Category Archives: My Home / Studio

#SabrinasBathroom Reno Diary: The Whats and Whys of My Design Plan

It feels like forever since I started planning my bathroom renovation (which I’ve coined #SabrinasBathroom).

I’ve consciously gotten better at it, but I’m still not the most decisive person in the world (sorry for never being able to pick a restaurant, Shawn)! However, if I’m being fully honest about why it’s taken so long to make the final call, it’s partly because I’m going to miss my current bathroom.

While the tub is shallow and uncomfortable, a handful of tiles are cracked where it counts (at the shower fixtures), there is virtually zero storage, paint is peeling on the walls and ceiling and mold adorns the window frame, it’s sad to gut something so cute and original. When Nicole Curtis—who would arguably keep it how it is—comes to mind, so does guilt. But doing (or not doing) something because of someone else and ignoring your needs when it comes to your own house is a sin in its own right—and mama needs some function. Continue reading

Little Happy Living Room

I’ve spent most of my waking hours parked on this little yellow couch — or the dining table just behind it — recently.

I’ve been on a tiny break from filming, and plugging away at myriad tasks, so rather than share all the things, here’s how I’ve  sum up the last few weeks:

Relaxing with Piper and Shawn, Googling “why are my nails chipping,” “small bathroom designs,” and “best lavender candle,” watching The OA, looking up theories on The OA on Reddit, repotting my monstera deliciosa, subsequently killing most of my monstera deliciosa (it was tragic), browsing Let Go, finding a cool vintage tin green S on Let Go for $50, coding and re-designing a site (which I’ll share more about shortly), tinting my eyebrows, organizing paperwork and files from 2016, planning a bathroom renovation, starting #PixelsPlacesThings, listening to Podcasts (CLJ, Clever, and TAL).

I hope you enjoy my little slice of living (with Piper cameos of course). Full source/shopping list at bottom of post.


Plaid throw  |  Vintage Metal Letters  |  BEKVÄM stool   |   Wire Basket   |   Yellow Sofa (US shoppers click here)   |   Rattan Side Chair (US shoppers click here and here)   |   Gold Ceramic Stool (US shoppers click here)   |   Storage Baskets (US shoppers click here)   |   Planter on Stilts   |   Ottoman (US shoppers click here)   |   Grey Polka Dot Pillow and Faux Fur Lumbar Pillow (US shoppers click here and here)  |  Dash and Albert Diamond Rug (US shoppers click here)   |   Arched Floor Lamp (US shoppers click here)   |   Top Down Bottom Up Shades (US shoppers click here)   |   Ceramic French Bulldog (US shoppers click here)

Catching Zzz’s With Tempur-Pedic

An Eclectic Boho Bedroom with Tempur Pedic

Sleep is important. Duh.

But only recently I realized the quality of my R&R wasn’t up to snuff. For years, I slept on a crap-tress (AKA a crappy mattress) but a) I was a young new homeowner, so spending money on something I already had wasn’t a priority, and b) I worked from home, so I slept long hours, woke up naturally and had a comfy couch at my disposal at all times, so it wasn’t important to me… then.

Once I signed on to film my HGTV show, I had to completely change my sleep schedule (and, well, my self-care routine too).

I now get up at 5 or 6am daily and don’t get home to bed most nights until late. After a few months of feeling crotchety upon waking,– which should not be the case when you’re 26 — I realized I needed to do something. Between Piper jumping on and off the bed all night and sleeping on popped coils, I simply wasn’t getting a good quality sleep.

So I made a big commitment and decided to update my sleep game with Tempur-Pedic‘s Embrace Queen mattress, a new 4.5″ boxspring (which is awesomely thin), and Soft + Conforming pillows. Naturally, I used this as an opportunity to update my bedroom’s design. And today — two weeks into sleeping on my new Tempur-Pedic products — I’m sharing my honest review and my tips for getting a better night’s sleep.

Continue reading

An Eclectic + Laid-back Bedroom Refresh

An Eclectic + Laid-back Moody Bedroom Refresh

My relationship with my bedroom lately can be summed up with the saying, “quality over quantity.”

A lot has changed since I last shared my bedroom, and while it’s mostly changes in my professional life (bye-bye sleep!), I believe that the form and function of one’s home simply can’t escape the transformation and growth of those who dwell in it. Home, after all, is a living and breathing thing that ebbs and flows just as we do!

From a design point-of-view, I re-constructed our closet and installed a sliding bar door, I replaced and updated our lighting, and made some changes to the decor. But more important than the look and function of a room is the reason behind those changes — and in the case of my bedroom, it was a little thing called quality of life.

Since I began filming my new HGTV show, Save My Reno, sleep and what I like to call “the ease of mornings” has become more important to me than ever. And yet here I was, sleeping on a seven year-old worn and tired mattress — it even had a few popped coils right in the middle, so sleeping comfortably became a strategy rather than a given.

I hit my limit a few weeks ago and (ironically) stayed up one night shopping online for new bedding, a new mattress and new pillows. In my search, I stumbled upon Tempur-Pedic’s Embrace Mattress and Soft + Conforming Pillows. I had never invested in a good mattress or pillows before — not to mention, one’s made from specialty foam — so I was nervous to commit, but in the end I decided to bite the bullet and give it a shot! At the very least, it had to be better than my rinky-dink popped coil bed of doom.

While I waited for the mattress and pillows to be delivered, I decided to give the rest of the room a well-deserved refresh. On top of ordering new bedding (a linen duvet and sham set from UO, and a Calvin Klein fitted sheet and sham set), I hung up some new art and baskets I found at Homesense.

Rather than starting from scratch, I kept my bed, the blue walls (painted in Marine Magic by Behr), and all of the furniture and simply layered in interesting art, decor, a vintage rug, and added new plants. In general, I actually pared the entire space back a bit and ended up taking away furniture pieces that we didn’t use as frequently to give it an airier, more laid-back feel.

As for how I like my Tempur-Pedic mattress, you can look out for a blog post next week that gives my full review (I want an extra week of sleeping on it to really offer some good nuggets), but what I can say so far is that while I’m getting less sleep than ever before in my life, I feel more rested. It’s hard to describe the difference, but even when I know I haven’t slept enough mentally, I feel rested physically.

I hope you enjoy the photos below! And be sure to check back next week because I’ll be sharing more about how I’m staying energized and zen despite life’s craziness. xo, Sabrina

An Eclectic + Laid-back Bedroom Refresh An Eclectic + Laid-back Bedroom RefreshAn Eclectic + Laid-back Bedroom Refresh  An Eclectic + Laid-back Bedroom Refresh An Eclectic + Laid-back Bedroom RefreshAn Eclectic + Laid-back Bedroom Refresh An Eclectic + Laid-back Bedroom RefreshAn Eclectic + Laid-back Bedroom RefreshAn Eclectic + Laid-back Bedroom Refresh

Mattress + Pillows: Tempur-Pedic    |   Baskets + Beveled Mirror: Homesense   |   Artwork above bed: Sergio Aquino, Ness Lee, and Kathleen Wescoat-O’Neill   |   Artwork over dresser: Sunday B. Morning Fairchild Paris Chanel No. 5 print   |   Lamps: Vintage + Leon’s   |   Bed: Leon’s   |   Bedding: Urban Outfitters Linen Duvet + Shams, Calvin Klein fitted sheet and sham set  |   Nightstand + Dresser: Leon’s   |   Rug: ECarpetGallery

A Whimsical Wallpaper + Five Hours = A Bold Entryway Refresh

Navy + Copper Wallpaper

For the past year, my entry-way went through its awkward teen years.

Since I finished my kitchen reno (which was nearly a year ago to the day), I had intended to do something with this wall along my entry. In the reno process, I updated my electrical and painted, and because I intended to fix this wall much sooner, I was sloppy with my paint and never patched or painted around the electrical plates.

Then a year passed.

But I’m glad I can finally say that it’s done! It took a year for me to figure out what to do with this span of wall, but better late than never! Why did it take so long, you ask? Well, I knew I didn’t want to paint it the same hue I used everywhere else, but I also didn’t want to keep it as a painted accent wall. Somewhere along the road of life, I decided I don’t like painted accent walls — but, that I do enjoy feature walls when they’re outfitted in wallpaper, a wood feature like shiplap, or a mural.


I fell for the idea of wallpapering the run of wall, and then fell even harder when I found Unison Home’s Sashi Geo wallpaper. So when I found myself with a day off last week, my mom came over to lend a hand (thanks mom!) and we transformed my entry-way in mere hours. The rest of this post will show before and after shots, and near the bottom, I’ve shared my process, tips, and tricks.

Continue reading