styling

house update: DIY built-in shelving

DIY built-in shelves // home update // smitten studioWe did it! We finished one of the gazillion projects on our hands right now and I am so happy to share our finished built-ins. We started the project a couple weeks back and just put on the final coat of paint this weekend.

DIY built-in shelves // home update // smitten studioDIY built-in shelves // home update // smitten studioDIY built-in shelves // home update // smitten studioThe paint was hardly dry before I dove into the garage and started digging out some of our favorite tchotchkes and books that I haven’t seen in ages (8 months of living through renovations and we are finally starting to un-pack some boxes and settle in). It took us (my dad, Rupe, and I) two LONG full days to build 98% of it, and then another day to finish trimming out the front of each shelf and to paint.

This project isn’t the easiest of DIY’s but if you know your way around a miter saw and a router it isn’t as intimidating as it sounds (just takes a lot of elbow grease). We also utilized Ikea kitchen cabinets for the base of our built-ins which made it a heck of a lot easier. The thing about built-ins are that of course they are unique to each room so I will outline the steps we took and hope you guys can take something away from it.

All the details and product sources for as much as I can remember after the jump!

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safari in cali part 2

socal safari // woodnote photography // smitten studiosocal safari // woodnote photography // smitten studiosocal safari // woodnote photography // smitten studiosocal safari // woodnote photography // smitten studiosocal safari // woodnote photography // smitten studiosocal safari // woodnote photography // smitten studiosocal safari // woodnote photography // smitten studioAs promised… here are my favorites from the second set of the zebra shoot. How gorgeous is that Rachel Pally dress in the last photo and did I mention there is a video? If you haven’t seen it yet, I would head on over to Glitter Guide and give it a gander. It definitely captures the magic of the day.

Concept/Directing/Photography: Caroline + Jayden Lee of Woodnote Photography
Videography: Robert Ingraham
Styling: Sarah Sherman Samuel of Smitten Studio
Art Direction: Anne Sage
Prop Rentals + Styling: Jessica Taylor of Disregarden
Makeup: Amy Clarke
Hair: Heidi Marie Garrett
Models: Gina Falcone, Colleen Baxter, Charlie Hunter and Mike Ruggieri 
Wardrobe Provided By: Apolis + Bollare

Safari in Cali Part 1

zebra styled shoot by woodnote photography // smitten studiozebra styled shoot by woodnote photography // smitten studiozebra styled shoot by woodnote photography // smitten studioIt’s easy to say that not everyday do you get to work with a dazzle of Zebras, so when Caroline of Woodnote Photography approached me about styling a shoot that promised just that, there was just no turning it down. Here are a few of my favorite shots of the day and check back for more in a few. Also be sure to head on over to Glitter Guide to see the entire feature.

Concept/Directing/Photography: Caroline + Jayden Lee of Woodnote Photography
Videography: Robert Ingraham
Styling: Sarah Sherman Samuel of Smitten Studio
Art Direction: Anne Sage
Prop Rentals + Styling: Jessica Taylor of Disregarden
Makeup: Amy Clarke
Hair: Heidi Marie Garrett
Models: Gina Falcone, Colleen Baxter, Charlie Hunter and Mike Ruggieri
Wardrobe Provided By: Apolis + Bollare

Cotélac Styling

While putting together last week’s style post I came across the lookbook for the charming French brand Cotélac. I had bought this bag on my last trip to France and never bothered to look up their online shop until now. Have you guys seen this? I love LOVE the way they styled their Spring/Summer 2012 collection.

Cotelac-stylingcotelac-styling2So good right? The bag I have from them also happens to be one of my all time favorites. When it is rolled up, like I have it here, it is a small shoulder bag, but if you unbuckle the two buckles it unfolds into a large roomy tote! Genius.

Images from Cotélac