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I have painted feverishly in preparation for my upcoming show at

LEFTOVER LUXURIES IN CHARLOTTESVILLE!

I WILL BE THERE FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER!!!!

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Leftover Luxuries has moved and expanded their showroom and I will be their FIRST ARTIST at their new site!!!

“Leftover Luxuries blurs the distinction between retail and re-sale. By hand-selecting each item and focusing on fine craftsmanship, we remove the stigma associated with consignment. There is always an eclectic assortment of items at our store or at any of our pop up events.  Whether you are buying or selling, you can feel secure and confident in our services, staff and presentation at each of our expertly staged, first class events.”

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Leslie

AN UPDATE ON THE SALE OF THE HOUSE

FIRST I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU! To everyone who left such sweet messages. I cannot tell you how much they helped. The bruises are fading and the chiropractor has worked his magic. I will be back to climbing ladders in no time…but NEVER EVER again will I leave the night-light off…never. Thank you.

Many of you have asked about the sale of the house so I thought I would give you an update.

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It has been busy beans around here! Our realtor warned us that the summer would be quiet..and quiet IT WAS. Silent in fact. But with all 3 kids home, travel and pet sitters, it was really okay to enjoy one more summer in our big old house.

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Before we knew it…summer was behind us….and Cooper started 10th grade. Tate moved into his Apartment and has started his 2nd year at UVA. Phoebe moved into her dorm at William and Mary and is in her bliss. She is surrounded by history and intellect and college fun; making great new friends, singing in an Acapella group and after only two weeks…is feeling very much at home in her 12 x 16 shared dorm room…

But,  just as our realtor told us…it would pick up in late August and has gone gangbusters ever since. We have had a showing almost every other day…and I am hoping and praying that the perfect people will find their prefect dream home here soon. Fingers (and toes and eyes crossed!)

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PHOTO BY SARAH CRAMER

AUTUMN is my favorite time in Virginia.

Yes, Spring is beautiful but the Fall is beyond comparison, the leaves are changing and the crisp, cool fresh mountain air greets me each morning and follows me throughout my day…We have the UVA football games and Friday Night Lights at he High School.

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It may be time for us to move to a different home,  but I hope to always live in this beautiful piece of Heaven.

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MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE FRONT

This Fall may be full of change but I believe it is also full of promise.

Good things. New things. A fresh start. Life is good!

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COMMISSION YOUR CUSTOM PET PORTRAIT NOW!

MY favorite time of year has arrived!!!

– September and Autumn and Pet Portrait time!!!!

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I AM NOW ACCEPTING

PET PORTRAIT COMMISSIONS!!! 

GET YOUR HOLIDAY ORDERS IN EARLY!!!

THE DEADLINE FOR CUSTOM COMMISSIONS

IS NOVEMBER 1, 2016

OR

ONCE I HAVE REACHED  50 PORTRAIT ORDERS

I WILL BE UNABLE TO GUARANTEE HOLIDAY DELIVERY. 

I CANNOT WAIT TO MEET YOUR PETS!

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please feel free to email me with any and all questions

lsdevito@gmail.com

CELEBRITY PORTRAITS

Celbrity commissions -“Sadie” – OPRAH, “Mabel” -ELLEN, “Junior” -CESAR MILAN, “Ollie” – RICKY GERVAIS, “Cooper” – KATIE COURIC, “Bodhi” – MENS WEAR DOG and “Watson” – NEAL PATRICK HARRIS.

 

 

Leslie

FALLING DOWN THE STAIRS

 

So, the other night , I got up to use the restroom. I was sleeping in Phoebe’s room, keeping her poor lost kitty, “Gus” company.

The hallway was pitch black, I could not see my hand in front of my face. And I remember thinking, “No problem, after 12 years – I can do this blindfolded, I know this house LIKE the back of my hand!!!”.

I came out of the bathroom, and went to walk back down the hall to Phoebe’s room , I stepped…and my left foot went into open air..

“Phew I thought…that’s the staircase…go a few feet more…”,
…so with my right foot I took a confident stride, further forward, down the hall … but instead, I went …
into nothingness!!! Into the blackness….AND FELL.

I fell forward, down and kept trying to grab a rail, the stair, something but I could see nothing and nothing met my hand…flailing , I just kept going down. I tumbled down the stairs, like out of a movie, in slow motion and just when I thought I had gotten to the bottom of the 18 steps …. I flipped backwards…over the rail and down onto the floor below…flat on my back.

For a moment…I was stunned – the wind had been knocked out of me, I could not breathe…but in seconds I screamed and sobbed – “HELP!!! help! Damon! HELP!!!” I was afraid to move and I was not sure I could move if I tried. The room was spinning and my arms really hurt. And then I started shaking, SO hard it was almost like a convulsion but I was not cold.
Damon and Cooper ran down. It was established that I was alive. I could move my limbs…But my neck and my back hurt very bad and 911 was called and the rest is a long story that includes an ambulance ride and ends with good news, my spine is intact, I have no lasting head injury, just a big lump on the back of my head and the 50 odd deep dark bruises that keep popping up and filling in gaps in the story and which will all eventually fade. I hurt all over – I feel like I fell down a flight of stairs…cause I did. But I will be okay.

I am so very grateful to be alive. I am grateful for my husband and my son. My children at college. For Charlie the dog who would not leave my side. For the sweet recent JMU nursing school graduate named Emily who held my hand in the ambulance and put my hair back into a ponytail and kept me distracted with conversation. For the Martha Jefferson ER staff that were each brilliant, gentle, sweet humans. And the X-ray tech who helped me take off my necklace. And kept saying “I’m sorry if I hurt you.”
It was surreal. It happened in an instant.

Leave the night-light on. Always make sure you tell the people you love – that you love them. Even if you fancy yourself “not the mushy type” – figure that part out. Life can change on a dime.

XO

Leslie

DO YOUR OWN THING – HOUSE BEAUTIFUL – KATIE UKROPS -AND PINK!

HAVE YOU SEEN THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE OF HOUSE BEAUTIFUL?

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THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE OF HOUSE BEAUTIFUL

IS ON NEWS-STANDS AND IN MAILBOXES EVERYWHERE!

 WHEN I saw this issue at the Grocery store…I had to buy it on the spot (even though I SOMEHOW HAVE TWO subscriptions to House Beautiful!!) . BUT, I could not wait to flip the pages and find out where the amazing PINK HOME was. Imagine my absolute joy in finding out the home belongs to one of my biggest sources of HOME DECORATING inspiration – A VIRGINIA GIRL -Katie Ukrops!!!

INTERIOR DESIGN BY  RICHMOND DESIGNER SUELLEN GREGORY

If you google “katie ukrops” – my old country house blog will come up on the first page. I have been LOVED  her home since AN earlier version graced the pages of Domino Magazine in 2008

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KATIE UKROPS – BM PINK CLOUD

I was inspired to paint my living room Benjamin Moore Pink Cloud!

THIS MOMENT IN TIME was a turning point for me AND my approach to decorating. Up until that point, I HAD MY FAVORITES AND I knew what I liked but I was always getting so distracted and muddled by what others were doing…But the bottom line is – I have always loved pink.

I am featuring KATIE’s home…not so much to sway you to the PINK SIDE OF THE ROOM  (I am certain many would DIE before they put pink in their homes) but to impress upon you how important it is to do YOUR THING. Which is not always the “hottest thing” or the most trendy thing….but instead it is the  AUTHENTIC to YOU – THING

 PINK is not a color choice to which many subscribe but what I realized was that  I do LOVE pink and that MY home is MY home…and YOUR HOME is YOUR HOME and that is the wonderful thing. It would be such a boring cookie-cutter world if we all liked the same things!  Your home should reflect YOU. Not some MAGAZINE OR SOME BLOGGER OR SOME HGTV idea of who you want to be or wish you were but WHO YOU ARE – right now.

What colors do you LOVE?

What colors do you HATE???

What styles? And if you are struck down with decisional paralysis … find someone who GETS YOU, someone who can help you find YOUR style.

I realized that I when I was completely authentic and employed  my favorite colors …I was happier and much less apt to tire of my decorating choices.  Katie’s approach to pinks and pastels was mature and classic…right up my alley.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT HER NEW LIVING ROOM – is that She did not “throw out the baby with the bathwater” but instead she has reupholstered and slipcovered her very beautiful, timeless and stylish pieces from  in updated colors and prints.

The High gloss pink walls – the icing on the cake – are not for everyone but I THINK THEY ARE VERY FUN!!!

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I HIGHLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO PICK UP THIS ISSUE OF HOUSE BEAUTIFUL – I HAVE A COPY IN EVERY ROOM!!! – IT IS A FANTASTIC ISSUE WITH SO MANY AWESOME PAGES OF RESOURCES AND DECORATING AND COLOR INSPIRATION. I THINK IT MUGHT BE ONE OF MY FAVORITE ISSUES OF HOUSE BEAUTIFUL EVER!

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LETS TAKE A LITTLE TOUR OF KATIE’S HOUSE – COURTESY OF HOUSE BEAUTIFUL

THIS DINING ROOM  GIVES ME SO MANY IDEAS FOR THE NEW HOUSE! THE LIGHTING! DIVINE!

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HOUSE BEAUTIFUL KATIE UKROPS SPET 2016 DINING ROOM

THE UKROPS DID A RENOVATION OF THEIR HOME ADDING AMONG OTHER THINGS A NEW MASTER BEDROOM

THE UKROPS FAMILY RECENTLY DID A RENOVATION OF THEIR HOME ADDING AMONG OTHER THINGS –  A NEW MASTER BEDROOM – HOUSE BEAUTIFUL KATIE UKROPS Sept 2016

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KATIE UKROPS LIVING ROOM 2016

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KATIE UKROPS HOUSE BEAUTIFUL 2016

Maybe it is because we both love pink, maybe it is because we both just sent daughter’s to college…or that she owns an Art Gallery – named “QUIRK”  – but I think Katie and I could be friends…!!

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PHOEBE QUIRK 2013

XO

Leslie

FORMICA180FX CALACATTA MARBLE COUNTERTOPS – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

THE KITCHEN MAKEOVER 

took a little over 2 years and was completed in 2013.

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MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE

I FIELD questions via this blog or email every week…

REGARDING OUR KITCHEN FORMICA 180 FX MARBLE COUNTERTOPS

……….so I thought it might be helpful to list the TOP 10 Q&A’s…

1.Q – Do you still like your countertops?

1.A – YES. Love them still.

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KITCHEN – 2016

2. Q. have your Formica countertops stained.

2. A. NO…The countertops have not stained

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CUTTING BOARD!

3. Q. Do you have to use a cutting board?

3. YES, you should use a cutting board with sharp knives on the Formica counter tops. I have skipped a cutting board when making the lunches…just cutting a sandwich is fine, but the kids have made some fine scratches when NOT using a cutting board and cutting with sharp knives.

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4. Q. How noticeable are the corner seams? 

4. A. We have only one seam in our Formica 180fx countertops. It is on the L – shaped corner by the mixer. It lays flush and has never stood out to me. Proper installation is crucial here.

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FORMICA 180FX CALACATTA MARBLE CORNER SEAM

FORMICA AMORE EDGE

FORMICA AMORE EDGE

5. Q. Calacatta Marble– is yours the “etched” finish or the “gloss”? I don’t think I want the etching but that is the only selection I can find….THANK YOU !

5. A. Our countertop is “ETCHED” . I will confess, when I very first saw a sample size – I did not like the way the etching appeared. It looked strange to me…with all the little “divits” but all worries were in vain because  in the finished version…they are NOT visible and the matte finish keeps scratches from appearing. I will go on record and say “YES I like the etching”.

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it is nearly impossible to see the etching when the finished product is installed.

6. Q. I am putting Formica Calcutta formica in my new home. Having trouble finding a good white color for subway tile and white paint for cabinets. Any suggestions?

6. A. There are a millions options. For subway tile – the stock “Ice White” subway tile by Olean works great. Our cabinets are painted Benjamin Moore “Mountain Peak White” which works well with both the subway tile And the counter-tops.

THE KITCHEN ISLAND OFF TO THE SIDE AND TUCKED INOT ITS OWN LITTLE CUBBY!

THE KITCHEN ISLAND OFF TO THE SIDE AND TUCKED INTO ITS OWN LITTLE CUBBY!

7. Q. WHAT KIND OF SINK DO YOU HAVE with your Formica Countertops ? 

7. A. We have a Kohler drop in, VAULT Large single kitchen sink with Single-Hole faucet drilling. I was encouraged to choose a “top mount” sink which in a way made the decision making easier because there were fewer options I liked. I have since been told that under mount sinks can be used if installed properly . There are more options available including sinks which are post formef and flush with the counter tops but as I have not researched those I will just speak to what we have and I STILL ADORE this sink!!!

8. Q. Have you had any problems with these countertops?

8. A. We have had no real problems but there is one ISSUE which bears mentioning…and I confess I was counseled about before I chose my edge profile and chose to ignore. (naughty me) It was suggested that I choose an edge profile which wrapped around the post-form wood base and extended underside. This keeps water, (especially near the sink) from dripping around and then being absorbed into the underside wood, causing it to swell. I went with an edge profile which just stops abruptly at the edge and painted the underside with many coats of water resisted paint. And we have had some swelling just in front of the sink.

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KITCHEN with amore edge which we changed to AEGEAN – long story.

AEGENA EDGE PROFILE...LOOKS THE MOST "REAL" BUT DOES NOT EXTEND UNDER THE COUNTER TOP THIS...ALLOING FOR WATER TO BE ABSORBED INTO THE WOOD BASE, WHEN IT DRIP AROUND THE CORDER. THE CAN BE LESSENED BY PAINTING THE UNDERSIDE WITH A HIGHLY WATER RESISTENT COATING OF PAINT WHEN YOU INSTALL.

AEGEAN EDGE PROFILE…LOOKS THE MOST “REAL” BUT DOES NOT EXTEND UNDER THE COUNTER TOP THIS…ALLOING FOR WATER TO BE ABSORBED INTO THE WOOD BASE, WHEN IT DRIPs AROUND THE EDGE. THE CAN BE LESSENED BY PAINTING THE UNDERSIDE WITH A HIGHLY WATER RESISTANT COATING OF PAINT WHEN YOU INSTALL. THE “AMORE” EDGE GOES ALL THE WAY AROUND AND LOOKS GREAT.

9. Q. Does the marble pattern look “fake” in person? 

9. NO. In fact, we had our dishwasher replaced and when the serviceman arrived he frowned and sighed and said “OH! I was not told you had marble countertops…I will need to go get a different drill. ” He was standing one foot from them!!!

This being said…I have never tried to fool anyone, I really just like the way they look..they are a digitalized photo of marble…they look clean and were the perfect choice for our kitchen makeover.

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10. Q. I love these countertops !!! Where can I get Formica 180x countertops in Calacatta Marble?

10. A – We got our countertops at Home Depot. We bought them “uninstalled” for $14 sq/ft (installed was $30 sq ft) and then paid our Mr Fix it  ($200) to install them. They can be purchased via Lowes as well. There are also many COUNTERTOP  manufacturers like Hartson Kennedy  What I discovered is that much of your success in getting these countertops DEPENDS upon the fabricators local to YOU . IF your store tells you they are unavailable, or cheap and a bad choice , or unavailable..please tell me the name of the store and I will contact my Formica Rep and he will follow-up. ALL of these stores have been trained in selling and fabricating these counter tops and the should be available in the US stores.

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KITCHEN MAKEOVER

Thank you for all of your thoughtful comments and questions. I have loved sharing this experience with you guys. I never dreamed it would connect me to some many of you who are all trying to create a beautiful kitchen space on a budget…and I value all of feedback!!!

Leslie

QUESTION: I FOUND A BABY DEER?

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RUPERT – Photo by Jeff Moore.

Once….I FOUND A BABY DEER. NO,  NOT the deer above, the baby deer above is a deer named “Rupert” that was delivered via c section, 3 weeks early, after his Mother was hit by a car.

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This photo is so you can see how TINY the deer was that I saw.

No...This is how I came to see a baby deer:

I was driving down the street, and saw, what I thought was a cat come out of the tall grass near the side of the road. Except, as I got closer…what I saw was standing right at he edge of the road, was the tiniest baby deer I had ever seen..like the size of a toy stuffed deer…he was so very tiny and wobbly…I immediately stopped. And all kinds of things ran through my head…

“Where is his Momma?”

“Is she the deer I saw get hit the other night?”

“Are we going to have a baby deer for a pet?”

“What should I name him?”

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My “Fantasy” Pet…I could name him…”Bambi?” from: Thingsmakemehappy.tumblr.com

Slowly…..I stepped out of the car, and he just stood there…like a deer NOT in the headlights…just stunned and probably too tiny to even know what to do…slowly..very slowly…like still photographs connected into one movement..he began to turn away…and then he stumbled back  into the tall grass. and disappeared….Instinct told me to leave him alone….and so that is exactly what I did.

Fast forward to Later that same day, when the kids got home from school, I said “GUESS what I saw…11″ and then….”Lets go see if MY baby deer is still there!!!”

But first…Phoebe did some googling, to find out how we should proceed and what we learned was fascinating…and stopped us in our tracks…

Baby deer are born in the late Spring, when the weather is milder. When they are born, they have NO scent. NONE. This lack of a SCENT is highly protective from predators….because ALL of their predators have poor vision and see only in black and white and rely on scent to find their prey. The Mommy deer DO have a scent ….they have the babies and then leave them, and ONLY come back to feed them and even consume their waste, as it has nutritive components for the new Mother. The babies mostly sleep and grow. This goes on for weeks, until the babies grow strong enough to keep up and run away from their prey.

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SO IF YOU see a baby deer, ABSOLUTELY DO NOT TOUCH IT! Not unless you know for certain the mother is not coming back. YOUR scent will alert predators and be a death sentence for the deer.

One article said if you see a baby, leave it, and come back to the spot the next day..if you come back and the baby is crying, then probably the mother is not coming back and you can take the baby to the proper wildlife refuge…otherwise…let nature do her thing…

I was sad to find out that Rupert,  the tiny deer above, did not survive…he was just too tiny. But a few weeks after I spotted my baby deer, I saw my him with his Momma, hanging out in the tall grass, playing with the lightening bugs in the warm summer evening air…

Hmmm.learn something new everyday!!!

Leslie

HAPPY “PLATINUM” BIRTHDAY – TO ME !

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ANOTHER BIRTHDAY!!!!

I HAVE COINED A NEW TERM

TODAY IS MY PLATINIUM BIRTHDAY ( me and Cynthia Rowley!)

This is when your Birth YEAR (in my case 1958) and your current age (58)…

are the same..!!!

I say BRING IT 58!!! Life is good and I am happy to celebrate another year!!! AGE is just a number and truly a state of mind.

HAPPY PLATINUM BIRTHDAY TO ME

HAPPY PLATINUM BIRTHDAY TO ME

XO

Leslie

APARTMENT THERAPY HOUSE TOUR

I am so excited to share with you this wonderful news!!!

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OF 

MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE!

WELCOME!!!

WELCOME!!!

IT WAS A LONG TIME IN THE MAKING. 12 years to be exact, but when I read the article I felt so proud of my home and especially of the TLC that we put into it. I have an homage to this home, the place where life happened and precious memories were made, that will serve to I hope remind others that home is where the heart is.

ME AND CHARLIE- the big boy

ME AND CHARLIE- the big boy

…and the dogs…kids…cats…LOVE lives here. 

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my old country house

LIVING ROOM

LIVING ROOM

VISIT APARTMENT THERAPY FOR THE FULL TOUR AND SOURCE GUIDE!!! apartment-therapy-logo

THANK YOU APARTMENT THERAPY!!!

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