Sarah Loomis Crawford and her husband Chris were never planning on moving their family three-and-a-half years ago. It sort of just happened, as these things do. When Sarah saw a home for sale in their town of Marblehead, MA, she had a few sleepless nights left wide awake thinking about it. They decided to have a look at it. “It was outrageously dated with dark wood throughout, shag carpet — the works! But was oozing with potential. I also noticed the owner had dog figurines in every room and we are dog lovers. It just seemed like someplace I could envision living forever,” Sarah shares. Taking pen to paper, Sarah set out and wrote a letter to the woman selling the home, sharing about their twin girls, the family dogs, what they envisioned for the home in the way of renovations, but also what they planned to preserve. That letter was enough to seal the deal and sent the Crawfords packing for the move to their forever home. “The entire process had a ‘meant to be’ feeling,” Sarah says.
Intending to stick to the promise that she made to the former owner of their home, Sarah made some changes while still holding onto the charm of the 1920 bungalow. Lightening up the home, removing the carpet, refinishing the floors, and painting all the walls were the main fixes, from the beginning. “Our goal is to have a home that is welcoming and that speaks volumes about who lives here. While some people base their decor choices on ‘not getting sick of something,’ I tend to make decisions by ‘not being bored by something,’ Sarah says, leading to a bright interior with lots of color. Sarah is an executive director with
Beautycounter and a blogger who works from home. “I need an inspiring yet functional environment for my workspace,” she notes. While Sarah and Chris have many other changes to make to their home — for example, their dream kitchen — they’re in no rush. I think they’re off to a great start. — Erin
Photography by White Loft Studio / @whiteloftstudio
Image above: From the bright door to the hand painted abstract wall that pulls in a mix of colors from throughout the home, this living room is so inviting and smart. It’s the perfect living room to welcome you home.
"This is our front door with an antique lion door knocker. It's a really large door and, combined with the color, packs a big punch. Full disclosure, my husband was less than thrilled when I chose this color, but it works with the mossy green shingled exterior, and of course everyone knows which house is ours," Sarah shares.
Sarah, with their newest addition, Petunia. Photo by Meredith Nelson.
“Our front door opens directly into our living room. The large fireplace is the center of our household, and one of my favorite parts of the home. We had the benches built for seating and we store firewood underneath during the colder seasons. After we had the walls custom painted, we needed something vibrant above the fireplace and the dog portraits did the trick. The tassel sconces by
Coleen & Co are one of my favorite light fixtures. Our daughters often use the hearth area as a stage for their ‘shows’ aka dance parties,” Sarah said.
The built-in benches give extra seating for the much used living room.
"The custom painted pink walls are one of my favorite things about the home. It was a collaboration with this wonderful local artist and we just went wild with it. She used the base from the woodwork and the pink door color as a base and then splattered in the front door color, kitchen cabinet peacock blue color, and splatters of white, gold, and charcoal. We even painted the dog's paws with the gold paint and made prints on the walls. I love that this is truly unique to our home," Sarah shares.
A peek from the living room into the den.
A close-up of the hand painted wall in the living room.
The den is layered with various patterns and more pops of bold pink.
"Petunia frequently shares the chaise with me."
"This is the view from the living room to the dining room. The painted walls against the wallpaper is a little [bold], but we love it," Sarah says.
"The round table works great in the space and I was thrilled to find the chandelier. The chairs are vintage from France in the 1960s that I bought on a local Facebook group," Sarah shares.
Another look at the dining room, with a patterned floral wallpaper, textured chandelier and pink curtains.
"Our mini-makeover [in the kitchen] included new countertops and a gold faucet. We painted the existing cabinets and added new hardware. It made quite a difference," Sarah says, proving that small fixes can go a long way.
"This is our eat-in kitchen. We haven't completely renovated this space yet, but did a 'facelift' last year. We added the wallpaper below the chair rail, fresh paint, and gallery walls with some of our favorite images."
A closer look at the wallpaper in the eat-in kitchen. "This is the view from our kitchen to the butler's pantry. The pear paintings were done by our daughters at a local art studio when they were 5. The "Hippies use Side Door" print is an ode to our best friends who live down the street and are [among] the few people to use our side entrance," Sarah laughs.
Sarah shares, "The addition of the mid-century table is perfect for our party of four."
"We painted the back of the shelves in a bright pink and tiled the backsplash. We use this area primarily as a bar. If you look closely you can see one of the butterflies from the dining room wallpaper made it into the china cabinet."
The Crawfords' oldest dog, George, in the master bedroom.
Some of Sarah's favorite bedtime reading materials reside in the Parson's nightstand.
“I was mildly obsessed with this project — working to create the custom campaign-style vanity and the cement tiles. I love this room,” Sarah says about their master bathroom.
“I fought for this bathtub — our architect and builder advised against a tub because they are so heavy and frequently go unused. But I couldn’t imagine a ‘forever home’ without one — and even if I use it once a year it would be worth it! Plus I think this mirror finish tub from
Penhaglion is like a work of art. We designed the entire master suite around it. I can see the tub through the french doors from our bedroom and it never fails to make me happy.”
"When we first saw the house, we knew this room was perfect for our twin girls. The symmetry and size [lends] itself to the perfect shared space. It's a bright, happy space. The walls were mustard yellow with matching shag carpet. I foolishly let the girls draw on them before we painted them so you can still see their faint rainbow and flower doodles through the paint. Middleton pink just glows (on ceiling and walls) and we painted the wood floors white."
Daughter Charlotte's bed in the room she shares with her sister.
"Besides the obvious inhabitants, I am most thankful to be near the water. Seeing the water every day provides an invaluable perspective. One of our favorite sayings is 'If you are lucky enough to live by the sea, you're lucky enough.' The rest is the proverbial icing on the cake," Sarah shares. Photo by Meredith Nelson.
First floor of the 1920 bungalow home of Sarah, Chris, their 9-year-old twins, and two French Bulldogs.
A look at the second floor of the 2,950-square-foot home.
Benjamin Moore Gypsy Pink
Knocker original to the home
Woodwork painted – Revere Pewter
Custom wall paint – Nantucket Interiors
Windows & french door trim paint – Wrought Iron
Chairs were antiques that were gifted by the previous owners, and were recovered
Pillows – Bodega Nantucket
Dog Portraits – Etsy, Studio Basement
Artichoke Lamps – Stray Dog
Coffee Table – Jonathan Adler
Gold end tables – Target
credenza – vintage
Kate Moss “Life is a Joke”
Wallpaper & chandelier – Anthropologie
Table – One Kings Lane
Monogrammed linens – Cece Dupraz
Plates & flatware – West Elm
Beach print – Bodega Nantucket
Ceiling paint color – Wink by C2
Drapes – Overstock
Chairs – vintage
Paint – C2 Dorian Gray
Chaise fabric – Chiang Mai by Schumacher in Jade
Couch – Southern Comfort
Coffee Table – Bungalow 5
Prints – Milly & Grace (Nantucket)
Paint Color – Middleton Pink, Farrow & Ball
Beds- PB Kids
Bedding – LemLem for Anthropologie
Drapes – Custom made from Serena & Lily shower curtains
Rug – Lulu & Georgia
Shiplap – Benjamin Moore Decorator’s white
French doors & Window trim – Benjamin Moore Soot
Bedding – Matouk and CeCe Dupraz
Sconces – Dunes & Duchess
Shiplap – Benjamin Moore Decorator’s White
Hardware – LuxHoldups
Prints – Gray Malin
Custom Vanity – Exeter Fields
Bathtub – Penhaglion
Tile – Cement Tile Shop
Towels – Anthropologie
Monogrammed Towels – Cece DuPraz
Table – One Kings Lane
Chairs – Home goods
Wallpaper – Anthropologie
Paint Color – Wink by C2
Gold Frames – West Elm
Cabinet color – Maine by C2