Entries from January 22nd, 2014

home progress: mixing modern & vintage in the bathroom

vintage & modern mix // bathroom round-up // smitten studioSInce the new bathroom is beginning to take shape, I’m getting into some major retail therapy by ordering all the fun finishes.

I love mixing old and new, so when it came to designing our little loo I wanted to find the perfect modern vintage mix. I did this by combining sleek new pieces, like the gold Kohler Purist faucets and the clean round mirror, with timeless finishes, like the classic subway tile for the shower walls, and the white hex tile for the floors, as well as adding in some vintage pieces like this walnut credenza. The plan there is to retrofit the credenza into a bathroom vanity that will hold two of the square vessel sinks (fingers crossed all goes well). I also stayed with a monochromatic color palette which allows me to play up all the different patterns and textures. Now just to wait for the walls.

Product Sources: Kohler Purist Shower Head // Spotted Candles & Ceramics by Oui // Hexagon Towel Rack // Handmade Horn Comb // Vessel Sink // Kohler Purist Faucet // Tissue Holder // Ferm Wire Hamper // Merola White Hex Tiles // Natural Sea Sponge // Vintage Credenza // Round Mirror // Daltile White Subway Tiles // Pendant Lamp // Black Tea Soap

home progress & addition plans

bathroom addition planRemember the “future bedroom” I pointed out here, well I thought I would share what all we have going on inside. On the top is the existing floorplan of the tiny bedroom and sole bathroom. Below that I’ve drawn out our plans for the addition (the light blue lines show the old walls that will be removed). We will be adding a new bathroom (hallelujah), a bigger closet (double hallelujah), and then extending the bedroom out.

Progress photos after the jump…


DIY: Sculptural bookends

DIY Gold Bookends // smitten studioI was on the hunt for some bookends when I remembered this vintage pen and pencil holder on 1st Dibs that I had been eyeing and thought I could whip up a little something inspired by it. The making of the bookends turned less into a whipping up and more into a blister inducing fight with my backsaw, but I’m thinking it was worth it. This DIY would have been easier with a sawzall (santa can you hear me. oh wait I mean birthday fairy can you hear me?), but I’m sure my manicure will recover eventually. :)

I shared the full DIY on A Beautiful Mess, so pop over there for the step-by-step.

See more of my DIY projects here.

Image by Sarah Sherman Samuel

smitten travels: Michigan

you can't get too much winter in winter // smitten studiowinter in michigan // smitten studioAs you may have noticed… I couldn’t get enough of the freshly fallen snow while we were in Michigan. More photos and my favorite winter walks after the jump…


in my bag: los angeles

packing for a staycation, los angeles // smitten studioInspired by my weekend jaunt all over L.A., I am planning a little stay/workcation at a hotel on the other side of town, so that we can escape the construction for a couple of days.

Waking up to wood saws, hammering, and the smell of welding copper pipes maddeningly a touch too early for me every morning is beginning to wear on these tired bones. While Rupe leaves for work for the day, I am at home fielding questions from the crew and trying to work out of my studio with the cacophony of electric tools just outside my door. Oh and there is also the frequent interruptions in running water which has me running to the local grocery store for bathroom breaks. lovely.

I am not complaining because all this noise means progress and I will be so thankful when we move into our new bedroom. However, I think it is time to grab my bag, laptop, current notebook, the most luxurious PJ’s, and a business meeting outfit, and head out for a couple work days on the east side.

Sources: Clio Coat by BB Dakota // Boyfriend Jeans by Citizens of Humanity // Amica Sweater by BB Dakota  // Silk Pajamas by Journelle // Felt Fedora Hat by Asos // Gold Snake Clutch by TopShop // Graphic Tee by Huge Guinness for J.Crew // Plaid Check Tube Skirt by TopShop // Metro Watch by Kate Spade // Studded Bordeaux Pumps by Valentino Garavani // Tote Bag by Jujumade // Blue Notebook by PostalCo // Sunglasses by Spitfire

To see more from the “in my bag” series check here.

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