MONDAY MAKEOVER – THE BOY ROOM GOES GRAY

TATE is away for much of the summer, working in Boston. Like a sneak peek into the future..the house is oddly quiet…lots less humming and outbursts of song…less laundry especially towels…but his little brother and roommate – Cooper, is not entirely unhappy having A BEDROOM to himself for the FIRST TIME in his life!

Cooper wanted to do the compete room makeover but I suggested that might make Tate feel a little sad just yet…PERHAPS WE SHOULD WAIT UNTIL HE MOVES INTO HIS DORM BEFORE WE CLEAR HIM OUT….so the OVERALL makeover will take place this Fall. We agreed that changing the wall color would be a GREAT first step in lightening up the space and so…with Phoebe also away this week at camp…I am going to paint the boys room!

Coop wants “LIGHT GRAY”….

Benjamin Moore: BUNNY GRAY, GRAY OWL, GRAY TINT, HORIZON, MISTY GRAY, MOONSHINE, PAPER WHITE, TITANIUM, WICKHAM GRAY

Benjamin Moore: BUNNY GRAY, GRAY OWL, GRAY TINT, HORIZON, MISTY GRAY, MOONSHINE, PAPER WHITE, TITANIUM, WICKHAM GRAY

HE HAS NARROWED IT DOWN TO FOUR (ALL BENJAMIN MOORE:

PAPER WHITE

PAPER WHITE

PAPER WHITE

PAPER WHITE - ELLE DECOR

PAPER WHITE – ELLE DECOR

PAPER WHITE DELOME DESIGNS

PAPER WHITE  HOUZZ- HORRIGAN O’MALLEY ARCHITECTS

WICKHAM GRAY

WICKHAM GRAY

WICKHAM GRAY

Wickham Gray Benjamin Moore. Casabella Home Furnishings & Interiors.

Wickham Gray Benjamin Moore.
Casabella Home Furnishings & Interiors.

WICKHAM GRAY HOME BUNCH

WICKHAM GRAY HOME BUNCH

MISTY GRAY

MISTY GRAY

MISTY GRAY

MISTY GRAY BENJAMIN MOORE

MISTY GRAY BENJAMIN MOORE

MCGRATH II MISTY GRAY BATHROOM

MCGRATH II MISTY GRAY BATHROOM

AND HORIZON 

HORIZON

HORIZON

HORIZON

HORIZON

HORIZON MRS HOWARD PERSONAL SHOPPER

HORIZON MRS HOWARD PERSONAL SHOPPER

YOU MAY  HAVE HEARD RUMBLINGS THAT “GRAY IS ON THE WAY OUT”…Here is what I say to that….”PUuhhhhhHLEASE!!!!!”

MOONSHINE

MOONSHINE

NOT TO WORRY, those suggestions come from deep within the design world where color changes MUST happen to keep things fresh…and quite often changes happen THERE  years and years before they do in the real world… Maria Killam, my COLOR GURU explained IN HER ARTICLE “GRAY IS OUT”  like this:

“……..there has always been and will always be a colour trend of some kind. And as long as there are trends, there will be people eager to be the first to declare them in or out.

GRAY TINT

GRAY TINT

The real scoop is that we’re currently in the middle of a 10-year neutral trend cycle with grey. Before grey, we were all about brown, and before that, maybe you remember sage green.”

TITANIUM

TITANIUM

she continues….”The reason grey is trendy right now is that it provides a crisp backdrop to the bold, clean and colourful hues we’re all decorating with now. The media focuses on grey and whether it’s in or out, but the real news is that bright and happy colour is here to stay. Those happy colours need grey as a backdrop because the beiges we were using as part of the brown trend generally die when combined with clean colors.”

I LOVE YOU MARIA!!!!

CLASSIC GRAY

CLASSIC GRAY

SHE HAS THIS COLOUR (I am being all Canadian in honor of Maria) THING DOWN TO A SCIENCE AND I LOVE SCIENCE!

BUNNY GRAY

BUNNY GRAY

In addition…I personally think a good strong neutral can stand the test of time and TRENDS….choose wisely…I tend to steer toward LIGHTER classic colors, ones with less color to clash. Right now I am obsessed with very light colors…neutrals which enable me to cover the walls with my colorful artwork!!!

NEXT WEEK – WE WILL SEE WHAT GREAT GRAY COOPER CHOSE!!!

Benjamin Moore: BUNNY GRAY, GRAY OWL, GRAY TINT, HORIZON, MISTY GRAY,  MOONSHINE, PAPER WHITE, TITANIUM, WICKHAM GRAY

Benjamin Moore: BUNNY GRAY, GRAY OWL, GRAY TINT, HORIZON, MISTY GRAY, MOONSHINE, PAPER WHITE, TITANIUM, WICKHAM GRAY

Leslie

10 QUESTIONS AND THE SISTERHOOD OF THE WORLD BLOG AWARDS!

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HOLLY HOLLINGSWORTH PHILLIPS,

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of THE ENGLISH ROOM BLOG.is one of the most talented INTERIOR designers and Design Bloggers I know and certainly THE MOST media savvy PERSON I know. I have learned so much on so many fronts from Holly …and Yesterday, she  announced that she had been nominated for

the Sisterhood of the World Blog Awards (SOWBA) by Design Chic .

Holly shared her list of 10 nominees, of which I am one. wow! Thank you HOLLY! –

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Thank you HOLLY for including me in such a fun exercise!!!

A Sisterhood of the World Blog Award nomination means I now answer HOLLY’S 10 questions, AND THEN I select 10 new bloggers, and ask them my own 10 questions.

SO HERE GOES….MY ANSWERS TO HOLLY’S QUESTIONS:

1. The perfect paint color?

This is a tough question. I have so many “Perfect” colors – the “perfect” golden brown color for a yellow labs face, the “perfect” brown cow color, the  “perfect” white for trim and one for walls and one for the exterior of our house, the  “perfect”aqua blue to resemble a summer sky…sooo….

I will go with my favorite  “PERFECT” PINK – Pink Cloud by Benjamin Moore

PINK CLOUD

PINK CLOUD

BENJAMIN MOORE PINK CLOUD LIVING ROOM -

BENJAMIN MOORE PINK CLOUD LIVING ROOM –

2. If you could have any job besides the one you have right now, what would it be?

WORKING Actress……. I did the “struggling” one.

3. If you could pick any designer, living or dead, to decorate your house, who would it be?

Jonathan Adler

GORGEOUS BLUE GRAY WALLS AND JONATHAN ADLER LIVING ROOM!

GORGEOUS BLUE GRAY WALLS AND JONATHAN ADLER LIVING ROOM!

4. Dream trip?

I am not sure where this place is and I am open to any and ALL suggestions but I would love to take my family AND my dogs someplace magical and tropical…and surprising…STAY IN A TREE HOUSE IN A TOWN with few stores…and no cars…minimal internet and 75 degrees and sunshine. Fresh fruit and great burgers cocktails by the sea.

5. Best meal of your life?

We were on our honeymoon in Siena Italy. It was one o’clock in the afternoon and we ate wine and cheese. It was the best meal of my life.

SIENA ITALY - WIKIMEDIA

SIENA ITALY – WIKIMEDIA

5. Pick an all time favorite movie and an all time favorite book that you think we should all watch and read?

They are the same….To Kill a Mockingbird…book and movie.

I STILL HAVE MY ORIGINAL PAPERBACK FROM 8TH GRADE

I STILL HAVE MY ORIGINAL PAPERBACK FROM 8TH GRADE

ATTICUS AND SCOUT - TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

ATTICUS (GREGORY PECK)  AND SCOUT (MARY BADHAM)  – TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

6. Best gift you have ever received?

This will sound strange because it was not a happy time, but when my mother was dying and my birthday rolled around my best friend Trish sent me a box which contained cleaning supplies, coffee and malted milk balls. In the box she wrote me a card which said that she knew that there was nothing she could do that would make that birthday happy, not one thing, but that she knew ME and she knew the things I would be doing to stay busy and distract myself with and de-stress…scrubbing things clean, drinking coffee and eating malted milk balls.

7. Favorite wallpaper ever?

The one THAT I just put in my daughter Phoebe’s room….DAYDREAM BY JULIA ROTHMAN

DAYDREAM IN BLUSH - BY JULIA ROTHMAN

DAYDREAM IN BLUSH – BY JULIA ROTHMAN

I could have it in every color in every room….

DAYDREAM in SUNSHINE, GREEN ORANGE, BLUE, CREAM, YELLOW, RED, GRAY

DAYDREAM in SUNSHINE, GREEN ORANGE, BLUE, CREAM, YELLOW, RED, GRAY

 

8. If you could rewind twenty years and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?

“You are going to be fine.”

9. Chicest Hotel that you have visited or seen?

A. – THE NEW YORK PALACE

My dear friend Emily and I stayed there on our recent trip to New York City.

EMAND ME SELFIIE

10. Piece of art that you most covet?

AMANDA BY ALEX KAT

AMANDA BY ALEX KATZ

I COVET anything by ALEX KATZ!!!

THREE COWS BY ALEX KATZ

THREE COWS BY ALEX KATZ

NOW!  HERE ARE MY QUESTIONS FOR MY SISTERHOOD OF THE WORLD  BLOGGER NOMINEES!!!

1. What is your favorite drink? 

2. Besides living things – what would you grab from your home in a fire? 

3. What is the last book you read? 

4. Lets pretend you are a REAL HOUSEWIFE…..What would be your “Housewife” tag line ? 

5. If you were going to college and could get in ANYWHERE where would you apply and what would you study?

6. What was your first pet?

7. If you could pick anywhere on earth to live but you would have to live there forever….where would that be? 

8. What is your CURRENT favorite color to decorate with? 

9. What is your CURRENT favorite color to WEAR? 

10. What was your favorite Cartoon as  Kid?

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HAVE FUN FRIENDS!!! THANKS FOR PLAYING ALONG!

CASSIE from PRIMITIVE AND PROPER

ERIN of  HOUSE OF TURQUOISE 

JENNY of LITTLE GREEN NOTEBOOK

KAYCE HUGHES of  XOKC KAYCE HUGHES BLOG

KIRSTEN of SIXTH STREET DESIGN SCHOOL

LINDA of CALLING IT HOME

MELAINE of MY SWEET SAVANNAH

MITZI BEACH  of MITZI BEACH 

MALLORY  of CHARMING IN CHARLOTTE

RHODA of SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY BLOG 

HAVE FUN FRIENDS!!!!

I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOUR 10 QUESTIONS AND YOUR 10 NOMINEES!!!!

THE GREEN CAP BY ALEX KATZ

THE GREEN CAP BY ALEX KATZ

XOXOXOXOXO

CURRENTLY OBSESSED!!!!!!

Leslie

MARRIAGE EQUALITY!

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DO WE STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO…OF COURSE WE DO.

BUT IS THIS A HUGE STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION?

I DO BELIEVE IT MOST CERTAINLY IS.

Leslie

CUSTOM PET PORTRAIT GIVEAWAY WINNER – LOLA

ABOUT A MONTH AGO – My friend Melaine at MY SWEET SAVANNAH hosted a

 “LESLI DEVITO CUSTOM PET PORTRAIT GIVEAWAY ”

The winner was Lisa, and the beautiful dog that I got to paint is a golden retriever named “Lola”. Lola was 2 years old when she was adopted by Lisa and her family…which included her 4 year old son, Parke.

“She has been with us since she was 2 years old. She was living with a military family that was being sent overseas and we were able to adopt her. My son, Parke, had just turned 4 and he was afraid of dogs at that time. My husband and I wanted a gentle dog that Parke could grow up with.”

LOLA

LOLA – such a beautiful special girl….

When Parke was 10, his father died unexpectedly and Lola was a source of great comfort during that very difficult time.

LOLA still gets around despite her advanced years.

LOLA still gets around despite her advanced years. She is 16. 

LOLA AND PARKE HAVE GROWN UP TOGETHER….

LOLA

LOLA

…NOW PARKE HEADS TO COLLEGE THIS FALL AND LISA HOPED HE COULD TAKE “LOLA” WITH HIM, AT LEAST HER PORTRAIT….

LOLA WAS ADOPTED BY LISA AND HER FAMILY

LOLA WAS ADOPTED BY LISA AND HER FAMILY WHEN SHE WAS TWO YEARS OLD…NOW SHE IS 16!

I WAS HONORED TO BE PART OF SUCH A SWEET GIFT FROM MOTHER TO SON…

LOLA - THE EYES HAD ME

LOLA – THE EYES HAD ME

Leslie

MONDAY MAKEOVER – DRESSER FACELIFT

The Bad news- my laptop cord broke – like right in two pieces ! The good news is that my wonderful hubby who knows me almost better than I know myself , bought the 3 year protection plan so a new cord is on the way!!! For now, i am posting from my iphone and I will be honest- the process is a challenge for little old me!

RECENTLY One day while painting a pet portrait -I painted my dining room dresser in the new Home Depot Chalk paint – truth be told I was bored with the black and white and just plain curious!

BEFORE

DINING ROOM

DINING ROOM

AFTER

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I LOVE IT!

 

Leslie

HALEY HEADS TO COLLEGE

We just returned from a quick trip down to FLORIDA see my brother and his family before

THE BIG DAY – TOMORROW

when ….my niece Haley heads to college..leaving them with an empty nest.

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About a month ago…my sister-in-law Malena and her eldest, my niece Nina went to a HUMANE SOCIETY fundraiser ….on their street…complete with Puppies and kittens and wine.

The fundraiser was a roaring success! Malena and Nina came home with not only a puppy but also a kitten!!!!

Nina plans to take the kitten named PENNY,  the sweetest and most affectionate kitten I have ever met…(and I have met MANY kittens)……to college. Tate fell in love with Penny.

TATE AND PENNY

TATE AND PENNY

THE PUPPY NAMED “SAMMY” STOLE EVERYONES HEART!!!! HE IS A HALF LAB AND HALF GREAT PYRENEES!!! A WOOLY SNUGGLE BUDDY WHO IS ALL ACTION UNTIL HE FALLS ASLEEP….MUCH LIKE HIS PUPPY COUSIN BEAN!

sammy

SHORTLY AFTER THEY BRUGHT HOME THE PUPPY, MY SISTER IN LAW SENT ME A PHOTO Of HALEY WITH SAMMY.

I PAINTED IT FOR HER GRADUATION GIFT!

HALEY AND SAMMY - 12 X 12=GRADUATION GIFT!

HALEY AND SAMMY – 12 X 12 -GRADUATION GIFT!

THE KITTEN TRIED TO COME HOME WITH US BUT I COULD NOT TAKE HER FROM NINA!!

THE KITTEN TRIED TO COME HOME WITH US BUT I COULD NOT TAKE HER FROM NINA!!

I CANNOT BELIEVE MISS HALEY IS HEADING TO COLLEGE TOMORROW!

HALEY AND HER CRAZY AUNT LESLI!

HALEY AND HER CRAZY AUNT LESLI!

I ADORE THIS AMAZING GIRL WITH ALL MY HEART AND KNOW SHE IS GOING TO DO GREAT AMAZING THINGS!

GOOD LUCK HALEY – THE WORLD IS YOURS FOR THE TAKING! AND I LOVE YOU!

 

 

Leslie

MONDAY MAKEOVER – SUZANNES COTTAGE IN THE CITY

My Dear friend Suzanne is a working actress who lives in New York City. She recently did a TWO WEEK stint on Broadway, playing “Gina Klein” – Carole King’s Mother-  in BEAUTIFUL – The Carole King Musical! She will soon leave for the National Tour of the same show in the same role!! Congrats Suzanne!!!

SUZANNES LIVING ROOM...YEARS AGO I MADE HER THE CURTAINS. SHE HAD TWICE AS MANY PANELS AS SHE NEEDED, SO WHEN THE RENOVATION TOOK PLACE....SHE DISCARDED TH FADED ONES AND REPLACED THEM WITH FRESH ONES!

SUZANNES LIVING ROOM…YEARS AGO I MADE HER THE CURTAINS. SHE HAD TWICE AS MANY PANELS AS SHE NEEDED, SO WHEN THE RENOVATION TOOK PLACE….SHE DISCARDED THE OLD FADED ONES AND REPLACED THEM WITH IDENTICAL FRESH ONES!

Suzanne and I go way back to graduate school in Theatre together at the ASOLO CONSERVATORY in Sarasota, Florida.

suzanne apttable Years and time have passed and our lives have taken dramatically different DIRECTIONS and paths but while our lives are sometimes polar opposites – our friendship is a constant….that never changes.

SUZANNE'S LIVING ROOM PAINTTED BENJAMIN MOORE CLASSIC GRAY

SUZANNE’S LIVING ROOM PAINTED BENJAMIN MOORE CLASSIC GRAY

          A few years ago, Suzanne and I found ourselves in a similar predicament – Both of us renovating Bathrooms and Kitchens in our very old homes. My Old Country House was built in 1880 and Suzanne  lives  in an 1884 Queen Anne “House” on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.  Her home was built by an architect for his family. For a reason unknown to Suzanne, it was moved a few blocks 9 years later to its current location .The Co-op has 4 apartments and I love Suzanne’s the most because she has a garden…which in New York City is like having 5 acres of yard someplace else.

SUZANNE'S LIVING ROOM IS SEPARATED FROM HER BED ROOM BY OLD WINDOWS TURNED INTO BARN DOORS!!!

SUZANNE’S LIVING ROOM IS SEPARATED FROM HER BED ROOM BY OLD GLASS DOORS TRANSFORMED  BARN DOORS!!! SHE CHOSE THE AUSTIN WALL SCONCE IN BLACK FROM BARN LIGHT ELECTRIC

OVER THE DINING ROOM TABLE - AUSTIN SCONCES

OVER THE DINING ROOM TABLE – AUSTIN SCONCES

2 YEARS AGO – Suzanne’s apartment underwent a total renovation. Here is her story:

“The Renovation happened as a result of Structural Damage in the basement, right below my kitchen.  One section of the kitchen had slowly been sinking, and when we pulled the ceiling down in the basement, we discover five wooden Structure Beams had broken – old age, water damage, termites over the years had compromised the beams.  The only way they could get the steel beams into the basement – was through MY kitchen, and thus began the Renovation.

SUZANNE HAD "BARN DOORS" MADE FROM OLD ABANDONED WINDOWS.

SUZANNE HAD “BARN DOORS” MADE FROM OLD ABANDONED WINDOWS.

“They gutted my Kitchen and Bathroom, and I was only going to renovate those two rooms.”

SUZANNE'S BEDROOM

SUZANNE’S BEDROOM – SUZANNE DID A NATIONAL TOUR OF THE PlAY “QUILTER’S , A FEW YEARS AGO – SHE LEARNED TO QUILT AND COLLECTED MANY QUILTS WHICH SHE DISPLAYS ON AN OLD LADDER!”

“Of course, after everything was done, I knew I had to do the rest of the apartment, and if I didn’t do it right away, I would never do it.  The Contractor drew up a new contract for the Living Room and Bedroom, and a few weeks after the Kitchen was done, he moved on to the rest of the house.”

THIS LITTLE HALLWAY IN THE KITCHEN LEADS TO THE GARDEN BACKYARD.

THIS LITTLE HALLWAY IN THE KITCHEN LEADS TO THE GARDEN BACKYARD.

THE BATHROOM IS OFF THE KITCHEN - THE BARN DOOR IS ADORABLE!

THE BATHROOM IS OFF THE KITCHEN – THE BARN DOOR IS ADORABLE!

THE BATHROOM

“A lot of things were saved from the old apartment – the original Tub, the original Pedestal Sink, the original Medicine Cabinet.  I kept the Parquet floors in the Living Room and Bedroom, and moved the Built-in Closet in the Bedroom more toward the front of the room.”

SUZANNES BATHROOM IS SO INVITING!

SUZANNES BATHROOM IS SO INVITING!

“The original Bathroom door was cut down and turned into a Barn Door, as were the French doors in the Living Room.  The Living room doors are painted the same color as my Mother’s front door in Alberta, Italy, where she was born.”

THE ONLY WAY THAT SUZANNE USED TO BE ABLE TO ACCESS HER BASEMENT WITHT HE LAUNDRY AND STORAGE WAS TO GO OUTSIDE AND RE-ENTER FROM AN EXTERIOR DOOR! DURIN THE GUT RENOVATION, A DOOR WAS INSTALLED LEADING FROM HER KITCHEN TO THE BASEMENT STAIRS!!!! IN ADDITION...THE YELLOW HUTCH STANDS WHERE A DOORWAY USED TO BE...IIT WAS A RATHER USELESS HALLWAY - NOT BIG ENOUGH FOR FURNITURE...THAT WAS CLOSED OFF TO GIVE ANOTHER SURFACE FOR STORAGE

THE ONLY WAY THAT SUZANNE USED TO BE ABLE TO ACCESS HER BASEMENT WHERE THE LAUNDRY AND STORAGE IS – WAS TO GO OUTSIDE AND RE-ENTER FROM AN EXTERIOR DOOR! SHE DID THIS FOR TWENTY YEARS!   DURING THE GUT RENOVATION, AN INTERIOR DOOR WAS INSTALLED LEADING FROM HER KITCHEN TO THE BASEMENT STAIRS!!!! IN ADDITION…THE YELLOW HUTCH ABOVE STANDS AGAINST A WALL WHERE A DOORWAY USED TO BE…IIT WAS A RATHER USELESS HALLWAY – NOT BIG ENOUGH FOR FURNITURE…THIS WAS CLOSED OFF TO GIVE ANOTHER SURFACE FOR STORAGE!! THE KITCHEN FEELS HUGE NOW!!

SUZANNE'S KITCHEN IS AMAZING. SHE CHOSE A SOFT YELLOW CABINET AND THE WALLS ARE CLASSIC GRAY

SUZANNE’S KITCHEN IS AMAZING!!!! SHE CHOSE A SOFT YELLOW CABINET AND THE WALLS ARE CLASSIC GRAY. SHE GOT THE NEWPORT BRASS FAUCET ON EBAY.

SUZANNE'S SWEET YELLOW KITCHEN. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THE FARM SINK! SUCH A PERFECT ADDITION TO HER COTTAGE KITCHEN!

SUZANNE’S SWEET YELLOW KITCHEN. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THE FARM SINK! SUCH A PERFECT ADDITION TO HER COTTAGE KITCHEN!

“And the best part of the Renovation is the Stove.  It is a 1935 Wedgwood Stove, and it was my Grandmother’s.  When we sold her house years ago, I said I wanted the Stove, and put it in storage, hoping that one day I would find a use for it.”

“I had it shipped out last year and delivered to The Stove Lady in Mt. Vernon, where it was cleaned, and when the Contractors were ready for it, it was installed.  It works like a dream.”

SUZANNE'S GRANDMOTHER'S STOVE IS A WORK OF ART AND IS IN PERFECT WORKING ORDER!!

SUZANNE’S GRANDMOTHER’S WEDGEWOOD STOVE IS A WORK OF ART AND A HUGE PIECE OF HER HISTORY AND BEST OF ALL- IT IS IN PERFECT WORKING ORDER!! EVEN THE SALT AND PEPER SHAKERS ARE ORIGINAL AND PERFECT!

“It feels like my Mother and Grandmother are there cooking with me.”

SUZANNE SCORED THIS AMAZING VINTAGE BLENDER AT AN ESTATE SALE !

SUZANNE SCORED THIS AMAZING VINTAGE BLENDER AT AN ESTATE SALE !

“As I had said before, every inch of this apartment has Lesli’s influence, from the Farmhouse Sink to the Light Fixtures to the color on all the walls…….I don’t know what I would have done without her.

Suzanne”

SUZANNE DINING ROOM - AND THE PAINTING BY ME!!!

SUZANNE’S DINING ROOM – AND THE PAINTING BY ME!!!

SO THERE YOU HAVE SUZANNE’S AMAZING NEW YORK CITY COTTAGE HOME!

SUZANNE'S SWEET YELLOW KITCHEN

SUZANNE’S SWEET YELLOW KITCHEN

I love you SUZANNE!!!!!

Leslie

NEW PAINTING – PEACHES

“PEACHES”

"peaches" 24 x 36

NEW PAINTING “peaches” 24 x 36

BABY PEACHES is probably one of my favorite paintings of all time! Of Course I say that about most of my paintings but this one is extra special.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the colors! I could paint horses forever and ever and never tire of them. But I would miss Dogs…and cows..and barns….and everything else!

SUMMER IS HERE!

Leslie

GOODBYE MIDDLE SCHOOL

CONGRATULATIONS COOPER!!!!

COOPER AND HIS BUDDY JAKE

COOPER AND HIS BUDDY JAKE

LOST IN THE SHUFFLE

….of the tests and the parties and soccer games and company and cousins….  the wrapping up of simultaneously the longest AND shortest SCHOOL years in our school going history …

Last Long hair Summer...I will miss the curls

2013 – Last Long hair Summer…I will miss the curls

……was COOPER’S Graduation from Middle school!!!!

In addition to marking an exciting milestone…. this transition signifies our FAMILY’S farewell to Middle School. Behind us is THE SPAN OF TIME  which represents the transformation of child to teen –  and boobs, shaving, pimples, periods, hormonal roller cOaster rides, dances and first kisses and first heart breaks….it all happens during the time formerly known and “Junior High” –

ADIOS Middle School!

What a time we have had.

2012 - COOPER STARTS MIDDLE SCHOOL TATE STARTS 10TH GRADE

2012 – COOPER STARTS MIDDLE SCHOOL TATE STARTS 10TH GRADE

I will NEVER EVER claim to be an expert on Middle School. And I am grateful that for the most part we have remained intact…but it was not always easy. Middle School hurts. Growing up hurts. And on top of all that – We lost some of our favorite people while Cooper was in Middle school – Both Grandfather’s and Aunt Maura…it was rough sailing there…on top of life’s usually potpourri of treats…broken bones and noses.

8-21-13 FIRSTDAY

8-21-13 FIRST DAY

The Middle School years are a TRULY Amazing time…Cooper grew 6 whole inches last year alone.

FIRST DAY OF 8TH GRADE

2014 – COOPER’S FIRST DAY OF 8TH GRADE

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MIDDLE SCHOOL – This is how he looked going in….

2012

2012

and this is how he looked going out….

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2015 – Tate graduates High School and Cooper graduates Middle School

My Baby…will always be my baby….AGE 1-AGE 5-AGE 15 …no matter what age….he is my baby boy.

MY BABY WILL ALWAYS BE MY BABY

MY BABY WILL ALWAYS BE MY BABY

CONGRATULATIONS COOPER – HIGH SCHOOL WAITS FOR YOU!

Leslie

SEE WARBY PARKER

I recently visited the

WARBY PARKER store in NYC

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121 Green Street in SOHO.

WARBY PARKER has and will continue to radically TRANSFORM the eyewear BIZ! I am 100% certain of this!

These guys at WARBY PARKER are geniuses. TRUE VISIONARIES!! (lol)The company was started to end the monopoly one company had on eyewear and lower the ridiculously HIGH prices.

“By circumventing traditional channels, designing glasses in-house, and engaging with customers directly, we’re able to provide higher-quality, better-looking prescription eyewear at a fraction of the going price.   We believe that buying glasses should be easy and fun. It should leave you happy and good-looking, with money in your pocket.

We also believe that everyone has the right to see.”

…..Warby Parker partners with non-profits like VisionSpring

UPSHAW RIESLING

UPSHAW RIESLING $145

to ensure that for every pair of glasses sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need.”

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I had called ahead and knew to BRING MY PAPER PRESCRIPTION…but had I not, they do eye exams on the spot. ALL FRAMES with Lenses (WITH A FEW EXCEPTIONS) are $95 and Progressive lens and frames are $295 – EASY!

PIPER PETAL AND TORTOISE

PIPER PETAL AND TORTOISE (non-prescription $95, single prescription $150 and progressives $350)

My Glasses are ME, I never take them off, they define my LOOK. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT I NOT JUST LIKE THEM BUT I MUST LOVE THEM.!!!!…

MY CURRENT GLASSES ARE FROM ROBERT MARC  - ONE OF MY FAVORITE EYEWEAR DESIGNERS

MY CURRENT GLASSES ARE FROM ROBERT MARC – ONE OF MY FAVORITE EYEWEAR DESIGNERS

Here are the things that make WARBY PARKER  DIFFERENT

1. They are VERY CUSTOMER FRIENDLY. AND THEY CARE ABOUT THEIR EMPLOYEES!!!

“Our customers, employees, community and environment are our stakeholders. We consider them in every decision that we make.”

2. PRICE IS AFFORDABLE  (used to be YES you could save money —on the outdated ugly frames, but the fresh hip ones were soooo expensive!)

STOCKTON - ($95 SINGLE VISION - FRAME AND LENSES!)

STOCKTON – ($95 SINGLE VISION – FRAME AND LENSES!)

3. THERE ARE NO UGLY FRAMES IN SIGHT! EVERYTHING IS UP-TO-DATE AND ON TREND!

PERCEY

PERCEY ($95 including lenses – PROGRESSIVE are $295) )

4. IN THE STORE – EVERY PAIR IS OUT to see AND TRY ON – AND IN EVERY COLOR AVAILABLE! THEY UNDERSTAND THAT TRYING ON AND CHOOSING EYEWEAR IN A PRIVATE EXPERIENCE AND YET ….QUITE OFTEN YOU NEED A HUMAN MIRROR TO REFLECT (just too easy!)  YOUR CHOICES. THERE ARE CUSTOMER SERVICE HELPERS EVERYWHERE, BUT THEY DO NOT GET IN YOUR WAY OR IN YOUR FACE….BUT THE SECOND YOU NEED AN OPINION OR HELP…THEY ARE THERE AND SUPER CUTE AND FRIENDLY!!!!

ABBOTT

ABBOTT ($95 including lenses)

5. FAST FAST FAST…I WAS IN AND OUT OF THERE IN 20 MINUTES! (IT HELPS TO PRE-SHOP ONLINE TO GIVE YOURSELF A HEAD START ON THE AVAILABLE FRAMES!)

DUCKWORTH

DUCKWORTH ( ($95 including lenses)

6. THEIR ONLINE COUNTERPART IS SUPER USER FRIENDLY!! YOU CAN PAY FOR YOUR GLASSES AND THEY WILL SEND YOU UP TO 5 PAIRS TO TRY! YOU SEND THEM BACK IN A PREPAID PACKAGE AND TELL THEM WHAT YOU LIKE…OR TRY ON MORE UNTIL YOU FIND A PAIR.

YORK  ($145 including lenses)

YORK ($145 including lenses)

7. YOU HAVE 30 DAYS TO RETURN OR EXCHANGE YOUR GLASSES!

EVERETT SUNGLASSES (non-prescription $95, simgle prescription $150 and progressives $350)

EVERETT SUNGLASSES (non-prescription $95, single prescription $150 and progressives $350)

8. GROWING NUMBER OR LOCATIONS!!!!

– I JUST DISCOVERED THERE IS ONE IN RICHMOND – ONE HOUR AWAY – SUNGLASSES BABY!!!!!

WARBY PARKER has locations in the following cities: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Oklamhoma City, Dallas, Austin, New Orleans, Miami, Atlanta, Nashville, RICHMOND!, Philadelphia, New York and Boston!!!

QUIMBE

QUIMBEY – AURORA (non-prescription $95, single prescription $150 and progressives $350)

9.  GREAT ONLINE ACCESSIBILTY – EASY UNCOMPLICATED HOME TRY ON

You can also order via their website – they will send you up to 5 frames at a time to TRY!!!!

TRY ON WARBY PARKER

TRY ON WARBY PARKER

10. WITH ALL OF THESE CHOICES AND GREAT PRICES YOU DO NOT NEED TO SETTLE FOR ONE LOOK BUT CHANGE LOOKS!!!

VISIT WARBY PARKER AND SEE SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL! ( I MADE THAT UP!!!)

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