A Sunny Afternoon is the online shop and product line created by Sarah Sherman Samuel. Every piece is designed by Sarah, and lovingly made in small batches by herself, her father, Lee, or by other local artisans. The handmade nature of the collection means that each product is unique, showcasing the human touch behind it.

Sarah spends a lot of time thinking about aesthetics and design and how those things enrich and affect our lives. She pens the blog Smitten Studio where she shares her stories & stylings for living with design.

A Sunny Afternoon was born out of Sarah’s desire to create a line that marries her style with her love of the outdoors, gathering for a meal, and the handmade. The idea of making picnic-ware that is useful, beautiful, and long lasting is what has driven her to create its first collection of handmade wares with a modern heirloom feel.

Sarah is based in LA, but it’s in her father’s workshop in Michigan where the serving boards are made. During the creation time, you will most likely find Sarah and Lee working alongside each other cutting, plaining, sanding and finishing pieces. Lee is a retired computer networking engineer that has also been a skilled woodworker since before Sarah was born. His workshop is where Sarah learned to appreciate the beauty and imperfections in wood and the smell of fresh saw dust. Most of the wood used for A Sunny Afternoon products have been collected locally over the years by Lee from downed trees and reclaimed sources.

Thank you for stopping by. We hope that you enjoy our work as much as we do!

Anyone on the mailing list will be notified first when a new collection is released and/or when items are back in stock. You will find additional updates and some peeks behind the scenes on our blog Smitten Studio. Please refer to the FAQ page for more information on shipping, payment, etc.

Sarah also brings her signature aesthetic to her prop styling, art direction, and design work for clients with a similar value base. You can see more of her work here.

Image by Lou Mora