Minimal Luxe – Workspace

matte black & copper // minimal modern luxe - workspaceHP might have just launched the most beautiful laptop that has ever graced this earth. Matte black and copper! Need I say more? In honor of the debut they invited me to design a workspace, inspired by the sleek obsession-worthy laptop, and I said…. um, yes please!

matte black & copper // minimal modern luxe - workspacematte black & copper // minimal modern luxe - workspaceminimal modern luxe - workspace Copper has already been all over my radar, I have been pinning and collecting copper pieces here and there for my home and office so when I got the first glance and the new Spectre it got really excited to create a copper accented workstation to match. Above is the design board I pulled together to set the tone. I’m calling it Minimal Modern Luxe.The copper chair with its’ curved seat juxtaposed with its’ straight lines go hand in hand with the laptop’s curved hinges and the matte black accent wall lays the foundation for the copper accents to pop just like on the Spectre.

matte black & copper // minimal modern luxe - workspacematte black & copper // minimal modern luxe - workspacematte black & copper // minimal modern luxe - workspacematte black & copper // minimal modern luxe - workspaceTo get the luxe look without spending a fortune, I splurged on some pieces like the chair, and saved on others, by doing an ikea hack desk, for example. The marble printed parson’s desk from West Elm was gorgeous and all but instead I took this basic Ikea desk, and wrapped the top with black marble contact paper, to up the table’s glam game.

And there you have it, a workspace fit for the design (and copper) obsessed to match the laptop of my dreams. Check out the ‘making of’ video to see how they teamed up with artists to create two limited edition versions (one is plated in 18K gold!!).

Shop the Look: HP Spectre Laptop // Copper Chair from Joss & Main // Inspiration Board Desk // DIY Ikea hack Desk (just add this contact paper) // Mirror // Lamp // Copper Candlesticks from Joss & Main // Chandelier from Park Studio LA // Case Study Planters from Modernica // Copper Notebook // Clock 



style stories: coral

Coral Jumpsuit // Style Story I mentioned awhile back about a nail place, here in LA, that also has a color astrologist available to give you your color horoscope while you get your mani. It’s so LA, but also pretty fascinating. She told me the color that suits me the best, and that I should be wearing, is red. I couldn’t help but laugh because I don’t do red. Like in anything! I don’t own one piece of red clothing, I don’t work with the color red, and if you look at my Instagram feed, you won’t even find it in my photos!

I don’t necessarily dislike the color red (unlike purple (sorry purple)), on other people I think it looks great, but it is a strong color that doesn’t jive with my palette. When I told her this she immediately asked me if my mom liked the color red and I said “YES! it is her absolute favorite”! To which she replied that’s why you stay away from it. haha oops. SO basically I have been subconsciously trying not to be like my mother but, in actuality, I am constantly consciously trying to be just like her. So riddle me that?!

Coral Jumpsuit // Style Story Coral Jumpsuit // Style Story Anyway… Rose Theadora and I arrived at a compromise that totally works for me and that is… coral. The orangey-pink sister to red that I can really stand behind is a favorite of mine. And in honor of the new Michael Kors scent, “Coral”, they invited me to share how I incorporate the hue into my life and the answer is, all-the-heck-over…

michael kohrs coral perfume
Coral Jumpsuit // Style Story I have it in my wardrobe – as you see I am continuing on with my streamlined “perfect for the busy gal/mama” one-piece kind of outfits with this coral jumpsuit. P.S. just give me all the jumpsuits.

I have it in my house – in my favorite rugs, HEREHERE and HERE,

I use it on my lips (my go-to lip color),

and now I have it in my scent world via the Coral fragrance. It’s Fresh and Feminine… blending grapefruit, sweet raspberry and warm sandalwood. My mom’s favorite fruit is raspberries and with Coral as the new red, it makes a wonderful and personal mother’s day gift for her and I may just have to get keep one for myself since it’s what the doctor, I mean astrologer ordered.

Jumpsuit by Asos // Necklace from Poketo // Shoes by Jeffrey Campbell // Michael Kors Fragrance in Coral

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

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Mother’s Day Traditions

breakfast in bed // mother's day traditions // sarah sherman samuelGrowing up, my favorite Mother’s Day tradition was racing to make breakfast before my mom would wake-up so that it would be a true breakfast in bed. She is an early riser, and I have never been, so more often than not she would have to pretend to be just waking up by the time I got breakfast up to her, but it was always our special way of starting off the day. I can hardly remember what we made, it was usually whatever we had on hand, but another tradition we kept up was serving breakfast with a side of flowers.

Last year, Rupert adopted the tradition and made me my favorite breakfast… blueberry pancakes, accompanied by my favorite flowers… Peonies! He is a keeper, that one. And while he has so many skills, flower arranging is not one of them. Luckily there is Teleflora. Their flowers are hand-delivered and already professionally arranged by a local florist so there is no struggle to find the perfect vase, no cutting the stems, or fussing over the pretty blooms. They arrive ready to enjoy.

breakfast in bed // mother's day traditions // sarah sherman samuelteleflora-peoniesbreakfast in bed // mother's day traditions // sarah sherman samuelbreakfast in bed // mother's day traditions // sarah sherman samuelbreakfast in bed // mother's day traditions // sarah sherman samuelbreakfast in bed // mother's day traditions // sarah sherman samuelbreakfast in bed // mother's day traditions // sarah sherman samuel The Peonies are a limited seasonal item from Teleflora (lucky for me, Mother’s day usually falls within that small window) but they also have other beautiful bouquets that are created specifically with Mother’s Day in mind. Like this “Butterfly Sunrise” bouquet.

teleflora-mothers-daybouquet-2 copyteleflora-mothers-day2I love the peachy pink roses in this one, which match my current color obsession, and all their arrangements come in containers, which are a keepsake after the flowers have long been enjoyed. I will be enjoying the butterfly mug it came in for my giant cup of morning tea.

What are your Mother’s Day traditions? Do you guys have any special ways of showing your mom she’s your #1 or maybe you have some new hints I need to drop on Rupert? ;)

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

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DIY: to-do list

DIY - giant - to do list // sarah sherman samuelWhen your job description has as many hyphens as mine (designer-maker-blogger-art director-photographer-etc.etc.) or if you’re just a creative person in general, chances are you’ve got a whole bunch of different projects going on. While I live by my online calendar, I still keep a notebook for daily to-do lists yet still with both the calendar and various notebooks, I was really missing my black board from my old, old home-office where I would have a list of projects that are ongoing and/or don’t have a formal deadline. The kinds of projects that aren’t super pressing but ones I still want to keep on my radar so when I do get a free moment, I can chip away at those long term goals. Since I am such a visual person, it really helps me to have those things listed out, big and all in one place, so I can take a quick glance and easily cherry pick my next task, keeping me super-efficient.

I was looking for a way to bring that idea back to my new studio and came up with this hanging giant to-do list. I love the paper roll because you can make the list really long or keep it short, and once you’ve crossed a bunch of the to-do’s off you can tear the sheet off and start fresh. I’ve decided it’s also just extra satisfying to cross things off of a giant to do-list, I don’t know why, it just is.

DIY - giant - to do list // sarah sherman samuelDIY - giant - to do list // sarah sherman samuelGet the full DIY after the jump… READ MORE

weekend scenes: family picnic

picnicPre-Archer, Rupe and I used to go for a hike almost every weekend. I hadn’t realized until recently that we haven’t been to any of our favorite trails since he arrived, which now is 14 months ago! This weekend we decided to fix that, quick sharp. We packed up a picnic and hit the trails in Temescal Canyon to get our long overdue dose of nature and it was glorious. Archie loved it too.

Sources: Picnic Basket by Sarah Sherman Samuel // Shoes by Dolce Vita // Hat from J.Crew // Jeans from Zara // Archie’s shirt from Old Navy // Striped Leggings from Target (yes they’re girls, don’t tell Arch) // Shoes by Freshly Picked 

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