Let’s Move In!

If you’re here, reading this, I’m guessing there is a good chance that you are equally as home obsessed as I am. I started this site after finding a gem of cabin across the country while perusing house listings for a few years and then finally purchasing and renovating said cabin.  I’m never not scrolling house listings. There was one I found in Wisconsin last year that Leanne Ford and I dreamed about doing together, not because it was anywhere we wanted to be but because the house was SO damn interesting (I shamefully didn’t save the photos and it has sold). And remember how when Clover was born I lost my mind and we bought our Michigan house off the internet? Like I said, I’m never not looking. For a while last year it became my nightly wind down routine. Does anyone else do this? I know I’m not alone. I also go right into designing it from the listing, sometimes renovating and furnishing an entire house in my head. You have no idea how many houses I have “moved into” in my head all over the world.  I tell myself I do it to keep my design mind sharp, but really it is just some good ol escapism :)

So here we are with a new column and I am calling it, “Let’s Move In”. So I can drag you along with me as we move into dream houses all over the country. This first home takes us to sunny, dreamy Topanga, CA. Tucked up in the mountains, snug in the trees.

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SSS Bookclub!

Happy New Year! It’s now halfway through January and I realized I haven’t logged in on here in a while. During the shutdown last year, I started reading again (you know, between homeschooling and learning how to cook every meal) but really, I did make it a point to turn off my phone at night and curl up with a book instead. It was partly what helped me keep my sanity. I have enjoyed it so much but find myself wanting to discuss the books with someone, anyone! Being a part of a book club sounds great but I would probably be the only nerdy one that actually read the book and wanted to discuss while drinking and eating all the cheese plate, of course.

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2020 gift guides by recipient

I’m finding shopping and scouring the internet for gifts is the best kind of retail therapy right now, so while you can find my top picks for gifts in “sarah’s picks“, I’ve curated it further by category, below, to make it extra easy to gift based on the recipients interest.

FOR THE HOST/HOSTESS

a few beautiful things for the entertainers in your life…

 

 

FOR THE COOK

for the ones that live in the kitchen…

 

 

FOR THE BEST DRESSED

for the one that is always polished…

 

 

FOR THE TRAVELER

for those that can’t wait to return to adventuring more…

 

 

FOR THE TECHY

because we all can use a little tech…

 

 

FOR THE DESIGNER

This one is basically for me, ha or anyone with similar taste…

 

 

FOR THE BOOKWORM

for the booklovers…

 

 

FOR THE CAREGIVER

for the ones that care for us…

 

 

FOR MOM

for moms and anyone that deserves a little pampering

 

 

FOR DAD

 

 

 

gift guide for the kiddos

For once in my life I was able to get some gift guides together BEFORE Thanksgiving (I think everyone is just ready for 2020 to be over. I was already seeing “black friday” sales on monday. We pulled together a few guides for the little ones in your life with all the items in a shoppable carousel below each category…

Happy Shopping

FOR THE LITTLE ARTIST

These are some of our tried and true picks from the samuel family for our little artists. Shop them here…

 

 

 

 FOR THE LITTLE BUILDER

calling all tot sized future builders, architects, engineers… shop below

 

 

FOR THE LITTLE HELPER

All the goods for the mini helpers in your life, shop here…

 

FOR THE LITTLE EXPLORER

And for the adventurers….

 

 

For more gifting suggestions curated by yours truely head to “sarah’s picks” and the “gifts” section.

our custom sink-right-in family sofa

It is family room share time! This is the room we live in the most which is ironic because while we lived here for 6 months before the renovation, no one wanted to spend one minute in it. It sat empty, save for a rug, and was used just as a passageway from the kitchen to the living room. Before we renovated the room was closed off from the kitchen and the archways didn’t exist. It felt kind of like a bunker as there wasn’t one window or view outside, with the only exception of the skylight above.

Now that it is open to the kitchen and with the implementation of a few strategic openings it has become the central hub. Knowing this would be the case I wanted all the furniture in this space to be extra comfortable and since I usually gravitate towards more tailored or sculptural furniture I had a hard time finding pieces that were just as beautiful as comfortable. SO, I set out to design my own. The sofa that is (well the rug and the coffee table are also my own designs but I will touch on those later).

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Soho Loft Bathrooms Before & After

Last week our bathroom renovations for Vanessa Carlton’s NYC loft was featured on Arch Digest did you see? Head over there for the story which is punctuated with a video of her giving a tour of the entire home.

Vanessa’s loft is one of those incredible new york apartments that inhabit an entire floor of a building, the ones where the elevator opens right up into the living room space. When I first arrived I immediately was taken by the 1892 built building and the original architectural features that were still in tact. The living room, kitchen and bedrooms all had the original exposed brick and so much great natural light it was an inspired space with a couple of eye sore bathrooms. We wanted to bring the essence of the building back into the bathrooms in an interesting way… classic and timeless but with the sss touch.

So let’s take a look at what we started with in this principle bath.

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