Summer Happy Hour

summer happy hour - patio ideasIt’s a shame we don’t really use this back corner of our yard enough year round, but it’s that time of year when we have dusted off the cushions and are putting it to good use again. Especially for happy hour use. I teamed up with Target again to deck it out and throw a laid back weekday hang.

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modern organic bedroom makeover

kristinaandsarah640kristina-roomLast year my friend Kristina finished renovating her home from top to bottom. She selected all the fixtures and finishes herself while managing all the sub-contractors. The house turned out AMAZING but after undertaking such a huge project, being a mother to two boys, and co-running her blog 100 Layer Cake, she ran out of steam on the decor. I am all too familiar with how much work going through a renovation can be and now, as she is expecting her third babe, I teamed up with Hotel Collection, Home Design Studio and the Martha Stewart Collection, all exclusive to Macy’s, to give her a well deserved bedroom makeover! I am using the term makeover lightly as it is more of a bedroom finishing, since Kristina got off to a great start, but here is how I revamped and completed the space.

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get the look: australian magic

whiitng architects // get the look // sarah sherman samuel Be still my heart… this room! I came across this space in Australia designed by Whiting Architects (shot by Sharyn Cairns) recently and about had a heart attack from all the good going on in there. The neutral color palette with that gorgeous shade of green (so close to the green of my kitchen!), the laid back vibe and the big black built-in window seat bringing the drama. I wouldn’t mind taking up residence on that sofa, no sir. But in the meantime, I’ve pulled together pieces so you can steal the look…

laid back neutral // get the look // sarah sherman samuelPaint Colors! Farrow & Ball Pigeon // Snowfall by Behr // Off Black by Farrow & Ball

Georg Stool by DWR // Arc Lamp (or similar here) // Stump // Round Rug // Daybed (if you don’t happen to have that awesome built in window seat thing) // Coffee Table // Chairs // Leather Drawer Pulls // Linen Sofa 

style story: culottes

culottes-crop-top8I finally found the culottes of my dreams and have been wearing the heck out of them ever since…  READ MORE

real talk real moms: education

real-talk-educationWe are back with another installment from the “real mom series“. I have to admit I am more excited to read the other mama’s input on this topic than I am to write it… you see, Archer is 15 months old and we have just begun putting plans together for his education and boy can it be overwhelming. I am in no rush to send him off to school but living in LA, it is like so many of the comedic scenes you see on TV where to get into your preferred preschool you have to start applying basically when they are born or shortly after. I have two applications sitting on my desk as I type. I had to sign up on a wait list just to take a tour! On the flip side, I am thankful to have so many good schools available, so many preschools that foster play based learning and other important aspects like time outdoors. Through touring different pre-schools in the area, regio inspired, waldorf, montessouri… etc. etc. I have been able to narrow down the things that are important to me and here is hoping Archer get’s into one that checks off the most important boxes to me.

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