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Hi!

Welcome to PARO HOME. I'm Sarah, and this is where I document our renovation projects, our flip houses, our decorating finds, our madhouse family, and everything in between. Click the "Properties" tab to see our most recent projects.

We live in the sunny desert city of Phoenix, AZ, and my secret goal is to make everyone else love Phoenix as much as we do! Feel free to reach out and ask anything. I'm glad you're here!

What's Your Decorating Thing?

What's Your Decorating Thing?

Everyone has their own "thing" when they're decorating. You know, that one thing that to you will make or break a space. I guess I have 3 things that are my THINGS. These three things I'll usually splurge on because to me, they're essential. I love plants for bringing life to a room, I love textiles for character and color (blankets and pillows! and LOTS of them), and most importantly, I love GOOD lighting to bring the right mood to the space. Maybe it's just from my former life as a photographer, but I prefer lamps around the room over flat overhead lighting any day. I'm so grateful to be working with Article on this post because their lamps are some of the most unique and affordable lamps out there! (You may remember we've partnered with Article before with these comfy Embrace chairs, and in Loyal's nursery here.) Article is consistently one of my favorite companies out there, from their furniture and accessories to their lamps - I just love how unique their style is. Not only is it affordable, it's also a flat shipping fee of $49 for furniture and $19 for lamps and smaller accessories. Their customer service is the best and their 30 day return policy makes buying furniture sight unseen a LOT less scary. ;) 

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I also realize I haven't shown much of our own home yet on this blog. It's been such a slow process getting this house to feel like US. It takes time to settle in. As a decorator, it's really easy to put a room together in a couple of days and have it look cool and cohesive, but when you're living in it - wow, who knew how much harder it would be? It's finally shaping up to be something we love, although I still have some changes up ahead. Hah!

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Here's a few peeks around our home! So I would say our house is maybe.... 60-70% done. We still have some unpacked boxes and awkward spaces. I've been starting with the smaller vignettes and working my way up. :)

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For the living room, the Pendula Lamp is the best lamp I could have chosen. We have can lights in the ceiling which are great for when you need a lot of bright light, but when you're at home with your family at night, a nice soft, warm light feels like the right amount of cozy. The light in your room helps determine the mood! It's also easy for the kids to turn on with a floor button, and the marble base makes it sturdy.

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Also in the living room, we have an Oracle Lamp in copper up on the mantel. These are literally the only two lamps in the whole room and it's all we need at night! This one is a fun accent light to have and I love the pop of copper against the white fireplace. And here you can also see the state of things - the books aren't going to stay in the fireplace (finally got a bookshelf! Wow - adults!) but then what to put in there?

It's mesmerizing, right? Appropriately named! :)

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We also chose a Pendula Table Lamp in gunmetal for the dining room. It's like the same as the floor lamp, only mini - marble base and all! Same warm, soft light. Perfect for dinner parties (that we haven't actually had, because our kitchen counter tops are still made out of cardboard. But that all changes THIS WEEK!).

And although our bedroom is kind of a catch-all at the moment (so I'm not going to show you anything but this lovely corner, which I thought would be a reading corner, but it's kind of more of a laundry corner at the moment - hah!) I love this little space. Eventually I'll have less clutter and be able to show you more (and we're planning on having a greenhouse right outside the french doors that are next to this spot), but for now, this is the reading / getting dressed nook!

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How good is that Gira Floor Lamp!? I love the stark contrast of the black against the white walls, and at night, the directional light is perfect.

Okay. Are you ready for my favorite lamp? I think I was surprised by how this one has become my most-used, and my most-photographed fav. It's also under $80 and it's kind of a dream! I wish I had one in every room - and maybe one as a floor lamp one day! Here she is... the Leap Table Lamp.

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I LOVE the copper stand paired with the matte black. It's classic, it's gorgeous. It's like a piece of art itself. The soft light is perfect. We keep this one on day and night - it's a nice dim glow to have on at night in case the kids get up and need water (it lives on a console between our dining room and kitchen).

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I can't wait to show you guys more from our home! And yes - this post was sponsored by Article, but I'm also legitimately a huge fan of Article, their products, their services, and how freakin' cool and more affordable their furniture and lighting are! I'm truly so excited to share these lamps with you because if you're like me, it's hard to find something that looks awesome that a) you can afford, and b) isn't in everyone else's homes already. You know what I mean? I feel like Article allows us to find our own unique style on a moderate budget, that looks more like you did it on a designer budget. I love partnering with them and I hope you check them out. Your home designer brain will go nuts. :)

When You're Fighting Feelings of Failure

When You're Fighting Feelings of Failure

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