She walked away from a glamorous, successful career as a model for a new life as wife & mother.  Following her heart, she settled into her role & fell in love with a whole new world of home with her new family & renovated her first home.  “I still giggle,” Gail says, “with my cabinet-maker today over the first time we met at his cabinet shop. I looked up and saw my ‘Makita Girl’ posters on the wall.”  My husband’s comment was, “Imagine how I felt!”

       

      Inspired by her first baby, her instincts, creativity and a vision guided her to fill a niche missing in the children’s apparel industry. Gail designed and launched her own label of European inspired luxe children’s wear.  The successful label found its way to exclusive boutiques across the country and Barney’s in New York.  A mercantile followed and her homespun story caught the attention of International press.  Features in books, media, tv interviews followed, with Entrepreneurial guest speaking events. {See films for one of her favorite interviews.}

       

      She’s been forever inspired by her love of vintage and old homes from the time she was a young girl.  Gail’s obsessed with custom craftsmanship and creating one a one-of-a kind look.  She’s a hunter and gatherer of vintage finds from flea markets, antique shops and barn sales.  The found items are brought into her design, and now she will show you how she does it.

       

      “I want to inspire you with beautiful optimism.  And, in my heart, I believe that HOME is EVERYTHING. There is no facet of the home concept that doesn’t  pull at my heart!” says Gail.

      This Guest cottage was transformed from a 1940's storage shed on one of our projects.

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      Casual Loves Elegance is a design and lifestyle site which shares the journey of a small-town Midwestern girl who dreamed big, and followed a path less traveled, while leading the way.

      The story behind the name…CASUAL represents Gail’s husband, Elegance represents Gail.  “I felt the beauty between  CASUAL and ELEGANCE and  created a style that fit us both,” says Gail.  “By marrying them together, it was magic, reflecting the LOVE that we share with each other!  I honor our individual styles, and stay true to my focus to design a home that has an unforgettable feeling.  Together we’ve created a HOME that reflects our family and a beautiful life.”

       

       

       

      ALL THE FEELS of HOME

       

      Let’s take a moment to simply be grateful for our homes & share a beautiful experience for all who gather there…

      Our lives should be filled with beauty, creativity & a style of living that comes from a feeling. That’s HOME  – from where our hearts need not wonder.

      I love that our paths have crossed today.  We can learn a bit from each other. One thing life’s’ experiences have taught me is to: Be present in your life.  By cherishing the moments, you will remain in the present and appreciate the beauty of life.

      I’m excited to be charting new courses, starting new projects and living my wildest dreams.  ……I luh-ve inspiration that comes straight from the heart – it’s the only path I follow. That’s what I wish for you, as well.

      It’s do-able.

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      A Glimpse back

      A  glimpse into the rearview mirror gives us a clear view of the past.  It’s there we see ourselves filled with passion & dreams to fulfill.  It’s healthy to circle back after years of careers, marriage & raising a family, it’s a reminder to rejuvenate our spirits, & honor what once was.  Never give up leaning into our journey’s & do all the things to make it be all we’ve dreamed of.

       

       

       

      An entrepreneur at heart, Gail is forever grounded by her family and childhood in the cutest, small Midwestern town.  Gail proclaims she’s an old soul that longs for the pure and good,  “I think my heart beats with nostalgia and my dreams have cinematic scores,” says Gail.  She’s always had a deep appreciation and connection to home.  Her desire is to see families gather again elbow – to – elbow around tables; for gardens to be planted; homes to become nests where families return; days to be enjoyed with what fills and satisfies the soul.

      Today

      Design, realtor, farm girl and storyteller. Home is in Southern California.

      Current Project: renovating a 1970’s mediterranean house, transforming it into a French Normandy Farm house. A large scale project including a vintage garden folly, work-man's shed and private Lemon grove.

      Sweet days until we meet again...

      I love our paths have crossed today, we can learn a bit from each other. One thing life's’ experiences have taught me… is to be present in your life.  By cherishing the moments, you will remain in the present and appreciate the beauty of life.

      I'm excited to be charting new courses, starting new projects and living my wildest dreams.  ... I luh-ve inspiration that comes straight from the heart - it's the only path I follow.  That's what I wish for you, as well.

      It's do-able.

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      What’s next for Gail...

      She’s in early development with new projects that are very exciting and will keep us posted as they unfold.

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