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DIY – painted floors in my studio

DIY painted floors // smitten studioHere’s the first peek into my new studio! Until recently it has been filled with moving boxes, with the exception of where I carved out a small corner for my computer desk (a glance in here last week and you would swear I was a hoarder), but I have slowly cleared it out so that I can start planning how to turn it into an inspiring workspace. I was getting pretty sick of looking at the ugly brown (poop brown to be exact) flooring and although I haven’t had a chance to do anything else, I figured I might as well start from the ground up, literally.

So, when A Beautiful Mess asked me to share a few DIY’s with them, I new this would be the perfect chance to bring some personality into the space that I’ve been spending most of my time.

DIY painted floors // smitten studioAs this is A Sunny Afternoon headquarters I wanted to make sure to get a little pattern in there but nothing that would compete with all of the products. I’m liking that it turned out looking like an extension of the collection and also as though we just had a party in my office and all that is left is the confetti on the floor.

What do you think? Too much, not enough? The best part is that it is so easy and inexpensive, I could even switch up the pattern whenever the mood strikes.

Get all the DIY details over on A Beautiful Mess and also see the before & after and furnishing sources after the jump…


home progress: finished flooring & drywall

Before I get to showing you the kitchen demolition we did over the weekend with my parents I want to catch up on the new flooring and how we finished opening up the kitchen.

kitchen floor & drywall progress Here is where we left off with the layers and layers of old kitchen flooring coming up and the rough holes busted into the walls.

kitchen floor & drywall progress We had the new oak flooring laid to match the existing and had it laced in so you can’t see the seam…

kitchen floor & drywall progress and finally stained all of the wood a dark ebony color. As you can see, Pikku couldn’t wait to show off the new floors. More after the jump…


Saturday Shopping on 1st Dibs

1st dibs selects // smitten studio1st Dibs recently asked me to be a part of their “Saturday Shopper” campaign on their site and I jumped at the chance to be able to curate my top picks from their huge selection of extra special pieces.

I put together my dream list of unique items with our new house in mind. Every piece I selected reflects my aesthetic and gives you a peek at the overall look I hope to achieve in the new place! Hop on over to 1st Dibs to get all the product details and to see my full selection.

Happy shopping and happy Saturday!

Glitter Guide Style at Home

glitter guide sarah sherman samuel Did you guys get a chance to see my Style at Home feature over on Glitter Guide yesterday? I was so happy when they asked me to participate because I knew that we were moving soon and I thought it would be a great way to say goodbye to the house. Of course I have taken photos of our home myself but have never had anyone else shoot it. I loved seeing it through someone else’s eyes (especially that of the talented Jessie Webster). I also shared a bit about my background, some more on A Sunny Afternoon and Smitten Studio, and how they all overlap.

smitten studio, a sunny afternoon // workspaceI also changed a few things in my studio since I last shared it… like painting it bright white. Head over to Glitter Guide to see the whole thing.

Top image by Jessie Webster
Bottom image by Sarah Sherman Samuel

April in review

april 2013What a month… here is a look at what I have been up to lately. A few of the highlights were getting to work on a couple photo shoots with some talented people and seriously awesome animals (I got to hang with Zebras and Alpaca!), working on and celebrating my dear friends wedding, and having Rupe recovered enough after surgery for our first meal out together.

Images by me via instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)

cabin progress: open shelves

cabin kitchen, open shelving // smitten studio
Here is a better look at the shelving we made in the kitchen. Yay for all the extra storage space!

cabin kitchen // smitten studiocabin kitchen shelves // smitten studiocabin kitchen // smitten studioIf you remember from the before photos originally the kitchen only had open shelving as the above counter storage. We knew we wanted to bring some of that back into the kitchen so here is how we did it.

Basically, we just picked up some poplar boards from Menards, cut them down to size with an angle at both ends as to not interfere with the window and the cupboards on either side, painted all the pieces, put up the brackets (made sure to find the studs), and then secured the boards to the brackets. It was one of our easier projects and I’m not sure why I waited so long to get it done.

It makes a big difference in the kitchen, especially since I was getting quite used to the blank space that was there for a while. Of course the best part of having the open shelving is that what goes up there is always changing, giving the room a space for a revolving display and making the stylist in me a little giddy. Right now, aside for the enamel dishes that we picked up at a vintage shop, everything up there is fairly new and I look forward to adding in some things with age and seeing how the collection evolves over time.

To see the kitchen before photos check here.
To see all the cabin progress thus far check here.

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

Product Guide: Rug by West Elm // RTA cabinets by Customer Service Hardware // Countertops, sink, and faucet by Ikea // Photo frame from Target // Arthur Umanoff Dining Set – vintage