2020 gift guides by recipient

I’m finding shopping and scouring the internet for gifts is the best kind of retail therapy right now, so while you can find my top picks for gifts in “sarah’s picks“, I’ve curated it further by category, below, to make it extra easy to gift based on the recipients interest.

FOR THE HOST/HOSTESS

a few beautiful things for the entertainers in your life…

 

 

FOR THE COOK

for the ones that live in the kitchen…

 

 

FOR THE BEST DRESSED

for the one that is always polished…

 

 

FOR THE TRAVELER

for those that can’t wait to return to adventuring more…

 

 

FOR THE TECHY

because we all can use a little tech…

 

 

FOR THE DESIGNER

This one is basically for me, ha or anyone with similar taste…

 

 

FOR THE BOOKWORM

for the booklovers…

 

 

FOR THE CAREGIVER

for the ones that care for us…

 

 

FOR MOM

for moms and anyone that deserves a little pampering

 

 

FOR DAD

 

 

 

gift guide for the kiddos

For once in my life I was able to get some gift guides together BEFORE Thanksgiving (I think everyone is just ready for 2020 to be over. I was already seeing “black friday” sales on monday. We pulled together a few guides for the little ones in your life with all the items in a shoppable carousel below each category…

Happy Shopping

FOR THE LITTLE ARTIST

These are some of our tried and true picks from the samuel family for our little artists. Shop them here…

 

 

 

 FOR THE LITTLE BUILDER

calling all tot sized future builders, architects, engineers… shop below

 

 

FOR THE LITTLE HELPER

All the goods for the mini helpers in your life, shop here…

 

FOR THE LITTLE EXPLORER

And for the adventurers….

 

 

For more gifting suggestions curated by yours truely head to “sarah’s picks” and the “gifts” section.

our custom sink-right-in family sofa

It is family room share time! This is the room we live in the most which is ironic because while we lived here for 6 months before the renovation, no one wanted to spend one minute in it. It sat empty, save for a rug, and was used just as a passageway from the kitchen to the living room. Before we renovated the room was closed off from the kitchen and the archways didn’t exist. It felt kind of like a bunker as there wasn’t one window or view outside, with the only exception of the skylight above.

Now that it is open to the kitchen and with the implementation of a few strategic openings it has become the central hub. Knowing this would be the case I wanted all the furniture in this space to be extra comfortable and since I usually gravitate towards more tailored or sculptural furniture I had a hard time finding pieces that were just as beautiful as comfortable. SO, I set out to design my own. The sofa that is (well the rug and the coffee table are also my own designs but I will touch on those later).

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Soho Loft Bathrooms Before & After

Last week our bathroom renovations for Vanessa Carlton’s NYC loft was featured on Arch Digest did you see? Head over there for the story which is punctuated with a video of her giving a tour of the entire home.

Vanessa’s loft is one of those incredible new york apartments that inhabit an entire floor of a building, the ones where the elevator opens right up into the living room space. When I first arrived I immediately was taken by the 1892 built building and the original architectural features that were still in tact. The living room, kitchen and bedrooms all had the original exposed brick and so much great natural light it was an inspired space with a couple of eye sore bathrooms. We wanted to bring the essence of the building back into the bathrooms in an interesting way… classic and timeless but with the sss touch.

So let’s take a look at what we started with in this principle bath.

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fall uniform

I’m almost never not in a dress (or jumpsuit) in the fall. Even when the temps dip (you better believe I have leggings and a tank under this dress) its my favorite thing because you throw on one piece and done. Usually a hat too but Rupe told me I shouldn’t wear a hat for family photos so I’m hatless here. The dress I’m wearing is by & other stories but is sold out so I’ve rounded up all my favorite dresses below along with hats and sneakers… my go-to fall uniform.

FAVORITE DRESSES

FAVORITE HATS

FAVORITE SNEAKERS

Oh and if you’re interested in what I’ve been dressing the kiddos in head to the kids clothes in “sarah’s picks“. I’ve also started a men’s section for the pieces I buy for Rupe… look for the “rupert’s closet” under the fashion tab.

Photo by Amy Carroll 

the making of a kids bath

Our kid’s bath in our SamuelfamilyFixer was previously the laundry room and when we removed the bathroom near the kitchen (to make our pantry) we knew we would take over the laundry space for bathroom that was dedicated just for the littles. It gave me the opportunity to flex my favorite kind of design muscle, and add a little whimsy into the space while still keeping with the aesthetic of the rest of the house. The room was dark and had no windows, as it has no outside walls, but that didn’t stop me from adding a round window, front and center above the tub, which looks into the more light filled entryway and created a beautiful moment on both sides of the wall.

But back to the bathroom…. I had a short must-have for this space.

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