Noteworthy : Inspiring Links and Updates - roomfortuesday.comHi everyone, I hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend! I’ve been missing sharing here on the blog. If you’re interested in a quick update, some inspiration, and links I’ve saved… feel free to click through. I’m hoping to finally be back to my regular blogging schedule after dealing with some health issues. It feels so good to be back this morning, and I’m excited to catch up with everyone… I’ve missed you all! 

Noteworthy : Inspiring Links and Updates - roomfortuesday.comFirst of all, I wanted to say thank you for your messages and for checking in- you all are truly the best. I appreciate it! As you may have noticed, I’ve been out of the office and away from my computer and the blog these past two to three weeks. I’ve been dealing with some health issues that my doctors have been trying to resolve. After too many hospital and doctor visits, I had to step away to focus on my health, resting, and devoting what little energy I had to the Tuesday Made shop. While I’m still working on feeling better and my doctors are continuing to search for answers, I’m trying to ease back into my normal routine. I’m definitely feeling better than I previously was, so I’m taking that as a win and an opportunity to get back to work! Anyway, thank you for sticking around, for reaching out, and for continuing to support my small business. It means more than you know!

Since I’ve been doing a lot of resting & recovering lately, I had the opportunity to read a LOT of books. It was a welcomed distraction for me these past few weeks. I wanted to share some of the amazing books I read, in case you’re looking for spring, summer, or vacation reading… although I can’t exactly take credit for finding these (see the entire reading list here)– my sister is the one who passes her recommendations along to me… and I have to say- she has great taste.

Noteworthy : Inspiring Links and Updates - roomfortuesday.comEmmett and I also watched some pretty interesting movies and TV during my downtime, if that’s more your speed. I enjoyed the following: Coda, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The Dropout, Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off … and we watched The Lost City in theaters for a fun light-hearted date night. Sometimes comedies are the best medicine!

I owe you a BIG update on our entryway renovation. Emmett has been plugging away at it. In fact, we’re ready to start tiling! I know, I need to bring you up to speed on that space- and I definitely will. I’ve taken photos and videos of every step along the way. Let’s just say- during demo we uncovered some interesting 90’s wallpaper, Emmett finished the last bit of our herringbone hardwoods, we decided to extend the “entryway” renovation to the upstairs hallway, I bought a new chandelier for the space, and our house is basically back to being a messy construction zone. I’ll write a proper post for you packed with all the details and messy pictures soon!

Speaking of lighting, if you’re in need of any new fixtures- we’re having a big lighting sale in the Tuesday Made shop! Take 20% off all lighting with code LIGHTING20. We only have two big lighting sales each year, so now is the time if you’ve had your eye on a specific fixture. That’s exactly why I ended up buying said chandelier for our entry. Ha!

What elements do you think creates classic, traditional design? The click bait got the best of me this time, and I jumped into this article… Your Complete Guide to Traditional Design According to Interior Designers. I think all of these items are great, but more importantly- it’s how they’re paired together.

Noteworthy : Inspiring Links and Updates - roomfortuesday.comMy new favorite inspiring Instagram account as of lately? I could watch Betül cook and bake all day everyday. Go give her a follow– I promise you won’t be disappointed! I’m totally mesmerized and her account has reignited my love for everyday cooking and baking.

Did you hear that Mark D. Sikes came out with a collection for Anthropologie? I must be behind the times! I just took a peek at it yesterday, and I have to say- it’s not what I expected from him. It’s more modern than I had envisioned, given his typical traditional aesthetic. What do you think?

In regards to recent purchases, Emmett & I are supposed to be taking a little Hawaiian vacation soon that we’ve had planned for awhile. It has been 10 years since we last visited Hawaii (for our honeymoon), and we’re eager to go back. Unfortunately, I’m not sure my health will permit diving, which was our intention of the trip, but I’m still looking forward to getting away. Therefore, most of my recent buys have been beach, travel, or summer related…

  • Espadrille Sandals // These affordable sandals are very cute, classic, and surprisingly comfortable! I love a good pair of slides.
  • Monogrammed Water Bottle // I upgraded my travel water bottle because mine was dented, grimey, and old after 6 years of use. I ordered the exact same one- just in a different color (from black to white). It’s the perfect size for traveling… not too big, not too heavy, easy to toss into a bag, purse, or the side of a day pack. It’s on sale right now, too!
  • Summer Dress // A white summer dress feels timeless to me. I tried this one on at Nordstrom Rack and fell in love. I know I’ll be wearing this all summer long. It’s breezy, cool, and comfortable.
  • An American in Provence // I know many of you probably follow the romantic Provençal life of Jamie Beck. I wanted to support her new book, so I bought a pre-order copy… I know it’s going to be beautiful!
  • Sunglasses // I only have one pair of good sunglasses and they are Chloe brand. I love them! I decided to get another similar pair- this time with a slightly different shape and in black (my go-to pair is tortoise).

How do we feel about the color brown, in regards to interiors? This article made me think twice about it… I think it’s a nice warm neutral that could have staying power. That intro image is gorgeous!

Noteworthy : Inspiring Links and Updates - roomfortuesday.comWith spring in full swing, I thought these tips were worth sharing: 25 Gardening Tips Every Gardener Should Know.

While we’re on the topic of spring and plants… the drought here in Utah is not looking good. We didn’t get nearly enough snow this winter. Water restrictions are already in place for watering, so I’m not exactly sure how big we’ll make our garden this year. For us, it will be more about conserving water. With that in mind, Emmett convinced me to buy faux plants for our front porch. I typically plant hydrangeas with cascading bacopa and ivy, but that combination requires a lot of water- especially given the hot and dry Utah climate. I bought a LOT of faux plants for our porch and sent them all back because I just wasn’t impressed. However, I ended up keeping one that looks and feels real. It was a major splurge, but I invested in two of these to flank our front door. I’ll take some porch photos for you soon, so you can get a feel for what they look like up close. I’m also thinking my window boxes may need to be faux this year (such a bummer), but I’d rather use our precious water on the veggies we can eat from our garden. Emmett is already trying to embrace the fact our lawn will not be lush and green this year. I’d love any tips you have!

We actually got six inches of snow last week (better late than never?), so I’m actually glad I hadn’t found the energy or motivation to put together our patio yet. I always forget that spring in Utah can be deceiving. I’ll probably hold off on power washing, planting, and pulling out our summer furniture until after Mother’s Day. I have a sneaking suspicion it may just snow or flurry one more time before the weather officially changes- and I definitely can’t complain about precipitation. If you’re curious to see our outdoor areas, check out my 2021 outdoor living tour here!

Noteworthy : Inspiring Links and Updates - roomfortuesday.comNow that the weather is warming, pizza Fridays are becoming our norm again. We just tried this pesto potato burrata pizza with arugula and it did not disappoint! If you’re looking for a good flatbread or wood fired pizza recipe, this is definitely one to try and save.

Alright, I think that’s all for now. I’m excited to be back and I have lots of fun posts to share in the coming weeks! Cheers to a great week ahead. Thank you again for sticking around, for the thoughts, prayers, good vibes, and for checking in. I’m so thankful and appreciative for my Room for Tuesday family! I’ll see you back here on Wednesday.

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  1. Good morning, good morning, good morning! How lovely to have you back! Sometimes you need to conserve resources and focus on the essentials. I hope each day offers greater strength and healing. I’m anxious to see updates on the entry! (and super curious about 90s wallpaper!) The chandelier is gorgeous, naturally! (I, myself, have instituted a lighting moratorium, having recently purchased 5 lamps from FB. Oops.) As for the Mark Sikes collection, I like it! Very fresh and springy. Although, I would find all that white a “no” for my household. Speaking of “no,” I can’t say that I am a big fan of brown. At least not the solid, chocolate-y shades. Caramel, nutmeg, wood tones and the mix found in tortoise or leopard patterns certainly live at my house though. Here’s hoping that you are feeling well enough for your tropical vacation! Even with diving disappointment, the change of scenery sounds divine. I am so sad that we’ve had to cancel our Maine trip. Plane fares have more than DOUBLED since I first looked at them! Talk about a “NO.” I will just have to console myself with gardening. Since we’re not that far from you, the drought is significant in our area as well. We’ve never experienced mandatory restrictions, but we’ll certainly be cutting back nonetheless. I much prefer vegetables to lawn! Spring has been silly in these parts, too. On one afternoon, we had snow flurries, hail and a thunderstorm! Methinks Mother Nature is feeling cranky. Rain or shine, every Friday calls for pizza at our house. I’m currently considering some outdoor cooking apparatus. I’m wondering what would be the most useful if we only cook vegetables and pizza? Any suggestions? In the meantime, that potato pesto looks like a must-try for this week! Again, I’m so happy you’re back!! Be well! 💜💜💜

    1. Hi Peggi!! I missed you! Your adorable dog photos of Joe & Jason (my second favorite dog duo) certainly put a smile on my face when I was feeling down. Thanks for sharing those cuties! Let’s just say the 90’s wallpaper is red, white, and blue… and not in a cool patriotic way. Haha! It looks like a faux braid two dimensional chair rail. I can’t wait to show you. I’m totally with you on the brown tones- I prefer the ones that have more depth or pattern. I’m so sorry to hear you had to cancel your trip to Maine. I know how much you were looking forward to that :( Air fare is absolutely ridiculous right now. I’m glad we had booked our Hawaii flights a long time ago, otherwise we probably wouldn’t consider going. My sister (who is a nurse) contemplated flying out to stay with us while I was feeling my worst, and flights from Ohio to Utah were over $1k. I couldn’t believe it! Hopefully once prices dip, you can book tickets to Maine. I’ve done zero outdoor chores so far, but I’m looking forward to our veggie garden… even if our grass is brown and my flowers are fake. Hah! The drought certainly has me worried, as water restrictions are already in place. It could be an interesting summer. Mother Nature has certainly been cranky hasn’t she?! Today is perfect here though- 73 and sunny. Emmett and I are about to head up into the mountains for a little after work picnic this evening. He’s traveling for work later this week, so I’m on my own for pizza night this Friday. I’m thinking carryout. We love our basic gas grill! We cook everything on it- veggies, meat (or meat alternatives), etc. We also use the smoker a lot- we use it for wood fired pizzas, smoked wedge salads, meats, veggies, anything and everything. Have the most wonderful week, friend! xox

  2. Sooooo happy to have you back! I am also happy to hear that you are feeling better. It’s so funny the way you come to depend on seeing certain people show up in your inbox and when they’re not there, you definitely notice! Welcome back!

    1. Thank you so much, Kim! I’m thrilled to be back this morning. I’ve missed chatting with everyone here! You made my day :) Have a great week!

  3. Glad you are feeling better, Sarah! Hoping you continue on your path to healing!
    Mark Sikes seems to have SO many collections out there now and I thought it was interesting that he is collaborating with anthropologie at all! I figured it would end up more “frilly” than it did as well since Mark seems to love smaller details so much. I like the collection but it didn’t seem super “Mark Sikes” to me.
    You and I are reading a lot of the same! I loved Verity, Daisy Jones, and just wrapped up people we meet on vacations. I’ve added your others to my list. Thanks for the suggestions. Will be looking out for the foyer post, excited for you!

    1. Thank you so much, Ryan! I really appreciate it. I’m doing my best to treat my body well and find answers. I totally agree about the new Mark Sikes x Anthro collection. It’s just not what I expected. There are some fun pieces, but I thought it would skew more traditional. I love that we’ve been reading many of the same books. I’d love to hear some more of your recs if you read anything wonderful :) Have a wonderful week ahead! xo

  4. I’m so happy you’re feeling a little more like yourself Sarah! While I missed the blog posts and everyone here, your health was the paramount concern. I hope you are well on your way to feeling better, and I pray your doctors will have answers soon. I’m missing reading lately-we’re in a pretty busy season with the kiddos and reading has taken a major side step. I did make a surprising book purchase recently though! I was running the book fair at the kid’s school, and found a comic book that I couldn’t pass up: The Legend of the Fire Princess (She-Ra)
    Ha! I know, I know…the 80’s child in me couldn’t resist, and I’m excited to introduce my daughter to a well-loved character from my childhood. Our binge tv series of the season is Expedition Bigfoot; we’ve watched every season so far, and this season is keeping me on the edge of my seat. I’ve been making some purchases of my own lately: the barrel, swivel chairs for the front room:
    along with some artwork from @collectedmagic. (If you’re not currently following her, it would be worth it for those of you looking for vintage pieces. I ordered a vintage mirror tray from her earlier this month and it’s stunning!). Up next is finding a coffee table, and replacing the chandelier. I have my eye on a few different Tuesday Made fixtures, I’m just not certain which one would be right. I’m at the moment where I’ve followed my floor plan to a T, made purchases accordingly, found the flooring, but I’m second guessing every last choice I’ve made. Haha!! Is there such a thing as design block? I think I’m there! Other recent purchases have been these shirts from Target:
    they’re super soft and comfortable and such staple pieces for a wardrobe that really go with anything. So comfortable and flattering I bought three! We finished our Disney trip with a trip to California Adventure on Friday, and we had so much fun. It was a long exhausting day-but in the very best way. I’ve slacked on the outdoor prep so far this season, but we do have plans for a small vegetable garden and rejuvenating the kid’s outdoor play set. I doubt we’ll purchase the outdoor dining set we’ve had our eye on; Rocky is still power chewing his way through life, hahaha. I hope you’ve all had a wonderful Easter and are looking forward to summer. Have a great day Sarah! I’m so glad you’re doing better! 🥰😘 xoxo

    1. Hi Lauren! I’m so happy to be catching up with you today, and I hope you had an amazing Easter :) Thanks for the prayers. I’m hoping my doctors will have answers for me soon. They’ve tested for anything and everything, ha. I feel a bit like a pin cushion lately. She-ra!! I’m an 80’s baby, too.. and I hadn’t thought about that series in years. Thanks for the fun reminder- I hope your daughter likes it! We’ll have to check out Expedition Bigfoot- thanks for the rec. I love the barrel swivels you landed on- those will be perfect! Collected Magic is new to me, so I’m very excited to follow along! Thank you for sharing. I’m definitely going to snag some of those Target shirts- I was just talking to a friend about how I could use more basics for layering. I love hearing that you and the fam enjoyed your California adventure… that sounds like the best way to kick off spring! I haven’t tackled any outdoor prep yet, so we’re in the same boat. I’m feeling totally fine about it though. Ha! Have an amazing week, friend! xo

  5. Wenda Scott says:

    i missed your blog posts and was worried you might be stopping. i’m sorry that you have had health issues and hope you get past them and feel better quickly. best regards. wenda scott

    1. Aw, thank you Wenda! I’m very happy to be back today. It’s definitely not my intention to stop blogging… I just had to focus on my health. I’m hoping I can start feeling better soon :) Thank you for your kind words. Have a fantastic week!

  6. Good morning and so happy your starting to feel better Sarah! Sometimes our bodies tell us (not so nicely) to slow down and rest. I do hope you get the issue resolved with your doctors sooner rather than later though. Unfortunately, health issues can take some time to diagnose but feeling better is an excellent start 👍
    I would like to mention I love the new candles in the shop, they work perfectly from a style perspective in our Florida home and the sea salt is so beautiful. The beach wood I’m going to gift to my daughter as she loves those earthy woody scents.
    Exciting the entryway demo has begun and Emmett is getting things done. Hurray! It’s going to be stunning I’m sure. Can’t wait!
    Wishing you a beautiful day and so happy to have you back ❤️🥂🥳 and on the road to recovery! Xoxo

    1. Hi Colleen! My body definitely sent up some red flags, whether I was listening or not. Hah! I’m focusing on doing what I can to be healthy and am (not so) patiently waiting on my doctors and test results :) I’m so thrilled to hear the candles made their way to you safely. I love both of those fragrances. Enjoy your last couple weeks in FL before you head back! I’ve been dreaming of the beach lately. I hope your week is off to a wonderfully and sunny start. xox

  7. It does my heart well to hear you are okay. As echoed above, we miss your posts but are more concerned about your well being. It’s so good to have you back! ❤️
    Will continue praying for you!

    1. Thank you so much, Traci! That means a lot to me :) I’m excited to be back! I hope your week is off to a wonderful start. xo

  8. I’m so glad that you are feeling better! It’s lovely to have posts from you, but it’s even more important that you do what’s needed for your health!

    1. Thank you, Deborah! I really appreciate it. I’ve definitely been focusing on my health this past month. I hope your week is off to a wonderful start.

  9. Hey Sarah! I’ve been checking your blog and Instagram daily to see if something was up. I was so worried about you, I moved you up on my prayer list. I’m glad to se you’re feeling better, although I won’t mind if you take more time off. I’d rather you feel 100% than have to post 100% of the time- I’m just nosy ha! Your entryway renovation can happen without my prying eyes. I thought your list of recent books was funny considering I had read all of those in December! If you’re into cheesy Hallmark movies, Meet Me in the Margins is an excellent choice. Some others I think you’d like are The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue and The Lost Apothecary. A bit more on the dramatic literary side would be Ask Again Yes. Oh, and I loved The Downstairs Girl. I could go on and on, I’m a bit of a reader myself. I’m currently on book 22 of the year with the goal of reading 100. But I’m in nursing school so my time isn’t as free as I’d like so we’ll see how far I get ha! I’ve been loving your recent additions to the Tuesday Made Shop. I can tell you put so much of yourself and your design eye into it. I wonder sometimes how you’re willing to part with some of the items you list. I’d probably become an extreme hoarder myself ha!

    1. Thank you so much, Morgan! I really appreciate your thoughts and prayers- that means so much to me. My doctors are still trying to figure out what exactly is going on, but I’m starting to feel a bit better. I feel like I’ve had every test and lab offered this past month, ha. I’ve really missed sharing here. I could totally do without social media, but the blog is my happy place. It’s what I’ve missed most- chatting with everyone and sharing here! I can’t wait to share the entryway update and catch everyone up. I love hearing that you’ve already read all of those books- you’re on a roll! My goal is 50 books this year… I’m 15 in, so I have some catching up to do. I do love a cheesy rom com! I’ve added all of those to my list- I also read and loved The Downstairs Girl! I’m looking forward to watching Where the Crawdads Sing next month in theaters. I think it comes out in May? Of course it will never be as wonderful as the book. I have a whole new appreciation for nurses and medical professionals after spending so much time in the hospital and doctors office this past month. You’re going to be great! Good luck with the remainder of nursing school. I really appreciate your kind words about the Tuesday Made shop- next to the blog, that’s my passion! It has been so fun working with artists and sourcing things. Oh trust me- you should see our basement, there is definitely a little hoarding situation happening. Haha! Have an amazing week! xo

  10. Sarah, so happy to see your post but most importantly that you are feeling better! More prayers that your doctors find answers. Taking it easy is hard when you have responsibilities and things to do. We had a house full over the weekend for Easter and we enjoyed all the food and visits! Monday was a slow day for me. I apologize I am responding so late.
    We leave for Florida this weekend and your book list came at a great time! Need to check out your movies too! I look forward to the entry progress and the beautiful tile! Sorry to hear you all are in a drought as well. We have been having very high winds and no rain with lots of wildfires north of us and risks of fires. We are needing rain here too! I just joined a garden club in our new neighborhood and the Gardening Tips article was a great refresher. I learned a few new things.
    Here’s to hoping you are feeling better and better each day! You have been missed!

    1. Thank you so much, Danna! I really appreciate your kind words and the prayers :) It’s true- it’s tough to take it easy when there are so many things I want and need to do. I’m doing my best! Ha! I loved reading about your Easter. That sounds like the perfect weekend with family. Monday was kind of slow over here, too. I hope you have an incredible time in Florida! Let me know if you have time to read any books- I know movies are more your thing… and those were all really good, too- especially Coda. I think you’ll love that one! Hopefully we’ll both get some rain this spring. We received our first water restrictions yesterday and it’s looking like my veggie garden probably won’t work out this year. We’re only allowed to water the lawn or plants for 20 minutes once a week, and it’s expected to decrease as summer progresses. I don’t think my veggies can survive with that little water given our harsh climate. I’m kind of bummed because I love gardening! How fun that you joined a local garden club- I can’t wait to hear all about that! Have an amazing week, friend! xo