505  //  home progress: living room nook refresh

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You may remember this corner of the room from ages ago. We had just done phase one of construction, which was opening up two walls that separated the living room from the den and the living room from the kitchen, but had yet to even start on all the main construction.

Since those last photos, amongst the main projects of gutting the kitchen, adding on a bedroom, bathroom and laundry room, we also made these built-in shelves and finished the entryway, and in the process I cleaned out this living room corner of everything, stealing the tchotchkes and books to fill shelves and style corners elsewhere. It has sat empty and neglected for a good eight months or so. Thankfully Target sent me over some of their items from their new fall line, so I was able to finish off this cozy nook all over again. I am LOVING all the gold in the collection.

living-room-reading-cornerliving-room-reading-corner2living-room-reading-corner3Rupe has also already commandeered the rocker that we got from the flea market as his personal TV watching chair. It is actually the most comfy spot in the house, when the cushions are on (they are so ugly at the moment I just can’t keep them on unless in use.. ha), so I found a spot here that he can swivel around to watch his favorite show Project Runway ;), or I can swivel back to steal a quiet moment to read. We will see when baby comes if it will actually make it into the nursery. Maybe I should start shopping for another rocker.

Product Sources: Gold Spotted Vase from Target // Gold Pear from Target // Brass Hex vase from Ferm Living // Gold and White bowl from Target // White Throw Blanket from Target // Gold Pouf // Vintage Rug from The Rug Warehouse // Chair is vintage Homecrest // Flamingo Print by Sharon Montrose // Chandelier by Jonathan Adler // Plant is a Fiddle Leaf Fig

To see all of the home renovation progress check here
To see the “before” photos of the house check here

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

504  //  from the weekend: impromptu palm springs trip

palm-springs-weekendOur friends Sarah and Lou are in the process of selling their GORGEOUS house in Palm Springs so we headed out there to celebrate and have one last hurrah in the dreamy space. Pool time, good friends, and lots of laughs made for the best weekend. I even got a little sun on the neon white belly. :)

Hope you had a nice weekend. Fall is still no where to be seen in these parts! x sarah

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

503  //  a sunny afternoon boat picnic with Beijos + a giveaway!

boat picnic // a sunny afternoon // beijos events Today Glitter Guide has featured a fun girls day out in Newport Beach with the talented ladies of Beijos Events. Those Beijos gals are the brainchild behind many a beautiful occasions and I was happy to have a bit of A Sunny Afternoon included in the days festivities!

boat picnic // a sunny afternoon // beijos events boat picnic // a sunny afternoon // beijos events boat picnic // a sunny afternoon // beijos events boat picnic // a sunny afternoon // beijos eventsboat picnic // a sunny afternoon // beijos events boat picnic // a sunny afternoon // beijos events How gorgeous is this boat picnic?! Makes me want to pack a basket, grab a few friends, and set sail. Luckily for one reader, The Beijos girls are hosting a giveaway worth $1,135, which also includes one of my A Sunny Afternoon cutting boards! Below is what else is in the goodie bag…

Giveaway: a Pamela V Leather Fanny Pack from Prism Boutique, SALT. Optics Sunglasses, Cleobella Wallet, A Sunny Afternoon Cutting Board, Natalie B Jewelry Necklace, Custom Coasters by Prim & Pixie, 3 Geode Wine Bottle Stoppers by Belle Atlanta, 3 Bud Vases from MV Florals and Moroccan Blanket Pillow from Boho Pillow.

To see the full feature head over to Glitter Guide, and to find out how you can win, head on over to Beijos Events’ Instagram!

Styling & Design: Beijos Events
Photography: Megan Welker
Makeup: Claire Alyse Makeup
Hair: Christy Lanning

502  //  from the weekend: brunch & nesting

09.29.14-weekendThis weekend Rupe and I did a lot of furniture store browsing, trying to get inspired to start planning the nursery design. We hit a lot of our favorite West Hollywood shops…  Lawson Fenning, Organic ModernismNickey Kehoe, and Emperic. While these are definitely not baby stores, I like to pull inspiration and get ideas from places like these because, nursery or not, I still want it to have a similar aesthetic to the rest of the house. We made a full day of it including lunch (and the must-have biscuits) from Hart and the Hunter.

One piece of furniture we did pick up for the baby’s room was on Sunday at the Santa Monica Flea Market. We found this vintage (I think its a Homecrest) rocking chair! It came with all the cushions as well, but I am going to have those reupholstered/re-made. At least it is one purchase for the coming baby down, about a billion more to go.

images by me via iphone & instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)

501  //  home progress: entry table/reading nook

entry & reading nook // smitten studioSo, about 9 out of 10 of you mentioned the Shroom, which was, of course, the one I had my eye on for the space. Your extra validation was handy to convince myself and Mr. Samuel that we absolutely NEEDED to go for it ;).  So thanks guys!

entry & reading nook // smitten studioentry & reading nook // smitten studioentry & reading nook // smitten studioentry & reading nook // smitten studioWith the addition of the new table, it rounds out the space as a little reading nook in the front window, which I love. In contrast to the light and intricate hanging chair, the table’s clean lines and solid structure grounds the area without competing visually. Now I just need to carve out a little quality magazine time.

Product Sources:  Coffee Table from CB2 // Hanging Chair (yard sale!) find more options here, and here, and here and here // Mill Console Table by CB2 // Door by AAW (stained with 1 part Light Walnut & 2 parts Provencal by Varathane) // Rubber plant (by door) & planter from Home Depot // Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant (by Chair) from Home Depot

To see the entry before check here
To see all the home renovation progress check here

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

500  //  in my bag: road trip edition

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Last week I shared about our recent road trip and while it’s still on the brain, I’m giving you a peek at what came with me. I basically lived in my swimsuit for the majority of the trip, so bikini, hat, and sunglasses were obvious must-haves.

I love rompers for their simplicity and versatility (to dress up or down), so one of those usually makes it into my bag. What I didn’t take into account was how many times I would have to stop and completely undress to go to the bathroom, which as a pregnant traveler was A LOT (slightly annoying this time, but not enough to deter my romper love).  Some denim cut-offs, comfortable shoes, and a tee were perfect for meandering through scenic trails, and for the longer stretches of time in the car, leggings were a comfy way to go. Once out of the car, I then dressed them up for dinner with the help of a statement shoe and gold cuff.

Below is the version I wore for our night out in Sedona. Road trip chic. ;)

black and white // smitten studioblack and white // smitten studioblack and white // smitten studioblack and white // smitten studioblack and white // smitten studioLeggings c/o Athleta // Black & White Check top by Madewell (old) find similar here or here // Sunglasses by Illesteva // Shoes by Zara, (old) find similar here // Bag by Chiyome // Cuff from Principessa, find similar here

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

499  //  from the weekend: beach days & movie nights

venice beach // smitten studioWe took it down an extra notch this weekend and lazed around the house all day Saturday. I think I hardly moved! Sunday we did some vintage furniture shopping at Shopclass & Sunbeam Vintage but came up empty handed. Wah Wahh. But a brunch at Sqirl made it worth the trek to that side of town (the “crunchy rice salad with the works” has been my one and only pregnancy craving thus far. IT IS SO GOOD). We ended the afternoon with some beach time, back in our neck of the woods, and capped the weekend with movie night (Kelly & Cal) on the sofa. Have you guys seen any other good movies lately?

Happy Monday. x

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

498  //  smitten travels: 5 night road trip – southwest

perfect 5 night road trip from LA // smitten studioI recently planned a 5 night road trip for Rupert and my anniversary and it ended up being one of our all time favorite vacations, I can not recommend this route enough. We anchored the journey around a visit to Lake Powell (pictured above) but each leg of the trip had something special to see/do/experience.

perfect 5 night road trip from LA // smitten studioperfect 5 night road trip from LA // smitten studioperfect 5 night road trip from LA // smitten studioThe best part about a road trip is the total freedom of just jumping in the car and going! We had the destinations in mind but we were also able to play it by ear. If you are in or around the LA area and looking for an excursion out of the ordinary, this is it!

Get all the details of our route and loads more photos after the jump…

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497  //  from the weekend: endless summer

09.15.14-weekendJust as the rest of the country is cooling down, LA gets hotter than ever. September and October here always feel more like summer than any of the other months and we are soaking up every last bit. I am finally starting to feel a bit like myself again after the first trimester had me down for the count, and it was beyond wonderful to be able to get out and hang with friends, celebrate a dear one’s birthday, spend some time at the beach, dine al fresco, and even do a little shopping.

This weekend was also the kick off to the Gap #DressNormalProject that I was a part of. There was a Gap pop-up shop on Abbot Kinney where some of the photos I took of my friends/turned Gap models were featured alongside some talented LA photographers. It was so fun seeing my friends all over the walls of the shop (Rupe was pretty excited to see his own pretty face. ;) You can read more about it here, in the LA Times.

Hope you had a nice weekend! x

Images by myself and @kendrainman via iphone/instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)

Sources: Sunglasses by Illesteva // Swimsuit by Victorias Secret // Cover up & Cuff from Skylark // Napkins by A Sunny Afternoon // Dishes by Heath Ceramics