I know I have mentioned this several times but having something live and green in your home can make all the difference. Every time we do a photo shoot of any of our projects we always make sure to include some flowers or greenery to make the space feel… well… alive. Browse any interior design magazine and you will find that this practice is pretty much the standard. The only downside is that some of us dont have a natural green thumb and growing a plant, let alone keeping one alive, indoors can present quite a challenge. Today you are in luck because I Gaddy’s is here to talk about indoor plants that are easy to grow and maintain!


Which Houseplants are easy to grow and fill your Home with Flowers?

If you lead a busy life you probably want houseplants that will look great while at the same time not take a lot of your valuable time to care for. You want to invest your money in plants that give you all of the beautiful results for the least effort. This is certainly possible.

Not every plant takes a lot of time to care for; you can get beautiful blooms around your home and you won’t even really register any effort taken.

The simplicity of an African violet

These plants are full of color with masses of flowers in various shades of blue, pink or purple; there is even a variegated version. The great thing about African violets is that they are exceptionally easy to grow and keep. You don’t need to have a lot of direct sunlight in your home to keep these plants; they grow quite happily in a non-direct bright light.

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Watering African violets is just as straightforward. They should be watered by being placed in a saucer of water for no longer than 30 minutes. This allows the plant to drink up the water. You should not water these plants from above as water damages their leaves. As the flowers grow on the plant the dying flowers should be pinched off to allow for effective growth. An important thing to remember when caring for African violets is that they should always be kept away from any drafts.

Impressive beauty of an anthurium

These attractive blooms thrive in a medium to bright light; they are not lovers of direct sunlight. When anthuriums are growing they need to be kept evenly moist to optimize their growth. If you remember this then you will benefit from the memorable heart shaped leaves and bright red blooms of the plants. Varieties of the plant can also feature flowers of white, pink or lavender. One possible downside of these plants is that they are slightly toxic so you will need to be careful if you have animals or young children in your home. You can visit Gaddys for plant event hire & find something suitable for whatever the occasion.

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A little bit of festive magic with a Christmas cactus

Many houseplants flower during the spring and summer months, so the Christmas cactus makes for a beautiful and colorful exception. Most cacti are known for being relatively easy to take care of and this variety certainly follows the trend. If you have a Christmas cactus make sure that is it kept moderately dry and is housed in an environment with bright light.

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If you do this you will benefit from having a sea of rose, red-orange or salmon flowers around your home. To continue getting a healthy display of flowers you need to make sure that you pinch out the leaves and cut away some of the stems to give room for new growth. Doing this maintains the strength of the plant and helps it to sustain its beauty.

Every one of these plants adds a great array of color to your home and is easy to maintain.

Today I am so excited to tell you all about a new venture that I am starting! I have been working toward starting a photography business in addition to my interior design career! Photography has been a passion (and hobby) of mine for about 6 years now. I got my first real camera in college and quickly fell in love with it. I love taking pictures on trips or of friends around town and about a year ago I started working toward turning this passion of mine into a business. Life got a little crazy and things got put on hold, but over the summer I started working toward my goal again.

Sarah Catherine Photography

Sarah Catherine Photography

My main focus will be doing family and children’s pictures. But I will also be happy to do senior pictures, engagements, product or branding photos and some events.

Sarah Catherine Photography

Sarah Catherine Photography

Sarah Catherine Photography

I am currently booking photo sessions for Christmas card pictures. So if you or anyone you know is interested in having those done please contact me anytime!



Thank you to all of my readers who have been so loyal and so supportive of me and my work through the years. I have loved sharing my interior design work with you and I am SO excited to start on this new journey as well! I am also working on a whole new website/blog which will be coming in the next few months. So stay tuned for that as well.

xo, Sarah

In the words of the great Garth Brooks: “Life’s a dance you learn as you go.” Sometimes I feel as if truer words have never been spoken. I have had to learn the hard way recently that it doesn’t matter how many plans you make for you life, sometimes the dance falls apart and things no longer look even remotely like that are supposed to. That is what makes me so thankful to serve a God to goes before us. He knows the plans he has made for us and he knows what our dance is going to look like far before we do. Praise the Lord that I do not have to do this life on my own! I am far too much of a mess to be trusted with my own plans and my own future. Jesus take the wheel… please!

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This quote was written by a good friend of mine and when I saw it the other day it hit my smack in the face. This is how I feel!!! Is anyone else with me? Its crazy to by put in a position in life that tests your faith beyond anything you have ever experienced…. and to come out of it still holding on with a tight grip. I have wrestled with God so many times over the last 7 months (bless all of you who have sat with me during those times and gave me words of wisdom and encouragement). Courage really is exhausting. And sometimes faith is too vulnerable of a position to live in day in and day out. But man, we serve a God who loves us so much more than our little hearts can handle. He looks on us as his children in our times of fear, anger, doubt, grief etc and he doesn’t expect us to have it all together…. he wants us to live by faith in him and sometimes that means not have all any of the answers but trusting him to take care of us anyway.

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Last week was a tough one for me in terms of doubt and fear. I doubted God’s power and plan for my life because it seemed as if nothing around me made sense. Nothing was fair. Everything hurt…. I told my mom that I felt like I was trapped on an island with the Lord… God was with me in my bubble, and I was safe, but as far out as I could see in any direction looked like dark, evil shark infested waters. “When do I get to be taken to the promised land Lord? I feel you here with me, but all I can see is a waging war of sin everywhere and it is wearing me out!” I need a vacation from this. GET ME OFF THIS ISLAND! (who has been there?)

Well, I have no doubt that the Lord heard my cry… because the second half of last week I learned a lot about my “island” and why I am still there. I need to learn to let go of hurt and forgive. (gulp) I need to hand my future over to the Lord and trust him with it. Not just say I am trusting him, but really do it. He cant bring me to the promised land if I am constantly fixated on my hurt and basically handing Satan all the ammo he needs to wage a full on attack against me. The Lord has, and is protecting me through my struggles…. I know he is. He can shower me with light, but I wont feel it or see it unless I learn to let go of the darkness. Man, talk about a life lesson.

As soon as the Fall rolls around I start getting the itch to bust out some plaid. Everywhere. There is just something about plaid that makes me feel like snuggling up with a warm mug of cider on a brisk day. I would say my favorite plaid is the classic red, but I also love a good hunter green or navy blue too. One of the best (and easiest) ways to make your home feel warm and welcoming for the Fall/Winter season is to add a few plaid throws here and there.

Plaid Throw | Sarah Barksdale Design

You can drape them over a chair in the dining room. Or drape one over a sofa in the living room.

Plaid Throw | Sarah Barksdale Design

I love how this one is just peeking out from the basket under the table. Notice how everything in this room could work during any of the seasons… you dont have to redecorate your home to make a seasonal transition. Its all about finding ways to accent the pieces you already have.

Plaid Throw | Sarah Barksdale Design

I absolutely adore this plaid blanket on this bed. It just warms up the whole room and accents the brass bed from so well. I would honestly keep this blanket on the bed year round in this room to keep that cottage feel.

Plaid Throw | Sarah Barksdale Design

…Of course… there are always way to go way overboard on any design idea. Thats a whole lot of (permanent) plaid.

Sarah Barksdale Design

Did I also mention that I love to wear plaid in the Fall? Well, I do. This scarf is amazing.

If you are looking for a couple plaid throws to add to your Fall decor, Pendleton is a great resource. You can also find vintage ones on Etsy. Cable knit throws are another great option if plaid really isn’t your thing. Pottery Barn has a great selection of those.

Cable Knit Throw | Sarah Barksdale Design

A couple months ago nfocus magazine contacted us about wanting to feature one of our projects in this months issue. It is always so rewarding to see our projects get recognized, not to mention it is fun for us and our clients to see their home in print! We knew there was a chance we might end up on the cover and when the issue came out last wee we were thrilled to see that they had chosen us!

This home is one of my favorite projects. Our clients live out in Franklin, TN and have a beautiful modern farmhouse surrounded by plenty of land for their children to play. We used a lot of natural tones in the house to give it a soft, calm feel and help it blent with the natural scenery that surrounds the house. I hope you enjoy!


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If you live in the Nashville area pick one up!

I am convinced more and more every year that Nashville is the best city to live in. There always seems to be something going on around town and new ideas popping up left and right. I love living in this creative city because I always feel inspired. One thing that I am really proud of Nashville for is that we are a city who whole heartedly embraces local design. We have SO many fantastic local restaurants, bars, shops, boutiques and designers here that you wont find anywhere else (and I am not talking about the honkey tonk strip downtown either). Whether you are a tourist in from out of town or you live here its fun to enjoy the uniqueness that is Nashville. Here are a few of my favorite Nashville designers that I am loving lately:

Miriam Designs

Miriam Designs is a local jewelry company that was started by one of my best friends Gracie. I have a bunch of her pieces and I just cant seem to get enough! They are coming out with a clothing and home goods line this Fall so be on the lookout for that!

Imogene & Willie

Imogene and Willie started as a shop that specialized in custom jeans, now they offer a wide range of clothes and home accessories too. I freaking live in these jeans… they really are the best.


Nisolo is a store that sells the most beautiful, hand crafted leather shoes and accessories. I just bought my first pair of boots from them an I cant wait for the weather to cool down so I can wear them all the time.

Consider the Wildflowers

Consider the Wildflowers is another local jewelry shop. They make very pretty, simple jewelry that goes with anything. And they have a great assortment of simple stacking rings.

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[originally posted on 9-5-13]

Fall is DEFINITELY my favorite season. I love so many things about it. I try my best to enjoy the last few days of Summer each year, but as soon as Labor Day is over I am ready to bring on the Fall in full force (even if it is still in the upper 80’s in Nashville). Here are a few of the things that I am excited for this Fall…

I can’t wait to go to the pumpkin patch and pick out a few really pretty pumpkins and gourds. (yes, I still love going to the pumpkin patch)


I love seeing all of the porches in my area decorated for Fall


I just ove Fall decor


Mmmm. I really love fall cooking. I could go for some cider right now for sure.


or some pumpkin bread. YUM!

Fall fashion is definitely my style. I love wearing skirts with leggings.


And sweaters with boots.



I am probably the most excited about the leaves changing and the weather getting cooler.

Nashville is absolutely beautiful in the fall. Just look at this photo I took at Radner lake near our house last year.


Fall really is my favorite time of year. I am so excited for all of the things that the fall brings.. football, fashion, good food, great decorating, holidays, and beautiful, perfect weather. Oh and last but not least….

I am PUMPED that the Pumpkin Spice latte at Starbuck is BACK! (I am enjoying one right now actually)

Happy start to Fall everyone! What are you excited for this season?

Things have been busy around here lately… sorry for my absence on SBD. So often when life throws you a curve ball it seems as if things stand still for a while, as if you can’t move forward and you don’t think you ever will… and then BAM! Everything picks back up all at once and there doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day to take care of anything. Have any of you ever been there before?

Well, here is a little summary of what has been going on with me in nashville lately. Follow me on Instagram (saymo1) if you want to keep up with whats going on here in Nashville.

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My Beautiful, amazing sister spent the whole summer living with me in Nashville and I cant even begin to tell you what a blessing she was to have here. I havent lived with her in almost 10 years and we had the best time. She has been such an amazing support to me in so many ways the last few months and i miss her already!

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I have been gardening my little heart out lately and recently bought this book to learn more about how to grow more and use what I grow. I am hoping to have a Fall garden this year for the first time… so we will see how that goes!

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We found these beauties on Etsy recently. They are 1960’s Hollywood Regency chairs and they will be getting a little bit of a make-over soon. One of my favorite things about my job is when we get to hunt down really unique items and give them a little face lift. The end results are ALWAYS special.

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Of course there have been lots of installs and client projects keeping me busy lately. This room has really come together nicely. I am so crazy about that Cloud light fixture. It kills me.

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I am pretty in love with the tile detailing in this bathroom too.

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I have also been working on several art installations. We recently hung that large piece over the sideboard in this room. Funny how things come in waves sometimes.

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Of course Lacy girl has been living the dream. I dont think Lacy even knows what a bad day is… she is always the happiest dog.

My family recently harvested some honey at our farm. Its amazing how much honey those tiny little bees can produce in one summer. I am planning to write a whole post on that soon because the harvesting process is really interesting and I got some great pictures. So stay tuned for that!

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This seems to be the story of my life lately. haha… things have been going better and I cant tell all of you how blessed I am to have so many of you praying for me and sending encouragement and love my way. This has been a weird Summer to say the least… I’ve had lots of really great memories and lots of really hard times too. It truly means a lot to know that so many people care. So again, thank you, thank you, thank you. I am convinced that I have the best blog fans on the web.

How has summer been going for you?

We spend a ton of time in our bathrooms during the week getting ready for our day, but somehow the bathroom tends to get the short straw when it comes to design and money. It is understandable since typically the bathroom isn’t a room that guests see a ton. But wouldn’t it make all the difference to get our days started in a room that we really like? Well you don’t have to gut your bathroom and spend a fortune to dress it up a little. here are 5 easy tips for dressing up your bathroom that you could pull together in a weekend (just in time for those in-laws to show up)

5 ways to update your bathroom | Sarah Barksdale Design

1. Swap our your standard bathmat for a rug with a fun pattern. It can be vintage or new… as long as it is interesting.

5 ways to update your bathroom | Sarah Barksdale Design

2. Hang a pretty mirror over the tub. Obviously this one is huge and most likely an antique, but you could find one with a similar look from a home goods store.

5 ways to update your bathroom | Sarah Barksdale Design

3. Use a basket to display extra towels. This is a particularly good tip for a guest bathroom because it will make extra towels easy for guests to find and give the bathroom sort of a “hotel” vibe. win-win

5 ways to update your bathroom | Sarah Barksdale Design

4. Use a piece of furniture in the bathroom, like a chair or a dresser or shelves for towels and bath supplies. Using a freestanding piece of furniture will make the bathroom feel more like a “room”.

5 ways to update your bathroom | Sarah Barksdale Design

5. Garden stools or small tables are amazing in bathrooms. Not only do they look nice but they add functionality. They can be used as a place to sit or as a table for a glass of wine next to a tub.

All images can be sourced from my Pinterest page.

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