in my bag: florida

in my bag florida // sarah sherman samuelWe are planning a trip to Florida to visit family (Rupert’s mom and my sister), and I did a little online shopping to fill my suitcase. Here are a few items that made the cut…

Wide Brim Hat // Denim Dress // Sunglasses // Black Heeled Sandals // Blush Tote // Halter Bikini Top // Midi Length Skirt // Strappy Sandals // White Bucket Bag // White Shorts // Flip Flops // Black Swimsuit 

weekend scenes: double birthday

happy balloons // sarah sherman samuelWhat do you do when you, your son, and Johnny Cash all share a birthday? Duh… you throw a Johnny Cash themed party! And that is what we did for Archie’s first and my {cough cough} thirty fourth. If you follow along on Instagram you’ve already seen these few peeks from the day, but more to come soon! We had Birds of a Feather shoot the party, so you know they will have some good ones.

johnny cash birthday party // sarah sherman samueljohnny cash party // prison line-up photo booth backdrop // amuse booth // sarah sherman samuelthe duquense // birthday party // sarah sherman samuelWe all dressed up as our best Johnny and Junes, ate a mean BBQ lunch, got silly in the Amusebooth, danced, and listened to my new favorite band The Duquesnes as they covered Johnny Cash for the party.

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

Sources:
Black and white rug from esalerugs // Skirt from Princepessa // Crop Top from Shopbop // Archer’s vest from H&M 

desert modern living room

desert modern, living room // sarah sherman samuelI’ve been working with a client in Palm Springs to furnish a newly renovated house and we are coming up on the final install so I thought I’d share the design board for the living area. She had a few pieces already in place, like the sofa and the butterfly chair, so jumping off from there I created this modern/warm/boho living space. It’s a second home/will be a rental home, so we kept things neutral in the main space, layering up on natural textures for a tranquil easy on the eyes vibe. We were also restricted to pieces that could be purchased online and easily delivered since the owner and I have both been working remotely other than a couple quick site visits. Oh and don’t worry there is color going into the rest of the home which I will share soon!

get the look:
sofa // wallpaper // credenza is an ikea diy // floor lamp // coffee table // rug // print // butterfly chair // side table // baskets (collected – find example here) // planter // bench // credenza // brass birds (vintage found on etsy) // cactus print by Linda Benziger //  runner

 

backyard progress: modern pergola

backyard // sarah sherman samuelIt has already started to heat up around these parts and I am looking forward to using more and more of our backyard again. We built the benches two years ago creating an outdoor living room/lounge area that we love. The benches are still looking great however the grass to the left of the lounge area did not survive long after this photo was taken. So I started thinking about how we could claim that part of our yard, which turned into a muddy mess, back again.

backyard baby shower // sarah sherman samuelYou may remember this baby shower I threw literally days after the new sod was put in and the grass glorious and the bougainvillea served as a perfect backdrop for the dining table. That space was always meant to be out outdoor “dining room” but the grass never took because, shaded by the bougainvillea, the corner never gets any sun and we were left with a squishy muddy mess.

 

modern pergola in progressYou can start to see the the mud taking over here.

modern-pergola-sketch // sarah sherman samuelSo, I made a plan. Mostly in my head but I threw together a quick sketch so Rupert was on board and off we went. I wanted to create a modern pergola that would not only be framed out by the bougainvillea but also with patio lights for extra ambience during those long summer evening dinners. I kept the structure simple using only 4×4’s (make sure they are treated because they will be going into the ground) and cut the cross beams flush to the support beams to keep it modern. We dug down about a foot and a half and anchored each post with cement before adding the cross beams with 6 inch bolts.

modern pergola in progressHere is a snap of our work in progress and speaking of snaps… I have been snapchatting lately (I still still slightly like a granny with new technology when I use it but I’m @sarahssamuel where you can see more behind the scenes (and lots of Archer) on the daily). We bought 2′ x 2′ paver stones for the base which we plan to fill the spaces with river rock.

outdoor dining room // sarah sherman samuelNext we covered the entire ground area with plastic, so no stray grass starts growing between our new pavers (no one likes that), and then covered that with sand making sure all is level and good before placing the pavers. That’s as far as we’ve gotten but hopefully we can finish before the weekend as we have a double header birthday party!

follow along for more progress on instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel) and snapchat (I’m @sarahssamuel)

Pavers and 4x4s from HD Supply

style stories: structured top

style stories - structured crop top - leopard skirt // sarah sherman samuel style stories - structured crop top - leopard skirt // sarah sherman samuel style stories - structured crop top - leopard skirt // sarah sherman samuel Did you all have a mushy gushy Valentine’s Day? We went to the beach, but it was so foggy the sand was still wet and Archie wasn’t a fan of the sand being stuck to his everything. ha! Then in the afternoon I did a weaving class with a friend which is very non-lovey dovey but hey, Valentines can be for friends too right? In the evening Rupert made me dinner which is our usual V-day tradition, he always surprises me with a new recipe and doesn’t let me do a thing but light the candles. However, I saved this outfit for our president’s day dinner out, because nothing says romance like leopard print and George Washington.

style stories - structured crop top - leopard skirt // sarah sherman samuel style stories - structured crop top - leopard skirt // sarah sherman samuel style stories - structured crop top - leopard skirt // sarah sherman samuel style stories - structured crop top - leopard skirt // sarah sherman samuel style stories - structured crop top - leopard skirt // sarah sherman samuel I love the interesting silhouette of this top I found a while back at Need Supply. The structure of it works well paired with a fitted skirt or skinny jeans and I was so drawn to the almost architectural quality of it. It is always so fun discovering new labels to love.

Top by Keepsake via Need Supply (in white here, or similar here) // Leopard Skirt from J.Crew (old) Find similar here, here, and here // Gold Booties from Nasty Gal //Cuffs  by Brandy Pham and J.Crew // Necklace from Dogeared 

Photos by Mike Carriero

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