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left field, san luis obispo

February 3rd | decorating, san luis obispo, shops i love

This brand new shop here in San Luis Obispo, Left Field, combines some of my favorite things–succulents, baskets, colorful rugs, rough stones, rusty metal, textured shells and lots of light. The result is magical. Today I’ve got lots of photos to share. I hope they inspire you!

Left Field is on Monterey, right across the street from Ruby Rose and just down from Splash Cafe.

Want to read an interview with the owner? Click here.

Browsing a couple amazing shops and clam chowder, hmmm. Sounds like the makings of a perfect afternoon, don’t you think?!

holiday home tour

December 9th | christmas, decorating

We’ve got the house all decorated and we’re soaking up the Christmas season. I love sitting near the tree and enjoying the twinkle lights. I’ve got a cinnamon candle burning and Christmas music playing. Wanna step inside for a tour?

The front porch is super happy, especially after the sun goes down. I love the red poinsettias and twinkle lights.

A couple years ago I made the DIY doormat. You can see the directions here. So fun!

I set up our new nativity from the shop in our entryway. I want it to be the first thing we see–to remind us of why we celebrate Christmas. And it’s high enough so David can’t reach it.

Love these hand-painted signs by Barn Owl Primitives. And have you seen their new website? Friends, it’s so beautiful! And watch this video about Kristi’s story. So cool.

Adorable, right?

The handmade nativity is very dear to my heart and I have been so humbled to see it resonate with you! These are still available and you can have it in time for Christmas!

This painting is a thrifted find and the lamp was super ugly–but I stripped the shade and spray painted the base to make it new.

A happy silver bells wreath hangs near the windows and reflects light.

 Our white tree feels very vintage and the ornaments pop against the white background. It’s from Target online.

Every year, grandma gives the boys a new ornament. We love pulling them out every year and reminiscing about past years.

And every year we add a new ornament from our shop. Again, it’s not too late to order for Christmas!

This ornament was a souvenir from England. So many sweet memories and so much meaning.

I kept the mantle almost the same, I just added a few trees and a big ‘merry christmas’ sign from the shop last year.

This elf was a gift from my mom when I was in college. I still love him 20 years later!

These letter cards {from the shop last year} were layered with printed paper and brads and they make a big impact.

We keep our ampersand sign up all year, but the red feels extra Christmas-y and fun during the holidays. You can find it here, from Junk Art Gypsyz on Etsy.

It’s tradition we hang our stockings on the staircase. We did that when I was growing up.

Is your house decorated? What’s your favorite decor for the Christmas season.

ornaments are here!

October 16th | christmas, decorating

Well it’s been a whirlwind week! The response to nativity completely knocked my socks off. I’ve worked on this project for so long and I’ve had moments of excitement and moments of insecurity–so to see it in the real world and hear how much you love it is amazing. And humbling. And awesome. I’m so thankful.

Today I’ve got new ornaments to share. I know Christmas is still 9 weeks away, but many of you are already planning.

These hand-crafted ornaments are a tradition for many of you, year after year. And they make heartfelt gifts for teachers, babysitters and dear friends. I love how personal they are and that they carry memories with them. Precious.

Above is the brand new Love and Laurel ornament. It represent heartfelt affection and honor.

The detail on our hand-crafted snowflake is truly beautiful. Personalize the banner with names or a sweet phrase.

How sweet is the new nativity ornament? Love all that this represents.

Last year the alphabet ornaments ‘My Holly’ was far and away our best seller!

The Molded Heart ornament is a sweet classic. I adore this one!

The snow globe is full of whimsy and magic!

And how fun is the brand new family tree ornament? I love it!

You can see all the new ornaments here. Which one is your favorite?

DIY arrow sign

September 2nd | decorating, DIY

My sister and I saw the most adorable, vintage arrow sign at a boutique in Paso Robles a couple weeks ago, but it wasn’t for sale. So we decided to get crafty and do make one ourselves. It was really easy. Don’t get turned off by the measurements–basically, you just want everything to be centered and symmetrical

 We used balsa wood, red paint, a ruler, pencil and sandpaper.

1. Measure the center of your sign and draw a line all the way down. This will be the center of your arrow.

2. Draw lines on either side of your arrow, equal distance from the center. This is the width of your arrow.

For the detail at the end of the arrow, we decided how far from the edge each tail feather should go, then drew a pencil line. Measure 1/2″ or so between and draw dots, connect all your dots and you have symmetrical lines.

Erase all extra pencil marks and begin painting the edge of your arrow with a clean line. I small paint brush makes it easier.

Once it was dry, I heavily sanded it to give it an aged feel.

It points the way to the kitchen, which is where we all hang out. So it’s perfect!

Are you ready to make your own arrow?

ashley’s {adorable} living room

July 25th | decorating, inspiration

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.

sprucing up the backyard

June 17th | decorating, DIY

With summer here I’ve been wanting to spruce up the backyard and get it ready for BBQs and hanging outside in the evenings! I didn’t spend much time or money, but I the small changes made a big impact!


Before the pillows were faded and I picked up that table at a garage sale. It needed some color!

I painted the table yellow, added a couple brightly potted succulents and some new pillows. What a difference!

The pillows and the pouf are from Target. I love that navy chevron!

It’s just a simple seating area but it adds color and another spot to hang out when we have guests.

I love succulents but Steve isn’t much of a fan. But I can keep them alive, so they have found a home with us!

The boys have a play structure that we call ‘the treehouse’. It came with the house and needed some reinforcing when we moved in. We also built a new ladder–but that was years ago! I just added this canvas drop cloth {found at home depot for $10} to the roof and it really finishes off the treehouse. So fun!

I cut a kitchen sponge into a circle and painted some dots on the drop cloth, then used a staple gun to attach it.

Happiness!

The new roof is a hit with the boys {and their friends!}

And of course, a string of white lights to add some atmosphere in the evening. Such a happy space now!

 Does your family spend time outside in the summertime?

hello shelf makeover

June 9th | decorating, DIY, hello monday

Hello friends! We are on summer break and enjoying all the crazy that comes along with that! I’m home more and in the workshop less during the summer, which means more tome for projects and more time for playing with my boys!nIt’s Monday, how about 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 new {to us} shelf. This was a $29 thrift store find!

Hello having a place to store DVDs and toys.

Hello before and after. Isn’t it fun to see the transition?

Hello bright and cheery!

Hello new books and old books. Have you picked up Rubyellen’s book yet?

Hello baskets from TJ Maxx.

Hello sweet, vintage covers. I couldn’t resist these books at a flea market.

Hello encouraging the boys to read this summer. {we’ll be reading to David}

Hello russian dolls {thrifted}. David likes to carry these around the house.

Hello trying to come up with lots of activities and toys to keep David busy this summer!

Hello stop sign and a bright corner of the house. Doesn’t that shelf fit perfectly in front of the stairs?

Hello having girlfriends over for dinner tonight.

Hello chicken and veggies for dinner. Simple and straightforward!

Hello plugging in the twinkle lights in the backyard.

Hello watching X-men with Matthias. He loves it!

Hello three loads of laundry waiting to be folded.

Hello getting sheets washed and beds remade for guests next week.

Hello EXCITING things happening in the workshop and new designs to share this week.

Hello dreaming big and jumping into a brand new week! Are you ready?

 It’s Monday! What are you saying hello to this week? Share some hellos in the comments or link up your own hello monday post there!

decorating with branches {diy}

May 13th | decorating, DIY

Lately I’ve been so inspired by branches!

I love their texture, and if you live near trees, they’re free and plentiful!

Last week I created this heart out of branches and hung it in our family room. {DIY instructions further down}

I love how it makes an impact visually but isn’t overpowering because of the negative space.

Texture–look at all that beautiful texture!

I hiked up the hill near our home and gathered some stray branches.

All you need is some wire and cutters for this project. I used 22 gauge wire from Michael’s.

First, I laid out the branches to create the heart shape I wanted. If a branch was too long I just broke it to the desired length with my hands.

Then I started wrapping wire to connect the branches.

Those branches that go across the center of the heart give it a lot more stability and structure.

It’s simple, organic and messy. Just like real love, right?

funky wall collage DIY

April 29th | decorating, DIY

I found the cutest/funniest/sweetest plaque at a thrift store last week. I really like the reminder of the golden rule–it’s a simple way to love others, right? And I liked how funky it was for my wall collage.

I invested $1.49 into this project. Not bad!

First, I spray painted the plaque yellow.

Then I covered the plaque with a black, water-based paint. Once the plaque was covered, I used a damp paper towel to wipe off all the excess black paint. This leaves the letters darker and antiqued.

That’s the finished product below. Doesn’t it look EXACTLY LIKE THE ORIGINAL? I had to laugh. It’s slightly more yellow and less gold but the difference is not much at all. Oh well!

The collage wall is above our dining room table.

It’s a little bit random and I’m fine with that.

Below is a simple centerpiece on the dining room table. You can see the plaque in the background.

This is the room we hang in when we have company or bible study. Wanna come over for dinner?

whoa! giveaway {barn owl primitives}

March 13th | blog friends, decorating, finding beauty, giveaway

Have I ever mentioned that I believe there is beauty in brokenness? Sigh. Things have been feeling a bit more broken around here lately–lots of doctor visits for David which means lots of driving and time away from the home/workshop. So I’m looking hard for bits of beauty and guess what?! I’m finding it.

Kristi, of Barn Owl Primitives created this AMAZING sign that speaks right to my heart. Does it speak to yours, too?

I love the chalkboard finish. She hand paints each one. Seriously beautiful!

I’ve got it hanging in our living room–along with that thrifted lamp that got spray painted {and the shade striped away} and a bike that my mom gave to Steve for his birthday {he loves to cycle}

Do you believe there is beauty to be found? Even in the every day muck and yuck of life? I find myself taking hot bathes, sipping creamy coffee, cozying up with a soft blanket, stealing snuggles and kisses and stopping to notice the flowers.

Kristi is giving one lucky reader a $75 gift card to her shop. Woohoo! Just leave us a comment and tell us one way you find beauty in the midst of the craziness of life. I hope you win!