595  //  saturday picnics & $500 giveaway

the-perfect-cheeseboard7Last week I was over on Lonny sharing about how to make the most of a Saturday afternoon. I chatted about elevating the everyday with a backyard picnic and there is a pretty fab giveaway going on so you can do the same! Here is a peek at a few things you could snag.

the-perfect-cheeseboard8picnic-backyardThe blanket, market tote, and hammock are all up for grabs (from The Citizenry), as well as pieces from Lunya, the lux loungewear which you can see me wearing here and here. The deadline to enter the giveaway is September 5th so hop to!

And in case you missed it… see how to build that perfect cheeseboard here.

Sources: Blanket, Tote, and Hammock from The Citizenry // Cheese board and napkins are from my collection (shop re-opening next week!) // Pillows from Little Korboose // Archer’s jumpsuit by June & January // My dress from Madewell

594  //  the perfect white & DIY nursery shelves

The perfect white paint // DIY shelves // sarah sherman samuelI can’t even count how many times I’ve been asked which white paint I used in our house, in our living room, in our bedroom, in the nursery … you get the idea. So, I am dedicating this post to the all important perfect white. A good white is SO much harder to find than one would think and I have painted a LOT of whites. Some are too yellow, some too blue, and some can even be too blinding bright. What I look for in a good white is its neutrality, and not too bright but not too dark. In other words… I don’t like my whites looking dirty or showing some weird color casts.

I found my white soul mate (I mean the paint, not Rupert) in “snow fall” by Behr. Throughout the house, we used an eggshell finish on the walls, semi-gloss on the trim and doors, and matte on the ceiling. ALL of that same beautiful white.
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The perfect white paint 1 // DIY shelves // sarah sherman samuelThis wall in the nursery was originally painted a dark charcoal color so  “snow fall” had its’ work cut out for it. That was the first step in brightening the nursery and creating this little reading nook. Second step was putting up the simple book ledge shelves, getting a super cozy swivel rocker, and some extra toy storage.

The perfect white paint 3 // DIY shelves // sarah sherman samueland now onto those shelves…

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593  //  The Perfect Cheeseboard

the perfect cheeseboard // sarah sherman samuelToday I’m over on Lonny chatting about my favorite Saturday afternoon activity… picnicking of course! For our picnics we usually run to the local gourmet grocer and pick up some prepared salads, sandwiches, and all the accoutrements for a tasty cheese board, toss them in a basket, find a patch of grass, and enjoy. Although lately we have been inviting friends over to be able to meet and hang with Archer, so my cheese board game has gotten pretty good. For me, it is a must when picnicking with a crowd, giving people the excuse to linger a little longer, but also enjoyed just as much when it is just the two three of us.

the perfect cheeseboard // sarah sherman samuelthe perfect cheeseboard // sarah sherman samuelThe perfect cheeseboard is all about the balance… salty, sweet, savory, bitter & spicy! I like a little of each and a lot of variety in textures.

For CHEESE I like to include (starred ones are my favorite):
a soft (like brie* or camembert)
a semi-soft (like havarti or gouda*)
a hard  (manchego*, parmesan, aged cheddar*)
a blue (roquefort, stilton)

The cheese, of course, is always the hero but I like the accompaniments just as much, if not more. This is where you get to have some fun adding the sweet, salty, and spicy to the oh so savory cheese.

For SWEET I like to include:
fresh fruit (grapes, figs)
dried fruit (apricots, cranberries)
honey
chutneys

For SALTY:
nuts (salted almonds)
crackers

For BITTER:
Olives

For SPICY:
THESE SPICY PECANS (I seriously buy 8 bags every time I go to Trader Joes. I can’t get enough)

And finally, the cracker of all crackers that are not only beautiful, but have the whole nutty, salty, and sweet balance already going on for them all by themselves are these “salty date and almond raincoast crisps“.

So there you have it… and now I am hungry. Be sure to head over to Lonny to see what else we get up to on a Saturday afternoon. And, and… there is a pretty lux giveaway happening over there as well! x

 Photography by Tessa Neustadt

592  //  we are hiring!

hiringHey guys, I am looking for a Los Angeles based part-time studio manager & editorial assistant! I am open to having the positions be filled by one or two separate hires, but mostly I am looking for the right fit, my right hand gal/guy, to work in my small cozy studio. I am looking for organized, proactive, and creative thinking individuals to manage the sss shop orders, as well as assist on blog related activities (shoots, posts, social media etc.). Must have experience with online retail management, a can-do anything attitude, their own car, and be able to work on-site. More details below!

Studio Manager & Editorial assistant

10-20 hours a week
Sample of duties include:
order fulfillment
customer service
general studio maintenance
social media
blog editorials
research
assisting in shoots
proficiency in Adboe creative suite
photography and/or writing skills are a major plus
interest in interiors, product, and surface design

If this sounds like you and you want to work along side me and two, not so helpful but very eager, pups, please email your cover letter telling me why you are THE one, resume, hourly rate, and any social media handles you would like to share to hello@sarahshermansamuel.com

Looking forward to hear from you!

591  //  sss on joss & main!

sarah sherman samuelThis week Joss & Main is hosting a flash sale, featuring my home! Pop-over there to see a little home tour and to shop my style. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite drool worthy pieces here but there is plenty more where they came from.

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Charles lamp // Rattan Armchair // Astrid Coffee Table // Trinket Box Set // Lexi Candleholder // Floor Mirror // Leona Sidechair // Sheepskin Pillow // Terrarium

The sale ends this thursday, August 27th… so git!

590  //  real talk, real moms: sleep

REAL-TALK-SLEEPI rarely get too personal on the blog, writing is not my forte, nor is speaking for that matter and I usually can’t find the right words to express myself. I kind of always assume everyone is like Rupert and can read my mind or that they just know me. I now know this to be untrue as I’ve read some not so lovely things about myself lately. Clearly those people can NOT know me, right? Motherhood, of course, adds an extra level of judgement (moms scare me) but I am excited to be a part of a conversation that will hopefully build other mamas up and show that there is no one “right” way of doing things. Jen Pinkston recently rounded up a handful of mothers to share their personal experiences on a topic as part of a 3 post series. It will be once a month so don’t worry, I won’t be filling the blog with all mommy ramblings. The first post is on sleep (or lack thereof), so here we go…

I have learned three things about sleep.

1. I prefer a lot of it. Like  a  l o t. I’m talking 8 hours is the absolute bare minimum. Any less and I turn into a cranky 5 year old beast that should not be out in public.

2. I lucked out with a baby that likes to sleep as well (or at least did until we broke him with a three week trip to another time zone during the 4 month sleep regression. More on that in a min). Well, some might say luck, some might say I worked for it. It is probably a little of both. A few things we did that I think help were… 1. I made sure to nurse just after a nap so I wasn’t feeding him to sleep. 2. I am considered the sleep nazi around the house making for darn sure Archer never skipped a nap and never stayed awake for more than what is recommended for his age. Sleep really does beget sleep! and 3. I always put him down drowsy but awake (again until our Michigan trip). From the beginning Archer didn’t have much of a day/night confusion. He started sleeping in two 4 hour chunks at night from the first week (our pediatrician said it was fine to let him sleep that much as long as I was still feeding every two hours in the day since he had already gained his birthweight + 6 ounces by his first checkup at 5 days old). This was a God send and we made up our own weird sleeping arrangement to capitalize on it, which leads to #3.

3. You gotta do what you gotta do to GET SOME SLEEP. Those first few month were a total blur, I had some extra recovering to do, more than most with a traditional birth, and sleep is so important for the healing process. The first couple nights after we got home from the hospital, Archer slept in our room and that is when the sleep deprivation starting realllly setting in. We were already going on about 72 hours with only a few cat naps here and there and any peep Archie would make, or if he didn’t make a peep for too long, we would both shoot awake just after dozing, checking to see if everything was ok. We realized this was not going to work.
Luckily my sister came to help out which is how we were able to start getting some Z’s. We ended up moving Archie into his bedroom on night 3! And before you think I am already a terrible mother… this is how it went down and how we became relatively well-rested very early on. First a little side-note… I had a catheter the first two weeks so I wasn’t going anywhere in the night. That pee bag, tubes, and me were strapped in for the long haul so Rupert and my sister took turns sleeping in the nursery with Archie. Rupert took the first half of the night, bringing Archer in to me to nurse and then my sister took the second half of the night doing the same. This meant I could sleep knowing he was being taken care of and only had to wake up to feed.
When my sister left, Rupe continued to sleep in the nursery until I got my catheter out. Then instead of moving Arch back into our room we ended up taking turns sleeping in the nursery with him. Rupe would take the first half of the night and I would take the second, switching when Archie fed around 1 or 2 am. Again this meant that for at least half of the night each one of us got a stretch of uninterrupted sleep. We carried on like this for about three months, which seems like a long time not to be able to sleep with your partner but in the grand scheme of things it isn’t that long and it led to a happier healthier household.

baby-sleepSo, back to the sleep regression I mentioned in #2. Things were going along swimmingly… at about 7 weeks old Archie made his first stretch of 8 hours of sleep (haaaallleluja) and that continued on, and then that 8 hours turned into 10 hours and there we were, sailing along when we flew to Michigan for three weeks, (three hour time change), Archie turned 4 months old (babies brains change and they start sleeping more like an adult, aka lighter sleep), he was in a whole new sleeping environment, AND he was teething. All of this at once meant one or two or three wake-ups in the night and it threw us for a real loop. I ended up bouncing him to sleep more often then not and guess what?… When we got home he didn’t suddenly think oh I am home, now I will go back to falling asleep on my own and staying asleep. Nope, he decided he realllly liked getting bounced to sleep and while I am at it I am going to take only 40 minute naps. Thankfully he did go back to sleeping through the night 10+ hours but that is where I am now…  trying to get back to him being able to fall asleep on his own and trying to get him to nap longer then a hot second.

I don’t know how to end this other than… I need to got to sleep, seriously… it is 10 pm and that is 2 hours past my bedtime. kidding/not kidding. I’d love to hear how any of you mama’s or daddy’s got through the 4 month sleep regression or if you have any tricks to getting in some extra z’s (or maybe you fell asleep reading this insanely long post? definitely a record breaker for me).

Make sure to check out the other mama’s of the series, chatting about sleep today:
Apartment 34
Could I Have That
The Effortless Chic
Ave Styles
The Refined Woman
Parker Etc
A Daily Something

Photo by Connie of The Great Romance 

589  //  bedroom sharing with boys

bedroom with baby // sarah sherman samuelEww! Kidding, it’s pretty OK with my two. I’m sharing a peek back into how our bedroom shaped up after baby’s arrival and how some more masculine bedding squeaked its way in there, giving the room a little re-fresh avec Target Style and their new line, Brooklyn & Bond.

bedroom headboard // sarah sherman samuelbedroom // sarah sherman samuelThe design process around our house usually goes like this… I go in search of a piece, find a few options I like, and then ask Rupert which one he likes best. Most of the time he picks my favorite one, I am then reassured we were meant to be, and the times he doesn’t I just explain why my one is so much better. Luckily this time around we both chose the same bedding. I liked it because it reminded me of men’s shirting and the bedroom could use a touch of masculinity now that I am outnumbered in the house and Rupe liked it for the color and the little red zig zag trim.

bedroom with baby a // sarah sherman samuelbedroom with bassinet // sarah sherman samuelAnother thing we had no qualms over was that gorgeous bassinet. Archie hasn’t slept in it for months now, because somehow, little me grew a HUGE baby, but I can’t seem to put it away just yet, and what type of blogger would I be if I didn’t at least take photos of it in the space and properly document such a fleeting moment in time.

Duvet Cover set by Brooklyn & Bond at Target // Bassinet by Land of Nod // Pom Pom Blanket (unknown) find similar here // Nightstands by West Elm // Curtains DIY dyed, from Ikea // Curtain Rod from West Elm // Sconces by Cedar & Moss // Flower Print by Debbie Carlos  // Rug from Esalerugs.com // Pendant Lamp from a vintage shop, find new: Octo Pendant by Secto // Bed from West Elm (I re-upholstered it, DIY here) // Paint color is Snowfall by Behr

To see the progress of our bedroom renovation take a look here.

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588  //  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)

587  //  nordstrom anniversary sale

nordstrom anniversary sale my picks // sarah sherman samuelI don’t get too excited about many sales but the Nordstrom Anniversary sale is all kinds of good. Instead of an end of season sale, the prices are dropped on the new fall items! Now is the time to buy that new pair of shoes, outfit, earrings, bag, oh and home stuff too. ;) Here’s what I’ve got my eye on…

Colorblock Tank // Porcelain Jar // Fatigue Skinnies // Triangle Studs // Wool Waistcoat // Colorblock Pillow // tasa Sandals // Quilted Pillow // Bar Cart // Moscow Mule Mugs 

The Sale is on from July 17th – August 2… Happy Sale Shopping!