Entries from December 21st, 2012

My gift tree

wrapped gifts smitten studioThis year I infused a little fashion into my gift wrapping. Gold, herringbone, and leopard print took center stage in this present tree.

Meanwhile… I have already officially lost track of what day it is… which is the BEST feeling. We made it to my parents in Michigan a few days ago, our bags packed with presents, and finally this morning we woke up to a fresh white blanket of snow. I love the holidays.

Image by me via Instagram. (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)

pattern spy: sequins

pattern spy sequinsIf the holidays aren’t a good enough excuse to bring a bunch of sequins into your life, then I don’t know what is. I’ve definitely been wearing my fair share and also added a little to our sofa with a sequin pillow. Sequins create a subtle pattern but with a big glitzy statement and I can’t get enough. So go ahead and wear a sequin dress (I did, at our holiday party… photos coming soon), maybe use a sequined curtain as a backdrop to a photo booth, or throw a sequined pillow into your home.

1: Sequin Dress by Haute Hippie // 2: Sequined curtains by Anthropologie // 3: Sequined pillow by Bliss Living

from the weekend: party party

12.17.12 weekendThere is nothing that feels more like the holidays than when you fill your home with your friends for a little Christmas bash, and that is exactly what we did this weekend. I felt so blessed to have our friends over to share in lots of holiday cheer and shrieking laughter (seriously, I still don’t have my voice back).

We have been in LA for almost 6 years now and while my husband can literally make friends in an instant, it usually takes me a little more time to develop a close kinship. Many of my closest friends are spread across the country, so while we were dancing around, smileboothing it up, I couldn’t help but be filled with gratitude for the great California based friends that have come into my life over the years. It feels great to find your tribe and even better to share your home with as many as can fit through the door.  Happy Holidays you guys!

Images from my Instagram feed. (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)

DIY: metallic dotted vessel

DIY christmas metallic dot vaseI’m getting ready for a little holiday party at our house this weekend, so that means pulling out my go-to party accessories like this little vessel I made and used as a candle holder for my birthday party. Or, you might also have spotted it in my studio on Design Sponge where I used it as a pencil cup.  Now, I am putting it to work as a bar accessory, holding the printed straws that are a must at every party, right?

supplies neededSupplies needed // 1: Simple drinking glass (I picked up mine at the 99 cent store). 2: White spray paint (make sure to get FLAT paint. That is what makes it look porcelain like). 3: Gold leafing pen (also by Krylon, find it here)

step 1 spray paintInstructions: 1: Spray paint the glass. (two coats worked form me)

step 2 gold dots2: Starting at the top, press firmly on the very tip of the pen to create a small dot. 3: move the pen over about 1 cm and place another dot. It’s nice to do it freehand so that it doesn’t look too perfect.

step 3 gold dots repeat4: Continue all the way down the vase (I left about an inch at the bottom of free white space to anchor the pattern). That’s it! and you are done. Easy peasy right?

Christmas vase porcelain-like DIY

Images by sarah sherman samuel


gift guide for cabin life

cabin life gift guide

I’m finally getting around to starting my christmas shopping (hey, better late then never!)…  and so I decided that if I am going to do one gift guide, I am going to have to gear it towards life at the cabin. Of course you don’t have to have a cabin to want or gift these items. Although, I wouldn’t mind if each one of them made a nice little home for themselves at ours. :)

I tried to put a little something in there for everyone, so if you are like me and need to get ordering your presents like today… here are the details:

1: French Press from Anthropologie  // 2: Infinity Scarf by Juicy Couture on Piperlime  // 3: Sheesham Ice Bucket from Anthroplogie  // 4: Men’s Leather Belt from J.Crew  // 5: Weekender Bag by Clare Vivier  // 6: Mini Bow Ring from Madewell  // 7: Wooden Amplifier by Koostik from AHAlife  // 8: Passport Holder from Asos  // 9: Table Grill from A+R  // 10: Blanket from West Elm  // 11: Owl Mug from Anthropologie  // 12: Cutting Board from World Market

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