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Big news in a little video!

We have some big news to share! Turn your volume up and press play!

Rupert wrote this silly, and adorable, little poem for me on our anniversary a couple weeks ago and I thought it would be the perfect way to reveal what we have been up to the last few months and why I have been somewhat MIA. I hope you enjoy!

Poem (and Voice Over) by Rupert Samuel
Stop Motion Video by Sarah Sherman Samuel

a sunny afternoon summer collection realease

a-sunny-afternoon-summer-lookbook-woodnote-2I’m excited to announce the launch of my new A Sunny Afternoon summer items! I had so much fun shooting the lookbook for this release, as it includes a few of my favorite items to date. It also didn’t hurt working with a great crew, Caroline & Jayden of Woodnote on photography and Tim and Merrill Melideo modeling.

a-sunny-afternoon-summer-lookbook-woodnote-5a-sunny-afternoon-summer-lookbook-woodnote-6a sunny afternoon new items // smitten studioHere is a glimpse at the new products that are now available, there are new napkins and tea towels, new boards, and some pretty rad rolling pins, if I do say so myself. :) Head on over to the shop to check them out and make sure to take a look at the new lookbook too!

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studio update: how I finished my space

a sunny afternoon studio space //  smitten studioIf you’ve been following along on our home renovation, you know that we’ve had to do (and are still doing) A LOT to make the space our own. Luckily for me, the new studio space was almost move-in ready. So far, all we’ve had to do was paint the floors twice, build some shelving and bring in all my green plant friends.  Now, I added a few finishing touches to really put my stamp on the place.

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a sunny afternoon studio space //  smitten studioI was looking for just the right piece of art to hang in that blank space above the love seat. While I would’ve loved to splurge on something by one of my favorite artists or photographers, our funds are still going into the house, so I created a print from my own archive. I used an image I captured when Rupe and I were galavanting around the poppy fields this Easter and layered over a cloud to create the “head in the clouds” print you see here. Then I had it printed at Staples as one of their 24″ x 36″ engineering prints for a whopping $3.00!

Having your head in the clouds (i.e., not paying attention to reality) can have a negative connotation, but for me, this is a reminder to keep dreaming and ignore the naysayers (and who doesn’t need that as a reminder sometimes?). Also, turning something of your own into art gives added meaning since it comes from your own experience. Every time I see it, I am taken back to that blissful day with Rupert and am encouraged to do some serious dreaming.

a sunny afternoon studio space //  smitten studioa sunny afternoon studio space //  smitten studioOh, and about that lighting! Thanks to Schoolhouse Electric, I finally found the perfect fixture to replace our track lighting. Now all that’s left is adding in some skylights for extra natural light and the chance to catch a glimpse of some additional dreamy cloud views.

To see the rest of my studio space, check here. The DIY shelves are available here, and even more progress can be seen here.

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel 

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modern bohemian living & dining room

modern bohemian living/dining room // smitten studioI’ve been working on a project for a client with a bright modern space in the beach town of Encinitas. The first room to tackle was her living & dining area and I wanted to share the round-up of the pieces I selected for her.  She already had a few beautiful items to start with, that white credenza (which is actually a bar), the skull, and the vintage woven basket (sitting on the table). Narrowing in on her style was a fun one because we have such a similar aesthetic (#dreamclient ;)  We decided to call it minimal, modern-bohemian.

She likes clean lines and a lot of open (and white) space, along with a mix of  mid century modern pieces like the tulip table and bar, next to special items with a boho vibe like the skull, rug, and wall hanging. It is a smallish living area so I kept everything bright and light (no bulky furniture allowed) and grounded it with the deep hued rug. I can’t wait to see this room come to life.

Shop the look: Wall Hanging by Himo Art // Palm Photograph by Laure Joliet // Woven Basket (Vintage) find similar here or here // 27″ round Tulip Table  // Cross Back Birch Dining Chairs // Bar (vintage) find similar here // Animal Skull find similar here // Sheepskin Rug // Ottomans/stool from Ikea // Rug from eSaleRugs // Coffee Table from Urban Outfitters // Sofa from West Elm  // Pillow 1 by Caitlin Marr // Pillow 2 by David Bastidas // Side Table/ Record Storage from Urban Outfitters // Ficus

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