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laguna beach!

June 24, 2016

shoreline at Laguna Beach pleasure in simple things blog

I recently made my first visit to Laguna Beach!  It may have been a brief encounter, but it was a fabulous one!  I am sharing a few photos today on Friday field trip.

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I was in awe of this iconic beach and I had to be sure and document my visit with a few photos.  I hope they inspire you to take a trip to a beach – no matter how brief – on one of these marvelous summer days!

 Beach pleasure in simple things blog

I didn’t do any shopping that afternoon in Laguna, but I did bring back a valuable memento.  Holding the papers on my office desk is a smooth, pale gray, heart shaped stone that I have marked very carefully in white permanent marker with the letters L-A-G-U-N-A.

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It is a reminder that I will be back someday!

weather at Laguna Beach pleasure in simple things blog

Thanks for stopping by!

Have a wonderful weekend!  Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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family heirloom before & after

June 21, 2016

new finish and paint pleasure in simple things redo

I am excited to show you a finished piece I have been working on for quite some time.  You may have seen a little sneak peek of my progress a little while back, but today I am showing the completion of the project.  The piece is a special one because it is the only piece of furniture my friend Tracy kept from her mom’s home after she passed away.before & after with Annie Sloan Old Ochre pleasure in simple things blogI wanted to transform this old buffet into something a little more current for Tracy’s home.  First, I did some cleaning of the piece. Then, since the piece had been exposed to a lot of smoke and I was afraid the paint may not adhere properly, I took an extra step of starting with a coat of shellac.  Then, I painted the piece with two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old Ochre, making sure to use visible brush strokes – I think that adds some character for an aged look.

new Annie Sloan redo pleasure in simple things blog

After I had the entire piece painted, I decided I should have kept the top of the piece in a natural wood!  So, I stripped off the paint I had already put on and gave it a really good sanding with an electric sander.  From there, I added three coats of stain and a clear sealer.  I had made the right choice…I loved the way the top came out!

furniture redo finish with Annie Sloan pleasure in simple things blog

For the rest of the piece, I highlighted some areas with Annie Sloan Country Grey.  I love the subtle contrast between the Old Ochre and the Country Grey paint.  I also added a wash of Country Grey and water to add some depth of color.  Next, I added a coat of Annie Sloan clear wax. I did some light distressing before adding a second coat of wax and added some dark wax in areas.  I think the piece has a great aged look without being overly distressed.

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Next, I needed to update the furniture’s hardware.  The original knobs were very simple.  I decided to use something a little more ornate and found some knobs I loved for the piece at Anthropologie.  The pulls were a little harder to figure out.  You can see one of the old pulls above.  I wanted a more updated look, but nothing was available that appealed to me in the width of the old pull.  I ended up making a special order from Klaffs – a large bath and kitchen store in my area.  I would have to fill in the holes from the old pulls and drill new ones to accommodate a newer sized pull.  It took me a couple hours to look through a large selection of pulls before I made a decision, but ordering the new hardware was definitely the right decision…the new pulls are great for the piece!

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I think the new hardware is perfect!

new knobs pleasure in simple things furniture redo

Don’t you agree?

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And, I think the decision to stain the top of the piece was a great one as well!  The piece is ready for its new home!  I hope it serves Tracy’s mom’s memory proud!

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Thanks for stopping by!

Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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lunch with a view

June 17, 2016

tableside at Raya Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel pleasure in simple things blog

I showed you the fabulous hotel I visited in California recently.  But, I didn’t show you the fabulous restaurant I visited IN the fabulous hotel!  For today’s Friday field trip, we are visiting Raya!

Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel view from Raya pleasure in simple things blog

I almost didn’t make it to Raya (the fabulous restaurant) because I was on a work trip and I didn’t have a speck of free time.  But, you know what?  When the assignment was completed, I had about an hour to spare while I waited for my transportation to arrive. I decided to use that time to grab a pre-flight snack at the restaurant I had wanted to visit the entire time I was at the hotel!

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Poblano, garlic, goat cheese, and white soy – the start of my Zucchini Flower Soup served tableside at Raya in the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel.

I wasn’t even really sure if the food was any good at this restaurant – which I assumed it was based on the rest of my experience at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel.  But, what I did know about this restaurant was that it had an amazing view!  I had walked past it (usually, very much in a hurry) so many times while at the hotel!

Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel at restaurant Raya pleasure in simple things blog

I just wanted to sit in Raya at one of the tables with the ocean view!  And, that is exactly what I did on my last day at the Ritz, minutes before I was set to leave my new favorite hotel!

ice tea at Raya Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel pleasure in simple things blog

You can see more photos of the fabulous Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel by clicking here.

Thanks for stopping by for today’s Friday field trip!

Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

P.S.  The food was good and I was also able to share the experience with two great people!  Enjoy your weekend!

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creating white sea glass

June 14, 2016

a weck jar after diy sea glass paint pleasure in simple things blog

Last week, I showed you how easy it is to create a sea glass look to glass using the new Krylon spray paint.  I showed a couple of examples to get you inspired.

a sea glass diy pleasure in simple things blog

I received so many emails asking why I didn’t include the ‘ice’ color in my post, I decided to dedicate today’s post to a demonstration of that particular color!

creating a sea glass jar pleasure in simple things blog

The ‘ice’ color of the Krylon sea glass spray paint actually happens to be my favorite of all the colors!  I guess I should have included it in my post last week, but here goes!  As I mentioned last week, it takes mere seconds to complete a spray painting project!  Here you can see me spraying a cute little Weck jar.

process of sea glass spray paint

And here, the beautiful result!  Ready to use in minutes!

a diy weck jar in sea glass pleasure in simple things blog

Thanks for stopping by!  Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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a redo becomes a buffet bar

June 10, 2016

before and after furniture Annie Sloan Napoleonic blue pleasure in simple things blog

Normally, once I post about a redo on a piece of furniture, I don’t ever show it again.  Today I am going against the norm.  For Friday field trip, I am giving you a glimpse of a past furniture redo in its new home.  It started as a paint project in October 2015, when I transformed an old buffet with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Napoleonic Blue.

(For the full, original post of before and after photos, click here.)

The owner of the buffet recently used it in her coastal home to set up a bar for a brunch with friends and today I am showing you how great the piece looks ‘in action!’

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Not only does the bar buffet look wonderful, but the brunch food does as well!  Let me share the menu!

Marinated tomato and Burrata salad…

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Broccoli and cheddar quiche…

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Crème brulee baked French toast…

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Chateaubriand roast with basil butter and rosemary…

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and, of course, Mimosas!

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Nice job styling the bar and creating the food, Ashley!  I am so glad the piece has a great home!  Thanks for sharing!

I hope I have inspired you to use a piece of your own furniture in a special way!  Thanks for stopping by!  Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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sea glass spray paint

June 7, 2016

Krylon sea glass paint pleasure in simple things blog

We have all made sea glass looking jars from glue, water, and some food coloring – haven’t we?  If you haven’t, please don’t even try it!  There is a new sea glass spray paint that makes this process so much quicker and so much less of a mess!  The effect is created, literally, in seconds -and dries almost as fast.  It is possible to transform your entire recycling bin of bottles in mere minutes!

demonstrating Krylon sea glass paint pleasure in simple things blog

I actually had an empty recycling bin when I decided to demonstrate this new Krylon spray paint, so I made a quick trip to the dollar store.  I found some great looking bottles for this exercise and sprayed some to use as table numbers – a fun way to dress up party tables!  After spraying, I just added numbers.before and after Krylon sea glass paint pleasure in simple things blogOf course, there are tons of ways to use the bottles once they are painted!  Like…making labels to add to a bottle – easy to do with a home computer!

sea glass painting pleasure in simple things blog

Because I ended up buying bottles from the dollar store, they are all the same size and shape, but the beauty of using this paint is that you can create a cohesive grouping of bottles by simply painting a variety of shapes and sizes all in the same color.

Krylon amber sea glass paint before and after pleasure in simple things blog

This Krylon sea glass paint is available in more colors than you probably have sea glass!  They include lemon, aqua, ice, cornflower, rose, sea foam, ruby, and amber.  Of course, though I didn’t use it for this exercise, ice is probably my favorite!  Yes, white is my favorite color in sea glass!

Here is an example of the amber color paint.  I used it on a clear glass candlestick.  When I put some of my brown sea glass next to the painted candlestick, look how similar they appear!

Krylon amber sea glass paint pleasure in simple things blog

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I hope I have inspired you to create something fun of your own in your favorite sea glass color using Krylon spray paint!

P.S.  For an evening party, battery operated lights in bottles are a nice addition. :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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visiting dana point

June 3, 2016

Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel from a distance pleasure in simple things blog

This week, on Friday field trip, I am sharing some of my gorgeous hotel views from my short stay at the Ritz-Carlton in Dana Point while on the West Coast!  I was so very lucky to have the opportunity to stay at this awesome hotel for a work assignment.

Ritz- Carlton Laguna Niguel stairs to beach pleasure in simple things blog

Named after ‘east coaster’ Richard Henry Dana, Jr., author of the book Two Years before the Mast, Dana Point was the spot used by film producer Bruce Brown for the 1966 surfing documentary Endless Summer.  (Music buffs may recognize the title as the same as the film’s theme song by The Sandals.)

seating at Ritz- Carlton Laguna Niguel pleasure in simple things blog

beach at Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel pleasure in simple things blog

I was up at 5:00 am for workouts during my stay at the Ritz, and local surfers were already dotting the shoreline and providing some great entertainment for those of us interested in being spectators while enjoying an amazing ocean view!

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The views also made for wonderful al fresco dining!

Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel breakfast with a view pleasure in simple things blog

beautiful beach at Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel pleasure in simple things blog

The sprawling footprint of the hotel optimizes its expansive ocean views.  Believe me, my photos do not do the view justice, but I hope you enjoyed seeing a little bit of the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel – Southern Orange County at its finest!

great beach at Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel pleasure in simple things blog

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Thanks for stopping by!

sunset Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel pleasure in simple things blog

Have a wonderful weekend and remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie 

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june book giveaway!

May 31, 2016

Rising to the occasion book giveaway pleasure in simple things blog

It is the time of year for celebrations!

Having the ability to give an impromptu toast at a special celebration is definitely a skill.  So, why not be prepared and have the perfect toast prepared before you attend your next celebration?

pleasure in simple things giveaway book rising to the occasion june 2016

You can, if you win this month’s book giveaway!  As the winner, you can use one of the many toasts in this book at your next occasion or, use one as a springboard to create your own version of inspiring words!

Rising to the Occasion by Paul Dickson is a great resource to have on hand for your next special occasion.  Simply leave a comment on this post to be entered to win.  Good luck!

free book rising to the occasion pleasure in simple things blog

Congratulations to Emily,  the winner of last month’s book giveaway Salad Dressings by Jessica Strand.  And, thanks for your kind words Emily!  (Click here for more on this book.Have some fun creating some summer salads!  Thanks to everyone who entered!

Instagram users, read on!  Since June marks the start of summer, let’s share photos of beach finds this month!  Use hashtag #pleasuregram during the month of June to share!  I can’t wait to see your finds!

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Thanks for stopping by!  Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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coastal in newport, ri

May 27, 2016

headboard detail pleasure in simple things blog

Earlier this week, I shared some of the wedding details from the Newport, RI wedding I recently attended.  Today, for Friday field trip, I am sharing some of the coastal décor details from my stay at the Newport Marriott.

The photos above and below are details from the bed headboard.

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The painting hanging on the bathroom wall created the feeling of a porthole.

port hole painting pleasure in simple things blog

The restaurant booths:

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The nautical themed art work was not limited to the bathrooms – there were plenty of pieces throughout the hotel.

painting at Newport RI Marriott pleasure in simple things blog

This light fixture was created from a collection of bottles.

light fixtures pleasure in simple things blog

Loved the numbers on the back of the balcony chairs!

balcony in hotel Newport RI pleasure in simple things blog

The use of ropes was a constant throughout.  Here are a couple additional examples:

rope detail in Newport Marriott pleasure in simple things blog

ceiling ropes pleasure in simple things blog

Maybe you have been inspired to create a couple of your own coastal touches?  Maybe from rope?

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a really marvelous holiday weekend and remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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wedding beauty in newport, ri

May 24, 2016

closeup of Newport wedding arch pleasure in simple things blog

It has been a very busy time for me.  Right after a short trip to the West Coast, I attended a wedding on the East Coast in Newport, RI.  On both coasts, my stay was directly on the shore so I was surrounded by all the coastal details I adore!

Castle Hill in RI pleasure in simple things blog

Castle Hill wedding pleasure in simple things blog

At the wedding, I was able to see a guy very special to me wed the gal of his dreams.  This gal also happens to have amazing taste and their wedding certainly reflected it!

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Today I am sharing with you a little bit of the beauty from the evening.

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At the couple’s request, photos were not taken at the ceremony or reception, but I did sneak a few photos of the amazing ocean view venue at Castle Hill Inn and a couple of the gorgeous details incorporated into the décor.

wedding table number Newport RI pleasure in simple things blog

wedding tablesetting at Castle Hill pleasure in simple things blog

I hope you enjoy the photos!  You can see a little more Newport on the blog on Friday!

Newport RI wedding flowers pleasure in simple things blog

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Thank you so much for stopping.  Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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