Meet Pepito Mossimo Mora

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Hello my friends!  I thought I’d pop in and cure any Monday blues out there with a dose of Pepito Mora, our new baby bunny!  I’ve had a lot of down time this year while I rest and work on healing, so I’ve decided to take up a new hobby (see more here).  While researching I stumbled upon these bunnies, and, well the rest is clearly history!!!!  Pepito joined our family last Wednesday and I’ve been like a kid on Christmas ever since.  He’s hilarious and the softest, sweetest little guy I’ve ever laid my hands upon.  We’re head over tails for him!  I keep burying my face in his little belly and practically purring.  I can’t even cope with how much I adore him.  And yes, since I know the questions are coming- we’re working with the dogs to make the adjustment as smooth as possible and integrate him into the pack!  They’re doing great, Nugget even climbed into his cage with him the other day.  I’m hopeful that one day he’ll be litter trained and lounging around the house with the pups.  At which point I may very well just fall over dead from the sweetness.  Since I can barely contain myself and certainly can’t resist taking a bazillion photos, I started an Instagram dedicate to him to share.  {Insert toothy emoji smile}   There’s nothing quite like our little mustached love bunny to make your day brighter, right?!

In other news, I want to give you a little health update since I know some of you are praying for me (thank you!!) and thinking of me (thank you!!) and wishing me well from near and far (thank you!!!!!).  And finally, I have some really incredible news!  I’m feeling better!!!!!!!  I spent half of yesterday at the beach body surfing, swimming, playing frisbee and floating in the ocean with happy salty tears streaming down my face.  If you saw the season finale of the latest season of Orange is the New Black you’ll have an idea of how joyful I was.  I feel like I have a new lease on life!!!!  I’ll share the specifics on what’s changed another day, but in the meantime please know that I’m feeling great and shining with happiness from the inside out!  Wishing all of you the very best and so, so incredibly grateful for your support!  xx- Sarah

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Decorist Guest Bedroom Makeover!

Happy Friday my friends!  Today I’m super excited to introduce you to Decorist, an online decorating service that’s the cat’s pajamas!  I get a fair amount of reader emails with decorating questions, and have had conversations with enough friends who feel interior design challenged to know that there are a lot of people who find decorating to be a daunting task, or don’t have the desire or time to tackle it.  But I’m a firm believer that the spaces we inhabit can bring us joy- and that having them decorated in a style that brings us happiness is a highly worthwhile endeavor!  Which is why I’m so happy that Decorist exists!  For an affordable price (starting at $199) Decorist will pair you with a designer that matches your style for personalized design services, of if you prefer you can select your own.  They’ll tackle projects large or small, work with your budget, provide two design plans AND a revision.  And as a major bonus, you can purchase all of the items in one place- through Decorist- and trade discounts are offered from over 100 retailers!  So good, right?!  Read below for the process I went through working with elite designer Jennifer Stewart to design a guest bedroom for our house!  {Get your own Decorist Makeover here. Enter code AHouseintheHills20 for $20 off your makeover!}

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The first step after purchasing my makeover was to create my design profile by selecting my favorite items out of a variety of styles so that I would be paired with a designer whose style matched mine.  I was so happy to see my virtual room come together (above) and was deemed a “modernist at heart” by Decorist.  Sounds about right- the description fit my style to a tee!

Next up I filled out a short questionnaire about the project and uploaded a photo of the drawing I made of the room with all of the measurements.  It was a pretty rough sketch but the measurements were accurate and I knew it would be enough for her to get the idea since it’s such a simple room.  But if the room were more complicated I would’ve uploaded photos of it as well.  I also sent along this Pinterest board to share my design aesthetic (uploading specific inspiration photos is also an option!)

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After that it was all in Jennifer’s hands and I was SO excited to see what she would do with our room!  A few days later she sent along these design boards, shopping lists and her thoughts about each of the rooms!  Aren’t they both so great?!

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I went back and forth between the two boards so many times and finally decided that I preferred the second board.  But I wanted the room to have just a bit more, and since we have so many circle mirrors in my house I wanted to see another option for above the bed.  I responded to Jennifer and gave her my feedback about the room for her to incorporate into the plan.  You can see the final design below, I love it!  The room design fits perfectly with what we have going in the house already and would be such a cozy and inviting spot for our guests.  Pretty brilliant right?!  Hope you love as much as I do!  xx- Sarah

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Slow Down, Radishes! Slow down.

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I breathe in and I remind myself, you are here- exactly where you are meant to be.  I breathe out and I remind myself, you are ok, you will always be ok.  I’m practicing being present: fully, wholly, exactly where I am.  And in doing so, the simplest things- colorful radishes cooked in the best quality butter I can get my hands on with thyme picked from my neighbor’s garden and chunky flakes of Maldon salt- remind me that I’m in heaven.  We’ve already arrived my friends, we just have to open our eyes, our hearts and enjoy it.  Life is full of beauty, full of wonder, and around every corner is the opportunity for happiness and love.  It’s yours for the taking.  Slow down my beautiful radishes, slow down.  xx- Sarah

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Like a Phoenix

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I’ve never been good at pretending to be someone I’m not.  The conundrum is, I’ve also never really known who I am.  {photos: Lou Mora}

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When I started this blog at the end of 2011 I was looking to create something that would push me to have more fun, to explore the creative sides of myself that I wanted to spend time on, to hopefully eventually share some of it with whoever might be interested.  I hoped to be authentic, to be inspiring, to serve others, to feed my creative spirit.  I was starting the blog and leaving behind a business that had sucked the very life out of me.  But then, I turned the blog into a business.  I’m great at business, it’s my thing.  I’m less good at fun.  So A House in the Hills fulfilled my initial desires, and then became, in some ways, a burden.  The pressure to keep up, the pressure to look good, the pressure to be this person that I’d created- this appearance.  It fed the deeply insecure little girl inside of me who is terrified that she’s not lovable- each achievement, each press feature, each comment of reassurance became something that I not only enjoyed, but defined me.  My very self worth depended on it.

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This is not to say that what I’ve shared hasn’t been authentic.  It 100% has- it was all that I knew.  But this year, in the midst of the darkest days of my life, I’ve realized that I’m just now starting to explore who I truly AM.  I’ve always identified myself by the way I look, the people I love, the life I’ve created, my creative endeavors, my successes, my failures, the things that I’ve survived.  But I’ve never really spent the time doing the work of figuring out WHO I am.  I’m just now meeting myself, I’m just now getting to know myself.  I’m just now starting to believe that I’m lovable- and all of the reasons why have nothing to do with any of the things I thought they did.  As always, I’m sharing with you the best way I can, the only way I can.  Things are changing around here- inside me, 0utside me, on the site- because I’m committed to being honest.  I’m committed to revealing my true self as I discover who she is.  I have a feeling she is wildly better than the girl who I’ve thought I was.  I’m becoming the woman I’m meant to be.

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Have Fun!

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Happy Tuesday everyone!  After I shared my most recent health update last week I read through all of the comments and emails- I was struck by how many of you are going through or have gone through something similar!  So today I want to share some of the ways that I’m coping.  I know that there are times where life can get very dark- loss, health struggles, the end of a friendship or relationship, work stress- really there are a million things that can weigh us down.  Which always brings me back to the idea that it’s not a matter of what adversity you face- we all face it- but how you get to the other side of it.  It’s been a struggle for me this go-round to find the light, to learn how to be gentle with myself, really- to figure out how to dust myself off and keep moving forward.  I’ve hit some all time lows with this one.  But I’m thankful for them because they’ve provided me the greatest possible opportunity to learn and grow, I know that at the other side of this I’m a better version of myself.  I’m stronger, I’m learning so much about life, myself, and how to love myself and be ok in the world even in the darkest moments.  More below… {image via}

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Kitchen Refresh with True Value Part 2!

Hello my friends!  I’m so happy you liked the last kitchen update post!  In the last of my 4 part series with True Value I decided to share how we transformed this corner of the kitchen in a separate post since it involved removing cabinets, tile and doing some pretty major patching. This part of the kitchen was extra exciting for me because I was able to see at least some of what I don’t love (the tile) not just transformed, but GONE!  And removing it myself was so, so satisfying.  I’d consider becoming a professional kitchen demo-er after this project!  HA!  Taking out the cabinets was also exciting, and it did just what we hoped it would!  It opened up the space, created a place to display some of our favorite things and made the kitchen feel much larger and brighter.  I’m a huge proponent of making small updates that have a big impact, and love that we’re  learning how to do these projects ourselves.  This update should hold us over and keep us happy until we tear down walls and completely reimagine the space!  Hope you love!  Click through for instructions on removing cabinets/tile, repairing a wall and hanging open shelves!  Happy DIY’ing!  xx- Sarah

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