The Mimi In You

The Mimi in You: Sarah Blodgett

Walking into photographer Sarah Blodgett’s Fall Creek home is like entering a museum of the life you wish you were living. The people who live there are clearly creative, but not flaky. Everything in the house is organized, but not stiflingly neat. Each piece of furniture or decor is interesting, but not weird. It’s home decor perfection, Ithaca-style, and, at first, I was completely consumed with interior design envy. But, as Sarah toured me through her home (which she shares with sweetheart Hilby and their four children), two things brought me back down to jealousy-free earth: first, Sarah’s too awesome to inspire resentment for more than half a minute, and second, there are lots of things anyone could do with just a little time and a creative use of resources.

Take Sarah’s entry-way, for example:

It’s an antique store cupboard which, long ago, had doors. Now it’s filled with shoes, and simultaneously eliminates hallway mess and looks incredibly cool. On the right side of the picture, you can see their coathangers — a wooden board filled with vintage doorknobs used as hooks. Brilliant, right? Beautiful, definitely, and something you could do at home.

Here’s one that perhaps not everyone could exactly replicate at home, but is still a great way to remind yourself that materials can be reused in all sorts of ways:

Pictured above are the cabinets at the base of the wall-to-wall bookshelves in Sarah’s front room. Check out those beautiful tin inlays. Want to know where they came from?

Yes, they were part of the tin ceiling in the laundry room! Sarah and family have only been in the house for about a year, and that year has been spent transforming almost every nook and cranny of the house into something different. The ceiling-to-bookshelf journey of these tin inlays was one of my favorite transformation examples.

Yet another amazing Sarah’s house invention:

For those of you who just gasped aloud or screamed, now might be a good time to mention that all of the kids in Sarah’s house are over the age of 5. Parents of toddlers, do not fret — this wouldn’t fly in my house either. Or, rather, the things on the ladder would fly… directly at my head…

The point is, Sarah and her home prove that there are countless ways to reimagine your space using things you may already have. The other point is even the most perfect house has room for a couple more things, which we learned when Sarah dropped by Mimi’s Attic to shop.

In looking around, Sarah first honed in on these wooden shutters:

She didn’t buy them, because look what’s already hanging in Sarah’s bedroom at home:

For somebody out there, this is totally beschert. You know who you are, lady with the earrings scattered over the house. Get thee to Mimi’s!

Back to Sarah — even though I was sure her house had already reached its limit of perfection, she managed to dig up two Mimi’s treasures that almost immediately found places back at home. Check those out below:

See, even the most carefully crafted abode has room for a little Mimi’s. You can sneak more peaks inside Sarah’s amazing abode here. If the complete photographic tour leaves you both inspired and a little bit shell-shocked, never fear! Sarah’s actually expanding her business to include taking on some interior design clients. Imagine, you could bring out the Sarah AND the Mimi in you … your house won’t know what hit it.

-Meryl

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