Small space Nursery tour

Today I am sharing how we converted our family room/playroom into a nursery!

As I mentioned in the plans post about the space, this is still very much a central part of our house so everything might not scream nursery but it carves out a special place for baby girl. We installed the sliding barn doors from Rejuvenation so that when we have them closed (during naps and night time) it sections the space off into her own room but when the barn doors are open, during the day, it still reads as part of the rest of the house.

First thing we did was clear out the sofa and tv and wallpaper one accent wall with this lulu & georgia mural. The colors blend well with the rest of the house but the animals and trees bring in the whimsy that differentiates that space around the crib.

Then we brought in a gorgeous green glider from west elm and the vintage daybed from Elsie Green.

I found the crib, crib mattress, bedding, crib skirt, pillows and ottoman all on Wayfair. As you might notice the trend of me finding anything and everything on that site.

 Next we added black out curtains. I got these from etsy but I didn’t realize the curtains themselves are that vinyl feeling actual blackout material. I might look for a shear liner of some sort to go on top.

In lieu of a mobile we hung a swan created by artist Tamar Mogendorff to round out the crib area. And on the practical side of things, this room doesn’t have any venting to our HVAC system so now that we installed the sliding barn doors we needed a way to adjust the temperature easily. Also being a baby’s room we wanted an air purifier so we brought in the Dyson Hot + Cool link which does all of that in one small package.

Finally, we cleared out the shelves and re-styled them in a lighter more monochromatic way to keep it bright and not too busy. I filled the bottom shelf with these soft rope baskets which organize all the every day baby items like diapers, swaddles, onesies, baby linens etc. and then tucked the rest of her clothes in the cabinets below. We also added a platform to the middle section (where the tv used to be) to extend it out 3” in order to accommodate the changing pad, turning it into our changing table.

Stay tuned to see the space we created for Archie since we converted his playroom into baby girls’ room.

Sources: Wallpaper from Lulu & Georgia // Curtain Panels // Curtain Rods // Rocking Chair (in Forest) from West Elm // Woven Ottoman from Wayfair  // Hanging Swan by Tamar Mogendorff// Crib from Wayfair // Crib Mattress from Wayfair // Blanket from Wayfair // Wool Pillow (in crib) from Wayfair// Woven Throw Pillow (in crib) from Wayfair // Rocker is vintage // Sheepskin Rug from Lulu and Georgia // Striped Rug from EsaleRugs // Daybed from Elsie Green // Woven Baskets from Amazon // Throw Pillow from Wayfair // Throw Pillow (on daybed) from Wayfair // Air purifier/heater & fan by Dyson. // Sliding Barn Doors from Rejuvenation

building a unique holiday table and caring for the linens after

It’s that home entertaining time of year again and it’s time to bust out all the linens. I love building tablescapes for meals with friends and family (way more than the actual cooking) so I wanted to share a few tips on how I quickly create a layered tabletop fit for the holidays and full of style. I’ll also be sharing some quick pointers on how to care for the linens after the party and how Electrolux makes it easy.

1. Build a non-traditional color palette.

I always find I am way more drawn to tablescapes that veer off the obvious color choices for the holidays. Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be all browns and oranges, however I am loving ochre and rust, so by pairing a traditional color with a not so traditional color like pink, suddenly the table feels fresh.

2. Bring in a little vintage.

Just like how I love to incorporate vintage furniture into the spaces I design for a more storied and interesting result, a little vintage on your tabletop can go a long way as well. Whether it is a small set of some amazing vintage glassware or a set of brass vintage flatware (like I used above) these make a holiday table feel unique, aka extra special.

3. Layer on the linens.

During the holidays I like to make my home extra cozy with extra layers of blankets and pillows which translates to the tabletop as well. Tablecloths and cloth napkins are perfect to bring that coziness to a meal for holiday entertaining. I also added some extra muslin as a table runner which is the same color as the table cloth but adds one more subtle layer of texture. Some people my shy away from using table cloths and/or cloth napkins because of the maintenance but I’ve teamed up with Electrolux to share how easy they make caring for your entertaining linens can be.

WASHING:
When the party is over (or the next day if I am going to be realistic) I throw my linens in the washer and use the gentle cycle. With Electrolux SmartBoost™ technology the washer pretty much takes care of the rest. It automatically premixes water and detergent before the wash cycle begins which means a deep all around clean that effectively removes stains.

DRYING:
When it comes to drying, you want to make sure to take extra care of linens so they last over time. I like to pull them from the dryer right when they are dried through, or just before. You don’t want to over dry them. Another handy setting from Electrolux that makes sure you don’t even have to think about it is that they have a moisture sensor so as soon as the fabric is dry it will automatically switch off.

STORING:
I think it was Martha Stewart that recommended hanging table cloths and napkins over a cardboard roll that comes with a rug or carpet, to prevent creases, but who has easy access to that or the space to store it? Unfortunately not me, well I am sure I could find one since I do like to collect me some rugs, but my linen closet is smaller than a phone booth and my house has ZERO extra space so still a no go. Inevitably my linens get folded up and when I want to use them they are creased but by tossing them in the Electrolux dryer using the Perfect Steam™ setting, it gently removes the wrinkles and creases and is ready for the next shindig.

Happy Holidays!

Shop the Post: Wall hanging from Urban Outfitters // Linen/Cotton Table cloth from Ikea // Vase & Flowers by Moon Canyon // Base Plates from Anthropologie // Blush Pink Plate from CB2 // Napkins // Brass Flatware is Vintage // Brass Coupes also Vintage // Pink Chairs from Ikea

Washer by Electrolux // Dryer by Electrolux

This post was sponsored by Electrolux, as always all thoughts ideas and tablescapes are my own :). Thank you for supporting our sponsors!

SSS x SemiHandmade Cabinet Doors!

sarah sherman samuel kitchen cabinet doors for SemiHandmade for IKEAIt’s here, it’s here! Today is launch day for my signature line of cabinet doors I designed for SemiHandmade. If you’ve read my blog for any length of time you probably are not a stranger to SemiHandmade either. I used them in my own kitchen in LA and our A-frame kitchen. As well as some clients kitchens. They create high quality doors to fit on Ikea cabinetry so you can get the look of a custom kitchen without having to pay the price of a custom kitchen and you can use them on some of their bath and media cabinets as well.

sarah sherman samuel kitchen cabinet doors for SemiHandmade for IKEA sarah sherman samuel kitchen cabinet doors for SemiHandmade for IKEAAbout a year ago I was designing a kitchen for a client that wanted to use Semihandmade in their kitchen and that is when I came up with the idea of designing my own front and proposed the idea to John (Semihandmade founder) with some drawings and a rendering. I proposed the modern take on the classic bead board and John and his team produced it exactly as I imagined. 

sarah sherman samuel kitchen cabinet doors for SemiHandmade for IKEA Why a modern beadboard? I wanted to bring my modern version of the beadboard to market because of its clean design and its versatility. It can easily fit into a farmhouse style home paired with an apron sink and more traditional hardware while still giving the space an updated look. And it works equally as well in a very modern space with cleaner lines and paired down details. The simple geometry of the vertical lines convey a clean foundation without a ton of decoration but just enough detail to add some texture and simple pattern to the room. They have the ability to fit into kitchens of a range of styles depending on what they are paired with. 

sarah sherman samuel kitchen cabinet doors for SemiHandmade for IKEA sarah sherman samuel kitchen cabinet doors for SemiHandmade for IKEA For the collection we came up with 8 custom colors. A few of the colors I knew I had to have as they turn up in my client work and my own home so much, like the blush pink (blush) and the dark green (juniper), so I specified those. From there I of course wanted to make sure we had to all the basics, white, black, off-white etc and then I worked closely with Semihandmade to chose the rest of the colors from thermafoil samples. There is a warm grey (desert grey) which is close to a khaki color and another favorite is Agave (shown directly above) which is similar to my original cabinet color but reads more blue. 

And now to share how these doors can work in the living room as well!…

sarah sherman samuel for Semihandmade // Cabinet doors for Ikea cabinetry For this 75″ credenza shown above (in 4 of the 8 colors available), this is your shopping list.

Ikea parts
(2) 30″Wx20H” wall cabinet (frame only) Article Number: 102.654.53
(1) 15W”x20H” wall cabinet Article Number: 802.654.59
3 boxes $105

(2) Maximera drawers 30″W x 14 3/4″D Article Number: 802.656.71
2 drawers $90

(3) packs hinges (2 hinges per door)  Article Number: 602.046.45
3 packs hinges $18

(2) packs soft close (use 1 per door)  Article Number: 602.418.22
2 packs soft close $14

Semihandmade parts (available on the website November 20th)

(3) 15″x20″ SSS door $99 each
(2) 30″x10″ SSS drawer front $99 each
Doors/drawers $495

(1) Top white or black 76″ (for 75″ credenza) $199
(1) Frame (hold legs) white/black powder coated $149
(4) Legs- white/black, round or square 6″ high. $75

Appx Total for Ikea and Semi parts is $1150 (hardware not included)

Another piece of furniture you can create with the doors is a sideboard…

To make this 60″ sideboard here is your shopping list:

Ikea parts
(2) 30″Wx30H” wall cabinet (frame only) Article Number: 702.654.69
2 boxes $88

(4) packs hinges (2 hinges per door)  Article Number: 602.046.45
4 packs hinges $24

(2) packs soft close (use 1 per door)  Article Number: 602.418.22
2 packs soft close $14

Semihandmade parts (available on the website November 20th)
(4) 15″x30″ SSS door $129 each
Doors/drawers $516

(1) Top white or black 61″ (for 60″ credenza) $179 Oak top $219

(1) Base white/black powder coated $159

Appx Total for Ikea and Semi parts is $980 (decorative hardware not included)

sarah sherman samuel kitchen cabinet doors for SemiHandmade for IKEA I couldn’t be more excited to see this collaboration come to life and I can’t wait to start seeing these doors turn up in peoples homes!

And if you are eyeing the pretty brass knobs and pulls, that is all from my line of hardware with Park Studio! I designed the half moon shapes specifically to coordinate with my cabinet door design. I wanted something that updated our modern take on the beadboard even more and working from my love of simple geometric shapes the half moon shape was the perfect compliment to the clean vertical lines, especially how they can come together to make a full circle. 

Find out more about the hardware here, And visit Semihandmade for all the info and to start an order on the cabinet doors! x

LA home decor shop round-up

If you have seen me recently (or watch my IG stories) you have witnessed me running around like mad trying to get projects wrapped up before baby. Acura recently loaned me out their new MDX Sport Hybrid which I have taken to all corners of town in picking up items for my Mandy Moore residential project and I’ve received a lot of inquiries about what my go-to home decor stores are in LA so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share a round-up while I also gush about my month with the Acura MDX Sport Hybrid.

First, it was my first time ever driving a hybrid and I was so impressed with how long I could go between fill ups! In the entire month I only had to put gas in once and like I said, I have been in the car A LOT lately. Mandy lives on the opposite site of town from me so site visits are an automatic 2 hours in the car. One feature I loved on those long trips in this heat are the air cooled seats! It has been 100 degree plus at her house (and no air conditioning since it is currently an open job site) so when I get back into the car and can turn on the cooling seats, this oh so pregnant mama was thanking her lucky stars.

The styling of the MDX is also right up my alley. The unique headlights and the black rims (you known I love anything monochromatic) feel really modern. It has also been so nice to be able to have the extra space in the back of the MDX for toting things around and picking up furniture etc. It has more than my current vehicle even though they are both SUV’s.

And now onto where I have been doing all my favorite shopping for my clients…

Midland
Washington Blvd.
Culver City

I’ve already shared my love for Midland when it comes to fashion, but they have some great special home items too.

Kelly Wearstler
Melrose Ave.
West Hollywood

Kelly Wearstler has been an inspiration for me since I was just out of college and working in advertising. One of our clients was the Viceroy which was just getting built and Ms. Wearstler designed. I worked on the sales brochures and fell head over heals for all the stunning images.

Consort
Melrose Ave.

Consort is another fave that brings some serious edge to interiors. Think high fashion for your home.

Lawson Fenning
Melrose Ave.

Right down the street is Lawson Fenning. They actually have two locations but the Melrose location is where I usually go. We picked up a sofa from here for Mandy Moore. The furniture is to die for and they also have a seriously killer collection of ceramics.

Nickey Kehoe
Beverly Blvd.

Also in the same hood is Nickey Kehoe, they stock their own furniture as well as vintage finds for a more warm and eclectic vibe.

Surfing Cowboys
Venice Blvd.

Speaking of vintage, one of my favorite resources for that laid back California vintage style is Surfing Cowboys.

See below for a more complete list of my favorite LA home stores. Happy Shopping!

Thanks to Acura for lending me the MDX and for sponsoring this post. This was my personal review of the vehicle, all thoughts and ideas are my own. 

Modern bold nursery – 2 ways

modern bold nursery The white flooring in our studio has seen much better days and when Pergo reached out about partnering up to get the word out about their brand new line of TimberCraft laminate flooring at Lowe’s, I jumped at the chance to be able to bring it into the studio. I love the wide planks (almost 7.5″ wide) and with twice as many unique plank designs compared to most laminate flooring, and its’ deep embossed texture, you get the look of real wood floors plus the scratch resistance, durability and ease of installation benefits of a long lasting laminate floor.

While I have baby on the brain, I started thinking about the first shoot I could do with the new flooring and after such a positive response on nursery designs I wanted to share how I used the beautiful flooring with subtle grey and white tones and a distinctive oak grain (TimberCraft Salt Mill Oak  to be exact) to anchor a modern bold nursery and how to do it two ways! One with a bold stroke of color and one with just a touch. Same palette, two ways.

But first let’s take a look at the before…

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