Entries from April 13th, 2015

from the weekend: sunday walks

from-the-weekend-playa-del-reyThis weekend we took our little down to Playa Del Rey and on our favorite walk along the channel and around the lagoon. We are starting to realize just how exciting it is to share our world with this new life. Everything we do now is “Archer’s first trip to the beach“, “Archer’s first shopping excursion“, or “Archer’s first Sunday nap while the Master’s is on TV” (I take my best naps when Rupe is watching golf. ha). I can only imagine how it will just get better as he gets older and is able to enjoy, interact, and remember all these firsts himself too.

I hope you had a nice weekend and maybe tried something new yourself! x sarah

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kitchen before & after

kitchen renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelThe kitchen had been 98% finished for… oh maybe about six months before we got around to the final touches. While we may have moved crazy fast on the recent bathroom reno, things get completed a little slower when it’s DIY.

Because really, after you’ve done the entire kitchen and ran out of supplies for the last pieces of trim, who wants to get all the tools out again just to put up some trim above the cabinets and finish off the toe-kicks? Not this girl… so I saved the project for when my dad came to town and made him do it. Dad’s are good for that sort of thing. And just like that… it is done! Don’t miss the “before and afters” after the jump!

kitchen renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelkitchen renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelWe used Semihandmade doors & drawer fronts that were custom made to fit Ikea cabinets, you can read more about the process here. We initially had a professional spray paint the fronts but when we extended the kitchen, we ended up buying a sprayer and painting them ourselves which you can read more about here.

kitchen renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelkitchen renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelPreviously the kitchen was a tiny space, completely closed off to the rest of the house. We gutted it, opened it up, expanded it, and added on a separate laundry room so that we could move the washer and dryer out of the pantry and away from the dishwasher.

kitchen renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelI sourced the Calacatta Marble from a slab yard in Van Nuys. I can’t say for sure, but I think I found it at Marble Unlimited. There are quite a few stone suppliers in Van Nuys and after visiting a bunch of them, we found the slab I wanted and I can’t remember exactly which one it was from. It makes a pretty perfect backdrop for my cutting boards hey? ;)

Your best bet if you are in the LA area is to drive out there and hop from one to another. Just a warning though, some of them only supply to contractors, you might want to ask first before getting your heart set on the perfect slab.

kitchen renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelI knew I had to have brass in the kitchen and found these perfect pulls on myknobs.com (best website name ever?! ha). Cedar & Moss lighting was the icing on the cake and I am still SO in love with the cabinet color (it’s “pigeon” by Farrow & Ball btw). All the sources and side-by-side before and afters, after the jump…  READ MORE

shopbop spring sale! in my cart

shopbop sale // my spring must haves // sarah sherman samuelIt’s my favorite sale of the year… the Shopbop 25% off everything spring sale! It has been awhile since I have shopped for anything non-maternity related so I am EXTRA excited to use the sale to stock my closet for summer. Here are a few of my spring sale must haves that I snatched up in my buying frenzy. I may have gone a little crazy with so many crop tops but I have been missing out on them for the last 9 months and as I thoughtfully explained to Rupe, I am just trying to reach my crop top quota, of course.

The sale only lasts from April 7 – 9th so get a move on!

Chambray Dress by Soft Joie // Gladiator Sandals by Schutz // Crop Top & Midi Eyelet Skirt by Zinke // Lauren Bracelet by Jason Wu // One-Piece Suit by Mara Hoffman // Peach Satchel by Phillip Lim // Jumpsuit by Kamali Kulture // Fringe Clutch by Rebecca Minkoff // Crop Top by Mason by Michelle Mason // Tassel Sandals by Loeffler Randall // Champray Crop Top by Loup // Arrow Ring by Shashi

from the weekend: day dates and archer’s first day out

mama's first day out // distressed denim & black pumps // sarah sherman samuelIt may have taken me 5 weeks but I did it… this weekend I finally got out of the house, and twice!

On Friday my doula dropped by to watch Archer for a bit so Rupert and I could have our first day date since baby and a little time with just the two of us. We had a long lunch at our favorite local spot and hit up a couple shops before running back to feed the little guy.  The next day we ventured out again and this time with baby in tow, to another fave spot by the same folks.

Overall, it was a huge success and much needed outings for me. Every little milestone like these are helping to build my mama confidence. The rest of the weekend we spent around the house, working on our our feeding, cuddling, walking around the hood, sleeping, and then feeding again cycle.

mama's first day out // distressed denim & black pumps // sarah sherman samuelbougainvillea // sarahshermansamuelbaby A // sarah sherman samuelfamily nap // sssbaby A // sarah sherman samuelI hope you all had a happy Easter from our family to yours.  xo

Distressed Jeans from Zara (old, find similar here) // Sweater from J.Crew // Black Elsie Pumps from J.Crew // Gold Bracelet by Brandy Pham

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