WRITINGS.

These are articles and/or interviews I've written for other publications. 

An Eclectic Family Home in Springfield, Missouri

Jay and Sarah Sandidge (Sarah writes for Lovely Chaos and A Birth Story Blog) and their two children, 4-year-old Lula and 2-year-old Diesel, have lived in this home in Springfield, Missouri for the past three years. The family fell in love with how large the bedrooms are for an old house, and they amplified that feeling of openness by taking down some walls and moving a staircase. When it came time to furnish the home, Sarah wanted it to feel lived in. She loves old things and wanted her home

Before & After: Sarah’s Kitchen + Bedroom Renovation

Today’s second makeover comes from Sarah Sandidge. Three years ago Sarah and her husband Jay bought a 1930s home that was, in her words, “tragically outdated”. The layout felt crowded and awkward, but they saw potential in the spaces so Jay worked weekends and week nights (while Sarah was pregnant and caring for their two year-old) to renovate their space over the course of two years to get it where it is today. Today we’re sharing two spaces that got a major modern work over: the kitchen and

The New Intimacy

We’re all familiar with the “before” and “after” shots that splash across blogs and websites...the ugly room that desperately needed to be saved from its preserved seventies decor and now is light and bright, beautiful and perfectly curated. We gawk and ooh and aah, wishing we had the time, money and talent to create such a beautiful space in our own home. I’ve been one of those gawkers a hundred times over. I’ve also been on the other side with the beautifully finished home.

All the Light We Cannot See (Discussion)

Hi, guys! I hope you all enjoyed this book as much as I did. For me, trying to pick out one book to read is like picking out my favorite star…I pretty much like them all because they’re all brilliant in their own way! (OK…maybe not ALL, but you get the idea.) But after reading reviews about All the Light We Cannot See, if felt like the right one for this month’s book club. I’ve read so many WWII/Holocaust novels both fiction and nonfiction, watched documentaries, seen movies, been to museums an

Living With Kids: Sarah Sandidge, Revisited

Remember Sarah? She showed us what life really looks like when you’re living with kids during a major home renovation. She also took my breath away with photos of their toddler daughter helping rewire the kitchen’s electrical (Not really! She was completely safe!), but Sarah just laughed at my worry (Really. She is completely cool like that.) As she told us, “I’m planning to create a checklist to determine if you are emotionally and mentality capable of handling renovations with small children!

At Home With Sarah Sandidge

Our next guest in our "At Home With" series is Sarah Sandidge! Sarah is here today to share her lovely living area with us. "My husband, our two sweet children (Lula – 4, Diesel – 2), and I bought a lovely little home built in the 1930s about three years ago and have been renovating voraciously since day one. I was five weeks pregnant with Diesel when we moved in and he was actually born in the room that is now his. So this house is pretty special to us for that reason alone. Not to mention all

Living With Kids: Sarah Sandidge

One of my favorite qualities in a friend is the ability to find happiness. No matter how much rain falls, she waits happily for the rainbow. No matter how much trash piles up around her, she spots the treasure. No matter how much chaos fills her life, she always seems to keep calm. I imagine Sarah would make the perfect friend. When she asked if my readers might like to see what it’s honestly like living with kids during a major home renovation, I immediately said yes. And when she sent a photo