Entries from February 12th, 2015

gender neutral nursery for baby samuel

gender neutral nursery design // cloud wallpaper // sarah sherman samuelOk, one week until my due date and the nursery is finally getting going! I’ve had this board and the design for a while so the items have been slowly trickling in. Between this and my online ordering excursion for the bathroom, our front porch has turned into quite the shipping and receiving department! So, besides being up to our ears in cardboard boxes, it is all starting to come together.

I turned one of my own patterns into some custom wallpaper, which is that cloud pattern at the top and we put it up last weekend! I am hoping to get the rest of the room set up this weekend (fingers crossed and the if the baby stays in :).

I have to say I am super excited that we are having a boy but so much of the “baby boy” clothes and “baby boy” nursery decor, I am just not a fan of. I don’t like primary colors and for some reason it seems like that is 90% of what they offer for our male littles. I wanted the nursery to be an extension of our home and so I kept to a light and whimsical palette incorporating a lot of natural materials in their raw state (bamboo mirrors, unfinished wood crib, and the natural reed baskets) and injected a bit of color with the peach rug, toys, and a painted dresser.

Now about that dresser shown above. Ideally this is the shape I was looking for, however it doesn’t come in the color I wanted, so with a little help from photoshop I changed it just for the board. I am planning another ikea hack to get that look but for a lot less.

Wish me luck!

Product Sources: (top to bottom and left to right-ish)
Custom Cloud Wallpaper by Sarah Sherman Samuel // Mirrors from Wayfair // Rock Lamp from Land of Nod // Stuffed Animals by Woodland Tale // Falling Bear & Fox Prints from Land of Nod // Dresser by Urbangreen // Arrow Banner from Ferm Living // Set of Three Lidded Baskets from One Kings Lane // Henry the Fox by Walnut Animal Society // Milo Swivel Glider from Land of Nod // Sheepskin Rug from Amazon // Peach Vintage Rug from Frances Loom // Crib by Kalon Studios // Throw Blanket from Target

home progress: main bath renovation

bathroom renovation // tile progress The tile is DONEZO, (woo hoo!) aka grouted and finished, and I am completely in love with the subtle textural pattern created by matching the grout color to the tile. It is a clean slate, ready to have the fixtures installed and accessories added.

bathroom renovation // tile progress bathroom renovation // tile progress We tiled all the walls except the one with the entry door on it which I had painted in “pitch black” by Farrow & Ball to match the floor tiles. I was a bit hesitant to paint the door and trim so dark but I really like how it turned out, gives it just a bit of drama. You can also just see the new linen closet/cabinet tucked in the corner which is where the old tiny shower was. The space is now much more utilized with the cabinet for extra storage.

bathroom renovation // tile progress See how far we’ve come after the jump…


from the weekend: the waiting game

venice beach pierOur hospital bag is packed, car seat is in the car, and we’ve made most of the necessary preparations for baby samuel’s arrival… and now we wait. At 38+ weeks I could still be waiting for a few weeks and maybe that will give me some time to finish the nursery, (will be sharing the plans in there this week!) and maybe it won’t, but I am totally ok with that. I hope you guys haven’t given up on me sharing the nursery design. ha! The bathroom project kind of took over but I promise it will be something good. For now, you will find me taking long walks (like this refueling one by the sea), eating spicy food, and sipping raspberry leaf tea, because nursery ready or not, I’m ready to have this little guy on the outside. :)

Hope you had a great weekend. Did any of you veg out and watch the Grammys? I only made it halfway through, so I can’t say it was all that exciting, apart from Pharrell maybe, but have the rest DVR’d.

x sarah

Image by me via iPhone/instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)

valentine’s day gift guide for him

valentine's day gift guide for him // smitten studioNow I couldn’t leave out the guys! I’ve rounded up a few V-day goodies for them too, because manly chocolate and x & o boxers are a sure win. :)

Liberty Print Tie by J.Crew // Brass Key Ring by Areaware // Chocolate Bar by Mast Brothers // Sunglasses by RayBan // Horseshoe Game Set // I Fucking Love You Card // Peg & Awl Canvas Bag from Free People // Wrist Watch by Larsson & Jennings // Headphones by Master & Dynamic // Shaving Set by Baxter of California // XO Boxers from J.Crew // Leather Wallet from Steven Alan

and speaking of the boys… Free People has an all new Men’s Section and in honor of the occasion they sent Rupe his Valentine’s gift a little early this year. Check the handsome fella out below. :) I picked out the weekender bag for him, because you know we like our little getaways.

rupert-weekender-2men's weekender bag I think it suits him just right, hey? And if you missed it yesterday, make sure to check out my gift guide for the ladies. xo

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

valentines gift guide for her

valentine's day gift guide for her // smitten studioHint, hint, wink, wink… here are a few lust worthy items I’ve rounded up for some V-day gift ideas for us gals. Maybe accidentally leave your browser open here or share the link with your cupid. Personally, I’d like one of each please. :)

Tassel Clutch by Lauren Merkin // Knot Bangle by Kate Spade // White Lace Bra by Huit // Rifle Paper Love Note // Drop Back Romper // Pastel Planter by Elizabeth Benotti // Blush Bag // Polka Dot Vase by Jen Kuroki (to fill with flowers of course) //  Kiss Me Earings by Kate Spade // Clutch by Lauren Merkin // Lip Bullet // Compartes Chocolate 


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