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Our DIY kitchen Island

I’ve started a monthly column over on Domino where I will be sharing some projects in depth and the first one has been centered around our downstairs kitchen. This week we covered the DIY of our kitchen Island!

Here is another look at the before photo to see where we started.

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get the look: santa monica proper

While I have been dreaming of getting away to my favorite LA hotel, The Santa Monica Proper, I guess the next best thing is sharing how to get the look at home. I was here just days before lockdown in March in this Kelly Wearstler designed wonderland. If I had her design my home, it would look exactly like this. This is my spirit hotel. ha She is on the cover of the Domino Mag this  month in the hotel so you can head over there for much better photos, but I’ll share my iphone snaps here and then a round up a few shoppable pieces to mimic the layered neutral patterned vibes in your own home.  READ MORE

The Perfect Cheeseboard

the perfect cheeseboard // sarah sherman samuelToday I’m over on Lonny chatting about my favorite Saturday afternoon activity… picnicking of course! For our picnics we usually run to the local gourmet grocer and pick up some prepared salads, sandwiches, and all the accoutrements for a tasty cheese board, toss them in a basket, find a patch of grass, and enjoy. Although lately we have been inviting friends over to be able to meet and hang with Archer, so my cheese board game has gotten pretty good. For me, it is a must when picnicking with a crowd, giving people the excuse to linger a little longer, but also enjoyed just as much when it is just the two three of us.

the perfect cheeseboard // sarah sherman samuelthe perfect cheeseboard // sarah sherman samuelThe perfect cheeseboard is all about the balance… salty, sweet, savory, bitter & spicy! I like a little of each and a lot of variety in textures.

For CHEESE I like to include (starred ones are my favorite):
a soft (like brie* or camembert)
a semi-soft (like havarti or gouda*)
a hard  (manchego*, parmesan, aged cheddar*)
a blue (roquefort, stilton)

The cheese, of course, is always the hero but I like the accompaniments just as much, if not more. This is where you get to have some fun adding the sweet, salty, and spicy to the oh so savory cheese.

For SWEET I like to include:
fresh fruit (grapes, figs)
dried fruit (apricots, cranberries)
honey
chutneys

For SALTY:
nuts (salted almonds)
crackers

For BITTER:
Olives

For SPICY:
THESE SPICY PECANS (I seriously buy 8 bags every time I go to Trader Joes. I can’t get enough)

And finally, the cracker of all crackers that are not only beautiful, but have the whole nutty, salty, and sweet balance already going on for them all by themselves are these “salty date and almond raincoast crisps“.

So there you have it… and now I am hungry. Be sure to head over to Lonny to see what else we get up to on a Saturday afternoon. And, and… there is a pretty lux giveaway happening over there as well! x

 Photography by Tessa Neustadt