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Framing and Elevating DIY & Kids Art

living room makeover // framing children's art // sarah sherman samuelLast week I shared the finished tour of our living room makeover, how we got it ready in time for baby and all the family that will be coming in for the holidays. If you haven’t seen it yet take a peek here and you will see this custom artwork we made for the space, which is a fancy way of saying we made it ourselves. ha But really, creating art has been my favorite thing to do since I was a wee one. I still remember when my kindergarten teacher held up a drawing I did of a dinosaur to show the class and I’m not sure I have been prouder of anything since. Of course a lot of the work I do for a living is creative, and is some form of art, but freely drawing and trying new mediums just for the sake of fun can sometimes slip through the cracks but I am ALWAYS so happy when I do get a chance to.

One step better than doing it by myself is sharing the arts with my son Archie (2.5 years old). Drawing and painting with him and being able to do an activity together, that we both love, at such a young age is priceless. Now, it can be super easy to draw and draw together and then tuck the pages away somewhere and never look at them again but when a company like Framebridge exists that makes framing art SO easy, there is no excuse not so get some up on the walls. So I am thrilled to have teamed up with them to show you just how simple it is.

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sss x team woodnote prints

Hi guys, I have some exciting news! When designing the creative warehouse space known as LightLab I wanted to create some custom art that reflected the founders, so I dove deep into Team Woodnote’s instagram feed and picked out photographs from their travels. Once I had some images to work with, I began collaging them together and experimenting with shapes. These two prints are the results and now they are available for purchase for your own home!

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studio update: how I finished my space

a sunny afternoon studio space // smitten studioIf you’ve been following along on our home renovation, you know that we’ve had to do (and are still doing) A LOT to make the space our own. Luckily for me, the new studio space was almost move-in ready. So far, all we’ve had to do was paint the floors twice, build some shelving and bring in all my green plant friends.  Now, I added a few finishing touches to really put my stamp on the place.

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a sunny afternoon studio space // smitten studioI was looking for just the right piece of art to hang in that blank space above the love seat. While I would’ve loved to splurge on something by one of my favorite artists or photographers, our funds are still going into the house, so I created a print from my own archive. I used an image I captured when Rupe and I were galavanting around the poppy fields this Easter and layered over a cloud to create the “head in the clouds” print you see here. Then I had it printed at Staples as one of their 24″ x 36″ engineering prints for a whopping $3.00!

Having your head in the clouds (i.e., not paying attention to reality) can have a negative connotation, but for me, this is a reminder to keep dreaming and ignore the naysayers (and who doesn’t need that as a reminder sometimes?). Also, turning something of your own into art gives added meaning since it comes from your own experience. Every time I see it, I am taken back to that blissful day with Rupert and am encouraged to do some serious dreaming.

a sunny afternoon studio space // smitten studioa sunny afternoon studio space // smitten studioOh, and about that lighting! Thanks to Schoolhouse Electric, I finally found the perfect fixture to replace our track lighting. Now all that’s left is adding in some skylights for extra natural light and the chance to catch a glimpse of some additional dreamy cloud views.

To see the rest of my studio space, check here. The DIY shelves are available here, and even more progress can be seen here.

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel 

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smitten travels: wynwood art district – miami

wynwood art district // smitten studioWhen I lived in Miami, this neck of the woods was the old manufacturing district with abandoned warehouses on every corner. Now the big buildings have turned into giant canvases featuring artist’s work from all over the world. Rupe and I spent a day wandering around the streets soaking up all the creativity….

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Happy Valentine’s Day

i heart your heart // smitten studioHappy Valentine’s day friends!

I made this print for my main squeeze Rupert, but you can pick one up for you and yours in my Society6 Shop here. It would make a pretty cute pillow too!

Image by Sarah Sherman Samuel

pattern spy: painterly brush strokes

pattern spy painted brush strokes

Maybe it is my background in painting (When I first went to college I started taking classes towards a BFA degree in painting before switching to graphic design two years in), but I love a good heavy brushstroke pattern.

1: Diane Von Furstenberg Dress //  2: Colorfield Art from Dwell Studio  //  3: DIY party cups found on Design Sponge