Entries from September 29th, 2014

from the weekend: brunch & nesting

This 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…  , , , and . 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 .

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.

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home progress: entry table/reading nook

So, 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:   // Hanging Chair (yard sale!) find more options , and , and  and  //  //  (stained with 1 part Light Walnut & 2 parts Provencal by Varathane) //  //

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

Images by Shescorts Sherman Samuel

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 , , and sunglasses were obvious must-haves.

I love 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 , and a 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 and .

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

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from the weekend: beach days & movie nights

We 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 & but came up empty handed. Wah Wahh. But a brunch at 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 () on the sofa. Have you guys seen any other good movies lately?

Happy Monday. x

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smitten travels: 5 night road trip – southwest

I 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 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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