backyard summer soiree

summer entertaining I don’t know why it took me so long this year to get into summer mode but after getting back from Michigan, our first real family vacation in what feels like an eternity, I am vowing to slow things down again and take full advantage of the rest of the long, warm summer days.

You may remember, last month I went to new york to celebrate Zac Posen’s latest collaboration with Ecco Domani. He designed a limited edition label for their Pinot Grigio and the bottle is beautiful… mixed metallics, blush, green with black and white dots. Take a glimpse into my home or studio and you will notice it is basically my ideal palette. So when I invited some friends over for an intimate backyard summer soiree with Ecco Domani, I didn’t have to look far for tablescape inspiration. Hopefully I did Mr. Posen proud.

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Custom Printed Anniversary Dinner

pattern mixing \\ custom printing products \\ anniversary dinner \\ sarah sherman samuelRupert and I just celebrated our 7-year wedding anniversary while we were on our family vacation in Michigan. We were able to sneak away for dinner and a movie night while my parents watched Archie but we got extra nostalgic thinking about our honeymoon and those exotic pre-baby vacations we used to take.

We looked through photos and I busted out the journal/sketchbook I kept at the time and we reminisced about what has to be our favorite tropical getaway to date. Flipping through the pages got me thinking about doing something with all the doodles and memories from that first trip as a married couple and I knew I wanted incorporate them into a gift for Rupert. I worked with Shutterfly to create a custom mini collection of home goods for an intimate dinner-night-in with Rupert, using those prints and patterns from our honeymoon in the South Pacific.

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Master Bath Finished Tour

master bathroom renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelYou may have seen around Instagram that I’ve been putting some finishing touches in our master bathroom. After living with it for a couple years, I’ve finally added in the little details that made it feel complete. You wouldn’t think it would take much in a bathroom but even small changes like switching out the pendant lights or additions like a rug and some pretty towels, can make a big difference.  READ MORE

Hi from Michigan

samuel-cabin-michiganI hope your week is going swimmingly! I’ve checked out and am spending some much needed downtime at our old cabin! If you are new to the blog… I started this whole space when we bought this old fixer cabin and began renovating it ourselves from top to bottom, side to side, and inside and out. You can see everything we did (in reverse order) here. 

When we sold it we swapped our Umanoff dining table set for a two weeks stay which is what we are cashing in on now.

lake-michiganIn the meantime you will find me here… in my happy place (aka at the cabin/in Lake Michigan).

More on the cabin here.

shop picks: lulu & georgia

lulu-georgia-shop-picksI recently collected a few amazing pieces for the a-frame from Lulu & Georgia and while I was on the site I just kept finding more and more and then more unique home pieces that I wanted to make mine. It was the best kind of rabbit hole to fall into. I’d previously known them mostly for their rugs so I was pleasantly surprised when I found all sorts of home decor goodies and I’ve rounded up some of my faves, including a few of those that I had to make my own.

LEATHER LADDER // BOOK ENDS // BRIDGID LOUNGE CHAIR // GOLD SIDE TABLE // DESK LAMP // CERAMIC STOOL // GEO CANDLE // ZIMMERMAN RUG // BANANA PALM PILLOW // ZEBRA PILLOW // TIERED CHANDELIER // DECO COASTERS

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