Originally posted on 6-11-13

Lately I have been seeing terrariums all over the place! At first I didn’t pay them much attention but I must admit they are starting to grow on me. For those of you who don’t really know what a terrarium is, it is basically an indoor potted planter which usually houses several types of succulent plants. The best part is…. you don’t have to have a green thumb! Succulents are very low maintenance, just mist them with water them every once in a while and make sure they can get lots of light.

Depending on the type of plants you get, you can plant them in soil (for ferns), or in sand (for succulents and cacti) and add some rocks for an extra flare!

I love the layered look of terrariums. They would be perfect for any table, shelf or desk since they can be any size and require minimal care.

WOW! WHERE CAN I GET ONE OF THESE TERRARIUMS FOR MY HOME??!…. well, I am glad you asked! haha

West Elm has some great options out right now and they have everything you need to built your very own terrarium. It is like a one stop shop.

Here is what you will need to get started:

They have great options for cacti:

And succulents:

Happy planting!

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Some of you may know this…. but last Spring I took a pottery class here in Nashville and I fell in love with it! I can’t say that I made any masterpieces…. but I had a great time and I cant wait to take the intermediate class in the Fall! Ever since my class ended I have found that I just love unique, handmade pottery! There is some gorgeous stuff out there and some really talented, creative potters. I would love to have a cabinet full of beautiful mugs, bowls, vases, everything! I have found that I am drawn to pottery that is a little more earthy and subdues in color… but once in a while I love a good pop of bold color!

Handmade Pottery | Sarah Barksdale Design

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Handmade Pottery | Sarah Barksdale Design

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There are so many good sources for handmade pottery. Pinterest and Etsy are great places to start your search.

Handmade Pottery | Sarah Barksdale Design

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I actually have this little honey pot at my house and I love it!

Handmade Pottery | Sarah Barksdale Design

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Handmade Pottery | Sarah Barksdale Design

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As a designer I try to stress to clients the importance of making your home uniquely yours. I think every room should have something interesting in it and something out of the ordinary… like an antique or family heirloom. Handmade pottery fits that criteria perfectly and I cant wait to start a collection of my own (and hopefully make some treasures of my own in the future!)

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This mug has been on my wish list for a while!

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So has this bowl! I think this would look so chic on a breakfast table or coffee table. You cant tell from this picture but the inside is a really pretty pale lavender.

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Fiddle Leaf Fig trees are EVERYWHERE lately, and for good reason because they are absolutely stunning! I always think it is a good idea to have a little bit of greenery in your home because it really makes your rooms feel much more alive (no pun intended) and welcoming. Sometimes all it might take are some flowers on the kitchen table or a small fern on a shelf to bring a space to life, but if you are in the market for something larger that will make more of a statement, look no further than the Fiddle Leaf Fig.

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They are tall, bright, and dramatic with nice large leaves. We used some in a big basket planter in a client’s dining room recently and they look great!

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I love how these trees can really fill up a space without being too overbearing.

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One thing to be careful of if you are planning to get a Fiddle Leaf Fig tree of your own is to make sure that it is in a place where it will get plenty of sunlight throughout the day. These need a pretty good amount of direct and indirect sunlight.

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I think every single Summer I end up daydreaming about having a big porch with a swing bed on it one day. I love to be outside when the weather is nice, and I am a sucker for a good porch swing and a glass of wine in the evening. Enter the swing bed. Its basically an oversized porch swing and man are they awesome. I could spend hours upon hours in one.

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This is one of the swings that we make for our clients.

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This would be me. All. Day. Long.

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What are some things that you love about the Summertime?

In the spirit of our independence day being tomorrow… I wanted to share some awesome patriotic spaces! Who says decorating with an American fag only has to happen one time a year? Your can rep the stars and stripes any ‘ol time you want!

America | Sarah Barksdale Design

Ok… where do you even get a flag that big? Really?

America | Sarah Barksdale Design

America | Sarah Barksdale Design

This is actually one of our client’s homes that was featured in Garden and Gun a few years ago.

America | Sarah Barksdale Design

America | Sarah Barksdale Design

Love this idea and this room!

What is your favorite way to celebrate the 4th?

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be still

Last week marked the end of a chapeter in my life. It was a pretty tough week because of that realization, but as I reflect on the Lord’s promises I am at peace with where I am. Life throws us curve balls all the time. Some of those are easy to navigate and some of them just knock the wind out of us, but we serve a Lord who never changes. He sees our future and works it out according to his plan, so we need not fear the future… God is already there. Thats a lot easier to say than to truly believe. I have lots of days where I feel crushed and it seems like my life is over. But the thing is… I don’t WANT my life to be over. I want to live my life as full as I can and I believe that the Lord wants that for me too. I am learning to hold more loosely to my dreams. I don’t think it is bad to have dreams… and mine have not changed, however, I might get them in a different way than I originally intended. And that’s ok. Because God’s plan is always perfect. GREAT is his faithfulness. This week marks the first week of my new future and my new beginning. Its going to be a journey but I am ready for the Lord to take me where he wants me to go.

“Be Joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12

It’s ok to be scared. Its ok to have down days. God created our hearts to feel those things, and He wants us to bring those feelings to him so that he can show us his great power in our lives. The last few months have not been easy, but I am trusting in the Lord to use my pain and my story to make me into a more beautiful person and a better witness for him. Thats where I want my journey to go, and I believe it will.

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One thing we stress to clients all the time is the importance of good lighting. If you are looking to update your home but aren’t ready to fully re-do everything… start with your lighting. Not only do attractive light fixtures give your home a more custom and updated look, but the actual light they give off is soooo much more pleasing than can lights from the ceiling.

Good Lighting | Sarah Barksdale Design

When selecting lighting think about what your needs are and prioritize. Do you need a new ceiling fixture? Sconces? Lamps? and then decide what scale you need for each item.

Good Lighting | Sarah Barksdale Design

Don’t be afraid to mix metals either. Just because your hardware is polished nickel doesn’t mean your light fixture cant be brass. trust me on this one.

Good Lighting | Sarah Barksdale Design

Don’t be afraid to add lighting that is on the more dramatic side. Lighting is not necessarily cheap, but it is less expensive than many things in the home so it makes for a good way to take a risk.

Good Lighting | Sarah Barksdale Design

I love how they used a large sconce in this bedroom rather than a table lamp. It adds interest and frees up more space on the bedside table.

Lucite has been making a major impact in the design world lately. And I love it! Lucite is basically a type of clear acrylic furniture. We have been on the hunt for some lucite items for some of our more modern projects lately. It definitely adds a more modern and edgy look to a space, but don’t let that fool you into thinking that it cant be used in more traditional spaces.

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I love how lucite furniture adds drama to a space…. while kind of fading into the background at the same time due to the fact that its clear. Its like a contradiction of itself, which I think is what makes it so fun!

Lucite | Sarah Barksdale Design

You can find just about anything made from lucite too… bar carts, lamps, tables, chairs, stools, bookcases, and accessories. The large range of items made from lucite makes it easy to find something that fits your taste and your home.

Lucite | Sarah Barksdale Design

Lucite | Sarah Barksdale Design

Like I said previously, if you aren’t feeling the lucite look completely but want to add a little bit of it to your home. There are tons of home accessories made from lucite too. Everything from candle sticks to trays to lamps or frames. Just search around, you wont have trouble finding options.

Lucite | Sarah Barksdale Design

Actual lucite can be rather expensive, especially vintage lucite items… so if you want to get the look without spending a lot, try searching fro acrylic furniture or accessories.

Happy hunting!

I was at the beach a couple weekends ago with one of my best friends and her and I got to talking about the role God plays in our lives when we go through really hard times. I have heard many times that “God doesn’t give you more than you can handle.” I think thats a nice saying, and I used to believe it…. but the past couple months in my life have changed what I think about that.

I am confident that God does not cause terrible things to happen in our lives. He wants the best for us, but unfortunately (by our own sinful nature) we live in a fallen world in which we hurt each other. That being said, I don’t believe that God protects us from what we cant handle… I think God DOES allow us to be dealt more than we can handle alone, so that he can be glorified by providing for us in those times. Otherwise we would try to take credit when we make it through.

Plus, if God never allowed us to take on more than we, ourselves, can handle… then what is the point of having faith?

This life is not always easy. And sin is real and it messes up everything, but take heart… for we serve a God who has already overcome the world (John 16:33). He goes before us and behind us (Deut. 31:8). He is close to the brokenhearted and those crushed in spirit (Psalm 34:18). And he works all things for our good (Romans 8:28)… we just have to trust him to do it.

We have a HUGE install going on this week here in Nashville. I cant wait to show all of you a few highlights from it soon… in the mean time check out my instagram if you want to follow along!

The blog world is large and small all at once. Its crazy how many amazing blogs are out there and yet, its so easy to connect with bloggers that you like. Believe me, no matter how large the blog is… we all LOVE getting feedback and comments from our readers. Who wouldn’t? I have had the pleasure to get to “meet” and collaborate with some wonderful bloggers over the past few years and it has been a lot of fun. I hope to do more of it in the future as I move forward with this little blog of mine. This week I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite blogs. These are ones that I check often for inspiration and to stay up to speed on whats new out there in the world. I hope you like them as much as I do!

Paris in Four Months

Paris In Four Months is a fun lifestyle blog all about daily life in, well, Paris. It is my newest addiction as I am planning a trip to Paris for next year!! The photos are fabulous! It was love at first site for me and I think you will fall in love with this blog as much as I have.

Design Mom

Design Mom is kind of my catch-all design blog. I love how Gabrielle ties design to family life and she doesn’t limit herself to one topic or area of creativity.  This site is chock full of great ideas!

Elements of Style

Elements of Style is one of my FAVORITE design blogs. Erin has a great wit about her and she is always keeping me up to date on trends and ideas. I love her slightly edgy style too.

Velvet and Linen

If you are a day dreamer and you love all things serene and beautiful then Velvet and Linen is the blog for you! I absolutely swoon over every single picture that Brooke posts about her new home or the projects she is working on. Her style is impeccable!

Happily Grey

Happily Grey is a fun fashion blog from a Nashville local’s perspective. I love seeing the outfits Mary puts together and all of her great shots around town too.

Little Green Notebook

I absolutely adore Little Green Notebook! It is one of my go-to design blogs. Jenny is the DIY queen and is constantly posting about ways to improve, update or restyle your home yourself! This blog always leaves me inspired to start a new project.

Joy The Baker

I havent been reading this Joy The Baker for long, and I honestly don’t read many cooking blogs… but…. I had these strawberry cream sconces over the weekend and I am HOOKED! Joy has some amazing recipes on her site and I can already tell that I am going to be adding a lot of them to my recipe box.

Jones Design Company

Jones Design Company is one of the very first blogs that I ever started reading and I still love it! Emily has the best perspective on life, family, crafts, decorating, you name it. I love checking her blog and I have also taken a few of her online design classes (blog class and graphic design class). I think you will love her site as much as I do.

Atlantic-Pacific

Atlantic-Pacific is my favorite fashion blog. Its simple and unfussy. Blair has the best style and I love seeing how she puts outfits together.

What are some of you favorite blogs?

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