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Noteworthy

It’s that time again… I love putting together random “Noteworthy” posts and it has been awhile, so here we go! Click through to see what’s going on, what has inspired me lately, take a trip to the salon with me, and hear about the latest in terms of our renovation. Happy Friday friends!

My new favorite Netflix series, Grace and Frankie, is back! The set design is stunning, but I love the humor so much. If you need a new show, please watch it. There are 5 seasons to keep you entertained. I wish I could binge through the new season this weekend, but we’ve got a bathroom to renovate (and we’re currently behind).

Speaking of… we thought buying a “newer” home would be easier in terms of renovating, but we’re finding out every home has challenges. We might not be dealing with asbestos or materials associated with age, but unlevel surfaces, improper ventilation, and walls that aren’t square seem to be an issue with most homes. Womp womp. I wish we could just tile over it and start with the fun cosmetic projects (I want to tile NOW!), but it’s just not in our nature to leave things as is if they’re incorrect. We’re addressing everything and doing it by the book, per usual. Unfortunately, I’m not a very patient person. It’s something I need to work on.

Emily Henderson released her paint color predictions this week… see how they compare to mine! In fashion terms, I think mine are more “wearable” and hers are more “runway”, if that makes sense? I always try to keep longevity in mind and prefer to choose options that are timeless and less risky. I think there is definitely a way to be bold and classic at the same time. What do you think? Regardless, I can’t wait to paint my bathroom this blue shade (as seen in my hair salon)

Obviously I don’t have kids, but if I did, I’d want their rooms to look like this. I basically pinned all of these (follow along here, if you’re not already). There are so many inspiring spaces that any child would be lucky to grow up in!

Before we bought this house, Emmett said this was a must. This will happen in our basement eventually (he was not open to negotiation)… leading into his “man space” / glorified office. It’s funny because that’s what he calls it, but in actuality it just holds boxes of his accounting paperwork (his real job is accounting) and ski gear. Ha!

This is NOT sponsored, but I wanted to share our nightly routine because it has been really nice. After a day of work (doing our real jobs), Emmett and I spend the evening working on renovations and house projects. Once we clean up for the evening, we’ve been making a point to cook, sit down, and eat dinner together. To make things quick and simple, we have HelloFresh delivered- our favorite meal delivery subscription, and trust me when I say we’ve tried them all. The recipes have been really awesome as of lately! Anyway, I love the convenience and incentive to cook rather than ordering carryout or eating junk. I decided to try something similar for the dogs because Cash has terrible allergies. We’re giving The Farmer’s Dog a try to see if it helps… I’ll report back once they’ve been eating it longer, but it’s a similar concept. Fresh, prepared food is delivered and the dogs now have their own meal subscription service. Is that ridiculous? Yes, I know- they’re spoiled. Anything for those two though. I want happy and healthy fur babies.

Earlier in the week, I shared behind the scenes from my hair appointment on Instagram. The salon I go to is such a beautiful space and I received lots of messages about it. I figured maybe I should pop some photos throughout this post, in case some of you don’t follow on Insta, so that’s where all of the images are from.

From the mustard colored lockers in the intro to the gorgeous wallpapered mural, vintage mirrors, and washed brick, it’s really a dreamy and well-designed salon. I also found a new shampoo and conditioner I’m obsessed with… and this leave in conditioning spray is helping my dry winter hair.

In other beauty-related news, one of the most asked questions I get on Instagram is what lipstick am I wearing. Anytime I have lipstick on, it’s always the same one. It feels like chapstick and is super moisturizing, so I’m always reaching for it. It’s a nice berry neutral that looks good on anyone. Shade 501! If you try it, let me know what you think. For more of my beauty and skincare routine, check out this post.

I needed one more mattress for our guest room. My family is coming to visit in March, including my grandmother (the lady I get my creativity from), which is a really big deal for me. I bought this memory foam mattress. It has AMAZING reviews and you can’t beat the price. I tried it and it’s actually very nice. I’m pleasantly surprised and would highly recommend. We’ve had two sets of guests sleep on it so far and they also gave it rave reviews. So- if you’re in need of a mattress, I wanted to share. I’ll let you know what my g-ma says.

I came across this article expecting to find lots of lighting inspiration selected by talented designers and didn’t like a single one. Most of them felt too modern for my taste and had a “been there, done that” vibe to me. Maybe I’m just out of the loop or moving in a less trendy direction? I think I’m ok with that! I always say, stick to what you like, anyway. What are your thoughts?

My last three purchases? This vanity mirror (for the guest bath), foundation (which I only buy once a year because it lasts forever), and another pair of my favorite jeans (use code YESPLEASE for 40% off right now)! They’re the most comfortable jeans I own, so I wanted another pair.

What is everyone up to this weekend? We’ll be working on the guest bath, which is a-ok with me… I live for home progress! Hopefully we can start tiling sooner rather than later. I hope everyone has an amazing weekend! See you next week with lots of things I’m excited about.

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    Peggi
    January 25, 2019 at 4:54 am

    Happy Friday, Sarah! I was watching your stories the other day and wondered about making reno decisions. Specifically, how do you decide where to stop? I get fixing a fan that vents straight into your insulation, but do you fix everything you encounter that’s not right? I know the pain of trying to undo someone else’s shoddy work or “interesting solution.” Maybe there’s no right answer. You fix code & safety violations, then time, money and personal tolerance kicks in… Sorry, Friday blathering. I love these noteworthy posts; so much to contemplate. On another note, if Emmett really builds a bookcase door, he wins “king of the reno!!”🤣

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      Sarah
      January 25, 2019 at 11:54 am

      Happy Friday to you! That’s a great question and a constant battle. I have to reel Emmett in, or he’d fix every. single. tiny. thing. He just can’t let it go! I’d say we fix 90% of things… definitely the big & important stuff (to code), some things that influence installing new materials correctly (like an unlevel wall before new tile goes in, etc), and then I pick my cosmetic battles. To move a light fixture, exhaust vent, replace millwork that isn’t that bad, etc. That’s all determined by aesthetic and time.

      He’s definitely building the bookcase door- he has his mind SET, and now there is no turning back. He also says he’s designing the room himself. We shall see :) This could be interesting! haha

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    cassie bustamante
    January 25, 2019 at 8:09 am

    that salon looks so amazing!!! we just moved and i will need to find a new salon soon- such a scary thing! love that you found one that is clearly fab!

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      Sarah
      January 25, 2019 at 11:56 am

      It really is a beautiful salon… that’s actually how I decided to give a try- I liked the interior. haha! Moving and finding a new stylist is definitely daunting. Wishing you luck in finding your new pampering place :) xo

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    Bridget Whitted
    January 25, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    I love the links in this post!

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      Sarah
      January 25, 2019 at 12:35 pm

      Happy to hear that Bridget :) Have a great weekend!

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