It has been awhile since I’ve checked in, shared life happenings, inspiration, updates, and a Noteworthy post… I figured today was the day! Happy Monday my friends. I hope your week is off to an amazing start. I’m actually about to catch a flight to Florida for the Coverings tile & stone trade show, so follow along on Instagram if you’re interested to see behind-the-scenes. I can’t wait to see what’s new in that industry and hopefully discover lots of amazing products and options for our new house. It has kind of been an incredibly busy season. Emmett and I just got home from an impromptu weekend away last night, I packed my bag, and now I’m jetting off again. Click through to hear all the things.
I’ll start with the little weekend adventure Emmett and I just took. We’re really trying to adopt the “work hard / play hard” mentality and create a better work / life balance. As you probably remember, my family came to visit a couple weeks ago, and unfortunately my brother brought the flu with him (argh!). Long story short, I got super sick and couldn’t go on Emmett’s epic birthday camping trip that we started planning two(!) years ago. I was majorly bummed to have missed it, but he surprised me with a little impromptu weekend getaway. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday we traveled around southern Utah, hiked, camped, kept out of cell service range, and just unplugged. It was so nice to take in the views, recharge creatively, make plans, and spend some quality time together. All of the images throughout this post came from our little adventure. We even found petroglyphs and pictographs- the art history nerd inside me freaked out!
I found this article on a surprising renovation material pretty inspiring. Back when Emmett and I were in high school (yes, we were dating wayyyy back then), we helped his parents build a house. His mom had the wacky idea that all of the floors throughout the home were going to be this material and I definitely thought she was bonkers. Today, they still live in that same house, the floors have held up nicely, and look exactly like her vision. It turns out she wasn’t crazy after all… just ahead of the trend. To my MIL, Cindy- if you’re reading this right now… I actually do love your floors and I’m sorry I ever doubted you. Haha!
My last 5 purchases (for some reason these are fun for me to share)…
- this garden stool // From the ‘Amazon Finds for the Patio” post. I couldn’t help myself- it was too good!
- silk pillowcase // Apparently I’m on a skincare kick right now after a visit to my dermatologist and she recommended this one.
- a summer blouse // Perfect for spring & summer… it’s lightweight, super soft, and very comfortable. 5 stars from me! It’s currently packed in my luggage for this work trip.
- this gimbal // I’m testing out some new blogging tools (including this camera stabilizer) and thought I’d try a cheap version first to see if I’m even capable of using it correctly before investing in something more expensive. I’m trying to enhance my video skills. Have you noticed more videos on the blog lately? I’m not great at them, but I’m trying.
- new espadrilles // This is my second time buying a version of these and I wore my last pair for 3 years!! I basically wore them into the ground and decided I should just buy new ones this spring. Between those and my Birkenstocks, those are the only two pairs of shoes I wear in the summertime.
This article on flooring is SO timely! Did you catching our herringbone hardwood tutorial for my office last week? I absolutely love the way it turned out.
In a couple of weeks, I’m partnering with Sherwin Williams to help my local Humane Society in a really fun way! I can’t wait to show you and share more about what I’ll be doing. I can say- there will also be plenty of cute dogs to love!
Perhaps I’m just hungry, but this article, “The Cheap, Easy, Healthy Meals Chefs Make During Rent Week” was a winner for me. I pinned every single image / recipe! Emmett and I are about to change the way we eat for a project (I’ll announce more on that when I can), and I’m hoarding all the easy recipes.
Are you guys reading any good books? I’d love to hear about them if you are! I’m in the middle of Girl Stop Apologizing, and once it’s finished, I have nothing else on my “must-read” list.
Apparently I have a doppelgänger? There has been buzz about Jack Ryan season 2 coming out soonish (I have no idea if this is true, BTW)… but I’ve started receiving messages again that I look like character Cathy Mueller (aka, Abby Cornish) in real life. Haha! She’s the love interest in the TV series. I didn’t watch the show, but Emmett did. I honestly don’t see the resemblance, but lots of you do, so I should probably feel lucky because she’s gorgeous. Lol! Instagram is a funny place. What do you think? Doppelgänger or not?
Lastly, I’ll leave you with 40 gorgeous small patios, which has been the perfect inspiration and kick in the butt I needed to start designing our outdoor living spaces. I’m pretty excited to get going on those and share them soon.
Alright, I’m outta here! Be sure to follow along on my trip to Florida if you’re interested in tile & stone- I’ll try to share as much as I can. Otherwise, see you back here tomorrow for the April monthly moodboard? I found LOTS of good stuff this month!
PeggiApril 8, 2019 at 4:25 am
Looks like you had a beautiful trip! (Although those canyon shots give me palpitations…can’t do heights.) Nothing better than some time outside. I think you wore that new blouse in a story, and I noticed how fab that color looked on you! Dogs, food and tile-sounds like spring is going to be interesting. I really love the stained plywood look; now I’m curious about your trend-setting MIL’s floors. As to books, our book club just read and loved Possession by A.S. Byatt. Have a wonderful, informative time in Florida!
SarahApril 8, 2019 at 8:26 pm
Really?! It was really beautiful and a great time- and thank you about the blouse :) My MIL’s plywood is stained a walnut color and then she put a very shiny clear coat of poly over top of it. It really brought out the graphic pattern in the ply. Next time we travel back to her house, I’ll have to take some photos! They live on a horse farm, so it’s really a nice rustic vibe that fits her style well. Thank you for the book recommendation- adding it to my cart now! xo
ArdithApril 8, 2019 at 12:31 pm
I suppose there is a sliver of a resemblance, but I know which of the two is the more beautiful. Ha. So glad you and Emmett got to get away together after all, and you’re all mended. Have a great trip. Cheers, Ardith
SarahApril 8, 2019 at 8:27 pm
It was SO nice to have a weekend away together. I’m all mended and if I could shake this pesky cough, I’d be back to 100% normal… soon enough I’m sure :) Have a wonderful week Ardith! xo
Kerri HansenApril 8, 2019 at 12:56 pm
Hey Sarah, I just finished reading “Educated” by Tara Westover while on vacation and I couldn’t put it down. It reminds me alot of “The Glass Castle” which came out years ago (and is also an amazing read btw!) I am currently reading “where the Crawdads Sing” and it is quite good too. Last year I discovered that Reese Witherspoon has a book club and her reading list has not let me down so far! I also started using the goodreads app and now I am never at a loss for what to read! Just because I am a total book nerd, here are a few other favorites I have read this past year: “Elinor Oliphant is Fine”, “The art of racing in the rain” and “Erotic Stories for Punjabi widows”. Happy reading!
SarahApril 8, 2019 at 8:28 pm
Thank you, thank you, thank you for the book recommendations! I read The Glass Castle and really liked it! I had no idea Reese Witherspoon had a book club, but now I need to see her list- that’s amazing. Thanks for the tip! I’m also a total book nerd, and I really appreciate you taking the time to share your favorites Kerri :) xo
KerriApril 10, 2019 at 7:48 am
Oh yay, a fellow book Nerd 🤓😀 I think you will love Goodreads.com, and you can join Reese’s book club through that …she picks a new book every month …it’s called Hello Sunshine . I think that is also how I found her list. And then I got the goodreads app on my phone so anytime I come across a suggestion, like Karen’s below, I just quickly add it to my reading list! Xo
SarahApril 10, 2019 at 2:18 pm
Thank you so much Kerri! I’m definitely going to check it out- I love that :) xox
Lindsey N.April 9, 2019 at 5:58 am
Plywood floors!! I have always wanted to do that and everyone thought i was crazy! Do you have pictures of her floors? Did she plank them? I really want wood floors in my kids bedrooms but the majority of the room will be covered in rug so plywood would be the perfect inexpensive solution. I want to know more!!! :)
SarahApril 9, 2019 at 6:06 am
I don’t! I wish I had photos… she didn’t plank them- they’re just solid pieces.
karenApril 9, 2019 at 9:00 am
Educated and No Exit , both were very good , 10 on a 1 to 10.
SarahApril 9, 2019 at 1:56 pm
Thank you so much!!!