441  //  home progress: bathroom update & tile patterns

bathroom progress // smitten studioWell hello almost pretty bathroom! As you can see we’ve made a bit more progress in our new loo (sometimes painfully slow progress, but I’ll take it). We had the leftover marble from the kitchen cut to size and installed on the shower ledge and as the vanity top. The sinks are in as well as the faucets and shower head, and we are getting oh so close to a working bathroom. The only things stopping us are the missing toilet, the plumbing under the sink needs to be finished, and the glass shower enclosure, mirror, and lighting still have to be installed.

bathroom faucet // smitten studioalternate patterns with subway tile // smitten studioIn the meantime, I thought it may be helpful to chat about our subway tile pattern and share some alternative pattern options. Let me just say again that I love subway tile. It’s simple, clean, white, readily available, and affordable (win, win, win, win).

The traditional running bond pattern, like we used in the cabin, will always be a great choice but I wanted to do something a little different here, so I started playing around with the 3×6 shape in adobe illustrator and that’s when I came up with these alternate patterns, all which can be made with the common 3″ x 6″ subway tile. I chose to go with the herringbone pattern, which is a classic pattern for wood floors (and a million other things), but I hadn’t really seen it translated to subway tile (until I googled it that is, and found a bazillion examples…sigh ;) (it’s ok I still love it)). The “linear vertical” would work great in a really modern space and I am already thinking I may want to try the “perpendicular” or “windmill” version when we re-do our other bathroom (Lord help us!).

To see all of the renovation progress check here.
To see my bathroom plans check here.

Product Sources: Kohler Purist Shower Head // Vessel Sink // Kohler Purist Faucet // Merola White Hex Tiles // Vintage Credenza // Daltile White Subway Tiles

440  //  from the weekend: los angeles staycation

los angeles staycationWe had friends visiting this weekend so we took a time-out to hang and enjoy another side of the city. We stayed a night at the Ace downtown, chatted over snacks and drinks on the rooftop while taking in the view (right photo), had a seriously good dinner at Bar Ama, and then struck out twice at finding a karaoke place that wasn’t booked up for the evening (wah wahhh, we really had the hankering to sing). The next morning we had breakfast on the Mezzanine before heading over to Silver Lake for a little shopping and then coveting of all the furnishings when we made a pit stop at Bar Stella (left photo). Seriously, the place is gorgeous.

Hope you had a fun filled weekend. x

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

438  //  home progress: dresser found!

vintage dresser, bedroom update // smitten studiovintage dresser, bedroom update // smitten studiovintage dresser, bedroom update // smitten studiovintage dresser, bedroom update // smitten studiovintage dresser, bedroom update // smitten studioMy search for the perfect dresser ended with a big heeeeeell yes! Quality dressers are SO expensive and even not so great quality dressers usually cost more than I wanted to spend and when I find myself in that predicament (which I much too often do) I turned my search to vintage.

I started googling like a crazy person until I found this listing on craigslist and I swear I heard angels sing (well maybe not but I’m sure they were on the verge). We called the craigslister and it turned out that it was from a local vintage shop Sunbeam Vintage. Of course it wasn’t dirt cheap (we got it for $500) but still a lot less expensive then some of the new dressers I was looking at, and I like it EVEN better, so win win! The measurements were perfect, I LOVE the brass detailing and the little wicker inset on the top, and it is in beautiful shape, oh and can we talk about that woodgrain? (hello grogeous walnut!)

So that is all, an entire post dedicated to my new favorite tallboy (move over Rupe). As far as the rest of the bedroom… it is still empty! But hopefully we get to move in soon.

Sources: Dresser (vintage) by Modern by Morris of California from Sunbeam Vintage // Hexagon side table (plant stand) from One Kings Lane, (find similar here) // Jewelry boxes from West Elm // Bracelets from Madewell // Watch by Larsson & Jennings // Ring by K/ller // Candle Holders from West Elm // Art – diy watercolor // Agate Bookends from West Elm // Sheepskin from Ikea // Rug from esalerugs.com (more on that beauty soon, but here’s another preview)

To see the bedroom before, check here
To see all the renovation progress, check here

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

437  //  from the weekend: antelope valley

antelope valley, poppy fields // sarah sherman samuel This weekend we worked around the house again (surprise surprise), alternating trips from Home Depot and Ikea while we were building some media storage, started painting the exterior (yay), and installed some closet doors. I really am looking forward to welcoming back our social life once the renovations are finished (friends, I miss you! ;)). We did however take a break on Sunday to celebrate Easter, and then headed to Antelope Valley to see the poppy fields in bloom while still in our Easter best. Spring in California is pretty awesome.

Hope you had a happy Easter. x

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

436  //  my style: geode print pant & split back sweater

geode print pants // split back sweater // smitten studiogeode print pants // split back sweater // smitten studiogeode print pants // split back sweater // smitten studiogeode print pants // split back sweater // smitten studiogeode print pants // split back sweater // smitten studiogeode print pants // split back sweater // smitten studioIn the past I’ve had a real love/hate relationship with wide leg pants. I like the silhouette, but often times ‘wide leg’ would also mean ‘no butt’ and then there was the question of what top to pair it with to not look wide all over. All that changed when I saw these Phillip Lim printed beauties and I fell back on the love side of things. Luckily Chico’s also sent me this top from their new Black Label line and its’ business in front, party in back style was perfect for showing off a wide leg pant that didn’t make my rear completely disappear!

What about you guys, how are you on the love/hate scale toward wide leg trousers?

p.s. these images are taken at one of my favorite LA spots, the Griffith Observatory as part of Chico’s #destinationfabulous. Check out some of their favorite travel destinations on their pin board here.

Shop the Look: Split Back Sweater ℅ Chico’s // Geode Print Pant by 3.1 Phillip Lim // Gold Watch by Larsson & Jennings // Bracelets by Madewel  // Rings by Melissa Joy Manning & L Frank Jewelry // Shoes by Dolce Vita (on sale) // Oversized Gold Clutch by Clare Vivier 

Images by Smitten Studio

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435  //  renovation update: finished floors & bathroom progress

kitchen-progressWe are getting closer to the end of our renovation and I CAN NOT wait to start moving our things back in, hang some art, and just enjoy some time at home. I can’t believe how much counter space we have now that that wall is history. The new pieces of marble for the extension of the countertop and backsplash are in place, and all that is left to do hang the upper cabinets, put the doors on the new base cabinets, and paint the toe-kicks.

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434  //  shopbop sale!

shopbop sale!I haven’t been doing a ton of clothes shopping lately with my mind and wallet on the house so much, so when I heard about Shopbop’s big sale, happening now, I just had to stop everything and stock up on some new spring & summer duds (ok, I found a few home items in there too, I can’t help it). They are giving 25% off all regular priced items (with code INTHEFAMILY14) and I thought I’d give you the heads up and share what made it into my shopping cart. Happy hunting!

poison romper // coclico slingbacks // luli fama bikini // horn candle holders // chambray jumpsuit // northern star ring // pedro garcia booties // radlabs plate // myne v-neck dress // clare v. oversized clutch

433  //  from the weekend: spring blooms

spring blooms // sarah sherman samuel“When I heard that there were artists, I wished I could some time be one. If I could only make a rose bloom on paper, I thought I should be happy! Or if I could at last succeed in drawing the outline of winter-stripped boughs as I saw them against the sky, it seemed to me that I should be willing to spend years in trying.”
-Lucy Larcom

Last week was a pretty hectic week that ended up spilling right over into the weekend. On the plus side, I’m working on some exciting new things with A Sunny Afternoon and for the blog, and I can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel of our renovation. We did sneak outside a few times to enjoy a break in the day and noticed that Spring is in full bloom around our LA neighborhood.

Hope you spent some time doing something you love. x

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