I will not get into a lengthy and heartfelt story on how we met - but after having Leanne and Brad Shaffer creatively involved in a few of Shay’s shoots (by fluke) - we have all remained very close friends and the rest is history. Having witnessed them evolve in the creative sphere and being constantly inspired by the two of them, we are thrilled to have them on the West Coast for more than a weekend as they are new Venice Beach residents!
Brad and Leanne own and operate Acre Goods + Services: A Creative Group. They are a collaboration of creation; As a team they design, direct, style, build, concept & create - and they want to make something together!!!!!!
Brad and Leanne have been featured in numerous publications for their recently completed home they share together. They married, purchased a 1907 Pennsylvania schoolhouse, and embarked on a joint DIY reno. Now, the labor of love is complete and we are thrilled to feature this amazing design and décor triumph on the blog.
Checkout the before and after pictures along with a preview of Leanne’s inspiration below:
What inspires you?
What inspires me? Life! Living! Love. People, places, music, highways, old movies, old trucks, rust and gold, the woods, the beach, my crazy family and my wild friends.
Where do you find all your eclectic pieces?
I find my special stuff on the road, when I’m not expecting to find it and when it’s usually most inconvenient. I find stuff in Ohio when my truck is full, I find furniture for LA projects in barns in Pennsylvania and furniture for Pennsylvania projects on abbot Kinney. It’s my curse. But I always buy it. I know I’ll figure it out and I know it belongs in a good home.
What are your top three decorating tips?
What do you love about LA?
My friends. My job. The creative energy. All in the sunshine…. Pretty perfect.
Describe your style in three words:
Free times three.
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Photo Credit: Max Kim-Bee
I know how exciting it is to get your first place (or dorm room) - and to decorate! I also know how it is to be on a budget - and in school! I asked a girlfriend of mine from Vancouver, Natalie who owns and operates Cutler Design with her husband, to supply us with some current decor trends for the savvy gal (or guy).
Her fave look this season is the Black, white and simple wood look - also what we like to call ‘Scandinavian’. Decorating doesn’t have to be expensive - there are so many ways to create a killer, comfortable space while staying on a budget and keeping it chic and on trend.
Here are some of mine and Natalie’s affordable tips for sprucing up your new pad or dorm room:
All of these ideas can be done DIY and in a pinch. Check out local flea markets for frames, stools, lamps and tables. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure! Keep it simple too - some of the best spaces are simple and uncluttered, keeping a zen like relaxing atmosphere for studying or just decompressing after a long day. Below are some of our TOP “easy on the wallet” items that can be bought at IKEA anywhere in the world:
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In Los Angeles we are blessed with pretty nice weather all year round, but nothing beats warm summer nights and a backyard soiree. In lieu of our newly purchased outdoor patio furniture, Shay and I have been heavily inspired to throw backyard dinner parties every chance we get (even when we didn’t have patio furniture…see our mexican fiesta at the bottom of this post)!
While I may be the chef of the household, Shay is the table decorator extrordinaire. Putting together fun themes for your dinner and coordinating them with the menu is a task we have mastered. Take advantage of what summer has to offer and entertain outdoors in the fresh air at the beach or in your backyard.
Below are some of our personal favorite outdoor dining looks that will sure to inspire a magical evening for you and your friends:
Before where had a seat to sit in - we used our imaginations and threw a perfect mexican inspired backyard soiree that is one of our best parties to date. Stay tuned for more of our themed dinner’s soon :)
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(Pictures from Pinterest)
The two of us tend to get caught up in day dreams of far off places we can only imagine visiting. We play french music and pretend we are sipping red wine and eating brie on a baguette beside the Arc du Triumph. Our imaginations take us to endless places.
Currently in dream land, Shay and I are wonderlusting-ing hard to go to the Londozi Private Game Reserve in South Africa. Not only is it family run and operated, they manage land and wildlife rehabilitation as well as productive community involvement. Did I mention how amazing and Shiceala-esque the decor is…DYING? It’s like stepping into a wilderness heaven with tree lights and whimsicality. Below our some of our favorite images of this spectacular place.
Come away with us…
Spend a little time dreaming each day and going to places you wouldn’t normally go - I promise it will be rewarding.
…and don’t forget to add this to your vision board :)
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