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</p> <p></p> <h4 style="text-align: center;">AND WHERE EXACTLY?</h4> <p>You know we can’t <em>possibly</em> survive too far from city life. So, where will we be exactly? We’ll be residing in the charming city of McLean, VA for our first year — a mere 20 minutes from Washington DC!  A twenty minute drive that is (you’ll be proud to know that we’re well on our way to becoming seasoned drivers!) And we’re right on the edge of a beautiful nature preserve that we plan to spend a lot of weekend afternoons exploring!</p> <p><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-19703" src="http://www.sarahsarna.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/house_facade-620x448.jpg" alt="House Facade" width="620" height="448" /></p> <p><!--nextpage--></p> <h4 style="text-align: center;">THE LIVING ROOM</h4> <p>As an interior designer, I have to say I’m really looking forward to specifying new furnishings for our place. We’re renting this house for a year, so we don’t want to buy anything that we can’t take with us to the house we eventually purchase, but we will need to supplement what we currently have in our NYC living room, namely: one seating arrangement.</p> <p><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-19715" src="http://www.sarahsarna.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Living_Room_03-620x465.jpg" alt="Living Room" width="620" height="465" /></p> <p><!--nextpage--></p> <h4 style="text-align: center;">THE DINING ROOM</h4> <p style="text-align: left;">While you click through these pics, as exciting as all of this is us, I can’t help but address how much we are going to miss New York! Many of our friends have asked us if we’ve created a “NYC Bucket List,” and each of them have gotten the same puzzled look and thoughtful “no.”</p> <p><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-19714" src="http://www.sarahsarna.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Dining_Room_09-620x465.jpg" alt="Dining Room" width="620" height="465" /></p> <p><!--nextpage--></p> <h4 style="text-align: center;">KITCHEN</h4> <p>Vikas and I have both lived in New York for 15+ years. We’ve talked about this multiple times, and there is not even one thing we can think of that we MUST do before leaving this city. It’s never possible to “do it all,” but it is possible to have done everything “wonderful” that you want to do. What we’ll miss most are the things that we’ve done over and over again. Clawing our way toward seats at the movie theater, walking from one end of the island to the other, experiencing the wonderful flavors and aromas of different cuisines, working out in Central Park. We’ve 4, 5 and 6 Looped that park more times than we can count and it’s amazing every. single. time. The diversity is something we’ll miss. The daily absurdities. The sense of freedom that the city gives you, and the ability to do anything, at any time.</p> <p><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-19704" src="http://www.sarahsarna.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Kitchen_01-620x465.jpg" alt="Kitchen" width="620" height="465" /></p> <p><!--nextpage--></p> <h4 style="text-align: center;">FAMILY ROOM</h4> <p>So, yes, New York will always feel like home for us. It’s where we met, married, and where we have spent our first 7 years together. But we are so PUMPED to begin this new 20-minutes-from-the-District life together, with our nieces and nephew nearby, and with my siblings in NYC just a holiday-weekend-road-trip away. I can already see my sister and two brothers hanging out with us over the summer (reading in the backyard, summer barbecues, waving at the local deer, etc) and Vikas and I spending lots of time with both our families.</p> <p><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-19712" src="http://www.sarahsarna.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Family_Room_05-620x465.jpg" alt="Family Room" width="620" height="465" /></p> <p><!--nextpage--></p> <h4 style="text-align: center;">MASTER BEDROOM</h4> <p>I am so enthusiastic about all that is in store. The lush Southern landscapes. Buying (and decorating) a home together. My husbands first man cave! My first SUV, which naturally equals YARD SALES (hello!). Making new friends. Learning a new city. Spending time outdoors, in more private settings (are we ever truly alone outside in NYC?). Meeting new readers. Furnishing my suburban home-office. A gentler and more relaxed pace. And perhaps more than anything: the feeling of having more time in the day. A fond farewell to NYC and a warm welcome in Virginia. So there you have it. Delighted to have finally shared all of this with you!</p> <p><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-19713" src="http://www.sarahsarna.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Master_Bedroom_03-620x465.jpg" alt="Master Bedroom" width="620" height="465" /></p> <p>[tps_footer]</p> <p><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-16534" src="http://www.sarahsarna.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/sarah-sarna-signature-620x63.jpg" alt="sarah-sarna-signature" width="620" height="63" data-frizzlyignore="" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;">For more fashion, beauty, and design, join us on <a href="https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/sarah-sarna-a-lifestyle-blog-3824325" target="_blank">Bloglovin</a> | <a href="https://www.facebook.com/livethelifeyoudreamabout" target="_blank">Facebook</a> | <a href="http://cloud.feedly.com/#subscription%2Ffeed%2Fhttp%3A%2F%2Ffeeds.feedburner.com%2FSarahSarnaID" target="_blank">Feedly</a> | <a href="http://instagram.com/sarahsarna" target="_blank">Instagram</a> | <a href="http://pinterest.com/sarahsarna/" target="_blank">Pinterest</a> | <a href="http://sarahsarna.tumblr.com/" target="_blank">Tumblr</a> |</p> <p>[/tps_footer]</p> <p> </p> " data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" class="alignnone wp-image-19722" src="http://www.mydesignchic.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/4bet.jpg" alt="4bet" width="650" height="433" />


Good morning, Sarah readers! We’re Beth Woodson and Kristy Woodson Harvey from DESIGN CHIC, and it’s always such a treat to get to be here with all of you!



We’re so excited to get to share with you the gorgeous work of one of our favorite designers, Betty Lou Phillips.


Betty Lou is also an award-winning author of over a dozen books on French and Italian design, including Inspirations from France & Italy, The French Room, and The Allure of French & Italian Décor.


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Her work, to us, is elegant, classy and always with the tiniest touches of femininity, those little special things that make a house feel like home.


Author: Beth Woodson & Kristy Woodson Harvey

Beth Woodson and Kristy Woodson Harvey are a mother and daughter from North Carolina who know that home is one of the very foundations of life and love blogging about it on their site, Design Chic. They are regular contributors to Domino Magazine’s website, Houzz.com, and recently won the Design Blogger Hall of Fame Award sponsored by Traditional Home. Kristy’s first novel, Dear Carolina, will be released by Berkley, a division of Penguin Random House, on 5/5/15.

  • Thank you so much for having us today, Sarah! We love being here!