shopping guide

shopping for pendant lights

kitchen light planning // smitten studioNow that the cabinet doors and drawer fronts are on, I think it is about time we address the lighting situation. The naked bulb dangling above the countertop is not cutting it. Do you see it up the top left corner, just hanging there waiting until nightfall when it will blind us with its fully exposed 75watts. Yep, thats the one. I am thinking of replacing it with a pair of pendant lights.

pendant light shopping guide // smitten studioAfter poring over the internets for my favorite pendant options I came up with quite a few and here are my top picks. Do you have a favorite?

Alto by Cedar & Moss // Rose by Bellacor // Isle by Cedar & Moss // Aura by Ladies & Gentlemen Studio // Savoy by Arteriors // Three by Dylan Drey  // Geo by Urban Outfitters // One by Studio PGRB

To see the kitchen before look here.
To see all of the renovation progress look here.

Other Sources: Doors & Drawer fronts by SemiHandmade // Cabinets from Ikea // Faucet by Brizo // Dining Table by Organic Modernism // Rug by The Rug Warehouse // Stools by Organic Modernism // Butterfly Chair & Dining Chairs are vintage // Cabinet paint colors: Pigeon & Wimborne White by Farrow & Ball // Floor Stain Color is Ebony by Minwax

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

in my bag: heading to the cabin

in my bag // smitten studioWe are heading to the cabin this week and I’m so ready, my bags are already packed. Here’s a peek at a few things that will be coming along with me and a few that are still on my cabin wardrobe wish list.

The weather in Michigan is generally unpredictable and especially this time of year, I think anything could happen. I just saw it was 90 degrees there today but will get back into the 40s by friday, so layers are key. While I’m hoping for some beach time, I’m sure the sweaters will have to come out and those boots are always handy for tromping around the woods.

Shopping guide: 1: Gold Beach Bag from Asos // 2: Hunter Boots from Shopbop // 3: Knitted Cardi from TopShop // 4: Cuttoff Shorts by Siwy Camilla // 5: Fedora by Topshop // 6: Studded Sandals by Michael Kors // 7: Silver Bikini from Topshop // 8: Denim Tee by Madewell // 9: Maxi Dress by Asos

cabin progress: patio planning 2

Tagging onto yesterday’s post and the table search, I picked out the Rocha table to see how it sits next to my favorite chair options.

smitten studio outdoor chair guideI don’t usually like to have a matchy matchy dining set (even though that’s exactly what we have on the inside of the cabin). Sometimes it works, but I prefer when it doesn’t look like it all came from the same place. I am loving how the Redsmith and the Tolix are looking with that table oh, and the Hogsten (a nice inexpensive option). Decisions decisions…

Shopping guide: 1: Dexter Chair from West Elm // 2: Redsmith Chair from Anthropologie // 3: Rex Chair from CB2 // 4: Tolix Marais Chair from Design Within Reach // 5: Teak folding chair from Linens & Things // 6: Hogsten Chair from Ikea

cabin progress: patio planning

cabin patio // smitten studioAs you can see, our patio is still very much empty. While it makes for great uninterrupted views from the living room, it makes relaxing on the deck next to impossible. Last year we did so much work on the cabin that we didn’t spend near as much time as I would have liked outside. So this year, my first project is to furnish that space.

You might remember from the inspiration, my plan is to have a dining and a lounge space. I’ve narrowed it down to getting a long rectangular table for the eating area and two chaise loungers for the space nearest the lake. Here is a look at how I plan to lay it out.

cabin-deckSince the table is such a large piece, I am on a mission to get that picked out first. Here are a few of my top options for outdoor dining tables.

smitten studio outdoor table guideI’m leaning towards a simple silhouette like the expandable one or the rocha. Any favorites?

Product Guide: 1: Expandable table by West Elm // 2: Giardino table by Ballard Designs // 3: Garden Court table by Viesso // 4: Rocha table by Crate & Barrel

To see the patio before photos look here
To see all the progress on the cabin look here

mother’s day gift guide

mothers day gift guide… a few colorful options to brighten your mom’s day.

Shopping guide: 1: Bag from Asos // 2: Floral Pillow by West Elm // 3: Juliet & Company Necklace // 4: Michael Kors Wrap Watch  // 5: Edward BEss Eau La La Parfum // 6: Kaleido Trays // 7: Kate Spade iPhone case // 8: Print by Oh My Deer Handmades // 9: Elephant earrings from Bauble Bar // 10: Gold Cheese Knives 11: Michael Kors Gia Clutch // 12: Tropical Bandana by Madewell

in my bag: vegas

in my bag for vegas // smiten studioI could seriously use a weekend getaway, so why not Vegas? I’m thinking of grabbing a few girls and hitting the pool by day then a show or two at night. Here’s what would be coming along with me.

Shopping guide: 1: Rebecca Minkoff tote // 2: Horizon Sleeveless dress // 3: L.A.M.B. Sandals  // 4: Victoria Beckham Sunglasses // 5: Marysia Swimsuit // 6: Sam Edelman Sandals // 7: Alexander McQueen Hat