Entries from June 19th, 2013

my print in Lonny Magazine

lonny-mag-june2013It is always fun to see your work out in the world being used and enjoyed. So I was excited to see my print hanging in the home of Anika & Ken Yael Natori while flipping through this month’s issue of Lonny magazine. I love how it is styled… hanging above those cute cacti vases and a flirty animal print-ish lamp. If you haven’t seen the entire feature, take a look here. There is so much pattern and color in each of their spaces, I was in heaven!

You can buy the print here.

Image by Ball & Albanese for Lonny Magazine

my style: parker printed pants

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Shop the look: Parker pants from Cusp // Monserat De Lucca Feather Bracelet from Shopbop // Shoes by Seychelles (old) find similar here // White Tank by Armani Exchange (old) find similar here // Wishbone Necklace was gifted, find similar here.

from the weekend: palm springs pool party

palm springs weekendWe had a birthday party in Palm Springs this weekend celebrating our friend Lou. We soaked in the pool, ate, drank, and laughed… a lot. Sarah did it up just right.

My dress is by Joie

Images by me via instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)

cabin progress: bedroom storage

DIY ikea dresser upgrade // smitten studio If  you remember from the bedroom “before” photos, there were initially two sets of identical bunk beds. Each of those bunk beds had a closet at the end. By removing one set of bunk beds (to fit the double bed) we also removed one good sized closet, and replaced it with just the tiny linen closet you see here. This meant less storage, but I has happy to make that compromise for a non-bunk sleeping option.

To add a little extra storage, we hit up Ikea and found this dresser that was the perfect width to fit between the two bedroom doors, it just needed a little something.

ikea dresserIn order to keep the dresser from taking up to much visual space I painted the bulk of it white. I also cut about 2″ off of each leg (I wasn’t loving the proportions) and then painted the base pieces with a metallic gold spray paint. After that I just swapped out the wooden knobs for these brass ones (in the “antique brass” finish).

ikea dresserSometimes all you need is a nice and simple Ikea hack. Have any of you switched up an Ikea piece?

To see all of the previous cabin progress check here.
To see all of the “before” photos check here.

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

Product guide: Ikea Tarva Chest // Brass knobs from Menards

in my bag: girls getaway in ojai

in my bag, ojai // smitten studioI packed my bag and headed up to Ojai yesterday for a little getaway with a great group of creative ladies. Hosted by the Bash Please girls along with Catherine and Jaimi, they have put together a little “girl scout camp” themed retreat. Here’s a peek and what came with me.

Shopping guide: Arvada Tote Bag from Anthropologie // One by Otte Ellen dress from Shopbop // Issa Cat Sweater from Matches // Denim Shorts by Victoria Beckham // Alberto Fermani Booties // Straw Hat from Topshop // Polka Dot Cami & Short PJ’s from Topshop // Allure Bikini by Zimmermann

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