sarah & tommy

I will freely admit that I am serial renovator. I never consider our house finished. I wouldn't say I'm constantly changing things around but after a few weeks or months of "everything in its place" my mind starts churning. A few weeks ago, I took some time to step back from our house to see what was working and what wasn't. I took photographs and notes and tried to be critical. What I ended up with was a plan that I could tackle over time. Yesterday, I was one of a handful of bloggers that got to spend some time with Sarah Richardson & Tommy Smythe.

I don't think they need any introduction but if you don't know them they are the witty and engaging twosome behind a string of successful HGTV series. Starting January 4th, they have a new show on HGTV called Sarah 101. The premise behind the series is to break down the design process step by step showing their viewers how a cohesive room is created. Personally, I can't think of a better duo to do the job. What I've always enjoyed about Sarah's shows is that she shows us her successes along with the mishaps. I often learn more from how she handles a veritable disaster than I do her accomplishments. Sarah's down to earth approach and roll with the punches attitude really helps demystify the whole decorating process.

During our hour or so conversation, I took a few notes. Below are some fun facts you might not know about this dynamic duo.

I've seen the first episode of this new series and I think it will be invaluable to those of you embarking on your own renovations. Regardless of whether or not you like Sarah's style, the lessons she teaches are universal. I will readily admit that I have learned a few tricks from watching Sarah's shows. (No one can customize an off the shelf Ikea kitchen like her and Tommy!) I imagine her new show will be no different. Do you have a favorite design lesson you've learned from watching one of Sarah's shows?

(By the way, aren't her Ferragamo shoes fabulous!)