Entries from November 20th, 2013

A Sunny Afternoon Brunch & Shop Update!

A Sunny Afternoon Brunch - shop update  // Smitten Studio I am thrilled to share that we just launched a big A Sunny Afternoon shop update where I not only re-stocked some of the most popular and ongoing items, but I released new designs along with a tasty new lookbook.

What better way to mark a new collection then a pancake brunch?

A Sunny Afternoon Brunch - shop update  // Smitten StudioI have to say it was TORTURE a little difficult not eating all the hotcakes before shoot time, but somehow we managed. :)

A Sunny Afternoon Brunch - shop update // Smitten StudioI hope you guys find something you like! You can see the new boards here (including the most requested, a large hexagon), along with the new tea towels, and napkins.

Check out the lookbook here and some more images from the day after the jump…


DIY – painted floors in my studio

DIY painted floors // smitten studioHere’s the first peek into my new studio! Until recently it has been filled with moving boxes, with the exception of where I carved out a small corner for my computer desk (a glance in here last week and you would swear I was a hoarder), but I have slowly cleared it out so that I can start planning how to turn it into an inspiring workspace. I was getting pretty sick of looking at the ugly brown (poop brown to be exact) flooring and although I haven’t had a chance to do anything else, I figured I might as well start from the ground up, literally.

So, when A Beautiful Mess asked me to share a few DIY’s with them, I new this would be the perfect chance to bring some personality into the space that I’ve been spending most of my time.

DIY painted floors // smitten studioAs this is A Sunny Afternoon headquarters I wanted to make sure to get a little pattern in there but nothing that would compete with all of the products. I’m liking that it turned out looking like an extension of the collection and also as though we just had a party in my office and all that is left is the confetti on the floor.

What do you think? Too much, not enough? The best part is that it is so easy and inexpensive, I could even switch up the pattern whenever the mood strikes.

Get all the DIY details over on A Beautiful Mess and also see the before & after and furnishing sources after the jump…


pattern spy: handira / moroccan wedding blanket

pattern spy // Moroccan Wedding Blanket The Moroccan wedding blanket, aka Handira, is no new trend, the muted color palette, the mix of textures, and a little bit of sparkle is a winning combination that is coveted by many for their home.

Traditionally these textiles were woven by a Berber bride’s female relatives to be used and worn in a wedding ceremony and they are now often used as blankets, wall hangings, rugs, throws, and some people have made smaller pieces into pillows like above. There is no denying their influence on that sassy little mini skirt either. Happy Handira shopping.

pillow from Modern Glamoour // skirt by English Rose // Wedding blanket from Beyond Marrakech

Here are a few more sources for wedding blankets… PinkRugCo, Red Thread Souk, Imports from Marrakech, El Rama Hamra, The Boucherouite Shop and a mass produced version at Anthropologie.

from the weekend: work, walks, & brunch

instagram sarahshermansamuel weekendI spent a lot of the weekend working but still made sure to fit in two of my favorite weekend activities, Saturday brunch and a Sunday walk by the water with Rupe. Do you guys have any must-do weekend rituals?

Hope you had a lovely one! xo

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

Jacket by Madewell // Boots by Steve Madden // Coated Jeans by Madewell

home progress: marble countertops, apron sink & new faucet oh my!

kitchen progress countertops // smitten studioOn the last kitchen update we had just ripped everything out and started installing the cabinets. We’ve made some more progress since then with the installation of new marble countertops & backsplash, a new sink, and a beautiful new faucet. Yay for running water in the kitchen again (it has been too long).

I went to the marble yard and found this beautiful Calacatta Gold marble slab. I’ve always wanted a kitchen with marble countertops and I know they aren’t the most durable or practical but come on, the heart wants what the heart wants.

One thing that surprised me is that I always just thought Carrara marble was the way to go, meanwhile all the backsplashes I have been drooling over where actually Calacatta. Both from Italy, Carrera marble is generally more gray with smaller veins and Calacatta is whiter with more dramatic veins. The slab that I found was very white and the veins have the prettiest range of colors that include touches of gold and green.

marble countertops // smitten studioAs soon as the marble was down, I celebrated with a little champers and a snack, which then led me to putting the counter to the real test of photograph-ability. Everyone should design kitchens based on that right? ;)

kitchen faucet // smitten studioAnd finally, this faucet! I have never gotten so excited over a tap before, I may have done a ridiculous really cool dance when it arrived at my doorstep.

Rupe’s one request was that the faucet had one of those extendy pull-down functions which is practical of course, but sometimes ugly. So when I fell in love with this sleek modern beauty I thought I had a fight on my hands, but thankfully, things got a whole lot better in the Samuel household when I realized it does have a pull-down feature hidden inside the pretty little spout. win win!

Oh and we were so happy with the sink we installed in the cabin that we used it again here. For an apron style sink, you can’t beat that price.

Next on our to do list is to get the doors and drawer fronts on the cabinets. I just picked up my order from Semihandmade and they are amaaazing! I can’t wait to get them finished and installed.

To see the kitchen before check here.
To see all of the home renovations so far check here.

Product guide: Faucet c/o Brizo // Sink by Ikea // Cabinets by Ikea // Serving board & napkin by A Sunny Afternoon

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

smitten studio in Martha Stewart Weddings

martha stewart weddings // smitten studioI’m so excited to finally share this wedding I designed that’s in the pages of this months Martha Stewart Weddings! You may remember (but probably not because it was about a year and a half ago) me working on some pieces for the wedding here and here. My dear longtime friend, Anne was the bride and I am so happy that I was able to be a part of her big day by standing up as one of the matrons of honor as well as designing the event from top to bottom.

One of my favorite pieces I made for their wedding was this textile that hung over a fireplace during the reception. The bride and groom (Anne and Shane) are pictured above holding it’s edges. Anne & Shane collected photos of both of their families and I created silhouettes of each family member from the photos, essentially making a pictorial family tree.

martha stewart weddings // smitten studioAnne was stunning in Reem Acra and Shane was looking dapper in Proper Suit. They were married on the beach of Lake Michigan at a summer camp that Anne always pictured as her wedding location, just a few blocks from where she grew up.

martha stewart weddings // smitten studioAlong with the stationery suite and the family silhouette textile, I made chalkboard directional signs, an interactive seating chart, custom painted bean bag game boards, rubber stamped placemats, and other various signage. Her wedding also took place while I was developing A Sunny Afternoon so I was able to provide custom fabric napkins for each place setting that featured 4 coordinating patterns.

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