Home Decor

LA home decor shop round-up

If you have seen me recently (or watch my IG stories) you have witnessed me running around like mad trying to get projects wrapped up before baby. Acura recently loaned me out their new MDX Sport Hybrid which I have taken to all corners of town in picking up items for my Mandy Moore residential project and I’ve received a lot of inquiries about what my go-to home decor stores are in LA so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share a round-up while I also gush about my month with the Acura MDX Sport Hybrid.

First, it was my first time ever driving a hybrid and I was so impressed with how long I could go between fill ups! In the entire month I only had to put gas in once and like I said, I have been in the car A LOT lately. Mandy lives on the opposite site of town from me so site visits are an automatic 2 hours in the car. One feature I loved on those long trips in this heat are the air cooled seats! It has been 100 degree plus at her house (and no air conditioning since it is currently an open job site) so when I get back into the car and can turn on the cooling seats, this oh so pregnant mama was thanking her lucky stars.

The styling of the MDX is also right up my alley. The unique headlights and the black rims (you known I love anything monochromatic) feel really modern. It has also been so nice to be able to have the extra space in the back of the MDX for toting things around and picking up furniture etc. It has more than my current vehicle even though they are both SUV’s.

And now onto where I have been doing all my favorite shopping for my clients…

Midland
Washington Blvd.
Culver City

I’ve already shared my love for Midland when it comes to fashion, but they have some great special home items too.

Kelly Wearstler
Melrose Ave.
West Hollywood

Kelly Wearstler has been an inspiration for me since I was just out of college and working in advertising. One of our clients was the Viceroy which was just getting built and Ms. Wearstler designed. I worked on the sales brochures and fell head over heals for all the stunning images.

Consort
Melrose Ave.

Consort is another fave that brings some serious edge to interiors. Think high fashion for your home.

Lawson Fenning
Melrose Ave.

Right down the street is Lawson Fenning. They actually have two locations but the Melrose location is where I usually go. We picked up a sofa from here for Mandy Moore. The furniture is to die for and they also have a seriously killer collection of ceramics.

Nickey Kehoe
Beverly Blvd.

Also in the same hood is Nickey Kehoe, they stock their own furniture as well as vintage finds for a more warm and eclectic vibe.

Surfing Cowboys
Venice Blvd.

Speaking of vintage, one of my favorite resources for that laid back California vintage style is Surfing Cowboys.

See below for a more complete list of my favorite LA home stores. Happy Shopping!

Thanks to Acura for lending me the MDX and for sponsoring this post. This was my personal review of the vehicle, all thoughts and ideas are my own. 

Fall Decor Update

daybed // sarah sherman samuelBringing personal touches into a home is always high on my priority list when designing spaces for myself and for others. One of my favorite ways to do this is to incorporate artwork created from memories or photos that mean something to me and Shutterfly makes it super easy. Whether you are looking to get your house ready for the holidays or are wanting to put a personal touch in your space as a fall update, they have so many options.

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from the weekend: nursery beginnings

nursery items // sneak peek // sarah sherman samuelThis weekend our crib got delivered and, holy crap, things started to feel really real. I started gathering the few special pieces that I have picked up here and there for the nursery and finally got a chance to work on the design (woot woot!). I will share the plan in a few, but for now here is a sneak peek of some of the pieces and the color palette I am planning to work with. Baby Samuel is due exactly 1 month from today. Ah!

Product Sources: Crib by Kalon Studios // The white plush giraffe and elephant and the triangle garland was made by my talented friend Lauren, as part of the decor for my baby shower // Lauren also sneakily had my dad make the wooden blocks which she painted (also for my baby shower) // Green Ottoman from another DIY genius, Modernhaus // White Sheepskin Rug // Peach Vintage Rug from Frances Loom // Baby Minnetonka Moccasins // Arrow Wall Flag by Ferm Living

Image by me via iPhone & instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)

4 amazing nurseries

4 amazing nurseries // boulevard b nursery  // smitten studioI haven’t quite settled on a direction for our nursery yet, but I have made a “baby” pin board from which I’ve started gathering inspiration on all things design for the little one. In the process I have looked at probably hundreds of nursery tours and while I am trying to figure out which way to go (light and airy or dark and dreamy?), I came across these 4 personal faves that serve up some serious originality.

4 amazing nurseries // reath design  // smitten studio4 amazing nurseries // amber interiors nursery  // smitten studio4 amazing nurseries //  inspiration  // smitten studioFreaking beautiful right? :) What are you favorite inspiration sources for the littles?

Happy Friday! x

Room 1 by Rosemary van Zandvoort via Boulevard B. // Room 2 by Reath Design with Sharon Montrose for The Animal Print Shop // Room 3 by Amber Interiors  // Room 4 via Le Petite Florilége

home update: in the bedroom

master bedroom // smitten studioSince my last bedroom post, we hung a Debbie Carlos print and installed some new Cedar & Moss sconces. Although the new bedroom has been coming along slowly (building it from the ground up didn’t speed up the process. :), it has been so great filling it only with items I love (a practice in editing, for sure) and knowing the designers and artist behind pieces like the print and lights makes each one even more special.

master bedroom // smitten studiomaster bedroom // smitten studiomaster bedroom // smitten studiomaster-bedroom-smittenstudio6master bedroom // smitten studioIn last bedroom update I was also on the search for the perfect nightstand and as I mentioned then, finding a good nightstand is a difficult feat. Well, finding a good one that has a very specific measurement… even harder. Turns out 24″ – 26″ wide nightstands aren’t the norm so I started looking for alternatives. I may eventually end up making my own but as soon as I saw this vintage chair and the measurements were dead on, I had to have it. I have always loved the casual look of a side chair as a nightstand (a couple great examples here and here). Now I just need to find it a mate for Rupe’s side.

Product Sources: Sconces by Cedar & Moss // Flower Print by Debbie Carlos // Wicker Chair (vintage) from Venice Vintage Paradise // Rug from Esalerugs.com // Pendant Lamp from a vintage shop, find new: Octo Pendant by Secto // Bedding by Parachute  // Ombre Throw Blanket from Terrain // Bed from West Elm (I re-upholstered it, DIY here)

To see all of the home renovation progress check here.
To see the “before” home tour check here.

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

home progress: living room nook refresh

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You may remember this corner of the room from ages ago. We had just done phase one of construction, which was opening up two walls that separated the living room from the den and the living room from the kitchen, but had yet to even start on all the main construction.

Since those last photos, amongst the main projects of gutting the kitchen, adding on a bedroom, bathroom and laundry room, we also made these built-in shelves and finished the entryway, and in the process I cleaned out this living room corner of everything, stealing the tchotchkes and books to fill shelves and style corners elsewhere. It has sat empty and neglected for a good eight months or so. Thankfully Target sent me over some of their items from their new fall line, so I was able to finish off this cozy nook all over again. I am LOVING all the gold in the collection.

living-room-reading-cornerliving-room-reading-corner2living-room-reading-corner3Rupe has also already commandeered the rocker that we got from the flea market as his personal TV watching chair. It is actually the most comfy spot in the house, when the cushions are on (they are so ugly at the moment I just can’t keep them on unless in use.. ha), so I found a spot here that he can swivel around to watch his favorite show Project Runway ;), or I can swivel back to steal a quiet moment to read. We will see when baby comes if it will actually make it into the nursery. Maybe I should start shopping for another rocker.

Product Sources: Gold Spotted Vase from Target // Gold Pear from Target // Brass Hex vase from Ferm Living // Gold and White bowl from Target // White Throw Blanket from Target // Gold Pouf // Vintage Rug from The Rug Warehouse // Chair is vintage Homecrest // Flamingo Print by Sharon Montrose // Chandelier by Jonathan Adler // Plant is a Fiddle Leaf Fig

To see all of the home renovation progress check here
To see the “before” photos of the house check here

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel