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8 best pink sofas

8 best pink sofasAfter living with my pink sofa in the studio for a while now I thought mayyyybe I would get over it, but I haven’t. It still makes me smile on the daily, and now I’ve been seeing pink sofas all over the place so I’ve rounded up my current faves so you can get the look.

01 The Mayor Sofa // 01 The Rest Sofa // 03 Wegner Sofa // 04 The Marryn Sofa // o5 The Hold Sofa // 06 The Oslo Sofa // 07 The Billie Sofa // 08 No. 5 Series Sofa by Kalon

top 15 of 2015

06sarahshermansamuel-maxandfriendsI’m signing off for the rest of the year, but for your holiday break reading pleasure, I have rounded up my top 15 posts/moments from 2015.

To start it off, a post I will always look back on and treasure… MY MATERNITY PHOTOS. I can’t believe it has almost been a full year since archer was all cozy in the womb.

nursery-ikea-hackAs we readied the nursery for A’s arrival we did THIS IKEA HACK for his dresser/changing table.

bathroom renovationWhen I was 8 months pregnant, I decided we needed a new bathroom and we needed it NOW. Here’s the ALMOST FINISHED TOUR.

baby-sleepARCHER’S ARRIVAL was as you’d think, the cutest and sweetest main event of 2015. I also started a new series, along with a handful of other bloggers, called “REAL TALK WITH REAL MOMS” where we share personal stories around a central topic once a month.

gender-neutral-nursery-baby-boy-sarahshermansamueland speaking of Archer… his NURSERY TOUR was another favorite.

kitchen by sarah sherman samuelWe put all the finishing touches on the kitchen and shared the BEFORE AND AFTER TOUR.

studio-update-sarahshermansamuel6sm640Our what is now the old studio space got an UPDATE.

swing-top-lasercut-midiAnd it definitely took a while, but I started feeling and DRESSING LIKE MYSELF again somewhere in there. Here’s one more STYLE FAVE.

sea-change-sssWe launched the NEW WEBSITENEW SHOP & PRODUCTS… new errthing.

rustic modern living room makeoverThis RUSTIC MODERN MAKEOVER was one of my favorite interior spaces I worked on this year.

iphone-photoediting-tutorialI shared all my INSTAGRAM PHOTO SECRETS.

sarahshermansamuel-cake-standsWe launched a series of ARTIST COLLABORATIONS, where I team up with different maker’s and create new pieces exclusive to the SSS SHOP.

laundry-roomWe started our quest to make the PRETTIEST LAUNDRY ROOM ever.

sarahshermansamuel-studio21Another big moment of 2015 was our moving into a NEW STUDIO! It is still pretty blank as December is always the craziest time of year but I’m looking forward to making this our new work home in 2016.

a-frame-sarahshermansamuelAnd finally, another really exciting project for 2016 and a very pinch myself moment, was the purchasing of this fixer of an A-FRAME! See the FULL TOUR HERE.

In other crazy news… I am on the cover of Sunset Magazine this month! I also did an instagram takeover for them and contributed to their site with a mini guide to Palm Springs.

It has been a year full of SO much change, new baby, new website, new cabin, new studio… and all the highs and lows that go with change. I am looking forward to seeing what 2016 will bring and hopefully hunkering down a bit and settling into all the new. I hope you have fun reflecting and have a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Thank you for following along and I’ll see you next week! xo

shopping for a modern chandelier

chandelier shopping // smitten studioRemember when our house looked like this. It was after phase one of the kitchen renovation and when we were still trying to make the house look like it wasn’t all under construction (and before we gave up that pipe dream in our third month of the major renovation). You will be able to see how we’ve been living lately in the next post, but I wanted to take a look at this for my chandelier shopping needs.

I am sure we all can agree that lighting makes such a difference in a house. I have a real weakness for beautiful modern chandeliers. I could lose hours (and I already have) happily shopping for the perfect one. Here are my top picks!

modern chandeliers - round up // smitten studioLucky for me (not so lucky for the pocketbook) I have places for THREE different chandeliers! Two you’ll see in the photo above, one over the dining table and one to replace the ceiling fan, and the third will be in the master bedroom.

Zanadoo Chandelier // Kalmar Dome Ceiling Light // Thirteen Arm Vintage Chandelier // Agnes Chandelier // Meurice by Jonathan Adler // Satellite Chandelier by DWR

 

modern chandeliers - round up // smitten studioOne of my favorite sources for lighting is 1st Dibs, they have so many amazing vintage lamps. Of course most are way out of my budget, but it still helps to narrow down the style I want and it also makes me think doing a DIY like this one or this one, might also be a great option.
Which ones are your favorites?

Twelve Light VIntage Chandelier // Priti Chandelier // Satellite Six Chandelier // Stilnovo Vintage Chandelier // Black Cord Chandelier by Brendan Ravenhill // Half Dome Pendant by Allied Maker

For more product round-ups look here.
For all the product sources in the top photo look here.

wallpaper round-up

wallpaper round-up // smitten studioNow that the bedroom is drywalled, I am dreaming of all sorts of pretty wallpaper. Here’s a few of my favorites…

giraffes by jill malek // andanza by laundry // dark floral by ellie cashman // malachite by cole & sons // nuvole by cole & sons // wabi by calico wallpaper // travertino by osbourne & little // ferns by lisa congdon // emerald by mimou // wythe hotel paper by dan funderburgh // tidal by emma hayes // malachite b&w by cole & sons

cabin progress: rug search

cabin kitchen rugTagging on to last weeks kitchen update… I am on the search for a rug. Right now I have this floral rug from Urban Outfitters that I picked up long ago and while I do like the colors OK, I think the floral pattern is skewing the space more towards a country kitchen look then I would like. Here are a few rugs that are a bit more of what I am thinking.

rug optionsI thought it would be nice to get a little punch of color in the kitchen with a beautiful rug, however I am not yet completely sold on any of these. While I love #4 it doesn’t come in the right size… Wah wah wahh. I guess the search is still on. Any favorite rug resources?

To see all of the cabin progress go here.

Image by Sarah Sherman Samuel

1. Moroccan rug from rugs USA // 2. rug by Capel Heirs // 3. Boucherouite rug from Beldi  // 4. Vintage Kilim rug by Sukan

top 5 moments of 2012

2012 was a pretty exciting year! It had its ups and downs like they all do, but there were also some pretty amazing things & changes that happened. Here are my top 5 moments on Smitten Studio.

1. We bought this old weathered cabin.

cabin exterior before

2. We renovated the cabin (Still a work in progress but here is where we are at the years end). See all the posts here.

cabin exterior 2012cabin living room corner

3. I turned 30 and threw a party! See the original post here and on 100 layer cake here.

sarah sherman samuel party invitedining table sarah sherman samuelsarah sherman samuel party2

4. I quit my full-time job. After building a successful product line for someone else for 5 years I made the leap to do it for myself and spend more time here, in my own studio.  See more of my workspace here.

smitten studio inspiration wall

5. We traveled to a few really cool places. Like Big Sur and England and Wine Country.

human nest treebones sarah sherman samuelAmberley Castlespa weekend calistoga

Here’s to 2013 being filled with great successes, exciting adventures, and big big love.

Party Images by Mike Carreiro all others by Sarah Sherman Samuel