491  //  dining al fresco

elephant landing + a sunny afternoon // smitten studioThere is nothing like squeezing out the last days of summer with a picnic in your own backyard and while I am still in our lovey dovey Anniversary mode, I thought it would be fun to create an intimate picnic for two. Just the ticket for a date night in or to celebrate something special.

elephant landing + a sunny afternoon // smitten studioelephant landing + a sunny afternoon // smitten studioPattern mixing is always a fine idea by me, and I set the scene by combining my A Sunny Afternoon linens and boards with the Elephant Landing table cloth and pillows. A textile match made in heaven.

elephant landing + a sunny afternoon // smitten studioelephant landing + a sunny afternoon // smitten studioelephant landing + a sunny afternoon // smitten studioelephant landing + a sunny afternoon // smitten studioNow all you need is your loved one, some champagne, and to light up the candles, and you’ve got the beginnings of a simple but special evening.

Images by Caroline of Woodnote Photography

Sources: Serving Boards by A Sunny Afternoon // Table Cloth by Elephant Landing // Napkins by A Sunny Afternoon // Pineapple Pillows by Elephant Landing // White pillows from Target // Sheepskin by Ikea // Rugs by Ikea // Gold Flatware by West Elm // Plates by Target // Candle Holders by A Sunny Afternoon // Gold Goblets, vintage

490  //  from the weekend: anniversary road trip

antelope canyon // smitten studioLast week Rupe and I celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary. If you remember from last year, we take turns planning a trip for the occasion and this year was my turn.

Growing up my family did a lot of traveling around the states and I love that I get to show my English husband all the favorite spots that I can remember from when I was just a young one. One of those favorite spots was Lake Powell in Utah, and that was my main jumping off point for planning a 5 night road-trip. I’ll put together a full post on the route we took, the places we stayed and the things we did, but I wanted to share one of the most magical spots from our journey (pictured above), Antelope Canyon.

Image by me via iphone & instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)

489  //  end of summer social!

urbanic & a sunny afternoon summer social inviteI’m so excited to be co-hosting the “end of summer social” with Urbanic this year! If you have been to one of their events before, you know how much fun they are and we have a great line-up of vendors to help make it extra special. We will also be debuting the first ever A Sunny Afternoon paper goods with an exclusive Urbanic product collaboration! I also created a limited edition “picnic” print that the first 50 people in the door will be gifted! So if you’re in LA, come and celebrate the last days of summer with us, Thursday, September 4th… would love to see you there!

Hosts: Urbanic & A Sunny Afternoon // Planning by Gather Events // Mimosa bar by One Hope Wine // Treats by Yummy Pops // Flowers by Moon Canyon // Photography by Joanne Pio 

488  //  an ode to the ottoman

stool as end-table // smitten studioOne can never have enough stools, poufs or ottomans in his or her life. Used as a footstool, a resting place for your bum, or as a side table, these little workhorses are as beautiful as they are versatile. Target sent me the stool I picked out from their new Room Essentials line last week and I’ve styled it in three different settings to illustrate the handiness of this piece. Ottomans forever!

stools as end of bed seating // smitten studiobathroom stool // smitten studioI’ve decided to keep this one as you see it here, in the bathroom. It’s nice to have the extra surface in a small space. Now I’m on the lookout for a few more ottoman options for the foot of the bed and for that spot above, in the living room. Wish me happy hunting. x

Sources for Image 1: Stool/Ottoman from Target // Sofa from HD Buttercup // Flower Poster by Debbie Carlos // Rug from The Rug Warehouse // Tea Cup & Saucer from Heath Ceramics // Vase is vintage

Sources for Image 2: See this bedroom post // throw blanket from Terrain
Sources for Image 3: See this bathroom post

This post is sponsored by Target. Shop Room Essentials to make modern life easier.

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel
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487  //  from the weekend: working with friends

08.18.14weekendThis weekend I had a busy work schedule with a fun project I am working on for Gap, but I was able to enlist the help of my friends making it seem much less like work and a lot more like a party (the best kind of work day). I can’t wait to share what we got up to! After we wrapped for the day we finished off the weekend with dinner and drinks and then back home to catch the last of shark week.  Hope you had a great weekend. x

Images by me via instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)

486  //  home progress: bathroom update

bathroom renovation // vintage credenza vanity, round mirror // smitten studioHey guys our bathroom is finished! I still have to add in the final accessories (towel hooks, toilet paper holder, soap dispensers, rug, etc. etc) but at least we have a brand spanking new and usable bathroom. We also just passed our final inspection and everything got approved by the city, so our 2 bed/1bath just officially went to a 2 bed/2 bath (with a new laundry room). Yay!

bathroom renovation // vintage credenza vanity, round mirror // smitten studioherringbone tile // bathroom renovation // smitten studioherringbone shower, gold fixtures // smitten studioLast time I showed the bathroom we were waiting on the mirror and glass shower enclosure to get installed. The reason for the HUGE delay in posting was because we also ran into a big problem with the tile job. After the grout went in, the color was blotchy and that was only emphasized by the fact that all the lines were uneven thicknesses. The guy assured us that it just had to finished drying and it would be uniform.

Well, we waited and waited and the blotchiness never went away (you can kind of see it here). We tried to get the guy back, but never could track him down. Finally, just when I was about to give up and have our brand new tiled shower and floors just look like dirty old ones, a guy on the crew that had been working on the rest of the renovation came in, scraped out all of the grout, and re-did the entire space (and the angels sang, taa daaaaaa).

Sources:  Pendant Lamps by Cedar & Moss // Kohler Purist Shower Head // Vessel Sink // Kohler Purist Faucet //  Merola White Hex Tiles // Vintage Credenza turned vanity // Daltile White Subway Tiles //  Mirror & Shower Enclosure, custom made

To see the bathroom before look here (it used to be a bedroom)
To see all of the renovation progress check here.

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

483  //  house update: finished bed & shopping for nightstands

recovered-bedNot a lot has happened in the bedroom since I last checked-in, however we did finish re-upholstering the old bed (more on that in a minute). Now, we are on the hunt for some nightstands. I stole the little plant stand from next to the dresser so I have something to put a glass of water on at night but Rupe still has nowhere to put his Harlequin novels (what’s a man to do!). So, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite nightstand options to try and narrow the search.

nightstand round-up // smitten studioGood nightstands are like the unicorn of home furnishings. So hard to find! I tend to like larger, more dresser sized nightstands like the campaign style or the double drawer, but in this space they might be a bit tight. I also love the look of a simple brass side table like the libby or the hexagon but they don’t offer up any storage. I thought I had found the perfect one when West Elm came out with the Penelope nightstand but they only make the all white version in large and, by george, I wanted the wood one in LARGE. What to do, what to do.

Penelope Nightstand // James Nightstand // Campaign Style // Hexagon Side Table // Catalina Nightstand // Tall Storage Nightstand // Audrey Nightstand // Double Drawer Dresser // Libby Side Table

To see all of the home renovation progress check here.

To get the rundown on how we reupholstered the bed, continue on after the jump!

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