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Creating with the Stars 2013 Winner: Sarah M. Dorsey

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hey there! I'm monica 

I pride myself on making amazing style and design accessible for everyone, regardless of location, budget, or ability! My design philosophy is rooted in authenticity + attainability - If I can do it, you can too! My work has been featured in countless publications, but I take the most pride in homeowners that have been personally inspired by my DIY ideas and have tried something in their own homes!

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Time is ticking away, so you better join the Creating with the Stars 2014 link-up party before midnight tonight if you want a chance to team up with one of our awesome blog stars and have a shot at an amazing list of prizes! We’re so impressed by all of the gorgeous submissions so far and the amount of entries, you guys are incredible. Thank you for helping us kickoff CWTS 2014 with a bang!


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Creating with the Stars Link Up

Today we thought we would take a look back at last year’s winner: Sarah M. Dorsey, who recently celebrated a 2 year blog anniversary over on Sarah M. Dorsey Designs… Happy Anniversary Girl!

Sarah’s designs blew us away last year during Creating with the Stars 2013 , can we just talk about this creative Statement Light Fixture she brought to the table in round one for the upcycle challenge …

statement fixture

Then in round 2 for her knock off design, she hand-stenciled Schumacher Zimba pattern drapes, created an Anthro-inspired bench, and a cornice. Sarah didn’t just give us one incredible DIY project to drool over, nope she knocked out the competition with three of them!


She continued to impress us all in round 3 with her stenciling skills, which can now be purchased in her Etsy shop (her stencils, not her skills!). Can you believe the inside back panel on this beautiful bookcase turned secretary desk is a hand painted stencil, amazing right?! Plus, can we all agree how remarkable the wall stencil is…also hand painted and designed by Sarah!

secretary desk

During the entire Creating with the Stars 2013 competition, Sarah was always in the top 5 and then came her final design in round 4 for the home decor face off that took home the cake…


If you look closely at the temporary accent wall she designed, you will notice the nails that Sarah used to create her pattern with… about 2,250 nails to be exact! Oh and then there is the stunning custom DIY headboard she made, love the shape and the color. Since being a part of Creating with the Stars 2013, this room makeover has actually become famous and made it on the cover of Make it Over magazine for their very first issue!


If you don’t know Sarah as well as we do, you soon will. This year she was named as one of Better Homes and Gardens “Top 10 Decorating Bloggers” in their 2014 BHG Blogger Awards. But, that’s not all, she was also in the run for the Apartment Therapy Homies award for Best Home Projects and DIY Blog. See, we told you she’s amazing!


Currently she is featured in BHG’s Makeover Madness with her stenciled secretary desk she made for Creating with the Stars 2013!


Sarah made it to round two and will be facing off again, so stay tuned to her blog and social media pages to find out when it’s time to vote and help her win!

Want More Sarah??

If you love her fabulous designs as much as we do (really, how could you not?), you won’t want to miss her guest posts during this year’s Creating with the Stars. Usually Jess and I play along with the contestants and share our own project each week, but with filming and working on makeovers for “Knock It Off” we’re kind of strapped for time!  We thought it would be fun to invite Sarah back to play along for us!!  Each week during the competition Sarah will be sharing a project for each theme to give you even more inspiration for your own home!  I promise you they’re going to be amazing!

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Now, if this doesn’t give you that little push you needed to enter CWTS 2014, then we don’t know what will! Also, there is still time for everyone to win a trip to Punta Cana…

Happy Hump Day Peeps!

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The comments +

  1. cassie says:

    tried to comment and my computer froze so sorry if this goes up twice!
    anyhow, sarah is amazingly talented and i love her authentic style! she just bought a house 10 minutes from me- i am so excited! she might be scared… and maybe she should be! 😉

  2. LOVE Sarah’s blog- she does some seriously amazing things! 🙂 Excited for this years competition! Even if I don’t get in, I found so many new blogs to read and things to try last year!

  3. Sarah rocks! Everything she does turns out amazing. The girl can do no wrong. I’ve been reading her blog since before her participating and winning your contest.
    That light fixture is still the most amazing DIY I have ever seen!

  4. Kate says:

    I just realized I’ve pinned some pics of Sarah’s home! I love her living room especially.

  5. I love Sarah’s style! Can’t wait to see what she does with her new pad. I also found her through Creating with the Stars last year – so thank you EC2 🙂

  6. Mindi says:

    That is exciting news, Sarah is super amazingly talented!!

  7. Pat says:

    She has amazing talent! Thanks so much for sharing ~


  8. Oh my gosh, Sarah is as sweet as she is talented! All of her projects last year were jaw dropping amazing and proved the power of DIY! 😀

  9. Nicole says:

    I love her work. I have so many ideas and journals filled, looking forward to possibly and hoping to get teamed up with one of you guys. I have so much to share…I love refurbishing furniture, laying down tile, crafting, DIY’s, and chairs I love chairs. Have a happy Saturday!


  10. KG says:

    Stopping by from #Sitssharefest.

    Her designs are beautiful and the best part is it’s DIY.
    Gorgeous stuff!

    Keep it Touched,

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