Home Tour

I am busy working on two fairly large remodel projects, so I unfortunately I haven’t had time to create new tutorials.  However, I recently had my friend Mel of Carpenter Photo come over and shoot my home.  I thought it would be fun to share an updated home tour with you all. Our kitchen is special to me because my husband and I DIYed it together last fall.  You can see more on that journey here.

The farmhouse sink was one of the tougher projects in the remodel, and you can see how we installed the sink here.

We have an eating area off the kitchen, and I love all the light the space it has.  Those open shelves are an easy (and inexpensive) DIY project, and you can see the full tutorial here.

The kitchen table was made to look like wood using this painting technique.

Off the kitchen is our family room.  I added dark navy walls to the space (Night View by Valspar) and created a photo gallery wall which you can see more on here.

In our family room, I wasn’t sure what to do with the walls on either side of the fireplace.  I ended up creating an elegant DIY paneled wall treatment, and you can see how to do that for around $300 here.

Also off the kitchen is our dining room.  My grandmother’s chandelier is definitely the center of attention in the space.

Across the entryway from the dining room is our home library.


I have always dreamed of owning a rolling library ladder, so these shelves were designed just for the ladder (well, and for all our books).


Off the garage, is our most used space – the mudroom.

I share more details on our mudroom makeover here.

I love all the hydrangeas that bloom around our home in later summer.

Our home backs up to a large field, so we often have a cornfield fence.

Thanks so much for touring my home today.  I can’t wait to share the projects I’m currently working on.  Stay tuned!

More to come – go create something!

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Blog Swap with Cami of Tidbits

Today I’m sharing the first of what will become monthly blog swaps.  I’ve met so many amazing bloggers over the years, and I wanted to share some of these talented designers.  Today’s blog swap is with Cami of Tidbits.  You will absolutely love Cami and her gorgeous home…

Hello Sincerely, Sara D. readers! Isn’t Sara a breath of fresh air on this world wide web??!! I’m so honored to be here today to introduce myself to you.

Blog Swap with Cami of Tidbits

Since I come to Sara’s place to be inspired by drop-my-jaw room transformations (I’m sure that’s one of the reasons you follow her too), I thought I’d share a few of my own room makeovers with you that I have done and shared on my blog TIDBITS.

But first, I want to share one of my first interactions with Sara, which happened to be in real life at Haven Conference. We were both nervously awaiting our turn to pitch in person to Home Depot for a project or room makeover. I wish you all could have seen Sara. She had beautiful huge prints showcasing her kitchen and family struggling to all work in the poorly planned space at the same time. Then she had a perfectly laid out plan to transform the space into the dream kitchen we all now know and love. Needless to say, Sara crushed it that day, got the sponsorship, and we all benefited from seeing her create our dream kitchen in all it’s lovely glory. Also needless to say . . . I didn’t get the job . . . but have never forgotten this sweet gal and came out with a new friendship that I just treasure! That’s a win for me!

Now let me take you through some of my favorite before and afters from the TIDBITS home. Our home is an outdated 1990’s rambler style home, and we’ve slowly been making our way through every room giving it new life. In case you haven’t visited before, I like to define my style as a mix between a Farmhouse in France and a Cottage on the Coast, with lots and lots of white 😉

Most recently, I shared some basement bedroom makeovers for my 3 girls. A basement can be a scary place, but making it beautiful takes care of that! Trust me!

Here is one bedroom before:

Bedroom Before

Then the “after” where we turned it into a Blue and White Cottage haven, with lots of DIY’s and tutorials like

Now, here is a little peek at the AFTER!

Blue and white girls bedroom makeover

The other dark and dreary downstairs bedroom started like this:

Girls French Cottage Bedroom before

And ended up being the cutest French Cottage Girls Bedroom. To think I found those beds on Facebook Marketplace!!

French Cottage Girls Bedroom makeover by TIDBITS

They even got a Kids Closet Organization makeover, which has been wonderful. Be sure to snag your FREE Days of the Week Closet Dividers printable I made up. It saves my mornings!

8 tips for better kids closet organization

Another favorite makeover we did was my home office. It’s amazing how much more productive I can be when I have an organized and beautiful space for work and family matters.

The before of this space after we moved in:

Girls bedroom before and after tour.

The Home Office After:

Home Office Makeover by TIDBITS

Mr. TIDBITS is the super handy husband who made that desk and 18 drawer Apothecary cabinet. Isn’t she beautiful?!

Another favorite transformation was the Master Bathroom.

Master Bathroom Before and After tour.

And here is what the bathroom looked like in my most recent Spring Bathroom Refresh. It’s where I go to relax and renew my mommy powers.

Cottage Farmhouse Spring Bathroom Refresh

Now if you want a really drastic change, check out what the kitchen looked like when we moved in.

Cottage Kitchen before and after makeover tour.

Lots and lots of DIY work later . . . what our kitchen now looks like after a Spring Kitchen Refresh.

A cottage farmhouse kitchen Spring refresh by TIDBITS

Can you see the hints of Farmhouse in France and Cottage on the Coast?

Finally, I’ll leave you with a look at our living room before and after.

Living room before and after tour.

This one took lots and lots of paint to get our current living room look, and is now a light and bright place we love to hang out.

Spring Living Room Home Tour and our new vintage blue rug, by TIDBITS.

Keep in mind, all this took over a 5 year period, and I actually have way more to show! Home wasn’t built in a day 😉

I love doing Seasonal Home Tours as well, so CLICK HERE to check out all my home tour goodies from over the seasons.

On a more random note, I also wrote an Instant Pot cookbook with my sister Marci, who now runs the food side of TIDBITS. You can also check out that book and how that came to be. I usually consider that my great Sister Makeover 😉

Introducing our cookbook | Master the Electric Pressure Cooker

I’ve enjoyed being here with you today, and sharing a bit of my work. You can also find me on all social networks, my favorite being Instagram and the one I’m pouring a lot of my soul into right now is my YouTube channel.

I hope to get to know you over at TIDBITS! Thanks for having me Sara!

Seasonal Decor

Summer Home Tour | Sincerely, Sara D.

I am excited to be sharing my summer home tour (along with several other bloggers) for the Seasonal Simplicity summer home tour.  If you are here from At Home with The Barker’s, welcome!

I am currently obsessed with adding greenery and topiaries to my home – inside and out! The front door has artificial boxwood topiaries and a wreath along with little live evergreens surround by pink petunias.

We have a side entrance that I also have artificial topiaries and a boxwood wreath.  I love them because they look real but last year-round AND don’t require any maintenance!

I added the sweetest double boxwood topiary to our piano.  I found it at Hobnob market, and you can see all the details of that trip HERE.

Just beyond my piano wall is a wall of greenery.

I added open shelving in our kitchen nook, and it is the perfect display for my white dishes and plants.  The contrast between the two is just gorgeous.

All of the little potted plants were from the market I mentioned earlier.

I water my plants routinely once a week on Mondays – this way I don’t forget to water (and don’t overwater).

I love bringing the outside in with these gorgeous plants.

My kitchen table also is simple with just a plant in a terra cotta pot.

I love welcoming summer in our home with all the greenery and live plants while keeping it simple and fresh.

Don’t forget to check out all the other blogger’s summer home tours, and if you’re following the blog hop, be sure to visit!



House by Hoff / House of Wood / Refresh Restyle / Cassie Bustamante / That’s My Letter


The Happy Housie / Simplicity in the South / at HOME with the barkers / Sincerely, Sara D.


Nina Hendrick Design Co. / The Wicker House / A Burst of Beautiful / Paint Me Pink / Town and Country Living


At Charlotte’s House / Just a Girl and Her Blog / House 214 Design / Robb Restyle


My Fabuless Life / The Turquoise Home / Erin Spain / Place of My Taste / Cherished Bliss

  Go create something!

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Summer Home Tour

Summer Hoe Tour

Hi guys!  I am so excited to welcome summer – it’s by far my favorite season.  Bring on the sunshine and spray paint weather! The boys have only been out of school a few weeks, but already our summer break has been crazy busy.  Obviously having my kids home really slows down my DIY projects.  And now that they’re getting older, they are involved in so many things.  I am officially a taxi cab mom and spend WAY too much time in the car.  Just this week we cut back on a lot of our activities.  I want my kids to have a real summer and have time to watch the clouds go by and catch fireflies.  Up until now, they haven’t been home long enough to even experience boredom.  I’m determined to have them experience a real summer!  All that being said, I have some DIY projects in the works, but until then, I thought it would be fun to welcome in summer with a home tour.


Front Door

When you walk into our home, there’s a small entryway with the office on your right and the dining room on your left.  I took over the office, so I was able to make it a little more fun than our last masculine-inspired office.


The desk was left in the house, and it was an inexpensive laminate piece.  I painted it black, distressed it, and added new hardware.

Painted Desk

I really will paint anything – even my stapler.

Desk Misc

These bookshelves help fill the space for now.  Eventually, we want to add built-ins in this room.


I created the large photo art piece using instagram photos, an old frame, and Mod Podge.

Office Corner

I use this dresser I chalk painted to store my art and craft supplies.

Painted Furniture

I fell in love with this sewing machine because it had our last name on it.

Sewing Machine

I love using found objects for decor.  This yellow radio was in my parent’s first home.

Decorating with old pieces

I love a formal dining room.  It makes dinner a special event.

Dining Room*

I spray-painted the chairs black and distressed them

Spray Painted Chair

I used chalk paint on the table.

Dining Room Table

My husband and I designed and installed the wall treatment in our dining room.

Dining Room Close Up

These plates were passed down several generations and I love having them decorate my walls.

Old Plates on Wall

When you walk through the entry, you enter our family room.  I stenciled the walls to add some interest to the neutral color scheme.

Rearranging Furniture

This is one of my favorite spaces because of all the light.

Family Room

I bought an old piano for $50 and painted it.

Yellow Painted Piano*

Yellow Painted Piano

I occasionally change out the chalkboard above the piano.  To see my perfect chalkboard lettering tutorial you can click HERE.

Sara Davis Home Tour

On the other side of the wall, my piano sits against is our kitchen.

Subway Tile in Kitchen*

The kitchen was very dark and the floors were in horrible shape.  I painted the cabinets with chalk paint.  I also painted the floor with a faux rug. Subway Tile Backsplash

Herringbone Tile Pattern

I stenciled the wall that goes into the kitchen nook.


This shoe cubby that sits in my mudroom was one of my most exciting finds.  It was supposedly an old mail sorter in my town’s post office.


I added a fabric wall to our half bath and also created a wall treatment in the bathroom.

Easy Wall Treatment

I haven’t really decorated our master bedroom.  I hung curtains and used what we had to fill the space.  I’m planning a makeover in the near future!

Master Bedroom

As you go upstairs, we have a fairly large landing that I decided to have some fun with.

Pattern Wall with Frog Tape

I painted a swiss cross patterned wall on one wall and created a travel chalkboard/corkboard to hang as artwork.

Gold & Cream Lockers

The kids have a playroom upstairs.  (These aren’t all mine – just three of them are!)

Play Room

And I wallpapered my first wall ever in this playroom.

Graham & Brown Frame Wallpaper

Art Supplies & Frame Wallpaper

I painted my daughter’s furniture which was a craigslist find.

Lena's Room

Lena's Room - Chalkboard

I made the felt flower garland.

Lena's Room - Bed

In our guest room, I painted a fabric headboard with chalk paint.

Guest Room

Guest Bed

I stenciled the little polka dots on the main wall in the guest room.

Modify Ink

In my boys’ room, we used old barn doors we found in an old family barn for headboards.

Boys' Room

Boys Room - Desk

Boys' Room - Number Sign

Boys Room - Nightstand

The boys’ bathroom was the result of a fun contest I was in last spring.

Boys' Bathroom

Bathroom Cabinets After

And this is our back patio area and the end of the home tour.

Southern Living Plants*

Thanks for stopping by!

Go create something!

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