popRupert held down the fort at home while I snuck away this weekend with a gal pal to Palm Springs for massages and spa time at the Parker and a night at the Line hotel in Koreatown. It was the first time I have been away from Archer for longer than just a few hours but I have to say the TEN hours of uninterrupted sleep made it pretty easy on me. The entire weekend was such a treat, while I filled my depleted energy levels and caught up with an old friend. The house was still standing when I got home too, so kudos to Rupe. Must do this more often.
I’ve mentioned The Citizenry before like with this Thanksgiving tablescape, but I wanted to single them out in a “shop picks” because, wowza, have you seen their new collection?! Not only do I stand behind their business model of supporting artisans and giving back, but their modern twist on timeworn materials and techniques create some seriously special pieces. I went gaga over that chair, and the lava trays… and the candleholders… you get where I am going with this. I will take one of each please.
My daily uniform has been more like jean shorts and a button down shirt, and I probably shouldn’t admit that sometimes it’s the same shirt three days in a row, but this mama does get out once in a while too. Here’s what I’m wearing on those rare days that I do leave the house at night.
Thanks for all of the love on the new site! Things should be running a lot more smoothly now. We ended up having to move the site to another host all together because my old one (rhymes with slowdaddy) just could not handle all of the fabulousness ;). Anywhoo, there are a few things I need to finish up but I am just happy it is up and running and I am back at it again.
This weekend I caught up on sleep and it was MARVELOUS. I forgot what a good solid eight hours does for a person. I even worked in a good nap on top of it. Archer is getting more and more interactive and dare I say… we are falling into a pretty good rhythm. Of course I am quickly learning as soon as you say that everything changes and you are right back to feeling clueless again but I will enjoy this period of bliss even if it only lasts a hot second. We took him out for lunch and splashed around a bit at the beach in Marina Del Rey. It is just a few minutes from our house but it transported us to that good vacation feel.
Change is good right? Boy have I gone through a lot of it this year and I am keeping it going with the new site, new shop, and new (old) name. With the new site I’m bringing my blog, my design work, and my products all under one roof and one name… my name! Having all different brands was just crazy town and I’m looking forward to having things streamlined and easier for you and me to navigate. With that said, I wanted to walk you through what is new around here.
– The Name. I am saying goodbye to the name Smitten Studio as it (and I) has grown and changed so much from when I initially chose it years ago. One thing that I do know won’t change is my name so consolidating everything under that is the way to go. To differentiate the blog a little bit from the rest of the site I am titling it “Stories”, as it is a place to share DIY tales, my latest finds, and all sorts of visual stories of design.
-Email sign up! My blog finally has a place to subscribe to receive posts by email (welcome me to 2005).
-Navigation: Popular posts at the top, and main categories to the side. Hopefully you can poke around and find your favorite posts easier.
-Oh and it is prettier. :)
– The Name. Switching it from A Sunny Afternoon to a signature line was a tough decision as the shop was only open for two seasons but again, consolidation is the name of the game so the products are now under Sarah Sherman Samuel as well.
-New Items! I will be updating the shop with new items as I create them so check back often. There are some new boards in there now and keep a look out for some product collaborations which will be a regular thing.
-The black & white picnic basket is back!
– This section isn’t quite finished yet, but it will show my work and my design services. I just couldn’t wait to get the new blog up and running and get back to posting.
– oh and the new homepage! Here is where you’ll see the latest posts, newest products, collaborations and studio work.
I am sure there will be tweaks and changes that need to be done over the next few days so if you see something funky let me know. Thank you and happy you are here. x
UPDATE: it seems there are a LOT of tweaks and things have gone a bit haywire. Please bear with me as I get things sorted. New websites are SO FUN.