Entries from April 30th, 2015

archer’s nursery tour

I’m excited to share Archer’s finished nursery! I wasn’t sure if I was going to get the room together before his arrival (you can see the original design board here) but since the little guy went a week overdue, I was able to put the finishing touches on the space (including making that mobile on his due date while whispering sweet words like “get out of my belly”) before he made his debut. Enjoy! x

archer's nursery tour // ShescortsWe had Archer’s name picked out from almost the day we found out we were pregnant. We named him Archer because, of course, I love the name (and who doesn’t love arrows as a simple symbol to go along with the name?) but also specifically for the nickname Archie which is Rupe’s grandpa’s name. He is the sweetest 94 year old I’ve ever met. We were actually in England spending time with the family for his grandmother’s funeral when I first suspected we were expecting, so it was very fitting.

As for the rest of his name… it is tradition to have two middle names in Rupe’s family (Rupert’s are Casper & James) so we went with Lee which is my dad’s name and Fox, the only one with no family ties, but with a second middle name I decided I got to pick one just because I liked it. :)

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baby boy nursery tour // Shescortsgender-neutral-nursery-baby-boy-sarahshermansamuel-2I took these photos before Archie was born so the dresser still wasn’t set up as a changing station like it is now, but I will post on that soon!

Dresser is an Ikea Hack (see the DIY and all of the product sources for this photo here) //  // 

 These vintage paint-by-number mountain scenes were the first items I picked up for the nursery, and the design of the space evolved from there. I loved how Wes Anderson-esque they were and how in a modern space they get a new life.

// // Vintage Paint-by-number Paintings from the Santa Monica Flea

baby boy nursery tour // ShescortsFoxes abound in Archer Lee Fox’s room and , has to be the clear favorite.

baby boy nursery tour // Shescortsdiy shelves // baby boy nursery tour // ShescortsThe glider/rocker is also one of my favorite things in the space. I mean, do you see that copper base! It called to me from the pages saying “hey lady… Archer NEEDS this rocker”.

For a little book storage and display I DIYed those shelves and left the raw wood unfinished to match the crib. More on that later too, if you’d like to see the process.

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I drew this cloud pattern and had the wallpaper custom made. The  ground the wall and further set the dreamy scene with their sun and flower like shapes.

baby boy nursery tour // Shescortsbaby boy nursery tour // ShescortsAnd finally, the affection I have for knows no bounds. Maybe because I am a sucker for beautiful wood in its’ raw state, or the fact that it is by a local LA designer, or that it is made in the USA, orrrr just the beautiful design, but all of it helped make my crib decision very easy. And about those drapes… One night I dreamed about finding white curtains with little pom poms on the side and then the first place I thought to look was Urban Outfitters and like magic, , and they are even black-out curtains! It was totally meant to be, I like to think I dreamed them into existence but should probably get some credit.

See the room go from a blank box… to a really ugly before (this was the one room we lived in during all the home renovations)… to the design phase and product picks… and then here, all fully realized. Ahh, the most satisfying part… and now I kind of have the nursery design bug. Babies get to have some pretty darling things right?!

 // Mobile by me (Shescorts) //  // Plant is a Fiddle Leaf Fig // // // 

 

Images by Shescorts Sherman Samuel

weekend scenes with Ergo Baby

My mama world just expanded all over again with my new found love of baby wearing. I’m not sure why I hadn’t gotten around to it before now, well actually I do know and it involves a bumpy recovery for me including catheters, infections, and other scary things that I have already started to block out of my memory, which prevented me from a lot of things at the beginning. Thankfully we are sailing along much more smoothly now and it helps that Archer just about makes our hearts explode out of his adorableness on a daily basis.

Seeing as I can not get enough of the peanut’s cuddles, I was pretty excited when sent me over one of to try out. Now I am loving our neighborhood strolls, walks to the market, and being able to work with little A snuggled right up to me. I’m officially a baby wearing, hands free carrying, mobile mummy and a happy ball of mush. <3

On a side note, can I just talk about how huge my little guy is already getting?! I can’t believe he was in my belly just 8 weeks ago. At this rate he will pass me up in size before too long, but not to worry, I’ve decided I am just going to wrap him up in this until his feet are dragging on the ground… don’t judge ;).

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shop picks: need supply co.

I am starting this new series, that I hope you’ll enjoy and find helpful, where I will highlight different shops and curate a gallery of my favorite picks from the shop.

First up is They have a brick & mortar store in Richmond Virginia, and I am a big fan of their online shop as well. They do such a great job of selecting items by unique designers and highlighting the well designed object. Above are my top picks from their current selection.

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scenes from the weekend

This weekend was full of big milestones for me on the motherhood journey. My sister came to visit with her husband and two young kids from Wyoming and they were not about to stick around the house all day, so I quickly had to learn how to breastfeed on the fly and in public (gasp! ;)), something I wasn’t really looking forward to. It already sounds silly now, but I couldn’t imagine how I would ever be able to do it without my perfect little nursing station, my pillows set up just right etc, but there I was on the beach, nursing like a champ. ha!

And just like that, it opened up a whole new chapter. We were able to spend the day at the beach, get a delicious lunch at , and spend a full day away from the house. The rest of the weekend was filled with , playing games on the , backyard picnics, dining out, and ! It was some good quality time with my sister and little A’s adorable cousins. More photos from the weekend after the jump…

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DIY Eucalyptus Wall Hanging

I’ve had a few requests to share the details on this DIY wall hanging I made a while back (you may have , and on the blog here), so here she is!

This is definitely one of the easiest DIY‘s I have put together and I really just did it on the fly. You could also make it all your own by switching up the eucalyptus for flowers or other greenery, increasing the number of dowels used, etc. Really, the variations are endless… making me want to make another, and another!

Supplies needed: Fresh Cut Eucalyptus // Yarn //  // 

The first thing I did was lay the dowels out on the floor, spaced out how I wanted them. Then I started with the full roll of yarn and tied the end onto the left side of the bottom dowel with a simple knot. I then tied knots on the next two dowels up and stretched the yarn out as high as I wanted it (about two feet above the dowels) and finished tying the rest of the knots, going down along the right side.

Next I gathered a bunch of eucalyptus and tied a piece of yarn around its’ end securing it together (repeating that step twice to make two bunches). Then finally I tied the eucalyptus bunches to the wall hanging with a bow, using the same yarn.

Pretty fun right? Cracker is clearly impressed.

To see more of my DIY projects check here.

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