home progress: in the living room

living room progress, sharon montrose print // smitten studioLook what came back from the framers! Our very first piece of art hanging up in the new house and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out (especially with how it looks with that rug).

living room progress // smitten studio // sharon montroseAs you may remember, I dropped my new Sharon Montrose print off at Michael’s before even getting a chance to take a good look at it, so it was realllly exciting to pick it up all framed and in its full flamingo glory.

living room progress, sharon montrose print // smitten studioI am also happy to have at least one tiny corner of the house kind of done-ish! I dug through a few boxes in the garage to bring in a some of my treasured little pieces and styled the corner so that amongst all of the madness I can look there and see how the house will eventually take shape when more things are finished.

To re-cap what we’ve done in the living/family room so far, we have:
1. busted through and opened up two walls
2. pulled out carpeting
3. laid new wood flooring
4. sanded down existing wood flooring and stained the old & new to match
5. painted
6. added a new heating system

To see all of the renovation progress check here.

Product guide: Flamingo Print by Sharon Montrose (Framing done by Michael’s) // Khotan Rug from The Rug Warehouse // Console Table by West Elm // Coffee Table & Chair are vintage (found at the long beach flea market) // Head Vase by Jonathan Adler // Terrarium by ABJ Glassworks // Gold Pouf (old) find similar at Furbish Studio // Candlestick holder also vintage // Paint color is Snow Fall by Behr

Photography & Styling by Sarah Sherman Samuel

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42 Responses to “home progress: in the living room”


    Everything is coming together well. I like the painting with the rug!

  2. Lindsey Says:

    oh you are so so talented Sarah! This is looking beautiful already, so inspiring.

  3. anna Says:

    it’s beautiful!!! I love the cozy feel and the flamingo print is just a surprise pop of fun! Of course it helps that I have the same buffet and coffee table in my house, yay!

  4. kelsey Says:

    gorgeous print!

  5. Kristen Says:

    Flamingos are everything right now. Love this piece.

  6. dana Says:

    so cool – you have such great interior decorating style!


  7. Chelsie Says:

    The flamingo is perfect for Palm Springs! x

  8. Chelsie Says:

    LOL…or LA. Sorry! I thought I was on a House in the Hills blog when I commented. She posted about decorating the house over the weekend and I thought it was a follow up. Plus you both have very similar styles! xo

  9. Catherine Says:

    OMG it is looking amazing! And stop it right now that flamingo is perfection beyond belief. Ahhh!!!

  10. sarah Says:

    Haha! Chelsie, No worries. We’ve actually been mistaken for each other in person before too! Same name and we look similar, who’s to blame?! :)

  11. Jenny Says:

    GIRL. I am just amazed. You guys are KILLING IT. I think I let out a little gasp every time I see new photos of your beautiful new space! I can’t believe how quickly you guys are getting this work done. BRAVO!!!!!!

  12. Kara Says:

    Sarah, you and Rupert and Renovation machines!! I agree with everything Jenny said above. Hugs!

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  14. Kerry Says:

    The combination of everything in that first shot is pure perfection!

  15. Chelsea Says:

    I have fallen in love with that console table, shame we don’t have a West Elm in Australia. The house is looking great Sarah! x

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  17. sarah Says:

    Thank you guys so much for all of the lovely comments and for being here. It is so nice to see one little corner done. Now if only you saw the disaster that is the rest of the house! One step at a time right?

  18. Birgit Says:

    It really is a perfect creation. And not boringly perfect, just amazing! Please tell me where the buffet is from. I am looking for something similar since ages.

  19. sarah Says:

    Hi Birgit, thank you! The link to find the buffet is listed in the credits. (Aka console table)

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  23. Amy Says:

    What size is the flamingo print ?

  24. Christina Says:

    Hi Sarah,
    I was hoping you could share where you found the candle holder next to your tv. Ive been searching for one just like it!!! So glad I found your blog; you have great style! :)

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  28. HowIWasteTime Says:

    Wow, this looks awesome. I love how you’ve styled everything — great juxtaposition of textures and colors. Beautiful!

  29. Katy Says:

    I come back to this post time and again! The freshness and color is just great and so inspiring. I tend toward too much neutral, so reminding myself of how great color can bring a room to life is key!

    Quick question for you! I’ve been looking to add some marble touches around the house but have had trouble finding small pieces to accent with, like what you have on your coffee table. Did it come with that piece? If not, would you be kind enough to share where that came from? Did you just have to get something cut down to size? The thought sounded pretty pricey, so I was curious!

  30. sarah Says:

    Hi Katy,
    Thank you! Yes, I bought that piece of marble on amazon! If you search “marble pastry board” different small sizes should pop up.

  31. Katy Says:

    So helpful! Thanks Sarah!

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