417  //  wallpaper round-up

wallpaper round-up // smitten studioNow that the bedroom is drywalled, I am dreaming of all sorts of pretty wallpaper. Here’s a few of my favorites…

giraffes by jill malek // andanza by laundry // dark floral by ellie cashman // malachite by cole & sons // nuvole by cole & sons // wabi by calico wallpaper // travertino by osbourne & little // ferns by lisa congdon // emerald by mimou // wythe hotel paper by dan funderburgh // tidal by emma hayes // malachite b&w by cole & sons

415  //  from the weekend: rupe’s 40th!

happy-birthdayThis weekend we celebrated Rupe’s BIG birthday in Miami Beach with a bunch of old friends, in the town where our love story started. His friends flew in from LA, London, Chicago, New York, Nicaragua (!), the Bahamas, and a few from just down the street in Miami Beach. You know the saying to know “so and so” is to love “so and so” well, in Rupert’s case it is to meet Rupert is to love him. He is the most likable, genuine, charming, and compassionate person I have ever met. He can find the good in, and make a friend out of, anyone.

You just can’t not like Rupert and that was extra evident this weekend as we all swapped Rupe stories, and honored him in true South Beach style with a beach day meet up, poolside cocktail party, dance club after party and a bleary eyed brunch the day after. 11:30am came a lot earlier then I anticipated with the time change and a 5 AM end to the previous night (WAYYY past my bedtime and making us all feel extra old).

It was a happy birthday to my much better half, Rupert Samuel (aka RupeDog, aka Rooty Toot).

Image from my instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)

 

414  //  my style: full skirt & crop top

full skirt // crop top // smitten studio //sarah sherman samuel full skirt // crop top // smitten studiofull skirt // crop top // smitten studiofull skirt // crop top // smitten studiofull skirt // crop top // smitten studiofull skirt // crop top // smitten studioTHIS skirt. The color, the pattern and the twirlability… it had my name all over it. The ladylike length pairs well with a crop top even if my neon white tummy hasn’t seen the sunshine in months (note to self: hit the beach). Also, who doesn’t want a gold wing on their clutch? Surely, no one I would want to meet. OK, I kid! (kind of ;)

Patterned Skirt by Whistles // Crop Top by Sugarlips // Shoes by Zara (old) find similar here // Clutch by Zara (old) find similar here // Bangle one & Bangle two from Madewell // Hexagon Bangle (gifted) find similar here

413  //  studio update: settling in

smitten studio // a sunny afternoon // workspace plantsWith my DIY shelves up, I turned back to the other side of the room to get my computer station up to snuff. Now my happy place is my happier place with the addition of some plants and some wall space dedicated to working projects.

Smitten studio // a sunny afternoon // workspaceI missed my chalkboard wall desperately from my last studio. It’s where I kept current projects out in front of me, where I would edit artwork and collections for A Sunny Afternoon and it also was home to a list of future projects and things I needed to keep in the back of my mind and not let slip away.  Not to say I don’t still keep my notebook and calendar updated, but I like to have big picture things and future goals out where I can see them. I’ll swear that it helps make them happen and it also made a big difference in getting me feeling settled.

Smitten studio // a sunny afternoon // workspaceClearly Cracker is having no problem in that department.

Smitten studio // a sunny afternoon // workspace… and the plants! Since my backyard has been taken over by trash piles and workmen, I brought some of the outdoors in. I bought the plants and pots all at home depot. I can’t say their pot selection is amazing, but they are affordable, so I picked out pots that I liked the shape of and ignored the ugly colors. When I got home I unleashed a can of matte white spray paint on them and suddenly all was right in my plant world.

Now I just have to address the lighting situation with new fixtures and maybe some skylights.

To see more of the studio check here and here.

Here are the sources for everything I can thing of…
Desk: Anthropologie (old) // Chair: vintage // Sheepskin: Ikea // Side table: vintage // Plants & pots are from Home Depot (spray painted all the pots matte white) // Floor paint is Georgia Peach (tinted 20% lighter) by Behr // Rug & Poufs: Ikea // Loveseat: vintage

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

412  //  from the weekend: oscars and oh joy brunch

oh joy for target // brunch // sarah sherman samuelThis weekend I celebrated the upcoming launch of Oh Joy’s collaboration with Target at a brunch with creative friends and inspiring women, like Joy herself. The line is just as adorable as you think it would be (I call dibs on the bud vases! :)), and it launches march 16th! On Sunday Rupe and I did a major re-organization and cleaning marathon of the house, and since we both were completely out of clean clothes, towels, and underwear… we watched most of the Oscar’s at the laundromat!

Happy Monday!

Images by my via Instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)

411  //  in my bag: miami beach

in my bag miami beach // smitten studioSpeaking of escaping the construction dust… Rupe and I are heading to Miami!

Once upon a time, more then a few years ago, we both lived there (me for just two years, Rupe for more like 12). It is where Rupe got his first internship in the States after leaving university in England and it is also where I got my first internship after leaving my university in Michigan. Of course that was 8 years apart, but luckily he stuck around long enough to meet me, before we both moved to LA, separately but at the exact same time, after knowing each other for 6 months. You follow? Ha, so that’s our story in a nutshell.

Anyway, back to Miami… we are heading there to celebrate Rupert’s big 40! SO OLD, I know. :) I’ve only been back once since we moved about 7 years ago, so I am really excited to celebrate with a bunch of old friends, hit up some of our favorite spots, spend time at the beach, and take in all the art deco goodness of South Beach.

Here’s what’s going with me:

Palm Leaf Shift Dress by Just Cavalli // Hot Pink Sandals by Michael Kors // Ampersand Tee by Madewell // Aviator Sunglass by Aerie // Chiffon Romper by Fleur du Mal // Sunhat by Scala // V Neck Crop Top by TopShop // Nude Sandals by Jeffrey Campbell // Distressed Denim Skity by Paige Denim // Black & White Bikini by Ted Baker // Gold Leather bag by Baggu // Fujifilm Instaxe Mini Camera // Blush Leather Clutch by American Apparel

To see more of my packing round-ups check here.

 

409  //  birthday giveaway ~ now closed

a sunny afternoon giveaway // smitten studioToday I turn the big (not big at all) 32! I wanted to celebrate my birthday on the blog with a little A Sunny Afternoon giveaway! One reader will receive one of my small Walnut Arrow serving boards, (of course lovingly made by my dad and me) perfect for hanging on your kitchen wall, throwing me a birthday party ;), or just styling up your afternoon tea.

To enter simply leave a comment below telling me your favorite A Sunny Afternoon item.

Entries must be posted by next Monday, March 3rd. One winner will be chosen at random. Good Luck!

Sorry, limited to US readers only. Winner will be contacted by email once comments close and then announced on the bottom of this post soon after.

UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who entered, it was wonderful reading your favorite pieces and thank you so much for all of the birthday wishes! Congrats to Cassie who is the winner of this giveaway.

Images by Jessie Webster for A Sunny Afternoon, Styling by Sarah Sherman Samuel