The Fat Hydrangea

Sara Michelle - Cleveland, Ohio

Another Close Call!

House HuntingSara Michelle B.Comment

If you've been following me on Instagram, you already know we had been looking at another house in our area. This house was on the absolute most beautiful street - right across from a huge green space, elementary school, and amazing playground.

The house was not updated (which we loved, because obviously I would want to gut it and put our own stamp on it!) and was a great price! It had the potential to blow out a couple of walls and have an open living space on the first floor. It had beautiful natural light in every room. It had great living space on the first floor. It had a master bath (our current house currently lacks this) and an incredible dressing room off the master, It had huge closets, a ton of character, and a great yard.  It checked so many things off of our list! I could see it working so well and being a beautiful home for our family for years to come.

The deal breaker? The basement is a cellar. The ceilings are probably 6 feet tall, and there is no possible way we could ever refinish it. (At least without making a ridiculous investment to dig out the basement floor which we are not willing to make!) Given the fact my music husband has a studio in our basement and we spend a lot of time down there, it was very clear right off the bat that this wasn't going to work for us. So close!

Still dreaming of this house and imagining what could have been, but also knowing that someday there will be one that is just right and its worth waiting for!

Saturday Shopping: New Balance for J.Crew

Saturday Shopping, Shopping, ClothesSara Michelle B.Comment

I'M SO EXCITED! As I mentioned in my post about Tory Sport couple of weeks ago, I pretty much live in athletic clothes after work and on the weekends when I'm chasing around the boys. (Let's face it, chasing around two boys two and under IS my workout!) Comfort and function are always my number one priorities, but I also want to look nice.  I have been saying for SO LONG that I wish J.Crew would expand their athletic clothes selection and mimic what Tory Burch did with Tory Sport, and IT'S HERE! J.Crew paired with New Balance and the results could not be cuter. Here are my purchases and a few of my favorite items:

What do you think?

For Sale in Nantucket

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Although I've never been to Nantucket, I love it immensely. (It is seriously top of my list in terms of vacations I want to take!) The homes are just so right up my alley. I am often checking them out on Zillow, and here is one that took my breath away! This guest house is perfection! I love the painted white floors, layered with the soft gray walls, white woodwork, and painted ceiling. It is so fresh and bright, while still being cozy and inviting. I could totally live here!

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I'm also obsessed with these windows. I love the frames and the way that they open inward.

I need a little "she shed" (as opposed to man cave!) like this in my backyard!

The goodness doesn't stop there. I love this kitchen and the way it opens up for some al fresco dining. Yes please! Plus the marble, the blue café chairs, and white trim - so simple and fun, yet refined at the same time.

Just a cool $1.35 million price tag!

*All photos courtesy of Zillow and