Spring Open House Series: Sincerely, Sara D

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Hi everyone, I hope you are having a great weekend! Today we’re back with another home in our Spring Open House series. This home and blog caught our eye last winter and we shared one of her printables HERE. We loved her site so we invited her back to share her home with you all today. Welcome, Sara from Sincerely, Sara D.



Hello there!  I’m Sara and I blog about my DIY home decor endeavors at Sincerely, Sara D.  I am beyond excited to be here on 11 Magnolia Lane sharing my spring home tour!

I live in Indiana with my husband Steve and our three kids: Bryant is nine, Benson is seven and Lena is four.  I am always painting something and am obsessed with symmetry (which is obvious in my decorating).

I would describe my design aesthetic as sophisticated traditional with a twist of fun. I try not to be too serious, and most of my pieces have a story. I love frequenting antique shops, flea markets, and yard sales. I also love giving outdated or worn furniture a new chance at life! My house is filled with a variety of items that fit this decor.

We’ve lived in our home for about 18 months, and it’s been so much fun making it ours.


Front Door

When you walk into our home, there’s a small entryway with the office on your right and the dining room on your left.  I took over the office, so I was able to make it a little more fun than our last masculine-inspired office.


The desk was left in the house, and it was an inexpensive laminate piece.  I painted it black, distressed it and added new hardware.

Painted Desk

I really will paint anything – even my stapler.

Desk Misc

These bookshelves help fill the space for now.  Eventually we want to add built-ins in this room.


I created the large photo art piece using instagram photos, an old frame, and Mod Podge.

Office Corner

I use this dresser I chalk painted to store my art and craft supplies.

Painted Furniture

I fell in love with this sewing machine because it had our last name on it.

Sewing Machine

I love using found objects for decor.  This yellow radio was in my parent’s first home.

Decorating with old pieces

I love a formal dining room.  It makes dinner a special event.

Dining Room*

I spray painted the chairs black and distressed them.

Spray Painted Chair

I used chalk paint on the table.

Dining Room Table

My husband and I designed and installed the wall treatment in our dining room.

Dining Room Close Up

These plates were passed down several generations and I love having them decorate my walls.

Old Plates on Wall

When you walk through the entry, you enter our family room.  I stenciled the walls to add some interest to the neutral color scheme.

Rearranging Furniture

This is one of my favorite spaces because of all the light.

Family Room

I bought an old piano for $50 and painted it.

Yellow Painted Piano*

Yellow Painted Piano

I occasionally change out the chalkboard above the piano.  To see my perfect chalkboard lettering tutorial you can click HERE.

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On the other side of the wall my piano sits against is our kitchen.

Subway Tile in Kitchen*

The kitchen was very dark and the floors were in horrible shape.  I painted the cabinets with chalk paint.  I also painted the floor with a faux rug.

Subway Tile Backsplash

Herringbone Tile Pattern

I stenciled the wall that goes into the kitchen nook.


This shoe cubby that sits in my mudroom was one of my most exciting finds.  It was supposedly an old mail sorter in my town’s post office.


I added a fabric wall to our half bath and also created a wall treatment in the bathroom.

Easy Wall Treatment

I haven’t really decorated our master bedroom.  I hung curtains and used what we had to fill the space.  I’m planning a makeover in the near future!

Master Bedroom

As you go upstairs, we have a fairly large landing that I decided to have some fun with.

Pattern Wall with Frog Tape

I painted a swiss cross patterned wall on one wall and created a travel chalkboard/cork board to hang as artwork.

Gold & Cream Lockers

The kids have a playroom upstairs.  (These aren’t all mine – just three of them are!)

Play Room

And I wallpapered my first wall ever in this playroom.

Graham & Brown Frame Wallpaper

Art Supplies & Frame Wallpaper

I painted my daughter’s furniture which was a craigslist find.

Lena's Room

Lena's Room - Chalkboard

I made the felt flower garland.

Lena's Room -  Bed

In our guest room, I painted a fabric headboard with chalk paint.

Guest Room

Guest Bed

I stenciled the little polka dots on the main wall in the guest room.

Modify Ink

In my boys’ room, we used old barn doors we found in an old family barn for headboards.

Boys' Room

Boys Room - Desk

Boys' Room - Number Sign

Boys Room - Nightstand

The boys bathroom was the result of a fun contest I was in last spring.

Boys' Bathroom

Bathroom Cabinets After


Thanks so much to Amy and Christy for inviting me to their Spring Open House!  It was an honor!



So cute, isn’t it? I was so inspired by all her creativity–I just want to run off and go paint or stencil something! Thank you Sara for joining us today, be sure to visit her blog to see more!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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  1. What a gorgeous home! Love, love, love her shoe caddy.

    • Hi Lauren! Thanks for the kind words. I just checked out your celebrating summer post – which is BY FAR my favorite season!

  2. What a beautiful home!

  3. What a fun, beautiful home! Thanks so much for sharing it with all of us. I love every room, it truly reflects the creative personality of Sara’s creative design sense, and her family.

  4. Sara, you have a most gorgeous home!…it is filled with so many creative and wonderful things…and lots of the unexpected…for example, love that piano painted yellow!…I love that your home has your signature on it….you own special way of making a beautiful home for you and your family. Thanks for the tour….I so very much enjoyed it!

    • Shirley, thank you for the encouraging words! I appreciate that you took the time to comment and make me feel loved. I just checked out your blog and am in love with your THREE porches!

  5. Donna Marie says

    I love, love, love your home! I have a question about the kitchen cabinet paint? How long has it been on, and has any of it come off? My cabinets have been painted and I have had the paint around the knobs on the most used cabinets come off!

  6. Oh, I just love everything! could you please explain how you paint furniture, especially the piano any tips?

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