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serena mitnik-miller on Home

I am thrilled to share that we are starting a new interview series all about “home” and the meaning of the word. Anastasia and I will be talking to our favorite creatives and professionals who work in various industries on the subject of home. For the first one, we sat down with Serena Mitnik-Miller as she shares a peek into her new home she is turning into a dream space.

Anastasia: I can’t visit California without a trip to General Store. The cool Cali, eccentric boutique filled with treasures of vintage clothing, jewelry, and gifts. You might recognize Serena Mitnik-Miller as one of the founders and shop owners. She is, and so much more! She is a mother, artist, author, and designer living and working in California. She splits her time between San Francisco and Los Angeles, combining her days painting, designing, collecting, and collaborating with her local artisan community.

Sarah: Our home in LA was within walking distance of the General Store. There was never a birthday, anniversary, baby shower, etc, that went by where I didn’t pop in for the perfect gift. And, chances are you probably fell in love with Serena’s first house. She shared the renovations over Instagram under #ourtopangahome , which went on to fuel much of an equally covetable book cowrote by, and you guessed it, Serena, called Abode, where they share their tips and tricks on thoughtful living with less. So when it came time to make a list of people we want to hear their philosophies on home, Serena was at the top of it. I hope you enjoy!

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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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shop picks: H&M

shop picks H & M // sarah sherman samuelI still remember when my Michigan raised self took my first trip to New York as a teenager and discovered H&M. The malls and shopping where I grew up didn’t have such stores, the only place to shop for anything fashion forward was TJ Maxx, and of course I am aging myself, but online shopping wasn’t a thing. So I felt like H&M was the holy grail of fashion that was also affordable to my summer job budget (I also discovered Zara on the trip and I think I spent a good 5 hours there, it was a big day for me and my closet).

Anyway, these days I sometimes check in to see what’s new and have totally forgotten that they have a home section until I was looking for a blush pink pillow and wham! I found the perfect one. Oh and thennnn I got started down a rabbit hole and filled my cart with all sorts of home accessories because, copper (!), and because my new studio isn’t going to style itself. So I had to share, so you can join me in my squeals of retail delight ;).

Here is a peek at a few of my favorite and affordable goodies at H&M right now. I also got these for archer because, suspenders (!).

Black Jumpsuit // Copper Candlesticks // Jute Rug // Copper Wire Basket // Velvet Pillow // Turtleneck Dress // Natural Sandals // Mesh Panty Set // Round Bag // Patterned Pillow // Lidded Box // Ring Set 

 

hostess gift guide

gift guide for hostessWith all of the holiday parties happening, I put together one more gift guide and this one goes out to the hostesses. Throwing a Christmas or New Years party can take up a good amount of time in an already very busy season, so I’ve rounded up a few gifts that are perfect for the hosts and are a simple way to say thanks for having me!

gift-guide-for-hostessI like to keep with neutral colors that can seamlessly fit into anyone’s kitchen…white and gold? Yes, please! Serving platters, wooden spoons, cake stands, guilded napkin rings, and vases are all great gifts for the entertainers in our lives and one gesture that never fails is giving C.H.O.C.O.L.A.T.E! GODIVA’S luxe packaging makes it an instant gift.

Resin Bowl // Gold Napkin Rings // Cake Stand // GODIVA Chocolates // Wooden Spoon Set // Hex Marble Board // Cheese Knife Set // Vase // Serving Platter // Ice Chiller // Candle Holder // Candle

See all the other gift guides here:
for him
for her
for the littles
for the fur kids

shop picks: the citizenry

shop picks // the citizenry // sarah sherman samuelI’ve mentioned The Citizenry before like with this Thanksgiving tablescape, but I wanted to single them out in a “shop picks” because, wowza, have you seen their new collection?! Not only do I stand behind their business model of supporting artisans and giving back, but their modern twist on timeworn materials and techniques create some seriously special pieces. I went gaga over that chair, and the lava trays… and the candleholders… you get where I am going with this. I will take one of each please.

Lava Trays // Adia Planters // Amani Baskets // Aldama Chair // Hauri Candleholder // Aldama Side Table // Noche Blanket

sss on joss & main!

sarah sherman samuelThis week Joss & Main is hosting a flash sale, featuring my home! Pop-over there to see a little home tour and to shop my style. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite drool worthy pieces here but there is plenty more where they came from.

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Charles lamp // Rattan Armchair // Astrid Coffee Table // Trinket Box Set // Lexi Candleholder // Floor Mirror // Leona Sidechair // Sheepskin Pillow // Terrarium

The sale ends this thursday, August 27th… so git!