frances loom rug giveaway

bathroom renovation // sarah sherman samuelI am a bit of a rug hoarder and I am often asked where I find the vintage ones, so I wanted to introduce you to my favorite source… Frances Loom. Kelly, of Frances Loom, has an incredible eye and I have 5 rugs from her site that I have collected over the course of a couple years. She travels near and far searching out unique and beautiful rugs and re-stocks her site every Thursday with new batches of loomed goodness. We have one of hers in our master bath…

studio-update-sarahshermansamuel6sm640I used one in my make-shift studio while the other was under construction…

finished-laundry-tour4-640That is another one of her’s in our laundry room at the A-frame cabin.

gender neutral nursery // sarah sherman samuelAnd finally you can’t forget the sweet peach one in Archer’s nursery. 

And the good news is… we teamed up to give one away!

sarah sherman samuel // studioYou can win this gorgeous pink and blue beauty!

rugI picked this one out of Kelly’s latest lot and one lucky winner will get to bring it into their home. It measures 3’8″ x 2. 11″. To enter just head on over to instagram, follow @francesloom and @sarahshermansamuel then find the photo of the rug on my feed and tag a friend in the comments. You can enter as many times as you like, tagging one friend per comment. The giveaway will close on Monday evening and the winner announced Tuesday the 25th.

Good luck and happy Friday!


bedroom e-design giveaway

master bedroom e-design giveaway // sarah sherman samuelWell we are fast approaching Archer’s first birthday so I figured it was time to remove the bassinet (sniffle sniffle). I am still in search of the perfect bench or stools for the base of the bed to fill the void in my heart room from where the cradle was, but I’ve added a couple new additions, of the accessory kind, like these loomgoods pillows and this blanket that I am obsessed with (it’s from Anthro but I am sorry to say it is sold out).

Anywayyyy, the real reason for this post is to share that in honor of hitting 100,000 followers on Instagram, I am giving away a free bedroom E-design! Despite the negativity around social media, I have found instagram to still be a wonderful source of inspiration, community, and a beautiful lifeline to the outside world while being a (sometimes) hermit who often works alone. Some of my best “in real life” friendships have come out of initially connecting through Instagram, true story!

master-bedroom-sarahshermansamuel4640master bedroom e-design giveaway // sarah sherman samuel07bedroom-sarahshermansamuel 04bedroom-sarahshermansamuelmaster-bedroom-sarahshermansamuel3So what does an E-design entail you might ask, well it is me designing your space remotely. I send you a questionnaire and get down to the nitty gritty of your style and you send me pictures and measurements of the room, we chat, you tell me your hopes and dreams (for the space, that is) then I do the space planning, and furniture and accessory selections.  Your takeaway is a floorplan outlining the new layout, a final design board (something like this) and links to find/purchase each item prescribed.

To enter just… 1. Instagram the top photo from this post (or find it in my IG feed to regram) or post an image of a dream bedroom, or your own bedroom.
2. Tag me in the caption @sarahshermansamuel and feel free to tell me why you need a room makeover
3. Hashtag it with #sarahdesignmyroom #contest

That’s it! see you over on Instagram x

Product Sources: Duvet Cover set by Parachute // Blanket from Anthro (old) // Nightstands by West Elm // Curtains DIY dyed, from Ikea // Curtain Rod from West Elm // Sconces by Cedar & Moss // Flower Print by Debbie Carlos  // Rug from // Pendant Lamp from a vintage shop, find new: Octo Pendant by Secto // Bed from West Elm (I re-upholstered it, DIY here) // Paint color is Snowfall by Behr // Pillows from Loongoods // Dresser is Vintage from Sunbeam Vintage // Hexagon plant stand from One Kings Lane // Mouse Print from Mini & Maximus //Jewelry Boxes from West Elm

Images by sarah sherman samuel

saturday picnics & $500 giveaway

the-perfect-cheeseboard7Last week I was over on Lonny sharing about how to make the most of a Saturday afternoon. I chatted about elevating the everyday with a backyard picnic and there is a pretty fab giveaway going on so you can do the same! Here is a peek at a few things you could snag.

the-perfect-cheeseboard8picnic-backyardThe blanket, market tote, and hammock are all up for grabs (from The Citizenry), as well as pieces from Lunya, the lux loungewear which you can see me wearing here and here. The deadline to enter the giveaway is September 5th so hop to!

And in case you missed it… see how to build that perfect cheeseboard here.

Sources: Blanket, Tote, and Hammock from The Citizenry // Cheese board and napkins are from my collection (shop re-opening next week!) // Pillows from Little Korboose // Archer’s jumpsuit by June & January // My dress from Madewell

Archer’s Birth Announcement & Giveaway

archer-birth2archer-brith3Just a little baby love for your Thursday morning… I wanted to share what I did for sweet Archer’s birth announcements. I designed the cards around the photos we had taken with katherine and luke and with so many adorable ones, I couldn’t narrow it down to just one card so, of course, I made three! :)

I then had Artifact Uprising print the cards, using their “design your own” option. The cards were printed front and back so that each one had a full photo on one side, and then a photo with the type, his name, birth date, and info on the other. Going through AU made it easy because I didn’t have to pick out the paper, size, or envelopes (faced with too many choices while trying to navigate the first days of mommyhood and I probably wouldn’t have gotten them together). The cardstock they use has a beautiful feel and the kraft envelopes were perfect, easy peasy.

archer birth announcement with artifact uprising // sarah sherman samuelarcher birth announcement with artifact uprising // sarah sherman samuelI may or may not have designed these in my sleep, so when they arrived at our doorstep it was like Christmas morning with the cutest presents inside. That top one is definitely a framer.

archer lee fox // birth announcementAwe… my sweet pumpkin. I’m so happy we were able to get these together and I’d like to pass that on to you guys with a little giveaway. Just leave a comment below for the chance to win a $100 gift card to Artifact Uprising so you can get your special something printed.

Entries must be posted by Tuesday, May 26th. One winner will be chosen at random. Good Luck!

P.S. Get 10% off with the Smitten Studio readers code AUSS10


holiday decorating

holiday shelves // smitten studioI’m falling a bit behind on my Christmas decorating, kicking and growing baby Samuel has other ideas of what I should be working on (like my sleep), but I’ve managed to gussy up our living room shelves in some holiday flare with a little help from Wayfair.

I picked out some pretty goodies like those gold Dwell Studio animals, the Jonathan Adler peacock, and the black geometric vases that all work year round, but with the addition of some ornaments, greenery, and other gilded treasures, help make my shelves Christmas ready. Now as far as my Christmas tree goes… it still needs some attention, but I’ll share more photos of our house decked out for the holidays once I dust off the rest of the ornaments and get more than one string of lights on our sad conifer. :) Have you guys gotten your stockings all up and mistletoe in place?

P.S. Wayfair is also holding an instagram contest where they want you to share a photo of your holiday shelves for a chance to win a $500 gift card! Just post a photo of your decorated shelves, tag @wayfair and hashtag it with #holidayshelfie to enter. The contest is open until Christmas! Check out some extra “shelfie” inspiration here.

Image by Sarah Sherman Samuel


lo and sons camera bag giveaway

loandsons-giveaway5smgiveaway-loandsonsTis the season for giving and this week I am teaming up with Lo & Sons to give away one of their leather camera bags, the Claremont! I have been using this bag as my sole camera bag for the last few months and I have to say I LOVE it. It has gone on all of our weekend trips, carries both my canon 7d and a spare lens, and looks more like a beautiful handbag than a camera bag.

loandsons-giveawaysm3loandsons-giveawaysmloandsons-giveaway4smloandsons-giveaway6smIf you haven’t heard of Lo & Sons, I am happy to be the one to introduce you. It is a family owned travel and lifestyle bag brand, started by a mother and two sons, and is based out of NYC. Their bags are built to travel light, without compromising on style or function, which is a win, win, win for me. Above are photos from our trip to Ojai with the Claremont in tow.

Giveaway details:
One winner will receive The Claremont leather camera bag by Lo & Sons (a $300 value).

TO ENTER: leave a comment below saying where you would like to take the bag first AND then enter here.

Entries must be posted by this Friday, December 12th. One winner will be chosen at random. Good Luck!

Sorry, limited to US readers only. Winner will be contacted by email once comments close and then announced on the bottom of this post soon after.

UPDATE: The giveaway is now closed. Thank you for entering and congratulations to Chelsea for winning the Claremont!