Two Meatballs: Sara, Are You Ready To See Your Fixer Upper???!!!

It’s finally time!!!  My great pal Nikki referred me to her contractor friend and neighbor, Ryan Newman of Newman Builders, when I first started talking seriously about a renovation.  I reached out to him and set up an appointment, immediately followed by an appointment to refinance my house haha!!!  I’m a human with lots of family, friends and clients, so like most of you, I’ve heard my fair share of contractor horror stories.  But I have to say, I didn’t experience any of that…like at all!  Sure there was a lot of dust and some unexpected obstacles and we ran over budget (because I couldn’t stop adding projects…ship lap, barn doors…) but Ryan was an absolute pleasure and I mean, somebody look at this amazing work that he did!  This was my kitchen before…shitty counter tops, ugly wallpaper, just so blah and not me…


Look at it now!!!!


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It’s a space that I am enjoying personalizing so much!!!



I could literally die.  It’s so beautiful… from the butcher block counter tops that he custom made to the oversized shelves that he created to the custom ship lap on the walls!!!  This space is so homey, chic and totally on trend now.  On to the closet…you remember this dumb space from before!


Less than zero personality…it crushed my soul everyday!  But now…TA-DA!!!!


I mean, somebody look at the shiplap on this ceiling!!!!


Ugh, I just love it!!!! Before their were hangers on both sides that smacked me in the face as I shoved myself into the stupidest closet alive!!! But now, it’s EVERYTHING! I look forward to getting dressed every single day and I love the function and form that he created.  I can actually see all of my options and my pretty little things now have a pretty little home.   And finally…my favorite…THE BATHROOM!!!  Here is the before and the useless wall that separated the teensiest space. Ryan and I spent a lot of time talking about that wall.  I hated that wall.


You may want to sit down for this…


I’ll give you a moment to regain consciousness from passing out FROM HOW PERFECT THIS ROOM IS!!!   Ok so where do I even begin…i mean did you see the shower?!?!  This room is so spa like that I don’t ever want to leave it.  I have an orange clove candle that I light every time I walk in and check this out…


It may just look like a fan, but it’s a bluetooth speaker.  When I turn the fan on, my Spotify playlist starts playing.  So far Beyonce, Peaches, Led Zeppelin, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sia, Rolling Stones, Kid Cudi and Childish Gambino have been rotating non stop, full blast.  Another reason for my neighbors to hate me…if they only knew how sexy this bathroom is!  I no longer have peaceful showers, everyday is a dance party or a concert. #theseacousticsaregreat I really love design, so the aesthetic is basically all I cared about when we first start planning.  I planned this entire bathroom around my first find…the gorgeous white resin deer head named Liz Lemon and then everything else fell into place.  Ryan was great about incorporating my look with great function.  My shower is so useful now, the bench he designed is a life saver, the frameless glass door is incredible, the tile work is art!   I was going to hang a chandelier or bubble lights but he steered me in the direction of an industrial look with LED Edison bulbs which ended up totally tying the style of this room together and upgrading it 1,000 percent.  I didn’t know I could love a bathroom like this.  I am so seriously considering moving a chair in there to read and hang out bc it is now the spot in my house that I never want to leave.  But wait, there’s more.  Somebody look at these barn doors…


I just didn’t know you guys,  how impactful it is to do your dream household projects!!!  And how important it was to find the right contractor to do the job.  Every time I called Ryan with another idea, he was always so positive and really honest.  We got a stainless steel sink and he called me to tell me it looked  awful and suggested the beautiful white one that you saw above.  If you know me, you know I love that.  I don’t want to have something that looks like shit in my house and with certain things,  you just don’t know until someone who knows more that you tells you!!!  But he was supportive of my every whim and if something didn’t make sense to do he would tell me or help modify to something that would look even better.  Are you picking up what I’m putting down!?!?!  Call this guy, he will make all of your home dreams come true!  As soon as I rebuild my house fund, we already have two more projects in the wings-shiplap over the fireplace and reading nook and paint the inside of the house and then project two…girly backyard overhaul…I’m talking a deck with a pergola to hold all the twinkle lights my sweet little heart could desire, custom picnic table, an herb garden, new pavers…the works!!!  I love having things to look forward to and people I trust and love to work with.  Here is all the info you will need to change your life and give your home a much deserved face lift:

Ryan Newman

Newman Builders

(803) 983-9948

Also, he has a Facebook page for his business (Newman Builders) if you want to see more of his work… I honestly can’t say enough great things!  Ryan, THANK YOU SO MUCH! I love my house and everything turned out better than I could have ever imagined.  I so look forward to working with you again really soon. And to everyone, one last view of the house decorated for Christmas, my favorite time of the year!!!  I have missed you all and look forward to telling you all about me and Jenny’s trip to Miami! Xoxo


Ps…I ordered my vanity and all of my light fixtures from and looooved everything I got!!! Love y’all!


  1. Sara, your re-do looks amazing! This is gonna be so great for your overall well being…a fresh start! I’m so proud of you and what you’ve accomplished and I’m thrilled to read that you are FINALLY placing YOU on the top of that pyramid! You’ve made incredible progress over the last year. Luv ya & keep looking forward.

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