548  //  valentine’s day gift guide for him

valentine's day gift guide for him // smitten studioNow I couldn’t leave out the guys! I’ve rounded up a few V-day goodies for them too, because manly chocolate and x & o boxers are a sure win. :)

Liberty Print Tie by J.Crew // Brass Key Ring by Areaware // Chocolate Bar by Mast Brothers // Sunglasses by RayBan // Horseshoe Game Set // I Fucking Love You Card // Peg & Awl Canvas Bag from Free People // Wrist Watch by Larsson & Jennings // Headphones by Master & Dynamic // Shaving Set by Baxter of California // XO Boxers from J.Crew // Leather Wallet from Steven Alan

and speaking of the boys… Free People has an all new Men’s Section and in honor of the occasion they sent Rupe his Valentine’s gift a little early this year. Check the handsome fella out below. :) I picked out the weekender bag for him, because you know we like our little getaways.

rupert-weekender-2men's weekender bag I think it suits him just right, hey? And if you missed it yesterday, make sure to check out my gift guide for the ladies. xo

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

547  //  valentines gift guide for her

valentine's day gift guide for her // smitten studioHint, hint, wink, wink… here are a few lust worthy items I’ve rounded up for some V-day gift ideas for us gals. Maybe accidentally leave your browser open here or share the link with your cupid. Personally, I’d like one of each please. :)

Tassel Clutch by Lauren Merkin // Knot Bangle by Kate Spade // White Lace Bra by Huit // Rifle Paper Love Note // Drop Back Romper // Pastel Planter by Elizabeth Benotti // Blush Bag // Polka Dot Vase by Jen Kuroki (to fill with flowers of course) //  Kiss Me Earings by Kate Spade // Clutch by Lauren Merkin // Lip Bullet // Compartes Chocolate 

 

546  //  my (bump) style: 37+ weeks

dressing the bump // pea in the pod // 37 weeks dressing the bump // pea in the pod // 37 weeks With just a few weeks to go until our due date, lately I’ve been spending most of my days close to home while we prepare for baby’s arrival. A good pair of maternity jeans and a T-shirt or my trusty black dress (which I also got in blue) have literally been all I’ve been wearing. Both work great for everyday comfort and if the occasion does arise for me to adventure out, I just throw on a jacket and a bangle or two and head out the door.

dressing the bump // pea in the pod // 37 weeks dressing the bump // pea in the pod // 37 weeks dressing the bump // pea in the pod // 37 weeks While I have ended my maternity clothes shopping a month or so ago, if I was to leave you with one piece of advice, for those of you that are just starting to grow a bump, is to invest in a quality pair of maternity jeans. At the beginning I bought a couple of cheap pairs and I was only able to wear them a few times before they became SO uncomfortable. About mid-way through I got this pair and only wished I had had them from the beginning! These ones go over the belly and the waist band is SO stretchy that in my 9th month they still feel like I am wearing comfy leggings but have the look of normal designer jeans. THE BEST! SO although they are expensive, if you can swing it, I’d say its well worth the extra comfort and you will most likely LIVE in them.

Jeans by Genetic Denim c/o Pea in the Pod // Shirt from Old Navy Maternity // Jacket from Pea in the Pod (out of stock) find similar here // Gold cuff by Edge of Ember  // Shark Tooth Bangle

545  //  4 tips for pairing tile & bathroom progress

Many of my favorite bathrooms have tiled floors AND walls and since I love that look I thought I’d share what I look for in a good tile pairing. It’s essentially just like mixing patterns in your wardrobe, which I can never get enough of, and it’s even better when bringing it into the home.

4 tips for pairing tile in the bathroom // Capree Kimball // via sarah sherman samuelMy number one trick is to create balance with one small scale pattern and one large scale pattern. For example, if you have a detailed tile pattern with smaller shapes on the floor, choose a larger scale, simple tile (with no pattern) on the wall so it doesn’t compete with the floor. This bathroom by Capree Kimball illustrates it perfectly with the bold pattern on the floor and large subway tiles on the walls (see more of her bathroom here).

4 tips for pairing tile in the bathroom // Greg Natale // via sarah sherman samuelTry using a natural stone as a neutral pattern. In this bathroom, the wall commands all of the attention. Although they are small scale tiles, they make up a large graphic print and you wouldn’t want anything to fight with that. By using large marble tiles on the floor there is visual interest down there, giving it a rich layered look, but it reads as a neutral. The subtle irregular pattern on the marble is beautifully juxtaposed with the bold graphic pattern on the wall.

This bathroom is by Greg Natale, see more of his work here.

4 tips for pairing tile in the bathroom // via sarah sherman samuelA fool proof way to combining two tiles is to stick with the same color for both the floor and the wall, and only switch up the scale. You might remember that we did this in our last bathroom. This also reinforces my first tip where the scale of the floor tile is significantly smaller and more intricate than the scale of the wall tile and this way there’s no battling for attention. Each plane has it’s own pattern and they live happily next to each other.

Image from Target

bathroom tile pairings // sarah sherman samuelAnd finally, the tile I chose from Wayfair for the new bathroom also follows the opposite scale rule (this time large tiles on the floor and small on the wall), but I am using my final tip to mix two solid colored tiles of different shapes and let the grout lines make up the only patterns.

To catch you up on what is happening in said bathroom… last week I shared the beginning stages and plans for our remodel. Basically, everything was demoed and hauled out, an insanely messy job that I was a little sad I could be no part of this time around (growing a baby and construction dust probably don’t go so well together), and now the new tub is in place and the tile is going in!

bathroom-progresstile-progressmatte black tile // sarah sherman samuelIt isn’t much to look at yet, with no grout and the bathroom in shambles. BUT, the old shower is gone, they rebuilt that wall (pushing it back to make room for the larger bath and flipped around the shower head to empty into the tub), and you get the first look at how I’m laying out the tile in a herringbone pattern on the walls to compliment the large hexagons that will go on the floor. A whole new bathroom is just around the corner, eek (I HOPE)!!

To see the bathroom before check here.
To see all of the home renovation posts check here.

Product sources: White Retro Subway Tile from Wayfair // Black Hexagon Floor Tile from Wayfair // Kohler Bathtub from Wayfair

544  //  smitten travels: ojai babymoon

in-the-field-ojaiin-the-field-ojai2Just before all the holiday madness Rupe and I snuck away for a little babymoon in Ojai. We fell in love with the sweet little town all over again and I would be amiss if I didn’t share a few of my favorite spots. These top two photos are from the gorgeous new shop, In The Field. They have a little bit of everything, men’s and women’s clothes, home goods, furniture and sweet things for baby. I wanted to hang out in the beautiful space all day.

ojai-valley-innojai-valley-inn6ojai-valley-inn4ojai-valley-inn2We stayed at the Ojai Valley Inn, which was the perfect setting for some pampering and R&R. The grounds are as picturesque as you can get, I mean, did you see that pool? The spa is also incredible, so relaxing that we both fell asleep in the communal lounge area after our massages.

ojai2ojaiWhen we weren’t snoozing in the spa we spent time around town checking things off of my friend Jessie’s list of things to do in Ojai. Because even though I have been there a few times, nothing is better than getting a local’s recommendations. So, if you are planning a trip make sure to check out her extensive guide!

My favorites that overlapped with her list include:
To Stay: Ojai Valley Inn & Ojai Rancho Inn
To Eat: Knead Baking Co. (the best place for breakfast), and Farmer and the Cook
To Shop: Modern Folk Living and Shop Summer Camp

And then these two lovely new shops that opened after Jessie made her list, In The Field, and Dekor & Co.

To see more of our travels check here.

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel 

543  //  main bath renovation

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Speaking of bathrooms… I mentioned last week that the nesting bug bit and I decided I needed a new bathroom NOW. The original bathroom is the last remaining room of the house that we hadn’t renovated. We have always planned on “someday” renovating it but when I started to use the small bathtub to ease the third trimester aches, dreams of a larger soaking tub and a beautiful bathroom filled my head. While I sat there soaking, the faded and broken tiles with their three different shades of pink/mauve, the peeling paint on the walls, the sad vanity, and the rusty water coming from the 1940’s pipes started slowly morphing into what could be. It had to be done…if not now, when, right?

The tricky part was the timing. After a little bit of planning, I ended up ordering EVERYTHING for the bathroom online, in one evening. I didn’t realize that Wayfair had an entire home improvement section which was a total God send and where I got the majority of the goods. Tub, toilet, faucets, tile, sink… check check check. I contacted them and they worked with me to send pieces that were available asap. A bit of a gamble, not seeing any of these major fixtures in person, but I measured twice and rolled the dice. Here is hoping that as the items come in they all work together!

bathroom-beforeandcurrentAbove is the before and current state. The first step was the full demo, everything went, including the ceiling. Due to the short timeframe and my more delicate state of being 9 months pregnant, unlike the kitchen or the cabin, I am obviously not doing this particular renovation DIY style (it kind of breaks my heart a little but it’s also really great seeing progress at the end of the day that I didn’t have to do myself. :). We found a new contractor through our realtor and so far so good (fingers and toes crossed). As of today, they have torn out the old shower, took everything down to the studs and got to work on the new plumbing and electrical. They also started working on moving a wall to make room for a bigger tub and turning the tiny shower into a linen closet (we will be putting a shower head in the bathtub instead).

Top image is of all of the new fixtures and pieces I will be working with. I wanted to keep the aesthetic consistent with the other bathroom we did (you can see those products here, and the result here and here), since it is in the same house, but still switch it up a little, with black floors and some different materials. I can’t wait to see this come together and draw myself that first bath.

Product Sources: Sconces by Cedar & Moss // White Elongated Subway Tile from Wayfair // Mirror from West Elm // Planter by Small Spells // Onyx Soap Stone by Pelle // Marble Shower Curtain by Ferm Living // Wall Mounted Sink from Wayfair // Teak Bath Mat from Kaufmann Mercantile // Shower and Tub Faucet by Kohler from Wayfair // Bath Towels from CB2 // Black Hexagon Floor Tile from Wayfair // Toilet by Kohler from Wayfair // Purist Sink Faucet by Kohler from Wayfair 

542  //  from the weekend: nursery beginnings

nursery items // sneak peek // sarah sherman samuelThis weekend our crib got delivered and, holy crap, things started to feel really real. I started gathering the few special pieces that I have picked up here and there for the nursery and finally got a chance to work on the design (woot woot!). I will share the plan in a few, but for now here is a sneak peek of some of the pieces and the color palette I am planning to work with. Baby Samuel is due exactly 1 month from today. Ah!

Product Sources: Crib by Kalon Studios // The white plush giraffe and elephant and the triangle garland was made by my talented friend Lauren, as part of the decor for my baby shower // Lauren also sneakily had my dad make the wooden blocks which she painted (also for my baby shower) // Green Ottoman from another DIY genius, Modernhaus // White Sheepskin Rug // Peach Vintage Rug from Frances Loom // Baby Minnetonka Moccasins // Arrow Wall Flag by Ferm Living

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

541  //  baby bump love fest! aka maternity photos

maternity photos // sarah sherman samuel // max and friendsmaternity photos // sarah sherman samuel // max and friendsI hope you guys are prepared for a whole lotta baby bump because I had the hardest time narrowing down options from such a unique batch of images that Katherine & Luke sent over from our shoot together. When I was introduced to their work, I instantly fell in love with their style and knew it would be a perfect match with mine, so I couldn’t wait to see what we could cook up together. When they came to our house to shoot they also couldn’t have been any sweeter to work with so it was a major win all around. I couldn’t think of a better way to document our little growing family.

maternity photos // sarah sherman samuel // max and friendsmaternity photos // sarah sherman samuel // max and friendsmaternity photos // sarah sherman samuel // max and friendsmaternity photos // sarah sherman samuel // max and friendsmaternity photos // sarah sherman samuel // max and friendsmaternity photos // sarah sherman samuel // max and friendsmaternity photos // sarah sherman samuel // max and friendsWhen I first thought of getting professional maternity photos taken, I had talked to some friends and across the board, the ones that didn’t, regretted it, and the ones that did were so happy they had. So if you are on the fence at all, I say do it! Growing a baby is a beautiful, terrifying, and crazy business that goes by so fast and we will surely cherish these captured moments.

More photos and pregnancy talk after the jump!

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540  //  bathroom refresh & diy towel ladder

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bathroom re-fresh DIY towel ladder // sarah sherman samuelWe have been busy bees in full nesting mode lately, and the new bathroom didn’t get left behind. Target sent me over some pretty little items from their bath collection, like the bamboo & ceramic soap dispenser and tumbler and some crisp new white towels, which gave the space a quick refresh and I also got to work on making this ladder for some much needed towel storage/display.

bathroom re-fresh DIY towel ladder // sarah sherman samuelbathroom-refresh5We also finally got around to installing a toilet paper holder (the prettiest one in all the land, I’m convinced).

bathroom re-fresh DIY towel ladder // sarah sherman samuelbathroom re-fresh DIY towel ladder // sarah sherman samuelbathroom re-fresh DIY towel ladder // sarah sherman samuelI also am loving the mix of all the different wood tones with the bamboo accessories, the vintage credenza-turned vanity and the ladder, I think it really warms up the bright white the space.

Bamboo & Ceramic Tumbler from Target // Bamboo & Ceramic Soap Dispenser from Target // Botanic Fiber Bath Towels from Target // Bamboo Wastebasket from Target // Toilet Paper Holder by Ferm Living // Pendant Lamps by Cedar & Moss // Kohler Purist Shower Head // Vessel Sink // Kohler Purist Faucet //  Merola White Hex Tiles // Vintage Credenza turned vanity // Daltile White Subway Tiles //  Mirror & Shower Enclosure, custom made

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Get the details on the DIY ladder after the jump…

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