west elm

shop picks: west elm + commune

commune x westelmAh! you guys, two of those leather sling chairs just landed in my studio and they are SO SO good. Talk about a dream collaboration. Commune, whose work I was first intro’d to through the Ace Hotel, has always been such a great design inspiration and West Elm, who of course I can’t fill spaces with their goodness fast enough, teamed up and created a gorgeous line. I have rounded up my favorites here and you may also have noticed how we worked a bunch of the pieces into Light Lab as well.

Tripod Floor Lamp // Tunnel Print // Temoayan Pillow Cover // Shearling Chair // Sling Chair // Arch Mirror // Leather Stool //  Diamond Rug // Commune Sconce // Metal Wall Art // Circle Shape Pillow Cover // Commune Planter

 

home progress: in the living room

living room progress, sharon montrose print // smitten studioLook what came back from the framers! Our very first piece of art hanging up in the new house and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out (especially with how it looks with that rug).

living room progress // smitten studio // sharon montroseAs you may remember, I dropped my new Sharon Montrose print off at Michael’s before even getting a chance to take a good look at it, so it was realllly exciting to pick it up all framed and in its full flamingo glory.

living room progress, sharon montrose print // smitten studioI am also happy to have at least one tiny corner of the house kind of done-ish! I dug through a few boxes in the garage to bring in a some of my treasured little pieces and styled the corner so that amongst all of the madness I can look there and see how the house will eventually take shape when more things are finished.

To re-cap what we’ve done in the living/family room so far, we have:
1. busted through and opened up two walls
2. pulled out carpeting
3. laid new wood flooring
4. sanded down existing wood flooring and stained the old & new to match
5. painted
6. added a new heating system

To see all of the renovation progress check here.

Product guide: Flamingo Print by Sharon Montrose (Framing done by Michael’s) // Khotan Rug from The Rug Warehouse // Console Table by West Elm // Coffee Table & Chair are vintage (found at the long beach flea market) // Head Vase by Jonathan Adler // Terrarium by ABJ Glassworks // Gold Pouf (old) find similar at Furbish Studio // Candlestick holder also vintage // Paint color is Snow Fall by Behr

Photography & Styling by Sarah Sherman Samuel

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

cabin progress: new rug and the plate rail goes white

cabin kitchen // smitten studioI finally found a solution to my great rug debate. Remember when I had the floral one here and was trying to find a replacement? I received a lot of helpful tips on this one (thank you!) and even though some of you thought I was a little nuts to have a rug in the kitchen at all, I went with this simple blue option from West Elm.

I chose the rug for multiple reasons. One, the smaller size was perfect (the floral one I think took up too much of the space), two, the pretty pop of blue brought a bit of color and pattern into the room right where I wanted it, three, it’s reversible so when it gets dirty I can flip it over for double the use, and four, it was on sale so it was only $5.99! At that price, I don’t mind if doesn’t stay pristine for long.

cabin kitchen & dining  // smitten studioYou may also notice that I painted the plate rail white, which is working better for me then how it was before. The space between the countertop and the ceiling is no longer broken up visually by the darker line of the wooden plate rail, so the ceiling looks a little higher and the room lighter.

I also put together a quick & cheap piece of art for the room by framing a feather that I collected from outside. Buy the frame, stick a feather in it… done! Oh nature’s simple beauty.

The shelves on the back wall are another new addition that we made, but I will get into all of that on the next post. :)

So what do you think? Hit or miss on that rug?

To see how the kitchen looked before, check here.
To see all of the cabin progress so 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