Simple Spring Entertaining

tropical inspired table tropical inspired tableWe are still not quite finished with the pergola, it needs paint and wire run between the beams so the bougainvillea can grow over the top, BUT it hasn’t stopped us from already having a few gatherings with the new set up. People often think you need to have a ton of different sets of dishware for frequent entertaining or that you need an entire prop closet to set a beautiful table. Of course it helps, but for those of you that don’t have access to Martha Stewart’s prop room, I’m sharing a few tips to create a simple al fresco table inspired by Target‘s spring line.

tropical inspired tabletropical inspired tabletropical inspired table1. Use what you have. I have two sets of dishware, one white and one black and I don’t think you need much more than that. If you are trying to start your own personal entertaining prop closet, I would say get a full 12 piece set of white before getting anything else. It lays a clean foundation and it’s easy to completely switch up the look with less expensive items. For flatware…  I have one full set of modern gold, and a similar in stainless, but a while back I found this vintage 100 piece brass set and it happened to be a perfect match for Target’s “Summer Safari” collection, reinforcing the tropical vibe I’ve got going. When it comes to linens, no matter how casual the party, I still like to use cloth napkins if I can. Of course with my collection, I don’t have a shortage on those, but if you are just just getting started, I’d recommend choosing a simple pattern, like the black and white dot, that can go with almost anything but brings visual interest to the table. And finally, glassware, I use stemless wine glasses for everything. For water, wine, juice, cocktails, for everyday and for every gathering. I have like 30 of the same simple shape.

2. Skip the florals. Instead of a floral centerpiece I used these oversized vases to create a no fuss sculptural focal point.

tropical inspired tabletropical inspired tabletropical inspired table3. Nature’s placemats. No placemats? No problem. To add just one more layer to the table I picked up some Monstera leaves for an inexpensive and disposable charger/placemat. It takes only about 2 seconds to throw these down first, but the visual impact is huge. Ferns would also work if you live in a woodsy area, you could just snip, snip, snip!

tropical inspired tableand finally #4. Bring the inside out! That is usually the other way around but creating an outdoor room is easy. Bring out your favorite pillows (I am obsessed with these macramé-esque ones), a cozy throw, and hang a mirror (art or a wall hanging could work too). This instantly creates a personalized outdoor space that makes dining al fresco even more special.

I’m so looking forward to many more dinner’s under the bougainvillea this summer. x

From Target: Large Vase // Small Vase // Wicker Mirror // Throw // Pillows // Stemless Wine Glasses

Napkins by Sarah Sherman Samuel // Flatware is vintage // Table from Modshop // Rattan Chairs are Vintage from ModernHaus

Photos by Sarah Sherman Samuel

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12 round coffee tables

12 best round coffee tables // sarah sherman samuelRecently, I’ve been finding myself searching for round coffee tables… for my own spaces (for the a-frame and in our baby-proofed house) and for a couple clients. I love that a round coffee table can break up the lines of a room that has mostly straight angles or booxy shapes and a major bonus is they are more kid friendly. So, from my searches, I have put together a whole lot of great ones… 12 favorites, to be exact.

Pedestal // Striped Inlay // Oxo // Pivot // Tabla // Susila Rattan // Mara Oak // Carnaby Cocktail // Umbra Hub // Shroom // Nest Rattan // Gaultier

mother’s style story

swarovski-mothersday5a-640 I get a lot from my mama, my hands are almost an exact replica, my thick hair (thanks mom), my faith, my creativity… the list is long and on that list are elements of my style. In honor of Mother’s day Who What Wear and Swarovski teamed up and invited me to share just how my mother and being a mother has influenced my style.

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april sunset magazine

sunset-magazine-storyI’m excited to share a project I worked on for the April Issue of Sunset Magazine! I styled and photographed 20+ photos for the 10 page story illustrating a plethora of life hacks, i.e. tips and tricks for solving everyday problems around the house.

sunset-magazine-story5sunset-magazine-story4It’s chock full of decorating tips, how to repurpose household items, plant care, and tricks in the kitchen.

sunset-magazine-story2sunset-magazine-story3sunset-magazine-story4I shot the feature all around my house so you will easily recognize the spaces, Pikku even squeaked her way in there (such a ham). The May issue is already out in stores (I’m a little late to the sharing game) but I still found the April issue at Barnes & Noble yesterday, so go grab yourself a copy OR you can see the online version of the story here.

Image Sources:
Entry Image: Vases from CB2 and Jonathan Adler // Mill Console Table by CB2 // Octagon Mirror I had custom made // Lamp From Target // Pillows by Little Korboose and Loom Goods  // Mid-century stool, vintage //Sheepskin from Ikea // Basket from Chicos // See More of the Entryway Here

Living Room Image: Vintage Hardoy Ottoman from Surfing Cowboys // Sofa from HD buttercup // Khotan Rug from The Rug Warehouse // Chandelier by Jonathan Adler Candle Holder, Vintage // White Credenza from West Elm // Pink Flamingo Photograph by Sharon Montrose  // Aldama Chair from The Citizenry // Vintage Coffee Table // See more of the Living room here.

Last Image: Cutting Board by Sarah Sherman Samuel // Copper Knives from target 

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel for Sunset Magazine 

in my bag: northern california

in-my-bag-northern-caliWe are planning a trip up to northern California next month to spend some time in Sonoma and then visit friends in Booneville and I am really looking forward to taking a step back and enjoying some time outdoors. I plan on never taking that “i’m busy” hat off so Rupert and Archie will get the hint. Mama needs a b/r/e/a/k. ;) While I do have a lot on my plate between now and then but you better believe I already started ordering a few things so they will arrive in time to make it in my suitcase.

I’M BUSY HAT // JUMPSUIT from Asos // D’ORSAY FLATS // FRINGE BAG from Zara  // OVERSIZED SHIRT from Madewell // BLACK JEANS from James Jeans // TAN MULES BY LOEFFLER RANDALL // GREY SWEATER from Topshop // LARGE BLACK TOTE from A Very Fine South // SUNGLASSES BY Illesteva

to see suitcases of past trips, check here. 

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