482  //  in my bag: palos verdes beach day

in my bag // palos verdes // smitten studioEvery weekend we can, we pack up the car and head to one of the beautiful beaches up or down the coast. While we only live within spitting distance from Venice Beach, I love the rocky (and less crazy town) beaches in Palos Verdes and Malibu.  Here’s what I pack for a picture perfect day at the beach.

Beach Umbrella // Maxi Dress by Vix // Sunhat by Eugenia Kim // Sunglasses by Karen Walker  // Iphone case by Jordan Carlyle // Swimsuit by TopShop // Picnic Basket by A Sunny Afternoon // Sandals by Joie a la Plage  // The Perfect Sunscreen  // Kinfolk Magazine // Black and White Beach Towel

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

481  //  from the weekend: pink sky california

pink sky california // smitten studioThis weekend we tinkered around the house some more, had a date night at our local sushi place, and finished it off with our favorite hike around Will Rogers State Park. It was cloudy most of the time but that made for a pretty beautiful rosy sky Sunday evening. Who needs silver linings when you can have pink!? ;)

Image by me via iphone/instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel) 

480  //  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

479  //  Modern Bed & Bath Accessories

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top picks from target room essentials // smitten studioI have been slowwwwwly collecting accessories and finishing touches for our new bedroom and bath. I have made some headway since my last progress posts here and here (and promise an update soon) but I am still without a lot of the basics like oh, bedding, nightstands, lighting, and basically every possible accessory you would need in the bathroom. So, I was really pleased when Target sent me a link to all of their new Room Essentials products. Above, I picked out a few of may favorite items to help round out a modern bed & bath.

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Desk Lamp // Wire Basket // Jersey Sheet set // Chevron Pillow // Bath Rug // Ottoman 

478  //  from the weekend: dinner with friends and sunday hikes

palos verdes // smitten studioThis weekend we hung around the house mostly, finished a couple projects (like the front door), had an eventful dinner with friends (one expecting guest went into labor before the main course!), and wrapped up the weekend with a pretty walk on the cliffs of Palos Verdes. Hope you had a nice weekend. x

Image by me via iphone/instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)

477  //  creative’s dish: Ashley of ABJ Glassworks

ashley-abj-glassworksToday’s creative’s dish features the talented maker behind ABJ Glassworks, Ashley Bram-Johnson. She creates beautiful modern pieces for the home using traditional stained glass methods. I own one of her terrariums (like shown above), which might be my favorite pieces she creates, but the jewelry boxes and lamps are pretty freaking amazing too. Ashley has been a busy bee working on her upcoming autumn collection (can’t wait to see the new designs!), so I was thrilled that she was able to participate in the series.

watermelon salad recipe // smitten studioAshley currently calls Philadelphia home so we weren’t able to get together in person, but she sent me over a recipe for a watermelon salad and I couldn’t think of a better place to try it out then at the cabin! Learn more about Ashley and get the full taste-of-summer watermelon salad recipe after the jump…

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476  //  shopping for a console table & entry update

modern console table round-up // smitten studioI’m in the market for a new console table for our entryway, so I’ve scoured the internet for my favorite modern options. You may remember how the space looked before (below) while we were using an existing piece of furniture for the entry table. While I did love the storage, the proportions weren’t great for the space. It stuck out into a walkway a bit too far (too deep) and we also wish it was a lot longer (too squat).

Strut Console by Blu Dot // Rustic Storage Console by West Elm // Quad Console from Target // George Console from Oly // Frame Console by Crate & Barrel // Brent Console by Worlds Away // Brass X-base Console by Lawson Fenning // Mill Console by CB2

Entryway smitten studioI have since moved the wall hanging to a different spot in the house, repurposed the bar in the spare bedroom, and the gave the rug a new home in the den. So basically, we are starting again from scratch. Below is a peek at how it is coming along and where the console will sit.

entryway progress // smitten studioThe one item I did get so far was this oversized mirror to hang above the console. We had it custom made by a local glass & shower company at the same time that they made our glass shower enclosure (bathroom update soon). We also switched out the door for a more modern wood option (don’t mind the painters tape on the glass we are mid-project on staining and finishing the door). I love how the wood breaks up the white walls. So what do you think? Which long, skinny console would you pick?

To get all the product sources (including the DIY of that wall hanging) in the before photo, check here.
To see the before, before photos check here.
To see all the renovation progress check here.

Sources for bottom photo: 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

475  //  from the weekend: michigan to la

cabin-weekendThis weekend we said sayonara to the cabin for a little while and headed back to LA, but not before sitting on the beach through one of the most amazing sunsets I’ve seen yet, and savoring every last minute in our little place of refuge. No cell signal and no wifi meant a forced unplugging but I have to say for the most part it was pretty great. A true getaway. Hope you had a lovely weekend. x sarah

Images by me via iphone/instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)