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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

home progress: entryway

entry table // smitten studioThanks for all the help with the console table selection! I was so excited that some of you chose the Mill. My two favorites were probably the Strut and the Brent, but in the end the Mill was a close second and after I factored in price, it shot up to number one. It also helped that the dimensions were exactly what I was looking for.

entry table // smitten studioentry table // smitten studioWhile we sacrificed on storage, we made up for it with a table that is more proportionate to the space and other practical entryway must-haves like a mirror, a place to sit to put on shoes, and a designated bowl for keys (hopefully this means no more misplacing them!). I also love how minimal and light the table is compared to the bulkier wood piece we had there before. Whatchu think?!

We also finished off the new front door with one coat of stain (1 part light-walnut mixed with 2 parts provincial) and three coats of polyurethane.

To see the before photos check here.
To see all the renovation progress check here.

Sources: Mill Console Table by CB2 // Door by AAW (stained with 1 part Light Walnut & 2 parts Provencal by Varathane) // 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

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

home progress: kitchen update

kitchen renovation // smitten studiokitchen renovation // smitten studioIt has been a while since I’ve done an update on the kitchen, and things are so so close to being done! Last check in, we had just finished off extending the countertop, backsplash, and floors into the expanded kitchen space that was created when we removed the wall that led to the old laundry room/pantry. We also installed all the additional door and drawer fronts. Now from the front door instead of seeing the washer and dryer, it’s all kitchen!

kitchen renovation // smitten studiokitchen renovation // smitten studiokitchen renovation // smitten studioWe also swapped out an old lamp for another Cedar & Moss light fixture (you can spot it on the ceiling by the refrigerator), added the rest of the cabinet pulls, and found an under the counter microwave to fit in a 24″ cabinet space. We then had SemiHandmade make us a custom sized drawer front for beneath it (about 2″ taller than the standard ikea drawer) to finish it off.

Now the only thing left to do in here is to finish trimming out the top of the cabinets. Phew! Dinner party anyone? ;)

To see how the kitchen looked when we first moved in, check here.
To see all the home renovation progress, check here.

Sources:
Alto Pendant Lamps by Cedar & Moss // Cabinet Doors & Drawer fronts by SemiHandmade // Cabinet Hardware by Lewis Dolwin // Stools by Organic Modernism // Cabinet paint colors: Pigeon & Wimborne White by Farrow & Ball // Floor Stain Color is Ebony by Minwax // Faucet by Brizo // Lucia Ceiling Light by Cedar & Moss // Microwave by Summit // Serving boards & Linens by A Sunny Afternoon

backyard baby shower

backyard-babyshowerbackyard-babyshower2Remember that baby shower I gave you a glimpse of a few weeks back? Today I’m sharing the rest of the sweet soirée. My friend Lauren Bradshaw of Walnut Animal Society (the cutest stuffed animals you ever did see) is expecting her 2nd baby boy very soon, so I teamed up with Audrey Woollen and Melody Hansen to throw her a celebratory shower in my backyard.

backyard-babyshower3backyard-babyshower4backyard-babyshower5Melody made the strawberry shortcake for dessert after we all dined on delicious grilled chicken and carnitas tacos homemade by fellow friend Bea Schlatter.

backyard-babyshower6backyard-babyshower8My backyard was transformed when I brought out the dining table from our previous house (currently stored in the garage) and rented those gorgeous bentwood chairs from Yeah Rentals. I found those white vintage fiberglass chairs that sit at each end of the table at the Long Beach Flea Market which make great captain’s chairs.

backyard-babyshower7backyard baby shower // smitten studiobackyard baby shower // smitten studioI made a few changes in the lounge area, just for the party, by switching out my cushions for some rentals and adding the pattern backdrop. I also swapped out the fireplace for a wicker peacock chair to give Lauren a proper throne that the expectant momma clearly deserves. :) It was our first time getting to entertain in the new patio space and I couldn’t love it any more.

backyard baby shower // smitten studiobackyard baby shower // smitten studioI hope you enjoyed seeing this fun fête, and my backyard, in a whole new light. To get all the details and see a ton more photos head over to 100 layer cakelet where it is being featured today!

Photography: Meghan Kay Sadler // Event design and planning: Audrey Woollen from Urbanic Paper, Sarah Sherman Samuel from Smitten StudioMelody Hansen // Food: Beatrice Schlatter // Stationery: Smitten Studio // Linens: A Sunny Afternoon // Florals: Audrey // Rentals: Yeah Rentals

home progress: patio, DIY built-in seating

patio lounge, DIY built-in benches // smitten studiopatio lounge, DIY built-in benches // smitten studioThroughout our renovation we basically gave up complete use of the backyard to the construction crew, piles of garbage, and building supplies etc. Now that things are wrapping up, we are beyond excited to finally be able to use the backyard that we moved from a new modern townhouse into a small fixer upper house to get! I am equally ecstatic that Rupe and I finished another one of our lingering DIY projects, these built-in benches.

patio lounge, DIY built-in benches // smitten studiopatio lounge, DIY built-in benches // smitten studiopatio lounge, DIY built-in benches // smitten studioPreviously this corner of the yard was basically a dumping ground for old plants and old furniture, it was sorrily neglected, but now it’s another full living area (girl likes an outdoor room)! Rupe and I both already took naps on that corner bench (basically immediately after completion, DIYing is exhausting ;)) and I can’t wait to have some people over to properly christen the new space. Clearly the pups appreciate all our handy work too.

patio lounge, DIY built-in benches // smitten studiopatio lounge, DIY built-in benches // smitten studiopatio lounge, DIY built-in benches // smitten studiopatio-crackerpatio lounge, DIY built-in benches // smitten studioThere is a good amount of space back there so I wanted to create a few different conversation areas. The benches we made create a natural lounge area and I tucked a coffee table and some floor cushions around each of them. I also added a small cocktail/dining area in the far corner where we have been having our morning coffee together. The cement floor was in rough shape so I added a large outdoor rug to cover it up but also to tie the space all together.

See the before, the DIY steps, and all of the sources after the jump…

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house update: DIY built-in shelving

DIY built-in shelves // home update // smitten studioWe did it! We finished one of the gazillion projects on our hands right now and I am so happy to share our finished built-ins. We started the project a couple weeks back and just put on the final coat of paint this weekend.

DIY built-in shelves // home update // smitten studioDIY built-in shelves // home update // smitten studioDIY built-in shelves // home update // smitten studioThe paint was hardly dry before I dove into the garage and started digging out some of our favorite tchotchkes and books that I haven’t seen in ages (8 months of living through renovations and we are finally starting to un-pack some boxes and settle in). It took us (my dad, Rupe, and I) two LONG full days to build 98% of it, and then another day to finish trimming out the front of each shelf and to paint.

This project isn’t the easiest of DIY’s but if you know your way around a miter saw and a router it isn’t as intimidating as it sounds (just takes a lot of elbow grease). We also utilized Ikea kitchen cabinets for the base of our built-ins which made it a heck of a lot easier. The thing about built-ins are that of course they are unique to each room so I will outline the steps we took and hope you guys can take something away from it.

All the details and product sources for as much as I can remember after the jump!

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