Entries from October 18th, 2012

Design Duel with The Life Styled

the life styled and smitten studioTake a peek over at Pulp Design Studio’s blog today to see a fun little feature that Catherine and I took part in. They had us each create a virtual entry way for the fall season. Here were my picks.

entry-way-roundupI put together my round up with our cabin in mind (if the cabin had room enough for a proper entry way), picking pieces I would LOVE to see really anywhere in my space. To see all the sources, details, and the full feature head over to Pulp Design Studio’s blog here.

reading room: the glass castle

reading-rooms-the-glass-castleI finished (& loved) the last book I read and then passed it on to my husband who now says it is one of his favorite reads (you can get the details here). So now I started re-reading a favorite book of mine for the second time called The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. If you haven’t already read it, I highly recommend.

Read this book: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, in this room found on The Inspired Room from Pottery Barn

from the weekend: fall trip to michigan

10.15-weekend-michigan-fallFriday afternoon we made it to the cabin and we’ve spent the entire weekend reveling in the fall colors and taking long walks in the crisp cool air. I haven’t been able to experience a proper autumn like this in years, so we are soaking up every second of it.

Images from my instagram feed. (@sarahshermansamuel)

cabin progress: in the bedroom

bedroom-bedwallWe are heading back to the cabin this week and I can not wait! Last trip we were finally able to sleep in a real bed instead of on the floor… and better yet, the bedroom no longer functions as a storage room for all of the construction materials. So, here is the current status of the bedroom.

In order to fit a full sized bed in the room we tore out one set of bunk beds (the room previously had two sets of identical bunk beds as shown here) and a closet. We re-built a smaller linen sized closet on that side of the room to fit the new bed.

bedroom-bunkbedsPicking up from where I left off on the last bedroom update (check back here), we have:
1. Mudded (is that a word?), sanded, and painted the drywall (with a little help from our neighbor!).  2. Hung the closet doors 3. Trimmed out the floor, ceiling, & window 4. Re-built one set of bunk beds. 5. Put together the new bed. (Yay!)

Things left to do:
1. Decide on bunk bed color (I am leaning towards painting it white the same as the walls). 2. Install curtain rods & curtains on the bunk beds (train car style). 3. Install the lights shown here and pray that they fit.  4. Wallpaper the wall behind the main bed. 5. Install two mini windows on the bunk bed wall. 6. Make this into a nightstand. 7. Make a ladder for the bunk beds. 8. Find or make art & style the room!

To see how the bedroom looked when we first started look here, and to see all the progress on the cabin so far look here.

pattern spy: florals on black

patternspy-florals-on-blackThis round up was inspired by the black floral jeans I wore here. The deep jewel toned colors of all these florals combined with their black backgrounds are giving me some great ideas of how to keep floral prints going through the fall.

1: Skirt by Oasis from Asos  //  2: Hanging Floral Centerpiece by Amy Osaba found on 100 Layer Cake, photo by Tec Petaja //  3: Giclée Print by Bella Foster

my style: party dress & sequins

aqua by aqua dress chartreuseaqua by aqua dressaqua by aqua dress2aqua by aqua dress3aqua by aqua dress4sequin shoesaqua by aqua dress 6aqua by auqua dress 5So, I know this outfit doesn’t scream fall, or even give a hint of it for that matter, but when it is 90 degrees and you are attending a southern California wedding, this is the dress I pulled out. This twirl inducing number from Aqua by Aqua was perfect for the occasion.

Floyd dress in Sulphur from Aqua by Aqua // Sequin Shoes by Luichiny // Green Turquoise ring – gifted