Sunday, May 18, 2014

Show Off & Inspire-The Yellow Cape Cod

I couldn't be more excited about getting to Show Off & Brag a little about Sarah from 
She is a fabulous designer and stunningly beautiful, plus one of the nicest ladies you would ever want to know.  Her home is fabulous and she always shares so many great DIY projects that she does on a budget we can all appreciate.  Grab something to drink and sit back and enjoy, you are going to be toally inspired.

Hi there!  I'm so happy to be here today, thank you Marty for inviting me.  My name is Sarah Macklem, I am a Professional Home Stylist and Writer from Detroit, Michigan.  
As I share a little about myself and my blog I'd like to give you a tour of my home starting at the front door and ending in my favorite "room"…

In addition to operating a busy interior design studio and online home decor boutique, I write the DIY flavored interior design blog where I share dramatic room makeovers, daily design inspiration, project tutorials, decorating advice and also provide affordable custom design services. 

 I have been blogging for almost 5 and a half years and Marty has been one of my favorite co-bloggers throughout this time.  In addition to her inspiring projects and posts on life and home, what I enjoy most about A Stroll Through Life is the connection Marty has with her readers, almost like we are part of her family.  


After "knowing" her through her blog for many years, I can say that I would love to have Miss Marty over for coffee.  I can imagine that we would have a lot to talk about.  Not only do we share a passion for home, but most days her and I can both be found knocking out a DIY project. 

Although I am a professional interior designer, I have a strong belief that beautiful design can be achieved through Do-It-Yourself projects.  Due to this belief, my design business is unique in that I provide a professional design plan to each of my clients that allows them to implement a professional, custom interior design as their budget and schedule allows.  

With the right connections, solid advice and a little confidence, I believe anyone can create a beautiful home filled with personality, character and love.  Personal touches are a big part of my designs, bringing the personality of the family into the design of the home is always the goal.  In the image above, a simple, affordable DIY project using frames and black card stock is an eye catching, graphic design element.  It is also a fun way to show off my four children and bring a personal touch to my fireplace.  

My blog was named after my home, The Yellow Cape Cod.  I started my blog to document the progress and projects involved in adding character to our builder grade home.  DIY projects are found abundantly throughout our house.  I'm passionate about sharing these projects along with tutorials from my home (as well as the homes of my clients) on the blog.  

When we originally purchased our home 10 years ago it was the exterior that captured my heart.  I immediately fell in love with the cape cod design featuring stonework, custom moldings and cedar shake siding.  Our goal was to bring the same charm and character of the exterior to the builder-bland interior.

These photos are from just some of the projects we tackled to achieve this goal.   We balance the budget of our home decor and improvements by using a combination of high-impact, high quality designer pieces with consignment shop/thrift store purchases and family heirlooms.  We can be found DIY-ing many home projects while leaving some of the more complicated tasks to skilled trade contractors.  

Making our home conducive to family life is a big priority in every space.  We love to entertain family and friends.  I frequently share entertaining ideas on the blog.  Creating beautiful tablescapes on a dime is another passion of mine.  

Thrift shops, discount home stores and consignment shops are usually the source of my entertaining ware.  When we are not having a party, these finds are stored around my home and double as decor.  

Since our cape cod style home is small by design, each room is multifunctional.  For example, our dining room is also my home office.  

During the week, I use the table as a desk.  The buffet (a $12 thrift store find that was given a makeover) houses my office supplies and business files.  On the weekends, I slip my laptop into the buffet and we use the table for entertaining.  

We also take full advantage of outdoor space during the spring/fall/and summer.  

The front porch is my favorite "room" in the house. I thought this would be the best place to wrap up our home tour.  The rocking chairs are where my husband and I end each day visiting with neighbors and watching our three children play.  

Thanks again, Marty for having me today and allowing me to share my home.  I would love to invite you to stop by The Yellow Cape Cod to share design inspiration and take a peek at some of my DIY project tutorials, room makeovers, holiday decor and custom room designs.  
Happy Decorating! 

For information on my affordable online design service please click here. 

Isn't she amazing and isn't her home beautiful.  Thanks so much Sarah  for letting me show you off and brag just a little about your talents and beautiful home.  Now if you don't know her and follow her blog you are really missing out, so rush over and click that follow button.  You don't want to miss a thing.

                                                              The Yellow Cape Cod

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  1. What a luvly hone. Thanks for sharing ladies. Going back for ore inspiration :)
    HUGS, Gee

  2. After visiting your site, I always want to throw everything out of my home and start over. :)

  3. Love all the pictures. So inspiring. Makes me want to get up and rearrange stuff :)

  4. The entry door is really beautiful and all the black, gray & white is well done too.

  5. Marty, I love the houses you showcase! But more importantly, I love to read all the wonderful things your guest bloggers say about you. I'm sure they are all true :) you are a blessing to the blog world.

    Hugs, Dana

  6. Your home is gorgeous inside and out Sarah! Thanks for sharing it with us, love the simplicity and elegance of it all!

  7. I love all the black. It looks so classy.

  8. Great tour of Sarah's home. Love, love, love those topiaries in the French urns on her front porch!


  9. Sarah has a lovely home! I love how she considers her deck and front porch "rooms" in her home. I always liked to consider my outside spaces a part of our home, too, at our old house. We really did do a lot of living outside so it is nice to make it flow seamlessly from indoors to out.

  10. Great choice to feature Sarah's blog! I really like her style and will be going back to check out all the links she has posted and see more of her home. I think she "hit the nail on the head" saying that YOU welcome everyone to your blog just like they are family! So true! Thank you for all you do for us in Blogland with your wonderful features, projects and hosting Inspire Me Tuesdays!

  11. Really beautiful! Blessings, Catherine

  12. Beautiful home and so nice to know Sarah is from Michigan also.

  13. I LOVE sarah's home and am a big fan of her blog. :) Nice to find you again too, Marty!

  14. Thank you, everyone for the kind words. Thank you, Marty for having me today. It was so nice to meet some new friends and it's always nice to visit with you. Sarah

  15. Lovely! Thank you for sharing these beautiful pics!

  16. Beautiful.. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Inspiring home of modern country life. As an interior designer, and staging stylist I so gather and collect piece I can stage with for myself in times of need be a special entry welcoming.
    Thank you for the beautiful share.


  18. Thanks for introducing us to Sarah, Marty. Lovely blog and lovely lady.

  19. Marty, thank you for indroducing us to this wonderful blog!!! I LOOOOVE her style and colors!!! I am going to go over and start following her....and browse around for awhile:) Great series!!!! Maybe one day I will ask to be featured!

  20. I've always loved and admired her style! LOVE!

  21. beautiful! I can't wait to see more. I use my laundry room as my office. Ha! Can't ever say I didn't hear the dryer go off :|

  22. What a lovely home! My favorite, white and red. Thanks so much for sharing, Marty! Off to check her blog.


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