shop picks: the citizenry

shop picks // the citizenry // sarah sherman samuelI’ve mentioned The Citizenry before like with this Thanksgiving tablescape, but I wanted to single them out in a “shop picks” because, wowza, have you seen their new collection?! Not only do I stand behind their business model of supporting artisans and giving back, but their modern twist on timeworn materials and techniques create some seriously special pieces. I went gaga over that chair, and the lava trays… and the candleholders… you get where I am going with this. I will take one of each please.

Lava Trays // Adia Planters // Sauda Baskets // Aldama Chair // Hauri Candleholder // Aldama Side Table // Noche Blanket

style: swing top & laser cut skirt

swing top, lasercut midi // sarah sherman samuel swing top, lasercut midi // sarah sherman samuelswing top, lasercut midi // sarah sherman samuelswing top, lasercut midi // sarah sherman samuelMy daily uniform has been more like jean shorts and a button down shirt, and I probably shouldn’t admit that sometimes it’s the same shirt three days in a row, but this mama does get out once in a while too. Here’s what I’m wearing on those rare days that I do leave the house at night.

Skirt by Alexander Wang // top by Zara (old) similar here // Gold Cuff by Edge of Ember // Ring by Edge of Ember //  Sandals by Matisse  // Bag by Chiyome

Photos by Mike Carreiro 

weekend scenes: LA Lately

marina del rey // sarah sherman samuelThanks for all of the love on the new site! Things should be running a lot more smoothly now. We ended up having to move the site to another host all together because my old one (rhymes with slowdaddy) just could not handle all of the fabulousness ;). Anywhoo, there are a few things I need to finish up but I am just happy it is up and running and I am back at it again.

This weekend I caught up on sleep and it was MARVELOUS. I forgot what a good solid eight hours does for a person. I even worked in a good nap on top of it. Archer is getting more and more interactive and dare I say… we are falling into a pretty good rhythm. Of course I am quickly learning as soon as you say that everything changes and you are right back to feeling clueless again but I will enjoy this period of bliss even if it only lasts a hot second. We took him out for lunch and splashed around a bit at the beach in Marina Del Rey. It is just a few minutes from our house but it transported us to that good vacation feel.

Hope you guys had a good one too.

Image by me via instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)

sss sea change

sea-change-sssChange is good right? Boy have I gone through a lot of it this year and I am keeping it going with the new site, new shop, and new (old) name. With the new site I’m bringing my blog, my design work, and my products all under one roof and one name… my name! Having all different brands was just crazy town and I’m looking forward to having things streamlined and easier for you and me to navigate. With that said, I wanted to walk you through what is new around here.

– The Name. I am saying goodbye to the name Smitten Studio as it (and I) has grown and changed so much from when I initially chose it years ago. One thing that I do know won’t change is my name so consolidating everything under that is the way to go. To differentiate the blog a little bit from the rest of the site I am titling it “Stories”, as it is a place to share DIY tales, my latest finds, and all sorts of visual stories of design.

-Email sign up! My blog finally has a place to subscribe to receive posts by email (welcome me to 2005).

-Navigation: Popular posts at the top, and main categories to the side. Hopefully you can poke around and find your favorite posts easier.

-Oh and it is prettier. :)

– The Name. Switching it from A Sunny Afternoon to a signature line was a tough decision as the shop was only open for two seasons but again, consolidation is the name of the game so the products are now under Sarah Sherman Samuel as well.

-New Items! I will be updating the shop with new items as I create them so check back often. There are some new boards in there now and keep a look out for some product collaborations which will be a regular thing.

-The black & white picnic basket is back!

– This section isn’t quite finished yet, but it will show my work and my design services. I just couldn’t wait to get the new blog up and running and get back to posting.

– oh and the new homepage! Here is where you’ll see the latest posts, newest products, collaborations and studio work.

I am sure there will be tweaks and changes that need to be done over the next few days so if you see something funky let me know. Thank you and happy you are here. x
UPDATE: it seems there are a LOT of tweaks and things have gone a bit haywire. Please bear with me as I get things sorted. New websites are SO FUN.

New Site Launching Tomorrow!

new-website-sarahshermansamuelTomorrow is the big day guys! I am doing it… out with the old and in with the NEW WEBSITE. Along with the new site is a bit of a re-brand, I will be saying goodbye to Smitten Studio! But don’t worry your pretty little faces off, all of the content will still be there, just the name will change and the site will look and function so much better. SO, please set your browsers, readers and the likes to for the new blog. Can’t wait to see you there on the flip side.

OH and I am re-launching my line too so all those cutting boards, picnic baskets, and kitchen textiles are BACK as well as some new pieces!  x sarah

Also how amazing is this wallpaper by Ellie Cashman… new home renovation updates to come!

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