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)

473  //  from the weekend: cabin time

lake-michigan-cabinWe made it over to the cabin this weekend and had my sister and her family (2 kids and husband), and my parents over for a day at the lake, BBQ and all. My sister lives in Wyoming so it was a real treat to have her and my adorable niece and nephew there. Living far from family isn’t always the easiest but it definitely makes it extra sweet when you can gather a few together. Hope you had a great weekend.

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

472  //  my style: summer loving

beach-tunic-smittenstudio4Not long ago I found myself in Palm Springs for a pool party and realized I somehow forgot to pack a kaftan/tunic/beach cover-up. I mean CRISIS! ;) Minutes before the party we were downtown and I saw the perfect one hanging in a storefront window, so I rushed in and bought the lacey tunic before I even knew where I was and before my stylish friends could find out the truth about my lapse in packing skills. Lo and behold, this is my true story about when Chico’s saved the day!

beach-tunic-smittenstudio3beach-tunic-smittenstudio5beach-tunic-smittenstudio6beach-tunic-smittenstudioWord of my brush with ‘pool party dress code failure’ spanned across the land and Chico’s wanted me to share the harrowing tale with you (OK, the spreading of the word part didn’t really happen, but when they asked me to work with them, I jumped at the chance to share my story and my new secret (now, not-so-secret) source for beach/pool wear). A couple other beachy items on my list are this bag and this poncho.

Shop the Look: Intricate Lace Tunic by Chico’s  // Sandals by Vince Camuto find similar here or here // Feather Bracelet by Monserat de Lucca // Sunglasses by illesteva // Bikini by Tori Praver

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471  //  in my bag: michigan (again)

in my bag michigan I’m packing my bag for Michigan again, yee haw! I’m excited to get back to the cabin, the beach, and also to get to work on that Michigan guide idea. So glad you guys are on board! Here’s a few items perfect for any beach getaway. x sarah

Shopping Guide: Taylor Headphones by Frends // The Vacationers by Emma Straub  // Romper by Black Halo // Effel Sandals by Vince Camuto // Zig Zag Tote by Marc by Marc Jacobs  // Swimsuit by Marysia  // Lemon Skort by TopShop // Thea Sandals by Madewell  // Slouchy Jean Shorts by Joes // Weave Top by Boutique 

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