It's Time

I bought this wonderful Pottery Barn sofa almost 10 years ago. It's been a fantastic piece for me and my family, but we need something a little more dual-purpose. Since we no longer have a designated guest room, we need to have space for visiting family and friends.

So, I'm selling our sofa! And in it's place, we're hoping to find a pull-out sleeper sofa. Now, I don't want some old piece of crap pull-out. You know the kind I'm talking about: the bar down the center of your back, squeaking hinge monstrosity you slept on at that sweet sixteen sleep over in 1993. No. I want a sleeper sofa that my mother can be comfortable on.

So the first part of getting a new sofa for my living room is to sell the old one and make space. Bye bye, old friend. Here are some photos of my beloved sofa over our decade-long relationship.








And for my new sofa?
I'm looking at the Paige sleeper sofa from West Elm.
I'm thinking the Linen Weave upholstery in Regal Blue, shown on the bottom image.



Mustard Midcentury Love Seat Part II

A few months ago I picked up a midcentury love seat from a neighbor on impulse. It used to be a part of a set and its original yellow upholstery is still very much in tact. It's really comfortable as well. For a few months I had it tucked away in my bedroom, not quite knowing what to do with it. But this month I moved it out into our living room. Does it match my brown Craig's List sofa? No. But that's alright. My goal is never that things match, but rather that they play nicely together.










I'm in love with this linen sofa...

This sofa is from my latest home tour on Houzz.com.  I think I'm in love.  Thank you to the Wilcox Family for sharing their lovely home with me and my readers!  If you wake up tomorrow and this sofa is missing from your dining room, you'll know who took it.  











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Evolve

A friend of mine once asked why I constantly change my space. At the time, all I could offer was, "I don't know - because I like to."  Now I realize the ever-changing ebb and flow of my house requires that I move things around from time to time.  I'm also a seasonal person. I want my home to reflect what's happening outside the house. Another reason that I enjoy freshening up my decor is that I work from home.  This is the place that shelters my rising, my prep, my mothering, my cooking, my cleaning, my work, my writing, my painting, my children and their childhoods, my husband, my marriage and a host of other very important components of happy living. These things are always shifting and I want my home to nurture transformation. I know it might seem a little over stated, but this is why I sew a new pillow cover or switch lamps from the bedroom to the living room.

Speaking of change, I've switched up the layout of my blog so that most of the navigation can happen at the top of the page.  Please browse around and let me know what you think. I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments section! 






More of my home HERE.


Living Room Peek

I spent the weekend painting my living room and after four - yes, FOUR - coats, it's finally done. I'm not sharing all of the photos yet, but here is a little peek at the wall behind the sofa area. The color is Symphony Blue by Benjamin Moore.



I also thought it would be fun to share the design photos that have inspired my latest living room update. These were pulled from a file called "Make this happen in my house".  Do you have a dream file too? 


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Be sure to check back on Friday when I'll share LOTS of photos of the new room and treat you to a little "state of the house" tour. 

Grace is not an old fashioned notion...

I had so much fun on my latest house tour for Houzz.com.  I met with the Pennock Family of New Bridge, Oregon and enjoyed touring their beautiful craftsman. Its a multigenerational home filled to the brim with charm reminiscent of a bygone era.  Grace and graciousness are the words that came to mind as Deanna and I talked about her humble, beautiful, practical home.  I wanted to share with you some of my favorite photos from the shoot that did not make it into the article.  Of course you can see the whole house HERE










Very Cool Coffee Tables

If anyone has an extra one of these coffee tables just lying around, please send it on.  These coffee tables below kick all over my little Craigs-lister from 2009.  Just email for my address!

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And on a totally separate note... 

For those of you who have been following along in my weight lost journey via Smaller Sarah, I'm so excited to report that I'm down 36 pounds since June 1st!  I'm almost half way to my goal of losing 75 pounds by June of 2012!  You can't see it, but I'm doing a little victory dance.

The Home as Studio

The photo below of John Lennon and Yoko Ono quietly writing together in a communal space got me thinking about transitional rooms that provide a haven for creative pursuits.  When designing my own home, it is my goal that almost every room be at the ready for a painting project, journal entry, quiet reading or some other creative endeavour.  I love when rooms call out for creative play and thoughtful art. 


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Guest Posting at JPM Design

Today, I'm a guest at JMP Design with some high style, low cost design ideas.  So head over to see what I've cooked up and don't forget to say hello!

In the meantime, I'll leave you with some eye candy: Tine K Home always has gorgeous photos of their product and I thought I'd post some of my favorites from their newest offering.  These images have such a Rembrandt quality - making gorgeous use of light and dark.
















Lavender

I brought home some gorgeous hydrangeas last week and they've have made me so happy.  They also inspired this post.  Purple can be so pretty.  I don't have a lick of it in my house, except for the hydrangeas, but I'd think its time for a little "pop of purple" as Sue from The Zhush always says.

P.S.  Thanks for all your sweet notes yesterday.  I was a zombie!  My husband came to my rescue (even though he is just as sleep deprived) and let me sleep last night from 10:30pm - 7:30am!  I haven't had that kind of sleep since last summer before Charlie was born. 

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(Above)  Carolina Plum by Benjamin Moore

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Peace

Dear Universal Goddess of Motherhood and Faith,

Today I need a little peace.  I've been battling a double ear infection for almost two weeks, my son - Charlie - has also been sick with snot and fever and crying bouts that do not end, and I have not had more than three hours sleep in a row for going on three weeks.  So today, Universal Mother in the Sky, I ask for a little peace, a little quiet and a little rest.

Your faithful daughter,
Sarah

via Not My Beautiful Home