New Eras

I LOVE Summer. I call myself Summer Sarah because I thrive the most in summer. I love the busyness of it, I love the longer days, the tan skin, the warmth of the sun, traveling, there is just a freedom of summer that I love.

Now that Fall is entering I am starting to love the slow down. The routine. The sounds of the crickets. The cooler mornings. The warm colors. New new wardrobe.

As Summer is slipping away, and Fall is stumbling upon us, it really makes me realize what I love about the new seasons. How Each season gives us a new chance to reset

Think about new goals.

Think about how we want to feel.

Think How we want to look.

Think about what we want to do.

Each season we can choose to enter a new era. I say era because of Taylor Swift. I was able to go to her concert this summer with my daughter and her friends. What a great experience! Even at 42, I loved every single moment of it. I love how Taylor’s Era Tour showed us how you grow and evolve. How you don’t have stay in one era, And each new season gives us the chance to do that.


What are you waiting for?

How do you want to feel this fall?

How do you want to look?

What do you want to do!

What are your new goals.!?

The best thing about life. Is YOU get to choose. YOU get to choose how YOU feel, look, what YOU do and what YOUR goals are!


You can always start with how you want to feel when you walk into your home. Is it seeing warmer colors? Then Add some new throw pillows and fall stems. Is it the smell? Purchase a fall candle!

I love doing a fall refresh in our home! Little things can make a big difference.

How do you want to look? How I dress each day reflects on how I feel. I work from home, but I normally choose an outfit that I can go to a meeting in if need to. This way I am also motivated all day. Each season gives us a chance to enter in a new era!!

You can make a fall bucket list! Make sure you get all your favorite fall things on there! And something new!

What are you waiting for!

Sarah Grendahl

What Are You Waiting For

I am going to interrupt our normal home building posts for something personal. 💫

Two events in my adult life that have made a huge impact on me.

The passing of my dear friend Geoffrey, in 2013, she was 31 just shy of 32. She was a true Joy. And often very sarcastic which made her really funny. She was the honest best friend we all need in our lives.

I got the news of her passing one morning in a hotel. We were in Bismarck looking at a new house. Thinking of moving there. My last text to her was, “we just walked through our new home! “ I knew she would be just as excited as I was. Because that’s the friend she was. I never got a reply. But I know she pushed me to make the decision to make an offer on that house and redirect the path of our lives. I never even imagined how good our life would be in Bismarck.

10 years later, march 2023, I get a phone call while working in my new home office,

“Sarah. I have some bad news to share, Mark Trogstad passed away”.

Mark is my cousin. He was only in his 40s. He has twins, Macies age (17), he and his wife Jenny were high school sweethearts, best friends. That hit me like a ton of bricks. I felt like I could be living that exact same scenario.

We went to his funeral and got to experience the love of their family. The bond of their family. The strength of their family. It really touched me. I remember looking around feeling their love and support for one another. My heart aches for Jenny, Marks wife. And his two kids. I know they are being held up by so much Love and strength. I believe Mark now gets to watch over them. And orchestrate great things for them and his whole family.💫

That experience really changed me again. This proved to me,

Life can be short or long.

We don’t know.

I want to feel and share happiness every single day. I want to feel and share love. Every single day.

I am a dreamer. And I have a lot of dreams and plans for what we can do with our business, the places we can travel to, and the memories we can make as a family. I want to experience it all.

So what am I waiting for?

I want us to be a powerful example to our kids, who are now young adults. I want to show them that you can do anything. And anything is possible. It does take work. And believing in yourself. It takes mistakes, and imperfections, But once you can break down your own walls. That is a powerful thing.

There’s so much to be happy about.

If you are having a bad day.

Think of a happy memory.

Feel that memory.

I promise you.

You’ll will change your own day. 💫

What are you waiting for? 🙌🏻

Sarah Grendahl

Owner of Grendahl Design Co

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Buffalo mac and cheese

by Sarah Grendahl

When we first started out on the Gluten free journey, it seemed like everything we loved, was not an option to eat GF, so I made it my mission to make all of our favorite meals Gluten Free!

This was the case for Buffalo Mac and Cheese. The key is to find good Gluten Free Noodles, and the right balance of GF flour to butter ratio to make the roux. This is one creation that I have found to be the right mix of everything!

I used Barilla Gluten Free Elbows for this Recipe, and King Arthur GF Flour.

If you cannot find the Mac and Cheese Shredded cheese, use your favorite blend, even Monterey Jack is great in this!

Visualize This

How are we set apart from the rest. Let me explain!

I like to say I have the gift of visualization. While many homeowners can’t picture something, I can see it all before it comes to life. And this is where I come in handy!

  • I am able to imagine a home in my head before putting it on paper. It’s like having a dream board in my mind allowing myself to visualize the design of the home.
  • Instead of using other home designs or tv shows as inspiration, I love to rely on elements like color pallets, wood tones and light fixtures to spark my creativity.
  • Nature can inspire interior design by providing a rich source of colors, materials on, patterns, textures, and shapes. By incorporating these elements, designers can create spaces that evoke a sense of tranquility, harmony, and connection to the natural world.
  • Colors: The colors found in nature can serve as inspiration for an interior color palette. Earthy tones like greens, browns, and blues can create a calming and soothing atmosphere, while vibrant colors like yellows and oranges can add energy and warmth.
  • Materials: Natural materials such as wood, stone, and bamboo can be incorporated into interior design to bring an organic and rustic feel. These materials not only add visual interest but also create a connection to the natural world.
  • Patterns and Textures: Nature is filled with intricate patterns and textures that can be replicated in interior design. Examples include floral patterns, leaf motifs, and animal prints. These elements can be incorporated through wallpaper, fabrics, and accessories to add visual interest and create a sense of harmony.
  • Organic Shapes: Nature is filled with organic shapes that can be replicated in interior design. From curved furniture to flowing drapes, these shapes can create a sense of comfort and relaxation.
Sarah Grendahl is the lead designer for Grendahl Design Co. She loves inspiring people and believes in making life’s better!  

Designer Advice

These are all the things I consider when designing a new home!

Number 3 is what makes me inspired with a home! Lighting often gets overlooked. But it’s what can personalize your space and make it all come together.

Number 8 is what I feel sets us apart in the building industry . As a designer, I am able to imagine how a family will use their space and make sure it’s functional now the floor plan will work with furniture as well!

  1. Understand the purpose and function of the space: Before starting any design project, it’s important to have a clear understanding of how the space will be used. This will help inform your design decisions and ensure that the space is functional and meets the needs of the family.
  2. Create a cohesive color scheme: Choose a color palette that reflects the desired mood and atmosphere of the space. Consider the use of complementary colors, contrasting colors, or a monochromatic scheme to create visual interest and harmony.
  3. Pay attention to lighting: Lighting plays a crucial role in interior design. Consider both natural and artificial lighting sources to ensure that the space is well-lit and that the lighting enhances the overall ambiance. Incorporate a mix of task lighting, ambient lighting, and accent lighting to create layers of light.
  4. Consider the scale and proportion: Ensure that the furniture and decorative elements in the space are appropriately scaled to the size of the room. Avoid overcrowding or leaving large empty spaces. Aim for a balanced and harmonious arrangement that allows for comfortable movement and flow.
  5. Use texture and patterns: Incorporate different textures and patterns to add visual interest and depth to the space. Mix materials such as wood, metal, glass, and fabrics to create a layered and tactile environment.
  6. Create focal points: Designate a focal point in each room to draw attention and create a sense of visual interest. This could be a statement piece of furniture, an artwork, a fireplace, or a unique architectural feature.
  7. Pay attention to details: Small details can make a big difference in design. Consider the selection of decorative accessories, such as throw pillows, rugs, artwork, and plants, to add personality and style to the space.
  8. Consider the flow and layout: Ensure that the layout of the space promotes easy movement and functionality. Arrange furniture in a way that allows for clear pathways and facilitates conversation and interaction.
  9. Incorporate storage solutions: Effective storage is essential in maintaining a clean and organized space. Consider incorporating built-in storage options, such as shelves or cabinets, to keep clutter to a minimum.
  10. Personalize the space: Finally, don’t be afraid to inject your own personality and style into the design. Add personal touches, such as family photos, artwork, or heirlooms, to create a space that feels uniquely yours.

A Place to Unwind

The master bedroom is one of the most important rooms in a home. It is a space where you can relax, unwind and rejuvenate after a long day. Therefore, it is essential to design the master bedroom in a way that creates a calming and peaceful atmosphere. A well-designed master bedroom can not only improve the quality of your sleep but also add value to your home.

Here are a few of the key elements of master bedroom interior design that can help transform your bedroom into a luxurious and comfortable space.

  1. Color Scheme:
    The first step in designing a master bedroom is to select a color scheme that sets the tone for the room. A neutral color palette with soft tones such as beige, cream, and grey can create a serene and calming environment. However, if you prefer a more dramatic look, you can opt for bold colors such as navy blue or emerald green. The key is to choose a color scheme that reflects your personality and creates a relaxing ambiance.
  2. Lighting:
    Lighting is an essential element in master bedroom design. It is crucial to have a combination of natural and artificial lighting to create the perfect ambiance. Large windows that let in natural light can make the room feel more spacious and airy. In addition, you can install dimmer switches to control the intensity of the artificial lighting, allowing you to create the perfect mood.
  3. Furniture:
    The furniture in the master bedroom should be functional, comfortable and stylish. A statement piece such as an upholstered headboard can add a touch of luxury to the room. Additionally, a comfortable armchair, and a bedside table can provide practical and functional elements to the room’s design.
  4. Textiles:
    Soft and luxurious textiles such as silk, velvet, and cashmere can add a touch of elegance to the room. A plush rug, cozy throw pillows, and luxurious bedding can create a comfortable and relaxing environment. Additionally, window treatments such as curtains or blinds can add privacy and light control to the room.
  5. Accessories:
    Accessories such as artwork, mirrors, and decorative items can enhance the room’s design and add a personal touch. A statement piece of art can create a focal point in the room and add color and texture to the space. A decorative mirror can make the room feel more spacious and reflect natural light, while decorative items such as vases, candles, and plants can add a touch of personality to the room.

A master bedroom design requires careful consideration of the room’s function, style, and personal preferences. By incorporating the key elements of color, lighting, furniture, textiles, and accessories, you can create a luxurious and comfortable space that reflects your personality and helps you relax and unwind.

Shop this look on Sarah’s Style here

Walmart Home

Feeling at home and comfortable in your space is so important when leaving homeCreate dorm room collection all from Walmart! Send her off to college in style!

Walmart has so many fun styles Including furniture and decor items such as bedding, rugs, and lighting. The aim of the collection is to provide affordable and stylish options for college students.

Shop it all right here!

If she’s moving into An apartment and you want a more mature look this one is trending but still has a young fun style as well!

NOW TRENDING • Organic Interior Design

This is one trend I am getting on board with because it’s timeless and traditional. I don’t see this one going out of style. I just see it being improved on!

So how do you get that look on your own?

  1. Choose natural materials: Incorporate materials such as wood, stone, clay, and natural fibers like cotton, linen, and wool to give your space an organic feel.
  2. Use natural colors: Earthy tones such as beige, brown, green, and grey will help create a natural color palette.
  3. Bring in plants: Adding indoor plants will help create a connection to nature and add a sense of freshness to the space. Plants are also proven to be a mood booster!! Bring nature inside.
  4. Incorporate textures: Mixing different textures such as a woven rug, linen curtains, and a leather sofa will add depth and interest to the space. This is the best way to add depth to your space as well. It’s my favorite thing to do design.
  5. Focus on simplicity: Organic design often emphasizes simplicity and minimalism, so avoid clutter and focus on clean lines and natural shapes.
  6. Use natural lighting: If possible, try to maximize natural light by using sheer curtains or no window treatments at all. Incorporating natural light will help create a calm and relaxed space.
  7. This design doesn’t have to be expensive either! You can find these great looks at places like Hobby Lobby, Target and even Walmart. Think of the outdoor patio section to shop in. Outdoor and indoor planters are a great place to start.
  8. You can also shop all these looks on the LTK app!