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Noteworthy : Snow Day - roomfortuesday.com Happy Tuesday, friends! Yesterday, we (as in the dogs and myself) had the perfect snow day. We woke up to a BUNCH of snow and it continued to dump all day long. Emmett braved the snowstorm and still went into work, but my meetings were cancelled and I was able to be productive, brainstorm new blog ideas in front of the fire, and watch the pups play in the snow from the formal living room. It was the best way to kick off the week. There’s just something about a blizzard and a snow day that excites me, like it did when I was a kid. I figured a Noteworthy post was in order. Click through for life & renovation updates, inspiring links, and plenty of photos from our snow day!

Noteworthy : Snow Day - roomfortuesday.com This Noteworthy post is little different than most in the series, because I’m packing it full of images from our snowy Monday. I’m not sure what possessed me to get out my camera and capture the snow day, but I sure had fun snapping a few pictures.

I suited up the dogs and sent them out to play. Trust me when I say, they’d rather wear these hilarious suits and snow boots than have giant snow mats in their fur. They do look ridiculous though! I’m just glad they’re comfortable (and clean).

Noteworthy : Snow Day - roomfortuesday.com I love our house covered under a blanket of snow in the wintertime. I swear this colonial was made to live in a snowy scene. Speaking of our home, ready for a quick renovation update? The basement bath is going well! We finished the floor tile and I actually have a heated floor tile DIY coming to the blog this week… in case any of you would like to install heated flooring in the future. It’s honestly not difficult! That’s a luxury we’ll certainly enjoy on snowy days like today! We’re hoping to start tiling the shower this week (helllllllo marble!) and move onto installing the plumbing fixtures shortly after. This is when the renovation starts to get fun.

I’ve shared this tidbit about our home repeatedly, but we moved in knowing there was an expiration date on the plumbing. That basically caused us to renovate the guest bathroom first, and also influenced our decision to tackle the basement bathroom shortly after. It’s probably no surprise to hear we’re currently having plumbing and leaking issues in another bathroom… the master. While it’s a bummer, it *might* lead to that space being our next BIG renovation (although we have some saving to do). We’ll have to see how it plays out and just how bad the leaking is. I really wanted to move onto something “easy” next… like a bedroom, my office, or even the entryway / staircase, but like I always say- the house typically tells you what to renovate next. Ha! We shall see.

Noteworthy : Snow Day - roomfortuesday.com A little life update from me… I’m still not feeling 100%, but I’m definitely on the up and up. January was a rough month over here! I really appreciate your kind and caring messages checking in on me! What started as bronchitis turned into walking pneumonia, which then led to pleurisy- which has been a crazy combination given my history with asthma. All of that to say, my lungs are mending and between frequent breathing treatments and lots of medicines, I’m finally starting to feel more like myself and my body is thankfully showing better oxygen levels. Thanks for hanging in there throughout January as I was MIA. You guys could probably tell through my writing, that I wasn’t feeling great, creative, upbeat, or as inspired as I typically am. I’m hoping February is a month of healing, so I can officially “start” the new year on the right foot. I’m feeling good about things and I think my body is finally getting the memo!

Noteworthy : Snow Day - roomfortuesday.com I saved a bunch of inspiring links over the past month! Ready to see what I’ve been reading? This article on why we are yearning for traditional decor again was so enlightening! I’m all about it.

I also really liked reading about how one man turned nursing home design on its head. That one really hit home for me as my grandmother permanently lives in a nursing home that is the exact opposite, in terms of design. I could certainly see why seniors would be much happier in the realistic neighborhood model.

This article made me laugh and was pretty fun… the best and worst movie homes of all time! You guys know I enjoy analyzing set designs.

I thought this blog post shared awesome tips for mixing dining chairs and bar stools! This is trickier than it seems and these are all principles I use and apply.

I’ll admit- I’m not a goop reader, but I was intrigued when I stumbled across The Goop Lab series on Netflix. Emmett agreed to watch it with me while I wasn’t feeling great, and we were both sucked in. It was actually super interesting, if you’re looking for something to watch!

We also watched Troop Zero and it was such a wonderful, heartwarming film. I’d definitely recommend that one too, if you’re in need of a movie night.

Lastly, I wanted to send a thank you and big hug to everyone who supported and encouraged me last week after finding out my basement image was used (without credit) in the latest issue of Reveal Magazine. Initially I was very emotional about it, but tried to remain calm and professional. I have a call with the editor later today, but after chatting via email, I’m confident they will make things right. Human error happens. Credit a big issue in print publications, but also on social media- I’m glad I was able to shed some light on this common occurrence. All of that to say- thanks for having my back, friends! It will all work out as it should, I’m sure. I’ll keep you posted!

Noteworthy : Snow Day - roomfortuesday.com As my snow day came to a close, I was very tempted to make snow day hot cocoa cupcakes, but didn’t have all of the ingredients, so I settled for a regular mug of hot cocoa instead. If this is what a snow day is like as an adult, I’ll totally take it. It was a slow, productive day, spent inside by the fire, watching the snow fall and dogs play. Does it get any better? I think not. Maybe skiing would’ve been the cherry on top, but hey- my lungs aren’t quite up for that just yet. Hah!

Noteworthy : Snow Day - roomfortuesday.com I hope your week is off to a good start, too! Before I sign off, I wanted to link some of my recent purchases (just for fun… most are for the basement bath). I’ll pop those into a shopping slider below. Did anyone else have a snow day yesterday? Is it cold where you live or unseasonably warm? It’s crazy to me how much the weather can affect our mood.

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    Peggi
    February 4, 2020 at 5:07 am

    Good morning! Snow days are the BEST. We had the most freezing, face-blasting winds…and blue skies, so off to school we went.😩 I did appreciate the glimpse of sun though. Those boys in their snow suits slayed me! Do you put boots on Crosby too? They really help keep Joe’s feet snow-free; although mud has been more our problem this weirdly warm winter. I’m so glad to hear your lungs are finally healing; what a scary, miserable odyssey! That article on nursing home design was interesting. I wish more of our public buildings were thoughtfully designed. Looking at you concrete block school building. (On a possibly depressing, but related note, I would recommend the book “Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande.) Aaaaand, master bathroom?! Exciting! Exhausting! I was looking forward to your green guest room or office (finally!), but a luxurious master bathroom would be a special vicarious treat!
    No matter what, I’ll be here for it!💖

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      Sarah
      February 4, 2020 at 3:27 pm

      Ahhh boo!! I wish you had a snow day too. I bet they’re equally as fun when you’re a teacher (if not better!!). Crosby also has boots. That poodle hair is no joke when it comes to snow mats (you know this). I definitely prefer snow to mud though, when it comes to the dogs. It’s so much easier to manage. I also wish more of our public buildings were thoughtfully designed- ESPECIALLY schools. Education is so important and going into a concrete building every day isn’t exactly inspiring. I just added “Being Mortal” to my Amazon cart- thanks for the rec. Who knows what will happen with the master bath. Our leaking pipes are dictating this renovation and it has me a little annoyed. I’m a bag of mixed emotions. I want a new master bath, but it’s going to be SOOOOOO much work. Time shall tell! I hope you had a fantastic Tuesday, Peggi! xo

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    Colleen
    February 4, 2020 at 6:07 am

    Wow! It definitely looks like a winter wonderland and so very fun ⛄️ If you don’t have to drive in it (Sorry Emmett😬) so glad you were able to take some time and enjoy that beautiful living room 😉 Hot cocoa by the fire certainly sounds lovely, while watching your adorable pups play In the snow 💗 They look so adorable in their snowsuits, it truly doesn’t get any cuter 😍
    Yay! For getting the troubling situation sorted out regarding your basement 👍 I had a funny feeling it was a mistake to be rectified! Take care and stay on the road to health as it’s the most precious thing but sometimes undervalued. Cheers to your much needed snow day!

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      Sarah
      February 4, 2020 at 3:22 pm

      He LIVES for driving in snow, and snow removal. I’m serious, haha!! He says when he retires, he wants to be a snowplow driver, which makes giggle. I could totally see that though. I’m hoping the situation plays out in a positive way (fingers crossed). Thanks so much for your support, Colleen! You’re right- I sometimes take my health for granted, but after being sick for so long… I’m vowing to listen to my body more closely in the coming year. Hope you’re having a wonderful day! xox

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    Melissa
    February 4, 2020 at 6:14 am

    Your snow day sounds perfect! And probably what you need to rest and heal. Here in AL it’s been sunny and in the 70s (which is unusually warm) so I’ve already been out pulling weeds. We get a snow/ice day about every other year which is always a treat. Love seeing your pups all suited up, so cute! Reveal Magazine- how dare they!

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      Sarah
      February 4, 2020 at 3:20 pm

      It was really wonderful, Melissa! Just what I needed :) sunny and 70’s sounds pretty amazing too! I wish I could send you some snow. Haha! I’m looking forward to gardening this spring and watching our landscaping bloom. xo

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    Danna
    February 4, 2020 at 7:56 am

    The dogs are adorable in their snow suits! LOL! I caught your stories watching them play in the snow. They were having so much fun! Makes me miss Minnesota snows for a couple of seconds then I remember the excruciating cold! Here’s an example of winters in Texas. Today the high is 80, then wake up Wednesday morning to 32, then back to high of 60 on Thursday!
    I’m optimistic after reading about nursing home design. How adorable and quaint for them to live there. OMG! I loved reading about movie set homes. My favorite movie and set is It’s Complicated. The bakery that is in the movie is my favorite too. Bradshaw’s apartment..good one! We watch Home Alone every Christmas and the house decor in the movie makes me cringe! I loved watching Scandal and I always wanted to see more of her apartment.
    I hope you are feeling better! You have had a rough month! Another bathroom remodel..I’m here for it.
    Here’s hoping February is fantastic!

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      Sarah
      February 4, 2020 at 2:59 pm

      Haha!! They were having a blast, Danna :) It was so much fun watching them. Winter in Texas sounds amazing though. I feel like I could use some warmth and sunshine after being so sick. I’m also optimistic after reading the nursing home article- it seems like a better environment equals a better future, and if anyone deserves that- it’s seniors. I love, love, love movie set design. I feel like that would be such a fun job, but you’re right- there are good and really bad ones. Ha! It’s so funny, our house is often referred to as “The Home Alone House”. I guess it has similarities from an exterior point-of-view, but it makes me giggle. Did you notice the interior of the actual Home Alone house is basically all red and green? I listened to an interview with the set designer and they said it was intentional- supposed to be over the top, Christmas tacky. I guess they hit the nail on the head? Ha! January was definitely a weird month for me health-wise, but I think I’m finally on the mend :) it’s going to be a good month! Thanks for the love. xox

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    jana
    February 4, 2020 at 8:05 am

    hi sarah! so glad you’re feeling better finally! i had to show my husband crosby & cash on your IG stories yesterday. i swear they are some of the cutest dogs! :) it was 80 degrees here (oklahoma city) on sunday and they saw tonight we’re going to get 5-6 inches of snow. what. is. happening?! anyway, i can’t wait to see more progress on your bathroom! watching you install the heated floor made me realize that this is a real possibility for me to do when we finally renovate our 1 bathroom! i knew people said it was easy but until your videos, i didn’t realize just how easy.

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      Sarah
      February 4, 2020 at 2:55 pm

      Thank you, Jana! Haha :) those two crack me up. 80 degrees?!! That’s summertime weather, followed by snow. So crazy! I’m really glad to hear that about the floor tile- it really is so much easier than people expect! Tiling is actually one of my favorite home renovation tasks. I tell Emmett to move out of my way and let me take over. Ha! Not sure why I find it so fun. Happy to help share that anyone is capable of this DIY project. Thanks for sharing! xox

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    Kim B.
    February 4, 2020 at 11:03 am

    Oh Sarah I am so sorry you have not been feeling well. Glad you are improving and hope you will be in tip-romp shape soon!

    The dogs in their suits are so hilarious, I can not even begin to imagine trying to get an animal INTO one of those!! I am glad it helps them!

    My father-in-law has been in a nursing home in a small town in Italy for a few years now. I am always struck every time we go visit how different it is from the nursing homes I know back home. The main impression one has upon entering is the super long hall with enormously high ceilings (18 feet? Something really high) and huge arched windows to the left, flooding the hallway with natural light (except in the summer when they pull the curtains to protect everyone from the heat!). The rooms and cantine etc (and chapel, of course!) are all lined up on the right. And everyone is sitting in their wheelchair along the hallway, AND THERE IS NO TELEVISION BLARING. I often think about the importance of that space and its ability to lift the spirit when I am there. He’s been moved to a newly constructed wing now, and I haven’t been since they moved him but I know it will not be the same. They could never afford to build on that scale these days.

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      Sarah
      February 4, 2020 at 2:45 pm

      Thanks, Kim! I’m feeling better with each day. I know I’ll be back to normal soon :) The dogs are living their best life being snow dogs this week. haha! I love hearing about your father-in-law and the beautiful home in Italy. That sounds so wonderful- and drastically different than the place my grandmother resides. It’s pretty heartbreaking. I love your note on a space having the ability to lift spirits. I wholeheartedly believe that. I’m hoping the new wing is just as beautiful and he’s equally as happy. It’s never easy seeing your loved ones in that type of setting. Hugs! xox

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    Elle
    February 4, 2020 at 11:33 am

    Oh my goodness – those snow suits 😍! I am so glad you are feeling better! I watched the Goop series on Netflix as well – so interesting. If you need another one to watch while you’re on the mend I highly suggest Cheer. Different subject matter but really good! I loved the roundup on faux florals yesterday. The weather has been strangely spring-like in Columbus, OH so the post was fitting. Also, I always look forward to reading your posts and lately I’ve been looking forward to reading Peggi’s comments as well. Everyone needs a Peggi in their corner! The support and friendship that has been built through this blog is so heartwarming and a testament to the love you put into your work!

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      Sarah
      February 4, 2020 at 2:43 pm

      They’re so funny! Thanks Elle. I’ll add Cheer to my list (I used to be a cheerleader yearrrrs ago- I was really into gymnastics, but not so much the cheerleading part). Our Ohio fam has been telling us about the crazy weather. My nephews are wishing for a big snowstorm. So happy you mentioned Peggi- she is the best and puts a big smile on my face EVERY SINGLE DAY. I just love her. That’s my only hope for this blog and my corner of the internet- cultivate friendships, engage in fun conversations, educate and promote learning, and provide helpful resources for design (which I’m obviously passionate about). Anyway… your comment about that made my day, so thank you :) xox

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    Stephanie
    February 4, 2020 at 11:39 am

    Ahhhh the epidemiologist in me cringes a little to hear that you watched The Goop Lab on Netflix. While I’m sure it is probably very entertaining, note that there’s a lot of bad science involved (my critique of goop in general, as I have not watched the Netflix series). If you’re looking for another show on Netflix that is more rooted in science, the new docuseries Pandemic is really interesting and timely, given all of the news about the novel coronavirus right now.

    Anyway, I loved your snow day stories so so much!! The dogs looked like they were having so much fun. Sounds like you had a very relaxing day, perfect for recovery (fingers crossed!).

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      Sarah
      February 4, 2020 at 2:39 pm

      Haha! I know, I know Stephanie. Keyword being “entertaining.” We watched Pandemic before the Goop series- don’t worry :) However, it did make me feel a bit paranoid. Can you tell I’ve had more down time than normal, being sick, watching all this Netflix? I should probably chill out with the TV watching. Thanks for following along with our snow day. It was so nice!! The dogs were in heaven. They’ve been out in their snowsuits multiple times today too. Ha! xo

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    Jennifer
    February 4, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    I’m not sure about mixed pattern traditional design – maybe my eyes aren’t used to it yet. I do love a good traditional library or living room, like yours, but too much pattern makes me almost dizzy.

    I’m a gardener, so I always think about plants with weather extremes. Last week the afternoons were almost 70 here in central California, and last night it dipped to the high 20’s. Crazy! (I also worry about homeless people and pets, and hope they have found shelter.) Anyway, I loved your pictures and stories about the dogs playing in the snow! I wonder what my dog would do with powdery snow like that? Your boys’ snow suits are perfect!

    I’m glad you feel like you’re finally getting better. Asthma and sickness is no joke. Sending you continued virtual healthy vibes and chicken soup and hot baths.

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      Sarah
      February 4, 2020 at 2:35 pm

      Yeah- pattern is tricky, Jennifer! I’m kind of in the same boat, but I do love traditional design. It is so crazy to hear about the weather variations across the country. My dogs are definitely loving the snow! We ended up with 20″+ yesterday. Thanks for your kind words and the well wishes- I’m feeling better every day. xo

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    Melissa
    February 4, 2020 at 1:18 pm

    I do have a question about the plumbing issue you’re having. How do you know if your plumbing is part of that terrible recall you mentioned in another post, are there things I can look into to check? We bought a home two years ago and nothing was seen as far as plumbing in the inspection but we’ve had 4 separate burst/leaking pipes in the time we’ve owned it and I’m starting to think maybe we got some dud plumbing (home was built in 1993). We are considering hiring a company to retrofit pax throughout the home but i’m not sure it’s worth the money just yet.

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      Sarah
      February 4, 2020 at 2:33 pm

      Great questions, Melissa! Many, many homes that were built between 1978 and 1997 used polybutylene piping for the majority of the plumbing. It was a very popular product… until it got recalled. If you have access to your pipes or plumbing, you can definitely check and see what type was used. Poly is usually gray. You could also call a home inspector to confirm, but if I had to guess (given your home was built in ’93), I’d say you most likely have polybutylene plumbing. I’d definitely hire a company to swap it for you! It’s a big deal. Polybutylene pipes will eventually fail- it’s just a matter of when. They will eventually leak and burst at some point in time. It’s better to get it taken care of before it causes serious (even structural) damage. I know that’s probably not what you wanted to hear, but I hope it’s helpful! xo

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        Melissa
        February 4, 2020 at 8:21 pm

        Sarah thank you so much for the reply! I will be sending my husband under the house (I’m currently 9 months pregnant so it won’t be me) this weekend to check it out! I cringe at the thought of how much it’s going to cost to retro fit pex throughout the house but also leaks are no fun!!

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          Sarah
          February 5, 2020 at 8:41 am

          Oh yeah- don’t you dare go down there 9 months pregnant!! ha! That doesn’t sound fun (or safe) at all. Sorry you’re also (most likely) dealing with poly plumbing. It’s an expensive, but necessary, update many of us have to make in homes that were built in the 80’s and 90’s. The struggle is real! Good luck. xo

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    traci
    February 4, 2020 at 1:54 pm

    Oh my gosh! I could barely read the post. I am too busy staring at those handsome dogs. Love love love their little outfits.

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      Sarah
      February 4, 2020 at 2:28 pm

      Haha!! They’re little cuties :) Thanks Traci! xo

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    Ardith
    February 6, 2020 at 9:31 am

    Well, I’m a little [Crohn’s time] late to the party, but here I am, nonetheless. I sure enjoy posts like this one, Ms. Sarah, so thank you. Meanwhile, we actually had a snow day yesterday here in Texas! It still looks magical, but the forecast today is for a high of about 50, so we may be bidding farewell to it.

    FYI, your doggy catsuits made me laugh, especially because they remind me of vintage photos of women at the gym wearing something similar for weight loss purposes. Cheers, Ardith

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      Sarah
      February 6, 2020 at 4:54 pm

      Thank you so much, Ardith! I love that you had some snow in Texas… even if it melted or was just a dusting. That’s probably pretty special! The dogs in their suits is totally laughable. They have so much fun out there in the fluffy snow :) xox

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