About Us


Hi I am Sarah! I'm an Interior Designer, DIYer, Graphic Designer, blogger, wife to the most amazing husband, and puppy mom to our happy, spirited Annabelle!

In 2007, I graduated from Bridgewater College with a B.A. in Fine Arts and in 2010 I earned my MFA in Interior Design from George Washington University.

We are both originally from Maryland - where we were married in 2009. After we got married, we lived in Knoxville, TN and in 2011, we moved to Central Coast CA and lived there until Fall 2013.

Now we're living on Knoxville, TN (in a rental) and we just bought a house in Maryland. Confused? We move a good bit for David's work and needed a home base. In the meantime, we're working on renovating our house some weekends while the others are spent working on projects in our rental.

This blog is a place for us to share our home and DIY adventures in trying to make a house our home, by getting our hands dirty and creating spaces that make us smile :) Together with my crazy/grand ideas and David's creativity and ability to figure them out, we spend a lot of our weekends (and some week days) adding personalization to our home.

I believe that with a little creativity, time and effort, you don't need a lot of money to make your home look fabulous!


Thanks for stopping by!

Feel free to contact me at: sarahmdorseydesigns@gmail {.} com 

I'd love to hear from you!

Photos by David Pascolla

31 comments:

  1. Sarah-

    After cruising Pinterest, I came upon your blog. Loved your Pismo Beach sign!

    A new follower in Cambria!

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  2. Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet comment!

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  3. hurray. loved finding your blog and then realized you're just around the corner...i'm in SLO. fun, fun!

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    1. Hi Susie! So nice to "meet" you! I'm in SLO all the time :)

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  4. Keep up the amazing work and Thank you for inspiring me to do more with my apt!!-Barbara R.

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  5. Hi! Found you through Centsational Girl email! Love your blog! I'm a new follower. Hope you'll visit mine!

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  6. Shabby Apple Tweeted about your blog and I'm so glad they did! I really like your makeovers!

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  7. I'm from Frederick, MD! Small world!

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    1. How neat! A lot of our family lives there, so we may be back soon!!

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  8. Hi Sarah! Your blog is very inspiring! I am in love with the yellow and white lamp shades you have in the master bedroom on the dressers. I was hoping you could help me figure out the name of that pattern, or something similar. I'm looking for a fabric similar to that in the same yellow/mustard and ivory color to make pillow covers for the couch. Thanks!
    -Heather

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    1. Hi Heather! Thank you so much! The lampshades are from Target. I believe the print is Target exclusive, but they do have it in draperies, table clothes, and shower curtains (I don't think in the yellow though) You may want to check out spoonflower.com, they have a great selection!


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  9. What kind of dog do you have? Where did you get your couch from?

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    1. Hi Mackenzie! Annabelle is a Beagle/Jack Russell Mix and the sofa is the Karlstad from Ikea :)

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  10. Hey Sarah. Just came over to your blog from Brooklyn Limestone! I've actually been on before because someone in your family told my father-in-law you were blogging when he mantioned that I was. We live in Frederick!

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    1. What a small world! Nice to "meet" you! We hope to move back to the Frederick area in the future!

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  11. Hey Sarah!
    I love your style and have been reading your blog for a while! I guess i never really read your about section or noticed the detail until your post today. I actually work at the GWU in DC and grew up in Hagerstown, MD. My husband and I currently live in Arlington, va but are actually looking to move to Frederick to be closer to family and to have a place we can actually afford...the city is expensive! Small world!

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    1. Hi Maggie! What a small world! Also, I went to High School in Hagerstown ha! Frederick is nice because it is close to DC, but affordable!

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  12. Your blog is exactly what I was looking for. I love DIY projects and would like to do more with furniture. Thanks for sharing your great ideas.

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  13. Just emailed you, hope I got all of the "dots" out correctly;)

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  14. Came across your blog on Pinterest (tufted headboard), and saw a few posts with Frederick, MD in them. I'm from Hagerstown. Beautiful blog and love your designs!

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    1. Thank you so much! :) I grew up going to Hagerstown often!

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  15. Hi Sarah!
    I am from Ottawa, ON - Canada. I came across your blog on Pinterest and I am absolutely IN LOVE with all of your projects. Your sense of style is very inspiring - so much so that my boyfriend and I are attempting our first DIY together this weekend by making our own headboard.... wish us luck!! I just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to post all the detailed pictures and instructions, you make it easy to follow along and you've inspired me to do some DIY's I never would have otherwise attempted. Thank you, you're awesome!! :)

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    1. Hi Melanie! Thanks so much, you are so sweet! I love hearing that my instructions are easy to follow! (it keeps me encouraged to keep doing it!)

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  16. Came across your page through Pinterest! Totally inspired me to save money and personalize my apartment by fixing thing up instead of going out and buying the new expensive stuff. Have you ever made/created a full length mirror with like stained, thick wood around it? I saw something like that on the internet and really want to try it.

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    1. Hi Michelle, Thanks so much for stopping by! I haven't tried framing out a mirror yet, but I'm sure there is lots of inspiration on Pinterest ;)

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  17. Came upon your blog via the herringbone table on pinterest. Great idea and your home is so pretty. I'm on the central coast too! SB! I'm adding your blog to my reader for sure!

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    1. Hi Jennifer! Thanks so much!! We love Santa Barbara, SO pretty there!!

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  18. Hi Sarah! Love your blog and all the DIY projects! The hubs and I just moved AWAY from the Central Coast a couple years ago (now we're in Orange County). Oh how I miss Pismo Beach...always empty, always beautiful. We bought a house down here and are fixing it up and love your DIY tutorials. I'm not an interior designer but we have a humble little blog where we share our home renovating adventures =). Ok, now I'm going to go through all your projects for inspiration!

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    1. Hi Camilla! Thank you so much!! :) We LOVE Pismo, definitely the prettiest place I've lived! I'll be sure to stop by your blog too! :)

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  19. Hi Sarah I don't know where to start. Your work is just amazing. I love each and everyone of your project. You put so much love into them and it shines through. I love the colours you use. You are very good at what you do and you inspire me. Thanks you for sharing your projects.

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Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts! I love hearing what you think! :)

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