Monday, January 11, 2016

Monday Inspiration (scroll down)

Well we're more than a week into the new year and I've been trying to organize things around here. It's not something I really enjoy doing so I need lots of visual inspiration to keep me focused.

Today I thought I'd share some projects that are inspiring me right now.

First on my list is this
(paint color: BM Summer Blue)

This picture has very eerie powers. It has somehow motivated me to tackle our hall closet today.
I would show you a picture but I'd risk killing myself trying to step over all the sheets and towels (and no mine are not all white--) piled on the floor right now.
And even though I don't have time to wallpaper the inside of our closet  --  I'd definitely consider stenciling.

If you're not sure about stenciling, you really should see the beautiful bathroom makeover my friend Kris completed. It will make you immediately look for something to stencil in your own house.

love the paint color: Farrell and Ball Old White

I stumbled on this kitchen and what I love most about it is that it seems like a real kitchen. It's refreshingly small-ish. Certainly not one of those grand, designer kitchens seen all over Pinterest,
 and yet it's so charming and tastefully done.
I especially like these details

white porcelain cabinet knobs with brass rosette

this Shelf bracket

Pendent light fixture from Circa

And there's some great ideas from this bathroom makeover too.
I've filed them away for our upstairs bathroom.

This weekend I finally had my hair appointment for a color and cut.
 I'm so bad about making time to get my hair done although when I go the whole experience feels so luxurious. Not only do I enjoy chatting with my stylist Kim, but I always stop into the shops next door.

Heirloom is nestled next to Barclay Butera (in Newport Beach) and I always enjoy peeking in to see what's new.

The owner has wonderful taste and is so talented.

She told me she mostly shops estate sales and flea markets -and does an amazing job of transforming her vintage pieces with upscale fabrics and paint.

I always forget to take photos--but this time I couldn't help but notice all the interesting trays she had in her shop.

Here's a few pictures I managed to snap. I wanted to remind you all to start looking for unique trays when you're hitting the garage sales or even thrift stores. 

I might have to go back for this one--its made of shells. And it would look perfect on my coffee table.

After my appointment I ended up buying a white tray from HomeGoods to organize the miscellaneous wine bottles on our open shelves.
It's a little hard to see in this photo.

And nothing too special but hey, now I'm inspired to keep my eye open for some unique ones..

This week my parents are coming for a visit---and I'm so excited. Having my parents with us is such a lesson in slowing down. Just enjoying those little moments because that's what really matters to them now.
I can see that so clearly.
We always have so much fun --whatever we do--- and my Dad is bringing his saw.

Whoo-hoo...I can't wait to see what we do.

peace and love,


(sorry about all these weird spaces and small font sizes--I'm having trouble with Blogger)


Leslie said...

Fun post Leslie! Yes, I've been trying to get organized too and I've tackled my pantry and gave my refrigerator a good cleaning. I'm also organizing my drawers which are always a disaster. My hair appointment is coming up .. can't wait for that! xxL

La Contessa said...

It made my DAY!
Why did I think YOU lived back EAST???
I lived in NEWPORT years ago!
My cousin owns ROGERS GARDENS!!!!!!!I know you know THAT SPOT!
We both have a DUTCH front doors!Mine is DISNEY YELLOW!
CLEANING...ORGANIZING.......just have not gotten there yet!But it is GOOD to think about and I appreciate you pointing it OUT!
Now, YOU MUST YOU MUST pop over to ME again as I had my AURA READ!Can't wait to see what YOU ALL THINK!!!!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Wonderful inspiration photos as usual, Leslie! And your hair is looking gorgeous!

I've been trying to organize our home and get rid of more of my junk so I can actually use the built-in linen cabinet for linens. That closet is a thing of beauty! I've never thought to paint the inside of a closet a pretty color, but it just might inspire me to keep it organized.

Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful visit with your parents!

Karen said...

Love that "smallish" kitchen and the details involved. Heirloom is new to me and I frequent Barclay Butera and Urban Gardener. I'll have to check it out.
How fun for you to have your parents coming for a visit. I'm sure you'll do some great project with your dad.

Susan Nowell @ My Place to Yours said...

Great inspiration pics, Leslie! I especially love the "smallish" kitchen and that great bathroom. Still trying to sell our old house—and dreaming of gorgeous plank walls... Getting close (I think) to deciding on a floorplan for our "someday" farmhouse. Hopefully we can get started before too long. All of your fabulous progress me raring to go!

I know you'll enjoy your visit with your parents; so glad they're coming. A slower pace will be delightful... but if your dad decides to crank up the saw, well go ahead and dance a jig! ;-)

michele said...

loving this kitchen too! i think i need the gentle folds of that roman shade in my own kitchen. i don't need it to actually function so perhaps i will try to create a faux roman. your hair is gorgeous, mama! oooooh i would love to have thick tresses and lots of it. i am growing out some evil layers and visited the salon last week for highlights for the first time in a year! have fun with the folks!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Your hair/shopping day looks so fun...and your hair is gorgeous! Enjoy your special time with your parents!

cindy hattersley design said...

This is the third time I have tried to comment maybe it is that darn blogger!!! Thank you for introducing us to that darling store. I could get into a lot of trouble there. I need to get on the organization bandwagon as well. Thank you for reminding me. If you feel like pulling your hair out over blogger hop on over!!

Mary Ann Pickett said...

Such a cool shop... I will definitely stop in the next time I am in town! Your hair looks gorgeous.

Sheepskinsandfairylights said...

Lots of lovely links Leslie, great excuse to stay in bed a little longer this cold, frosty morning. I am working up to a run!
Have a lovely weekend with your parents :-) Xx

Sheepskinsandfairylights said...

PS Gorgeous hair!! Xx

Stonecropsister said...

Hi Leslie,
love the trays. love, love love. who would think to put a beautiful older book into a tray. Every summer we go to vancouver island, and the little town close by has the most amazing second hand bookstore. our best mornings are spent browsing through dusty endless rows of back end rooms in this converted house, searching for treasured books from childhood. I think a beautiful tray is a wonderful way to showcase a few of my well worn gems. thanks for the inspiring picture. Hope you had a great weekend with the folks, so wonderful to share time with your mom and dad. I miss my mom everyday, and sure wish I was closer to my dad. xx Nancy

designchic said...

The closet looks so pretty and organized and the Circa pendant is amazing...trying to get a little first of the year organizing over here too!

Art and Sand said...

So, what is dad cutting with that saw?

JoanMarie said...

Absolutely stunning all around - gorgeous inspiration!

Preppy Empty Nester said...

That closet is to die for. I'm trying to get inspired to do some organizing around here. Have a great weekend!

Lori said...

So much good stuff in this post! Hope you are enjoying your time with your folks and I cannot wait to see what Dad did with his saw! xo

Claudia Fabiana said...

I love Heirloom! I go there too!

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