Greetings from Charleston!

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Hello Ya’ll! (OK, I’ll stop)

If you follow me on the ‘Gram (sarahashley612), you will see that I have been heading down south. #sarahdoescharleston

I have long contemplated moving to Charleston, South Carolina for 4 years. Why Charleston? Why not Charleston…the vibe of the city is just *heaven*. Every building has a story to tell and is maintained so beautifully. The old cobblestones, bricks, lanterns, piazzas, weather, palm trees, shops, and award winning restaurants are all reasons why it’s been ranked The #1 City in the World by Travel + Leisure in 2015. I’ve always loved the South, so when I talked about moving here, Charleston was constantly suggested. Not to mention, every time I saw a dreamy photo of a place I felt like I needed to go, the caption always confirmed the location…Charleston.

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I made 2 trips this past year to explore downtown and the suburbs, and I still felt like I needed to see what this path meant for me, so it was about time that I bossed up and made it happen! Don’t get me wrong, I have everything going for me at home, but I felt like I couldn’t move forward with any of it until I figured out what role Charleston would play in my life. It may just be a fun experience to tell my kids about (lesson: have courage), a good time to continue some emotional healing (yep, still working on it), and also give me more confidence in being independent (get it, girl!), or solidify why I need to own a home here at some point in my life (which means I need to become a multimillionaire AND also marry a multimillionaire…)

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In order to “test” it out and really take advantage of the experience, I decided to come down for 2 months. I figured out a way to continue working at my spectacular company, found an incredible FURNISHED apartment in a “Charleston Single” house right downtown, and hopefully made a connection to help a local interior designer (fingers crossed!) So far, it’s been just the kind of trip I thought it would be. A chance to be alone with my thoughts and fall in love with where I am in my life now.

It’s working.

Iron Man’s House Updates!

Because these are SO overdue, I’m posting the Before and After, so you can see the real transformation. These are “true to life” photos. No “staging”. You know that was KILLING me!!

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My Sweetie loves his home, and I love it too. It makes visits even more enjoyable!

 

For more info on the finishes and colors, check out this Before post and this During post!

 

Iron Man’s House Updates

So much has been happening at I.M’s homestead!

There has been so much progress, these photos are probably out of date already…

I Photoshopped a little sumthin sumthin for him here, so here are the “During” photos.
You can really see where the kitchen doorway, wall, AND soffit were removed, making the kitchen feel SO much bigger!

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During:
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LIVING ROOM Before and During…house 3 newIMG_8796IMG_8978

DINING ROOM Before and During…

 

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KITCHEN Before and During…

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Paint: Behr, Tanglewood N320-3U(Paint + Primer) via Home Depot

Trim: Semigloss White

Wood Flooring: QuickStep, Reclaime Collection, Heathered Oak Laminate via Lomax

More updates coming soon!

Photoshop Fun: Iron Man’s House

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Iron Man bought a house!! I am so proud of him for accomplishing one of his life’s goals. It’s such a cute, sweet place, all it needs is just a little love and care🙂

Here are some of the Before’s…

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Dining Room:
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Kitchen:house 4 new

Master Bedroom:house 5 new

Main Bathroom:house 7 new

Guest Bedroom:house 6 new

I had to slightly photoshop them (quickly and sloppily), for image security purposes, but this is generally how each room looks.

IM has been so kind and let my creativity run wild. I know his style and made sure that whatever I whipped up, was something that he would like. Even if he doesn’t end up using it exactly, it makes for good blog posts!

Here is his Living Room and Dining Room reimagined:

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Here are the details:

Flooring: QuickStep, Reclaime Collection, Heathered Oak Laminate via Lomax

Curtains: West Elm, Sheer Diamond Curtain

Dining Chandelier: Shades of Light, Multi Glass Orb Chandelier

Dining Table: CB2, Dylan Dining Table

Dining Chairs: Modway Furniture, Amish Wood Armchair via Domino

Cacti Print: Etsy, Vertical Cactus Print

Driftwood Floor Lamp: World Market, Driftwood Floor Lamp Base

Sofa: West Elm, Andes Sectional

Coffee Table: West Elm, Emmerson Reclaimed Wood Block Coffee Table

Rug: West Elm, Boho Textured Wool Rug

Entertainment Center: West Elm, Modern Buffet

Raven Image: Deviant Art, Raven Ink Sketch

Since I.M. has 2 months until his current apartment lease is up, his contractor has already gutted the kitchen, ripped up the heinous carpet, installed the crown moulding in the Living Room, and started painting the ceilings, trim, doors, and walls!

I’ll update shortly with some progress shots per room🙂

What I Wore: Tribeca Film Festival/Rent the Runway Review

RentTheRunway_logo1Hi! Long time no see🙂 That’s how you know I’m busy doing fabulous things like going to the Tribeca Film Festival a few weeks ago.

Ironman lent his expertise to a documentarian whose film was being featured, so we went for the premiere. Obviously, I needed something chic to wear! Rent the Runway came to my rescue with Trina Turk’s Gizella Dress:

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It was perfectly polished. Not too over the top (I’m not a celebrity), but still made a statement.

Pros: 

-It fit exactly as pictured and exactly as the reviews described (which was slightly boxy)

-They give you an extra size for free-just in case. I didn’t need it, but it eased my mind!

-It arrived exactly when they said it would and was super easy to return.

-It was only $60 to rent vs. $400 to own

Cons:

-I couldn’t keep it🙂

IMG_8565A few minutes before this photo was taken, a lovely woman came up to me wanting to know ALL of the details of my ensemble right down to my shoes (which are Ellen Tracey, similar)IMG_8567 I sent this photo to my cosmopolitan cousin who lives in NYC and she said I looked “Manhattan” with my all black. Rent the Runway for the win!

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Don’t you just love a good train station bathroom photo?

I would DEFINITELY use Rent the Runway again. Now, I just need to find another fabulous occasion…possibly the big 3-0, which is coming up much sooner than I would like to admit. Eeek!

 

 

 

Photoshop Fun: Sad Colonial

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This small house was down the street from my old apartment. The poor thing is all busted up :( I found this Photoshop file in my archive…from when I started virtually fixing it up in 2013! It still needed some touchups, so I quickly finished the work tonight, and now you get to check out the results. Of course there are window boxes, a lantern, and a little peek of stacked stone🙂

Before:

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After:

Sad Colonial After

Now THAT’S a sweet little place I wouldn’t mind coming home to each night🙂