samuel family fixer kitchen update!

She gone! Goodbye small old kitchen with zero counter space! Construction has officially started (FINALLY) and while I am still playing catch up in the design. Yes, I broke my cardinal rule (again) of not starting construction until after the design is finished and materials are on site, but we couldn’t wait any longer. We’ve been a bit swamped between the kids, and work, client projects, the move, and our second move (into a rental house during construction) etc etc and that left very little time to work on our own house, it ended up coming last but we finally got some help with the kiddos and I’m wrapping up some things, so now it’s my turn! I hope you’re as ready as I am for me to start sharing progress and process as we go! Thankfully I pretty much designed the whole kitchen before we even saw the house in person, so I am starting there! See my initial plans to get all caught up here.

Our renovation couldn’t have come at a better time. I started working on the kitchen in my head before we even made an offer and long before we set foot in the house. As soon as we were in escrow I started on the design. Part of my process for myself is that I first create my ultimate space with no regards to budget or logistics, just whatever I can dream up. It’s my utopia space and anything goes. Then I work backwards from there and get creative on how I can execute the look within my budget. Remember the A-frame living room? It worked there, and thats exactly how I started in the kitchen. But, spoiler alert, this time around I hit the jackpot. I had dropped a 36″ white range into a rendering I was working on and turned the hardware a gold color in photoshop, just making up what I wanted in there, and no joke a week later I got an email that Café Appliances was launching this beautiful new line of appliances with customizable hardware (you can choose from 4 different metallics, Stainless, Bronze, Black, and Copper) and the face of them are either Matte Black or Matte White! MY DREAMS LITERALLY CAME TRUE. They reached out to ask me to become a part of their Café Collective (a group of women they brought together to work with over the coming months who each “have an unapologetic approach to embracing their distinct style”) to which I screamed and jumped out of my chair and ran to tell Rupe that I just visualized our kitchen appliances into being. Ok I didn’t really, the talented folks at Café did but I can pretend to take credit like they plucked the design right from my brain. I am just thrilled they exist and even more thrilled that I get to use them in our new kitchen.

samuel family fixer kitchen moodboard Earlier this month I took a trip down to Louisville, Kentucky to dive deep into all things Café Appliances. We got to see them installed in a few homes, we toured the factory, got a taste of Louisville (and the bourbon), did some mixed metal jewelry making and created real-life inspiration boards around the spaces that each of us will be creating with the Café Appliances. It was so fun to see how different everyone’s boards turned out based on their own personal style. That’s mine above!

Speaking of personal style… I like to reference client’s wardrobes when designing for them because what you choose to put on your body is such a great reflection of your style and I feel like your home should reflect that just as much! So for my own space I turned to my wardrobe…

sarah sherman samuel layers and noticed a whole lot of whites, ivories, natural materials, combining different textures and always a touch of gold with my jewelry.

When it came to overall design of the kitchen, I wanted it to be similar, bright, natural, open, a reflection of me, and feel like part of the living space. Crazy but true…I never thought I would want an all white kitchen for myself. I usually gravitate towards colored cabinets but in this space I wanted the wood ceiling (the only original feature in this room that we are keeping) to be a main focal point. See the before photos here, but previously the kitchen had a lot of wood, A LOT. Wood floors, wood ceiling and wood cabinets. I am a big fan of natural wood but if you’ve been following me for a while you know I like a bright space and since the wood ceiling was so special that meant I wanted to remove the other wood finishes to really let it shine.

When I looked at my clothes, other parts of the house, my products, the finishes and appliances I knew I wanted to use, a color (or lack there of) palette started to come together. Thankfully Café Appliances gets that you want your house to be a reflection of you and it doesn’t have to stop at the appliances. There is so much stainless steel out there and not much else, so it’s incredibly refreshing to be able to find customizable appliances to fit my or a client’s style.

And finally, I took all that inspiration above along with some sourcing leg work and translated it into the product selects and finishes for our kitchen.

sarah sherman samuel kitchen // samuel family fixer Wood, terrazzo, quartz, brass, cement… and a lot of love. A lot of love for all the things. :) Are you as surprised as me that I am doing all white or do you think “duh this is totally you”? The key to making all white not boring is to play up all the textures and of course the pop of metallic really helps. Wish me luck!

Sources for first photo: Sweater by Entire World // Jeans from Asos // Table from CB2 // Chair from CB2 // Gold Initial Necklace from Maya Brenner // Gold rings from L Frank Jewelry

Sources for second photo: Sweater from Club Monaco // Top from Sugar Candy Mountain // Jeans from Topshop // Gold rings from L Frank Jewelry

Sources from living room photo: Rug is vintage // Ottoman by sarah sherman samuel // coffee table from Urban Outfitters // rug is vintage // chair is vintage // Art from Minted // stool from lulu and georgia // vase is from CB2 // Planter from CB2  // Pillow form Kesslyr Dean

Kitchen Sources: Range from Café Appliances // Dishwasher from Café Appliances // Refrigerator from Café Appliances // Fresh Concrete countertop by Caesarstone // White Cabinets by Sarah Sherman Samuel for SemiHandmade // Brass hardware by Sarah Sherman Samuel for Park Studio // Faucet by Kallista // Stool from The Citizenry // Pendant Light from Allied Maker // Quartz Sink by Elkay // Cement Tile by Granada Tile

Gift Guide // For the Kiddos

Are you guys all shopped out? I unfortunately haven’t even started because I am still playing catch up on e v e r y t h i n g. Seriously. when am I going to catch up and stop feeling like I have to sprint back and forth from 800 things until I collapse in bed way too late? Is this what being a mother of 2 and working will always look like? SEND HELP!? Well anywho, at least I have this guide of what I may buy for our Clover girl even if I will end up getting it the week or day before christmas. Any one of these would do.

Shop this gift guide // triangle book // high chair // wooden rattle // organic quilt //  leather piggy bank // salt night light // tiger dress // play mat // baby hammock // leopard booties // knitted elephant // fox basket

 

See other gift guides here:

gift guide for her the hostess & him the host 

See previous years gift guides here:

hostess gift guide

gift guide for her

gift guide for cabin life

holiday gift guide for him

holiday gift guide for fur kids

holiday gift guide for littles

 

Gift Guides // For Her the Hostess & Him the Host

Kicking off the start of my gift guides this year with the “Hostess’ & Hosts” guides. With Thanksgiving on tomorrow (EEP! where did November go?!) here’s some great ideas of what you can gift to the those hosts this week!

FOR HER

Shop this gift guide // black pedestal bowl //rolling pin // brass cylinder vase // seagrass carafe // santal 26 candle // golden metal candlestick // marble board // ferrone glasses // wood trivet // bar tools // linen napkins // wine decanter 

 

FOR HIM

Shop this guide // scotch flavored toothpicks // cocktail shaker // horn soap dish //copper tumbler // enamelware bowls // kettle  // shark bottle stopper  // socks // chess set  // ashtray  // linen bathrobe // match striker

SSS x SemiHandmade for Ikea Besta!

I have the best(a) news! SemiHandmade who is known mostly for customizing Ikea kitchens with their quality doors is now making doors that are compatible with Ikea’s Besta units and that includes my line of sss x semihandmade modern beaded doors! So, that means all the floating credenza’s, DIY units, and media cabinets just got SO much better. Just before we packed up our LA house, they sent me some of the new SSS doors for the Besta unit I already had in my living room and I gave it a super quick facelift by just swapping out the doors.

To make this unit I bought the “BESTÅ TV unit frame” (no doors) W70⅞×D15¾×H15″ which is $99 from Ikea. I mounted it to the wall with the included hardware and cut a piece of plywood down for the top. I then used wood screws to secure the top to the cabinet coming up from the inside of the cabinet. You’ll also need 3 packs of hinges (one pack of two for each door in your unit) from Ikea and then the doors you purchase from SemiHandmade. All of the signature SSS colors are available and I love how the Desert Grey and my beaded fronts bring a little dimension and warmth to what I had there previously.

Shop the Look  Cabinet Doors in “Desert Grey” by Sarah Sherman Samuel for Semi Handmade // Besta Cabinet box from IKEA // Rejuvenation Sliding Barn Doors // Rejuvenation Sliding Barn Door Hardware // Jonathan Adler Chandelier // Frances Loom Rug // Green Vase from Anthropologie // Pointed Metal Object from CB2 (old) see similar here // Pyramid Object from Zara (old) see similar here & here // White 3 Tier Candle From Zara (old) // Ceramic Bowl from Zara (old) see similar here //  White Vases from West Elm // Interiors AM Book //Minimum Book // Kinfolk Home Book // Wall Color “Snowfall” by behr

But wait… there’s more. ;) To illustrate how easy it is to change up the whole look of the space with just a few quick edits, I swapped the SSS x SemiHandmade doors to pink, switched up the rug, art and a few of the accessories. Boom, we have a fresh new room!

I am personally excited about all the new possibilities using the SemiHandmade doors on the Besta storage units and I also can’t wait to see what you guys do with them. Endless Ikea hacks! P.s. Are you team Blush or team Desert Grey?

Shop the Look: Cabinet Doors in “Blush” by Sarah Sherman Samuel for SemiHandmade // Besta Cabinet box from IKEA // Rejuvenation Sliding Barn Doors // Rejuvenation Sliding Barn Door Hardware // Samsung The Frame  Smart TV // Coordinating Wood Frame for TV // Jonathan Adler Chandelier // Frances Loom Rug // White 3 Tier Candle From Zara (old) // Ceramic Bowl from Zara (old) see similar here //  White Vases from West Elm // Interiors AM Book //Minimum Book // Kinfolk Home Book //  Wall Color “Snowfall” by behr

See more about my line of SSS x SemiHandmade doors here.
See the rest of our LA home here.

Halloween Front Porch Decor

Happy Halloween! And how about our black house?! I couldn’t love it more and it couldn’t be any more perfect of a backdrop for today’s holiday. More on the house and the paint job soon but I wanted to share our halloween decor because, it was too much fun dressing up our new porch, how could I not?

 

Bats, and feather wreaths, fog machines and skeletons, we’ve got Halloween covered over here. I got everything on Amazon… my middle name is amazon prime and I wouldn’t have it any other way. ha

Shop the Look // Hanging Bats // Human Skeletons // Cat Skeleton // Black Feather Wreath //Chairs // Metal Table // Thermos // Gold Skull Napkins // Marble Fruit Bowl // Fog Machine //

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