South Pasadena resident Leslie Saita publishes her first book: A House for Sharing | South Pasadenan

With photos of her home throughout, which showcase the unique design features of the kitchen, dining, living rooms, and family rooms, along with outdoor spaces, Leslie Saita says, she even features the interior of a carefully crafted camper home. Share” – is all about the “welcome spirit” of those who mean it the most.

“I feel like my whole life led to writing this book,” she said. “Things I cherish are included—my family, friends, entertainment, décor, and crafts. It’s about creating gatherings throughout your home.”

She describes the book as “a guide to giving new life to underutilized spaces, and for creating truly warm, livable décor in every room of the house.”

Her passion for home décor, entertaining, rebuilding, crafts, and cooking is on full display.

Going deeper into the contents of the book, one chapter focuses on some of her favorite decorating and pastimes, such as on her do-it-yourself projects.

Saeta lives in a South Pasadena home, built in 1915, with her husband, Dave, who grew up in it as a child. It has been in his family since 1969 as the couple bought it from Dave’s parents and raised their three children on the site.

The place has been remodeled several times over the years, and initial work has been done on the family room, the kitchen, a pair of bathrooms downstairs and the outdoor patio. This was followed by a renovated master bedroom and two bathrooms upstairs and the addition of a swimming pool and finished with the addition of an outdoor kitchen and improvements to the Carriage House.

Photo: Leslie Saita | A picture of a house to share

They also owned a beach house along the Ventura Coast and purchased a home in Waco, Texas, making it a short-term rental.

Long active community members, Dave is a former city mayor, serving many years on the local city council. The three boys — Andrew, Matthew, and Michael — attended Pasadena Polly, where they excelled in athletics, and later performed at the college level in swimming, baseball, and volleyball, respectively.

Leslie has been a marketing executive, event planner, artist, and most recently, a blogger/influencer. She blogs daily about fun remodeling projects, home décor, and more. Busy with a variety of projects, she is also a respected and award-winning abstract artist who draws her creative work using a palette knife.

With her many talents, she has led her success to become an entrepreneur on several fronts. “My first memories are of making crafts and decorations for the holidays,” she said, looking back at how it all began.

Saita has mastered crochet, macrame, quilting, stained glass, knitting, embroidery, decoupage, glass beadwork and jewelry making. They also make colorful paper flowers.

The release of “A Home to Share” is scheduled to be celebrated on September 27 at Saeta’s home. About 250 people are expected at the all-sold-out event and will be treated to appetizers, drinks and a tour of accommodation.

The book tour will take place shortly after the release ceremony, with initial stops in Michigan and Texas.

A Share House is available for $40 at local book sellers and online retailers.

Photo: Leslie Saita | A picture of a house to share

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