I can finally check the exterior painting off our to-do list! I mentioned I was trying to decide between a charcoal palette and a white based palette, so I thought I would show you both! Color palettes and patio talk after the jump…
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I’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”.
Images by Smitten Studio
Now 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.
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
Morocco is at the top of my list of places to see and this mini guide almost cured the serious case of wanderlust I’ve got going on right now.
This fashion show is straight out of a dream.
An instagram feed to make your mouth water.
I literally gasped when I came across the work of these Architects.
Before 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?
This 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.
Rupert 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.
We’re off to New Zealand today! I have a few fun things planned over here while I am away… including the announcement of a charity pet project that I’m working on with Sarah Yates (she mentioned it in her Lovely Lady interview over on Emmadime).
As for now, I have a loooong flight ahead of me and I can’t wait to be road tripping around the north island of NZ! Thanks to everyone for all of the great recommendations!
Image by Sarah Sherman Samuel