from the weekend: michigan & california shopping

09.06.13weekendThis weekend I traveled back from Michigan after having the best shopping & eating trip to Grand Rapids with my oldest friend from elementary school and her adorable daughter. She is also in the middle of renovating a house and is living in the attic while redoing the first two floors of her home. We swapped renovation war stories while she showed me around the new creative spaces that didn’t exist in Grand Rapids when I used to kick around in those parts.

Once back in LA, Rupe and I were on a mission to find a perfect rug. After much searching we decided on this gorgeous Khotan Rug from The Rug Warehouse in Culver City (the photo does not even do the rug justice). We are still living in an empty shell so just having a rug down will warm the place up considerably and I think it will be a great jumping off point!

Hope you had a happy weekend!

Images by me via Instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)


  • Bianka Cochran

    That little one is adorable :3
    and that rug’s design is beautiful. It looks like pineapple on some parts.

  • Your rug is really beautiful (I also loved the one that you selected for the 1stbid list). I am searching for a rug for my living room too. This is really difficult to find the right one.

  • katie hill

    please share your GR shopping recommendations! I’m from originally from West Michigan & would love to explore more of Grand Rapids the next time I visit home. Thanks!

  • Hi Sarah! I began reading your blog last week and love your cabin and style in general. I just saw you visited Grand Rapids which is where I live. Did you and your friend check out the new market?? I hope you enjoyed your visit here. Grand Rapids is turning into an awesome city! I am looking forward to checking out your new renovations!

  • My goodness Sarah! You came into Hunt & Gather! I can’t believe I didn’t recognize you! Your blog is perfect and you’re quite adorable yourself!


  • Hi Katie, the few I went to that I really loved were, Have Company, Hunt & Gather, and then there was a store right next to Hunt & Gather that was amazing as well but I can’t remember the name! I’ll have to do a little research.

  • Hi Anna, I didn’t make it to the new market. Will have to check it out next time!

  • Jay! Wait were you in there too? How funny! Were you the one buying the bronze crane by chance?

  • Sarah, I was the one working! and the store next to us is called Black Lamb!

    • haha wait what?! that is even funnier then. Well it was nice meeting you Jay. :) And thanks for that name I couldn’t remember for the life of me.

  • katie hill

    sarah, thanks for the gr shop info! your cabin reno is beyond…
    i visit home (grand haven) for a month in the summer so that i can share michigan in the summertime & lake michigan with my daughter. you just can’t beat michigan in the summer!

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