holidays

Gift Guides // For Her the Hostess & Him the Host

Kicking off the start of my gift guides this year with the “Hostess’ & Hosts” guides. With Thanksgiving on tomorrow (EEP! where did November go?!) here’s some great ideas of what you can gift to the those hosts this week!

FOR HER

Shop this gift guide // black pedestal bowl //rolling pin // brass cylinder vase // seagrass carafe // santal 26 candle // golden metal candlestick // marble board // ferrone glasses // wood trivet // bar tools // linen napkins // wine decanter 

 

FOR HIM

Shop this guide // scotch flavored toothpicks // cocktail shaker // horn soap dish //copper tumbler // enamelware bowls // kettle  // shark bottle stopper  // socks // chess set  // ashtray  // linen bathrobe // match striker

high & low adult table & DIY

black and gold luxe thanksgiving adult table // sarah sherman samuelI’m mixing high (gold plated napkin rings & caviar) & low (DIY and Target candle holders) and the result is one super easy but fancy pants adult table. 

I’ve got the table all set up a day early again (I’m always more excited about the table set up than doing the cooking) and I’ve got a few last minute ideas for your thanksgiving table to steal from mine…

mix of high and low // black and gold luxe thanksgiving adult table + DIY // sarah sherman samuelplacemat DIY // thanksgiving table I love a non traditional table at thanksgiving and I like it to look like I went all out, even if it only took minutes. One idea is to lay a dark base, (luckily my table is dark but a black or deep hued table cloth would do the trick too) this sets the stage for some drama (the good kind).

Idea #2… Go monochromatic (always a fave). The dark table layered with dark placemats (DIY after the jump) and dark plates give the table a textural quality that instantly feels oh so rich.

placemat DIY // thanksgiving tableblack and gold luxe thanksgiving adult table // sarah sherman samuelAdd a touch of glam: I’ve added in my vintage brass toasting cups, gold plated napkin rings (these are part 2 of the SSS collaborations and are going to be available in the shop next week!), and serve up some caviar for an app. Just sprinkle on a cracker with a dollop of creme fraiche and your guests will be blown away. 

And lastly…Grab a wreath (or make one if you’re extra crafty) and use it as a centerpiece. We picked up this candle holder from target and put black candles in it to bring the monochromatic drama up into the centerpiece.

DIY details on the placemat and product sources after the jump!…

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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

 

Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas & Giveaway

holiday table ideas & giveaway // smitten studioholiday table ideas & giveaway // smitten studioIt is probably no surprise that one of my favorite parts of the holidays is setting up a pretty table to gather around. It doesn’t have to be over the top or heavily themed, but I like to pull out the gold flatware and add a few unique pieces to make the table a little extra special. I’m calling this year’s a “natural luxe” tablescape.

To help you re-create a similar look I’ve listed a few ideas to try on your Thanksgiving table and I’ve teamed up with two amazing brands, The Citizenry and Suite One Studio, to give away these gorgeous pieces so that one lucky winner can get a head start!

thanksgiving table ideas & giveaway // smitten studio

holiday table ideas & giveaway // smitten studioholiday table ideas & giveaway // smitten studioholiday table ideas & giveaway // smitten studioIdea 1: Layer multiple dishes and napkins for extra depth.

For a holiday table I usually like to start with a charger, then add a napkin, then dinner plate and usually top it off with something decorative (like the pheasant feather) at each place setting. This table got its’ extra layer of luxe with the gold rimmed dessert plate and gold rimmed bowl that would be perfect for a little amuse bouche.

holiday table ideas & giveaway // smitten studioIdea 2: Create a centerpiece from the produce aisle.

Thanksgiving celebrates a time of harvest and bounty so why not create a centerpiece from the farmer’s market or just the produce aisle at your local grocery store. To keep it looking tasteful I stuck with a monochromatic palette. I love the texture of the artichokes which I used to make the bulk of the arrangement and then added in pears, gourds, and a little eucalyptus to fill it out.

holiday table ideas & giveaway // smitten studioholiday table ideas & giveaway // smitten studioIdea 3: Keep it neutral but play up textures.

This year I stuck with a neutral color palette and relied heavily on the patterns and textures of all the natural elements to up the luxe factor. Black, white, brown, and gold make for a rich color combination but bringing in the textures of the cow horn tumbler, pheasant feather, marble tabletop, cowhide rug, and wood grain planter take it to a whole ‘nother level.

The Citizenry & Suite One Studio Giveaway Details…
One winner will receive:
1 set of 2 Cow Horn Tumblers
1 Handcarved Adia Wood Planter
1 set of 2 Gold Rimmed Bowls
1 set of 2 Gold Rimmed Dessert Plates

TO ENTER: simply leave a comment below saying which tablescape idea you’d most likely try out, or a favorite one of your own, AND then enter here.

Entries must be posted by this Friday, November 21st. 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.

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

Additional Product Sources: Gold Flatware by West Elm // Gold Chargers by Target // Black & White Napkins by A Sunny Afternoon // Brass Goblets are vintage // Ceramic Cake Stand by Suite One Studio // Black Plates by CB2 // Table by Organic Modernism // Chairs are vintage

UPDATE: The giveaway is now closed and a winner has been selected. Thanks to everyone for entering and congrats to Carin Doliva.

My gift tree

wrapped gifts smitten studioThis year I infused a little fashion into my gift wrapping. Gold, herringbone, and leopard print took center stage in this present tree.

Meanwhile… I have already officially lost track of what day it is… which is the BEST feeling. We made it to my parents in Michigan a few days ago, our bags packed with presents, and finally this morning we woke up to a fresh white blanket of snow. I love the holidays.

Image by me via Instagram. (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)

DIY: metallic dotted vessel

DIY christmas metallic dot vaseI’m getting ready for a little holiday party at our house this weekend, so that means pulling out my go-to party accessories like this little vessel I made and used as a candle holder for my birthday party. Or, you might also have spotted it in my studio on Design Sponge where I used it as a pencil cup.  Now, I am putting it to work as a bar accessory, holding the printed straws that are a must at every party, right?

supplies neededSupplies needed // 1: Simple drinking glass (I picked up mine at the 99 cent store). 2: White spray paint (make sure to get FLAT paint. That is what makes it look porcelain like). 3: Gold leafing pen (also by Krylon, find it here)

step 1 spray paintInstructions: 1: Spray paint the glass. (two coats worked form me)

step 2 gold dots2: Starting at the top, press firmly on the very tip of the pen to create a small dot. 3: move the pen over about 1 cm and place another dot. It’s nice to do it freehand so that it doesn’t look too perfect.

step 3 gold dots repeat4: Continue all the way down the vase (I left about an inch at the bottom of free white space to anchor the pattern). That’s it! and you are done. Easy peasy right?

Christmas vase porcelain-like DIY

Images by sarah sherman samuel