Entries from May 16th, 2013

cabin progress: patio planning 2

Tagging onto yesterday’s post and the table search, I picked out the Rocha table to see how it sits next to my favorite chair options.

smitten studio outdoor chair guideI don’t usually like to have a matchy matchy dining set (even though that’s exactly what we have on the inside of the cabin). Sometimes it works, but I prefer when it doesn’t look like it all came from the same place. I am loving how the Redsmith and the Tolix are looking with that table oh, and the Hogsten (a nice inexpensive option). Decisions decisions…

Shopping guide: 1: Dexter Chair from West Elm // 2: Redsmith Chair from Anthropologie // 3: Rex Chair from CB2 // 4: Tolix Marais Chair from Design Within Reach // 5: Teak folding chair from Linens & Things // 6: Hogsten Chair from Ikea

cabin progress: patio planning

cabin patio // smitten studioAs you can see, our patio is still very much empty. While it makes for great uninterrupted views from the living room, it makes relaxing on the deck next to impossible. Last year we did so much work on the cabin that we didn’t spend near as much time as I would have liked outside. So this year, my first project is to furnish that space.

You might remember from the inspiration, my plan is to have a dining and a lounge space. I’ve narrowed it down to getting a long rectangular table for the eating area and two chaise loungers for the space nearest the lake. Here is a look at how I plan to lay it out.

cabin-deckSince the table is such a large piece, I am on a mission to get that picked out first. Here are a few of my top options for outdoor dining tables.

smitten studio outdoor table guideI’m leaning towards a simple silhouette like the expandable one or the rocha. Any favorites?

Product Guide: 1: Expandable table by West Elm // 2: Giardino table by Ballard Designs // 3: Garden Court table by Viesso // 4: Rocha table by Crate & Barrel

To see the patio before photos look here
To see all the progress on the cabin look here

my style: faux leather midi & studded shoes

leather midi // smitten studioleather midi // smitten studioleather midi // smitten studiosmitten studioleather midi // smitten studioI run cold (as Rupe would say) so it took the 100+ degree weather in palm springs this weekend to get me back into a skirt. I don’t always go for a midi length skirt but in pleather?… I just couldn’t help myself. Paired with the studded sandals and my snake print bag the material brings an edge to an otherwise classic silhouette. What do you think, are you a mini, midi, or maxi?

shop the look: faux leather midi skirt (old from zara), find similar here or here // top by Madewell // Studded sandals by Zara // fold over clutch by Clare Vivier // Necklace by Iacoli & McAllister

from the weekend: palm springs getaway

05.13.13 weekendIt was high time to get out of the house and get in some relaxation time. Rupe surprised me with a weekend trip to Palm Springs to take a break from the busy whirlwind my days have become lately and to celebrate his almost finished recovery after surgery. We happily swam, read, ate, and relaxed the weekend away at Korakia Pensione.

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

smitten travels: pagoda lodge, new zealand

pagoda lodge // smiten studioThe last place we stayed in New Zealand was one of the most unique and peaceful spots we’ve been to and was a perfect ending to our trip. Situated on a river’s edge in Keri Keri, the Pagoda Lodge’s setting is something magical. Take a peek inside the riverside safari tent that we called home… after the jump.

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mother’s day gift guide

mothers day gift guide… a few colorful options to brighten your mom’s day.

Shopping guide: 1: Bag from Asos // 2: Floral Pillow by West Elm // 3: Juliet & Company Necklace // 4: Michael Kors Wrap Watch  // 5: Edward BEss Eau La La Parfum // 6: Kaleido Trays // 7: Kate Spade iPhone case // 8: Print by Oh My Deer Handmades // 9: Elephant earrings from Bauble Bar // 10: Gold Cheese Knives 11: Michael Kors Gia Clutch // 12: Tropical Bandana by Madewell