566  //  DIY Eucalyptus Wall Hanging

DIY eucalyptus wall hanging // sarah sherman samuelI’ve had a few requests to share the details on this DIY wall hanging I made a while back (you may have seen it in the works here, and on the blog here), so here she is!

This is definitely one of the easiest DIY‘s I have put together and I really just did it on the fly. You could also make it all your own by switching up the eucalyptus for flowers or other greenery, increasing the number of dowels used, etc. Really, the variations are endless… making me want to make another, and another!

DIY eucalyptus wall hanging // sarah sherman samuelSupplies needed: Fresh Cut Eucalyptus // Yarn // 3 Walnut Dowels 1/2″ x 36″ // Scissors

DIY eucalyptus wall hanging // sarah sherman samuelThe first thing I did was lay the dowels out on the floor, spaced out how I wanted them. Then I started with the full roll of yarn and tied the end onto the left side of the bottom dowel with a simple knot. I then tied knots on the next two dowels up and stretched the yarn out as high as I wanted it (about two feet above the dowels) and finished tying the rest of the knots, going down along the right side.

DIY eucalyptus wall hanging // sarah sherman samuelNext I gathered a bunch of eucalyptus and tied a piece of yarn around its’ end securing it together (repeating that step twice to make two bunches). Then finally I tied the eucalyptus bunches to the wall hanging with a bow, using the same yarn.

DIY eucalyptus wall hanging // sarah sherman samuelPretty fun right? Cracker is clearly impressed.

To see more of my DIY projects check here.

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

565  //  from the weekend: sunday walks

from-the-weekend-playa-del-reyThis weekend we took our little down to Playa Del Rey and on our favorite walk along the channel and around the lagoon. We are starting to realize just how exciting it is to share our world with this new life. Everything we do now is “Archer’s first trip to the beach“, “Archer’s first shopping excursion“, or “Archer’s first Sunday nap while the Master’s is on TV” (I take my best naps when Rupe is watching golf. ha). I can only imagine how it will just get better as he gets older and is able to enjoy, interact, and remember all these firsts himself too.

I hope you had a nice weekend and maybe tried something new yourself! x sarah

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

564  //  kitchen before & after

kitchen renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelThe kitchen had been 98% finished for… oh maybe about six months before we got around to the final touches. While we may have moved crazy fast on the recent bathroom reno, things get completed a little slower when it’s DIY.

Because really, after you’ve done the entire kitchen and ran out of supplies for the last pieces of trim, who wants to get all the tools out again just to put up some trim above the cabinets and finish off the toe-kicks? Not this girl… so I saved the project for when my dad came to town and made him do it. Dad’s are good for that sort of thing. And just like that… it is done! Don’t miss the “before and afters” after the jump!

kitchen renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelkitchen renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelWe used Semihandmade doors & drawer fronts that were custom made to fit Ikea cabinets, you can read more about the process here. We initially had a professional spray paint the fronts but when we extended the kitchen, we ended up buying a sprayer and painting them ourselves which you can read more about here.

kitchen renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelkitchen renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelPreviously the kitchen was a tiny space, completely closed off to the rest of the house. We gutted it, opened it up, expanded it, and added on a separate laundry room so that we could move the washer and dryer out of the pantry and away from the dishwasher.

kitchen renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelI sourced the Calacatta Marble from a slab yard in Van Nuys. I can’t say for sure, but I think I found it at Marble Unlimited. There are quite a few stone suppliers in Van Nuys and after visiting a bunch of them, we found the slab I wanted and I can’t remember exactly which one it was from. It makes a pretty perfect backdrop for my cutting boards hey? ;)

Your best bet if you are in the LA area is to drive out there and hop from one to another. Just a warning though, some of them only supply to contractors, you might want to ask first before getting your heart set on the perfect slab.

kitchen renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelI knew I had to have brass in the kitchen and found these perfect pulls on myknobs.com (best website name ever?! ha). Cedar & Moss lighting was the icing on the cake and I am still SO in love with the cabinet color (it’s “pigeon” by Farrow & Ball btw). All the sources and side-by-side before and afters, after the jump…  Read the rest of this entry »

563  //  shopbop spring sale! in my cart

shopbop sale // my spring must haves // sarah sherman samuelIt’s my favorite sale of the year… the Shopbop 25% off everything spring sale! It has been awhile since I have shopped for anything non-maternity related so I am EXTRA excited to use the sale to stock my closet for summer. Here are a few of my spring sale must haves that I snatched up in my buying frenzy. I may have gone a little crazy with so many crop tops but I have been missing out on them for the last 9 months and as I thoughtfully explained to Rupe, I am just trying to reach my crop top quota, of course.

The sale only lasts from April 7 – 9th so get a move on!

Chambray Dress by Soft Joie // Gladiator Sandals by Schutz // Crop Top & Midi Eyelet Skirt by Zinke // Lauren Bracelet by Jason Wu // One-Piece Suit by Mara Hoffman // Peach Satchel by Phillip Lim // Jumpsuit by Kamali Kulture // Fringe Clutch by Rebecca Minkoff // Crop Top by Mason by Michelle Mason // Tassel Sandals by Loeffler Randall // Champray Crop Top by Loup // Arrow Ring by Shashi

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 »