Entries from October 30th, 2013

in my bag: wyoming

in-my-bag-wyomingI’m packing my bags again… this time for Wyoming! My sister lives there with her family so I am heading over for a little wild west adventure but mostly to meet my new nephew, and snuggle that little peanut.

It has already snowed a few times at their house so I am bringing along some of my coziest.

Shopping guide: Travel bag by Alice Olivia // Fur Trimmed Anorak by Vince // Cable Knit Beanie by TopShop // Geometric Scarf by Madewell // Sweater by Rag & Bone // Ankle Boots by Ash // Boyfriend Jeans by Vince Denim // iPhone case by Jack Spade // Mittens by Rag & Bone // Tee by Pickwick & Weller

home progress: in the living room

living room progress, sharon montrose print // smitten studioLook what came back from the framers! Our very first piece of art hanging up in the new house and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out (especially with how it looks with that rug).

living room progress // smitten studio // sharon montroseAs you may remember, I dropped my new Sharon Montrose print off at Michael’s before even getting a chance to take a good look at it, so it was realllly exciting to pick it up all framed and in its full flamingo glory.

living room progress, sharon montrose print // smitten studioI am also happy to have at least one tiny corner of the house kind of done-ish! I dug through a few boxes in the garage to bring in a some of my treasured little pieces and styled the corner so that amongst all of the madness I can look there and see how the house will eventually take shape when more things are finished.

To re-cap what we’ve done in the living/family room so far, we have:
1. busted through and opened up two walls
2. pulled out carpeting
3. laid new wood flooring
4. sanded down existing wood flooring and stained the old & new to match
5. painted
6. added a new heating system

To see all of the renovation progress check here.

Product guide: Flamingo Print by Sharon Montrose (Framing done by Michael’s) // Khotan Rug from The Rug Warehouse // Console Table by West Elm // Coffee Table & Chair are vintage (found at the long beach flea market) // Head Vase by Jonathan Adler // Terrarium by ABJ Glassworks // Gold Pouf (old) find similar at Furbish Studio // Candlestick holder also vintage // Paint color is Snow Fall by Behr

Photography & Styling by Sarah Sherman Samuel

from the weekend: parties, hikes, & nesting

10.28.13-weekendAfter recovering from quite the epic Halloween party, (complete with fire dancers!) I peeled off my fancy eyelashes and out of my mermaid costume to get back to work on the house this weekend. While running errands I saw this old Ford truck that was the best color, I totally have a thing for this peachy/coral lately, it even fits right into my inspiration color palette for the house too.

will rogers state park // smitten studioOn sunday we went for a hike at one of our favorite LA parks, Will Rogers State Park. The heavy fog made for the most beautiful & slightly eerie light. The dogs were loving it as well, if you look close you’ll see Cracker taking in the view too. :)

Hope you had a great weekend.

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

home progress: kitchen demo & re-build

We’ve been getting a lot of help with this renovation by hiring subcontractors, but since my parents came to help out recently, Rupe and I took a couple days off of work and we all went full speed ahead on the kitchen.

kitchen-demo-sinkLiterally everything AND the kitchen sink went out the door and we started the process of re-building the new. See the demolition progression after the jump…


pattern spy: indigo dyed

pattern-spy-indigo-dyed // smitten studioDip dyed, tie dyed, or shibori, no matter the process, I am loving the results.

1: iPhone case by Julia Kostreva // 2: Tie Dyed Dress by Blu Moon // 3: Shibori pillow by Rebecca Atwood

DIY a Modern Pendant Lamp

DIY pendant lamp // smitten studioThe ladies over at A Beautiful Mess invited me to contribute on their site with a few DIYs. With a blank slate for a house I figured I would have more then enough projects to go around so I’m happy to be able to share a few over there in the coming months.

First up, is this super easy DIY pendant lamp. My friend Lauren came up with the genius idea of creating a light out of this Ikea dish and I brought the idea to life with just a short list of supplies.

DIY Pendant lamp, IKEA bowl // smittenstudioThis DIY really is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Head over to A Beautiful Mess to see the full process.

If you like this, you might also like my garment rack DIY

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel