Sarah Dubbeldam's LA home is a sigh of relief. Tucked away in a quiet eastside neighborhood, it serves as an escape from the daily frustrations of sprawling Los Angeles, the perfect place to fully relax. As fall approaches, we cozied up to the Editor in Chief of Darling Magazine to learn more about her (growing!) family and how she brings the cool and comfort of autumn into her home even when it's 90 degrees outside.
1. First of all, congratulations on the start of your family! You for sure have the baby-glow. Have you noticed yourself "nesting" more in preparation for your little one?
Thank you so much, we are so excited! Yes, I have definitely been trying to get my home as ready as possible for the little boy coming! I've been trying to make his nursery room cozy with lots of nice textures and patterns, make my living room more comfortable and have been adding little visual touches like new curtains (and of course Society6 pillows and throws!) to add in some color and pattern. I know I'm going to be spending more time in it, so I want my home to feel organized, clean, and aesthetically fresh and new before baby comes! I'm definitely the type of person who is affected by my environment.
2. You're originally from Oregon, where the weather changes drastically in the autumn. Do you miss the chill in the air? How do you fake fall in LA?
That's probably the one thing I miss the most about Oregon. We have these beautiful Aspen trees that go from bright green to yellow to red and purple in the fall and they give you the best feeling. The air turns crisp and you just want to be outside because it gives you so much energy. I definitely try and fake fall in LA, which usually involves getting hot Chai lattes and sitting in spaces with A/C only. I also bust out all my grey, black and navy clothes and start to add in fall touches to my wardrobe like wearing my black lace up boots with a summer dress (since it's still 90 degrees in September). In my home, I get out my cozy blankets and robes at night and turn the A/C to 70.
3. What are the things you do that can immediately make you feel cozy and relaxed?
First I start with a clean space. My husband and I tend to be more on the "cluttered" side (haha) so once I get rid of the mess, I can start to relax. I love curling up on the couch with soft pillows and blankets and turning on Netflix to a feel-good show. Sometimes I also will get a cup of tea and I love berries, blackberries, raspberries and blueberries, and chocolate. Those are all my most favorite things, oh, and face masks!
4. What are the most sentimental items in your home?
We really love to travel and go on at least one or two big adventures a year. Last fall we went to Italy for a month and it was a dream. When I travel I like to pick up a little decor item from each major city we visit. So for example, in Florence last year I found this gorgeous handmade hourglass with copper colored sand at a little shop and had to have it. We also buy small pieces of art, my favorite being an oil painting we got on our honeymoon in Costa Rica, so those travel pieces really hold a lot of sentiment to me.
5. When you approach decorating a space, what comes first - comfort or design?
Definitely comfort, but I also refuse to compromise design for comfort. I am reallllllyy picky about design and colors and patterns so it takes me a long time to make purchases. All of the things I always want are SO expensive, so I either try and save for those one-of-a-kind pieces, or find something that's more in the middle but fits both requirements. I feel like since you spend so much time in your space, it's better to be comfortable than to just have things that might impress people when they come over, but have zero function or comfort.
6. What's the coziest space you've ever been in?
I would say this little Italian villa/bed and breakfast that we stayed at last year in Tuscany. It was built in the 1800's and was made of stone and wood.The family that owned it really cared about having nice linens, beautiful curtains and blankets and pillows, etc. They also really designed the space well with soft, warm lighting that reflected beautifully off the stone walls!
7. Okay, I will fully admit that I love pumpkin-spice flavored anything. Do you have a fave fall flavor or fall food?
My favorite fall food is definitely soup! Tomato-basil, butternut squash, vegetable, it's the best!
8. Darling is all about empowering women to grasp self-love in a radical way. What are three ways that you remind yourself that you love you?
- I try and remember that I am entirely unique, and that's the core foundation of loving myself. Once I realize that I don't need to be more or less like someone else, I find rest in who I was made to be.
- When I make a mistake or behave in a way that I'm not proud of, I give myself grace and try to not give in to regret; I also believe grace is another foundation of love.
- I look for my quirks. I think quirks are the most endearing things about others, so when I look for my own, I end up laughing at myself and realizing that I really like me!
Photos by Samantha West.
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