Entries from June 22nd, 2017

A-frame exterior plans + progress

a-frame exterior - desert landscapingNow that construction is starting to wrap up on the inside of our A-frame, we have turned our attention to the exterior! The front yard, the back yard, the patios and all that good stuff. And as you can see we ended up going ALL white for the outside. We did it bit by bit, painting another section then living with it for a bit, and painting another section and living with it, and then finally we knew we had to go all the way.

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get the look: the now

If you find yourself in LA and looking for a moment of zen, The Now is one of my favorite places to start. The minute I walk into one of their massage boutiques I feel instantly transported to some relaxing exotic locale. Tulum suddenly doesn’t feel so far away.

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a new heart to love

We’ve got some exciting news over here… come November we will have a new baby in the Samuel house! And yes, I mean a real human squishy newborn baby… I’m pregnant!

I’ve been laying low a bit lately, not posting quite as much, because the nausea has had me laid out for months. Working from my bed sometimes has been the only option. I’m 18 weeks as of Tuesday though, and the last few days I have been given sweet relief. I also started to feel the tiny kicks this week which is incredible and starts to make everything feel so miraculously real.

The second time around everything definitely happens faster. The belly popped out sooner, and everything seems to  be running at lighting speed. When we found out we were expecting (in April) we could not wrap our heads around the fact that we would be having a baby before the end of the year. We feel so incredibly lucky to grow our family.

And this proud big brother (who sometimes thinks he has the baby in his own belly) is excited about having a little sibling, let’s pray the excitement lasts through the arrival. Wish us luck!

And thanks to Katherine Rose of Max & Friends for these priceless photos (she also shot for our maternity photos and Archer’s newborn photos).

Dress from Doen // Sandals by Kyma from Midland // Jumpsuit by Miranda Bennett from Midland // Archies jeans from Zara // Archie’s shoes from Old Navy

Bri’s Finished Patio Tour

patio makeover sarah sherman samuel x design love festI’m thrilled to be sharing a tour of the patio I designed for Bri Emery (aka Design Love Fest) today! If you missed the first post with the “before” images and our inspiration head HERE. Bri does a lot of traveling and I wanted to make her patio feel a bit like a boutique hotel while giving her a staycation space she wants to hang out and entertain in year round.

patio makeover sarah sherman samuel x design love festWe had all the cushions custom made from the prettiest pink outdoor fabric and hung black and white striped curtains on the corner nook to give it a pool cabana feel. The oversized mirrors anchor every other seating area creating repetition and focal points for multiple vignettes. I love having the mix of the delicate white wire chairs mixed with the more solid wood and woven captain chairs.

patio makeover sarah sherman samuel x design love festpatio makeover sarah sherman samuel x design love festWe filled the space with plants and cacti, the more the merrier. Find the DIY post for the copper plant stand, in the corner, HERE. Hanging planters are from Urban Outfitters.

patio makeover sarah sherman samuel x design love festpatio makeover sarah sherman samuel x design love festpatio makeover sarah sherman samuel x design love festpatio makeover sarah sherman samuel x design love festWe also loaded up the space with pillows and more pillows. The pink ones we had made to match the cushions but you can find most of the other pillows here, here, here, and here. The rattan chairs, in the back area, unfortunately turned a lot darker after weathering a few storms but the shape is still beautiful. So, FYI, buyers beware, when it says store indoors during inclement weather, they mean it. The coffee table has since sold out but I love this option as well.

patio makeover sarah sherman samuel x design love festpatio makeover sarah sherman samuel x design love festI pretty much want to head over to Bri’s every day now around happy hour. The patio is at it’s best in the early evening, plus she’s turning into quite the chef. Bri… I’m up for adoption is all I’m saying.

SHOP THE POST:
Our Dresses are both from Doen (not planned btw) // Dining Table // Wire Chairs // Captains Chairs (set of two and on sale!) // Pink Outdoor Fabric // Black & White Striped Curtains // Pillows here, here, here, and here // Round Rattan Mirrors (also on sale!) // Umbrella DIY // Rattan Chairs // Coffee Table (sold out but alternative here) // Hanging Gold Planters // DIY Plant Stand

Photos by Tessa Neustadt
Design by Sarah Sherman Samuel
*Pre-existing tile work and lighting selects by Marc Cucco

Palm Springs Guide with Acura

You may have already seen on my Instagram but Acura recently loaned me a new MDX to test out for a couple weeks and it was so great having a brand new car with all the bells and whistles for the many trips to and from Palm Springs we have been taking lately. We got sight of the finish line on the A-frame construction and have been working hard to add all the final details to create our getaway from the city…. our creative hideaway.

I’ve always found so much inspiration from Palm Springs over the years (which is why we bought the A-frame) and I often get an email from friends or blog readers that want to know my go-to spots in the desert so I’ve finally put together a little guide! But first, a few things I loved about the MDX…

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