Finished Studio Tour!

office tour - sarah sherman samuel It’s Monday morning and I just took my tiny commute to our new office and I’m thrilled to share the finished tour with you. It all started with white paint, and a whole $&*# ton of it. The floor is a white epoxy and the walls, trim, and ceiling is Decorator’s White by Benjamin Moore. From there I found my dream sofa, paired it with a natural jute rug, and ran with it. Enjoy! x

office tour - sarah sherman samuel office tour - sarah sherman samuel I found this vintage chair on Etsy and high-tailed it down to San Diego to pick it up. I loved the brass base and that it swivels, win win! You might remember the chandelier was actually the very first purchase. I wanted a big ole modern chandelier and Park Studio made the perfect one.

office tour - sarah sherman samuel office tour - sarah sherman samuel office tour - sarah sherman samuel office tour - sarah sherman samuel I used a soft palette of mostly neutrals aside from the large dose of pink from the sofa and green of the curtains and plantlife. The sofa easily became the statement piece. To bring just a touch of polish I used clear acrylic console tables as desks as well as a lucite and brass curtain rod and brought in pops of metallic like the copper chairs and metallic touches throughout the room.

I am slightly chair obsessed and when I saw the leather sling chairs from the West Elm x Commune collaboration I knew they were meant to be mine. Similarly so is the vintage Albini round rattan chair that is almost %50 sculptural, %50 chair and %100 amazing. I had been coveting the copper wire chairs for quite some time when I found them on Joss & Main and chalked it up to fate, and quickly added them to my collection.

office tour - sarah sherman samuel office tour - sarah sherman samuel office tour - sarah sherman samuel office tour - sarah sherman samuel I couldn’t find a credenza large enough that also didn’t break the bank so I made my own using Ikea’s Besta cabinets as a starting point (DIY to come). Another hack in the room is the coffee table. I had trouble finding one of those big enough as well. I wanted the coffee table to be a meeting place where I could spread presentations out and serve as a more casual conference table. So I used the top of a dining table and arranged cinderblocks in a Y shape to serve as the coffee table base.

The far wall is used as a real life pin board where we have current projects in the works and floating shelves off to the side hold upcoming/current products as well as various tchotchkes and pieces from our limited edition artist collaborations (there’s a new one coming very soon and all I can say is it is SO GOOD. Hint… there is a peek at it here, if you can find it!).

And finally, the wallpaper! I custom designed the wallpaper for the space and had it printed and overnighted to me by the lovely limitless walls, just in time for my studio warming party, but I have some great news for those of you who wanted to get their hands on it. Lulu & Georgia has picked it up and they will be producing this pattern as well as a few more of my designs for a collection of wallpaper to be released soon! I can’t wait to see my paper in some of your homes. xo

P.S. f you want to hear more from me about the space hop over to My Domaine!

Shop the post:

Chandelier by Park Studio // Muuto Rest Sofa from Rypen // Leather sling chairs from West Elm // Flamingo Print by Sharon Montrose // Acrylic Console Table // Copper Wire Chair from Joss & Main // Lucite Curtain Rod from Luxe Hold Ups // Banana Leaf Curtain from H&M  //  Desk Legs from Pretty Pegs // Marble Table Top from high fashion home  // Floating Shelves form Target // hands vase from high fashion home // set of candle sticks from joss and main // set of white candlesticks from High Fashion Home // Cutting Boards by sarah sherman samuel  // Gold Urchins from Lulu and Georgia  // Jute Rug from Amazon

Photos by Sarah Sherman Samuel

frances loom rug giveaway

bathroom renovation // sarah sherman samuelI am a bit of a rug hoarder and I am often asked where I find the vintage ones, so I wanted to introduce you to my favorite source… Frances Loom. Kelly, of Frances Loom, has an incredible eye and I have 5 rugs from her site that I have collected over the course of a couple years. She travels near and far searching out unique and beautiful rugs and re-stocks her site every Thursday with new batches of loomed goodness. We have one of hers in our master bath…

studio-update-sarahshermansamuel6sm640I used one in my make-shift studio while the other was under construction…

finished-laundry-tour4-640That is another one of her’s in our laundry room at the A-frame cabin.

gender neutral nursery // sarah sherman samuelAnd finally you can’t forget the sweet peach one in Archer’s nursery. 

And the good news is… we teamed up to give one away!

sarah sherman samuel // studioYou can win this gorgeous pink and blue beauty!

rugI picked this one out of Kelly’s latest lot and one lucky winner will get to bring it into their home. It measures 3’8″ x 2. 11″. To enter just head on over to instagram, follow @francesloom and @sarahshermansamuel then find the photo of the rug on my feed and tag a friend in the comments. You can enter as many times as you like, tagging one friend per comment. The giveaway will close on Monday evening and the winner announced Tuesday the 25th.

Good luck and happy Friday!


weekend stories // VC Polo Classic

flower wall  // stop and smell the roses // sarah sherman samuelHappy Monday! This weekend I literally stopped to smell the roses. SO MANY ROSES. It was one of my favorite events of the year, the Veuve Cliquot Polo Classic, where our usual sunday hiking spot (Will Rogers State Park) is transformed into the dreamiest event, dripping with flowers, champagne, and the best people watching you could ever take in. The fashion alone creates quite a show but there is a Polo match somewhere in there as well. For a bigger peek into the event you can scour the hash tag… #vcpoloclassic.

Travel Stories: The Amado

the amado palm springs // sarah sherman samuelWhile our A-frame still has no bathroom, about a half of a kitchen, and is covered in saw dust, we are getting extra familiar with all the hotels and lodging options in Palm Springs. One of my favorite Airbnb’s in the area is The Amado where we stayed this week while checking in on the construction of our place.

desert-night-amado-sssthe-amado-sssThe boutique hotel was once an apartment building that photographer and founder Jaime Kowal renovated and restored to become the polished mid-century gem it is today. There are 5 units total, we stayed in unit number 5 which is the only two bedroom and comes with it’s own semi-private patio as well. We had my parents in town so the two bedroom was perfect. You can also rent out the entire place for events (sign me up!). Lucky for us, since it was mid-week we had it all to ourselves anyway!

the-amado-1-640the-amado-6-640the-amado-4-640the-amado-5-640desert-windthe-amado-2-640It’s right smack in the middle of Palm Springs making it a great location. The decor is minimal in all the right ways with some pretty great art on the walls. I’ve rounded up a few of the pieces so you can steal the look and bring The Amado vibe into your home.


Living Room
Sofa Bed // Floor Lamp // Rug // Kilim Pillow // Coffee Table // Joshua Tree Photo // Butterfly Chair

Bed // Rug // Lumbar Pillow // Sconce 

DIY Cotton Lumbar Pillow

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DIY chambray lumbar pillow // Sarah Sherman SamuelI love the simplicity of one long accent pillow on a bed, it feels finished without being fussy and makes making the bed extra easy.  I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect extra-long lumbar pillow basically ever since I made our headboard (2 years-ish ago), but none have really jumped out at me, so I rolled up my DIY sleeves and got to it.

DIY Tasseled Chambray Lumbar Pillow

Supplies Needed:
1 yard of fabric – I used a cotton chambray
Sewing machine
Embroidery Needle
Cardboard or thick card stock
Pillow Insert

To get started, we made the pillow cover first…

  1. Cut the yard of fabric into three pieces. 1 measuring 14″x36″ and 2 measuring 14″x20″. I’ve created a diagram below to outline the steps as the pillow is so large it is hard to see the details and fit it all in one photo.


2. On the two 14″x20″ pieces of fabric use a sewing machine (or by hand if you are really patient) to sew a hem on one of the short sides (illustrated by the green dashed line in figure #1).

3. Overlap panel A over Panel B (face up, with the two hemmed edges facing each other) until the two panels together measure the same dimensions of the one 14″ x 36″ panel (illustrated in figure #2).

4. Layer the top panel, face down, over panel A and panel B. Sew around the perimeter leaving 1/3rd of an inch around the edge. The panels should be facing inward so once you’ve sewn it, the cover will essentially be inside out.

5. The finished cover should be at least .5″ to 1″ smaller than the measurements of the pillow insert. This way once you stuff it, it will be nice and full and not sad and droopy.

Now on to the tassels!

tassels-diy 1. Cut a piece of cardboard or thick cardstock to a 3″ square. (I used one of my son’s Magna-Tiles® because it was handy and already a 3″ square). Wrap your yarn around the board in taut loops 50 times. (You can wrap it less for a less full tassel but I wanted a short and robust tassel).

2. Slide the wound thread off the board and lie it on a 6″ piece of thread.

3. Tie the loose thread around the middle of the looped thread.

4. Pull ends of the 6″ thread upward and the wound threads downward. Cut another piece of 6″ thread and tie it around the looped thread creating the head of the tassel.

5. Cut the looped ends and trim them all to the same length. Tuck the loose ends of the thread at the neck of the tassel into the body of the tassel.

tassels-640Now do this 11 more times! (I made three for each corner).

sew-tassels-on copy6. Use the tie-off threads and a needle to attach the tassels to the corners of the pillow cover.

cross-stitch-plus7. Once you have all the tassels attached, re-thread your needle with a piece of yarn and tie a knot at the end. Starting from the inside of the pillow bring the needle and yarn out and back in, creating a small +. Tie the yarn off in a knot, trim it and start again to create the pattern of +’s.

DIY-lumbar-pillow26408. And finally, stuff the pillow! I used this 14” x 36” pillow insert.

DIY chambray lumbar pillow DIY-lumbar-pillow4-640DIY chambray lumbar pillowI find king sized beds can be harder to style but this lumbar pillow makes it pretty fool proof. I kept it pretty minimal to let that yummy chambray fabric shine and just like my favorite pair of jeans, the cotton denim brings a relaxed but still stylish element to help complete the overall look.

Shop the post:
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 // 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) // Paint color is Snowfall by Behr // Leather Bench from CB2

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

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