Create Beautiful AND Livable Spaces

As a blogger and designer, I share beautiful spaces. I love to inspire, but I know sometimes this faux perfection can be exhausting. Today in partnership with STAINMASTER, I’m sharing how to create beautiful AND livable spaces.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of STAINMASTER®. All opinions are 100% mine.

I have a professional photographer, and together we stage photos such as this one of my bedroom. There is nothing wrong with creating a beautiful home (I’m a huge advocate for surrounding yourself with beauty) but you must realize that you LIVE in your home.

I wish our home looked as perfect as my Instagram feed, but the reality is that it never does. I have a messy husband and three kids – one of which is a mini tornado. She manages to leave a messy trail wherever she goes.

You’d never know how much use our stairs see from this staged shot.

Here’s a shot of the same stairway just a few nights ago. My kids were using the stairs as a sledding hill (even my 15 year old jumped in on the fun)! My family is fantastic at testing out the durability of our STAINMASTER flooring.

And here’s me happily fluffing pillows in our very clean guest room.

This is a more honest representation of the space.

It is the security office for my youngest two as they monitor our home.

We selected STAINMASTER® carpet for our home knowing all STAINMASTER® carpets include a *lifetime warranty on stain, soil, static shock and pet urine and can keep up with my crazy family (*as always, check your warranty for more details).

  • Upstairs Carpet: Power Point in White Dove
  • Stairway Carpet: Bora Bora in Harbor Lights
  • Master Bedroom: Braided Opulence in Flannel

Get 10% off Select STAINMASTER Carpet & RUGS!

If you are looking for new carpet, I have coupon from my friends at STAINMASTER just for you! You can get 10% off up to $500 on select carpet and rugs. GO HERE for the coupon and to find the nearest participating retailer to you.


Besides our STAINMASTER carpet, our LVP sees lots of living.

Here’s my perfectly clean laundry room (my laundry for the day apparently consisted of only two pretty towels).

However, here’s what my laundry room looks life in real life when photo shoots aren’t happening (and there was no way I was going to step in this photo and show you what real-life Sara looks like)!

We selected STAINMASTER® LVP for our home in Phenix natural because it provides the look of beautifully realistic wood and STAINMASTER’s durability and easy maintenance.

One evening I found my youngest painting on the laundry room floor.

When I asked her what was going on, she happily replied that she knew the paint would be easy to clean up since it was STAINMASTER flooring.

Our back entry is our mudroom, so it sees the most traffic in our home.

We often think about little kids being rough on homes and flooring, but my teenage boys are doing a fantastic job of making toddlers seem harmless.

I hope sharing my family’s real-life photos were helpful to you. Even influencers can’t live up to the staged social media images we share.

Want some tips on how to choose flooring? Go HERE to see how we thought through our selection process knowing it would create a beautiful AND livable space!

Go create something!

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