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kitchen before & after

kitchen renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelThe kitchen had been 98% finished for… oh maybe about six months before we got around to the final touches. While we may have moved crazy fast on the recent bathroom reno, things get completed a little slower when it’s DIY.

Because really, after you’ve done the entire kitchen and ran out of supplies for the last pieces of trim, who wants to get all the tools out again just to put up some trim above the cabinets and finish off the toe-kicks? Not this girl… so I saved the project for when my dad came to town and made him do it. Dad’s are good for that sort of thing. And just like that… it is done! Don’t miss the “before and afters” after the jump!

kitchen renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelkitchen renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelWe used Semihandmade doors & drawer fronts that were custom made to fit Ikea cabinets, you can read more about the process here. We initially had a professional spray paint the fronts but when we extended the kitchen, we ended up buying a sprayer and painting them ourselves which you can read more about here.

kitchen renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelkitchen renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelPreviously the kitchen was a tiny space, completely closed off to the rest of the house. We gutted it, opened it up, expanded it, and added on a separate laundry room so that we could move the washer and dryer out of the pantry and away from the dishwasher.

kitchen renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelI sourced the Calacatta Marble from a slab yard in Van Nuys. I can’t say for sure, but I think I found it at Marble Unlimited. There are quite a few stone suppliers in Van Nuys and after visiting a bunch of them, we found the slab I wanted and I can’t remember exactly which one it was from. It makes a pretty perfect backdrop for my cutting boards hey? ;)

Your best bet if you are in the LA area is to drive out there and hop from one to another. Just a warning though, some of them only supply to contractors, you might want to ask first before getting your heart set on the perfect slab.

kitchen renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelI knew I had to have brass in the kitchen and found these perfect pulls on myknobs.com (best website name ever?! ha). Cedar & Moss lighting was the icing on the cake and I am still SO in love with the cabinet color (it’s “pigeon” by Farrow & Ball btw). All the sources and side-by-side before and afters, after the jump…  Read the rest of this entry »

home progress: bedroom tour

bedroom tour // sarah sherman samuelSince the little one arrived, I have been spending a whole lot of extra time in the bedroom, nursing, napping, recovering… and thought it was about time I give a proper tour of the space. I made a couple changes since the last update, and lord knows it has come a long way from the hole in our backyard. I finally found the perfect nightstands, and I hung those dip-dyed indigo curtains that I made, during my indigo dye-fest a while back. Hope you enjoy the space!

bedroom tour // sarah sherman samuelbedroom tour // sarah sherman samuelI couldn’t be happier with how the curtains turned out, they really warm up the space and add a bit of color without being too overwhelming. Oh and P.S. I used Ikea curtains!

bedroom tour // sarah sherman samuelbedroom tour // sarah sherman samuelbedroom tour // sarah sherman samuel05bedroom-sarahshermansamuelThe nightstands are from West Elm and happened to have the exact measurements that I was looking for. I also love the delicate look of the gold and glass which off sets the darker wood of the sconces and the dresser. I know they aren’t exactly kid friendly but in the master bedroom I think that is allowed, for now at least. :)

bedroom tour // sarah sherman samuelCracker always finds a way to sneak into any photo shoot but what home is complete without a pet or two photo bombing anyway? Below are all the sources! xo

To see all of our home renovation progress, check here
To see more of the bedroom progress, check here

Nightstands by West Elm // Curtains DIY dyed, from Ikea // Curtain Rod from West Elm // Sconces by Cedar & Moss // Flower Print by Debbie Carlos  // Rug from Esalerugs.com // Pendant Lamp from a vintage shop, find new: Octo Pendant by Secto // Bedding by Parachute // Bed from West Elm (I re-upholstered it, DIY here) // Dresser is Vintage from Sunbeam Vintage // Hexagon plant stand from One Kings Lane // Mouse Print from Mini & Maximus // Jewelry Boxes from West Elm // Paint color is Snowfall by Behr

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

nursery progress & ikea hack DIY

ikea hack - mint dresser- nursery // sarah sherman samuelLast week you might have caught a glimpse at the one wall of the nursery that is finished, over on Mother Mag and I wanted to give you a better look, and share what I did with my dresser issue. It is a simple Ikea hack you’ve seen done a thousand times, but the most important detail is often overlooked. You just have got to do something about those legs!

tarva dresser, DIY ikea hackYou may remember on the dresser I re-worked for the cabin I cut the legs shorter. Well, for this one I kept the length the same but cut them at an angle to create a more elegant profile. It is just one small detail, but it doesn’t cost a thing to do, and it changes the look of the dresser dramatically.

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main bath renovation progress

bathroom renovation // progress // sarah sherman samuelWell, the bathroom is 90% done, but I couldn’t wait to share the progress! As small as the space is, it feels twice the size it was before, with the removal of the old shower and the use of a wall mount sink. Now all that is left is to find a shower curtain rod/hanging solution, install various accessories (like toilet paper and towel holders), possibly add a shelf or two and take a freaking bath (oh wait, I checked that last one off the list)!

bathroom renovation // progress // sarah sherman samuelbathroom renovation // progress // sarah sherman samuelWe made up for the storage we lost by not having a vanity (times 5), by creating a large linen cabinet tucked in the corner, where the shower used to be… just needs some hardware.

bathroom renovation // progress // sarah sherman samuelbathroom renovation // progress // sarah sherman samuelOrdering everything online ended up working out just fine and I am still gaga over every single item that came in from Wayfair. Our only mis-hap was me not ordering enough tile, whoops. Unfortunately, that held up the renovation a few days because we were waiting on 10 more measly square feet of tile. I guess with a herringbone pattern there is a bit more waste than I originally accounted for. Lesson learned!

bathroom renovation // progress // sarah sherman samuelbathroom renovation // progress // sarah sherman samuelI love those Cedar & Moss sconces and finding that tall skinny mirror was a stroke of luck. It looks like it was made for the space.

bathroom renovation // progress // sarah sherman samuelbathroom renovation // progress // sarah sherman samuelI’d say bath-time just got a heck of a lot better, right? See the before photos here, the design plan here, my tips on pairing tile here, and more progress here.

Product Sources:  White Elongated Subway Tile from Wayfair // Mirror from West Elm // Marble Shower Curtain by Ferm Living // Wall Mounted Sink from Wayfair // Sconces by Cedar & Moss // Shower and Tub Faucet by Kohler from Wayfair // Black Hexagon Floor Tile from Wayfair // Toilet by Kohler from Wayfair // Purist Sink Faucet by Kohler from Wayfair // Kohler Bathtub from Wayfair // Bamboo Bath Caddy // Bath Sponge // Soap Dish from Suite One Studio // Hexagon Vase by Dwell Studio // Paint Color: Pitch Black by Farrow & Ball

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

To see all of our home renovation posts, check here.

Pregnancy Style Feature on Mother

maternity style for Mother Mag // Sarah sherman samuelLast week I had the honor of shooting with the talented Tessa Neustadt for a style feature on Mother Mag. Getting these photos back, it was so nice to see our house from a different perspective… through someone else’s lens!

maternity style for Mother Mag // Sarah sherman samuelmaternity style for Mother Mag // Sarah sherman samuelmaternity style for Mother Mag // Sarah sherman samuelThese were just a few of my favorite shots but head over to Mother to see the full feature and interview that went live today. psst… there is a sneak peek into the nursery too!

Images by Tessa Neustadt for Mother

To see more of our house, check out our renovation progress here.

gender neutral nursery for baby samuel

gender neutral nursery design // cloud wallpaper // sarah sherman samuelOk, one week until my due date and the nursery is finally getting going! I’ve had this board and the design for a while so the items have been slowly trickling in. Between this and my online ordering excursion for the bathroom, our front porch has turned into quite the shipping and receiving department! So, besides being up to our ears in cardboard boxes, it is all starting to come together.

I turned one of my own patterns into some custom wallpaper, which is that cloud pattern at the top and we put it up last weekend! I am hoping to get the rest of the room set up this weekend (fingers crossed and the if the baby stays in :).

I have to say I am super excited that we are having a boy but so much of the “baby boy” clothes and “baby boy” nursery decor, I am just not a fan of. I don’t like primary colors and for some reason it seems like that is 90% of what they offer for our male littles. I wanted the nursery to be an extension of our home and so I kept to a light and whimsical palette incorporating a lot of natural materials in their raw state (bamboo mirrors, unfinished wood crib, and the natural reed baskets) and injected a bit of color with the peach rug, toys, and a painted dresser.

Now about that dresser shown above. Ideally this is the shape I was looking for, however it doesn’t come in the color I wanted, so with a little help from photoshop I changed it just for the board. I am planning another ikea hack to get that look but for a lot less.

Wish me luck!

Product Sources: (top to bottom and left to right-ish)
Custom Cloud Wallpaper by Sarah Sherman Samuel // Mirrors from Wayfair // Rock Lamp from Land of Nod // Stuffed Animals by Woodland Tale // Falling Bear & Fox Prints from Land of Nod // Dresser by Urbangreen // Arrow Banner from Ferm Living // Set of Three Lidded Baskets from One Kings Lane // Henry the Fox by Walnut Animal Society // Milo Swivel Glider from Land of Nod // Sheepskin Rug from Amazon // Peach Vintage Rug from Frances Loom // Crib by Kalon Studios // Throw Blanket from Target

baby bump love fest! aka maternity photos

maternity photos // sarah sherman samuel // max and friendsmaternity photos // sarah sherman samuel // max and friendsI hope you guys are prepared for a whole lotta baby bump because I had the hardest time narrowing down options from such a unique batch of images that Katherine & Luke sent over from our shoot together. When I was introduced to their work, I instantly fell in love with their style and knew it would be a perfect match with mine, so I couldn’t wait to see what we could cook up together. When they came to our house to shoot they also couldn’t have been any sweeter to work with so it was a major win all around. I couldn’t think of a better way to document our little growing family.

maternity photos // sarah sherman samuel // max and friendsmaternity photos // sarah sherman samuel // max and friendsmaternity photos // sarah sherman samuel // max and friendsmaternity photos // sarah sherman samuel // max and friendsmaternity photos // sarah sherman samuel // max and friendsmaternity photos // sarah sherman samuel // max and friendsmaternity photos // sarah sherman samuel // max and friendsWhen I first thought of getting professional maternity photos taken, I had talked to some friends and across the board, the ones that didn’t, regretted it, and the ones that did were so happy they had. So if you are on the fence at all, I say do it! Growing a baby is a beautiful, terrifying, and crazy business that goes by so fast and we will surely cherish these captured moments.

More photos and pregnancy talk after the jump!

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bathroom refresh & diy towel ladder

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bathroom re-fresh DIY towel ladder // sarah sherman samuelWe have been busy bees in full nesting mode lately, and the new bathroom didn’t get left behind. Target sent me over some pretty little items from their bath collection, like the bamboo & ceramic soap dispenser and tumbler and some crisp new white towels, which gave the space a quick refresh and I also got to work on making this ladder for some much needed towel storage/display.

bathroom re-fresh DIY towel ladder // sarah sherman samuelbathroom-refresh5We also finally got around to installing a toilet paper holder (the prettiest one in all the land, I’m convinced).

bathroom re-fresh DIY towel ladder // sarah sherman samuelbathroom re-fresh DIY towel ladder // sarah sherman samuelbathroom re-fresh DIY towel ladder // sarah sherman samuelI also am loving the mix of all the different wood tones with the bamboo accessories, the vintage credenza-turned vanity and the ladder, I think it really warms up the bright white the space.

Bamboo & Ceramic Tumbler from Target // Bamboo & Ceramic Soap Dispenser from Target // Botanic Fiber Bath Towels from Target // Bamboo Wastebasket from Target // Toilet Paper Holder by Ferm Living // Pendant Lamps by Cedar & Moss // Kohler Purist Shower Head // Vessel Sink // Kohler Purist Faucet //  Merola White Hex Tiles // Vintage Credenza turned vanity // Daltile White Subway Tiles //  Mirror & Shower Enclosure, custom made

This post is sponsored by Target. Shop Home Décor for modern luxury made easy.

Get the details on the DIY ladder after the jump…

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Christmas in LA

living-room-holiday5 copyHere’s a peek into our house as decorated for Christmas. Better late than never right?, and who knows I may never take down that little white tree…

living-room-holiday-treeliving-room-holiday-tree2living-room-holiday2-640-2… and certainly not this DIY wall hanging. :)

DIY-eucalyptus-wall-hangingliving-room-holiday-shelvesI wanted the holiday decorations to blend with the decor but still add all that extra sparkle that makes the season special. Usually I like to err on EXTRA Christmas flair but being this pregnant I wasn’t sure how quickly the decorations will actually make it back into their boxes after the fact, so better to do it with a restrained hand. I did this by using a lot of metallic gold, a white tree, white lights, some natural greens, and then spread it throughout the house so most surfaces had a touch of seasonal love.

It is also the first time we have spent the holidays in the renovated space! To see how far we’ve come, check out the living room before we knocked through a couple walls in the before photos here, and all of the renovation progress so far, here.

Sources for everything that I can think of below:

Top Photo:
Coffee Table (the the white tree is on) from CB2 // White Tree by Vickerman // Gold Ornaments by Ikea // Hanging Chair (yard sale!) find more options here, and here, and here and here // Mill Console Table by CB2 // Door by AAW (stained with 1 part Light Walnut & 2 parts Provencal by Varathane) // Rubber plant (by door) & planter from Home Depot // Vintage Hardoy Chair from Surfing Cowboys // Sofa from HD buttercup // Coffee Table is Vintage found at the Long Beach Flea // Rug from The Rug Warehouse // Chandelier by Jonathan Adler // Paint color is Snowfall by Behr // Mid-century stool, vintage // Sheepskin from Ikea // Basket from Chicos // Pillows by Little Korboose // Glass Terrarium from Urban Outfitters // Candle Holder, Vintage // Gold Bowl by CB2

Bottom Photo:
DIY built-in shelves see post here // Coffee table (vintage) from Surfing Cowboys // Rug from RugsUSA.com // Chairs (vintage found at Long Beach Flea) // White VasesSquirrelDog Bookends and Whale Pitcher from Jonathan Adler // Gold Starbursts from Waiting on Martha // Gold Bowls and Cube Wire Sculptures from CB2 // Bronze Cats (vintage from Rosebowl Flea) // Framed Photo by Max Wanger // Art Deco Clock (vintage) // Ceramic Hand // Starburst Mirror from Target (old) find similar here or here  // Paint Color: Wimborne White by Farrow & Ball // Gold Animals by Dwell Studio from Wayfair // Black Faceted Vases by Dwell Studio from Wayfair

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel