Monday, March 2, 2015

Sarah M. Dorsey Designs Turns 3 + Big Plans for 2015

Today, I'm celebrating Sarah M. Dorsey Designs turning three!! I almost missed it .. whoops! So, today I'm sharing a recap of the past year and what is to come in the rest of 2015 (spoiler, 2015 is going to be amazing!)

Honestly, 2014 was a rough year for us, we moved 4 or 5 times (depending how you look at it), find out why here. I was feeling unsettled, and a lack of tools and styling materials made it difficult to keep up with things. But, we made the best out of it and looking back at the past year, I think we did pretty good!

Here's are few of my favorite projects over the past year!

Robert Abbey knock off lamp created from mat board, here. I'm obsessed with the technique that we developed!!

Continuing with mat board, this Serena & Lily knock off mirror was definitely a favorite!

I'm crazy about this commercial office credenza to custom credenza with overlays transformation.

My thrifted painted trunk was featured in the March issue of Redbook magazine!

We added legs to this thrifted Mid Century Modern vanity - LOVE how it turned out!

I shared a mini living room reveal of our Maryland home. We finished just in time for The Home Depot Holiday Style Challenge. It still needs a few finishing touches ... p.s. we're currently working on our deck for The Home Depot Patio challenge! Coming soon!!

Finally, our entry makeover in our Maryland house was definitely a favorite (probably, the favorite!) project of the year!!

If you've been reading my blog for a while, then you know that we've been in rentals for the past few years. We purchased our first home January 2014, more info on why we have a home that we live in part time here, and before house tour, here.

Having a home where we can make BIG changes and feel comfortable investing money in those changes (verse not being able to change a rental much and not wanting to spend a lot of money that we won't get back ..) has been huge!! We are definitely tired of working on projects in a rental and want to take on BIG projects!! Going back and forth between TN and MD has made working on projects tricky .. after all, how much can you get done in a weekend and drive 16 hours. It got old pretty quick.

But, you know what? I have some amazing news! We are moving back to our Maryland house, full time in just under 2 months. It definitely was touch and go for a while, but as the final paperwork is falling in place, it looks like it's actually going to happen! 2015 is going be a big year, so I hope that you'll follow on as we take on bigger renovation projects!! We're SO excited to transform our dark, orangey "cabin" into a bright, happy space that makes up smile :) But first, I'm working on finishing our TN rental, full tour coming soon!! Stay tuned!


p.s. I'm SO honored to be named one of the Top Ten DIY blogs by Better Homes and Gardens - I'm definitely in good company!!

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  1. EEEEEEEK!!!!! i am so excited for you to get here! and what an awesome tour of your projects- you are amazing.

  2. Congrats on your 3 years my friend!! You have accomplished SO much with all the moving and traveling you are doing :) I hope you win BHG xoxo

  3. Congrats off to vote now!! Your projects are amazing and I have no clue how you did it with all that moving!

  4. Congrats for all the wonderful things that have come your way, friend! You deserve every single one of them. I'm excited for you (and crazy jealous!) that you are going to be in your MD home for good. I know your frustrations of moving and feeling un-settled and pouring money into a rental all too well. I can't wait to see what magic you do with your MD home, but will miss seeing the amazing things you pull off in rental spaces-you always remind me that good design is possible in the worst of temporary homes ;) Can't wait to see you soar once you get settled!

  5. Wow, 3 years! Love your projects so much, Sarah, and continually find beautiful inspiration here. Looking forward to seeing what this year holds for you! Fingers crossed for BHG, totally hoping you win!

  6. SO excited for you guys. And I have always been your biggest fan :) you know it. Anything and everything you guys do is amazing. There has never been even just one project where I was unsure. You guys rule and I can't wait to see your big projects.

  7. It's incredible what you've accomplished under the tricky circumstance…seriously!! I'm in awe. Cannot even imagine what you'll do with the more permanent home! xo

  8. That is not what my year would have looked like after 4-5 moves!! So many great projects!

  9. So excited for you all, Sarah! What a year it's been, and what an amazing 2015 it's sure to be!

  10. I am beyond in love with everything you was fantastic to see some of your favorite projects throughout the year! Now come do my house?!?! ;)

  11. You have had some really really amazing projects! I love your style so much. I was trying to pick a favorite out of those you shared just now, and it's impossible. I love them all so much!

  12. Happy 3 years blogging! You are an inspiration! Your projects are always fantastic and I am so looking forward to following along with whatever you guys tackle next!

  13. congrats! you accomplished so much this year! and you've done so much in the last 3 years. can't wait to see what's next!


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