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holiday decorating

holiday shelves // smitten studioI’m falling a bit behind on my Christmas decorating, kicking and growing baby Samuel has other ideas of what I should be working on (like my sleep), but I’ve managed to gussy up our living room shelves in some holiday flare with a little help from Wayfair.

I picked out some pretty goodies like those gold Dwell Studio animals, the Jonathan Adler peacock, and the black geometric vases that all work year round, but with the addition of some ornaments, greenery, and other gilded treasures, help make my shelves Christmas ready. Now as far as my Christmas tree goes… it still needs some attention, but I’ll share more photos of our house decked out for the holidays once I dust off the rest of the ornaments and get more than one string of lights on our sad conifer. :) Have you guys gotten your stockings all up and mistletoe in place?

P.S. Wayfair is also holding an instagram contest where they want you to share a photo of your holiday shelves for a chance to win a $500 gift card! Just post a photo of your decorated shelves, tag @wayfair and hashtag it with #holidayshelfie to enter. The contest is open until Christmas! Check out some extra “shelfie” inspiration here.

Image by Sarah Sherman Samuel


smitten studio + 31Bits

31Bits-smittenstudio731Bits-smittenstudio3b31Bits-smittenstudio2b31Bits-smittenstudio631Bits-smittenstudio53I’ve shared a little about 31Bits in the past, but if you haven’t heard about the awesome things they are doing, you can take a peek at their mission here. In a nutshell, they work with women in Northern Uganda, purchasing jewelry from the artisans on a monthly basis creating a working relationship that empowers the women to rise above poverty. Really great right?

Well, they’ve recently doubled their do good power and have approached me about helping to get the word out about a new collaboration with “Not For Sale“, an organization that works to end human trafficking and modern-day slavery. I put this shoot together that features one of the pieces of jewelry that 31 Bits made exclusively for this new partnership, where over half of the profit will be donated to “Not For Sale”.

You can learn more about “Not For Sale” here, and shop the exclusive 31 Bits + NOT FOR SALE pieces, here and here.

Product Sources: Freedom Bracelet by 31 Bits // Brass Bangles from Madewell // Leather Tote from Zara (see I told you I was obsessed with that color) // Jeans c/o Madewell // Blouse from J.Crew

Images by Smitten Studio

shopping for pendant lights

kitchen light planning // smitten studioNow that the cabinet doors and drawer fronts are on, I think it is about time we address the lighting situation. The naked bulb dangling above the countertop is not cutting it. Do you see it up the top left corner, just hanging there waiting until nightfall when it will blind us with its fully exposed 75watts. Yep, thats the one. I am thinking of replacing it with a pair of pendant lights.

pendant light shopping guide // smitten studioAfter poring over the internets for my favorite pendant options I came up with quite a few and here are my top picks. Do you have a favorite?

Alto by Cedar & Moss // Rose by Bellacor // Isle by Cedar & Moss // Aura by Ladies & Gentlemen Studio // Savoy by Arteriors // Three by Dylan Drey  // Geo by Urban Outfitters // One by Studio PGRB

To see the kitchen before look here.
To see all of the renovation progress look here.

Other Sources: Doors & Drawer fronts by SemiHandmade // Cabinets from Ikea // Faucet by Brizo // Dining Table by Organic Modernism // Rug by The Rug Warehouse // Stools by Organic Modernism // Butterfly Chair & Dining Chairs are vintage // Cabinet paint colors: Pigeon & Wimborne White by Farrow & Ball // Floor Stain Color is Ebony by Minwax

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

smitten links

link love // smitten studioBefore I launched Smitten Studio I used to sit at my full-time job and pour through blogs (luckily it was part of the job description), getting inspired by the many people that were blazing their own paths and working for themselves. I always knew I eventually wanted to do that myself, so my first step was to start my blog. Almost a year after I shared my first post, I left my job to dedicate all my working time to create original content on Smitten Studio and to launch my own product line, A Sunny Afternoon.

Being so busy with said projects I haven’t really had the time to read other blogs and I miss getting those doses of inspiration. So, I thought I’d start this new little feature that will encourage me to check out what else is going on out there, once in a while, and I will report back my favorite finds.  Here we go…

1: This might be my favorite style post image of all time. Sarah & Lou make photo magic happen.
2: Breanna Rose puts together a great mix tape for a chill workday.
3: The shop owner of one of my new favorite stores in Michigan had her house featured this week and my jaw dropped when I saw this shelving in the dining room.
4: An inspiring creative journey that reminded me so much of my own story and encouraged me to keep on keepin’ on.

Is this something you guys would like to see? Or do you get enough of these in your own reading?

4 years

rupert & sarah anniversaryrupert & sarah anniversaryFour years have flown by with this amazing man by my side. He is still my favorite part of every day. Happy Anniversary Rupe.

To see more of our wedding day you can check it out hereherehere, and here!

Images by Jess + Nate Studios

from the weekend: shopping around

mud-ceramicsThis weekend went by in a complete blur. I spent most of it working on different projects and then before I knew it, bam it was sunday night. I did pop into the darling shop called Flannel where they feature items that are all Australian designed. They had such a beautiful selection of porcelain pieces by Mud Australia… I wanted to take every piece home.

Image by me via Instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)

Happy Birthday Rupe

happy birthday rupeRupert doesn’t get much face time on the blog but he is a huge help around here and basically in all aspects of my life in general. Rupe is my best friend, my husband, seriously constant entertainment, the perfect travel companion, and my rock. I’m not sure how I snagged this guy, but count me as the fortunate one.

Happy Birthday Rupe.