bitter sweet

Yesterday was another tough day for me. The mortgage company I work for had yet another lay off. (Only 2 months after the last one). We all knew it was coming the night before, making Thursday a very rough, sleepless night. I worried not just about losing my own job, but also about the fate of my sister, and my very close friends, who work with me.

Friday morning came and my sister and I were spared, but unfortunately some of my very best friends were not. While I am of course relieved to still have a job, (I was demoted), it will not be the same without my friends there to make it the place it once was. This one was particularly tough on me because the friends I lost were the ones I actually went to work to see. They made work fun, they were my lunch buddies, and they were the friends that made the mundane job I have worth having.

I will miss seeing them everyday, I will miss the sarcastic jabs, and I will miss having them as a fixture in my everyday life. My life already does not feel the same without them.

I will miss you my friends! Please stay in touch.

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Jamie - June 4, 2007 - 1:18 am

I’m so sorry Sara! Sometimes it’s not the job, but the people that keep you walking in the door every morning. I am, however, glad that you and your sister were not let go. At least you have each other:) Hang in there sweetie! I LOVE the inspiration photos you posted. I don’t know what’s in that last cabinet, I just know I want it! LOL!! Love, Jamie

cari - June 4, 2007 - 6:35 am

Oh Sara, so sorry to hear about work, I went through that with my old job several years ago and in the third round of cut-backs they let me go. I was the only one who didn’t get mad and saw it as a business move and not a personal attack. They let me stay the rest of the day to clean out my desk and let me come back to help out during the busy season. When one door closes, another opens. What good can you find in this? Will one of your dear friends find their dream job? Or start their own business and be ten times happier? I have seen it happen first hand several times to my friends and I know it will happen to yours. Just why does it suck so much right now!?!?!? Hang in there honey!

lucinda - June 5, 2007 - 4:12 am

I’ve gone through that w/my own company and it’s a sick kinda panic in your stomach. I’m sorry you are going through it. I have a customer that is huge in the morage industry and their have laid off and now they are hiring again. That business is very up and down…still it’s hard to not let it effect you. You are in my thoughts!

Jen @ The Cottage Nest - June 5, 2007 - 6:25 am

Sara-That’s just horrible! There is nothing more stressful than having your job hanging in the air. I’m so sorry for your friends.

inspiration friday

For some reason, my brain only seems to remember to post inspiration photos every OTHER Friday. :) But hey, I’m trying! Today’s pictures are somewhat random…. I have no theme.

Most of these pictures come from the British Country Living magazine. January 2007 issue. I only have it because my friend Cathy sent it to me as a present since she knew I had never seen the British version and I just love Country Living and Country Home. This one is a keeper. Just look at all the lovely images it has inside! I hear it is available in book stores, I just haven’t made time to pick up another issue. I highly recommend it, if you love magazines as much as I do. :)

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Rosemary - June 1, 2007 - 9:34 pm

See, now I am going to have to go to the bookstore and see if I can get a copy of these magazines.
Have a great weekend!

Cathy Louise - June 2, 2007 - 4:58 am

So glad you liked it… I love the photos you chose… To me it is one of the nicest photographed magazines… Just amazing….

Amelia - June 2, 2007 - 7:10 am

Oh my gosh…I LOVE the linen cabinet!!!!!

I have to share a picture of Avery’s spindle bed, it looks so much like that first picture!


these flowers, this moon - June 2, 2007 - 8:27 am

I love the photo of the hallway from the vantage point of the wall-papered room. Everything in the line of sight is calming.

I would die for that cabinet. What amazing potential it has for a work studio!

Nice post; it is inspirational.


Jen @ The Cottage Nest - June 5, 2007 - 6:26 am

Your inspiration Fridays are worth the wait. I think your theme this week was Sara Style Beauty. Well done!

Kristin - June 11, 2007 - 4:56 am

Cette armoire rouge est de toute beauté ! Jusque dans le détail les pochoirs “I. II. III. IV. etc …) incitent à venir découvrir ce qui se cache à l’intérieur.

construction progress

Lucky for me, the long weekend meant we had some time to work on our ongoing construction project. The closet doors were installed in the new master bedroom, we finished up the base board and moulding in the room, installed the outdoor lighting on the addition, and set up the drainage for the new paved patio. (The pavers will be next). Here are a few photos so you can see the progress….

The closet doors are still missing the door knobs and locks to keep them closed, but it’s a big improvement. I’ve been staring into these open closets for months!
Here are the new outdoor fixtures (nothing fancy, a basic light from Smith and Hawkin), and the fresh unpainted stucco work. You can also see the unfinished soffit work that needs to be done, and the new drain pipes sticking out of the ground… It feels like there is no end in sight!

This is a peek at one of the corners in my new bedroom. I hung the carved wood piece this weekend (a Pottery Barn find), and hung some of my grain sacks from it (got the idea right out of the Pottery Barn catalog!) I love how it came out.

And last but not least, I found one!!!!!! This is the new butter dish I have been scrambling all over to find. I bought it on ebay. It is a reproduction, but even the reproductions are very hard to find. I paid probably too much for it, but it’s worth it, considering how obsessed with finding one I have been lately. I haven’t decided where to put it yet, but I am so ecstatic to have one!

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Morgan - May 29, 2007 - 10:05 pm

the doors are so pretty! I can’t wait to see them! and I’m glad you found the butter dish lol you’re so obsessed…

Cathy Louise - May 30, 2007 - 5:32 am

Oh your new room just looks wonderful.. The grain sacks are simply beautiful – oh I just love old linen of any sort……..

Raised In Cotton - May 30, 2007 - 5:58 am

Hi Sara,

Love your room! Your use of the grain sacks is perfect. Very French Rusty Elegance Style!!!


Raindrops - May 30, 2007 - 6:18 am

Hi Have not said hello yet but I do read your blog and love your web site. I also have one of the pure butter platters I pile it with muffins etc when we have people round. I ‘believe’ you can get a glass dome to go on the top of it but so far that has alluded me

Rosemary - May 30, 2007 - 9:46 am

Your closet doors look great, even without handles.
I love old grain sacks, I made a huge pillow out of one that I found at the Santa Monica Flea Market.
Glad you found the butter dish you were looking for. I know that obsessed feeling.
Have a great day!

Anonymous - May 30, 2007 - 10:20 am

I am so jealous!!! In a good way if that is possible. I have been looking for a Pure Butter slab also! I try and check out ebay but have not lately. I saw one for sale on ebay uk a few weeks back! Was that you that won it? Congrats!!! Now, my search for a pure butter slab continues!

Rhoda - May 30, 2007 - 12:14 pm

Sara, your project is coming along & looking great. Love the sacks hung in your BR, that’s a very nice look. PB always has such great pics in their catalogs. And YAY, you found a butter slab. That is so cute!

Southern Hospitality

Aimee - May 30, 2007 - 12:58 pm

You have such a beautiful house Sara! I can totally identify with your home improvement projects – hard work but totally worth it, right? I get so many ideas from PB too…I save the catalogs for years and look at them over and over. Oh, cute butter dish! ~Aimee

restyled home - May 30, 2007 - 6:52 pm

Love, love love the grain sack display! That chair is beautiful and the lamp, and the mirror…you did a great job with that “vignette”. Very talented girl…Linda

Teresa - May 30, 2007 - 8:47 pm

Oh I wish I lived closer to you, so I could say, “Sara, please come re-decorate my home for me?” I adore that butter dish!


tongue in cheek - May 30, 2007 - 10:42 pm

The grain sacks add a neat touch. Is the pillow a grain sack too? It fits right in.

Doesn’t it feel grand when projects are completed, and the next project has breathing room to come to surface?!

Lana - May 31, 2007 - 7:21 am

It’s all coming together beautifully! I especially love the chair and the grain sacks.


Jen @ The Cottage Nest - May 31, 2007 - 2:05 pm

I love how it came out too! Your room looks great and congrats on finding that butter dish.

Jamie - May 31, 2007 - 3:19 pm

The new addtions look wonderful Sara! I love the grain sacks and I am so glad you finally got your Pure Butter fix:) I know how frustrating it is to REALLY want something and not be able to find it! I was totally bummed I didn’t win your giveaway:( Lucky Emily! Have a wonderful evening sweetie! Love, Jamie

Southern Heart - May 31, 2007 - 5:57 pm

I love, love what you’ve done! You have a wonderful personal style. Those doors are beautiful, and it’s fun watching everything come along!

Gypsy Purple - May 31, 2007 - 8:52 pm

I can remember how you tried to find that butter dish…glad you found one…..
Love the grain sacks that you hung….totally stunning!!!!

catherine - May 31, 2007 - 10:21 pm

love your new room! and of course the butter dish! very nice!
my friend had one of those and I love it…..I’ll have to check out ebay!
never thought of that one!
if you didn’t already know,
it’s emma bridgewater pottery
and can be found here:
it would look fabulous in your online shop! ;)

hope your pillow and pigeon arrived safely!

ShabbyInTheCity - June 1, 2007 - 6:30 am

I’m jealous of three handymen at your service…and it looks like you have some real high quality doors there…where did you find them? I hate those hollow things that are available everywhere. I also love your french linens on display :)

cherry menlove - June 1, 2007 - 1:34 pm

I think the flour sacks look wonderful. I have never seen an idea like that one. And the butter dish…..well I can see why you would have wanted one thats for sure!!

Cherry xx

Sadie Olive - June 1, 2007 - 4:53 pm

Thanks for all the comments everyone! The pure butter slab reproduction is made by emma bridgewater, (thanks Catherine!) but she stoped making them a few years back and they are very hard to come by these days. You won’t be able to find one on her website.

And regarding the closet doors, my husband’s family business is in doors and windows and we order everything through them. It’s They are southern California only for installs, but can ship product worldwide, I imagine.

Thanks! :)