Our dear friend Sarah Crawford is new-ish to the blogosphere, but that doesn’t change the fact that she’s totally and completely killing it. Her blog, Valentine , has become a daily read of all of ours and we love how open, honest and refreshing it is. It’s SUCH a pleasure to have her (and her sweet family!) gracing our pages today. Captured by our beloved White Loft Studio, take a peek through the mini gallery for a double dose of sweetness! Oh, and you may want to stick around as we have her WHOLE house tour coming up this afternoon.

SMP: Some words you live by?
Sarah: “I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” – Audrey Hepburn. I heart Ms. Hepburn and I have reason to believe all of the above.

SMP: Any guilty pleasures?
Sarah: Life is hard enough without feeling guilty about the things that make us happy. So let’s not beat ourselves up over a few martinis, lifetime movie network and Elin Hilderbrand novels … ahem … for example.

SMP: Yep, I tend to agree. What did you think your dream job was before your dream job found you?
Sarah: I was lucky enough to travel the world in my twenties. It was definitely a dreamy opportunity at the time, but would be very difficult for me now. So I’m no longer frequenting exotic destinations – but not a day goes by that I don’t appreciate sleeping in my own bed (and occasionally working in my PJs)!

SMP: What’s your favorite quote that describes your creative process?
Sarah: Make it simple, but significant. – Don Draper

SMP: Love that! If you had the opportunity to get a message across to a large group of people, what would your message be?
Sarah: You live but once; you might as well be amusing. Coco Chanel actually came up with this gem but I wouldn’t mind helping spread the word – to those who may have missed the memo.

SMP: If you could do it all over again, would you change anything?
Sarah: Ahhhh, reflecting on some of the more “spirited” escapades of a young Sarah certainly makes me cringe. That being said, I would-not-could-not change a thing because I love my life today and every experience led me here. I’m also hoping my past gives me a little more ammunition to navigate my daughters’ teenage years. I think I might need it!

SMP: I sense a few good stories there… We may need to have a longer chat one of these days! What is one piece of advice you would give to a blogger just starting out?
Sarah: You’re only as good as your worst post, so never compromise quality for quantity.

SMP: If you had to chose one item in your home, which would be your favorite?
Sarah: Early in my pregnancy, we didn’t want to know what we were having. But after some complications, we decided to find out. I was on hospital bed rest so I had an unscheduled ultrasound while my husband was at work. I was terrified of accidentally finding out without him. At one point, the technician handed me a piece of paper and I actually smacked it out of his hand because I thought it had the sexes (and apparently I’m a total spaz!) That same technician then patiently wrote a note and folded it into tiny squares and taped it all up so I couldn’t peek.

That note is currently framed and hanging in our daughters’ room. Every time I look at it, I remember the incomparable feeling I got when we first read it. If you look closely you can see the faint fold marks. “Both little girls! congratulations!” complete with a hand-drawn smiley face. It also serves as a reminder that random acts of kindness really do matter. That man didn’t have to include a “congratulations” or a smiley face, but he did. And it makes my day every time I see it. I should track him down and tell him!

SMP: You totally should! What a sweet story. So, we have to ask… what’s your best tip for balancing work and personal life?
Sarah: This is a toughie because blogging obviously doesn’t have the schedule of a more traditional job (and discipline isn’t my strong suit). But like everything else in life, trust your gut. Deep down you know where and when your energies are needed most.

SMP: What is the hardest lesson in business you’ve ever learned?
Sarah: My biggest struggle has been placing a monetary value on my time and ideas. Truth be told, my right-brained self does not enjoy the business side of things. I’d much rather be writing, decorating, and “lalala”-ing about town!

SMP: Stranded on a desert island question… what’s the one cocktail you would take with you?
Sarah: Ordinarily, I’m an extra-dirty/extra-olives martini gal, but island living calls for miami vices (half pina colada, half strawberry daiquiri).

SMP: What color do you think will stand the test of trend time?
Sarah: Pink!

SMP: One thing every style savvy homeowner should have?
Sarah: A pair of french bulldogs.

SMP: Ha! Yes!! And lastly, if you could buy yourself a single gift of any cost, what would it be?
Sarah: A home on nantucket, my “happy” place.

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