sarah sherman samuel // smitten studio // a sunny afternoonI’m Sarah Sherman Samuel and Smitten Studio is the lifestyle and design blog where I show-and-share my stories for living with design.

With a camera always in hand… on a designing day, I might give you a peek of a graphic print or pattern I applied to a new product. On a “making” day, I could be sharing a project in progress or a look into the workshop where many of my pieces are made. On a traveling day you might just find a gem of a place to stay on your next trip. And on a styling day I might share a photo shoot I’ve had the pleasure to concept and bring to life with some of my favorite creative friends and collaborators (though, I only call one of them “Dad.”)

Oh! And on a sunny day, I hope you find yourself on a grassy hill, saying hello to A Sunny Afternoon – my new collection of modern picnicware. It’s just a first glimpse into my series of American made handmade wares. Launching this collection feels like a sunny moment, indeed. My passion and experience in design has taken me from a stint in advertising, to developing a line of products for Target while serving as the creative director at a fashion paper company, to leaving that nine-to-five in order to dedicate more time to creating my own line of special objects with meaning. Thanks for following me on my journey. I hope it encourages, charms, inspires, and leaves you and me both – smitten.


Sarah grew up on Michigan’s west coast. After earning her bachelor’s degree in graphic design she headed to the sunny coast of California where she currently lives with her husband, Rupert, and their two rescue pups Pikku and Cracker. One of their latest adventures brought them back to her old stomping grounds where together they are renovating a cabin on the shores of Lake Michigan.

With her graphic design background and a fashion influence, Sarah applies the graphic design principles into the roles of maker, stylist, and creative director.

Sarah is available for hire for collaborating, concepting, designing and styling with her nostalgic-meets-modern, fashion meets-nature, and design-meets-life aesthetic.

To work with sarah or just to say hello email sarah@smittenstudioonline.com
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