introducing the Moore project

You may have noticed I haven’t been posting quite as much as usual lately, but I promise it is because I have been crazy busy behind the scenes. All that behind the scenes hustling will soon be a ton of new beautiful content here; some I’ve started to share (like the Trullbrook Project), one I just shared (The Modernism Week Show House), and more that I will be sharing very soon, like this one…

mandy moore home renovation // design team // sarah sherman samuel and emily farnhamI have been bursting-at-the-seams excited to announce this next residential project. It is basically my dream home, originally constructed in 1950, designed by the mid-century modernist Harold B Zook, and you might recognize the lovely home owner, Mandy Moore…

Mandy bought the house early this year and we will be renovating and furnishing it over the spring/summer. Maybe by then I will stop freaking out over the project, but probably not. The mid-century bones combined with Mandy’s great style are a pinch me kind of win-win client situation.  I’m thrilled to team up up with the architect Emily Farnham to bring the house, which was unfortunately renovated in the early 90’s with clashing circular additions and traditional detailing, back to its historic geometry and modern origins. We are working closely with Mandy while collaborating on the interior millwork, finishes and fixtures. Together, our work is guided by an appreciation for the original mid-century architecture while combining it with a thoughtful mix of old and new, to create fashion forward spaces that respect their origins.

Below are a few historical photos of the house which show how the home was originally designed by Mr. Zook. The blending of the lines from interior to exterior with all glass walls and indoor planters make me want to gush over this house forever.

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And now for our “before photos” this is how the house is now, before our construction but after the ill-fitting 90’s renovation.

KITCHEN BEFORE

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LIVING ROOM BEFORE

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GUEST BATH BEFORE

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GUEST BEDROOMS BEFORE

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MASTER BEDROOM BEFORE

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MASTER BATH BEFORE

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STUDY/OFFICE

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MAIN GUEST BATH BEFORE

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DINING ROOM BEFORE

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LIVING ROOM BEFORE

living room before // mandy moore // sarah sherman samuel living room before // mandy moore // sarah sherman samuel living room before // mandy moore // sarah sherman samuel As you can see, this house is in some serious need of some love but the bones are incredible.

We will be completely renovating the 3 bathrooms, kitchen, study, library nook and family room fireplace wall. Fortunately when they renovated in the 90’s they left the dining room/living room untouched, keeping the other original fireplace, with it’s giant copper hood and brickwork, in tact. Those rooms will get new flooring, lighting, and the fireplace hood will be polished, but other then that, it will remain the same.

If you want to follow the renovation closely, I will be posting the progress and plans here on the blog, as well as on my instagram, Mandy’s Instagram and Emily’s instagram. We are already well underway in the design phase and I can tell you it is going to be incredible!

  • Can’t wait to follow the progress!!!

  • AH. I made so much “NOOOO” at all the additions. So glad Mandy had the sense to overlook that nonsense and hire you peeps to fix it all back up again. Can’t wait to see it all finished – that fireplace hood is giving me major heart eyes!

  • Oh man, I can’t wait to see what you do with this to return it to its original splendor!

  • Amy Rogers

    You are going to blow the doors off this renovation!! (And hopefully all those kitchen cabinets too!) can’t wait to see it unfold.

  • I started following you on IG some time ago, and now that you started this project, gonna definitively start reading your blog. That copper hood, kind of like it as is, though maybe it’s not that good looking in person.

  • Ooooh, the house looks absolutely amazing! I guess if living in it is not an option for you, working on it is the next best thing? Looking so much forward to see the transformation her on your blog and on the instagrams
    XX, G.

  • Giulia

    Love that diagonal floor treatment in the dining room and how it leads outside, what a gem. Also, are the original cork floors in the rooms?

  • Oh my word it breaks my heart to see what they did in the old renovation. Can’t wait to see how you turn the hands of time back while adding that splash of chic modernism you always do.

  • So exciting Sarah! I can’t wait to see you work your magic.

  • The first few interior photos don’t even look like they’re in the same house! So glad they at least left the fabulous fireplace intact. It’s always great when a hidden gem of a home finds the right owner like Mandy to bring it back to life. Your design sense is a perfect fit for the project and I’m going to enjoy following the three of you on this journey.

  • That really is the dream home — those 1950’s pictures are so gorgeous, too! And then my face twisted into a horrible cringe as I looked through those ‘modern’ update photos…. can’t wait to see the progress and, finally, finished result. This beautiful house is in very capable (and stylish) hands! Eire x

  • Beenish

    Sarah,

    I am bursting at the seams excited for you! Congratulations on this amazing project. As an avid reader of your blog, I can’t wait to watch the renovation process unfold. Good luck, I look forward to seeing great things!

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  • Oh sweet Jeeezus… the light and the boooones!! I CAN’T. WAIT. to see this all finished. <3

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  • THIS IS SO AMAZING! Cannot wait to see what you do with this gem. What a dream project!!!!! Huge congrats to you girl. xx, Steph

  • Wow, that is heartbreaking to see what was done to the original design! Thank goodness you and Mandy are rescuing this beauty! I’ll be following along closely since we are also renovating a 1947 ranch that is a somewhat strange combination of MCM and Traditional.

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