Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Pasadena Cottage turned Design Lodge

This is my dear friends' house and the masterpiece of the former owners.  The house was originally a cottage and tennis court to adjacent to the large mansion next door.  The original building has been reworked in a genius modern and simple fashion that balances perfectly with the modern additions, with nods to the styles of the mid-century.  The house was designed by Rodney Ross and Deborah Rachlin of rossdesign.


My friends the Lullas purchased several pieces with the home that Rodney has designed and built that fit so well into the nooks and warmth of the abode.  The attention to detail in every piece of this house from the cool marble countertops that fit perfectly into the warm wood edges are an example of the two aspects the house carries with it throughout.

Mies van der Rohe loveseats with a raw wood slab coffee table made by Ross's team.  Hanging in the background is my favorite Claire Oswalt piece called Eliza and the Stroller.
This is one of my favorite pieces of art ever, so I must mention the charcoal and pencil on thick hanging paper.  The artist is Peter Liashkov, and I have admired this drawing for a long time.  This image captures the three elements that tie to home together - the white wash, original brick, raw wood, and modern glass that brings in a cool blue hue to the rough warm edges.  



This is a hidden wash closet behind a sliding glass set of doors with an open atrium in between the wing of the house and the tiny toilet.  The atrium of windows can be seen below in a smaller photo.


Friday, January 4, 2013


OwSupply's Etsy Store is home to your vintage, masculine, WWII fantasies........ok, just has some great masculine items and gifts.
Scholar Bed from Crate and Barrel

 Vintage Cart from ABC Home, Bolster of Red Ticking from Matteo, Painted Antler from Etsy

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


If you want to read an interview I gave to the cute Wynn Myers - www.wynnmyers.com  Check out http://www.ilovetexasphoto.com/sara-leete/ to see the interview.

I am still styling, yes.  2012 was a big juggling act between the two careers.  2013 brings more interiors and who knows what else.  Maybe I'll post more.  I'm sure I'll be styling some more cool things.  We'll see.

In the meantime, check out this glam kitchen!!!!  Wow, wow, wow.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Kamm on Oswalt + Leete

I've been so busy, kids!  I just haven't had the time for this blog -- I am so sorry for neglecting you, little bloggy.  Bad Sara.  I will try harder, I promise.  Well, instead of something original= , I am shamelessly connecting you to the sweetest little write up that my good talented friend Jesse Kamm gave me on her awesome blog......check it.....

If you don't know Jesse Kamm you are missing out.  These are her latest designs and this girl has a vision and just makes me jealous every time I see her and her long skinny legs, cute outfits, and undeniable style!

JK - you are so cute, xoxoxo

Thursday, August 16, 2012


So, you've probably seen her before here on the blog, but I had a comment from someone on Design*Sponge that said they thought this Native American woman was from a Santa Fe Railroad calendar.  I realized at that point that, despite how I normally am about researching and looking into things, I had never looked up the artist, who's name is on this piece.  It is not an original, it is a print on a board, by the way.  

Anyway, so the artist is Winold Reiss and now I am smitten.  I love many of his works.  He produced artwork from before 1910 into the 1940's and was quite a well-known artist, whom I realized I'd seen his graphic designs for bookcovers in the past.  See below from some other things I find irresistable!    
I just love the colors he uses all over, but also love the details in the portraits.  Something in the lack of expression is amazing to me, because their is no lack of emotion.


I would love for others to share vintage graphic designs that they admire.  Thanks!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


All hail the chief.....well, or just "thanks," Design*Sponge.  I was really excited to see my house published on the reigning design site.  If you didn't get to see the post, check it out HERE!

I have put up a few of the photos of my house that didn't make the post for you here as well.  I'd love to tell you more about putting things together in my house, so please feel free to ask questions here in the comments.....and remember I'm taking clients for interior design projects and would love to here from you!!!  xxoo

This chair is from West Elm and I added the big Euro cushion and had my friend Jesse Kamm's linen tortoise shell fabric made into a sham.  I wanted to connect the black and white theme into a part of this room, so we exchanged babysitting for an edition of the print done with black ink on white linen.