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sss new studio first look!

Oh, hi! It’s me, just casually welcoming you into my brand-new built-from-scratch studio. (But really, someone pinch me; is this even real?!) This project went lightning-fast—especially since our home renovation is on 1.5 years and counting. Of course, a studio has a lot less going on than a house, and I got a real taste for myself the difference between renovating versus building from the ground up. Things tend to go more smoothly when everything is new and you aren’t discovering and fixing one problem after the other. Even though it was so much easier, my heart still lives for the renovation. Call me a glutton for punishment, but there is something so satisfying about taking a structure that is on the down-and-out and breathing new life into it to make it something beautiful and functional. However, an accessory building that complements an existing structure was pretty dang satisfying to create, as well. Now onto the tour!

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Oh Joy’s Executive Office Reveal

oh joy office design by sarah sherman samuel Just before the holidays (and exactly 1 week before baby Clover arrived) I did the final install and shoot of Joy Cho’s, of Oh Joy, “executive office” and I’m excited to share it with you today! I really enjoy designing workspaces, and I don’t think it is possible to find a more fun office to get to work with than Joy’s colorful and pattern rich brand!

Before the break we revealed the Oh Joy kitchen and I shared a little bit of my design process with the rendered options. This time I am pulling it one step back and sharing the very first step in my process which is the inspiration/mood board I presented to Joy when we had our first meeting about her executive office.

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Minimal Luxe – Workspace

matte black & copper // minimal modern luxe - workspaceHP might have just launched the most beautiful laptop that has ever graced this earth. Matte black and copper! Need I say more? In honor of the debut they invited me to design a workspace, inspired by the sleek obsession-worthy laptop, and I said…. um, yes please!

matte black & copper // minimal modern luxe - workspacematte black & copper // minimal modern luxe - workspaceminimal modern luxe - workspace Copper has already been all over my radar, I have been pinning and collecting copper pieces here and there for my home and office so when I got the first glance and the new Spectre it got really excited to create a copper accented workstation to match. Above is the design board I pulled together to set the tone. I’m calling it Minimal Modern Luxe.The copper chair with its’ curved seat juxtaposed with its’ straight lines go hand in hand with the laptop’s curved hinges and the matte black accent wall lays the foundation for the copper accents to pop just like on the Spectre.

matte black & copper // minimal modern luxe - workspacematte black & copper // minimal modern luxe - workspacematte black & copper // minimal modern luxe - workspacematte black & copper // minimal modern luxe - workspaceTo get the luxe look without spending a fortune, I splurged on some pieces like the chair, and saved on others, by doing an ikea hack desk, for example. The marble printed parson’s desk from West Elm was gorgeous and all but instead I took this basic Ikea desk, and wrapped the top with black marble contact paper, to up the table’s glam game.

And there you have it, a workspace fit for the design (and copper) obsessed to match the laptop of my dreams. Check out the ‘making of’ video to see how they teamed up with artists to create two limited edition versions (one is plated in 18K gold!!).

Shop the Look: HP Spectre Laptop // Copper Chair from Joss & Main // Inspiration Board Desk // DIY Ikea hack Desk (just add this contact paper) // Mirror // Lamp // Copper Candlesticks from Joss & Main // Chandelier from Park Studio LA // Case Study Planters from Modernica // Copper Notebook // Clock 

 

 

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.

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Studio Update

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If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen a few sneak peeks of some changes in the studio and now I am thrilled to share my new workspace.

studio update // sarah sherman samuel 1While Archer is still so little, I have been working more in the house and less in my studio, so I brought my primary computer and desk into the living room. This way, on the days I don’t have childcare I can fit some work in while he is napping and still be within earshot of his bedroom. The great thing about that is, I was able to set the studio up with photo lighting and a white nook, so I can shoot new products and add them to the new website (I swear it is coming SOON) much more easily.

However, on the days I do have childcare, we have someone come to our house to watch Arch, as working in the living room with that cute face bouncing around next me isn’t the greatest for productivity. Cut to… me making a new smaller workspace in the studio so I can still have the photo set up, but also have a place to work on my laptop. While I was switching things around, Behr invited me to try out their MARQUEE Interior Paint & Primer and I jumped at the excuse to give the studio a new look. I love how painting a new color can change the feel of a room SO much. By adding a big graphic stripe on the wall, I’ve set the stage for a graphic inspiration board and while I really loved the peachy pink floors, this jade color (“dark jade” to be exact) is another favorite.

studio-update-sarahshermansamuel640studio update // sarah sherman samuel2rugFor the walls, I painted a bold accent stripe in “limousine leather“, giving me a light and bright space with just a touch of black… the best of both worlds.

What I love about having painted floors is that you can easily change up the color in one afternoon and match your current color obsession. I picked the “dark jade” for the floor after returning from a bright green Michigan to a very brown LA, and was looking to bring a bit of that green back into my life. Since it was going on the floor, I used BEHR PREMIUM Porch & Patio Floor Paint but had them mix it to match the MARQUEE color.

sarah sherman samuel // workspacesarah sherman samuel // studio updateI went for a slim plexi desk (actually a console table turned desk) so it wouldn’t compete with the bold paint colors and stripe treatment, or take up too much space. Also, how about those copper chairs (insert heart eyed emoticon here) and that beauty of a vintage rug?! OH, and if you look closely, there is also a little sneak peek of the new website I have been working on. I am counting down the days, hours, minutes, and seconds until I can get all the content finished, posts migrated, and get back to posting regularly. Until then, I hope you enjoy the updated studio as much as I do and hope it inspires you to try something new with color.

Sources: Floor Color is Dark Jade by Behr // Black Wall Paint in Limousine Leather by Behr // Console Table/Desk by Cb2 // Copper Brasserie Chairs by Anthropologie // Rug from Frances Loom // Ceiling Light by Schoolhouse Electric // Shelves are DIY (tutorial 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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