DIY Fireplace Makeover with True Value


I’m so excited to be partnering* with True Value to share some DIY projects that we’ve been tackling around this old house to make it our own!  I’m sharing  how we dove right into the project of transforming the bright red (oddly faux-finished) fireplace in our living room!  This post is the first of four, so there’s a lot to look forward to and I hope they’re helpful and inspiring for your own home projects!  And if you’re looking for more DIY inspiration – check out True Value’s #DIYaDay Instagram challenge starting Monday! They’ll be sharing simple DIY ideas and giving out great prizes all month!  All you have to do is follow and tag @TrueValue in a photo or video of your DIY project (there will be different themes each day) and use #DIYaDay.  I’ll be participating in a few of the challenges so you can see more of my smaller projects on my Instagram too!

I’m a firm believer that paint is the easiest, most affordable way to make HUGE changes to a space.  It’s my go-to if there’s need for improvement in a room.  So, spoiler alert: these DIY’s will all involve paint!  Ok, let’s dive right into it- this red fireplace with what appear to be faux bullet holes covering it from top to bottom- NOT our jam.  Not our jam at all (see more of the empty room and red fireplace here).  I was thrilled to discover that the previous owners had painted the rest of the room a creamy white.   Meaning that at one point THE ENTIRE ROOM INCLUDING THE CEILING WAS THAT COLOR RED.  {insert wide-eyed emoji face}  Even though it was an easy project to complete, the impact on the space was HUGE.  It felt like a whole new living room.  That’s my favorite kind of DIY!   See photos below for more of the transformation and then click through for instructions on how to tackle a project like this!  xx- Sarah

Decor Sources: Chairs, Pillows, Pouf, Tripod PlanterFireplace Screen, Candle Holders  (all other items are vintage, were picked up in our travels or are unavailable for retail sale that I’m aware of)


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Home Decor Round-Up!


Happy Wednesday my friends!  I’m very much in the thick of decorating still and scouring the interwebs for all of the pretty things, so today’s post is a few favorites I found at Candelabra!  As usual I’m a fan of organic, modern and all gold everything!  And mixing them all is my absolute favorite.  Friday I’ll be sharing the second half of our living room, and our fireplace makeover,which I’m extra excited about!  Since we’ve moved my nose has been to the ground trying to tackle project after project and it’s so fun to see some of them wrapping up and be able to share with you!  Ok, have a great day and happy decorating!  xx- Sarah { 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // }

House Update with Pottery Barn


Hi friends!  Today I’m SO excited to be partnering with Pottery Barn to share some progress on our living space!  As I think I mentioned earlier, when we sold the Palm Springs house the buyers purchased some of the furniture from us.  It actually worked out pretty well so that we weren’t starting completely from scratch but also didn’t move into our current home with a bunch of items that wouldn’t work!  So, as you can see- we have so many of the pieces from our old living room that we’ve been able to make work in this new house!

I’ve been looking for the perfect ways to update the space to make it feel fresh and new- some smaller changes that would make the couch feel different- and I fell head over heels for these Pottery Barn hand woven pillow covers that add so much warmth and coziness to the couch.  I was really looking for some texture to play off the vintage fabric of the colorful pillows we brought along.  I also added this cable knit throw which is possibly THE SOFTEST THING TO EVER LAY UPON MY BODY.  I’m not being dramatic.  It’s legitimately softer than kittens and I think I might have to buy another so that Lou and I aren’t wrestling over who gets to snuggle up in it every night.  I’m very aware- not a bad problem to have!  I have plans for a few last updates to this part of the room for down the road- and replacing the coffee table is at the top of the list.  So looking forward to it all coming together the way I imagine and sharing the final product with you when we’re able to make it happen.  Click through to see more of the room!

OK, now for the most exciting part!  Pottery Barn is hosting a contest for one lucky winner to receive $1000 gift card to shop for their own Spring refresh!  For a chance to win, upload a photo to Instagram OR to the Pottery Barn site and hashtag it #mypotterybarn (you may also be featured on the PB Instagram!)  You have until June 10th to enter, so hop to it!  Oooooh, I so hope it’s one of you who wins!!!  I’m also simultaneously very jealous of that winner!  GOOD LUCK MY FRIENDS!!  xx- Sarah

Sources: Pillows:  here, here and here, Chair, Throw, Copper Bowl, Feather Juju HatsMoroccan Wedding Blanket, Rug, Lamp, Books: here, here and here

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Closet Makeover, Tour & Tips!


When I shared our home empty home tour I mentioned that this is my first ever walk-in closet and that it’s life changing, right?  So it’s probably no surprise at all that the first room in the whole house to be fully decorated is MY CLOSET!  {monkey covering mouth emoji and twins doing high kick emoji with abandon right beside it}  I couldn’t wait to get my paws on this space and turn it into my absolute dream closet!  And in doing so I realized a few things about a dream closet- you have luxuries that a regular closet doesn’t afford- the space to make it as functional as it is pretty and to have things like CLOSET KITS!  So below, a tour of my finished closet, what I did to make it my own, and tips for dream closet must-haves!  I hope you love!

Sources:  Sheepskin rug (currently out of stock but will be back in shortly here), light, gold hardware (out of stock but will also be back in stock soon here…in the meantime, I also love these), laundry hampers, ottoman, copper waste bin, storage baskets (here and here), velvet jewelry display boxes, velvet ring holders, acrylic bracelet stands, “closet kit” organizer tray, copper sunglass tray (similar), books: here, here, and here, handbags: here, here, here, here, here, and here, our wedding photos  {if there’s something you see that I didn’t credit, ask me in the comments- I tried to think of everything but might have missed a thing or two!}


Well, I’m going to start by confessing that I come in here randomly during my work day and lay on the sheepskin rug which is insanely soft/cozy and look around at all the lovely things and pinch myself.  I never dreamed I would have a closet like this, it wasn’t even on our wishlist for a house- it just sort of happened.  But I only hadn’t dreamed it because I didn’t know how good it could be!!!!  Getting dressed every day is like a playdate with my closet!  I took a lot of time organizing when we moved in, and then again before I photographed it, to make it as functional and pretty as I could.

The first thing I did was modify what I think of as the bones- the lighting, the hardware and the floor.  I wanted a crystal light fixture because- well this is the epitome of girliness and every other space in the house I take Lou into consideration when I’m designing, but this was a GIRLY FREE-FOR-ALL and I was determined to take full advantage.  The light makes rainbows when the sun hits it and at night it’s the softest, most romantic light (you know, for my dates with the closet).  Next up I wanted to replace the chrome hardware with something that would make the cabinetry feel more my style.  Shiny brass pulls were my answer to that!  And then the rug.  I only ever considered one rug- a giant sheepskin to add the warmth and cozy luxe-ness that the space so needed!


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All Gold Everything


Hi friends!  Since we’re still in the thick of getting settled in the house (HOW HAS IT BEEN THREE MONTHS?!) you know I’m scouring the interwebs for shiny things to fill every nook and cranny.  My obsession with metals is not stopping anytime soon, so be prepared for a lot of brass, copper, bronze and gold when I can finally share something!  I put together this roundup of gold goodness from High Fashion Home to inspire your own decorating today.  Ok FINE.  I’m shopping.  A lot.  And I’m dragging you into it with me!!!!!  {monkey covering mouth emoji}  We’re probably years away from a kitchen remodel but I already know I have to have (as in will probably suffer a sad, lonely death without) those bar stools.  And that lamp.  *sigh*  I thank the universe every day that there are people designing beautiful things to fill our homes with, I get so much satisfaction from surrounding my family with loveliness to look at.  Ok, I’m rambling.  Or rationalizing.  It’s hard to tell!  Get yer shop on, I need partners in crime! And I added some mystery links below to a few other things I’m coveting because surprises are FUN and my wish list is long!   Enjoy!  xx- Sarah

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Bar Carts


Happy Tuesday friends!  Today I’ve got some home inspiration for you!  I’ve been sharing sneak peeks on my Instagram- I’ll do smaller, project based reveals down the road but wanted to share at least little glimpses of the progress along the way!  And of course the completed room tours of the living room and dining room are only a matter of time.  It always takes SO much longer to get settled than you would think, doesn’t it?  Even when you know almost exactly what you want (I designed our living room in my head before the offer on the house was even accepted!).  Here’s some fun bar cart inspiration to keep you inspired in the meantime.  xx- Sarah  {images via / 1 / 23 }

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