One of my all-time favorite movies to watch during the Christmas season is The Holiday. Anyone else with me? It’s just SO good and puts me in the best mood. I’ve always wanted to pull an Iris or Amanda and swap homes with someone for a week during the holidays. It sounds pretty magical, right? Well… it’s not happening this year because my family is here visiting, but someday- Emmett promised we can do it. In the meantime, I’m virtually trading homes with another Sara and you guys are going to love her festive place (with lots of DIY projects- including the wreath shown above)! Click through for a holiday home ‘swap’ tour…
Sara and I met on a work trip a few months ago and I was so excited to learn she is from Indiana. While renovating our first home, Emmett and I lived with my step dad and his place his only 30 minutes from Sara’s charming home in Pendleton. She’s also in the process of renovating her kitchen (although MUCH further along than we are), and we both opted to decrease our decor for the holiday this year because of it.
I’m loving her cheerful color palette. You have to click and see the before images of this space. She turned it around with beautiful wall moulding and it made such a giant difference.
Once our kitchen is finished, we’re going to have a sweet coffee bar setup… I think next year I’ll have to steal Sara’s idea and create a hot cocoa bar for the holidays. I love that idea! Moving into her dining room, it’s equally as festive. I’m pretty sure my ‘minimal decor’ and hers are two totally different things- I feel like her home is done to the nines compared to mine.
Someday I dream of having a big formal dining room like this. We’ve never had the luxury of having more than four seats at a table and this renovation is no different. I’m into Sara’s fully decorated and welcoming dining space.
Another idea to pin or note… Sara swaps out her family’s photos with Santa for Christmas each year. I think that is the cutest tradition! You can also catch the DIY for the floating shelves here. I’m loving the big brass brackets.
If you have kids, do you think they’d get a kick out of seeing these each year? What a fun way to display holiday memories- or even collected Christmas cards!
I’ll leave you with one more of Sara’s Christmas DIY projects… an advent holiday countdown, installed above her piano (digging that shade of blue, BTW).
Would you guys like to see us swap kitchen renovations next year once they’re both complete? Our styles may be totally different, but it’s refreshing to share inspiration of every aesthetic. I will say, when she told me her house wasn’t as amazing for the holidays this year, I think she lied. Ha!
You can see my tour on Sara’s blog here. Is everyone ready for Christmas next week? That happened fast! Every single year, it sneaks up on me. Happy Monday, friends.
SaraDecember 18, 2017 at 8:59 am
Sarah, thank you for the kinds words and for swapping holiday home tours! I absolutely adore your style and design eye – everything you touch is gorgeous! Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I am so looking forward to following your kitchen renovation, and I wish you guys all the best on the project.
SarahDecember 18, 2017 at 2:08 pm
Merry Christmas, Sara! Thanks so much for sharing. xox
ArdithDecember 18, 2017 at 11:05 pm
Both of your homes reflect a shared love of design, attention to detail, and of course the TLC you give them. It’s great such kindred spirits found one other. It would be delightful to see both finished kitchens and have you two compare notes on your respective processes, and what you each love best about the results. Happy Holidays, Ardith
SarahDecember 19, 2017 at 7:20 am
Thanks so much, Ardith!! You have such a way with words :) I always look forward to your comments. Happy Holidays! xox