Noteworthy : Room for Tuesday Blog Update - roomfortuesday.comIf you showed up here yesterday wondering where I was, I’m sorry… the answer is still in bed with bronchitis. This morning, Emmett and I were supposed catch a flight to Hilton Head for a tour of the 2020 HGTV Dream Home. We have been looking forward to this week for quite some time, but illness squashed our plans. Unfortunately, we had to cancel our trip because we are still bedridden (this is our current view- pictured above), so I’m currently writing this post from bed on my laptop. I wanted to check in, say hello, and try to find a bit of normality, despite feeling terrible. Click through for my latest Noteworthy post… I’m sharing details about our Frame TV (per your request), things I’m looking forward to once we’re well, when you can expect the formal living room reveal, and more!

First of all, I want to take a moment for a little reality check. To say I’m bummed about being sick and missing exciting opportunities is an understatement. I kind of went rogue not only because I feel terrible physically, but it has been a challenging week mentally. Despite that, I am proud of myself… I’m proud that I listened to my body, cancelled an important work trip I’d been planning for months (that was TOUGH), I took the time off I needed, and I didn’t pressure myself to write a post for Monday when I felt too weak to get out of bed. That might sound crazy, but all of those aforementioned things are unlike me. Normally, I’d try to push through and end up worse, physically and mentally. This year, I vowed to practice better health and balance, so maybe this was my body giving me some tough love and challenging me from the very beginning of the year (although unfortunate timing, I must say).

All of that to say, it sounds like many of you are also feeling under the weather or are just beginning to feel back to 100- or maybe you missed out on fun Christmas or NYE festivities… I just wanted to say, I’m sorry. I know it’s disappointing to look forward to parties, holiday events, and have big plans and ambitions for starting the new year on the right foot, only to realize your body has other things in store. I feel you! I’m trying to remind myself that there will be more opportunities, there are good things around the corner, more fun to be had, and this is only temporary. Positive thoughts! Although I’m not great at sitting idle- rather than feeling behind, I’m trying to remember we’re all running our own race at our own pace. I’m not sure if any of you needed to hear that, but hey… might as well start the post with truth. It’s going to be a good year, my friends!

Aside from all of that, I shared a little Instagram story update yesterday, after many of you messaged asking if I had dropped off the face of the earth. After letting you know I was alive, I asked for TV & movie recommendations since we’re stuck in bed resting. More than the recommendations, I received a BUNCH of questions about our new Frame TV. Nothing gets past you guys! I promised I’d share details, so here you go. We landed on the 49″ TV because I thought the 65″ was just too big for our master bedroom. I didn’t like any of the standard Samsung frame options, so I ended up buying the bezel (that’s what they call the frame for the TV), from a third party website. I wanted something that looked more traditional and better fit our aesthetic. I bought this antique gold frame and it took about two minutes to instal (super easy)! I also think it makes the TV look more like “art” and feels more convincing than the thin, modern frames Samsung offers.

Next matter of business…. the formal living room! My plan was to finishing styling and photograph it over the weekend, but you guys obviously know how that turned out (insert bronchitis). I’m think I’m still on track to share the big reveal this Thursday, if my body cooperates- so mark your calendars. It’s basically finished, I just need to style the shelves, and pull out my camera.

We’ve now turned our attention to the basement bathroom. As you know, demo is done. Emmett was planning to dive in over the weekend, but again… the plague hit our house. As soon as he’s feeling well, he says it’s game on.

This article popped up in my feed today and made me miss two things: our old living room and Finn, our giant schnauzer.

Can we take a quick minute to talk about this trend that really isn’t a trend? The title of this article is, This “Dated” Kitchen Trend is Back (and We’re Into It), but I beg to differ. Checkerboard flooring has been around since forever (literally). It goes wayyyyyy back to the 15th century in Europe and because of that- it never really felt dated to me. Sure, it became more trendy in America in the 50’s and kind of had a weird diner vibe there for a minute, but when installed with the right material (natural stone as opposed to vinyl tile), this look is about as timeless and classic as it gets. If it’s good enough for the great artists during the Renaissance, it’s definitely good enough for me! What do you think?

In terms of my recent purchases, I haven’t really bought much. I spent more than I should have during the holidays, so I’m back in mega saving mode. I will share what I got Emmett for Christmas though…

I kind of went all out this year on his gifts. He worked so hard for us last year, I just wanted to go big and surprise him. It was really fun watching him open his gifts! Anyway… Merry Christmas Emmett. Ha!

One last article to link… you guys know I have a soft spot for set design. This was a fun read!

Lastly, I want to wrap up with a question for YOU. Want do you want to see from us in the coming year? Now is as good as time as any (since I’m literally stuck in bed) to brainstorm what kind of projects to share this year. Let me know in the comment section, please! I hope you all have a wonderful week and will check back here for the living room reveal later this week. Tomorrow I have a big patterned tile post lined up, sharing my options for our basement bath.

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  1. Good morning! I definitely showed up yesterday actually hoping there wouldn’t be a post! While missing your trip is a super-bummer, I’m glad you both took some time to rest.
    “Dated” is a funny word to use for something as classic as a checkerboard floor! What is more beautiful and timeless than black and white marble? I even dig real linoleum; it would be my nostalgic, hard-wearing choice for a lakeside cabin in Maine. *sigh*
    Scuba certified?! You must be scheming a big vacation! (Gulp. I might be hyperventilating just thinking about diving.)
    Hmmm. Projects? Even though I’m mostly past the reno stage in my home, I enjoy learning from yours. I love smallish projects too, like your color-blocked hallway and recent laundry room update. And I am so here for a tile round-up! Basically, I am no help because I enjoy all of your posts.🤷‍♀️
    Sending you healthy vibes and virtual chicken soup!💖

    1. I know! It’s tough missing out on plans you’ve spent a long time looking forward to, but I’m trying to embrace getting well. Ugh… I’m honestly not great at that. I’m with you on the checkerboard floor- it’s perfect for so many applications and has never gone out of style. I love your lakeside cabin idea… that sounds dreamy! You guessed it on the scuba cert… Emmett & I are headed back to Hawaii this fall for our anniversary. We haven’t been since our honeymoon years ago, but found an awesome flight deal and jumped. Thanks for project insight :) So appreciate that. Hope you’re having an awesome day. Chicken noodle soup received :)

  2. Feel better Sarah! My husband and I were both sick over the holidays 🙄 and it was a bummer! We had lots of cancelled plans unfortunately. Get plenty of fluids and rest. You will be back to your projects when your body says so 😉
    Take care and Happy New Year!

    1. Thanks Colleen! I’m so sorry to hear you guys were also sick over the holidays. I know how hard that is (physically and mentally). I hope your New Year is off to a better start! xo

  3. Feel better soon, both of you! My sister just bought a house in HH and will start renovating it in the dreamest forever home soon and I can’t wait to visit lots! It’s gorgeous there, I’m sorry you missed the trip. As far as posts, I really enjoy reading progress posts as opposed to just a big reveal post so I’d love to see more of those!

    1. That is so exciting! We’ve actually never been to HH and were so excited for this trip. We’ll have to plan something else since we’re missing out this time around. Thanks so much for the blog post insight :) I appreciate that! xo

  4. Feel better!! Rest and take care of yourselves. I had the flu over the holidays and feel like I am just coming back to the land of the living. Even yesterday, I felt the need for a nap and I took one! It was delicious and OK to do self care.
    I live in Beaufort, SC which is close to Hilton Head (only more beautiful and less crowded–I know I’m biased) and hope that you can get to this area to check it out at some point. I honestly love all of the things you present in your blog–keep doing what you are doing. Love that you list where you source your products–saves so much time!
    Take care!

    1. Ugh, the flu? I’m sorry Beth! I hope you’re feeling back to 100 now. That’s miserable… especially over the holidays. Thanks for the self care reminder. It’s difficult for me to slow down and resting in bed has been a struggle, to say the least. Ha! Beaufort sounds beautiful! I’d love to make it to that area of SC someday. Thank you so much for the feedback. Have a wonderful day :)

  5. Carly Preiss says:

    Get well soon, both of you! I have a relatively new job where I work from home, so I’ve avoided human contact with sick people for the most part (knock on wood), but I definitely feel you on the self-care and balance thing. It’s something I am working on as well, and it seems so silly to feel guilty for taking time to get better but it’s a real thing!

    Bronchitis is awful; lots of tea, water, and sleep! Some TV never hurts either, especially when it’s that gorgeous!

    I laughed out loud about Emmett’s new leaf blower by the way. Our dudes sound very similar!

    Feel better <3

    1. Thank you, Carly! It does seem so silly, but the older I get, the more it gives me all the feels. I need to work on that- thanks for the validation. Ohhh yeah, ANOTHER leaf blower “for garage use only”… eye roll. hahah! xo

  6. Healing vibes coming at you from the Chicago area. I put checkerboard linoleum into my 1924 bungalow for a period look. Love linoleum, it’s so forgiving of dirt so if I don’t clean it as often as I should it still doesn’t look dirty. :)

    1. Thanks Pat! I love that idea… and you’re right- definitely cleanable and durable. Great points :)

      1. I forgot to mention it’s repairable too. Sand down a linoleum scrap of the proper color, mix the dust with wood glue and fill the hole. When dry, sand lightly and cover the area with Forbo finish to seal it.

  7. Hope you & Emmett feel better soon Sarah! Sorry to read you had to cancel a fun trip. Especially to see a cool designed home! Home tours are my favorite.
    Nothing like being sick to force you to slow down or make you aware of your blessings…health. We are all slowly recovered. We have gorgeous weather but the allergies are so bad here that going outside would delay our recovery. I want to jet off to Colorado or Utah to get clean air! Funny not funny!
    I enjoy your progress on remodels a lot! You can be as detailed and step to step as possible and I would love every minute of it! Since you have remodeled several homes and sold them, have you done a post on what you think are the most important things to do that will benefit most on selling? We are preparing ours….very slowly and I wrestle with how much update we should do that will make a difference. For example, some homeowners go in and replace countertops, flooring, etc (big ticket items) and honestly, I don’t care for their choices. If we were to replace it, it would be a huge waist. Did you run into any of that when looking for a new home? Curious.
    Can’t wait to hear where you both will be going for your scuba diving trip. I have my certification and would love for my teenage kids to get theirs. They love snorkeling and could spend all day in the water. Just need to get my hubby on board with a little nudge.
    Can you tell I have been cooped up for days? Have a good Tuesday!

    1. Thanks so much, Danna! You’re so right… slowing down really makes you count your blessings and is a good reminder to listen to your body and health. Phew! I hope your allergies clear up soon. That’s no fun! As for the resale value post- yes, I talked all about that here:

      We’re excited to finally get our diving cert. We like free diving and snorkeling, and we’re planning an anniversary trip this fall to Hawaii! That would be the best gift for your teens. Fingers crossed you can convince your hubby :) xo

      1. OMG! Thank you for the link. Very helpful. Don’t know how I missed it!

  8. Just wanted to say good for you for giving your body the break it needs instead of pushing through. There is a time and a place for both, and getting wiser about that will serve you well in the long haul!

    1. Thank you Julie! The older I get, the more I’m learning. Ha! I am a slow learner when it comes to listening to my body though. Thanks for the reminder :)

  9. Amy Pease says:

    Sorry you’re sick! We all had the stomach “flu” over Christmas and now we all have strep throat, so I’m feeling you there. What I love reading about are the little details you pay attention to that set your designs apart. I know you’ve described yourself as a “details person.” I’m talking about moulding, door hardware, edging on tilescapes, etc. I just don’t think of those things but, when you point it out, I see what a difference it makes. We are about to start a very large, very expensive kitchen/dining/living reno and there are several things that I’ve incorporated into our plan (exterior door hardware!) since reading your blog. Thanks for everything, hope you feel better, and Happy 2020.

    1. Oh no, the flu! And now strep?! I’m so sorry to hear that Amy. Sending you all the healing vibes! I know how miserable that is. On a sidenote- I love hearing that you’re incorporating those details into your renovation… they really do make a world of difference and will make it look so much more high-end and well thought out. Happy 2020- feel better!! xo

  10. Hi! I just found your blog a few months ago and am loving all the inspiration and sources! Question about the Frame TV – how do you get it so flush to the wall, and with no cords showing, while still having it attached to the Smart Box? I can’t seem to figure out how everyone makes this work! Thanks!

    1. Thank you so much, Rakhee! So happy you’re here. The frame tv comes with all of the instructions, but the console box can be hidden in furniture. Mine is sitting on the floor until I move a console or desk over there. Ha! The cord gets punched into the wall. It’s all very sleek and actually looks like art.

  11. Oh my, I’m so sorry you and Emmett have been so ill, and had to miss that special trip. You’re right, there will be more, likely even better travel opportunities to come. But it takes fortitude to accept it when you feel poorly physically. You made the wise decision to allow yourselves to heal, and you will be rewarded with energy and clarity to take on all the other cool opportunities this year will bring you.

    Take care, you lovely beings. Cheers, Ardith

    1. Thank you, Ardith! I hope you’re right. I hate being cooped up in bed, but I know it’s only temporary. I’m counting my blessings! I hope your year is off to a wonderful start :) You always make my day with your comments and the way you write! xo

  12. I am so sorry you are sick and had to miss your work trip to SC. I appreciate your words about trying to stay positive — we are going through a lot here at home, my husband had to quit his job because they treated him so badly for such a long time, and the only job he was able to find is in another town — so we will be moving him there on Saturday. Meanwhile because of the damned French rail strikes I couldn’t go to Italy with him to see family for Christmas (we bought him an airline ticket but couldn’t justify for me since I only had a few days, and there were no friggin trains like we would usually take). To top it all off, yesterday was my 50th birthday. For more than a year I had envisioned renting a house in Scotland in May (because nicer weather and better travel time!) for a bunch of friends to celebrate — but with paying for two apartments and not sure if this new job is going to work out, that was out the window. Then last night I got home and my husband had emptied out the more than 100 bottles from our wine fridge in the living room (the fridge has been malfunctioning since September, so obviously my birthday in January was the first day possible to deal with it — for someone who has been off work since Mid-OCTOBER!!!!) and stacked them on the couch. We had to pull the fridge out from the wall, clean all the nastiness behind it, blah blah blah long story short, I had a bag of microwave popcorn for my 50th birthday dinner.

    Oh well that’s how life is sometimes. I realize we don’t have REAL problems like so many people in this scary world we live in but I am certainly celebrating my own pity party!!!!

    I hope you will have a wonderful 2020 and get over this bronchitis soon!!!

    1. Whewww, Kim. I’m so sorry you guys are dealing with that. I also know how disappointing it is to look forward to something, only to have it turn out nothing like you expected. I’m willing to bet your 50th will be one to remember though. Here’s to hoping next year on your birthday, you’ll be in a fabulous rental in Scotland celebrating and laughing about your bag of birthday popcorn! Hang in there. When it rains it pours. I hope your husband is settling in and is much happier at his new job. You’re right though- we don’t have giant problems, but it’s ok to have a pity party every now and then. It’s ok to be disappointed, upset, and frustrated. I hope things are looking up and your year is off to a better start now! Sending lots of positivity your way :) AND HAPPY 50th BIRTHDAY!!!! xo

  13. Ugh, Sarah. Sure hope you and E feel better soon. Bill’s still not feeling great and we’re scheduled to go his company’s “holiday” dinner this weekend in Philly. I’m sure the thought of getting on a plane sounds super fun to him right now. 🙁 I’m glad you listened to your body though and are taking the time off you need. I’ll always be here no matter how many breaks you take.

    For the blog, I agree with all the previous commenters, but would also love to see more behind the scenes on your design process. Your mood board video was not only fun to watch, but super helpful when it came time to do ones for our new condo. Would LOVE one on designing floor plans!

    Can’t tell you much I’m looking forward to replacing some of the boring builder grade hardware, lighting, etc., thanks in large part to you and your focus on what difference those small details can make.

    Happy New Year, S&E and feel better soon!

    1. Thanks Anne! I hope Bill feels better and FAST… in time for his company dinner this weekend. It’s miserable traveling when you’re feeling terrible. I’ll be sure to share more behind-the-scenes of my design process this year if that sounds interesting? I love your idea of how to floor plan and added that to my calendar for a blog post :)

  14. So sorry you’re not feeling well! It sucks having to miss a big trip. Hope you and E feel better soon!

    As far as what I’d be interested in seeing: I’d love more “how tos,” like how to style a shelf, organize linen closets, etc. And no just the final product, but your line of thinking. How do you choose those objects? How do you arrange them like so? Also, a good before-and-after is NEVER a bad thing, even if it’s a small makeover!

    Happy new year!

    1. Thanks so much, Madeline! I love your feedback on the how-to posts… I added those to my blog calendar. I so appreciate your insight :) Hope your year is off to an amazing start! xox