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baby bump love fest! aka maternity photos

maternity photos // sarah sherman samuel // max and friendsmaternity photos // sarah sherman samuel // max and friendsI hope you guys are prepared for a whole lotta baby bump because I had the hardest time narrowing down options from such a unique batch of images that Katherine & Luke sent over from our shoot together. When I was introduced to their work, I instantly fell in love with their style and knew it would be a perfect match with mine, so I couldn’t wait to see what we could cook up together. When they came to our house to shoot they also couldn’t have been any sweeter to work with so it was a major win all around. I couldn’t think of a better way to document our little growing family.

maternity photos // sarah sherman samuel // max and friendsmaternity photos // sarah sherman samuel // max and friendsmaternity photos // sarah sherman samuel // max and friendsmaternity photos // sarah sherman samuel // max and friendsmaternity photos // sarah sherman samuel // max and friendsmaternity photos // sarah sherman samuel // max and friendsmaternity photos // sarah sherman samuel // max and friendsWhen I first thought of getting professional maternity photos taken, I had talked to some friends and across the board, the ones that didn’t, regretted it, and the ones that did were so happy they had. So if you are on the fence at all, I say do it! Growing a baby is a beautiful, terrifying, and crazy business that goes by so fast and we will surely cherish these captured moments.

More photos and pregnancy talk after the jump!

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bathroom refresh & diy towel ladder

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bathroom re-fresh DIY towel ladder // sarah sherman samuelWe have been busy bees in full nesting mode lately, and the new bathroom didn’t get left behind. Target sent me over some pretty little items from their bath collection, like the bamboo & ceramic soap dispenser and tumbler and some crisp new white towels, which gave the space a quick refresh and I also got to work on making this ladder for some much needed towel storage/display.

bathroom re-fresh DIY towel ladder // sarah sherman samuelbathroom-refresh5We also finally got around to installing a toilet paper holder (the prettiest one in all the land, I’m convinced).

bathroom re-fresh DIY towel ladder // sarah sherman samuelbathroom re-fresh DIY towel ladder // sarah sherman samuelbathroom re-fresh DIY towel ladder // sarah sherman samuelI also am loving the mix of all the different wood tones with the bamboo accessories, the vintage credenza-turned vanity and the ladder, I think it really warms up the bright white the space.

Bamboo & Ceramic Tumbler from Target // Bamboo & Ceramic Soap Dispenser from Target // Botanic Fiber Bath Towels from Target // Bamboo Wastebasket from Target // Toilet Paper Holder by Ferm Living // 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

This post is sponsored by Target. Shop Home Décor for modern luxury made easy.

Get the details on the DIY ladder after the jump…

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Christmas in LA

living-room-holiday5 copyHere’s a peek into our house as decorated for Christmas. Better late than never right?, and who knows I may never take down that little white tree…

living-room-holiday-treeliving-room-holiday-tree2living-room-holiday2-640-2… and certainly not this DIY wall hanging. :)

DIY-eucalyptus-wall-hangingliving-room-holiday-shelvesI wanted the holiday decorations to blend with the decor but still add all that extra sparkle that makes the season special. Usually I like to err on EXTRA Christmas flair but being this pregnant I wasn’t sure how quickly the decorations will actually make it back into their boxes after the fact, so better to do it with a restrained hand. I did this by using a lot of metallic gold, a white tree, white lights, some natural greens, and then spread it throughout the house so most surfaces had a touch of seasonal love.

It is also the first time we have spent the holidays in the renovated space! To see how far we’ve come, check out the living room before we knocked through a couple walls in the before photos here, and all of the renovation progress so far, here.

Sources for everything that I can think of below:

Top Photo:
Coffee Table (the the white tree is on) from CB2 // White Tree by Vickerman // Gold Ornaments by Ikea // Hanging Chair (yard sale!) find more options here, and here, and here and here // Mill Console Table by CB2 // Door by AAW (stained with 1 part Light Walnut & 2 parts Provencal by Varathane) // Rubber plant (by door) & planter from Home Depot // Vintage Hardoy Chair from Surfing Cowboys // Sofa from HD buttercup // Coffee Table is Vintage found at the Long Beach Flea // Rug from The Rug Warehouse // Chandelier by Jonathan Adler // Paint color is Snowfall by Behr // Mid-century stool, vintage // Sheepskin from Ikea // Basket from Chicos // Pillows by Little Korboose // Glass Terrarium from Urban Outfitters // Candle Holder, Vintage // Gold Bowl by CB2

Bottom Photo:
DIY built-in shelves see post here // Coffee table (vintage) from Surfing Cowboys // Rug from RugsUSA.com // Chairs (vintage found at Long Beach Flea) // White VasesSquirrelDog Bookends and Whale Pitcher from Jonathan Adler // Gold Starbursts from Waiting on Martha // Gold Bowls and Cube Wire Sculptures from CB2 // Bronze Cats (vintage from Rosebowl Flea) // Framed Photo by Max Wanger // Art Deco Clock (vintage) // Ceramic Hand // Starburst Mirror from Target (old) find similar here or here  // Paint Color: Wimborne White by Farrow & Ball // Gold Animals by Dwell Studio from Wayfair // Black Faceted Vases by Dwell Studio from Wayfair

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

home update: in the bedroom

master bedroom // smitten studioSince my last bedroom post, we hung a Debbie Carlos print and installed some new Cedar & Moss sconces. Although the new bedroom has been coming along slowly (building it from the ground up didn’t speed up the process. :), it has been so great filling it only with items I love (a practice in editing, for sure) and knowing the designers and artist behind pieces like the print and lights makes each one even more special.

master bedroom // smitten studiomaster bedroom // smitten studiomaster bedroom // smitten studiomaster-bedroom-smittenstudio6master bedroom // smitten studioIn last bedroom update I was also on the search for the perfect nightstand and as I mentioned then, finding a good nightstand is a difficult feat. Well, finding a good one that has a very specific measurement… even harder. Turns out 24″ – 26″ wide nightstands aren’t the norm so I started looking for alternatives. I may eventually end up making my own but as soon as I saw this vintage chair and the measurements were dead on, I had to have it. I have always loved the casual look of a side chair as a nightstand (a couple great examples here and here). Now I just need to find it a mate for Rupe’s side.

Product Sources: Sconces by Cedar & Moss // Flower Print by Debbie Carlos // Wicker Chair (vintage) from Venice Vintage Paradise // Rug from Esalerugs.com // Pendant Lamp from a vintage shop, find new: Octo Pendant by Secto // Bedding by Parachute  // Ombre Throw Blanket from Terrain // Bed from West Elm (I re-upholstered it, DIY here)

To see all of the home renovation progress check here.
To see the “before” home tour check here.

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

home progress: living room nook refresh

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living-room-reading-corner4 This post is sponsored by Target. Shop Home Decor for modern luxury made easy.

You may remember this corner of the room from ages ago. We had just done phase one of construction, which was opening up two walls that separated the living room from the den and the living room from the kitchen, but had yet to even start on all the main construction.

Since those last photos, amongst the main projects of gutting the kitchen, adding on a bedroom, bathroom and laundry room, we also made these built-in shelves and finished the entryway, and in the process I cleaned out this living room corner of everything, stealing the tchotchkes and books to fill shelves and style corners elsewhere. It has sat empty and neglected for a good eight months or so. Thankfully Target sent me over some of their items from their new fall line, so I was able to finish off this cozy nook all over again. I am LOVING all the gold in the collection.

living-room-reading-cornerliving-room-reading-corner2living-room-reading-corner3Rupe has also already commandeered the rocker that we got from the flea market as his personal TV watching chair. It is actually the most comfy spot in the house, when the cushions are on (they are so ugly at the moment I just can’t keep them on unless in use.. ha), so I found a spot here that he can swivel around to watch his favorite show Project Runway ;), or I can swivel back to steal a quiet moment to read. We will see when baby comes if it will actually make it into the nursery. Maybe I should start shopping for another rocker.

Product Sources: Gold Spotted Vase from Target // Gold Pear from Target // Brass Hex vase from Ferm Living // Gold and White bowl from Target // White Throw Blanket from Target // Gold Pouf // Vintage Rug from The Rug Warehouse // Chair is vintage Homecrest // Flamingo Print by Sharon Montrose // Chandelier by Jonathan Adler // Plant is a Fiddle Leaf Fig

To see all of the home renovation progress check here
To see the “before” photos of the house check here

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

home progress: entry table/reading nook

entry & reading nook // smitten studioSo, about 9 out of 10 of you mentioned the Shroom, which was, of course, the one I had my eye on for the space. Your extra validation was handy to convince myself and Mr. Samuel that we absolutely NEEDED to go for it ;).  So thanks guys!

entry & reading nook // smitten studioentry & reading nook // smitten studioentry & reading nook // smitten studioentry & reading nook // smitten studioWith the addition of the new table, it rounds out the space as a little reading nook in the front window, which I love. In contrast to the light and intricate hanging chair, the table’s clean lines and solid structure grounds the area without competing visually. Now I just need to carve out a little quality magazine time.

Product Sources:  Coffee Table from CB2 // Hanging Chair (yard sale!) find more options here, and here, and here and here // Mill Console Table by CB2 // Door by AAW (stained with 1 part Light Walnut & 2 parts Provencal by Varathane) // Rubber plant (by door) & planter from Home Depot // Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant (by Chair) from Home Depot

To see the entry before check here
To see all the home renovation progress check here

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

home progress: entryway part 2

entry, hanging chair // smitten studioLast time I shared about the entryway I had it all covered… to the right of the door. Now, I’ve turned my attention to the left of the door and started a little seating area with the addition of a pretty little hanging chair.

entry, hanging chair // smitten studioOriginally, I was going to add a simple long bench in front of the window but there is so much space there. I wanted to be able to fill it a bit more than a bench would, and a hanging chair is always good for some personality and filling a space but not weighing it down.

Next, I want to round out the area with some sort of occasional table to sit next to the chair. A place for books, mail, etc., and also a place to prop up my feet when perched in the chair. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite options below.

coffee/occasional table round-up // smitten studioI have my heart set on one of these guys but I do fancy each of them. Which would you choose?

Free Range Coffee Table by Blu Dot // Shroom Table by CB2 // Semisfera by Anthropologie // Rustic Storage Table by West Elm // Trienna Table by Artek // Round Glass Top Table by Urban Outfitters 

Other Sources: Hanging Chair (yard sale!) find more options here, and here, and here and here // Mill Console Table by CB2 // Door by AAW (stained with 1 part Light Walnut & 2 parts Provencal by Varathane) // Rubber plant & planter from Home Depot

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

To see all of the home renovation progress, check here.
To see the entryway before, check here.

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

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Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel
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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