Where I Grew Up

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Morning Everyone!

I have been thinking a lot about where I grew up and its MAJOR impact on my design aesthetic. When I was a little kid, my parents purchased and began renovating an 1803 Federal Landmark.  Fast forward almost 40 years and while it is still jokingly called the “Money Pit”, so much has been accomplished.  It has high ceilings, large rooms and beautiful details common of the day. Due to the size of the rooms, they can accommodate oversized antiques, grand wallpaper prints and bold colors.

The "Homestead"
The “Homestead”

All of this has seriously skewed my view of scale. Is this print too big? Never. Is this color too bold? Nah. Will this piece fit in the room? Of course! Needless to say, I currently live in an updated 1930s transitional colonial and I do need to be more aware of scale overall….and I have promised hubby I will measure more often before purchasing things.

I will post some fun pics from my parents house in the near future, but in the meantime here is what they have been working on:

THE.BARN.

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We celebrated my dad’s birthday in his barn and it was a lovely scene amidst the construction. Cannot wait to see what it will look like when the doors are finished and added. I am in love with the lighting…and its scale. More pics soon! Happy Fall!

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xo,

Kelly

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Planning a Garden and Planters

Hi All! Time to plan out our outdoor projects this year. Being in Zone 4 our growing season is mighty short. As such, I am going to try and plan ahead this year. Yes, I did say this at the same time last year and never got a seed, bulb or plant into the ground….but this season is going to be different. Backyard transformation here we come!

GOALS: PART ONE, SPRUCING UP FOR MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH

We have a fabulous deck on which we always host a Mother’s Day brunch and I would love to have it stained and ready to go- even if Mother’s Day is early this year and the snow technically just left a week ago! I am determined to get the deck prepped and stained at the beginning of the season rather than just to protect it before the snow flies. As an added bonus, because power washing and staining does not exactly get the creative juices flowing, I am hoping to add decorative details to the back of the built-in bench. Here are the inspiration photos…we’ll have to see what hubs is up for!

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Additionally, I am hoping to add some landscaping but more on this later. For Mother’s Day, it will still be too early to plant, so I am going to focus on planters to bring in color and the feeling of Spring!  The deck is stained (and soon to be stained again) a dark chocolate so light colored flowers and white plantings stand out best. Here is what I am thinking:

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Here we go!

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Welcome to Sara Langley

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Welcome to Sara Langley! As an inaugural post let’s just say I have a lot to learn but I am tremendously excited to just.get.started.  If I had jumped into this journey when I first wanted to transition my business from the design and sale of accessories to a lifestyle blog, I would have five years under my belt by now. Sigh. But both kiddos will be in school full-time come the Fall, and I am looking forward to striking out on my own…from 9am-3pm anyway.

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The transition of the brand into a blog is borne out of a need to create, share, and learn, while also being there for my young kids and juggling my many other part-time gigs. Running Sara Langley in its former form just no longer fit into my life and after many looooong discussions with friends and family, I hung it all up when my second child was born.  At that time I was not willing, or able, to make the compromises it would take to run the product side of things at the level I envisioned… and quite frankly the level my customers deserved. I didn’t want to tarnish what I had created by being stretched so thin. But as I closed up shop and tucked it all away, a small voice inside made a promise that I would someday dust it all off and start again.  That time is now.

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While growing Sara Langley Designs, I met so many amazing and talented people along the way and I look forward to meeting many more on this new venture. Beginning anew friends! Welcome to my journey!

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