in the studio

SSS x Tribe Alive for CAUSEBOX

sss x tribe alive for causebox // block printed table runnerI’m thrilled to share another product collaboration that has just come to fruition! You may remember from my own line when I used to carry table runners in the patterns I created for my napkins and tea towels. I haven’t had them in the shop for a while now so I was thrilled when Tribe Alive contacted me to design one for their involvement in this winter’s CAUSEBOX!

sss x tribe alive for causebox // block printed table runnerIf you aren’t familiar with CAUSEBOX, they are a subscription based company where every season they curate a collection of products that gives back and makes the world better. Their curations include everything from homewares and accessories to skincare and jewelry.

Tribe Alive is a brand that partners with woman all over the world, in this case India, to employ impoverished women at fair-trade wages empowering them to raise themselves out of poverty. Their studios create safe work environments, dependable income, and the power to determine their own future. Their clothing and accessories are also well designed and right in line with my personal aesthetic (like, can I have this bag please?). So, I couldn’t be happier to lend my design hands to these two companies.

In honor of the collaboration, CAUSEBOX dropped by my studio to get a glimpse at my design process and to see the final SSS x Tribe Alive block printed table runner. When designing, I usually start out with some hand drawn sketches to get some ideas flowing and then I take it to the computer to explore shapes and patterns further. For this collaboration I came up with a couple different designs and after narrowing down colors and options, we finally landed on the one you see here!

I was able to use it this year for our thanksgiving table which I failed to get many photos of because I did have a week old newborn at the time, but it also works great as a wall hanging when you aren’t entertaining. I simple used a wooden dowel, folded the runner over the dowel and tied yarn to each end and done!

Find out more about the winter CAUSEBOX with the SSS x Tribe Alive table runner here.

Photos by Michael Newsted

SSS + SAY

cloud tee and wallpaper by sarah sherman samuelThere’s a new (and adorable) kids clothing brand in town and I’m thrilled to have designed one of the T-shirts for their launch. It’s called SAY. You may recognize the pattern from the wallpaper I designed for Archer’s nursery and I have to say it is SO fun seeing it 3 dimensional, on clothing. For years my full-time job was creating patterns for 3 dimensional product (notebooks, journals, stationery, binders, bags etc.) for Target and my favorite part was seeing the pattern come to life on the product but now I’m thinking there is something extra special when you see the movement and fluidity it takes on as clothing. Makes me want to do more! Archer might be upping the cuteness factor for me a bit too.

SAY-TEESCLOUD TEE BY SARAH-SHERMAN-SAMUEL + SAYBOWIE-TEE-SAYThey’ve also teamed up with other designers like Amanda Jane Jones and Jennifer Hagler of A Merry Mishap to create the edited selection. And the good news is… in lieu of investing in advertising they are giving away 1 MILLION shirts (!) so head on over and pick yourself out a cloud Tee. Or one of the other designs, I guess. ;) I must admit I want the Bowie Tee too.

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.

SOURCES:
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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desert modern living room

desert modern, living room // sarah sherman samuelI’ve been working with a client in Palm Springs to furnish a newly renovated house and we are coming up on the final install so I thought I’d share the design board for the living area. She had a few pieces already in place, like the sofa and the butterfly chair, so jumping off from there I created this modern/warm/boho living space. It’s a second home/will be a rental home, so we kept things neutral in the main space, layering up on natural textures for a tranquil easy on the eyes vibe. We were also restricted to pieces that could be purchased online and easily delivered since the owner and I have both been working remotely other than a couple quick site visits. Oh and don’t worry there is color going into the rest of the home which I will share soon!

get the look:
sofa // wallpaper // credenza is an ikea diy // floor lamp // coffee table // rug // print // butterfly chair // side table // baskets (collected – find example here) // planter // bench // credenza // brass birds (vintage found on etsy) // cactus print by Linda Benziger //  runner

 

introducing sss product collaborations

sarah sherman samuel x melanie abrantes // cake standsI am thrilled to announce the first of a special series of SSS product collaborations. This has been in a works for a while now, so it kind of feels like I am sending my babies off to college, but dang it… they are ready. I am teaming up with other makers and artists to co-create some limited edition objects that will be sold exclusively in the Sarah Sherman Samuel shop and first up are these gorgeous wooden cake stands.

I haven’t turned wood since high school, so together with Melanie Abrantes (wood & cork turning extraordinaire) we brought these beauties to life. I drew up the three styles, the geometric shapes giving a modern twist to a traditional item, and Melanie hand turned them from solid wood. In a nutshell… they’re my design, by her hands. We only made a small batch of them, so head on over to the shop for something truly unique.

sarah sherman samuel x melanie abrantes // cake standssarah sherman samuel x melanie abrantes // cake standsAs I’ve grown quite used to working alone, it has been wonderful to team up with other artists to see what we can create together. Now enough about me, here’s a bit more about Melanie and her beautiful craft…  READ MORE

studio update: settling in

smitten studio // a sunny afternoon // workspace plantsWith my DIY shelves up, I turned back to the other side of the room to get my computer station up to snuff. Now my happy place is my happier place with the addition of some plants and some wall space dedicated to working projects.

Smitten studio // a sunny afternoon // workspaceI missed my chalkboard wall desperately from my last studio. It’s where I kept current projects out in front of me, where I would edit artwork and collections for A Sunny Afternoon and it also was home to a list of future projects and things I needed to keep in the back of my mind and not let slip away.  Not to say I don’t still keep my notebook and calendar updated, but I like to have big picture things and future goals out where I can see them. I’ll swear that it helps make them happen and it also made a big difference in getting me feeling settled.

Smitten studio // a sunny afternoon // workspaceClearly Cracker is having no problem in that department.

Smitten studio // a sunny afternoon // workspace… and the plants! Since my backyard has been taken over by trash piles and workmen, I brought some of the outdoors in. I bought the plants and pots all at home depot. I can’t say their pot selection is amazing, but they are affordable, so I picked out pots that I liked the shape of and ignored the ugly colors. When I got home I unleashed a can of matte white spray paint on them and suddenly all was right in my plant world.

Now I just have to address the lighting situation with new fixtures and maybe some skylights.

To see more of the studio check here and here.

Here are the sources for everything I can thing of…
Desk: Anthropologie (old) // Chair: vintage // Sheepskin: Ikea // Side table: vintage // Plants & pots are from Home Depot (spray painted all the pots matte white) // Floor paint is Georgia Peach (tinted 20% lighter) by Behr // Rug & Poufs: Ikea // Loveseat: vintage

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel