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Custom Printed Anniversary Dinner

pattern mixing \\ custom printing products \\ anniversary dinner \\ sarah sherman samuelRupert and I just celebrated our 7-year wedding anniversary while we were on our family vacation in Michigan. We were able to sneak away for dinner and a movie night while my parents watched Archie but we got extra nostalgic thinking about our honeymoon and those exotic pre-baby vacations we used to take.

We looked through photos and I busted out the journal/sketchbook I kept at the time and we reminisced about what has to be our favorite tropical getaway to date. Flipping through the pages got me thinking about doing something with all the doodles and memories from that first trip as a married couple and I knew I wanted incorporate them into a gift for Rupert. I worked with Shutterfly to create a custom mini collection of home goods for an intimate dinner-night-in with Rupert, using those prints and patterns from our honeymoon in the South Pacific.

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Summer Happy Hour

summer happy hour - patio ideasIt’s a shame we don’t really use this back corner of our yard enough year round, but it’s that time of year when we have dusted off the cushions and are putting it to good use again. Especially for happy hour use. I teamed up with Target again to deck it out and throw a laid back weekday hang.

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Simple Spring Entertaining

tropical inspired table tropical inspired tableWe are still not quite finished with the pergola, it needs paint and wire run between the beams so the bougainvillea can grow over the top, BUT it hasn’t stopped us from already having a few gatherings with the new set up. People often think you need to have a ton of different sets of dishware for frequent entertaining or that you need an entire prop closet to set a beautiful table. Of course it helps, but for those of you that don’t have access to Martha Stewart’s prop room, I’m sharing a few tips to create a simple al fresco table inspired by Target‘s spring line.

tropical inspired tabletropical inspired tabletropical inspired table1. Use what you have. I have two sets of dishware, one white and one black and I don’t think you need much more than that. If you are trying to start your own personal entertaining prop closet, I would say get a full 12 piece set of white before getting anything else. It lays a clean foundation and it’s easy to completely switch up the look with less expensive items. For flatware…  I have one full set of modern gold, and a similar in stainless, but a while back I found this vintage 100 piece brass set and it happened to be a perfect match for Target’s “Summer Safari” collection, reinforcing the tropical vibe I’ve got going. When it comes to linens, no matter how casual the party, I still like to use cloth napkins if I can. Of course with my collection, I don’t have a shortage on those, but if you are just just getting started, I’d recommend choosing a simple pattern, like the black and white dot, that can go with almost anything but brings visual interest to the table. And finally, glassware, I use stemless wine glasses for everything. For water, wine, juice, cocktails, for everyday and for every gathering. I have like 30 of the same simple shape.

2. Skip the florals. Instead of a floral centerpiece I used these oversized vases to create a no fuss sculptural focal point.

tropical inspired tabletropical inspired tabletropical inspired table3. Nature’s placemats. No placemats? No problem. To add just one more layer to the table I picked up some Monstera leaves for an inexpensive and disposable charger/placemat. It takes only about 2 seconds to throw these down first, but the visual impact is huge. Ferns would also work if you live in a woodsy area, you could just snip, snip, snip!

tropical inspired tableand finally #4. Bring the inside out! That is usually the other way around but creating an outdoor room is easy. Bring out your favorite pillows (I am obsessed with these macramé-esque ones), a cozy throw, and hang a mirror (art or a wall hanging could work too). This instantly creates a personalized outdoor space that makes dining al fresco even more special.

I’m so looking forward to many more dinner’s under the bougainvillea this summer. x

From Target: Large Vase // Small Vase // Wicker Mirror // Throw // Pillows // Stemless Wine Glasses

Napkins by Sarah Sherman Samuel // Flatware is vintage // Table from Modshop // Rattan Chairs are Vintage from ModernHaus

Photos by Sarah Sherman Samuel

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impromptu spring gathering

Advertisementspring entertaining // bar cart // sss studioWhen you move to one of the biggest cities in the country you don’t imagine being in a neighborhood where your friends can just walk over for a girls night in. Especially not in LA because “nobody walks in LA”. But it’s happening! One of my good friends and her family just moved into a house on our same street! And I have a few others just blocks away. So last night I hosted my first impromptu, super casual, walk on over, no make-up allowed, come as you are, ladies-night-in for a couple of my besties. After all, we had to break in the new pink sofa!! (That’s right it’s here!!!!). 

wall hanging // studio artwriting desk // workspace // sarah sherman samuelplanter-640spring entertaining // bar cart // sss studioTo get the place easy entertaining ready, I took advantage of Target‘s new travel inspired spring collection because holy moly have you seen it?! Those planters and the ceramic pieces… Gah! So good.I repurposed this vase as a wine chiller, stocked the bar cart, turned on spotify and that’s it!

Lord knows I have itchy feet to explore a new city, see new landscapes, and collect souvenirs from different cultures. Morocco still remains at the top of my list (which is where Nate Berkus found a lot of inspiration for this latest collection) and Mexico was nice but that was already 5 months ago! So while we have slowed down on travel a bit since Archer, I am in nesting mode even in my studio space, filling it with pieces I love. Special pieces that remind me of trips we’ve taken, have me looking forward to the trips we will take, and give me the excuse to share it with friends that are close to home. 

See more peeks into the studio as it is coming together here.

P.S. Spring entertaining doesn’t have to be anything fancy, here’s a few tips you can steal from my gal’s night in. 1. If you’re inside, bring the outdoors in, with plants, flowers, and/or cactus. 2. Deck out a bar cart for an easy self-serve station for your guests (not pictured was the cheese plate and fruit tart that we devoured in minutes). 3. Liven up the space with some new wall-art or just rotate in pieces you already have from other rooms in the house for a fresh vibe.

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FROM TARGET: Large Planter // Small Planter // Stoneware Vase // Porcelain Dish with Lid // Brass Handled Vase // Bar Cart // Sculpted Ceramic Box

SeaGrass Rug // Vintage Rug from Frances Loom // Brass Champagne Coupes are vintage // Small Tassel Wall hanging from WKNDLA // Small Clay Wall hanging #2 was a handmade gift // Print from Overgrowth by Parker Fitzgerald and Riley Messina // Mirror // Acrylic console/writing desk // Copper Wire Chair // Pink Sofa from Rypen

And see the DIY I did for that copper pipe wall hanging here.

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New Years Dinner

New-years-eve-dinner3-640Happy New Year! I blinked my eyes and 2015 was over!

I decided to wait until the final holiday (Bachelor Premier Monday, of course) to get back to work, so here we are…. happy Tuesday. :) To celebrate the new year we had a few friends over for an intimate dinner in the still completely naked studio. I brought in our old dining table from storage, rented a few white chairs, put on my sparkle pants, and threw together some decor from things I had around the house (aside from the sequin table cloth and noise makers which I ordered the day before thanks to good old Amazon Prime. I really never have to leave the house… ever).

New-years-eve-dinner5-640New-years-eve-dinner8-640Honestly, I wasn’t planning on sharing the party because zero planning went into it, but as timing would have it with Archer’s schedule, I had to set the table early in the day as I invited our guests to come over just as I was putting him to bed and his bedtime routine starts around 6ish, sooo it was still light out, and the studio was so bright, the ridiculous gold on gold on gold was glistening and my DIY wall hanging turned out even better than what I had in my head. It would have been a crime not to take a few snaps and now I get to share just how simple it can be to set a New Years Eve worthy table.
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five more minutes: midweek hosting

Advertisementpatio-entertaining2We are starting to settle into our new life as a family of three and have begun to look for creative ways to be able to socialize and see our friends more often again. One easy solution is to make them come to my house and with summer around the corner a backyard cocktail hour should be enticing enough to wrangle a few besties over while the bebe sleeps.

Target Style invited me to share how I would fancy up my backyard in just 5 minutes to make it guest ready and here’s a look at what I did.

patio-entertaining4patio-entertainingpatio-entertaining5patio-entertaining6patio-entertaining3The winning recipe is twinkle lights, a few cozy pillows and blankets, and a pitcher of moscow mules, of course. I also added in some hanging planters that I used as candle holders to dangle from the tree. I’d say that’s 5 minutes well spent… and makes looking like the hostess with the mostess a breeze.

Sources from Target: Metallic Dot Pillows // Metallic Studded Pillows // Navy Throw Blanket // Globe Twinkle Lights // Hanging Planters // Moscow Mule Copper Cups // Beverage Dispenser

Other Sources: Hoop Chairs from HD Buttercup // Wicker Chairs are vintage //  Coffee Table and Fireplace are vintage found at Surfing Cowboys  // Serving Board by A Sunny Afternoon // Killim Pillows

See how we made the DIY benches here

And check out how Honestly WTF styled her space for a mid-week game night

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