Outdoors In: McLaughlin Designs

Elisa's favorite teacup, a Paragan Bone China tea cup

Say hello to the lovely space of Elisa McLaughlin, the creative mastermind behind McLaughlin Designs, where you can find just about every beautiful DIY under the sun. Here’s Elisa to take it away:

Recently I moved from a beautiful cabin in a small mountain town to Southern California. The contrast is stark in vegetation, weather, and lifestyle but I am doing well in my new home. My husband, my kids and I moved in with my parents. All of this to say, my creative space is my bedroom. Since it is my only room I wanted to make it relaxing and inspiring so I can create in it. One of my favorite pieces of furniture in my room is my hutch. It belonged to my great-grandmother and I painted it a few years back and distressed it. I found new hardware at Anthropologie and Home Depot and gave it new life.

antiques from Elisa McLaughlin

[images above]: I found this amazing old window at an antique shop in North Park San Diego. I love the layers of paint that are chipping away. My parents have the most amazing peach roses in their yard that I keep snagging for my room. The numbered canisters are spice canisters I found at Anthropologie when they went on clearance. 

old books from McLaughlin Designs

[images above]: Another thing I am so in love with is old books. This has been a life long obsession for me and I find them all over, thrift stores, antique stores, swap meets, and flea markets. There is so much character in the fabric binding, it is so much more organic and full of life than paper binding.

headboard and pillows from Elisa McLaughlin

[images above]: Since my space is my bedroom I have to show off my headboard. I found, years ago, a beautiful room divider from World Market that was made in India. I made a rag banner or ribbon banner to string across the top. I found fun pillows from Ross’ and got my bedspread from Anthropologie. 

bookshelves in Elisa McLaughlin's space

[images above]: My husband built me book shelves, which I really love. My books are the possession I own which most define me. If you spend a moment looking at them it will seem they have no rhyme or reason. In the course of my life I have loved many things and they are all reflected in my books. Among them are the classics specifically, Steinbeck and Hemingway, Russian History and Language (I studied Russian Language for three years and spent time in both Russia and Ukraine),  Art and Drawing, Gemology, Lewis, Shakespeare, English Literature, and I could keep going. 

succulents from Elisa McLaughlin

[images above]: One very fortunate thing about living in San Diego is the weather allows for succulents to thrive. I adore succulents and I am propagating a bunch to sell in the shop I am opening In a month or so. They are everywhere in my room and home. 

tree branch coloring pencils from Elisa McLaughlin

[image above]: I put these stick crayons in a glass apothecary jar. I love the blending of art and nature. They were given to me by a close friend who got them from Africa. They sell something similar at Anthropologie.

McLaughlin Designs swimming pool

[image above]: After all the indoor shots I thought I should include a picture of the outdoors. This is a shot of our garden and pool. Very inspiring. The other place I create is outside. 

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.

One reply on “Outdoors In: McLaughlin Designs

  1. I love all of Elisa’s DIYs so it’s nice to peer into her creative space, so lovely.

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