Entries from September 29th, 2017

A-frame Outdoor Tour: Before & After

a-frame - outdoor space tour - before & after - sarah sherman samuelIt is just starting to get into the really good season for Palm Springs so I am ecstatic to take full advantage of all the outdoor space at the A-frame and I am equally thrilled to be able to share the full exterior tour today! We worked on the landscaping of the a-frame bit by bit over the last couple years so while I was going through old photos it made me realize just how far we’ve come. You may recognize the photo above if you subscribe to Sunset Magazine. We were completely honored to be September’s cover story!!

BEFORE

Here is a reminder of how it looked when we first purchased it. The yard was incredibly overgrown with so many weird, broken, and downright scary features like a human sized bird cage (one of multiple cages actually), a cess pit (basically a giant open hole in the ground that all the sewage dumps into), and dead trees that were due to fall over at any time. The first thing we did was clean it up, we had to rent a big construction dumpster to get rid of everything (twice).  But eventually, after all of the clean up, tree and miscellaneous shed and cage removal, paint, and more paint, adding plants, crushed rock, and some furniture, filling in a non functional koi pond, taking out a bridge that literally led to no where, a large broken fountain, two defunct hot tubs and a swamp cooler, and replacing the entire roof, we made it to here…

AFTER

A while back I posted about a few of my outdoor plans and shared how Wayfair really helped to deck out the exterior rooms. We created the dining area in the front of the house (which took the place of an old fountain) using their concrete stools as seating, paired with an Ikea dining table and Target chairs. I found these cushions on H&M which were the perfect size for the stools.

The only thing left on my list to do is to replace that zig zag patterned board below the window but lets pretend it is not there for now.

a-frame - outdoor space tour - before & after - sarah sherman samuelProduct Sources:
Front Dining Area: Concrete Stools from Wayfair // Dining Table from Ikea // Seat Cushions from H&M // Side Chairs from Target (no longer available find similar here)

BEFORE

If you continue around to the side of the house we come to the patio off the bedroom. I wanted to make this into a relaxing spot for morning coffee and mountain views so we added some lounge chairs and an umbrella.

AFTER

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BEFORE

Just off the patio, looking towards the mountains, is a big open space that was begging for a gathering area. Shortly after we bought the property a big storm came through and blew down the fence you see here. After replacing the fence and cleaning up the landscaping, we added this beautiful fire pit and butterfly chair grouping from Wayfair (inspired by The Parker, one of our favorite PS spots) which is just calling for some late night chats.

AFTER

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Product Sources:
Fire Pit and Bedroom Patio Area: Butterfly Chair from Wayfair // Fire Pit from Wayfair // Lounge Chairs and cushions from Ikea // Umbrella from Hayneedle

BEFORE

Back around to the front of the house is the main entrance where there was a pergola on its’ last legs. We tore it down and built a new one to match, and extended the living area out onto the patio with some outdoor furniture.

AFTER

a-frame - outdoor space tour - before & after - sarah sherman samuela-frame - outdoor space tour - before & after - sarah sherman samuela-frame - outdoor space tour - before & after - sarah sherman samuela-frame - outdoor space tour - before & after - sarah sherman samuelI couldn’t find an outdoor rug large enough for the space that I liked so I ended up buying four 5’x7′ ones of these from Target and layering them. I also couldn’t find a large outdoor coffee table that I loved that didn’t cost an arm and a leg so I DIY’ed this one out of an Ikea dining table top and used three stoneware planter pots as the feet (do you want to see this in a separate post? this one is already the longest one ever!).

a-frame - outdoor space tour - before & after - sarah sherman samuela-frame - outdoor space tour - before & after - sarah sherman samuelThe modern lines of this outdoor sofa had me at first glance. Last weekend we all sat out here on it in the early early hours and it was SO quiet and still and peaceful. I never wanted to leave. You can see above how we filled in the dysfunctional koi pond, turning it into a plant bed and filled out the rest of the rocks with more plants as well.

a-frame - outdoor space tour - before & after - sarah sherman samuelThis was a shot from our Sunset magazine shoot, in my dreams I am right here, always… and maybe Archie is playing quietly to the side while I sip my cucumber water and read a really good book.  Ok but in reality it was 110 degrees and shortly after this shot Archie ran into the frame, grabbed an entire brick of cheese off the plate and took a big bite of bree, rind and all and I was off to set up the next photo. Buuut I do have to say, now that the weather is cooling down, I intend to get some real reading time in that chair even if it is limited to Archie’s nap time.

Product Sources:
Main Patio Area: Sofa from Wayfair // Rugs from Target // Hanging Chairs from Candelabra // Coffee Table DIY // Butterfly Chair from Wayfair // Cement Side Table from Wayfair // Side Table from Ikea // Woven Floor Cushions from CB2 // My Dress by Doen // Sandals by Kyma 

BEFORE

AFTER

a-frame - outdoor space tour - before & after - sarah sherman samuelWe always wanted to put a pool in this spot but once we got a 45K quote for the one I wanted I quickly came up with plan B and used a stock water tank as a little plunge pool to cool us down. I’ve seen a few of these around, Morgan from The Brick House painted hers white and since she lives in the desert as well, I figured she was on to something, plus I love the more finished look. Ours is still a work in progress as it still needs another coat of paint and we plan to hook it up to a small sand filter to keep the water clean but for now we have been just filling it up enough for Archie to splash around and then switching it out when needed but its just what we were looking for.

And that is pretty much the full tour! Somehow I forgot to shoot the clawfoot tub which is our outdoor shower, we have cleaned it up and it is one of my favorite features but I am claiming pregnancy brain because it is a real thing and the more pregnant I get the more I am forgetting.

Product Sources:
Pool Area: Stock Water Tank // Outdoor Chairs from HD Buttercup (find similar here)

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel // Except the ones I am in, those are by Thomas Story for Sunset Magazine (which you can tell because he is the real pro)

Special thanks to Wayfair for gifting some of the product that made my outdoor dreams possible.

High/Low Living Room: Artful Modern

I’m using the term “artful modern” again to describe today’s high/low look but this time it’s in the living room. It is a simple term but it sums up how I strive to make each piece special by looking for unique silhouettes and shapes in furniture so that the pieces of the room become like sculptures themselves. This dreamy living room board is full of those and along with a bit of whimsy, it is seriously high on style.

modern artful living roomm- luxe // sarah sherman samuelI have been gaga for that egg collective sofa from the first time I saw it and I’m pretty sure I’ve pinned it multiple times. The clean lines and the geometric shapes hit all the right notes. This room is basically the collection of some of my all time favorite pieces, like that and the pink chair, which I will probably never afford, but love from afar nonetheless.

Luxe Look Sources: lamp // painting // sofa // side table // armchair // magazine folder // coffee table // rug // pillows 

modern artful living room- for less // sarah sherman samuelFinding unique silhouettes and thoughtfully designed shapes for this type of style is not as easy to come by when you are working within more of a realistic budget but when I laid my eyes on that sofa from urban outfitters I knew I had to make it mine, and I did, literally… I just put it in my living room (living room makeover to come). It reminded me a bit of the egg collective sofa with the special arm detailing and I happened to snag it during one of their furniture sales, so for $1000 it was much more reasonable. The pink chair isn’t a total steal by any means, but it is so similar to the dream room’s (and a third of the price) I couldn’t not include it. If you are loving that style but not married to the pink there are even less expensive options that are great here and here.

Look For Less Sources: lamp // painting (left) // painting (right) // sofa // side table (tall) // side table (low) // armchair // magazine folder // coffee table // rug // pillows

If you’d like to see more high/low rooms, check here. 

Oh Joy Kitchen Reveal

oh joy studio kitchen tour // sarah sherman samuel // before and afterA while back, I shared the design plans for the Oh Joy studio kitchen and today I get to share the final space, complete with a couple before & afters!  I have to say, at first, it was a little intimidating designing a space for such a well known power house of a brand as Oh Joy. Even though Joy and I have become friends of the years she is still OH JOY! ha, (it doesn’t even seem that long ago that I didn’t even have a blog but was reading hers and dreaming of the day I would have my own business as well). Once we got started I knew the kitchen design would come together easily and it was the perfect combination of our styles. So without further ado… the kitchen where SSS meets Oh Joy.

oh joy studio kitchen tour // sarah sherman samuel // before and afteroh joy studio kitchen tour // sarah sherman samuel // before and afterOne of the biggest changes in the kitchen was to rework the cabinet layout to create more usable counter space and storage. We added this peninsula to extend the kitchen a bit further into the space as well as to give Joy and her team a great backdrop to shoot against.

oh joy studio kitchen tour // sarah sherman samuel // before and afteroh joy studio kitchen tour // sarah sherman samuel // before and after I was able to incorporate Joy’s own cement tile design and had it laid in a random pattern for an extra bit of whimsy on the backsplash. Previously the kitchen didn’t have an oven so we added appliances that would make this a fully functioning kitchen for daily use as well as events.

oh joy studio kitchen tour // sarah sherman samuel // before and afteroh joy studio kitchen tour // sarah sherman samuel // before and afterA floating shelf hangs above the sink to display dish ware, props and things while two cedar and moss sconces sit pretty overhead. I am no stranger to using Ikea for a kitchen even though this is the first time I have used them for all the cabinet doors as well. For the space we had, it worked out really well. We have a pull-out drawer for our trashcans, a cabinet specifically to hold an under-counter microwave, and mixed both drawer and shelf options for storage. We got everything in a matte white finish and added gold hardware to the doors for a little upgrade. We also added a signature Oh Joy color-blocked wall to one side of the kitchen to accentuate the green from the tile.

oh joy studio kitchen tour // sarah sherman samuel // before and afteroh joy studio kitchen tour // sarah sherman samuel // before and afteroh joy studio kitchen tour // sarah sherman samuel // before and afteroh joy studio kitchen tour // sarah sherman samuel // before and afterAnd now for a stroll down memory lane with the before and afters…

oh joy studio kitchen tour // sarah sherman samuel // before and afterIt definitely looks a lot more finished and most importantly a ton more Oh Joy.

oh joy studio kitchen tour // sarah sherman samuel // before and afterI hope you enjoyed the tour! For more photos and a look behind the scenes check out Joy’s reveal post here.

Design: Sarah Sherman Samuel  || Appliances: KitchenAid  || Sink/Faucet: Ferguson || Lighting: Cedar & Moss || Tile: Oh Joy for Clé Tile || Stools: CB2  || Cabinetry: IKEA || Contractor: Good Fellas || Marble: Modul Marble || Marble Installation: Planet Stone || Gold Shelf Brackets: Rejuvenation || Photography: Monica Wang

maternity style: off the shoulder

dress the bump // maternity style // off the shoulder I’m about 32 weeks pregnant today and am still finding lots of non maternity options that work so well with or without a bump, like this off the shoulder dress from Urban. Even though it still feels like summer here, the color palette of the dress is getting me in the mood for fall, and pair it with a sweater and maybe some ankle boots and it can carry you well into the autumn season.

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Dress from Urban Outfitters (it comes in a few other prints too!) // Bag from Cult Gaia // Shoes by Kyma // Lip Color is Riviera by Hourglass

Photos by Heather Kincaid

shop picks: candelabra

shop-candelabra-favesWhenever I am looking for an extra special or unique piece, Candelabra is one of my favorite sites to scope out. Of course you can have style and a beautiful space on a budget but when I can, I always try and do a mix of high and low pieces. More often than not, the piece I splurge on is what makes the room and Candelabra is one of those places that I know I can go to find an investment piece that can set the style of an entire space and hasn’t already been seen in every other room on pinterest.

Nightstand // Belly Basket // Table Lamp // Thielo Vases // Desk Lamp // Wila Stool // Vaughn Stool // Dovetail Chair // Marble Bowls // Console Table // Antigua Pillow // Burl Coffee Table

For more of my “shop picks” check here.

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