“We each wish to be overstimulated in our dwelling in the easiest way potential,” says Sarah Kate Smigiel, who lives along with her fiancée Hannah (and their three canines) in Chestertown, Maryland. Their home is stuffed with shade, artwork and Sarah Kate’s well-known breakfast hash. Right here, she offers us a peek inside and tells us about her current prime surgical procedure…
On a recent begin: We moved from Pittsburgh to Chestertown in April. Chestertown is the place my grandparents reside and half-hour from the place I grew up. It was a spot for us to start out recent however nonetheless be near household. We moved proper at the start of the pandemic. Creating this home in Chestertown, having the ability to adorn and have all that point collectively, was cathartic.
On a cool city: We wished a small city really feel. Being queer, we additionally wished to really feel protected. Chestertown is that this little gem. It has that cozy vibe however we really feel so welcomed and accepted right here.
On a playful routine: We work reverse schedules, however when now we have days off collectively we hand around in our front room. We play video video games on a classic Nintendo, which may be very nostalgic for us. We’re into actuality TV, too, like RuPaul’s Drag Race.
On repurposed curtains: Our curtains are from Mexicali Blues, which recycles silk saris. They take the panels from sections that aren’t broken or worn out and patch them collectively to make curtains.
On an heirloom desk: This desk was in my childhood dwelling; I did arts and crafts on it, each single household dinner I had rising up was right here. It has nicks and scratches. Our dad and mom wished us to have it for our family. My mother comes over as soon as every week for dinner and she or he sits right here, and it’s simply actually cool. Though it’s simply wooden, it’s vital wooden.
On go-to meals: We’re getting nearer to perfecting a few of our favourite meals — charcuterie boards, taco nights, crimson curry, breakfast hash. I wish to attempt completely different components of the world’s meals and cuisines. However I can’t bake AT ALL. I can not make boxed brownies. I depart that as much as Hannah.
On adorning the dishwasher: We discovered this dishwasher sticker on Etsy — one of the best place for quirky decor!
On a classic look: Our room may be very ’70s. Lots of people, once they see it on-line, say it jogs my memory of their teenage daughter’s dream room, which is humorous.
On thrifting ideas: The floral piece above our mattress was $2 or $3 at Goodwill. I heard this quote as soon as — a room ought to really feel collected, not adorned. And I simply love that. Every part now we have right here is from thrift shops or travels. I inform folks, if you happen to purchase the stuff you love, you can also make it work in a room. Through the pandemic, we’ve switched to thrifting on-line at Fb Market and Goodwill. Goodwill on-line is a factor now, which lots of people don’t learn about. You possibly can store Goodwill anyplace within the nation and it ships to your own home.
On three canines: We have now two Boston terriors named Louie and Clark, in addition to a rescue. He was named after Maui from Moana as a result of we knew he was going to be massive and robust. They’re all actually humorous collectively. I can sit and watch all of them day.
On celebrating shade: There’s a lot gray and beige and white in inside design proper now. In a little bit act of insurrection, we’ve tried so as to add as a lot shade as potential. It’s a illustration of the rainbow, too, which I discover to be fairly cool.
Hannah (left) and Sarah Kate (proper)
On a life-changing surgical procedure: I establish as non-binary, and I exploit she/her they usually/them pronouns. It was a current discovery, about 4 years in the past, after I began to know that that was even an possibility. I used to be raised in a really strict gender binary. I used to be additionally raised as a dancer — ballet, faucet, jazz, trendy, hip hop — and that world may be very gendered. However as soon as I graduated from school, though I recognized as a lesbian, I didn’t really feel that was the tip of who I used to be and the way I wished to precise myself. So, I began wanting into an internet neighborhood of non-binary people, and that felt precisely proper.
I started contemplating prime surgical procedure. At first, I assumed that prime surgical procedure was merely for individuals who have been transitioning to be the alternative gender — I used to be born a feminine, I wish to be a male — however prime surgical procedure is for anybody who’s uncomfortable with having a chest.
My surgical procedure occurred final summer season. Now I’m really the happiest I’ve ever been my entire life. It was an outpatient surgical procedure — restoration was a breeze — it’s what I needed to do to be who I’m and to be comfortable and I’ve no regrets, it was one of the best choice I ever made.
(My dad and mom now are very accepting, which I’m very grateful for.)
Every part felt like a primary after prime surgical procedure. I bear in mind attempting on a T-shirt with out having to put on a sports activities bra, and it was the good factor on the planet. Purchasing for swimwear. The best way garments really feel. The best way issues match me now. I had no concept I may really feel so good and assured in my physique.
I get requested the identical questions again and again, so I documented my restoration on Instagram and began a YouTube channel. Being comfy in my physique now, I’ve opened up my vulnerability on-line and am in a position to be completely sincere with folks.
I’ve discovered that by means of sharing my interiors on-line, too, I’ve had lots of people come to my social media who would in any other case by no means observe a transgender particular person. It’s actually cool that sharing one thing I like about design and sharing who I’m as an individual has melded these two worlds collectively. It permits me to succeed in folks I usually wouldn’t have the ability to. That’s been actually rewarding. I hear that greater than anything, ‘I got here in your interiors and I’m staying for the queer training.’
Thanks a lot, Sarah Kate!