In search of a spark to start the new year, I picked up the phone for a chat with Sara of Simply Southern Cottage. After all, there’s no one better to instill a sense of hope and optimism than the lady who pursued her dream home in Minden, LA for almost two years!
We chatted about the holidays and the house . . . did a little dreaming about future projects and some reminiscing, too. If you’re not familiar with Sara’s story, it’s definitely worth a read. She is a testament to the power of faith – even in the beginning, when it’s the size of a mustard seed.
O: You are such an inspiration on so many levels. Your story of renovation and redemption lifts me personally and professionally – to know that even the strangest nudge has a way of working out in the end. I love that you listened to that still, small voice.
SM: It was hard at first! I tried to ignore it, but the whisper persisted until I just couldn’t fight it. At that point it was more like a yell!
O: But, the payoff was worth it. Just look at your cottage!
SM: It has been an amazing journey, for sure. I’ve just grown so much through all of it.
O: I absolutely adore your front porch – it’s such a great space! And I love that you style for each season. Which of your scenes do you love the best? Not that they’re not all fabulous.
SM: This year’s Christmas, for sure. I had a vision for what I wanted and it actually worked! I need my front porch to exude Southern charm and create a welcoming atmosphere – whether I have guests coming over or people are just driving by. The fall porch was my second favorite.
O: We love – and truly appreciate – that you have our indoor/outdoor rugs on your gorgeous porches. How are those working out? Like, for real-real. Don’t feel compelled to embellish.
SM: Omigosh, I love them. I’ve had the Boucle Biscay in Driftwood out there for more than a year now and it still looks new.
O: That is great to hear! What are you doing to it?
SM: I literally just blow it off with a leaf blower once a month. Seriously, it holds up so well. It gets intense sun, this IS Louisiana, I’ve had plants on it that have tipped over – I just blow it off! I had one spill that needed a rinse, but that’s it.
O: They’re resilient. Just like the homeowner! Which other patterns do you own?
SM: I have the Breeze Cerulean and Aegean – and the Boucle Jenna.
O: Wow! That’s quite the collection. What drew you to these rugs initially?
SM: The soft patterns and neutral colors. I knew I wanted something that would pair easily with seasonal décor and other fabrics. When I moved into the cottage, I wanted to create a simple, calm space that included wood, light colors and lots of textures.
O: The Boucle and Breeze collections certainly do all of that!
SM: Yes. Then, after living with the rugs, I fell in love with the ease of them. I don’t have a lot of time between my job, my blog and renovating a new space – I can’t spend my time scrubbing, so these rugs are perfect for my life. They’re easy.
O: Speaking of your new project, where is it taking you?
SM: It’s right here in Minden! I absolutely love my town and want everyone to have a chance to see it for what it is – warm and inviting. We’re named “The Friendliest City in the South”!
After a conversation with Sara, it’s easy to see why Minden earned its name. She is the quintessential girl next door – a brilliant combination of soft and strong with a side of sass and spunk! Plus, she has great style . . . as evidenced by her love of Orian rugs. Subscribe to her blog and follow along on her adventures on Instagram. You’re sure to walk away with a healthy dose of inspiration for the year ahead – just like we did.