Living Room Refresh with St. Frank

Hi friends!  I’m popping in today to share an update on our living room… the baby proofed, textile-rich haven that we collapse into after a long day of toddler chasing that I love so much!  This room has been mostly the same since we moved in four years ago and was starting to feel a little stuck to me.  Does that happen to you?  It had also become impractical for our life with Teo.  That copper coffee table may have been one of my most favorite pieces of furniture ever but the reality of a toddler running around it and the risks involved sent my heart racing every time we were all in the space together, so I knew it was time to replace it with something more family friendly.  Our pillows had about 6 years of life under them and were starting to really show the wear and tear, so I figured it was time to refresh them as well.  And lucky for us St. Frank came to the rescue with their new line of customized textiles and their gorgeous fabric by the yard!!!!

My favorite way to update a space is to replace the throw pillows.  Ok, I may have an addiction to throw pillows.  We have more than I care to admit and I shuffle them around from space to space when I start to feel like a room needs mixing up.  But it’s seriously the BEST way to make a space feel new without having to make a major investment or replace furniture.  And so I landed on these pattern-full beauties from St. Frank– which are seriously the most high quality pillows we’ve ever had.  And because they now offer customized orders I was able to order them the EXACT size I wanted.  Such a major win for my Type A decorating self!

Which brings me to that ottoman, another major win.  I knew I wanted something friendly for a toddler to climb on and something that would bring pattern and life to the space.  I also wanted it to be a bit smaller than what we had so there would be more floor space for play and so that when we remove the section of the couch to fit the most enormous Christmas tree we can find into the room, the coffee table will still look right.  Designing your living room to accomodate for your Christmas tree is normal, yes?  HA!  Anyway, I searched high and low and came up with nada.  I knew I had to do something custom to really get what I was looking for.  And this fabric from St. Frank had my heart from the moment I spotted it.  My dear friend at Nok Nok Living came to the rescue and helped me design/produce what I was imagining.  A padded, oversized, family friendly piece that would carry us happily through Teo’s childhood.  I don’t feel like we’re sacrificing AT ALL in the design department- it’s a real beaut and so perfect for this season of our lives!  Head over to St. Frank to peep their entire collection of my most favorite textiles, wallpaper and fabric by the yard– and while you’re there check out their art and curiosities too (warning: you will want EVERYTHING).

Click through for a full list of sources.  Happy decorating!!!!  XX- Sarah

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I have to admit, I love a big box store.  I think it’s incredible to source vintage pieces and I love the idea of filling a house with lovingly acquired pieces collected over a decade from travel and flea markets and estate sales.  But the truth is I am far too impatient for that, and stores like CB2 are killing it these days, and also the flea markets in southern CA are $$$$$ (or at least the pieces I always want are kidney-sale inducing).  I woke up to one of CB2’s promotional emails the other day for the Fred Segal collaboration and I couldn’t click over to view the entire collection fast enough (lots of these pieces are from that collection).  Fill our house with these organic modern pieces, please!  Please???  See more of what I love at CB2 below (ps not sponsored just normal super fan/compulsive decor shopper activity)  Happy decorating my friends!  xx- Sarah

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Hi friends!  I don’t want to jinx myself but lately Teo has been sleeping from 6 pm to 6/6:30 am. TWELVE SOLID HOURS.  Do you know what this does for our lives?  EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!  Seriously.  Every single good thing possible.  He’s been sleeping through the night regularly since about 6 months old when we sleep trained, but he was always an early riser.  6 am feels like sleeping in for me and I swear I have a new lease on life- like sign me up for a marathon and can anyone recommend a babysitter in San Diego so Lou and I can have a date night and do you think I should write a book now with my newfound mental energy but also why does daylight savings have to happen?!!  HA!!!!!  Hopefully the amazing sleep continues.  BUT…. I woke up at 4:30 today.  He slept until 6:30.  WHYYYYYY LIFE?!

On the bright side I had a bit of time to do some interwebbing and look what I found!  This gorgeous house renovated by Kyal and Kara, an Australian design/construction duo.  I don’t know for sure but I think they may be Australia’s future Chip and JoJo.  That sliding door- that’s the kind of thing my indoor/outdoor living dreams are made of.  Pretty wonderful, right?  Pop over here to see more of this inspired house!  I hope you love.  xx- Sarah

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Merry Making With Progressive Insurance

Hello friends!  The countdown until Christmas is ON and I couldn’t be more excited about it!  December is my most favorite.  AHHHH!  I live for this time of year!  We head to the Christmas tree farm the day after Thanksgiving and spend all month getting into the spirit with non-stop Christmas music, baking, and decorating.  I may be a little bit like Buddy the Elf.  This year in partnership with Progressive Insurance I decided to up my game and go all out in our living room and talk a bit about how important it is to protect your home this holiday season from all the mishaps and unexpected bumps that life can bring.  I hope you love!

It makes me so happy to walk into that space and have it be magical- not just for myself but for Teo.  I know he’s a bit young still to fully appreciate it but I’m sure when he’s older and I show him photos of us all in our matching Christmas jammies in this decked out space he’ll be grateful for my efforts!  And when I turn on all the lights and the room sparkles, he smiles, which is the moment I live for!

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Gift Packs for the Homeless

Hi friends!  I’m popping in quick to say hello and share a little something with you.  I don’t know how you’re feeling but in my perspective 2017 seemed to be especially heavy- natural disasters, mass shootings, hate crimes, and political divide like none I’ve ever experienced.  It seemed there wasn’t a day that went by without news of strife and suffering.  I waffle between feeling riled up, ready to take on the world and fight to wanting to crawl into a hole and never come out, paralyzed with fear at the state of things.  I know that sounds so dramatic, and it is, but it’s honestly how I feel sometimes!  It’s overwhelming.  All of this has me thinking about ways that I can help, big and small.

One of the small things we’re doing is creating gift packs to keep in our car to give out when we see people in need.  I think it’s a common practice but I’d never thought of it until I saw a friend sharing theirs on Instagram stories.  I was off to Target to stock up for our own the next day.  We filled up large ziplocks with these necessities and treats- Clif Bars, tissues, toothbrush/toothpaste, wet wipes, gum, lotion, a first aid kit, water, Cheddar Bunnies, Chapstick, and Starburst.  We added in little handwritten notes with well wishes and topped them off with enough cash for a couple of meals.  I want to do more for the people in need in our community, but this is a start. Do you have any ideas, small (or large!) ways to give back that we can all manage?  I’d love to hear what you’re doing!  XX- Sarah

Hello Strangers

Hello friends!  I’m here!  I popped back in on Instagram yesterday to say howdy, and offer a peek at where my head is these days.  What I shared there is below.  I feel it applies here as well, and in case you missed it…well, here it is:

I took a few months off social media (save for a few business obligations) because I felt like it wasn’t serving me. Honestly, instead of feeling inspired I felt envious. Instead of feeling connected, I felt lonely. Instead of happy it made me anxious. If you’re in the same boat I highly recommend taking time away and reflecting.

Connecting more offline helped me re-center myself. Still, when I thought about re-joining the online world all I could think about was what it had to offer me- and given how negative my perception had become I didn’t really see a reason to return. So I sat with it some more. And then it hit me like a “wake up you jerk” slap in the face.

I’ve loved this space in the moments when I felt I had something to give, when I felt I’d shared something really true, when I hoped I might have served someone in a positive way. I was focusing on the wrong shit!!  DUH, me. 🤦🏽‍♀️  I’m here to brighten YOUR day, not mine. I’m here to serve YOU, not myself. That’s a really beautiful thing!!! That changed EVERYTHING for me. And so, a fresh start. And no better way to start than to apologize.

I’ve taken you for granted. It’s fucking AMAZING that you choose to follow me. ME! I mean, trust me when I tell you there are so many times (basically 2015-2017) when I couldn’t even begin to wonder why. But you do. And that’s a huge gift!!! I have the chance every single day to possibly bring some happiness to you, or say something you needed to hear, or encourage you in some small way. I have the gift (as we all do) to use my voice to make this place a better space to be in. I won’t let that slip past me again, you have my word. Thank you. Truly, thank you. I will do better.

PS- I thought about deleting all of my past posts because I lurve the idea of a blank slate but let’s be honest I’m not Taylor Swift, that takes so much time, and I have a baby to chase. So my past and shortcomings are staying right where they are. It’s better that way I think. Every moment is a chance for a fresh start, to do better. And that’s a gift too.

OK! So that was it. And how it applies here is a little different, but really the message is the same. I lost track of showing up in this space for YOU. It started long before this and I’ll write more about that another time. But for now, please know that I have such deep gratitude for what you’ve given me over the years. You’ve showed up here even when I was barely around and you’ve offered me your support. The messages and comments you’ve sent have been nothing but kind and generous, checking in on me to make sure I’m ok.  And before that you were my cheerleaders through some heavy times, you shared your stories and hearts with me, you were beyond what I could hope for in an online community.  I feel so lucky and like such a jackass for taking it for granted and losing sight of my purpose.  Like I wrote above, I will do better.  And I’m excited to make it up to you!  xx- Sarah