Entries from April 16th, 2013

my style: 31 bits with denim & lace

denimandlace-smittenstudio12denim and lace // smitten studiodenim and lace // smitten studiodenim and lace // smitten studioag denim and lace // smitten studiodenimandlace-smittenstudio10I’ve been on the hunt for a good statement necklace for quite a while now… you know the kind you can wear with a plain t-shirt and it instantly makes you feel put together? Well, I may have let out a little shriek when I received this one in the mail from 31 Bits… mission complete. It dresses up my distressed denim and brings color and a little more pattern (always a good thing ;)) to my white on white top & jacket.

If you haven’t heard about the great things 31 Bits is doing to support and empower women in Uganda head over to their site and read their mission.

Shop the look: Necklace by 31 Bits // Jeans by Adriano Goldschmied // Shoes by Sam Edelman // Lace top by Madewell // Jacket by Zara // Double bar ring from Forever 21 // Stacking rings from L.Frank Jewelry // Bag from Asos (old) find similar here

Images by Mike Carriero

from the weekend: check up & getting back to work

04.15-weekendWe headed back down to orange county on Friday for Rupe’s first post-op check up since being released from the hospital and was happy to hear the doctor say everything is looking great and healing right on track. I was however a little less happy when we misplaced the car in the parking garage. oops! With Rupe getting along a little better everyday things are slowly starting to get back to normal and I was also excited to be able to get some work done, planning an upcoming shoot with Urbanic.

reading room: an object of beauty

reading room an object of beautyI just finished reading “An Object of Beauty“, which not only happens to have a gorgeous cover, but is filled with 20 something color reproductions of varied artworks that are woven into and definitely enhance the story. It took me right back to my art history classes in college… just much more entertaining and relevant. The book written by Steve Martin, follows the climbing career of an ambitious young woman (who seems to be missing a moral compass) in the New York City art world. It’s an interesting read for art lovers, New York lovers, and Steve Martin lovers. Bonus if you’re all three like me! Have any of you read it? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

… and how about this artful room, a match made in heaven I’d say.

Read: An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin // Room: Showroom of The Apartment

cabin progress: new rug and the plate rail goes white

cabin kitchen // smitten studioI finally found a solution to my great rug debate. Remember when I had the floral one here and was trying to find a replacement? I received a lot of helpful tips on this one (thank you!) and even though some of you thought I was a little nuts to have a rug in the kitchen at all, I went with this simple blue option from West Elm.

I chose the rug for multiple reasons. One, the smaller size was perfect (the floral one I think took up too much of the space), two, the pretty pop of blue brought a bit of color and pattern into the room right where I wanted it, three, it’s reversible so when it gets dirty I can flip it over for double the use, and four, it was on sale so it was only $5.99! At that price, I don’t mind if doesn’t stay pristine for long.

cabin kitchen & dining  // smitten studioYou may also notice that I painted the plate rail white, which is working better for me then how it was before. The space between the countertop and the ceiling is no longer broken up visually by the darker line of the wooden plate rail, so the ceiling looks a little higher and the room lighter.

I also put together a quick & cheap piece of art for the room by framing a feather that I collected from outside. Buy the frame, stick a feather in it… done! Oh nature’s simple beauty.

The shelves on the back wall are another new addition that we made, but I will get into all of that on the next post. :)

So what do you think? Hit or miss on that rug?

To see how the kitchen looked before, check here.
To see all of the cabin progress so far, check here.

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

Product Guide: Rug by West Elm // RTA cabinets by Customer Service Hardware // Countertops, sink, and faucet by Ikea // Photo frame from Target // Arthur Umanoff Dining Set – vintage

from the weekend: hospital stay

04.08-weekendRupert had to go into the hospital for surgery last thursday. It was a scheduled surgery that has been looming over his head for some time so at least that part is over. He is now on the road to recovery and is looking good but at this point is still in the hospital so, I spent my weekend taking care of him while he is on strict bed rest, hunting down healthy non-hospital food, and trying to act as a nurse the best I can. (even though I am as squeamish as you get with these kinds of things!) If all goes well we are hoping to get busted out of here today!

Thanks to everyone for your support and prayers.

Images by me via Instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)

interview with Emma Magazine

smitten studio // emma magazineHappy to have been listed as a contributor in Emma Magazine’s April issue. Check out the interview, get a look into my home studio, and see Cracker steal the show online here. Or, you can also order it as a printed version.

Image by Sarah Sherman Samuel