Behind the Scenes with A House in the Hills

Sarah Yates is one of my blogging heroes. Not only because her blog A House in the Hills is gorgeous, and her content fresh and inspiring, but she manages to achieve a feat that few bloggers can in this day and age: the majority of everything you see on her site is original content. I would say that 98% of the photos you see — her delicious cooking projects, pretty interiors shots, on trend outfit posts, and yes, even those adorable pups of hers — were all taken by her or her husband Lou. So impressive!! I was beyond happy when she agreed to do BTS today so that we could all learn a little more about her. Here’s Sarah!


Credits: Bora Bora, Daintree, Maldives, Lindos, Portugal

1. Bora Bora
2. Daintree National Park, Australia (where the rainforest goes right up to the beach!)
3. The Maldives – I’m dying to stay in a hut over the water
4. Lindos, Rhodes Islands in Greece- this place looks magical
5. Portugal

Get more Sarah, after the jump!

1. Beard, by Matthew Rainwaters: a book by one of my best friends, full of amazing photos!
2. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris: one of my favorite authors and his latest book, can’t wait to read!
3. The Lovers Dictionary by David Levithan: this got great reviews and i’m intrigued!
4. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle: i’ve been working on being more present, hoping this book might be able to help!
5. Super Natural Cooking by Heidi Swanson (love her blog 101 Cookbooks, want to get this book)

Credits: Home, Family, hills photo by Sarah

We’re working on our dream home, hoping to grow our little family if we’re so lucky, and most of all I hope that we have the time and inclination to slow down and appreciate life and each other.

These days I’m trying to get better at cooking — and posting recipes on my blog is helping! We’re also trying to buy a house, which means lots and lots of squirreling away pennies!

Lately the thing I’m dreaming about most is a tropical getaway (see my 5 places for a visual). I can’t stop thinking about sinking my toes into some warm sand, splashing around in turquoise waters and spending lazy days napping in the sun. Some days it’s really all I can think about!

We live in the hills in Los Angeles, and since it’s really the story of our family it seemed appropriate.

My most favorite place for inspiration lately is Pinterest- it’s my perfect gateway to a million other sources of inspiration on the big wide interweb and I love it so much for that.

My proudest achievement is that my husband and I have truly created our dream life – an amazing love and marriage, two dogs who bring us an endless amount of joy, a home that keeps us cozy and inspired. We’ve had our share of personal and career successes, but I think happiness is the grandest achievement of them all.

My most favorite place to rest and re-charge is Palm Springs. Something about that desert air just calms me. And I can’t get enough sunshine, so it’s a natural pick.

I started blogging for my wedding photography business in 2008. And then my husband and I started a personal blog in 2009. After a year we got too busy to keep it up. In 2011 we picked it back up and I’m loving it even more this second time around! I keep doing it because of the sweet, wonderful people it brings into our lives (like you!)


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  1. 2.22.12
    Jess said:

    Oooh thanks for sharing! Her blog sounds amazing!

  2. 2.22.12

    She is so lovely, and the fact that her blog is all original content is incredibly inspiring!

  3. 2.22.12
    viv said:

    I love her blog! It’s incredible to think that most of her content is 100% original!

  4. 2.22.12
    sarah said:

    thank you so much for including me in this great series v! love being part of such an incredible blogging community! xo

  5. 2.22.12
    Lacy said:

    I love Sarah’s blog too – so perfect and entertaining!!! + I adore your Behind the Scenes Series!!

  6. 2.22.12

    Those huts are so dreamy! Great post.

  7. 2.22.12

    I love Sarah’s blog — I mean, how could you not with those darling dog snapshots! Thanks for sharing.

  8. 2.22.12
    Kate said:

    I LOVE her blog! especially the doggie shots…I usually end up Instagramming at least one pic of my dogs a day, so I get it :)

    <3 Kate

  9. 2.22.12

    I SO admire bloggers who are able to keep most of their content original. I’ve made a goal to add more in each week, but its definitely difficult! Great feature, ladies!



  10. 2.22.12
    Lara Matos said:

    Great new blog introduction! Thanks for sharing.

  11. 2.22.12
    Keren V. said:

    I hope I can pull off a red lip and smooth skin like that when I’m 32! I also have a blog that I try to keep as original as possible! It is tough to constantly find inspiration but very worth it! Brava!

  12. 2.22.12
    Alexa said:

    Oooh I just ventured over to her sweet blog! That is such an amazing thing that nearly all of her content is her own. Would love to get there. Gorgeous photos!

  13. 2.22.12

    I love getting some background on bloggers. It makes their blogs even more interesting to read. Can’t wait to check out your blog, Sarah!!

  14. 2.22.12
    TheNOW said:

    I’ve got to check out Sarah’s blog!! Thanks for the introduction. Oh and I want to go to all of those beaches as well..esp in Australia where the rainforest meets the beach. That sounds like my heaven!!! And Pinterest is my favorite place for inspiration as well!!

  15. 2.22.12

    Thank you for introducing her, Victoria! She is fabulous and I can’t wait to go check out her blog now! xo

  16. 2.22.12
    Jaclyn said:

    This is such a wonderful interview, I love learning about new bloggers. I’ll definitely be stopping by Sarah’s blog from now on, she has great style.

  17. 2.22.12

    I adore her blog! Her pictures are beautiful and I love her pups! Oh and I loved your article on The Everygirl today!

  18. 2.22.12
    Stacey said:

    nice to meet you Sarah! great read and now i’m off to visit her blog!

  19. 2.22.12
    Alexandra said:

    I just found your blog and Sarah (via yours) tonight. And I’m already addicted. Beautiful, inspiring, and addictive…what more could you want from a blog? Thank you for your inspiration! And keep up the gorgeous work.

  20. 2.22.12
    Ami said:

    Thanks for this! Just added her to my bloglovin’ :)

  21. 2.23.12

    I loved learning more about Sarah. Embarrassed to admit, I hadn’t read her blog before… but I really love it!

  22. 2.23.12
    Christine B. said:

    The Lover’s Dictionary is a great read…very quick because it is easy, but very good!

  23. 2.23.12

    She’s my hero too, I so appreciate original content.

  24. 2.24.12
    Janel said:

    Great interview! I particularly enjoy the “Picutres of Your Life in 5 Years” and “Your Greatest Accomplishments” questions- original! xx Janel