Netflix series to watch, Any suggestions?

Hello planning summer dinners outside. I’m working on sprucing up our patio. Pics soon!

Hello getting all the ingredients for homemade chocolate chip cookies. Dangerous.

Hello fighting off sniffles–both of the boys have a cold. Bummer.

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

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diy cacti photo holder

decorating, DIY, pinterest By May 3, 2016 1 Comment

As you know I LOVE succulents. And I love a DIY. So today is a happy day! This project combines the two–awesome. It’s spring–the sun is shining and things are green. We thought it would be fun to bring some of that green inside and give our desks a bit of a color in a creative way! I saw this on Pinterest and thought it was adorable!  So we decided to create something similar. 

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You’ll need: small terra-cotta pots, pebbles, small sized stones, shades of green paint, white paint, paint for the pots {whatever color you like!}, paintbrush, and photos.

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Using a few items found around the house, we were able to put something together!

We used this awesome Instax printer that prints fun polaroid photos from a smartphone! (Found here) Such a great idea! If you don’t have an Instax printer, get some photos printed at Costco or put a fun postcard in your arrangement.

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Simply add a little mess, a little paint, a little creativity! Smaller sized stones worked best for these min terra-cotta pots. Different shades of green make these little cacti more lifelike while still being whimsical!

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After letting them dry for a little while, we painted some little details in white paint, they don’t have to be realistic, that’s half the fun! We also found some smaller pebbles to fill the pots with, rather than using dirt, these also help for later when placing the photos!

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When everything’s all dry, simply assemble your little cacti! Have fun with trying different combinations of your ‘cacti’ and images! The fun thing is you can always add new images, or change the placement!

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Such a fun and easy little DIY, but I love the splash of color it gives to my desk! This is a great little gift idea as well, especially with Mothers Day around the corner! And wouldn’t these make a perfect place setting when hosting a dinner?

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Get the kids involved with simple little DIY. The whole project (excluding drying time) only took about 20-30mins!

Have fun!

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DIY lamp to terrarium

decorating, DIY By March 9, 2016 15 Comments

I found this old hanging lamp for $2 at a thrift store. I thought about cleaning it up and hanging it–I love the geometric shape. But then the idea of a terrarium came to mind and I got inspired! I’ve seen some beautiful terrariums around town–like these and this one.

DIY lamp to terrarium2We have a Goodwill Outlet in town and where all donations go before the hit the other Goodwill Stores. They open it to the public and if you’re willing to dig through bins, you can find some pretty amazing things for very low prices.

DIY lamp to terrarium lisa leonard-02-2This is how the lamp looked when I carried it out to my car. It was dusty and definitely has a nineties vibe.

DIY lamp to terrarium lisa leonard-01-2I removed all the hardware {I cut through the electrical cord}. It came apart easily. I threw away all the other parts and kept the glass shade.

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DIY lamp to terrarium lisa leonard-04I put some rocks on the bottom, then succulent soil and took a few clippings from other succulents I have.

DIY lamp to terrarium lisa leonard-05I also added an aqua stone. I seriously can’t believe how pretty it looks. And it was only $2!

DIY lamp to terrarium lisa leonard-02I gave the terrarium to a dear friend. Now I’m on the hunt to find similar hanging lamps so I can create more. How fun is this? The whole project took about an hour. I think terrariums might be my new obsession.

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How about DECORATING DIY to makeover master bedroom

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!!

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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?

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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?

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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**

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a fun {and easy} project to share {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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