538  //  from the weekend: showers, house guests, maternity shoots, renovations… oh my!

01.04.15weekend2015 has officially started off with a BIG bang in all the best ways. Over the weekend I worked with photographers Katherine and Luke of Max and Friends to document this mama to be time in my life and they couldn’t have been sweeter or more talented to work with. I’ve only gotten a little sneak peek from the shoot but am SO looking forward to seeing the rest.

I went straight from the shoot to the airport to pick up one of two old friends who both flew in to celebrate our little one on the way at a shower that was thrown for me and baby Samuel on Sunday. It was such a special gathering of incredible (and crazily talented) women that I feel so fortunate to call my friends, I mean check out that dessert table!! (CAN NOT wait to see and share the photos from that too!)

We also stretched the weekend into Monday (because who wants to go back to work after a long break on a Monday anyway) and the Bachelor Premier should of course be considered a holiday, am I right? Kidding of course, kind of, but mostly because we also started a full gut job renovation on the original bathroom, the only room that hadn’t been touched yet. I am cutting it a little close to the ole due date but man when that nesting bug hits in the third trimester, it is NO joke. :)

And finally, last but not least, there has been one more major change in the Samuel household… Rupert made a big career change, leaving his company that he founded in 2007, and later sold, to take a position at CP + B, where his ad career began in the very first place, way back when (you can read a bit about him here and another blurb in the NY Times. #proudwife ;)). After having the month of December off from any work,  his first day was today! I will surely cherish all the extra time we had with just the two of us around the house and now look forward to the big adventure of parenthood!

I hope you had a great start to the year. x sarah

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

537  //  top ten moments of 2014

Happy first of the year! I’m taking a quick moment to look back at some of my favorite posts from 2014…

workspace // sarah sherman samuel#1. I moved in to my new studio space, built DIY shelves, settled in with a lot of plants, and finished it off with the perfect light and some DIY artwork.

south beach, miami // sarah sherman samuel#2. Rupert turned 40 this year! We went to Miami to celebrate along with a slew of friends and did it up like the old days. Our mini guide to Miami here and a post on the Wynwood Art District, here.

patio lounge // DIY built-in benches // smitten studio#3. We created this cozy back patio area with DIY benches and it turned out to be the perfect place to entertain.

one_kings_lane_sunnyafternoon_playingwithdogs#4. I partnered up with One Kings Lane for an A Sunny Afternoon Artisanal sale and they stopped by the studio to snap some shots of me working (and playing with the pups) for an interview.

master bedroom // smitten studio#5. We broke ground on an addition to the house, lived through chaos through the renovation, moved into the new bedroom

bathroom renovation // sarah sherman samuel … and bathroom…

kitchen renovation // sarah sherman samuel …and an almost finished kitchen (*finally*) and have been slowly finishing each space ever since. (see the entire renovation from back to front, here)

lake powell // sarah sherman samuel#6. We took what was one of our favorite vacations, a 5 night road-trip covering, California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona. (you can see all of our travels here).

a sunny afternoon summer lookbook  // sarah sherman samuel#7. I released the summer collection of A Sunny Afternoon with a swoon worthy lookbook… I think the new items are some of the best yet.

sarah sherman samuel for anthropologie #8. This Anthropologie shoot was one of my favorites to work on. (you can see the rest of my style (and bump style) posts from the year here).

lake michigan cabin // sarah sherman samuel #9. We didn’t get to the cabin as much this year but when we did… it was heaven.

#10. And, of course, the moment to top all moments was when we found out we were expecting a little one. We made this little pregnancy announcement video to share the news (or see the original post here).

I can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store and am so thankful to have this little space that connects me with you guys. Thank you for popping in, sharing your lives, and for following along on the wild ride. Happy New Year! xo

536  //  Christmas in LA

living-room-holiday5 copyHere’s a peek into our house as decorated for Christmas. Better late than never right?, and who knows I may never take down that little white tree…

living-room-holiday-treeliving-room-holiday-tree2living-room-holiday2-640-2… and certainly not this DIY wall hanging. :)

DIY-eucalyptus-wall-hangingliving-room-holiday-shelvesI wanted the holiday decorations to blend with the decor but still add all that extra sparkle that makes the season special. Usually I like to err on EXTRA Christmas flair but being this pregnant I wasn’t sure how quickly the decorations will actually make it back into their boxes after the fact, so better to do it with a restrained hand. I did this by using a lot of metallic gold, a white tree, white lights, some natural greens, and then spread it throughout the house so most surfaces had a touch of seasonal love.

It is also the first time we have spent the holidays in the renovated space! To see how far we’ve come, check out the living room before we knocked through a couple walls in the before photos here, and all of the renovation progress so far, here.

Sources for everything that I can think of below:

Top Photo:
Coffee Table (the the white tree is on) from CB2 // White Tree by Vickerman // Gold Ornaments by Ikea // 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 // 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 // Mid-century stool, vintage // Sheepskin from Ikea // Basket from Chicos // Pillows by Little Korboose // Glass Terrarium from Urban Outfitters // Candle Holder, Vintage // Gold Bowl by CB2

Bottom Photo:
DIY built-in shelves see post here // Coffee table (vintage) from Surfing Cowboys // Rug from RugsUSA.com // Chairs (vintage found at Long Beach Flea) // White VasesSquirrelDog Bookends and Whale Pitcher from Jonathan Adler // Gold Starbursts from Waiting on Martha // Gold Bowls and Cube Wire Sculptures from CB2 // Bronze Cats (vintage from Rosebowl Flea) // Framed Photo by Max Wanger // Art Deco Clock (vintage) // Ceramic Hand // Starburst Mirror from Target (old) find similar here or here  // Paint Color: Wimborne White by Farrow & Ball // Gold Animals by Dwell Studio from Wayfair // Black Faceted Vases by Dwell Studio from Wayfair

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

535  //  from the weekend: 32 week bump

32 weeks // dressing the bump // smitten studioI hope you all had a great Christmas. Rupert and I spent ours hunkered down with just the 2 (.5) of us and the dogs. It was the first time we didn’t travel to see family and I definitely missed them and the snow, but it was also really special knowing that it will be the quietest Christmas we will most likely ever have and this time next year a mini Rupe will be scooting around the tree.

Los Angeles is also a lot quieter in general, between Christmas and New Years, and I’ve enjoyed taking many a trips to get the best decaf latte in all the land without a line! Above we were on such a coffee run in celebration of hitting 32 weeks!

Shop the Look: Wide Rimmed Fedora by Catarzi // Jacket by TopShop (old) find similar here // Tank by Madewell // Wet Look Maternity Leggings from Asos  // Shoes from Madewell (old) find similar here

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

534  //  holiday decorating

holiday shelves // smitten studioI’m falling a bit behind on my Christmas decorating, kicking and growing baby Samuel has other ideas of what I should be working on (like my sleep), but I’ve managed to gussy up our living room shelves in some holiday flare with a little help from Wayfair.

I picked out some pretty goodies like those gold Dwell Studio animals, the Jonathan Adler peacock, and the black geometric vases that all work year round, but with the addition of some ornaments, greenery, and other gilded treasures, help make my shelves Christmas ready. Now as far as my Christmas tree goes… it still needs some attention, but I’ll share more photos of our house decked out for the holidays once I dust off the rest of the ornaments and get more than one string of lights on our sad conifer. :) Have you guys gotten your stockings all up and mistletoe in place?

P.S. Wayfair is also holding an instagram contest where they want you to share a photo of your holiday shelves for a chance to win a $500 gift card! Just post a photo of your decorated shelves, tag @wayfair and hashtag it with #holidayshelfie to enter. The contest is open until Christmas! Check out some extra “shelfie” inspiration here.

Image by Sarah Sherman Samuel

 

533  //  from the weekend: baby showers, beautiful kitchens, and holiday fun

casa shelter half kitchen // smitten studiobaby-showerThis week started off with a bang so excuse my weekend post on a Tuesday night! I am still recovering from the festivities and I’m noticing you don’t bounce back as quick at 31 weeks pregnant. Sunday started and ended with a party and we had gatherings in between, keeping me up well past my recent granny bedtime of 8:30. The first was a friends baby shower (which took place at casa shelter half, and I couldn’t not snap a pic of the gorgeous kitchen (above) designed by Heather Heron).  After, Rupe picked me up for our first birthing class (holy moly what am I getting into), from there we met friends for a hot cocoa happy hour and walked to the Venice canals holiday boat parade (think homemade floats, lit up kayaks, and rowing carolers all dressed like Santa) and finally, we all ended up back at my house for pizza which somehow turned into a late night ear candle party. You know, your typical holiday activities. :)

Hope you are having a good week. x

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

532  //  my (bump) style: pencil skirt & cardigan

pencil-skirt2pencil-skirt5pencil-skirt4640pencil-skirt3pencil-skirtI’ve always been a fan of the pencil skirt and the silhouette has come even more of a staple in my wardrobe during my pregnancy. Here at 30 weeks I’m pairing it with these non-maternity tops, a cozy fair isle cardigan and a cropped blouse (you may remember it from our pregnancy announcement video looking just a little less filled out ;).

The key to styling clothes around the bump successfully, for me, is to keep at least either the top or the bottom closely fitted, otherwise you can end up just looking like a big blob (and for heaven’s sake I already feel so blobbish, it makes a girl feel better not to look it too). The pencil skirt does the trick here, while I was able to layer up and go more loose and flowy top.

Fair Isle Cardigan by Old Navy and similar here // Pencil Skirt by Old Navy (sold out but find similar here) (and a non-maternity version here) // Top by Zara // Ankle Boots by Matt Bernson 

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531  //  lo and sons camera bag giveaway

loandsons-giveaway5smgiveaway-loandsonsTis the season for giving and this week I am teaming up with Lo & Sons to give away one of their leather camera bags, the Claremont! I have been using this bag as my sole camera bag for the last few months and I have to say I LOVE it. It has gone on all of our weekend trips, carries both my canon 7d and a spare lens, and looks more like a beautiful handbag than a camera bag.

loandsons-giveawaysm3loandsons-giveawaysmloandsons-giveaway4smloandsons-giveaway6smIf you haven’t heard of Lo & Sons, I am happy to be the one to introduce you. It is a family owned travel and lifestyle bag brand, started by a mother and two sons, and is based out of NYC. Their bags are built to travel light, without compromising on style or function, which is a win, win, win for me. Above are photos from our trip to Ojai with the Claremont in tow.

Giveaway details:
One winner will receive The Claremont leather camera bag by Lo & Sons (a $300 value).

TO ENTER: leave a comment below saying where you would like to take the bag first AND then enter here.

Entries must be posted by this Friday, December 12th. 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: The giveaway is now closed. Thank you for entering and congratulations to Chelsea for winning the Claremont!

530  //  candlelit christmas table

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candlelit christmas table // smitten studioAs I mentioned before, Rupe and I are staying in California for the holidays this year, so I am planning on making it as close to a white Christmas as you can in a LA bungalow. I’ve teamed up with Target to share this wintery white, candlelit Christmas table using pieces from their latest holiday collection.

candlelit christmas table // smitten studiocandlelit christmas table // smitten studiocandlelit christmas table // smitten studiocandlelit christmas table // smitten studiocandlelit christmas table // smitten studioWire brush trees make up the majority of the centerpiece while mercury glass candle holders round out the rest of the non-floral tablescape, giving it just the right amount of sparkle. I’ve also used my favorite trick of layering on different textures, giving dimension to all of the white on white. Once the lights are turned down, all the candles are lit, and we are gathered with a few friends, Christmas in LA will be pretty special too!

Ceramic Deer Head from Target // Small Wire brush trees from Target and Large // White Round Plates from Target // White Scalloped Plates (old) find similar here // Gold Chargers from Target // Gold Candle Holders from Target // Gold Ornaments from Target // White & Silver Flatware from World Market // Large Gold Mason Jar (used as candle hurricanes) from Target // Extra Large Gold Mason Jar (used as candle hurricanes) from Target // Faux Fur White Throw from Target

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

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