picnic brunch studio warming party

picnic brunch // studio warming partysarahshermansamuel-2sarahshermansamuel-3A couple weeks ago I invited a few of my favorite boss lady friends over to break in the new studio. I’ve been working so much lately and all the women that came are killing it too so I used the newly finished space as an excuse to lure them all over to take a much needed midweek break for brunch and bubbles.

Dasani Sparkling supplied all the sparkling water we could drink as we tested out the new flavors (raspberry lemonade was the clear favorite of the day) while munching chicken and waffle bites, yogurt parfaits, frittatas, and breakfast tartines.

Click through to see the delish spread, some gorgeous florals, tabletop inspiration, and a sneak peek into the finished space.

READ MORE

a-frame living room update

a-frame renovation living room progress // sarah sherman samuelWell ‘knock on wood’, we found a new contractor! I am not sure why it has been so hard to track someone down for this project but I hope you guys have been bearing with me while we get all that sorted out. I don’t remember if I shared, but we need a new roof, and when you’re talking about a new A-frame roof, it is kind of a big deal and kind of a huge expense we didn’t plan for and kind of a GIANT pain in the arse. So we have been getting quotes on that all while our kitchen is still torn down to the studs, the roof has been leaking all over the new tile (so glad we didn’t put in hardwood!), there is some serious stank sewage back-up, apparently Mickey Mouse did our electrical and the air conditioning isn’t working (not ideal when it is 110 degrees outside). But on the bright side our gorgeous sofa from Arhaus has been delivered and it did not disappoint. Nope, not even a little bit.

Rupe and I hightailed to the a-frame to see the delivery, unwrapped it, took a quit sit, high-fived, snapped these pics and then wrapped it right back up so all the upcoming construction dust doesn’t soil the snow whiteness of it all. It is hard to tell in the photos but the sofa is really big, like 9 feet long big and 4o” deep. The Remington sofa comes in 4 different length options and since the space is so long naturally I went for the widest. Other customizable options are the depth, the cushion count, the wood finish on the legs (I am having a real blonde wood moment, and not a ditsy kind, I just really am loving blonde wood), and it comes in 11 different Belgian-linen options (I chose the white because I wanted to break up all the stonework). The sofa sets a pretty perfect foundation for the low loungey vibe I want to happen in here eventually

living room progress // sarah sherman samuelliving room progress // sarah sherman samuelliving room progress // sarah sherman samuel OH and I almost forgot to tell you my rug drama! Remember when I shared my design process and how I look at the sofa and rug pairing first and how that rug was one of the only things I had decided thus far? Well it arrived at my doorstep and I unwrapped it only to find what they were calling “charcoal” looked more like BROWN and more brown. I bought it off of etsy and while I was thinking I was getting the exact rug from the listing photos, they thought any rug that had those stripes would do. And while the brown wasn’t bad at all on its own, when paired with the brown stones in the room, it would all be too much… brown. I needed an actual charcoal color to cool things down and give it some contrast.

So I searched high and low for another kilim that was large enough (10′ x 13′) and came up empty. Instead I found this smaller rug, that I loved, on ebay and layered it on a larger (and less expensive) black and white striped rug to get the size and look I wanted. I love how it turned out and the two patterns give it a little extra dimension.

living room progress // sarah sherman samuelYou might recognize the coffee table from our L.A. living room (before we baby-proofed). It is actually too small for the space here, but we brought it over to sit at the foot of one of the beds, eventually, and it’s what I had on hand at the moment. So far the a-frame has served as a really cool storage facility for the few pieces of furniture we have started to accumulate for the space. I dream of the day we actually get to spend nights here. Until then, I think I’ll camp out on the sofa, wrapped in plastic or not.

Check out more on my design process for the living room here.
See all the progress (or lack there of) on the A-frame (including before photos) here.

Sources: Sofa by Arhaus // Coffee table is vintage // Chair is Vintage // Side Table by Lulu & Georgia // Large Rug // Paint Color is Polar Bear by Behr

style story: dress with jeans

dressandpantsI’ve been wearing this dress on the regular, to meetings, to the pool, on lunch dates, and to the huntington gardens. So basically everywhere, and to get even more wear out of it, when there’s a bit of a chill in the air, I’ve been throwing a pair of jeans on underneath. I didn’t think I was the jeans under a dress kind of girl but turns out I am… and I’m kinda into it.

READ MORE

sss is hiring!

sss-hiringHey guys, we are growing over here and I am looking for the next hire! I am looking to fill two positions. First, is an on-site Los Angeles based designer/creative dynamo. We are a small studio so I am looking for someone who can wear a lot of different hats and thrives in a fast paced environment.

  • I need someone who is extremely organized, proactive/self starter and creative thinking. (and a
  • Must be proficient with Photoshop, Illustrator, and Quickbooks. CAD and any 3D rendering programs are a major bonus.
  • Blog knowledge (wordpress) and graphic design skills are a must.  Ideally you are blog, magazine, hgtv, DIY, and design obsessed. Someone that keeps up with what is happening in the design world and can get involved with the blog. 

  • You must be able to go into a home take photos, measure accurately and create floor plans.
  • If you have photo skills and/or are a great copywriter, plus, plus!
  • Experience with licensing and/or manufacturing = bonus.
  • Must be friendly, honest, highly efficient and have a can-do anything attitude.
  • Must have your own car, and be able to work on-site
  • Crafting/DIY/ great hand skills

Task may include (but not limited to):

Assisting/production of photo shoots
Ideating and executing blog posts
Shopping and more shopping
Keeping my head on straight (and the calendar)
Client visits, taking measurements and creating floorplans
Creating moodboards
Contacting vendors and clients
Note taking and to-do list making
Proof reading

I’m currently looking for 15-20 hours a week to start (but this is flexible for the right person). Please send your resume and anything that you have to show me your design work and style. Blog, Pinterest, instagram handle etc. Show me what you can bring to the table! Please email it to ‘shop at sarahshermansamuel.com’ along with your hourly rate/salary requirements.

Second, I am looking to possibly add a regular blog contributor (this position can work remotely and would be project based). This would need to be someone that gets my aesthetic, a creative thinker, has bright and clear photography. I would be looking for a commitment of one or two posts a month. If you think this is you, send an example of a blog post that you think would be a good fit and three ideas for future posts. Send to ‘shop at sarahshermansamuel.com’ and put contributor in the subject line.

Looking forward to hear from you!

weekend scenes: palm springs

pool-time-avalonExcuse the absence this week. I am still playing catch up from the holiday weekend… Send help!

pool-time-avalon-2avalon-hotelWe spent a couple days in Palm Springs, checking in on the A-frame (update coming soon!) and beating the 100 degree + heat with some pool time at the Avalon Hotel. After a rough couple weeks of at least one of us in the house being sick it was exactly what we needed.

And how cute is that “yeah” shirt. My new fave. Oh, hey… I’m curious if you guys want to see some posts on how I dress Archie? Or if you couldn’t care less. Let me know!

Images by me, via iphone & instagram (i’m @sarahshermansamuel)

connect with sarah
all content copyright © 2016 sarah sherman samuel