Holiday Walk

Hello and welcome House Walk visitors! Hopefully you are joining me from stop number 7, if not, you may see that home by clicking here: Craftberry Bush

 My home is stop number 8 on the Holiday House Walk this year.

My home is currently under construction, as we have torn apart my sitting room to redo the drywall and ceiling, which is a HUGE mess, but I did manage to get a few pictures in the ONE day I had Christmas decor up in there.

This wreath is something I made especially for the holiday issue of Souvenir Magazine. I love the way it came out, and how it looks against my black dutch door.

I had a neutral theme going on my piano where I like to set-up my favorite vignettes. I think I will recreate it once the room is put back together.

I set out the small collection of snow globes I made last year on a round mirrored tray. Finn’s first Christmas picture is in it’s own store bought globe, amongst them.

I love adding ornaments and greenery to my dough bowl. The colors work so well together.

I hung the peppermint wreath I made last year in the dining room, and added pops of red to my shelves to compliment the space.

The jewel tree (above) is another project that I created for Souvenir Magazine this year. The how-to is in the Holiday issue, just click on my sidebar to visit the site and purchase a copy.

I made this one a few years ago, and I think it’s still my favorite.

Happy holidays to all of you! I hope to have more pictures later this month once my construction is finished and we get a tree!

PART 2 (added on 12/10/12) is below:

These pictures were taken over the course of the last three days. They end with pictures from today, with Finn in his dinosaur jammies. I don’t think my poor tree is going to make it until Christmas. ;)

Remember to continue on the holiday walk tomorrow with stop number 9:

If you are just joining in on this walk, please visit Jennifer Rizzo‘s blog to start at the beginning:

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Jeanne - December 4, 2012 - 3:58 am

Sadie, your Christmas home is lovely! I love the color palette. My favorite is the vignette with the big clock! Thanks for sharing your home with us.

Laura @ Finding Home - December 4, 2012 - 4:33 am

That wreath on your door is absolutely stunning – and I am definitely inspired to try a vintage jewelry tree. I have a whole box of my Grandmother’s costume jewelry and I would love to do something with it. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

Take care,

Anne - December 4, 2012 - 5:37 am

Love all the special touches in your Christmas decor!Your door looks fabulous too!Thank you so much for sharing!

Lucy - December 4, 2012 - 5:39 am

Such gorgeous Christmas…what an honor to be your ‘neighbor’ for this home walk. Love everything you do, thank you for inspiring…xo

Shelley @ Calypso in the Country - December 4, 2012 - 6:09 am

Everything is so beautiful! Love the colors, the clock and the advent calendar. Thanks for the tour!

Mary@athomeonthebay - December 4, 2012 - 6:19 am

It is all so beautiful and sentimental. Thank you for sharing it!

Doreen - December 4, 2012 - 6:31 am

I found you through the housewalk tour and so glad I did! Your home is beautiful! I love the jeweled trees and I’m off to pick up a copy of Souvenir magazine!



Morgan - December 4, 2012 - 9:24 am

These turned out beautifully! I love the snowflakes on the window and the snow globe picture – I was so excited to get mine out this year, too! :)

Lolo - December 4, 2012 - 10:28 am

Your home always inspires Sara!! Absolutely ADORE your front door wreath. Happy Holidays to your sweet family XOX

Natalie - December 4, 2012 - 10:32 am

I really enjoyed your tour. I just love the way the grey looks with the small touches of red. Thank you for having me, and Merry Christmas!

Sherry - December 4, 2012 - 12:35 pm

Beautiful!! I especially love the jewel trees.

Morning T - December 4, 2012 - 12:48 pm

You always manage to inspire me with your gorgeous home. Thanks for inviting us in and happy holidays to you.

Christine - December 4, 2012 - 3:41 pm

I really like your snow globes on the mirrored tray. It is such an unique idea
Thanks for sharing

Katey - December 4, 2012 - 4:45 pm

Your home looks so lovely. I know you are excited about your changes and we look foreword to seeing them too.

tracey - December 4, 2012 - 4:59 pm

Sara your photos are beautiful as always!!! Your Christmas touches are wonderful…love your house!!!!!!!


:) T

paige - December 4, 2012 - 5:24 pm

sara, always a pure treat to see a glimpse into your beautiful world!!
AND how i love your new header….the feet image, with hannah too…oh my!!!

Penny Patten-Bryant - December 4, 2012 - 6:26 pm

Very nice, I would love to walk through in person!

jennifer rizzo - December 4, 2012 - 7:01 pm

Sara, i love everything about your home. thank you so much for being a part of the tour!

Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - December 4, 2012 - 8:30 pm

This was so beautiful! Thank you so much for opening your home to us and sharing inside!

Deb - December 4, 2012 - 8:31 pm

Your home looks gorgeous Sara decorated for the Holidays! I love the calm, neutral theme with splashes of red ♥

Jen O'Brien - December 4, 2012 - 8:33 pm

Sara,your home is beautiful! Your photos are breathtaking, every detail is perfect, just stunning! Happy Holidays, Jen

Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage - December 4, 2012 - 8:52 pm

Wow to your wreath – the vintage silver is stunning! And your bauble trees are fabulous. Love the color scheme and the few pops of red!

Glad to be part of the house walk with you.

Dear Lillie - December 4, 2012 - 9:52 pm

Everything looks beautiful, Sara!

victoria - December 5, 2012 - 8:45 am

Just beautiful as always….thank you for sharing!

Jeanne - December 5, 2012 - 8:56 am

I love the front door wreath!

Kim - December 5, 2012 - 12:51 pm

Exquisite!! Your home is truly beautiful. Wishing your sweet family happy Holidays!

Grey - December 5, 2012 - 11:07 pm

Thank you for taking the pictures for the tour! Everything is lovely, but I just adore the jewel trees! I am collecting things to make my own one day. I hope your room improvements are finished soon so you can get back to normal.

Debbie refreshrestyle - December 8, 2012 - 3:02 pm

Your home and decor is so beautiful! Have a very Merry Christmas.

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living - December 9, 2012 - 6:54 pm

Love the wreath on your front door! And I love the gray/black/red color scheme you have for Christmas. You have a wonderful style. Thanks for sharing your home with us!

karen@somewhatquirky - December 10, 2012 - 8:38 pm

Gorgeous. Perfect. Enviable.

Melinda Hartzog - December 13, 2012 - 6:41 am

I love your jewel tree! I think I saw it on Pinterest. Will definitely be pinned to my Christmas page on pinterest. Absolutely gorgeous!

Ann - December 15, 2012 - 9:01 am

just LOVE your simple tree topper!

Ashley - December 22, 2012 - 3:49 pm

How beautiful! So many things to admire and be inspired by….Love it all! ~Ashley

Kristen - December 24, 2012 - 11:46 am

Your home is beautiful ! I love it that you include family touches and not just decorating. You son is so sweet. I especially love that you also thought to include the pets.

Merry Christmas !


Several years ago my home was featured in Budget Decorating Magazine, A Woman’s Day publication. It was a very exciting moment for me, and I cleaned and prepped for weeks prior to their arrival. Sunday Hendrickson was the stylist for my shoot, and the photographer was Joe Schmelzer. Fifi O’Neill wrote the article for my feature, and was the one who got my home submitted for consideration.

I was looking at the feature the other day and thinking about how much my style has changed since then. As I type this the front room in my home is under construction (having the drywall and ceiling texture smoothed out and repainted). We are losing the horizontal stripes (that were painted by the previous owner) and changing things up a bit. I am very excited about the changes, as it’s something I’ve been wanting to do for awhile now.

Since I never did share images from the shoot on my blog, I thought I would share some of the amazing photographs Joe Schmelzer shot (on film) with all of you. I love the images, even though my decorating style isn’t quite the same anymore.

Thanks for letting me share! It’s amazing how differently you see your home when captured by someone else’s eye.

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Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage - November 30, 2012 - 2:00 pm

So fun looking at these beautiful photos! I have always loved all the large botanical artwork hanging up around your home.

Dore - November 30, 2012 - 2:49 pm

Just so beautiful, and every change you create is amazing.

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living - November 30, 2012 - 4:12 pm

Beautiful home! I’m sure whatever changes you’re making will look just as fabulous.

Peggy - November 30, 2012 - 5:37 pm

OH how beautiful! (but I must confess I really am partial to some of the changes we have already seen!) It is beautiful both ways!!

WendyW - November 30, 2012 - 5:56 pm

Hi Sarah, you are a lady of style with great taste no matter when you decorated … I loved looking at the photographs and I can see the stand you bought years ago that you featured in one of your videos in the Creatively Made Home Course. I really love your style now … and thank you also for all your contributions to Jeanne’s course … you ladies were amazing and so inspiring!

SuZeQ - November 30, 2012 - 6:24 pm

I know tastes do change, but golly, your home is absolutely BEAUTIFUL – and so are you!

Vintage Finds - November 30, 2012 - 6:48 pm

I can see that your style is slightly changed but this is still a pretty timeless and gorgeous look!

We’ve had advertisements filmed in our house before and it really does look so different – the angles that are chosen! – sometimes we wouldn’t even recognise our own home! Thanks for sharing. Jennifer x

Margaret Bouwmeester - November 30, 2012 - 8:55 pm

I love your house but yes, your style has changed…I just watched your video in the online class last night (I’m trying to catch up), I had the flu almost the whole month of November so sadly I never got to share any of my photos. I have enjoyed the class so much, I am still watching the videos and doing some of the crafts……I love seeing your sweet little boy in the videos, what a sweetie!!!!
Margaret B
xx - December 1, 2012 - 6:12 am

Hi Sarah,
Love your home then and also now. Can’t wait to see what changes you are making. I am sure I will love those as well. You have great style.

Jody - December 1, 2012 - 11:35 am

The photos are beautiful! I love changes though & can’t wait to see what you’re doing :)

teresa sheeley - December 2, 2012 - 8:12 am

So beautiful Sara! Can’t wait to see what you do with your “new” space. :)

Dawn-Hydrangea Home - December 2, 2012 - 10:46 am

Always so beautiful. looking forward to seeing the redesign!

RIRI - RIRI jewelry - December 3, 2012 - 4:37 am

You have a really beautiful home. B E A U T I F U L!

spencer - December 4, 2012 - 8:41 am

So glad you shared… It’s just lovely. I actually did a pillow with a 5 on it too…. was so surprised to see yours. I always pick 5… I think it has the cutest shape… no 1′s or 7′s here.


victoria - December 11, 2012 - 10:13 am

I actually really love the look… love that kitchen!


Tiggy & Grace

I have written about my lovely friend, Kimberly before. We have worked along side each other during several of my recent projects, including the Creatively Made Home course and Souvenir Magazine. Kimberly has a style that appears so effortlessly casual, warm, earthy, and inviting. It’s everything I love this time of year and have been striving to achieve more of in my own home.

A foody and photographer at heart, Kimberly combines her talents with the elements we’ve all been in love with: natural linen, hand-thrown pottery and raw wood. That’s why when she told me she would be opening up her own pop-up shop this week, I squealed with delight.

The shop, named Tiggy & Grace, named after her grandmother, will be open this Friday, November 16th. It’s a “pop-up” shop which means everything she’s selling is limited in quantities and once it’s gone, it’s gone.


There will be one-of-a-kind pottery her husband made at home. Think rustic, imperfect and beautifully unique.

There will be lovely hand-made linen aprons and napkins, designed by Kimberly and perfect for gift-giving.

And locally made smoked salts packaged in weck jars…

These are just a few of the lovely things you will find at Tiggy & Grace. Be sure to visit the shop this Friday and check some of those gifts off your holiday list. And pick yourself out something pretty too. (I know I will!)

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Kimberly - November 13, 2012 - 7:09 pm

Sweet friend, you are such a gift and I so appreciate your kind words. Thank you for sharing with your wonderful readers- it is truly appreciated.

Peggy - November 14, 2012 - 6:11 am

I was ecstatic when Kimberly hinted about this on CMH and was going to ask her about it last night but forgot/ran out of time. You can bet I’ll be peaking in on her page all day long waiting for the “shop” to open. This year one of my endeavors is to purchase as close to 100% handmade as possible, where it be something I created or something an independent artisan created.

So thank you so very much for sharing about Tiggy & Grace… and your dear sweet friend Kimberly. (she is truly a lovely person, one i know you are proud to call friend!)

Have a wonderful day!