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Just before our move, I shot these photos of our living room. Between here and my office, this is where we spent all our time and made so many memories.

My favorite things about this space were the open concept living area and the all-white palette. Coco and Chanel’s favorite thing was the roomy floor plan, which was big enough for our large couch and chaise lounge, where they loved to snuggle – and ample space for games of chase and catch.

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A picture rail from IKEA held the current framed inspirations above the couch, with a central coffee table to display faux blooms and the latest reading materials. I love having all-white fake flowers in a variety of sizes and shapes.

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A favorite memory is one we will hopefully never be able to recreate: we had some noisy neighbors who were in the habit of cranking their subwoofers and banging around for hours at all hours of the day. One night, we were about to go to bed when the banging started again. After 15 minutes, we decided to just embrace the noise, and started putting up a couple pictures we’d wanted to get on the wall. It’s not like we were going to wake anyone, we thought.

Thirty seconds later, our neighbors were banging on our door, asking why we were making so much noise. “We are just chopping nuts, so why are you banging around so rudely?!” Hahaha! At least every time they were really loud after that, we knew why: they had a lot of nuts to chop. #isthisreallife

 

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Metal-and-glass shelves from IKEA held mementos, like the wine and champagne bottles from our wedding and honeymoon, my wedding shoes and the dried first bouquet of roses David ever gave me.

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The dogs loved these oversized pillows so much. They would shove them in the corners, stack them on top of each other and nap on top of the pile.

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This Crate & Barrel mini bar was the perfect size to hold our favorite drinks, and the side racks put pretty barware on display.

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If I could figure out how to simply paint canvases and dress up all day – and still have a functioning bank account – I would. I actually hardly painted the entire time we lived here, which is something I intend to turn around soon.

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Sliding glass doors to the balcony let it plenty of light and gave us that “quintessential California” indoor-outdoor living flow. These IKEA chairs were a second-hand find from a previous apartment, and have followed us all along the San Francisco Peninsula!

Faux greenery for patios is my favorite, adding pretty colors and textures without worrying about them needing water or causing allergies – or trips to the emergency vet.

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Going through these photos again has me excited to finish settling into our new place. It seems like such a simple task, but everything takes much longer than anticipated with a move!

Xo, Sarah

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Fashion Blogger Office

Sarah's Ambitions | Blogger at Home: Office Style

A peaceful, pretty home centers me. We just moved to our new place (guys – we got the rental house!), but I wanted to share some snippets of the design I created in our old apartment. First up, my office: the true hub of the home.

This is where I spend sometimes over 80 hours a week. My office needs to be functional, comfortable and beautiful. I am a real estate marketing and business development consultant, which is a lot of fun for me. Working in a field that requires both analytical and creative capabilities, I need my office space to offer both focus and inspiration.

Seeing these pictures has me antsy to settle into our new home! I value a lovely living space above any other luxury. As stated by the great architect Frank Lloyd Wright, “If you wisely invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.”

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All-white desk furniture keeps things simple and chic, letting me easily add pops of color and edit the palette in an instant.

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This magnetic mood board makes it easy to change out my inspirational pieces. Just before our move, I had a sketch I’d drawn, a test Polaroid, my feature in the San Francisco Chronicle from last year and a personal #getitgirl quote I love.

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A simple picture rail from IKEA displays my favorite pictures, sketches and books of the moment. There is also a box from favorite candy bar – strawberries & champagne – that I purchased at Dylan’s Candy Bar on a trip to LA.

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The definition of a #getitgirl.

Sarah's Ambitions | Blogger at Home: Office Style

My husband gave me this book of “Pep Talks & Picker-Uppers” when I launched my marketing career, just after moving to California. I kept it in my first office desk, and it’s a happy reminder of how hard I’ve worked and how far I’ve come.

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Having a chaise lounge next to the balcony window creates a perfect spot for the puppies to nap (and stockpile toys). This is a must-have for my new space and I can’t wait to style it.

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I added a touch of green just inside the balcony with these fake plants and used this as an opportunity to display a family heirloom, the rolling pin my grandma used in the parish kitchen where she raised her eleven children in rural Minnesota. It makes me feel like I have a little piece of my heritage with me.

Since the chaise lounge provided a perfect viewing perch for my puppies to see over the balcony and catch a glimpse of “intruders!!!” in the parking lot across the street, I used a tension rod and café curtains halfway up the window to keep us all safe and still sunlit. ;)

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These are a few of my favorite things: this dresser is half client samples and half art supplies, stationery and photography equipment.

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These custom Bow & Drape sweatshirts for Coco and Chanel are so perfect I almost can’t. I pinned these tiny tops to the wall with some of my sewing pins – smaller holes that are easier to fill upon move-out :)

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Now that we are starting to settle into our new place, I can’t wait to incorporate some of my favorite décor pieces and add personalized touches. My office still has all of the non-essentials in boxes, but my desk and the puppies’ chaise lounge are obviously in place.

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Stay tuned for more interior style! Now that we have an entire home to decorate, I am so excited to dive into design.

Xo, Sarah

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Coffee Table Style

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Coffee table and tray: IKEA. Hair clip: from our wedding. I Like You book: Christmas gift for le hubs from Anthropologie. Photo coaster set: World Market. Gold candleholder: housewarming gift from Crate&Barrel.

We recently got a coffee table and I am so pleased with it – a fab find from IKEA. Le hubs was convinced that it would block the flow of traffic and be an eyesore, but I have (again) proven my design instincts to work well for us. (He is always skeptical but has now learned to acquiesce because I have yet to steer us wrong. Bazinga, boo.) His common misconception has entirely dissipated with this purchase, since having a coffee table has actually made our lives a richer experience, creating a warmer, more welcoming gathering place in our living room. We spend more time together around the coffee table now, relaxing, reading magazines and enjoying our ocean view – making this my new favorite piece of furniture.

Some simple styling made this new addition feel right at home. Magazine stacks, a silver tray with some favorite books, my wedding hair clip and a bouquet of roses add a lived-in feel. A new favorite ritual is buying a fresh bouquet every time we go grocery shopping, a habit I am most fond of. The gold candleholder was a housewarming gift from some good friends, and the coasters were a DIY project I did using our wedding photos.

I especially love having a place to keep my beloved magazines. This has also given me more opportunities to page through their semi-gloss pages and stay inspired, which has been so refreshing.

Can’t wait to share more of our apartment.

Xo, Sarah

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Call Me, Maybe?

Abercrombie & Fitch does “Call Me Maybe”

Fun fact: le hubs and I went to high school together but never really knew each other — we just each remember “that tall, cute person in photography.” In addition to nannying and working in my swimming coach’s office (you may recall that I’m ambitious), I put myself through college working at Abercrombie. Remember that person at the door who smelled oh-so-fierce (yes, the cologne is actually called Fierce) and always said, “Hey, what’s going on?” That was me. I probably said the same line a thousand times while folding the same polos over and over.

My best friend convinced me to transfer to a different A&F to work together, and on my first day I saw this extremely cute guy who had to be 6’5″. I was greeting at a door and re-folding the sweatshirt wall. As I was putting away a stack on the top shelf, cute-funny-tall boy walked in and just stared before saying, “Whoa, you can reach the top!” (Le hubs just informed me he is sure he was much more witty and charming than that.) This cutie happened to be named David. We ended up exchanging numbers . . . but we were both too timid to say, “Call me, maybe?”

Word for the wise: just ask. You never know!

Fast forward four years, and we are twelve days from our second wedding anniversary. I still get giddy with love around my crazy-tall boo. And I never have to ask him to call.

Xo, Sarah

Interior Design, a Step at a Time: Sale-abration

A recent conversation had me thinking more about West Elm. It’s a brand that I love, but I seem to write it off as “too expensive” whenever I’m considering design options. After getting a notification on Facebook that they had a major sale happening, I knew it was a sign — time to re-evaluate West Elm. And boy, did I ever! Not only did their sale make many items entirely within reach, it spurred further investigation into their site. I realized that many things are actually quite fairly priced! I kept on telling le hubs, “This is SO good. And this is SO good! And this — Dave, it is SO good!” Here are my five favorite, affordable picks from their major sale event. I can’t wait to get decorating!

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Love and Loyalty

You may have noticed I have been a little quiet over the past two weeks here on Sarah’s Ambitions — trust me, I’ve noticed. I can’t wait to be able to follow my lovely little editorial calendar to a T! I could give you a million excuses: I’m working on an exciting next step as I work on my current footing, a puppy ate a lamp (and a paper shredder and another lamp), we had to go to the emergency vet — once for each puppy, my grandpa turned 100, I forgot my dad’s birthday was two days after that, my husband got sick, I had to park and re-park multiple times in San Francisco . . . really, the list goes on. But you know what? It boils down to what is most important in life. My little family is my priority, and as much as I love my blog, when my loved ones need me, I am 100% there. Love conquers all, and my tight-knit California family sticks together through thick and thin. I’ll be back ’round these parts soon enough. Until then, show someone you love just how much they mean to you. Then, let’s do what we love — get back to the #getitgirl way of life.

Xo, Sarah

P.S. A big, warm hug to all my friends who make me smile, too. Love you like a love song!

Interior Design, a Step at a Time: Hallway

I have a Pottery Barn gift card burning a hole in my pocket and the itch to finish our living room décor. Some exciting recent events have me feeling inspired, and I am ready to decorate! Our current design works for now, but we pretty much know what we want for our next switchup (and thanks to our [practically] perfect puppies, we will need to do that sooner than later).

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Where I’ve Been…

I haven’t posted any outfit photos lately, but I promise some good ones are on your way soon! The reason for my absence? As my friend Angie says, I’ve had the tummy sads. When you’re feeling bloated and icky inside, it’s not exactly thrilling to take photos of yourself at every angle, so I have been resigned to the couch with my husband, puppies and laptop. (And I haven’t done much working out to earn my shopping incentives, boo!) Here are my favorite things to make me feel better about working from home with a tummy ache — because we all need a little boost on that kind of day.

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