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A Sunny Afternoon + One Kings Lane!

sarah sherman samuel // one kings lane - artisanal sale // a sunny afternoonHappy Friday guys. I wanted to share some exciting news!

I’ve partnered up with One Kings Lane to do an A Sunny Afternooon Artisanal sale! I’ve been a big fan of One Kings Lane for quite some time, so when they approached me to sell my own products I about jumped out of my chair. They have partnered with so many top designers, tastemakers, and all around amazing creatives (I mean have you seen the “Paris with Kelly Wearstler” sale going on right now?) and I am seriously chuffed to be a small part of what they are doing.

The sale starts this Monday (the 31st) at 6pm, it will be packed with my A Sunny Afternoon goods, including a few new pieces, and be up for the week! Check out the preview here.

Image by Nicole LaMotte for One Kings Lane

modern beach guest bedroom

modern beach bedroom // smitten studioI have yet to choose any furnishings or accessories for the bedrooms in my own house, but I’ve been working on a client’s home in Manhattan Beach and thought I would share what I am calling a “modern beach” guest room. Living in a beach town, we wanted to give the room a coastal nod while steering clear of the obvious or traditional seaside decor.  I’ve mixed vintage looking pieces with modern furniture and lighting so that even though all the items are brand new, they still have a collected feel. I also got to put to use one of my favorite wallpapers!

Pendant Lamps by Allied Maker // Wallpaper by Hygge & West  // Beach Print by Antoine Rose // Green Side Table from Target // Acorn Mid-Century Bed by West Elm // Vintage Grainsack Pillows by Jillbent // Sheepskin Rug // Throw Blankets // Hanging Chair by Serena & Lily // Case Study Planters by Modernica // Campaign Dresser by Bungalow 5

studio update: settling in

smitten studio // a sunny afternoon // workspace plantsWith my DIY shelves up, I turned back to the other side of the room to get my computer station up to snuff. Now my happy place is my happier place with the addition of some plants and some wall space dedicated to working projects.

Smitten studio // a sunny afternoon // workspaceI missed my chalkboard wall desperately from my last studio. It’s where I kept current projects out in front of me, where I would edit artwork and collections for A Sunny Afternoon and it also was home to a list of future projects and things I needed to keep in the back of my mind and not let slip away.  Not to say I don’t still keep my notebook and calendar updated, but I like to have big picture things and future goals out where I can see them. I’ll swear that it helps make them happen and it also made a big difference in getting me feeling settled.

Smitten studio // a sunny afternoon // workspaceClearly Cracker is having no problem in that department.

Smitten studio // a sunny afternoon // workspace… and the plants! Since my backyard has been taken over by trash piles and workmen, I brought some of the outdoors in. I bought the plants and pots all at home depot. I can’t say their pot selection is amazing, but they are affordable, so I picked out pots that I liked the shape of and ignored the ugly colors. When I got home I unleashed a can of matte white spray paint on them and suddenly all was right in my plant world.

Now I just have to address the lighting situation with new fixtures and maybe some skylights.

To see more of the studio check here and here.

Here are the sources for everything I can thing of…
Desk: Anthropologie (old) // Chair: vintage // Sheepskin: Ikea // Side table: vintage // Plants & pots are from Home Depot (spray painted all the pots matte white) // Floor paint is Georgia Peach (tinted 20% lighter) by Behr // Rug & Poufs: Ikea // Loveseat: vintage

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

studio update & DIY shelves

smitten studio // a sunny afternoon // diy shelvesI am embarrassingly still not quite settled in the new studio (although it is doing better then the house right now), but these shelves I put up are helping A TON. I needed some organization in my life more than I can express (If you are remembering the corners of the house that I kind of had finished, like the living room and the entry way… erase them from your mind because they are now almost empty rooms with an inch thick of construction dust!).

Anyway… the studio is now my happy place :) You may notice I also painted the floors again. Thanks to my obsession with seeing other peoples workspaces, I’ve seen so many all white studios and I wanted to switch it up a little, so I went for this floor paint called georgia peach (I had them tint it 20% lighter). It’s bright and light like the white on white spaces I still love, but brings a subtle bit of color in.

Still to do in the studio is: Replace the light fixture, install skylights, find a place for a mood/layout board, and decide what to hang over that love seat.

Shelf DIY instructions after the jump…

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from the weekend: lake michigan winter wonderland

lake michigan // sarah sherman samuelI got my white Christmas after all! We arrived in Michigan to a fresh blanket of snow that continued to grow as the week went on. If you’ve been following me along on instagram, you may already be sick of the wintry photos but I can’t stop!

Where my parents live, in the southern part of Michigan, they don’t usually have this much snow this early in the year, so I am in heaven! We hiked, sledded, and walked along the frozen shore until the sun went down. Not a bad way to spend the last weekend of the year.

Image by me, instagrammed here: @sarahshermansamuel

A Sunny Afternoon Brunch & Shop Update!

A Sunny Afternoon Brunch - shop update  // Smitten Studio I am thrilled to share that we just launched a big A Sunny Afternoon shop update where I not only re-stocked some of the most popular and ongoing items, but I released new designs along with a tasty new lookbook.

What better way to mark a new collection then a pancake brunch?

A Sunny Afternoon Brunch - shop update  // Smitten StudioI have to say it was TORTURE a little difficult not eating all the hotcakes before shoot time, but somehow we managed. :)

A Sunny Afternoon Brunch - shop update // Smitten StudioI hope you guys find something you like! You can see the new boards here (including the most requested, a large hexagon), along with the new tea towels, and napkins.

Check out the lookbook here and some more images from the day after the jump…

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DIY – painted floors in my studio

DIY painted floors // smitten studioHere’s the first peek into my new studio! Until recently it has been filled with moving boxes, with the exception of where I carved out a small corner for my computer desk (a glance in here last week and you would swear I was a hoarder), but I have slowly cleared it out so that I can start planning how to turn it into an inspiring workspace. I was getting pretty sick of looking at the ugly brown (poop brown to be exact) flooring and although I haven’t had a chance to do anything else, I figured I might as well start from the ground up, literally.

So, when A Beautiful Mess asked me to share a few DIY’s with them, I new this would be the perfect chance to bring some personality into the space that I’ve been spending most of my time.

DIY painted floors // smitten studioAs this is A Sunny Afternoon headquarters I wanted to make sure to get a little pattern in there but nothing that would compete with all of the products. I’m liking that it turned out looking like an extension of the collection and also as though we just had a party in my office and all that is left is the confetti on the floor.

What do you think? Too much, not enough? The best part is that it is so easy and inexpensive, I could even switch up the pattern whenever the mood strikes.

Get all the DIY details over on A Beautiful Mess and also see the before & after and furnishing sources after the jump…

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smitten studio in Martha Stewart Weddings

martha stewart weddings // smitten studioI’m so excited to finally share this wedding I designed that’s in the pages of this months Martha Stewart Weddings! You may remember (but probably not because it was about a year and a half ago) me working on some pieces for the wedding here and here. My dear longtime friend, Anne was the bride and I am so happy that I was able to be a part of her big day by standing up as one of the matrons of honor as well as designing the event from top to bottom.

One of my favorite pieces I made for their wedding was this textile that hung over a fireplace during the reception. The bride and groom (Anne and Shane) are pictured above holding it’s edges. Anne & Shane collected photos of both of their families and I created silhouettes of each family member from the photos, essentially making a pictorial family tree.

martha stewart weddings // smitten studioAnne was stunning in Reem Acra and Shane was looking dapper in Proper Suit. They were married on the beach of Lake Michigan at a summer camp that Anne always pictured as her wedding location, just a few blocks from where she grew up.

martha stewart weddings // smitten studioAlong with the stationery suite and the family silhouette textile, I made chalkboard directional signs, an interactive seating chart, custom painted bean bag game boards, rubber stamped placemats, and other various signage. Her wedding also took place while I was developing A Sunny Afternoon so I was able to provide custom fabric napkins for each place setting that featured 4 coordinating patterns.

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on A beautiful mess

A Sunny Afternoon process wall // smitten studioYesterday, on A Beautiful Mess, I shared a final home tour of our townhouse that we just sold. I’m still finding it hard to believe that we won’t be going back here again, but I’m looking forward to settling into our new place.

This is my favorite image of the bunch that I took while I was in the middle of creating the debut collection for A Sunny Afternoon. I already miss that chalkboard wall big time! Head over to A Beautiful Mess to see the rest.

Image by Sarah Sherman Samuel