Something Exciting Happened!

Soooooo something pretty cool happened recently and I have to share with with you all because I’m freaking out just a tad bit. You guys, our little fixer upper and was featured in an eight page spread in Flea Market Home and Living!!!!

I’m honestly struggling right now to even form words and proper sentences because I can hardly wrap my mind around the fact that our home and my humble little blog was featured in such an amazing magazine. I’ve had a few other small magazine features over the past two years (a photo of my summer porch is in the current issue of the Country Sampler Farmhouse Style edition!) but never a whole spread like this. EIGHT PAGES of our little cottage. Seriously, someone pinch me because this feels like a dream. It’s beyond surreal and I just feel so incredibly honored and proud to see our humble home and my blog featured in such a cool way.

This weekend I tried to slow down to really process all of this. I wanted to just reflect on how far things have come. Not only with our home and all of the projects we’ve done over the past two years, but with me too. I never could have imagined all of the amazing opportunities that would come my way because of this blog. And to be really honest, I don’t consider myself to be a “designer” that should be gracing the pages of national decor magazines. Not even close actually. In fact, I feel like a total misfit. I have absolutely zero formal training. And I don’t pay attention to any rules or proper lingo when it comes to design. I’m simply making a home for my family and sharing it along the way. But somehow God has brought these incredible opportunities my way. I am just SO grateful and I give Him all the glory.

 I can’t help but think back to when our story began with this little 1980’s fixer upper. I can remember the exact moment I walked through the front door for the very first time. I instantly got that tingly magic feeling in the pit of my stomach and I knew this was the one. Fast forward a few months and I was sharing our renovation projects on my brand new blog. It’s crazy to see how much work we’ve put into this place and all that has happened over these past two and a half years. I never could have imagined how this home would bless our lives. And I gotta say, it’s a pretty cool feeling to see our little fixer upper spread across this magazine.

 I’m sharing this with you guys today because I want this to inspire you to chase your dreams and follow your heart. I know that sounds cliche and some of you might be rolling your eyes right about now, but TRUST ME. If I can do this, then the sky is the limit for us all. I truly believe that if you’re following your heart and working hard, nothing will stop you. Don’t be afraid to take that first step into the unknown, even if you have no clue what you’re doing. Just show up and give it everything you’ve got.

Thank you all for always having my back and for the constant support and kindness! Really, you are awesome humans. xo

PS: The magazine is on stands now and you can find at places like Walgreens, Target, Safeway, Barnes & Noble, and Wal-Mart stores nationwide.

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73 Comments

  1. Kim wrote:

    Congratulations- that is so amazing!! Your talent will be seen by everyone.
    Thank you for sharing yourself and your talent with us all.

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  2. Shari wrote:

    Congratulations! That is so very exciting. You are now even more famous than you were.

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  3. Marty Oravetz wrote:

    How exciting and thrilling. Congratulations!!!! This is amazing.

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  4. Mary wrote:

    Wow, how exciting! So very happy for you! Is this issue out now? Can’t wait to read it!! You’re an inspiration 🙂

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  5. Marilyn S. wrote:

    Oh my goodness ! Can’t wait to get this issue . Did you know they were doing this and had to keep it quiet did they interview you or did they just use your images and info from your blog? This is so exciting (I feel like I know you) so it’s like a “friend” of mine is featured in a magazine . You are so right -God has been very good to you and has honored your faithfulness to trust him .

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  6. Jan Canales wrote:

    Congratulations!!! I’m so happy for you and it is a well deserved honor!

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  7. Debbie wrote:

    That is great news. Love seeing pics of your home. I’m in process of changing to farmhouse decor. Also wanted to ask about the magazine. Where can I find it. I’m in South Carolina. Have a great day

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  8. Lois H wrote:

    How exciting for you! I always enjoy seeing your home decor. You have the gift of design, training or not! Congratulations, and thanks for sharing.

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  9. Sally Brown wrote:

    Congratulations, you have worked hard and been rewarded.

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  10. Lisa wrote:

    So exciting! Congratulations!

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  11. Nikki wrote:

    You don’t need any special training in design. God blessed you with a natural talent. Congratulations on the magazine! I bought it a few days ago because I knew of someone else being featured in it, I was so happy to see your home too!

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  12. Katherine wrote:

    Congratulations! I love most concepts of up cycled creations but you always manage to take all you do to a classy, easy to follow, finish. You also use budget friendly decorating tips/tricks & accessories, which I so very much appreciate. Pls sit back & enjoy enjoy this very hard earned recognition. I will, as always, eagerly look forward to all of your ideas to come.

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  13. Linda wrote:

    So exciting! Joanna didn’t have formal training either lol! Farmhouse is about home and family and love. You have that. And a great faith in God. That to me is farmhouse and why I love your blog. I am retired now and when your emails pop up you start my day with a smile. Thank you for what you do.

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  14. Tammy Ganci wrote:

    Congratulations!! Well deserved as it shows on this blog and in the magazine(s)!! I also am following my dream. I am in the process of starting a small from home business that should be alot of fun along with good, fun hard work. Maybe a blog or website is in my future, but only time will tell.

    Enjoy another blessed day with your beautiful family,
    Love your blog friend,
    Tammy

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  15. Karen Moss wrote:

    Congratulations! I love reading your blog. Do you have a link to subscribe to this magazine? I can’t seem to find it on Google search.

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
    • Maureen wrote:

      I can’t find the magazine either?

      Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  16. Lisa wrote:

    Congratulations Sarah!!! I’m so happy for you!!! I am new to your blog, just found you a couple months ago but I love it!!! I’m going to pick this up after work today!!!
    Again congratulations!!!
    Lisa

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  17. Barb wrote:

    Thank you for just being you! That’s what is such an inspiration to all of us! I always look forward to your blog, I’ve been renovating my house (part of it was a two room school house) so always look forward to seeing your new ideas. Congratulations!!

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  18. Anna wrote:

    So happy for you! You have worked so hard and truely deserve this!!!
    Thank you for being an inspiration to all of us!💚

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  19. Michelle wrote:

    Congratulations Sarah!! This is so amazing, thank you for being such an inspiration! I love following your blog!

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  20. Rhonda S wrote:

    Gonna go out today to get my copy…I am SO happy for you Sarah! You are being noticed because you are not like every other blog, you don’t pay attention to any rules, you just want to make a sweet little nest for you and yours. Love all you put out there, keep up the great work! People do notice. 🙂

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  21. Judy wrote:

    Congratulations, Sarah, that is so cool to get published like that! Very cool to have a celebrity in the neighborhood:-)

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  22. Theresa Wilson wrote:

    Sweet Sarah this is so exciting. Isn’t it amazing how God works in just the least of us!! I always enjoy reading your blog, inspired by your creative ideas and learning more about you and your precious family. Keep it up…..no telling what God has next sweet girl.

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  23. Maureen Hansen wrote:

    well deserved! Congratulations!

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  24. Marcie wrote:

    Congrats Sarah,

    I’m so excited for you! How exciting…I would have fainted. Lol. Wow!
    I’m going to the Walmart store here in my new little town & I’m going to find that Magazine! Wooo Hoooo. 😀

    God blesses us for hard work & being diligent! You certainly earned it because you help others. Thank you for all you do & sharing your ideas with us all. Kudos Sarah. <3

    God Bless,

    Marcie 🙂

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  25. Karen wrote:

    Congratulations! The good Lord has blessed you with an awesome talent. Beautiful and exciting! Thanks for sharing with each of us.

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  26. Dina wrote:

    Congratulations!! So happy for you.

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  27. Trish wrote:

    Why shouldn’t it! Your home is beautiful & you have wonderful ideas!
    Congratulations Sarah! Thank you for sharing!

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  28. Dot wrote:

    Wow!! How wonderful for you! It is well deserved. You are a gifted designer and I look forward to reading your blog every day. Will definitely be purchasing a copy of the magazine. Woot! Woot!

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  29. Lisa Sraders wrote:

    I just LOVE your heart. It is amazed and humbled! You are real and share your realness with us. Thank you! I think your place is DARLiNG! You do NOT need to have formal training…it is a gift from God! You have great ideas, and I also think you are so gifted in teaching…I LOVE your tutorials!!! Be blessed, darling lady…!

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  30. Donna wrote:

    That is so awesome! Congratulations Sarah! I will definitely be picking up a copy! I love reading your blog (it’s my favorite)and following your stories on Instagram! Love how you have decorated your beautiful house! Thank you for sharing!

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  31. Jodie wrote:

    Truly so very happy for you, Sarah! You have worked so hard. Congratulations!

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  32. Kimberly wrote:

    Congratulations! Your home looks gorgeous!! So happy for you.

    Kim xx

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  33. Judy Wright wrote:

    YAY!!! I am SOO excited for you!! This is so deserved! Yours is the FIRST blog I open every day–honestly! I love your styling and ideas….you have inspired me and our home is slowly but surely becoming more farmhouse style.
    CONGRATULATIONS and please keep sharing with us.

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  34. Deedra wrote:

    Oh Sarah! What an incredible and exciting thing to be featured in a magazine! While you may be surprised, the rest of us are not surprised at all. You have a real talent for decorating your home that is both warm and beautiful! Like a previous poster mentioned, I am always excited to open your posts in my box. You are such an inspiration. Congratulations!!!

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  35. Lynda wrote:

    I got my magazine last weekend at Walmart and saw the spread. Congratulations! What an awesome accomplishment. 🙂

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  36. Jenifer Scherlin wrote:

    Oh, Sarah, congratulations!!! So happy for you – you are really a ray of sunshine in this IG blogging world.
    I really do think it is because you are so REAL! You don’t act pretentious or push products on your readers.
    That really does show your true self. I will go get this magazine ASAP!
    Happy 6th month birthday to Miss Ava!

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  37. Teri Martin wrote:

    Congrats! I LOVE all your blogs!

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  38. Kim Lord wrote:

    This is wonderful but I’m not too surprised you are so talented. I just love everything you style!! Now, I want that tray from Hearth and Home! I have been looking at it for a couple weeks but its confirmed now that I need it!!! LOL

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  39. Angela Servello wrote:

    Wow, congratulations! How awesome is our Lord? He has given you a wonderful gift and you are honoring Him by using it. Nothing makes Him happier. Personally, I can’t think of a person who deserves it more than you. Enjoy your blessings, love Angela

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  40. Barbara Hastings wrote:

    So cool, but you totally deserve it. Because that place is amazing!

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  41. Vicki wrote:

    Congratulations, Sarah, so happy for you! I would much rather see homes featured in magazines by women like you who are just naturally talented and passionate about creating a cozy and inviting home for their family than a degreed designer any day. Have you read the Magnolia Story? It was so very inspiring and neither Chip or Joanna had professional training in design or construction. What they did have was passion, inspiration and motivation to pursue their dreams. Keep doing what you do!

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  42. laura wrote:

    Well Done Sarah! You have made a cozy home and a beautiful nest for you and your family. Enjoy your success and I look forward to more pointers, tricks of the trades and DIYs.
    Congratulations!

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  43. Sheila Nokes wrote:

    Congratulations, honor well deserved. I will be picking up a copy today!

    Sheila

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  44. Jeannie wrote:

    I’m headed to Walgreen’s tomorrow & will be getting the magazine. So happy & excited for you. You’ve worked hard for this & I’ll bet your husband is incredibly proud of you!

    Love “hearing” from you each day.

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  45. WooHoo!!!
    How wonderful!
    When we use the talents God has given us, we bless others and we get blessed too.
    You are very talented. I for one think you just need to claim, “I am a designer!”
    Congratulations!

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  46. Beth Cornelius wrote:

    Congratulations! I’m so very happy and excited for you. I can’t wait to see the magazine.

    Beth

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  47. Rondell Konat wrote:

    Congrats to you! How wonderful to be featured in such a great magazine and such beautiful photos too!

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  48. Ellen wrote:

    Want to paint my walls a cream color white. Like yours. What brand and what is the color of white you used

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  49. Ellen wrote:

    What color of white and brand of paint did you use on your walls

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  50. Eve wrote:

    You are such an inspiration, Sarah! Congratulations on being acknowledged for the wonderful work you do💕

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  51. Mikaela wrote:

    You’re amazing!! And so talented! So deserving! Very happy for you girl!

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  52. Sharon wrote:

    Congrats!!! So exciting!!!! I love your blog and will go look for the magazine this weekend! Keep up the great work!

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  53. Fran wrote:

    Aww congratulations you are so deserving of this! Your home is truly so very welcoming and you can tell by your blog and pictures you put your whole heart and soul into making it a home!

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  54. Pam Beck wrote:

    Wow! Congratulations! It’s got to feel amazing to have your work/ideas/talent recognized! I love your blog and am so excited for you! I’ll be looking for the magazine! Looking forward to what is next!

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  55. Sandy D. wrote:

    Congratulations, what an exciting time for you. All the hard work you have done with/on your home and blog is getting recognition. Such a blessing. I love reading your blog.

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
  56. Sharon Starr wrote:

    Congratulations Sarah! Well deserved….so very well deserved. Thank you for sharing and always inspiring me personally. What are you talking about girl, you’re an amazing designer. Enjoy the rewards!!!!!

    Posted 1.11.18 Reply
  57. Anita Natywary wrote:

    Congratulations!! I love all of your home decor and tips and tricks! Especially with keeping it budget friendly! So happy for you 🙂

    Posted 1.11.18 Reply
  58. Sherri wrote:

    OH SARAH!! THAT IS ABSOLUTELY AWESOME!! I’m so excited for you & it is so well deserved! Your “little fixer upper” is a beautiful “home” and you know (because I tell you all the time, lol) it is my favorite!! I’m going to run out and get a copy of the magazine today before they are all gone!

    Posted 1.11.18 Reply
  59. Kelsey wrote:

    Big congrats Sarah!!!! Much love to you your blog and am so happy for your success! You’re such an inspiration 😁

    Posted 1.11.18 Reply
  60. Julie Briones wrote:

    So, so happy for your, Sarah! You inspire me!

    Posted 1.11.18 Reply
  61. Sarah wrote:

    “to be really honest, I don’t consider myself to be a “designer” that should be gracing the pages of national decor magazines”- you are a natural talent with a beautiful home and I love your blog 🙂

    Posted 1.11.18 Reply
  62. Kate Tufano wrote:

    L O V E your blog & love following you on instagram! You’re so good at what you do & I especially love watching your day to day stories on instagram & hearing you review products & watching you do DIY projects…I could go on & on so lets just say I love it all hahaha.

    Posted 1.12.18 Reply
  63. Sandy Mccrea wrote:

    Sarah, congratulations on your magazine story. I have been trying to find the magazine with your story. Is the name of the magazine flea market home and living? All I am seeing is flea market decor or flea market finds. Cannot even find it on the web. What is the issue? Love your posts. You are sooooo very talented. You are an inspiration. Keep up the great job. God bless you and your family

    Posted 1.13.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Yeah it’s like a special edition I think. It’s call Flea Market Home and Living. I found mine at Target, but it’s also at Walgreens, Wal-Mart, CVS, Barnes and Noble, etc. Thanks for all your support Sandy! xo

      Posted 1.14.18 Reply
  64. Tracy wrote:

    congrats. I bought the magazine just to see your home and it was my favorite one by far. I love primitives and antiques in my home but also love the “farmhouse” style in other homes. It is beautiful!!

    Posted 1.13.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      You are so sweet Tracy, thank you so much!!

      Posted 1.14.18 Reply
  65. Angela Servello wrote:

    I have already commented, again I’m so happy for you, but I am so upset. I have looked everywhere and cannot find a single copy anywhere. I even looked on line. I’m in the same boat as Sandy (above). Do you have any suggestions, even a website would work. I’m so proud of you, I really wanted to support you. Love, Angela

    Posted 1.16.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      oh no! Well I think it’s a special edition magazine, which is why it isn’t available online. But as far as I know it’s supposed to be at CVS, Walgreens, Wal Mart, Safeway, Target (which is where I found mine) and Barnes & Noble. So sorry you can’t find it Angela, you are so sweet to keep looking! xo

      Posted 1.16.18 Reply
  66. Michelle Johnston wrote:

    Wow Sarah, that is so cool and how very exciting. I’ll be looking for the mag tomorrow. So happy for you!

    Posted 1.17.18 Reply
  67. Teresa O'Connor wrote:

    Oh wow!! how exciting, that is just awesome, so happy for you.. God is good.
    Congratulations on such a wonderful achievement I can just imagine your excitement 🙂

    Posted 1.21.18 Reply
  68. deanne wrote:

    That is so awesome and well deserved.I really appreciate you giving credit to our creator as well, very proud of you!I too am a decorator on the side with no formal training,I am always stunned at the customer’s appreciation of my vision for their space,so I totally understand your feelings on that.You have a great talent, nothing that books can teach!Congrats to you!

    Posted 4.16.18 Reply
  69. Anne Woods wrote:

    Congratulations Sarah from Down Under (Australia). So many people have enjoyed your blog and decorating tips – the recognition is well deserved.

    Posted 4.25.18 Reply

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