sss workspace

art from life’s moments

framebridge-cactus-prints-3-640 The new studio is starting to come together! I’ve been having a lot of fun slowly collecting pieces that I truly love and only bringing those items into the space. I’d rather do without for the time being, leaving a space empty, than to rush to fill the gaps just for the sake of getting it finished. Of course it takes more time doing it this way but it is also what gives you that yummy collected feel. And bonus… when you have a bazillion other things going on you can’t help but work on curating your own space over time… i.e. when you have the chance.

framebridge-cactus-prints-2-640One thing I knew I wanted to include in the space was my own photography. I love looking back at instagram and my iphone gallery of photos but some of the memories I’ve captured I really wanted to see big and be reminded of the happy times on the daily. I took this cactus photo on our first family vacation with Archer in Palm Springs. We were nervous and excited, brand new parents, with a tiny baby, and looking back that time went by in such a flash, I decided to frame this to remind me of where we’ve been and how far we’ve come. I wanted the print to be extra large so I decided to break it up into a diptych, ordering two frames at the largest size Framebridge offers (40″ long), making one jumbo statement.

Buying or framing oversize art can be so expensive but splitting a print up into two frames is an easy way to cut down on the cost and I am always pleasantly surprised at just how easy printing and framing with Framebridge is.

framebridge-gif-small2You upload your art, select a frame, and they ship it to you all ready to hang, along with everything you need to hang it (except the hammer).

framebridge-cactus-prints-4-640Now that Archie is a bit older and I spend a lot of time in the studio, I love being surrounded by memories of when he was just a wee one. P.S. I CAN NOT believe how big he is.

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SOURCES:
Sofa from Rypen
// Rug from Amazon // Magazine stand from Schoolhouse Electric // Pillows from Target

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DIY: to-do list

DIY - giant - to do list // sarah sherman samuelWhen your job description has as many hyphens as mine (designer-maker-blogger-art director-photographer-etc.etc.) or if you’re just a creative person in general, chances are you’ve got a whole bunch of different projects going on. While I live by my online calendar, I still keep a notebook for daily to-do lists yet still with both the calendar and various notebooks, I was really missing my black board from my old, old home-office where I would have a list of projects that are ongoing and/or don’t have a formal deadline. The kinds of projects that aren’t super pressing but ones I still want to keep on my radar so when I do get a free moment, I can chip away at those long term goals. Since I am such a visual person, it really helps me to have those things listed out, big and all in one place, so I can take a quick glance and easily cherry pick my next task, keeping me super-efficient.

I was looking for a way to bring that idea back to my new studio and came up with this hanging giant to-do list. I love the paper roll because you can make the list really long or keep it short, and once you’ve crossed a bunch of the to-do’s off you can tear the sheet off and start fresh. I’ve decided it’s also just extra satisfying to cross things off of a giant to do-list, I don’t know why, it just is.

DIY - giant - to do list // sarah sherman samuelDIY - giant - to do list // sarah sherman samuelGet the full DIY after the jump… READ MORE

sss studio design

sss studio spaceWhile things have been a flurry at the studio, I’ve been slowly collecting bits and pieces for the space and it is just starting to come together. You may have caught this little glimpse on instagram and this was the only tiny corner that wasn’t utter chaos. We keep joking about the fact that my assistant seems to have a new desk every day she comes in because the furniture coming in and out of the office has been a constant flow.

That is not to say I don’t have some pretty amazing pieces in our little white box that I am definitely keeping for myself but I have been taking my time to really fill the space with things that I love.

Here is the design board I created for myself so far…

polished natural modern studio space // sarah sherman samuelThere are some pieces missing like some sort of storage unit, and a work table, but you can get an idea of the overall vibe and all of the items on the board are either in the studio or on their pretty little way over. Like this AMAZING pink sofa (I know that word is overused to death but this sofa deserves it. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.), I searched the world a few times over to find the perfect one. Most are too bright pink, or too girly of a shape, or too traditional, or or or… but I finally found this one on Rypen and it was the best kind of mix of feminine but relaxed, modern but comfortable, and the perfect shade of pink. I can not wait until she is mine all mine.

Another favorite piece is my new desk with these pretty legs from Pretty Pegs, oh and the most beautiful lucite curtain rod you ever did see, and of course the chandelier that I already gushed about. Ok, sorry I could just keep going and name everything like the vintage swivel chair or the copper wire chairs or the banana leaf curtains. My heart eyes are out all over the place again. One day all these goodies will all be set up in their new home. Hopefully soon!

Product Sources:
Cactus Diptych (still undecided on this but it’s one of my own photos that I have yet to get printed) // Chandelier by Park Studio // Rest Sofa from Rypen // Plants are a Monstera Leaf and Fiddle Leaf Fig // Leather Sling Side Table from West Elm // Rug from Ikea // Gold Table Lamp from Joss & Main // Acrylic Console Table // Copper Wire Chair from Joss & Main // Lucite Curtain Rod from Luxe Hold Ups // Banana Leaf Curtain from H&M // Copper and Leather Aldama Chair from The Citizenry // White Lacquered Table Top // Desk Legs from Pretty Pegs // Vintage Brass Swivel Chair from Starburst Modern 

 

SSS gets a new studio!

sarahshermansamuel-studio2Merry Christmas to team SSS! As of last week we have a bigger and better spanking new studio! It is a blank slate, all ready for me to settle into, and when I say blank slate… I mean it… with the white on white on white blank slate. The only design decision I have made so far is that ridiculously beautiful chandelier (by Park Studio LA). I can’t wait to get out of my living room (where I temporarily set up shop while Archer was just a wee newbie) and back into a space that has me inspired.

sarahshermansamuel-studioRight now, I am typing from this makeshift workstation while my design wheels are turning on how to make this the office of my dreams and I’ve gathered up a few inspiration images that I want to capture the vibe from and unleash it into the space.

studio inspiration san giorgio // sarah sherman samuelAmber-Interiors-Client-Freakin-Fabulous-Neustadt-5studio inspiration // the apartment at the line I mentioned the bitter sweetness of selling the cabin in Michigan but doing that allowed us not only to get the A-frame but also put me in this space so it is leaning more and more to the sweet side.

The first image, is from the San Giorgio Hotel in Mykonos (taken by Lauren of Perpetually Chic) and I love how the tones of the wood and sisal, as well as the pink rugs, warm up the all white space and it has such a relaxed vibe. That rug and oversized mirror, and planter, and bench, ok everything in that second image (designed by Amber Interiors, photo by Tessa Neustadt) has me swoony as well.  And finally, the last image is in “the Apartment by the Line” (via Lust for Life) and it completely nails the California minimal boho style that I love. Wish me luck! x

To see the different incarnations of my last studio, see here, herehere and here.

studio update: how I finished my space

a sunny afternoon studio space // smitten studioIf you’ve been following along on our home renovation, you know that we’ve had to do (and are still doing) A LOT to make the space our own. Luckily for me, the new studio space was almost move-in ready. So far, all we’ve had to do was paint the floors twice, build some shelving and bring in all my green plant friends.  Now, I added a few finishing touches to really put my stamp on the place.

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a sunny afternoon studio space // smitten studioI was looking for just the right piece of art to hang in that blank space above the love seat. While I would’ve loved to splurge on something by one of my favorite artists or photographers, our funds are still going into the house, so I created a print from my own archive. I used an image I captured when Rupe and I were galavanting around the poppy fields this Easter and layered over a cloud to create the “head in the clouds” print you see here. Then I had it printed at Staples as one of their 24″ x 36″ engineering prints for a whopping $3.00!

Having your head in the clouds (i.e., not paying attention to reality) can have a negative connotation, but for me, this is a reminder to keep dreaming and ignore the naysayers (and who doesn’t need that as a reminder sometimes?). Also, turning something of your own into art gives added meaning since it comes from your own experience. Every time I see it, I am taken back to that blissful day with Rupert and am encouraged to do some serious dreaming.

a sunny afternoon studio space // smitten studioa sunny afternoon studio space // smitten studioOh, and about that lighting! Thanks to Schoolhouse Electric, I finally found the perfect fixture to replace our track lighting. Now all that’s left is adding in some skylights for extra natural light and the chance to catch a glimpse of some additional dreamy cloud views.

To see the rest of my studio space, check here. The DIY shelves are available here, and even more progress can be seen here.

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel 

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studio update: settling in

smitten studio // a sunny afternoon // workspace plantsWith my DIY shelves up, I turned back to the other side of the room to get my computer station up to snuff. Now my happy place is my happier place with the addition of some plants and some wall space dedicated to working projects.

Smitten studio // a sunny afternoon // workspaceI missed my chalkboard wall desperately from my last studio. It’s where I kept current projects out in front of me, where I would edit artwork and collections for A Sunny Afternoon and it also was home to a list of future projects and things I needed to keep in the back of my mind and not let slip away.  Not to say I don’t still keep my notebook and calendar updated, but I like to have big picture things and future goals out where I can see them. I’ll swear that it helps make them happen and it also made a big difference in getting me feeling settled.

Smitten studio // a sunny afternoon // workspaceClearly Cracker is having no problem in that department.

Smitten studio // a sunny afternoon // workspace… and the plants! Since my backyard has been taken over by trash piles and workmen, I brought some of the outdoors in. I bought the plants and pots all at home depot. I can’t say their pot selection is amazing, but they are affordable, so I picked out pots that I liked the shape of and ignored the ugly colors. When I got home I unleashed a can of matte white spray paint on them and suddenly all was right in my plant world.

Now I just have to address the lighting situation with new fixtures and maybe some skylights.

To see more of the studio check here and here.

Here are the sources for everything I can thing of…
Desk: Anthropologie (old) // Chair: vintage // Sheepskin: Ikea // Side table: vintage // Plants & pots are from Home Depot (spray painted all the pots matte white) // Floor paint is Georgia Peach (tinted 20% lighter) by Behr // Rug & Poufs: Ikea // Loveseat: vintage

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel