583 // modern country – living room
Recently, I have been working on a living room design for Eden of Sugar and Charm and it is allllmost finished, so I thought I would share the design board I created for her with my initial furniture selects for the space. Eden’s style is “rustic modern” which was a fun twist on my usual aesthetic. Her house is in an idyllic neighborhood outside of LA that I didn’t even know existed. When I arrived at her place I felt like I pulled up to the neighborhood I grew up in, in the mid-west! So to match the location, Eden’s style and the style of the house…this is my take on a “modern country” living space.
Her living room is similar to mine in that it is a living room & entryway all in one space, so there were a few different furniture clusters to address. An entry/console table and mirror for the entry, as well as a bench and gallery wall that serves as a place to pull on and off shoes, and the main seating area with accent chairs, sofa, and coffee table. I balanced the two different styles by making sure there were several elements of both modern and country (or rustic). The rustic entry bench is offset by the modern frames and the sleek console table. The modern shaped sofa is balanced by the more traditional cozy silhouette of the yellow chair, etc. etc. And as always, I like to layer in natural patterns and textures like the fur on the chair (love the unexpected combination of the fur on such a traditional chair), the cow hide pillow, wood grain, plants, woven baskets, and that mirror… which is made to look like porcupine quills!
I can’t wait to show you how the space turns out!
Sources: Porcupine Quill Mirror // Zahra Table Lamp // Tribeca Console Table // Woven Storage Baskets // Fur Occasional Chair // Floor Lamp // Sofa // Cow Pillow // Faux Fur Pillow // Yellow Chair // Casablanca Rug // Coffee table // Brass Side Table // Bench
582 // LA weekend with Bugaboo
This weekend my eldest sister was visiting from Florida, so we played tourist in our own town and Bugaboo invited me to share my top spots in a mini family friendly city guide, so here we go…
To Eat: my favorite pick has been Gjusta, it’s a bakery/deli/cafe by the same folks as Gjelina, so the food is incredible. You order at the counter and find a bench or milk crate outside to sit on, which isn’t the comfiest of seating arrangements, but it is that casual picnic atmosphere that makes it great to bring the whole fam.
Archer has been bopping around in the Bugaboo Bee, which we love for the compact design and the bassinet option. The bassinet is so perfect for a newborn to be able to nap in comfortably, while we scoot around town.
To Stay: Have you guys heard of the site Kid & Coe? It is a beautifully edited home rental site that is dedicated to family friendly rentals and holy moly do they have some awesome ones. This place was just on the other side of town and was filled with beautiful art, toys and games for the kiddos, and even an indoor swing!To Do: Picnic! For some reason I equate family friendly with the outdoors. Maybe it is because a crying baby is a lot less noisy outside or because when I was a kid I wanted to be outside 24/7 but either way a picnic in the park is still one of my favorite pastimes. Head up to Will Rogers State Park and watch a polo game on some Sundays, hike the trails, and end with a picnic on the gorgeous green lawn.
To Eat & Beach: For a day at the beach we like to drive over to Playa Del Rey where the beach is never busy and you can watch the planes take off over head from LAX. Another incentive is that you can get lunch at Playa Provisions. They have a full restaurant, an ice cream parlor, a counter where you can order food to go or eat on a picnic table on the patio, and even a whiskey bar hidden away in the back (that part not so kid friendly but hey, the parents need a little break sometimes too right? ;).
To see more of my favorite LA spots check out the los angeles tag
Photos by Sarah Sherman Samuel
581 // shop picks: steven alan
I have a real soft spot for shop owners/curators that also branch out and create their own line (my heart will always be with product). Steven Alan did just that and his namesake clothing line is a beautiful mix of simplicity and form. The SA shops are also still curated with unique designers that share a similar aesthetic and it is so easy to fall in love with each piece. Here are my top picks…
Poplin Dress // Copper Bowl // Myra Mule // Natural Tote // Triangle Earrings // Fringe Blanket // Copper Candleholder // Panel Dress // Felt Coaster // Shinola Notebook // Clare V. Clutch // Coffee Cup
I spent a day at home with the oh so lovely Elle, of Solly Baby, a few weeks back and we chatted about work, balance, design, inspiration, and motherhood while I put their wrap to use, lulling Archer right to sleep. You can check out the full interview on their blog today and I picked a few of my favorite images to share with you here…
579 // weekend scenes memorial day
Somehow, even days that you do nothing at all seem to fly by in a flash. We spent the weekend not doing a whole lot and I have to say it was our best one yet, with little A. We stared at, sang to, and giggled with Archer…had a few friends over, started working on the laundry room, and had a picnic in the park.
I also realized I never did share our finished deck. We still have to figure out the furniture situation but there’s a glimpse of it… looking forward to spending a lot more time out there this summer.
Hope you guys had a beautiful long weekend. xo
Images by me via iPhone & Instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)
Just 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.
Awe… 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.
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577 // striped midi + swing top
576 // Palm Springs Weekend Scenes
Our 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.
and 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)