Entries from January 13th, 2014

from the weekend: los angeles in two days

griffith observatory, los angeles // @sarahshermansamuelI got to play tourist in my own city this weekend with one of my best gal pals who was visiting from San Francisco. We caught up while buzzing around town to a lot of my favorite spots. Here’s the short list for our whirlwind weekend in LA.

We had an unforgettable dinner at Alma, a peek at the new Ace Hotel downtown, a manicure at the most beautiful nail salon in Beverly Hills, brunch at Gjelina & Salt Air, shopping on Abbot Kinney as well as in Silver Lake, another tasty meal at Sqirl, hiking and taking in the view at Griffith Observatory, tacos and drinks at Alibi room, and a long, and by then, delirious meal at Cafe Gratitude.

Image by me via Instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)

Home Progress: Kitchen Pendants & Breaking Ground

kitchen pendant lights // smitten studioI loved reading all your pendant light picks and I don’t think I could have gone wrong with any of the choices, but I landed on the iconic midcentury shape of the Alto. Now just to bite the bullet and find a fixture for over the dining table!

I also added a vintage bar cart to the room and am thinking I might re-paint the upper cabinets to the same shade of green as the bottom (I never thought I could have too much white but I think I’m getting dangerously close).

We also started phase two of the kitchen renovation! I have been avoiding shooting the kitchen from a certain angle as to not expose the fact that our washer and dryer is sitting directly next to our dishwasher and in front of the refrigerator, but now is the time…

Kitchen extension plans // smitten studioOur plan is to knock down this wall, extend the cabinets and countertops, remove the laundry machines, and add on a laundry room just on the other side of that door. We had to wait to get our plans approved by the city and pull our permits but after living in renovation limbo for a while, we got the green light and have officially broken ground on our addition. Now the real fun begins, right?

Our plans and progress after the jump… READ MORE

win tickets to Modernisn Week!

Instagram Contest  color and pattern // smitten studioModernism Week in Palm Springs is just around the corner! I am excited to share that I am the special guest judge for this week’s #ModernismProject contest on Instagram.

Get all the details and how to win after the jump… READ MORE

pattern spy: marbled

pattern spy marbled // smitten studioNot only am I big fan of marble in the kitchen, but I love seeing it’s likeness pop up in fashion and paper goods. I just ordered this planner (I can’t wait to get my hands on it), and I am seriously contemplating that dress and that pillow. This wallpaper is pretty amazing too. How much marble is too much marble? I can’t stop!

Marble pillow from Ferm Living // Asos Marble maxi dress // Daily Planner in Marble/Pink by Julia Kostreva

from the weekend: holiday recovery

01.05.13-weekendIt was hard saying goodbye to the midwest winter wonderland but I can say I am pretty pleased that we are missing out on the crazy low temps that are hitting there this week. (I mean -50 degree wind chill? no thank you). We spent the weekend slowly de-christmasing our house, brunching at a favorite spot, and hiking and snuggling with our much missed pups.

Hope you had a lovely weekend.

Images by me via (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)

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