Entries from May 18th, 2016

patio before & after

backyard patio // before & afterI realized I’ve shared the far side of our backyard quite a bit, but never posted the final patio/back of the house since we added on the bedroom and laundry room, which has now become a great little landing pad/hang out spot when friends come by. We had the deck built connecting from the laundry room to our bedroom (which you can see the beginnings of here) and although the space is quite small, with a little help from Target we have now made the deck inviting as the rest of the yard i.e. the pergola and the larger patio area.

patio-after6-640patio-after5-640 I started by laying down an outdoor rug which helps to extend the living room right out onto the patio. The french doors both open up onto the patio so on the warm days we truly have the indoor/outdoor living room which we, especially the dogs and Archer, love.

backyard patio // before & afterpatio-after7-640And just in case you forgot how the backyard looked before we got started down our renovation spiral… here is the oh so satisfying before & after


backyard patio // before & afterpatio-after2-640patio-after-640To make the space feel casual and loungey I added some comfortable poufs and a low coffee table. And finally, I placed a couple strategic potted plants to break up all the straight lines. Hello summer… here we come.

See the full renovation progress here and the patio in the making here.

From Target: Outdoor Rug // Natural Pouf // Natural & Cream Pouf // Gold Metal Votives
Coffee Table is vintage // Exterior Paint color is Iron Mountain by Benjamin Moore

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

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12 leather accent chairs

round up // best leather accent chairs // sarah sherman samuelIt doesn’t matter the room, I swear… 9 times out of 10 a leather accent chair is the answer. I LOVE a good leather chair and through my searches for the perfect pair for the A-frame, I rounded up 12 of swoon worthy seats that have one thing in common. Beautiful, natural… leather.

Sling (comes in brown too) // Spanish // Toro // Rhys (GAH I WANT TWO OF THESE SO BAD) // Weldon Club // Expat // U-Turn Swivel // Aldama // Rama // Ojai // Ash Easy Chair // Interwoven Leather 

art from life’s moments

framebridge-cactus-prints-3-640 The new studio is starting to come together! I’ve been having a lot of fun slowly collecting pieces that I truly love and only bringing those items into the space. I’d rather do without for the time being, leaving a space empty, than to rush to fill the gaps just for the sake of getting it finished. Of course it takes more time doing it this way but it is also what gives you that yummy collected feel. And bonus… when you have a bazillion other things going on you can’t help but work on curating your own space over time… i.e. when you have the chance.

framebridge-cactus-prints-2-640One thing I knew I wanted to include in the space was my own photography. I love looking back at instagram and my iphone gallery of photos but some of the memories I’ve captured I really wanted to see big and be reminded of the happy times on the daily. I took this cactus photo on our first family vacation with Archer in Palm Springs. We were nervous and excited, brand new parents, with a tiny baby, and looking back that time went by in such a flash, I decided to frame this to remind me of where we’ve been and how far we’ve come. I wanted the print to be extra large so I decided to break it up into a diptych, ordering two frames at the largest size Framebridge offers (40″ long), making one jumbo statement.

Buying or framing oversize art can be so expensive but splitting a print up into two frames is an easy way to cut down on the cost and I am always pleasantly surprised at just how easy printing and framing with Framebridge is.

framebridge-gif-small2You upload your art, select a frame, and they ship it to you all ready to hang, along with everything you need to hang it (except the hammer).

framebridge-cactus-prints-4-640Now that Archie is a bit older and I spend a lot of time in the studio, I love being surrounded by memories of when he was just a wee one. P.S. I CAN NOT believe how big he is.

and psst… Framebridge is offering SSS Stories readers 15% off a customer’s first framebridge order! Just use the code SARAHSHERMANSAMUEL15 it is valid through 8/31/2016!

Sofa from Rypen
// Rug from Amazon // Magazine stand from Schoolhouse Electric // Pillows from Target

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weekend scenes: create & cultivate

downtown-la-sarahshermansamuelThis weekend I spoke on a panel at Create & Cultivate, the conference & online platform geared towards women entrepreneurs in the digital space, and although nerve wracking at first it was empowering to see so many women business owners share their stories and be able to connect with people doing the same thing. Working for yourself you don’t always get to hang out with fellow designers or talented folks that are paving their own way and the conference was humming with them.

create-cultivate-rose-gardencreate-cultivate-sarahshermansamuelcreate-cultivatecreate-cultivate-panelI was talking alongside some of my favorite boss ladies in the design & digital world…Emily Henderson, Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors, Sara Sugarman of Lulu & Georgia, Bri Emery of DesignLoveFest, and Victoria Smith of SF Girl by Bay. Mat of Consort moderated our panel and you can see our entire hour long pow wow on their facebook page! Or if you just want the very abbreviated cliffs notes of the day… Racked LA highlighted a few key points from the Keynotes of Jessica Alba, Chelsea Handler and Rachel Zoe.

mothers-dayAnd then Sunday, I snuggled my babe all Mother’s Day long. Rupert packed us all a picnic and we went to watch a polo match at Will Rogers State Park and then I got a massage that I think nearly killed me. haha. Too much pressure on my extra tense muscles! Two epson salt baths later and I am still recovering.

Happy Mother’s day to all you mama’s, the hardest and most rewarding job out there. xo

Sources: White outfit: Top by BCBG // Cropped Pants from Asos 

Denim Jumper by Ali Golden

project light lab

kitchen-rendering2-sssFor the last couple months I have been working behind the scenes for a creative dynamo of a client (actually clients). Anne Sage and Team Woodnote have teamed up in a joint venture called “Light Lab” which is a creative warehouse/studio space in Atwater Village that will be available for photo shoots, workshops, events, etc. and they turned to me for the design of the kitchen and bathroom. It has been such a fun project to work on because kitchens and baths are my favorite to design and they pretty much let me do whatever the heck I wanted. Which included incorporating some unexpected materials, and also featuring one of my own wallpaper designs!


light-lab-before Above is the kitchen rendering and cabinet plan I shared with them for the design proposal. We are going with black slab cabinets, black appliances, and doing a tile feature on the island (yum). Since it is a warehouse space, everything is in one giant room so I wanted the kitchen to be clean and modern (blending in with the space) but still have special moments like the tile, the extra long floating shelves, and brass stools and a plywood feature wall (more on that soon) that make it unique.

Directly above you are looking at the before photo of where the kitchen will go. We had all sorts of plumbing and electrical work that needed to get done, delaying things ,which seems to be the usual with renovations, but install day should be any day now and I am over here waiting like a kid for Christmas.

Meanwhile… the bathroom is a tad bit further along…

light-lab-bathroom-sssand again, here is the design board, rounding up all the selects. I love love a bold bathroom, so we went for it… gold accents, wallpaper, and the black and white triangle floor tile all make this heart go pitter patter. Especially the wallpaper because… I have been developing my own wallpaper collection and this is the first time seeing one my new designs up and in a space! It isn’t available anywhere yet, but I was able to do a custom print for them.

light-lab-bathroom-wallpaper-sssYou may have seen this sneak peek on instagram, and I know I say this all the time, but I really can’t wait to show you more, just as I can’t wait to see more! Hurry up contractors!!!

Bathroom Sources: Lighting by Cedar & Moss for Rejuvenation // Wallpaper by Sarah Sherman Samuel // Mirror from CB2
I’ll be sharing the rest of the sources in the final reveal.



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