anastasia’s first home

Hi! Anastasia here, contributing editor for The SSS Edit. If you missed Sarah’s introduction to me last month, check it out here.

I am very excited to introduce our new column about my first house! I will be sharing DIY projects and other updates we make to make it HOME.

Somehow my husband and I decided to buy our first house in the craziest market. We jumped in with homes selling days after going on the market and people paying more to win bids. I don’t think we realized how bad it was until we were invested in it. We previously had been renting, living with my parents, and sister to pay off debts. I guess you can say we were anxious to have our own place!

We actually didn’t look at a lot of houses in person. Mainly because our price range brought mostly fixer-uppers, and we knew we wanted a move-in-ready home. Then, this popped up; we looked at it the same day and made an offer a few days later. We beat out 16 bids!


sss spring style


Happy Spring aka, it’s finally warm enough to wear my jeans without leggings under them!

Remember the jeans I was wearing in our guestroom reveal? I think I got more questions about the jeans than the room, ahah. Well even though Rupert doesn’t love them, I have been living in my 90’s jeans.  I rounded up some similar pieces for you.

shop the look:

add a top:

and in case you missed, you can shop the entire room here.

and shop all my recent picks here.

photo by: Mae Stier

sss is hiring!

We are hiring!

Join the SSS interiors team in Grand Rapids, Michigan location (must be local).

Position: Junior Designer/Studio Manager

Yes, that is two positions rolled into one because we are a small firm that purposefully wants to stay small and treat each project with extra special care. We are all about the end goal of creating great work and not about hierarchy; we all wear many hats and are looking for someone with the same “no job is too small” attitude to join our team in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
We are looking for someone with industry knowledge, at least 2 years working at an Interior Design studio. We are looking for someone that is down-to-earth, a positive thinker, has great communication skills, is extremely organized, detail-oriented, and design-obsessed. This is a part-time contract role with growth potential.

Responsibilities will include (but not limited to)

• Project management, design support and administration during the execution of design concepts assisting senior designer and sarah sherman samuel
• Tracking, ordering, and processing purchase orders.
• Drawing of custom furniture pieces
• Organizing and managing sample library
• Work closely with senior designer and sarah sherman samuel on all phases of design through installment, including CAD drawings, sourcing, procurement, and scheduling.
• attend on-site, and video call meetings, taking notes
• communicating with clients and vendors
•Developing technical documents, including specification packages and finish, fixtures, equipment, hardware, and plumbing schedules.
• Work with the team to create presentation boards

• 2+ years of Interior Design Experience
• Bachelors degree in Interior Design or related field
• Proficient in AutoCad, SketchUp, and Adobe Suite
• Knowledge of design requirements, construction methods, and materials for high-end residential projects.
• ability to multi-task
• did I mention you need to be extremely organized
• must be great at follow through

To apply, please email and include your resume, portfolio.


lets move in: London

Ok, this time we are going across the pond to the UK. This one is very different than the Topanga dream but equally dreamy! Who wants to buy the skinniest house in London?

Do you die of the charm of this tiny blue sliver of a house? I do.


introducing FORT architecture

When I first posted on Instagram about buying land, FORT reached out asking if I needed an architect. It was a DM I happened to catch and the rest well was history! We scheduled a zoom call, hit it off, and a week or so later they flew down for a site visit. If you missed my first post on our new build project head here to get all caught up here. After sharing my plans and vision for the house I knew they got it, I was excited, they were excited, sparks were flying. I’m thrilled to introduce you to the team at FORT architecture so you can fall in love with them too…

Tell us about yourself:


a couple changes

Hi! There have been a few site updates around here lately that I wanted to clue you in on in case you haven’t noticed! The first one is the big one, I changed the blog’s name (yes again). What was once upon a long time ago, Smitten Studio, changed simply to “Stories” a few years ago, which was great until Instagram came along and added the “stories” feature. So when I shared anything on Instagram and wanted to say, oh, read more about it on “Stories” that quickly got very confusing. As it was, I ended up not even posting much on here as Instagram kind of took that place. However, you can only share so much on Instagram, and I find myself wanting to come back to the blog format more and more. So here we are now with… The SSS Edit.

The other day while Rupe and I were installing all the trim in our guest bedroom, covering up old 80’s faux wood paneling, I got that incredibly satisfying feeling of being able to make a big difference in my home with my own two hands. It is what I used to talk so much about on the blog, and while I haven’t stopped doing it, I haven’t had the time to share in long-form here, which brings me to the next update. I have brought on a contributing editor, Anastasia (she is the one you heard from in the book club posts), and will be helping to get all my content up and on here and sharing some stories of her own.

That is her on the left; we have no fun at all. Anyway, Anastasia just bought her first home (more on that soon), and she has never picked up a drill or even gone to a hardware store for anything other than paint in her whole life!! So one weekend, a few weeks ago, Rupe and I went to her new home to help her with her first DIY project in her new home. I can’t wait to share about it, but I gave her the project instructions, she and her husband gathered all the materials, and we went over and tackled the project altogether. After we finished, that satisfying feeling was multiplied tenfold because I was able to help and empower Anastasia and her husband to do something in their own home that they are SO proud of and would have never tackled without just a little encouragement from me. It brought me back to what I loved most about the blog: being able to empower people to make their houses into their homes and that it doesn’t have to cost a zillion dollars to make a huge impact.

Another change is you will find a link at the top to “book a consult,” where you can book a one-on-one consultation with me for either 55 mins or a mini session for 25 mins. Through the genius platform called The Expert, you can get access to top designers that you may not be able to afford for a full project but can pick their brain for an hour to give insight on all things design. Say you are about to take on a renovation and have plans in hand but want to get an expert second opinion, it is perfect for that. Or you have a funky floorplan layout, and you need help with space planning? I can help with that. Or sourcing questions like which dining table goes with this table or what rug will anchor the room? I have had so much fun being able to help out with even more of your projects through this platform so if you need someone on one design advice, holler at me here.

And the final change to the left menu bar is a “Browse by Category” section so you can more easily navigate the kind of content you are looking for.

I hope you enjoy following along as we reinvigorate things around here.