Our House

Thought I would continue sharing some of the images I took back in August/September of our home.

The exterior of our house has come a loooooong way… just take a peek at how it used to look, here. I like it even more now that some of the plants have started to grow in. (Don’t mind the giant weed next to the stair case…)

See those architectural arches in the corners near the roof? I cheated and bought those from Pottery Barn. They were meant to be large book-ends or home decor, but they were much cheaper than a matching pair of actual vintage ones.

This is our family room, where we hang out most of the time, as the television is on this room. It’s very rarely “camera ready” so I don’t often take pictures of this space.

I bought this table fairly recently from Country Roads Antiques, and sold my black Pottery Barn table that used to be here. I was growing tired of having so much black furniture, and I loved the legs on this table. The top is a bit rough and weathered (not in a pretty way) so I have been waxing it and trying to decide what I want to do with it.

These last few images are of the front sitting room. I recently smoothed out the drywall (and ceiling) in here, filled in the recessed box above the fireplace, and painted this room SeaPearl. I like the change, but I do miss the stripes a little. The walls were in desperate need of repairs, and I didn’t paint them myself (the old owners did) so I decided it was time for a change. It’s growing on me more and more. I’ll have to share some updated pictures soon…

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cathy - April 3, 2013 - 3:26 pm

Gorgeous honey !!!! I so love seeing your house xo

Sadie Olive - April 3, 2013 - 3:47 pm

Thank you Cathy! Love you! xox

Monique - April 3, 2013 - 4:12 pm

An amazing transformation..You have exquisite taste~
It’ a dream~

Sadie Olive - April 3, 2013 - 4:12 pm

Thanks Monique!!

Jody - April 3, 2013 - 4:59 pm

Beautiful photos of beautiful spaces! I love the exterior transformation and also the legs on your new table :)

Sadie Olive - April 3, 2013 - 5:01 pm

Thank you Jody. :) Did you notice the mirror I picked up from your shop? I love it!

Rita Cobb - April 4, 2013 - 6:43 am

I love your home and everything you’ve done to style it – always have! Sorry to see the stripes go – I even pinned the image of your corner next to the fireplace on Pinterest, I was so inspired. A couple years ago I took down a border in my kitchen and painted a darker hue stripe in its place, and would love to do my laundry room in light shades as yours.

Your work is beautiful!

Sadie Olive - April 4, 2013 - 8:11 am

Thank you Rita. :) I think a laundry room would be perfect with subtle tone on tone stripes.

Angela - April 4, 2013 - 12:23 pm

You have created such a beautiful home! I love the restful palette and neutral tones. Very elegant x

victoria - April 4, 2013 - 2:39 pm

Your home looks lovely… so soothing to the eye…and comfy too.

Victoria Silva

katey - April 5, 2013 - 5:56 am

Your home looks so lovely!! The before picture of your exterior of your house is unbelievable. Never would recognize that! Way to go!

Melinda - April 5, 2013 - 11:57 am

Oh how I adore your home and style Sara!! I love the table you picked up from CR. That has been one of my favorite places to shop for the past 18 years!
I can’t wait to see your living room with the new paint.
Hope you have a lovely weekend.

Jen @ RamblingRenovators - April 5, 2013 - 7:43 pm

There is such a serenity and peacefulness to your home. So beautiful!

Kim - April 17, 2013 - 12:06 am

Love, love, love! The outside looks amazing (so sweet & charming). and WOW, what a transformation! It’s hard to believe that it’s the same house. I often wonder what the old owner would think if they were ever to drive by… I’d be so bummed if I were them knowing that my old house looked like THAT -when it could look like THIS! I love your understated (yet elegant) sense of style, your beautiful decor and the wonderful way you mix old with new. You must share pictures of your home with us more often! It’s truly inspirational… :-)

Lauren - April 18, 2013 - 9:35 am

Your house is simply beautiful. I’m obsessed with the smallest little detail in one of the pictures above….that blue striped, grain sack-looking coffee mug! Where did you find that?? I NEED a couple of those in my life!
Thanks for inspiring with your beautiful blog!

Sadie Olive - April 19, 2013 - 12:14 pm

Thank you! Lauren – I bought that mug on Etsy from a shop called “Clam Lab” (if I remember right?).

Leslie - April 25, 2013 - 7:40 am

you have such a truly unique style! Love it!

Happy Easter

Finn and I dyed Easter eggs this morning and I think he really enjoyed himself. He was in charge of the wire loop that pulls the eggs out of the water, and he spent most of the time dipping it in each colored filled bowl and tasting it. Luckily I don’t use any vinegar or it wouldn’t have tasted very good.

^ When we were through, we piled the dried eggs neatly in some bowls and Finn decided he had to “taste” them too.

All in all, I think he enjoyed himself. We’ve been practicing hunting for candy filled eggs this week in hopes that Easter morning will go a bit smoother. (He takes awhile to warm up around more than a few people, even when it’s family).

We also visited the Easter bunny at the mall, which didn’t go all that well…

Let’s hope after he receives his basket full of candy and toys that he changes his mind.

Happy Easter everyone!

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Patty - March 29, 2013 - 5:22 pm

OMG! Finn is having so much fun with the eggs, even tasting them! So sweet! Love the picture with the Easter bunny, I have one of my niece’s boy and girl, she is smiling, he is howling like Finn. : ) Patty/BC

Dori - March 29, 2013 - 6:02 pm

Oh, Sara! He is getting so big! The photo with the Bunny made me giggle. Oh the things we do! :)

Jody - March 29, 2013 - 10:42 pm

Finn has grown so much! I think that large bunny looks a little scary too :) Happy Easter!

Sheri C. - March 30, 2013 - 10:51 am

Love the pic of him with the Easter Bunny! Can’t wait to see him!

Candice - March 30, 2013 - 6:19 pm

Oh Finn .. I would cry too .. lol.
He has gotten so big .. but licking the eggs is just so perfect.
Thank you for the smiles, Happy Easter !

My Kitchen

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared some home decor images, and I was just thinking about how I never did share any of the images I took a few months ago for Creatively Made Home here on the blog…

So if you’ll indulge me – I’d love to share… these were taken in August/September.

I haven’t changed much in this kitchen over the last few years but I am trying to add some rustic warmth with baskets and bread boards. My kitchen is in the middle of our home, so it doesn’t have any windows, but we do have two skylights that let the sun pour in. It’s hot and uncomfortable during the summer heat but most of the year I love the flood of light.

^ I made that pitcher myself in ceramics class in high school. It holds our most used kitchen utensils. Josh and I cook almost everything in that beat up old toaster oven. It’s so much easier than using the large wall oven which heats up our house and always seems to be off in temperature (even after we have it serviced).

^ I plan to add some rustic wood shelves in place of this chalkboard soon. I will display some old ironstone or pretty trinkets and cook books there on the shelves. I’ve been eyeing some at West Elm, but haven’t wanted to splurge just yet.

I grew tired of the “Paris” sign so I retired it from our decor and added it to the shop for someone else to enjoy.

I also hope to retire this rug and change the seagrass carpeting out with some tile – but that is a future project that will take many, many months of coaxing Josh to get on board. For now, it remains on my “someday” list. ;)

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Jody - March 26, 2013 - 3:35 pm


Your kitchen is beautiful! I love the texture of the walls and ceiling. I wanted to ask if they’re plaster or if you applied a special treatment to them to achieve that look?

Candace Bertalan Horner c - March 26, 2013 - 3:52 pm

Hey Sarah!
I’m on Creatively Made but don’t recall seeing these lovely photos! Your photography is soooo beautiful. I love the rustic accents, it just offsets the white in the house and warms everything up. I also love your wall texture, reminds me of the plaster walls in my house that drive husband crazy when he tries to level up something, lol!!! Hope all is well with you and little Finn!!

Sadie Olive - March 26, 2013 - 3:53 pm

Thanks Jody! We hired a painter to help us achieve this look. The walls are textured and were done by the previous owner. We used “Lancaster White” as the base color and then a watered down glaze applied with a damp rag to achieve the aged look.

Sadie Olive - March 26, 2013 - 3:54 pm

Thank you Candace! I only added a few to my profile page in Creative Made Home, but wanted to share more of them here on the blog. :)

antiquechase - March 26, 2013 - 4:54 pm

just gorgeous. love all your vintage elements! Do you use the toaster oven with the wicker basket on top of it ?

Sadie Olive - March 26, 2013 - 5:19 pm

We do. But if we are cooking for long periods of time I will move it off. ;)

Melinda - March 26, 2013 - 5:24 pm

I love your home and style Sara!! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful kitchen with us!!
Have a lovely night.

Sadie Olive - March 26, 2013 - 5:28 pm

Thank you Melinda!

Hayley Crennell - March 26, 2013 - 5:40 pm

Love reading your posts Sadie; I gasped when I saw your cot bumpers in the store the other day after coveting them for soooooo long. My wee boy is six months old so I have moved past my bumper fascination now but I held your nursery as an ideal long before he was born – I was wondering about the ruler on your kitchen wall, is it a height chart? Is it vintage or are they available to purchase somewhere? Thank you, Hayley

Gee - March 26, 2013 - 6:15 pm

Beautiful. Luv the textured faux finish, and the harlequins. Thanks for allowing us a peek :-)
Here’s to a wonderful week.
Cheers, Gee

Sadie Olive - March 26, 2013 - 6:25 pm

Thank you! I purchased that on Etsy. It was a gal in Canada who makes them. Can’t think of her shop name but if I think of it I will email you. You can probably do a search on Etsy though. :)

Kris - March 26, 2013 - 6:34 pm

I love your kitchen. It looks bright and cheery. I love your style.

Cheryl Cabot - March 26, 2013 - 6:39 pm

LOVE this so much!! I wouldn’t change a thing!!!
Have a great day and thanks for sharing this. Off to stare at my kitchen and think of some changes:)
~ Cheryl

alex wijnen - March 26, 2013 - 7:36 pm

LOVE your kitchen! And while I suppose it can get too hot and uncomfortable in the summer, I think the sky lights are my favorite part – that, and the fact that the kitchen (presumably) is at the center of your house, truly the hub of your home ;)

Sadie Olive - March 26, 2013 - 8:12 pm

Thank you Alex.

Sadie Olive - March 26, 2013 - 8:13 pm

Thank you Cheryl!

Sadie Olive - March 26, 2013 - 8:13 pm

Thanks Kris!

Peggy - March 26, 2013 - 8:34 pm

Your kitchen is truly inspiring! I’ve been contemplating the same treatment on some of our walls but haven’t taken the plunge because I remember how long it took the last time I did it. I noticed you have canned lights… were they in the home when you bought it? Or did you have them installed? Our kitchen is more or less in the middle of the house but still has one window which gets some muted mid morning light. It needs much more light especially in the evenings!

Thank you so very much for sharing with us! Your kitchen is truly beautiful!

Sadie Olive - March 26, 2013 - 8:37 pm

Thank you Peggy. The canned lighting was added by the prior owner. :)

Erika - March 27, 2013 - 7:07 am

It’s a beautiful kitchen but seriously how do you stand having a seagrass carpet in the kitchen it’s just like having a wall to wall carpet in the bathroom – gross! I mean urine can’t be vacuumed up just like food spills can’t…nothing like being able to mop a kitchen or bathroom. Crazy how you still have to get Josh on board with that one!!

Sadie Olive - March 27, 2013 - 8:27 am

It’s actually been easy to keep clean. We very rarely have spills but when we do some water and salt have been able to remove odors or stains from spills. The salt soaks up the spill and can be vacuumed up once dry.

It also doesn’t absorb as quickly as something like carpet would, so most spills sit right on top and we use a Clorox wipe (or a baby wipe) to simply wipe it right up.

victoria - March 30, 2013 - 7:10 am

Love the black and white theme in your kitchen… and the paint technique especially… is it plaster…with paint over it?

Victoria Silva

Sadie Olive - March 30, 2013 - 8:10 am

Thank you. Yes the drywall texture was done by the previous owner and we did paint it to highlight the texture.

Terri - March 31, 2013 - 5:30 pm

I love your beautiful backsplash,can you please share where you purchased your tile :)

Sadie Olive - April 1, 2013 - 10:27 am

Thank you Terri. Unfortunately I don’t know the answer to that as the previous owners installed the backsplash.