sarah sherman samuel

A Sunny Afternoon boards back in stock

a sunny afternoon kitchen // serving boards // smitten studioMany of our serving boards sold out much quicker than anticipated so, while in Michigan, I made sure to get a lot of time in the workshop to replenish and they are back up in the shop today!

a sunny afternoon arrow board // smitten studioEach board is handcrafted out of a solid piece of American Walnut by either me or my dad and are branded with the simple A Sunny Afternoon logo.

a sunny afternoon serving boards // smitten studioIf you missed out on the first batch, now here is you chance. The popular hexagons, large & medium arrows, and the extra large handle boards are all back in stock. Happy shopping. :)

Also, did you guys happen to see the lovely write up on A Sunny Afternoon in Daily Candy yesterday?

Images by Jessie Webster for A Sunny Afternoon
Styling by Sarah Sherman Samuel

from the weekend: rupe’s first day out!

zinque smitten studioIt was a big weekend in the Samuel household. Four weeks after surgery, Rupert had his first trip out of the house. We finally got to share a meal together and in one of our favorite spots. I didn’t realize just how often we usually went out to eat until all of the sudden we couldn’t. Thank God we had some good friends that brought us meals those first few weeks.

When you go through anything that disrupts your usual schedule I think it makes you look at things a little differently. This time around it has me more thankful for things I’ve never given much thought to and has reminded me of what’s important.

It also made me realize that when I’m stressed I do very stupid things like when I stubbed my toe I thought it was a good idea to kick a chair in anger and ended up cutting my ankle as well, or like when I was leaving my house, I jumped in the car, turned it on, and slowly back into the still closed garage door. I think I have cursed more these past couple weeks then in my entire life combined. Please tell me that happens to someone else as well. I mean, not the cursing part but the absent minded happenings that come along when your head is so full you think it might pop.

Image by me via Instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)

my style: 31 bits with denim & lace

denimandlace-smittenstudio12denim and lace // smitten studiodenim and lace // smitten studiodenim and lace // smitten studioag denim and lace // smitten studiodenimandlace-smittenstudio10I’ve been on the hunt for a good statement necklace for quite a while now… you know the kind you can wear with a plain t-shirt and it instantly makes you feel put together? Well, I may have let out a little shriek when I received this one in the mail from 31 Bits… mission complete. It dresses up my distressed denim and brings color and a little more pattern (always a good thing ;)) to my white on white top & jacket.

If you haven’t heard about the great things 31 Bits is doing to support and empower women in Uganda head over to their site and read their mission.

Shop the look: Necklace by 31 Bits // Jeans by Adriano Goldschmied // Shoes by Sam Edelman // Lace top by Madewell // Jacket by Zara // Double bar ring from Forever 21 // Stacking rings from L.Frank Jewelry // Bag from Asos (old) find similar here

Images by Mike Carriero

new business cards

sss-business-cardssss-business-cards3… my new business cards fresh from the printer! Of course no card of mine could be without pattern so I did a quartet of different prints.

Images by Sarah (me)

Party Pics

Sarah sherman samuel inviteAlso last month … 100 Layer Cake featured my Palm Springs 30th birthday bash. They did an amazing job compiling the photos but, as promised, I have rounded up a few of my favorites from the night.

sarah sherman samuel bar areaNo party of mine is ever void of pattern and this one was definitely no exception. I was able to incorporate all of my own textiles as table cloths, napkins, and table runners. I also framed the bar area out with a DIY gold geometric garland.

sarah party dining tableThe “Alice in Wonderland” theme was shown through over-sized bow headpieces, Alice and the White Rabbit Place cards, “drink me” labels on the glasses, top hats, cat mask, rabbit ears, gold painted flamingos, giant paper flowers, and the mix of fanciful patterns.

sarah-sherman-samuel-dining-table-2sarah sherman samuel tablescapeBlack bow ties served as napkin ties and double as party favors. As the party went on some of the guests wore them on their heads, around their neck and on their wrists as boutonnieres.

sarahs party …and what party is complete without a smilebooth?

sarah sherman samuel bowsgiselle-sarahsarah smileboothrupert sarahThis one will definitely go down in the books as one of the best birthdays ever.

Event Design and decor: Sarah Sherman Samuel / Invitation and Stationery Design: Sarah Sherman Samuel / Photography: Mike Carreiro of Studio Eleven / Fabrics: Sarah Sherman Samuel / Smilebooth: From the 100 Layer Cake Pop-Up Shop / Location: Casa Verona, Palm Springs, CA / Catering: Food Mechanic /  Make-up: Ximena Rolfe / DJ: Sven Barth