575  //  designer spotlight: Kalon Studios

gender-neutral-nursery-baby-boy-sarahshermansamuel-8I already did a fair amount of gushing about Archer’s crib but I am going to start highlighting more of my favorite designers, makers, and artists and thought the brains behind the crib, Michaele and Johann from Kalon Studios, would be perfect to begin with. I am constantly looking to fill my spaces with objects with a story and even better when I can match them with the human behind them. When thoughtful design shows in the product and you have interaction with its’ designer, the piece comes to life and makes it extra special. I’ve been chatting back and forth with Michaele of Kalon Studios and want to introduce you to their beautiful line of products.

Kalon is an LA based design studio that specializes in well-crafted original pieces for the home. The best part about their nursery furniture is that they started Kalon as a reaction against the idea that having children meant changing your aesthetic of filling your home with kids stuff (hallelujah!). Just take a look at my favorite picks from their collection. Clearly, they would be a beautiful addition to any room in the home (I’ll take one of each please).

kalon studios // sarah sherman samuelWith so much of my shopping done online, the aesthetic and price of pieces are usually the main factors that go into a purchase which is so unfortunate in some cases. Often times you spend a small fortune on something and it arrives in poor quality, with man-made materials, or you find something cheap that looks great in the photo but ends up falling apart a couple years down the road.

That is what I loved SO much about the crib. I knew in my head I was getting something that was well-designed (aesthetically and in function), and made in the USA of solid wood, but I was pleasantly surprised at just how great the pieces felt coming out of the box. Yes… felt. Maybe it is because I am a wood geek, but both Rupe and I were caressing the ultra smooth finish. Pair that with the clean lines, sturdiness of the solid wood, and the convertible factor (it grows with your child with a conversion kit) I couldn’t be happier with our decision and I am sure it will be the first of many Kalon picks.

574  //  five more minutes: midweek hosting

Advertisementpatio-entertaining2We are starting to settle into our new life as a family of three and have begun to look for creative ways to be able to socialize and see our friends more often again. One easy solution is to make them come to my house and with summer around the corner a backyard cocktail hour should be enticing enough to wrangle a few besties over while the bebe sleeps.

Target Style invited me to share how I would fancy up my backyard in just 5 minutes to make it guest ready and here’s a look at what I did.

patio-entertaining4patio-entertainingpatio-entertaining5patio-entertaining6patio-entertaining3The winning recipe is twinkle lights, a few cozy pillows and blankets, and a pitcher of moscow mules, of course. I also added in some hanging planters that I used as candle holders to dangle from the tree. I’d say that’s 5 minutes well spent… and makes looking like the hostess with the mostess a breeze.

Sources from Target: Metallic Dot Pillows // Metallic Studded Pillows // Navy Throw Blanket // Globe Twinkle Lights // Hanging Planters // Moscow Mule Copper Cups // Beverage Dispenser

Other Sources: Hoop Chairs from HD Buttercup // Wicker Chairs are vintage //  Coffee Table and Fireplace are vintage found at Surfing Cowboys  // Serving Board by A Sunny Afternoon // Killim Pillows

See how we made the DIY benches here

And check out how Honestly WTF styled her space for a mid-week game night

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573  //  in my bag: palm springs

in my bag // palm springs It’s probably no surprise that Palm Springs is our favorite destination for a quick weekend getaway and we are heading there soon for our first mini vaca as a new family of 3! EEK. My bag is packed and here is hoping little A likes the desert as much as we do.

Leather Luggage Bag // Aya Mini Dress by Gypset // Gold Grid Cuff from BaubleBar // Cereal Magazine // Linen Cropped Tee from J.Crew // Ripped Mom Shorts from TopShop // Gladiator Sandals by Free People // Perforated Leather Sandals by Rag & Bone // Scallop Swimsuit from TopShop // Harvest Sunglasses by Karen Walker // Panama Hat from J.Crew

For more of the “in my bag” series check here.

572  //  pencil skirt & swing top

pencil skirt // swing top // sarah sherman samuelRupe and I have yet to leave Archer with a sitter at night (bedtime is still a little unpredictable), but since he is starting to get a pretty good routine down and sleeping 7-8 hours in a row most nights (which I am scared to say out loud on the chance I might jinx it… #livingontheedge), a date night is on the horizon.  And thanks to my post maternity shopping spree, I am wardrobe ready.

clare viver clutch // sarah sherman samuelpencil skirt // swing top // sarah sherman samuelpencil skirt // swing top // sarah sherman samuelpencil skirt // swing top // sarah sherman samuelpencil skirt // swing top // sarah sherman samuelPencil Skirt from Asos // Crop top from Asos, find similar here // Clutch by Clare Vivier // Black Pumps from J.Crew  // Pinky Ring by L. Frank Jewelry (rupe’s sweet push present to me, which has Archer’s name engraved on the inside and is from the same jewelry designer that made our wedding bands and engagement ring)

Photography by Mike Carreiro

 

570  //  archer’s nursery tour

baby boy nursery tour // sarah sherman samuelI’m excited to share Archer’s finished nursery! I wasn’t sure if I was going to get the room together before his arrival (you can see the original design board here) but since the little guy went a week overdue, I was able to put the finishing touches on the space (including making that mobile on his due date while whispering sweet words like “get out of my belly”) before he made his debut. Enjoy! x

archer's nursery tour // sarah sherman samuelWe had Archer’s name picked out from almost the day we found out we were pregnant. We named him Archer because, of course, I love the name (and who doesn’t love arrows as a simple symbol to go along with the name?) but also specifically for the nickname Archie which is Rupe’s grandpa’s name. He is the sweetest 94 year old I’ve ever met. We were actually in England spending time with the family for his grandmother’s funeral when I first suspected we were expecting, so it was very fitting.

As for the rest of his name… it is tradition to have two middle names in Rupe’s family (Rupert’s are Casper & James) so we went with Lee which is my dad’s name and Fox, the only one with no family ties, but with a second middle name I decided I got to pick one just because I liked it. :)

Arrow Banner by Ferm Living

baby boy nursery tour // sarah sherman samuelgender-neutral-nursery-baby-boy-sarahshermansamuel-2I took these photos before Archie was born so the dresser still wasn’t set up as a changing station like it is now, but I will post on that soon!

Dresser is an Ikea Hack (see the DIY and all of the product sources for this photo here) // Green Ottoman from Modernhaus // Sheepskin Rug from Amazon

baby boy nursery tour // sarah sherman samuel These vintage paint-by-number mountain scenes were the first items I picked up for the nursery, and the design of the space evolved from there. I loved how Wes Anderson-esque they were and how in a modern space they get a new life.

Curtains from Urban Outfitters // Rods from Amazon // Vintage Paint-by-number Paintings from the Santa Monica Flea

baby boy nursery tour // sarah sherman samuelFoxes abound in Archer Lee Fox’s room and Henry the Fox by Walnut Animal Society, has to be the clear favorite.

baby boy nursery tour // sarah sherman samueldiy shelves // baby boy nursery tour // sarah sherman samuelThe glider/rocker is also one of my favorite things in the space. I mean, do you see that copper base! It called to me from the Land of Nod pages saying “hey lady… Archer NEEDS this rocker”.

For a little book storage and display I DIYed those shelves and left the raw wood unfinished to match the crib. More on that later too, if you’d like to see the process.

Milo Swivel Glider from Land of Nod  //Set of Three Lidded Baskets from One Kings Lane //Peach Vintage Rug from Frances Loom // Ottoman from Modernhaus 

gender-neutral-nursery-baby-boy-sarahshermansamuel-4custom cloud wallpaper // sarah sherman samuelI drew this cloud pattern and had the wallpaper custom made. The mirrors from Wayfair ground the wall and further set the dreamy scene with their sun and flower like shapes.

baby boy nursery tour // sarah sherman samuelbaby boy nursery tour // sarah sherman samuelAnd finally, the affection I have for this crib knows no bounds. Maybe because I am a sucker for beautiful wood in its’ raw state, or the fact that it is by a local LA designer, or that it is made in the USA, orrrr just the beautiful design, but all of it helped make my crib decision very easy. And about those drapes… One night I dreamed about finding white curtains with little pom poms on the side and then the first place I thought to look was Urban Outfitters and like magic, there they were, and they are even black-out curtains! It was totally meant to be, I like to think I dreamed them into existence but Plum & Bow should probably get some credit.

See the room go from a blank box… to a really ugly before (this was the one room we lived in during all the home renovations)… to the design phase and product picks… and then here, all fully realized. Ahh, the most satisfying part… and now I kind of have the nursery design bug. Babies get to have some pretty darling things right?!

Crib by Kalon Studios // Mobile by me (sarah sherman samuel) // Curtains by Plum & Bow // Plant is a Fiddle Leaf Fig //Peach Vintage Rug from Frances Loom // Pillows by little korboose // Throw Blanket from Target

 

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

569  //  weekend scenes with Ergo Baby

ergo3bMy mama world just expanded all over again with my new found love of baby wearing. I’m not sure why I hadn’t gotten around to it before now, well actually I do know and it involves a bumpy recovery for me including catheters, infections, and other scary things that I have already started to block out of my memory, which prevented me from a lot of things at the beginning. Thankfully we are sailing along much more smoothly now and it helps that Archer just about makes our hearts explode out of his adorableness on a daily basis.

Seeing as I can not get enough of the peanut’s cuddles, I was pretty excited when Ergo Baby sent me over one of their wraps to try out. Now I am loving our neighborhood strolls, walks to the market, and being able to work with little A snuggled right up to me. I’m officially a baby wearing, hands free carrying, mobile mummy and a happy ball of mush. <3

ergo2bergo5bergo-1bOn a side note, can I just talk about how huge my little guy is already getting?! I can’t believe he was in my belly just 8 weeks ago. At this rate he will pass me up in size before too long, but not to worry, I’ve decided I am just going to wrap him up in this until his feet are dragging on the ground… don’t judge ;).

Baby Carrier Wrap by Ergo Baby // Jeans by Asos // Tee from J.crew // Wide Rimmed Fedora by Catarzi  // Shoes from Madewell (old) find similar here

568  //  shop picks: need supply co.

shop picks: need supply co. // sarah sherman samuelI am starting this new series, that I hope you’ll enjoy and find helpful, where I will highlight different shops and curate a gallery of my favorite picks from the shop.

First up is Need Supply Co. They have a brick & mortar store in Richmond Virginia, and I am a big fan of their online shop as well. They do such a great job of selecting items by unique designers and highlighting the well designed object. Above are my top picks from their current selection.

Lisbon Dress // Brass Age Bracelet // Avenue Shopper // Elizabeth Bikini Top // Tomorrow Bangle // Stone Dress // Faith Bikini Bottom // Ritual Necklace // French Press // Isla Heels // Bucket Bag // Long Bar Studs

567  //  scenes from the weekend

beach-baby-sarahshermansamuelsanta-monica-beach2This weekend was full of big milestones for me on the motherhood journey. My sister came to visit with her husband and two young kids from Wyoming and they were not about to stick around the house all day, so I quickly had to learn how to breastfeed on the fly and in public (gasp! ;)), something I wasn’t really looking forward to. It already sounds silly now, but I couldn’t imagine how I would ever be able to do it without my perfect little nursing station, my pillows set up just right etc, but there I was on the beach, nursing like a champ. ha!

And just like that, it opened up a whole new chapter. We were able to spend the day at the beach, get a delicious lunch at Playa Provisions, and spend a full day away from the house. The rest of the weekend was filled with more beach time, playing games on the santa monica pier, backyard picnics, dining out, and Archer’s first party! It was some good quality time with my sister and little A’s adorable cousins. More photos from the weekend after the jump…

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