We are happy to welcome Sarah Sherman Samuel to the blog today to share her beautiful home with us! "Our home is a two-story townhouse that I share with my husband and two pups. There are two bedrooms on the top floor, one of which I use as my studio, and the bottom floor is one big open space that includes the kitchen, living, and dining areas. The building we are in was brand new when we bought it, giving us the opportunity to choose some of the finishes and put our own stamp on it (like the dark wood flooring and the lighting). Now, six years later we are selling our place (it actually just sold!), and we bought a small house nearby. Moving from this space will be bitter sweet, as it was the first home my husband and I bought together. I also started working from home about six months ago, so I only just finished my studio space! The things I will miss the most about this home will be the high ceilings, the wide open spaces, and large rooms. Our new place is a little bungalow that was built in the 50s, so the rooms are a fraction of the size, but I am really looking forward to having a yard there and an outdoor living area, which will be a major plus." "The studio is now used solely as my creative space. I do photo shoots, pen my blog Smitten Studio paint, finish wood pieces for A Sunny Afternoon, package and ship products, make plenty of messes and design the days away all from this room." "One of my favorite pieces is the large framed photograph that hangs on the wall behind the sofa. It's a photo of Lake Superior that I took when my husband and I were just dating. It was one of the first times I brought him to my home state of Michigan. And although I used to vacation in the area a lot when I was younger, it was the first time I had gone back as an adult. We were both taken back by the unspoiled beauty of the landscape, and it's still one of our favorite vacations to date." "We have lived in the space for a little over six years and have slowly decorated and added pieces over time. We love poking around at flea markets and vintage shops to see what we can find and surrounding ourselves with storied objects. The room that has evolved the most in our time here is the spare room. It eventually changed from a guest bedroom into my workspace. Originally we painted it a very dark grey, so it would make the large space seem cozier, like a little library. On cloudy days or when the sun was going down the room would be SO dark, I could hardly see what I was doing, so when I started working from home I had to paint it white (aside from the chalkboard wall which was too useful to paint over). Now its bright and full of light and has a much better working atmosphere. I also swapped out the bed for a sofa bed and cleaned off the shelves so they would be more functional to my workflow." Thank you for sharing your home with us, Sarah! Be sure to stop by and say hello to Sarah over at her blog Smitten Studio! xo.
At Home With Sarah Sherman Samuel
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