family room

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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family room update + before & after

vI put a few finishing touches on our family room with the help of Lulu & Georgia and thought it was time I share the before and after of the space!

Lulu & Georgia is one of my new go-to spots for decorative home items and as I shopped the site I found so many pieces I wanted to make mine. The ceramic stool next to the vintage chairs (that I finally got reupholstered, woo hoo!) is one of my favorites. I love that it is sculptural and functional and a little unexpected.

lulu-georgia-livingroom-update3-640lulu-georgia-livingroom-update2-640lulu-georgia-livingroom-update-640I added these cozy fur & patterned pillows for a little fall update and finally found the right sized side table to sit next to the sofa. The brass base is similar to our dining table but the thick wood top changes it up enough to not be too matchy matchy.

lulu-georgia-livingroom-update9-6402lulu-georgia-livingroom-update11-640lulu-georgia-livingroom-update4-640When we first bought the house, this room only had a tiny doorway entrance which we opened up to a 6 foot wide archway to create a flow from the living room to the family room. We also switched the windows out for french doors which brings in so much more light, painted, installed the built-in shelving, ripped out the carpet and installed hardwoods to match the rest of the house.

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Christmas in LA

living-room-holiday5 copyHere’s a peek into our house as decorated for Christmas. Better late than never right?, and who knows I may never take down that little white tree…

living-room-holiday-treeliving-room-holiday-tree2living-room-holiday2-640-2… and certainly not this DIY wall hanging. :)

DIY-eucalyptus-wall-hangingliving-room-holiday-shelvesI wanted the holiday decorations to blend with the decor but still add all that extra sparkle that makes the season special. Usually I like to err on EXTRA Christmas flair but being this pregnant I wasn’t sure how quickly the decorations will actually make it back into their boxes after the fact, so better to do it with a restrained hand. I did this by using a lot of metallic gold, a white tree, white lights, some natural greens, and then spread it throughout the house so most surfaces had a touch of seasonal love.

It is also the first time we have spent the holidays in the renovated space! To see how far we’ve come, check out the living room before we knocked through a couple walls in the before photos here, and all of the renovation progress so far, here.

Sources for everything that I can think of below:

Top Photo:
Coffee Table (the the white tree is on) from CB2 // White Tree by Vickerman // Gold Ornaments by Ikea // Hanging Chair (yard sale!) find more options here, and here, and here and here // Mill Console Table by CB2 // Door by AAW (stained with 1 part Light Walnut & 2 parts Provencal by Varathane) // Rubber plant (by door) & planter from Home Depot // Vintage Hardoy Chair from Surfing Cowboys // Sofa from HD buttercup // Coffee Table is Vintage found at the Long Beach Flea // Rug from The Rug Warehouse // Chandelier by Jonathan Adler // Paint color is Snowfall by Behr // Mid-century stool, vintage // Sheepskin from Ikea // Basket from Chicos // Pillows by Little Korboose // Glass Terrarium from Urban Outfitters // Candle Holder, Vintage // Gold Bowl by CB2

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DIY built-in shelves see post here // Coffee table (vintage) from Surfing Cowboys // Rug from RugsUSA.com // Chairs (vintage found at Long Beach Flea) // White VasesSquirrelDog Bookends and Whale Pitcher from Jonathan Adler // Gold Starbursts from Waiting on Martha // Gold Bowls and Cube Wire Sculptures from CB2 // Bronze Cats (vintage from Rosebowl Flea) // Framed Photo by Max Wanger // Art Deco Clock (vintage) // Ceramic Hand // Starburst Mirror from Target (old) find similar here or here  // Paint Color: Wimborne White by Farrow & Ball // Gold Animals by Dwell Studio from Wayfair // Black Faceted Vases by Dwell Studio from Wayfair

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

house update: DIY built-in shelving

DIY built-in shelves // home update // smitten studioWe did it! We finished one of the gazillion projects on our hands right now and I am so happy to share our finished built-ins. We started the project a couple weeks back and just put on the final coat of paint this weekend.

DIY built-in shelves // home update // smitten studioDIY built-in shelves // home update // smitten studioDIY built-in shelves // home update // smitten studioThe paint was hardly dry before I dove into the garage and started digging out some of our favorite tchotchkes and books that I haven’t seen in ages (8 months of living through renovations and we are finally starting to un-pack some boxes and settle in). It took us (my dad, Rupe, and I) two LONG full days to build 98% of it, and then another day to finish trimming out the front of each shelf and to paint.

This project isn’t the easiest of DIY’s but if you know your way around a miter saw and a router it isn’t as intimidating as it sounds (just takes a lot of elbow grease). We also utilized Ikea kitchen cabinets for the base of our built-ins which made it a heck of a lot easier. The thing about built-ins are that of course they are unique to each room so I will outline the steps we took and hope you guys can take something away from it.

All the details and product sources for as much as I can remember after the jump!

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home progress: paint!

living-room-paintedThe guys finished off the new opening from the living room to the family room and just in time to paint! (remember how it looked before, much improved.)

living room - paintedAhhh white paint. It makes everything look better (you can still see that yellow mocking me from the hallway but don’t worry I will fix him soon). I may be bringing in some other colors down the road and maybe some wallpaper, but for now I’m loving the blank slate.

More after the jump…

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