smitten travels: michigan

lake michigan - sarah sherman samuelThis time of year, around the cabin, is pretty stunning. We arrived at around 7pm to a glassy calm lake with a non-existent horizon. It created this otherworldly scene magnified by that fact that there was not another soul in site. We dumped our bags in the bedroom, grabbed the SUP and headed straight into a dream.

cabin in the spring // smitten studio swan - silver lake - michigan // smitten studioapple tree orchard // sarah sherman samuelWe also made a point to visit a few of my favorite Michigan spots in the spring. We spotted this gorgeous apple orchard, located around Shelby, on our way to Cherry Point Market, a frequent stop for us with the sweetest owner and the best cherry turnovers. Another must-see place if you are in the area is the Silver Lake Sand Dunes. It’s a little Dubai in Michigan (image below). We usually like to just jump around on the steep dunes but you can also do dune buggy rides or rent ATVs to scoot around on the huge sandy hills.

silver lake dunes - michigan // smitten studiolake michigan beach // smitten studiosilver lake dunes - michigan // smitten studiodesert in MI // smitten studiosup michigan // smitten studioThe best part about visiting Michigan is with all the (usually quite abrupt) weather changes, each trip is completely different and watching the sky over the lake from the cabin is always a treat. I find people who haven’t been to Michigan always underestimate how beautiful it can be. Would you guys be interested in a more in depth guide to all my favorite spots?

Images by sarah sherman samuel (iphone)

cabin bedroom tour + before & after

cabin bedroom before & after // smitten studioSpeaking of Michigan, it has been a while since I shared anything on the status of the cabin. We basically finished up most of our projects here in time to start our home renovation back in LA. Our last trip consisted of some spring cleaning and not much else work-wise, but I was finally able to take some photos of the full finished bedroom. It really has become a lovely peaceful getaway.

cabin bedroom before & after // smitten studiocabin bedroom bunkbeds, before & after // smitten studiocabin bedroom before & after // smitten studioMore images of the space, some side by side before and after photos, and all the sources after the jump.


from the weekend: Pancake Breakfasts & Afternoon BBQs

labor day weekend // smitten studioLabor Day weekend did not disappoint. We fell right into cabin life with the lazy days, lingered upon meals, book reading, and beach bumming. We had some friends over for a BBQ and an evening dip in the lake and then took advantage of the tail end of blueberry season with pancake breakfasts.

Did you guys make it out to cherish the last days of Summer?

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

Happy Labor Day

a sunny afternoon picnic // smitten studioHappy Labor Day! We took off to the cabin for the holiday and are enjoying the long weekend with beach picnics, long walks, night swimming, bon fires, stand up paddle boarding, and a few naps in the sun. Things have been non-stop in LA so it was great to get away and revel in some much needed down time. I hope you guys get a chance to put your feet up and take advantage of the extra day off.

P.S. I am still in the running for the American Made Awards by Martha Stewart.  Please vote for me! (you can vote 6 times a day everyday until the 13th). I would so appreciate it. x

A Sunny Afternoon picnic basket // Dress from American Apparel // Shirt from Anthropologie // Hat from Zara // Blanket from West Elm

Image by Woodnote Photography, Styled by Sarah Sherman Samuel

from the weekend: summer in michigan

summer in michiganI’m back in LA today dreaming of the time we spent last week at the cabin. Every time we go I fall in love more and more with my home state of Michigan. The best part of this weekend was filled with sunshine, looong beach days, quiet walks, sunset beach fires, and a few games of scrabble. :)

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

from the weekend: back to cabin

We made it to the cabin yesterday just in time for our nightly sunset walk. No one was around except the fireflies who were making the beach grass sparkle up and down the waters edge. Summer in Michigan is soo good.

Hope you had a lovely weekend.
Images by me via Instagram. (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)