Entries from January 22nd, 2013

from the weekend: brunch & hike

01.21.13 weekendI took this long weekend to spend some quality time with Rupe doing two of my favorite things… hiking and brunching. I am pretty sure a three day weekend was made for three days of brunch dates, right?

Images taken with my iPhone via instagram. (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)

Smitten Studio turns one

smitten studio birthday 1Happy birthday Smitten Studio!

This last Saturday marked the year anniversary of the creation of Smitten Studio. To celebrate the occasion what else could I do but partake in a little chocolate cupcake love fest?

I originally started the blog a couple of years ago (with a free blogger account at the time) but I only posted a handful of times and the template site just wasn’t me. A year ago is when I designed and launched Smitten Studio as it is today. It has been an exciting year around here, especially with the cabin renovation and leaving my day job and I can’t wait to see what the next year of SS will hold. You can find a little peek of what is to come on my updated about page here.

Here is to another great year!
x sarah

Image by Sarah Sherman Samuel

new zealand here we come

smitten studio sheep new zealandLast anniversary Rupert surprised me with tickets to Auckland! New Zealand has always been on the top of my list of places to go and I can not wait to head over there and explore. While he took care of the flights, we still have not booked all of our lodging or planned much of anything for the trip, which is now coming up very soon! So today my mind is in the green hills of the New Zealand countryside while I plan our adventure.

Any Kiwi’s out there with tips or must see sights? Or have you been? …any recommendations on things to see, places to eat, shops to be visited?

Image by sarah sherman samuel

cabin progress: kitchen plate rail

cabin kitchen with shelf // smitten studioIt has been a while since I have done a cabin update. Things over there have had to slow down over the winter as it is just too cold to do a lot of things and too cold for me to want to visit as frequently! We were there over the holidays though, so although we didn’t get a ton accomplished we did put up this plate rail/spice rack of a shelf in the kitchen.

cabin kitchen // smitten studioI am planning to put some full sized open shelving on the back wall as well, but now that I see how the oak shelf looks above the oak countertop, I might paint the shelves white. When in doubt paint it white right? Or in my case, when in doubt paint it “whisper gray”?

So far in the kitchen we have:
1. Torn everything down to the studs. 2. Hung, finished, and painted the drywall. 3. Refinished & trimmed out the ceiling 3. Assembled the new Cabinets 3. Installed the new flooring. 4. Put in the new oak countertop 5. Placed the new appliances and apron front sink. 6. Put up the subway tile back splash and put on the cabinet hardware.  7. Created a plate rail/spice rack above the backsplash.

Still to do in the kitchen:
1. Grout the tile back splash (yes, I know we are taking forever on this part. This is one DIY that makes me a little nervous and I decided I will wait until the walls aren’t so freaking cold to tackle that project). 2. Make and install the rest of the shelving. 3. Find a rug.

See all the cabin progress here and see all of the product details here.

Images by sarah sherman samuel

from the weekend: a sunny hike & bicycle rides

01.14.13 weekendWe took full advantage of the sunshine this weekend. Although, it was cold for California, the skies were crystal clear and the sun was shining. So, we layerd up our clothing, took the dogs on a long hike, and went for a bicycle ride.

Images taken with my iPhone via instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)

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