562  //  from the weekend: day dates and archer’s first day out

mama's first day out // distressed denim & black pumps // sarah sherman samuelIt may have taken me 5 weeks but I did it… this weekend I finally got out of the house, and twice!

On Friday my doula dropped by to watch Archer for a bit so Rupert and I could have our first day date since baby and a little time with just the two of us. We had a long lunch at our favorite local spot and hit up a couple shops before running back to feed the little guy.  The next day we ventured out again and this time with baby in tow, to another fave spot by the same folks.

Overall, it was a huge success and much needed outings for me. Every little milestone like these are helping to build my mama confidence. The rest of the weekend we spent around the house, working on our our feeding, cuddling, walking around the hood, sleeping, and then feeding again cycle.

mama's first day out // distressed denim & black pumps // sarah sherman samuelbougainvillea // sarahshermansamuelbaby A // sarah sherman samuelfamily nap // sssbaby A // sarah sherman samuelI hope you all had a happy Easter from our family to yours.  xo

Distressed Jeans from Zara (old, find similar here) // Sweater from J.Crew // Black Elsie Pumps from J.Crew // Gold Bracelet by Brandy Pham

561  //  style at home: swan midi

style at home // swan print midi // sarah sherman samuelstyle at home // swan print midi // sarah sherman samuelstyle at home // swan print midi // sarah sherman samuelvstyle at home // swan print midi // sarah sherman samuelRupe got me this purdy skirt for my birthday, which he pulled from my “I want” pinterest board (such a handy thing for husbands, that pinterest), and of course I got all dressed up to sit around at home and take care of a newborn.  The full midi silhouette does kinda scream 50’s housewife after all right? So really I am just doing my part to fall into my new role.

Ok but seriously, I adore this skirt and will cherish these photos as our first family portraits. xo

Swan Print Midi Skirt from SheInside // Black Crop Top by Sugar Lips (sold out but find long sleeved version here) // Orange Onesie by Carters // Rupert’s shorts by Volcom // Shirt by The Original Penguin (sold out, find similar here)

Images by Katherine and Luke of Max and Friends

560  //  home progress: bedroom tour

bedroom tour // sarah sherman samuelSince the little one arrived, I have been spending a whole lot of extra time in the bedroom, nursing, napping, recovering… and thought it was about time I give a proper tour of the space. I made a couple changes since the last update, and lord knows it has come a long way from the hole in our backyard. I finally found the perfect nightstands, and I hung those dip-dyed indigo curtains that I made, during my indigo dye-fest a while back. Hope you enjoy the space!

bedroom tour // sarah sherman samuelbedroom tour // sarah sherman samuelI couldn’t be happier with how the curtains turned out, they really warm up the space and add a bit of color without being too overwhelming. Oh and P.S. I used Ikea curtains!

bedroom tour // sarah sherman samuelbedroom tour // sarah sherman samuelbedroom tour // sarah sherman samuel05bedroom-sarahshermansamuelThe nightstands are from West Elm and happened to have the exact measurements that I was looking for. I also love the delicate look of the gold and glass which off sets the darker wood of the sconces and the dresser. I know they aren’t exactly kid friendly but in the master bedroom I think that is allowed, for now at least. :)

bedroom tour // sarah sherman samuelCracker always finds a way to sneak into any photo shoot but what home is complete without a pet or two photo bombing anyway? Below are all the sources! xo

To see all of our home renovation progress, check here
To see more of the bedroom progress, check here

Nightstands by West Elm // Curtains DIY dyed, from Ikea // Curtain Rod from West Elm // Sconces by Cedar & Moss // Flower Print by Debbie Carlos  // Rug from Esalerugs.com // Pendant Lamp from a vintage shop, find new: Octo Pendant by Secto // Bedding by Parachute // Bed from West Elm (I re-upholstered it, DIY here) // Dresser is Vintage from Sunbeam Vintage // Hexagon plant stand from One Kings Lane // Mouse Print from Mini & Maximus // Jewelry Boxes from West Elm // Paint color is Snowfall by Behr

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

559  //  Meet Archer!

Archer newborn photosIf you haven’t noticed yet, I have been a bit MIA around here lately, but if you follow me on Instagram,  you will know it is for good reason. :) Baby Archer Lee Fox Samuel finally arrived and guess what… on my birthday! He came barreling into the world on February 26th, weighing in at 8 pounds 2 ounces. They had estimated him at 9 and a half pounds so I was quite happy he was closer to 8, for my V’s sake (insert monkey with his eyes covered emoji).

Archer newborn photosWe have fallen down a rabbit hole of newborn cuddles, mushy gushy love and SO much staring at the little guy. While we are trying to navigate this insane period of time as new parents, I hope you will forgive any nonsensical posts that might make their way up here between sleep deprived typing and half open eyes. xo

These photos were snapped by the same photo power couple that took my maternity shots, Katherine and Luke of Max and Friends.

558  //  nursery progress & ikea hack DIY

ikea hack - mint dresser- nursery // sarah sherman samuelLast week you might have caught a glimpse at the one wall of the nursery that is finished, over on Mother Mag and I wanted to give you a better look, and share what I did with my dresser issue. It is a simple Ikea hack you’ve seen done a thousand times, but the most important detail is often overlooked. You just have got to do something about those legs!

tarva dresser, DIY ikea hackYou may remember on the dresser I re-worked for the cabin I cut the legs shorter. Well, for this one I kept the length the same but cut them at an angle to create a more elegant profile. It is just one small detail, but it doesn’t cost a thing to do, and it changes the look of the dresser dramatically.

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get the rest of the DIY details and sources after the jump… Read the rest of this entry »

557  //  main bath renovation progress

bathroom renovation // progress // sarah sherman samuelWell, the bathroom is 90% done, but I couldn’t wait to share the progress! As small as the space is, it feels twice the size it was before, with the removal of the old shower and the use of a wall mount sink. Now all that is left is to find a shower curtain rod/hanging solution, install various accessories (like toilet paper and towel holders), possibly add a shelf or two and take a freaking bath (oh wait, I checked that last one off the list)!

bathroom renovation // progress // sarah sherman samuelbathroom renovation // progress // sarah sherman samuelWe made up for the storage we lost by not having a vanity (times 5), by creating a large linen cabinet tucked in the corner, where the shower used to be… just needs some hardware.

bathroom renovation // progress // sarah sherman samuelbathroom renovation // progress // sarah sherman samuelOrdering everything online ended up working out just fine and I am still gaga over every single item that came in from Wayfair. Our only mis-hap was me not ordering enough tile, whoops. Unfortunately, that held up the renovation a few days because we were waiting on 10 more measly square feet of tile. I guess with a herringbone pattern there is a bit more waste than I originally accounted for. Lesson learned!

bathroom renovation // progress // sarah sherman samuelbathroom renovation // progress // sarah sherman samuelI love those Cedar & Moss sconces and finding that tall skinny mirror was a stroke of luck. It looks like it was made for the space.

bathroom renovation // progress // sarah sherman samuelbathroom renovation // progress // sarah sherman samuelI’d say bath-time just got a heck of a lot better, right? See the before photos here, the design plan here, my tips on pairing tile here, and more progress here.

Product Sources:  White Elongated Subway Tile from Wayfair // Mirror from West Elm // Marble Shower Curtain by Ferm Living // Wall Mounted Sink from Wayfair // Sconces by Cedar & Moss // Shower and Tub Faucet by Kohler from Wayfair // Black Hexagon Floor Tile from Wayfair // Toilet by Kohler from Wayfair // Purist Sink Faucet by Kohler from Wayfair // Kohler Bathtub from Wayfair // Bamboo Bath Caddy // Bath Sponge // Soap Dish from Suite One Studio // Hexagon Vase by Dwell Studio // Paint Color: Pitch Black by Farrow & Ball

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

To see all of our home renovation posts, check here.

556  //  in my hospital bag

in my bag // hospital bag essentials // sarah sherman samuelAny day now it will be time to have a baby and our bags are officially packed. I am not sure which items I will actually end up using and which I won’t, but I’d rather err on being over prepared than under. I pulled from baby apps, what my doula told me to bring, and anything I thought would come in handy and made my own list of what I’ll be bringing with me to the hospital for our birth trip.

For personal care/toiletries to tuck into my bag, I turned to The Honest Company. They sent me over a sampling of their all natural goods and I was so impressed with the quality, so when they invited me to share what I’d be taking to the hospital, I thought you guys might want a peek as well.  I first found out about The Honest Company through instagram and their adorable diaper selection, but they also just launched an entire feeding section which has high quality items dedicated to the nursing mother, as well as formula fed babes, so I have a feeling I will be looking to them for just about all things in natural baby care.

In my hospital bag:
(Items in gallery above)

Diaper Bag by Barrington
Robe by Calvin Klein
Lip Balm by Honest Company
Nursing Nightgown by My Tummy
Raspberry Leaf Tea
Notebook from Need Supply (somewhere to record thoughts and moments you don’t want to forget)
Newborn Hat & Socks by Little Hip Squeaks
One Piece Newborn Zip-Front (take home outfit) from Old Navy
Flip Flops by J.Crew (for the shower)
Organic Nursing Cover & Scarf by Honest Company
Slippers by Slippers International
Organic Nipple Balm by Honest Company
Socks by Stance
Nursing Bra by Cake Lingerie

Additional Items (not shown)
Massage Oil & Essential Oils of choice
Underwear
Sweatshirt/Sweater
Clothes to wear home
Make-up
Hairbrush & Hair Bands
Lollipops
Yoga Ball
Honey Sticks (to keep up the energy)
Bottled Drinks & Snacks for you and your partner
Receiving Blanket
Emery Board or Baby Nail Clippers
Car Seat in Car
Camera
Phone & Charger (loaded with a playlist)
Copies of birth plan
Cord Blood Kit
Insurance Card & I.D.

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

This post was done in collaboration with The Honest Company, all thoughts and ideas are my own.

555  //  Pregnancy Style Feature on Mother

maternity style for Mother Mag // Sarah sherman samuelLast week I had the honor of shooting with the talented Tessa Neustadt for a style feature on Mother Mag. Getting these photos back, it was so nice to see our house from a different perspective… through someone else’s lens!

maternity style for Mother Mag // Sarah sherman samuelmaternity style for Mother Mag // Sarah sherman samuelmaternity style for Mother Mag // Sarah sherman samuelThese were just a few of my favorite shots but head over to Mother to see the full feature and interview that went live today. psst… there is a sneak peek into the nursery too!

Images by Tessa Neustadt for Mother

To see more of our house, check out our renovation progress here.

554  //  from the weekend: waiting for baby

02.22.15 instagram weekendSo turns out we did have one more weekend as a family of just two. We are still waiting on baby Samuel, and trying to distract ourselves with pretty heels, delicious meals, and the Oscar’s :) Also, a lot of walking, yoga, acupuncture, spicy foods, etc. etc. I’m trying my best to be patient and putting my trust in the fact that he will come when he’s supposed to. Same story, different mother right? Hope you have a great week. xo

Images by me via iPhone & instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)

Pumps by J.crew // Dress by Asos // Bag by Chiyome // Flats by Madewell (old) but similar here // Rug from esalerugs.com