578  //  Archer’s Birth Announcement & Giveaway

archer-birth2archer-brith3Just a little baby love for your Thursday morning… I wanted to share what I did for sweet Archer’s birth announcements. I designed the cards around the photos we had taken with katherine and luke and with so many adorable ones, I couldn’t narrow it down to just one card so, of course, I made three! :)

I then had Artifact Uprising print the cards, using their “design your own” option. The cards were printed front and back so that each one had a full photo on one side, and then a photo with the type, his name, birth date, and info on the other. Going through AU made it easy because I didn’t have to pick out the paper, size, or envelopes (faced with too many choices while trying to navigate the first days of mommyhood and I probably wouldn’t have gotten them together). The cardstock they use has a beautiful feel and the kraft envelopes were perfect, easy peasy.

archer birth announcement with artifact uprising // sarah sherman samuelarcher birth announcement with artifact uprising // sarah sherman samuelI may or may not have designed these in my sleep, so when they arrived at our doorstep it was like Christmas morning with the cutest presents inside. That top one is definitely a framer.

archer lee fox // birth announcementAwe… my sweet pumpkin. I’m so happy we were able to get these together and I’d like to pass that on to you guys with a little giveaway. Just leave a comment below for the chance to win a $100 gift card to Artifact Uprising so you can get your special something printed.

Entries must be posted by Tuesday, May 26th. One winner will be chosen at random. Good Luck!

P.S. Get 10% off with the Smitten Studio readers code AUSS10

 

576  //  Palm Springs Weekend Scenes

ace-hotel-sarahshermansamuelOur first getaway with the little man was a success! We stayed at the Ace and despite the bumping party music, Archer slept like a champ. Rupert and I, however, barely slept at all and couldn’t stop obsessing over his temperature in the night. Was he too hot? was he too cold? is he cooing in his sleep or is he awake? etc. etc. Meanwhile he was clueless and slept through the night with no problems. Rupe and I are still working on the whole relaxing into parenting thing.

palm-springs-sarahshermansamuelparker-palmsprings-sarahshermansamuelWe spent an afternoon at The Parker having brunch at Norma’s and walking around the beautiful grounds (Archie had nap time in the lounge area)…

palmsprings-pool-partythe ace hotel palm springsand we ended the weekend with a pool party, at our friends house, complete with ping pong, tacos, and popsicles.

Photos by me via iPhone and instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)

Top photo sources: My dress from Lulu’s // Shoes from J.Crew // Hat (unknown) find similar here

575  //  designer spotlight: Kalon Studios

gender-neutral-nursery-baby-boy-sarahshermansamuel-8I already did a fair amount of gushing about Archer’s crib but I am going to start highlighting more of my favorite designers, makers, and artists and thought the brains behind the crib, Michaele and Johann from Kalon Studios, would be perfect to begin with. I am constantly looking to fill my spaces with objects with a story and even better when I can match them with the human behind them. When thoughtful design shows in the product and you have interaction with its’ designer, the piece comes to life and makes it extra special. I’ve been chatting back and forth with Michaele of Kalon Studios and want to introduce you to their beautiful line of products.

Kalon is an LA based design studio that specializes in well-crafted original pieces for the home. The best part about their nursery furniture is that they started Kalon as a reaction against the idea that having children meant changing your aesthetic of filling your home with kids stuff (hallelujah!). Just take a look at my favorite picks from their collection. Clearly, they would be a beautiful addition to any room in the home (I’ll take one of each please).

kalon studios // sarah sherman samuelWith so much of my shopping done online, the aesthetic and price of pieces are usually the main factors that go into a purchase which is so unfortunate in some cases. Often times you spend a small fortune on something and it arrives in poor quality, with man-made materials, or you find something cheap that looks great in the photo but ends up falling apart a couple years down the road.

That is what I loved SO much about the crib. I knew in my head I was getting something that was well-designed (aesthetically and in function), and made in the USA of solid wood, but I was pleasantly surprised at just how great the pieces felt coming out of the box. Yes… felt. Maybe it is because I am a wood geek, but both Rupe and I were caressing the ultra smooth finish. Pair that with the clean lines, sturdiness of the solid wood, and the convertible factor (it grows with your child with a conversion kit) I couldn’t be happier with our decision and I am sure it will be the first of many Kalon picks.

574  //  five more minutes: midweek hosting

Advertisementpatio-entertaining2We are starting to settle into our new life as a family of three and have begun to look for creative ways to be able to socialize and see our friends more often again. One easy solution is to make them come to my house and with summer around the corner a backyard cocktail hour should be enticing enough to wrangle a few besties over while the bebe sleeps.

Target Style invited me to share how I would fancy up my backyard in just 5 minutes to make it guest ready and here’s a look at what I did.

patio-entertaining4patio-entertainingpatio-entertaining5patio-entertaining6patio-entertaining3The winning recipe is twinkle lights, a few cozy pillows and blankets, and a pitcher of moscow mules, of course. I also added in some hanging planters that I used as candle holders to dangle from the tree. I’d say that’s 5 minutes well spent… and makes looking like the hostess with the mostess a breeze.

Sources from Target: Metallic Dot Pillows // Metallic Studded Pillows // Navy Throw Blanket // Globe Twinkle Lights // Hanging Planters // Moscow Mule Copper Cups // Beverage Dispenser

Other Sources: Hoop Chairs from HD Buttercup // Wicker Chairs are vintage //  Coffee Table and Fireplace are vintage found at Surfing Cowboys  // Serving Board by A Sunny Afternoon // Killim Pillows

See how we made the DIY benches here

And check out how Honestly WTF styled her space for a mid-week game night

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573  //  in my bag: palm springs

in my bag // palm springs It’s probably no surprise that Palm Springs is our favorite destination for a quick weekend getaway and we are heading there soon for our first mini vaca as a new family of 3! EEK. My bag is packed and here is hoping little A likes the desert as much as we do.

Leather Luggage Bag // Aya Mini Dress by Gypset // Gold Grid Cuff from BaubleBar // Cereal Magazine // Linen Cropped Tee from J.Crew // Ripped Mom Shorts from TopShop // Gladiator Sandals by Free People // Perforated Leather Sandals by Rag & Bone // Scallop Swimsuit from TopShop // Harvest Sunglasses by Karen Walker // Panama Hat from J.Crew

For more of the “in my bag” series check here.

572  //  pencil skirt & swing top

pencil skirt // swing top // sarah sherman samuelRupe and I have yet to leave Archer with a sitter at night (bedtime is still a little unpredictable), but since he is starting to get a pretty good routine down and sleeping 7-8 hours in a row most nights (which I am scared to say out loud on the chance I might jinx it… #livingontheedge), a date night is on the horizon.  And thanks to my post maternity shopping spree, I am wardrobe ready.

clare viver clutch // sarah sherman samuelpencil skirt // swing top // sarah sherman samuelpencil skirt // swing top // sarah sherman samuelpencil skirt // swing top // sarah sherman samuelpencil skirt // swing top // sarah sherman samuelPencil Skirt from Asos // Crop top from Asos, find similar here // Clutch by Clare Vivier // Black Pumps from J.Crew  // Pinky Ring by L. Frank Jewelry (rupe’s sweet push present to me, which has Archer’s name engraved on the inside and is from the same jewelry designer that made our wedding bands and engagement ring)

Photography by Mike Carreiro

 

570  //  archer’s nursery tour

baby boy nursery tour // sarah sherman samuelI’m excited to share Archer’s finished nursery! I wasn’t sure if I was going to get the room together before his arrival (you can see the original design board here) but since the little guy went a week overdue, I was able to put the finishing touches on the space (including making that mobile on his due date while whispering sweet words like “get out of my belly”) before he made his debut. Enjoy! x

archer's nursery tour // sarah sherman samuelWe had Archer’s name picked out from almost the day we found out we were pregnant. We named him Archer because, of course, I love the name (and who doesn’t love arrows as a simple symbol to go along with the name?) but also specifically for the nickname Archie which is Rupe’s grandpa’s name. He is the sweetest 94 year old I’ve ever met. We were actually in England spending time with the family for his grandmother’s funeral when I first suspected we were expecting, so it was very fitting.

As for the rest of his name… it is tradition to have two middle names in Rupe’s family (Rupert’s are Casper & James) so we went with Lee which is my dad’s name and Fox, the only one with no family ties, but with a second middle name I decided I got to pick one just because I liked it. :)

Arrow Banner by Ferm Living

baby boy nursery tour // sarah sherman samuelgender-neutral-nursery-baby-boy-sarahshermansamuel-2I took these photos before Archie was born so the dresser still wasn’t set up as a changing station like it is now, but I will post on that soon!

Dresser is an Ikea Hack (see the DIY and all of the product sources for this photo here) // Green Ottoman from Modernhaus // Sheepskin Rug from Amazon

baby boy nursery tour // sarah sherman samuel These vintage paint-by-number mountain scenes were the first items I picked up for the nursery, and the design of the space evolved from there. I loved how Wes Anderson-esque they were and how in a modern space they get a new life.

Curtains from Urban Outfitters // Rods from Amazon // Vintage Paint-by-number Paintings from the Santa Monica Flea

baby boy nursery tour // sarah sherman samuelFoxes abound in Archer Lee Fox’s room and Henry the Fox by Walnut Animal Society, has to be the clear favorite.

baby boy nursery tour // sarah sherman samueldiy shelves // baby boy nursery tour // sarah sherman samuelThe glider/rocker is also one of my favorite things in the space. I mean, do you see that copper base! It called to me from the Land of Nod pages saying “hey lady… Archer NEEDS this rocker”.

For a little book storage and display I DIYed those shelves and left the raw wood unfinished to match the crib. More on that later too, if you’d like to see the process.

Milo Swivel Glider from Land of Nod  //Set of Three Lidded Baskets from One Kings Lane //Peach Vintage Rug from Frances Loom // Ottoman from Modernhaus 

gender-neutral-nursery-baby-boy-sarahshermansamuel-4custom cloud wallpaper // sarah sherman samuelI drew this cloud pattern and had the wallpaper custom made. The mirrors from Wayfair ground the wall and further set the dreamy scene with their sun and flower like shapes.

baby boy nursery tour // sarah sherman samuelbaby boy nursery tour // sarah sherman samuelAnd finally, the affection I have for this crib knows no bounds. Maybe because I am a sucker for beautiful wood in its’ raw state, or the fact that it is by a local LA designer, or that it is made in the USA, orrrr just the beautiful design, but all of it helped make my crib decision very easy. And about those drapes… One night I dreamed about finding white curtains with little pom poms on the side and then the first place I thought to look was Urban Outfitters and like magic, there they were, and they are even black-out curtains! It was totally meant to be, I like to think I dreamed them into existence but Plum & Bow should probably get some credit.

See the room go from a blank box… to a really ugly before (this was the one room we lived in during all the home renovations)… to the design phase and product picks… and then here, all fully realized. Ahh, the most satisfying part… and now I kind of have the nursery design bug. Babies get to have some pretty darling things right?!

Crib by Kalon Studios // Mobile by me (sarah sherman samuel) // Curtains by Plum & Bow // Plant is a Fiddle Leaf Fig //Peach Vintage Rug from Frances Loom // Pillows by little korboose // Throw Blanket from Target

 

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel