Anthropologie Summer Catalogue

Have you guys seen the latest Anthropolige catalogue? I was so thrilled to be a small part of it. The Anthro crew came to our desert A-frame and brought truck loads of their new outdoor furniture and decked out our garden! It was so fun getting to see and test out all of the new pieces that were not yet launched at the time and I got to share a few outdoor entertaining tips in the catalogue, which you can also view here.

Pre-Pinterest days, and even before I started this blog, I used to hoard Anthropologie catalogues, I’d clip them up and use them for real life inspiration boards and I specifically remember one that was set in the desert where they did a whole circus theme. I was so inspired by that shoot and thought it must be such an interesting job to get to think up the photoshoots and I dreamed of being a part of something like that. Then boom 5 or so years later here I am! My Anthro catalogue dreams came true.

Images by Debi Treloar for Anthropologie

And now for the goodies… I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite pieces from their newly launched outdoor line.

I want to snap up alllll the pieces!

Sources: towel // hammock // metal chair // stool // wood chair // porch pot // hurricane // coffee table // ottoman // bar cart // candle holder // lounge chair

To celebrate the feature in the catalogue I also got to teach a little workshop at the Anthropologie in Newport Beach where I styled a table two ways and shared more tips on tablescaping. Check here to read a few!

Also, find my new favorite jumpsuit I’m wearing above, here!

Now please excuse me while I pinch myself and start planning my next summer shindig… x

 

 

high/low guest bedroom

After designing several guest bedrooms recently (like my most recent one for Mandy Moore) this often undervalued space has been on my brain. It’s the space we extend to family and close friends as a place to unwind after long and often hectic travels. Going into this high/low board, I knew wanted to use natural materials and a neutral color palette to create a room where guests can kick off their shoes and feel at home. So we really did go all neutral, as in mostly just shades of white and ivory.

The jumping off piece for this entire board started with that armoire, which could just as easily go on a more affordable board but I love the lines of it so much that it’s living here amongst some really high end pieces. I’ve been loving the modern uses of caning, and this piece in particular strikes a rare balance between laid-back and high end. The neutral color palette also created an opportunity to incorporate one of my favorite pieces of art by Serena Mitnik-Miller. The subtle watercolor hues and minimalist pattern is absolute perfection.

Luxe Look Sources: nightstand // bedframe // bench // rug // pendant // art // art hanger // dresser // accent chair // side table

Guest Bedroom high/lowThere are so many pieces in here that I’ve had my eye on for months, and was happy to be able to compile them into a design plan for you all! Starting with that tufted geometric rug, it creates a statement without being too loud and overpowering and continuing the ivory hues with the Anthropologie reading chair, the room starts to feel as cozy as it is light and refreshing. Win-win!

Look for Less Sources: nightstand // bedframe // bench // rug // pendant // art // art hanger //  dresser // accent chair // side table

To see more High/Low rooms check here.

A-frame Finished Kitchen Update!

a-frame finished kitchen renovation semihandmade sarah sherman samuel As promised, I wanted to finally share the final images of our A-frame kitchen! We put the last final touches in the room like a rug and, most importantly, the hardware (from Ikea!) and you might also notice that we upgraded the cabinet fronts to my SSS signature collection with Semihandmade! Just in time for us to sell the house. Wha whaaa ha! But I love having the detail of the grooves and how it elevates the whole space with that extra layer of subtle pattern. And since we already had the Ikea cabinets in there, it was a super easy update by just swapping out the doors. 

a-frame finished kitchen renovation semihandmade sarah sherman samuela-frame finished kitchen renovation semihandmade sarah sherman samuela-frame finished kitchen renovation semihandmade sarah sherman samuelThis green color isn’t available yet, as we are still developing it, trying to get the perfect shade (I got the first test run!) but we are hoping to have “juniper” ready this year. If you’re dying for the green color you can always go with Semi-handmade’s DIY route, like what I had in here before and paint the fronts or have them painted to whatever color you wish. It’s a big deal to get a custom color done with thermafoil and to get it to pass Semihandmade’s high quality standards, so it’s still a work in progress at the moment. 

But lucky for the new buyer! And actually lucky for me too, because we happen to be friends with the new owners and will still be revisiting this place in the future! (are you sensing a trend? We also revisit our Michigan cabin each summer even though we sold it a few years back. What can I say, I get attached. ha) Anyway… I’m excited to share that Caroline and Jayden (of team Woodnote) and her brother Robert are the proud new owners of #samuelaframe! You might remember them because they are also part owners of light lab the creative space I designed a couple years back and that wasn’t even the first time we worked together. You might also remember they shot one of the very first lookbooks from my product line, which was then called “a sunny afternoon” and we also have our print collab too! 

a-frame finished kitchen renovation semihandmade sarah sherman samuela-frame finished kitchen renovation semihandmade sarah sherman samuelAnd guess what?! lucky for everyone they are going to be renting it out a la Airbnb, which we had always intended to do but instead sold it so we can get a bigger main house for our newly expanded family. I will be sure to update this post with a live link when they are ready for renters and since we will be taking most of the furniture with us you guys will get to follow along on how we are going to make this space a whole lot more colorful to fit Caroline, Jayden & Robert’s more bold and playful aesthetic. That’s right we are going to go ahead and redecorate the whole place. Stay tuned! Oh and more on our future family plans soon too! 

To see all of our A-frame renovation posts, and before and after’s check here.

Sources: Cabinet Doors by Sarah Sherman Samuel for Semihandmade // Hardware from Ikea // Rug is vintage from Frances Loom // Tile by Fireclay Tile (2×6 in Calcite) // Faucet from Homary // Cabinet doors and drawer fronts by Semi-Handmade (DIY slab style) // Range and self circulating range hood by Ikea // Countertops from Ikea  // Floating Shelf from Semi-Handmade // Sink from Ikea  // Sconces by Cedar and Moss  // Fridge by Kitchenaid // Paint color is “Polar Bear” by Behr on walls and “Chard” on cabinets // Wood Cutting/Serving boards by Sarah Sherman Samuel

Lulu & Georgia: One-of-a-Kind rugs

It’s no secret I’m a rug collector and I am always on the search for the one-of-a-kind / vintage variety. A special rug can make a whole room and when I saw the one above on Lulu & Georgia I knew it had to be mine! It is my rug soul mate. Blush, camel, and black with such a great simple pattern, my heart beats for this rug. And the best part is that no one else will have this exact rug. Sorry guys! ha

But the good news is Lulu & Georgia has a whole section on their site dedicated to One-of-a-Kind rugs and they are always uploading more. This month’s slew of unique rugs has some pretty gorgeous selects and it has me thinking I need a lot more house to fit all the rugs I want in my life. Below are some of my faves from the latest batch. READ MORE

Spotlight on Clad Home

Palm Springs A-Frame // Sarah Sherman Samuel I received loads of questions about our sofa in the A-frame since it was a customized version of Clad Home’s Melrose sofa and there are so many choices for modifications. It is my favorite sofa I’ve had, to date, 10 feet of modern beauty and I’m sharing all the details today. I’ve found that some people are intimidated by custom furniture because they can get overwhelmed by too many variables or they associate customization with a huge price tag. Well I’m here to tell you that neither have to be the case!

When I first came across the Melrose sofa online by Clad Home I knew that was the one. The low sleek silhouette had me at hello and with a starting price of around $1,200 it was an affordable option as well. You can go through the ordering process online and over the phone but since the shop is local I was able to pay them a visit and order the sofa in person. Rosa, the owner, was helpful in guiding me towards and away from certain fabrics and it was also great to see all the options in person so I could make a quick decision. I went with the “Ireland Ivory” which is 100% polyester but looks and feels like linen. That fabric has been discontinued but they recommend anyone that is looking for the same fabric to use one called Klein White which is a close match.

Clad Home SSS Tour // Sarah Sherman SamuelClad Home Showroom // Sarah Sherman SamuelClad Home Melrose // Sarah Sherman SamuelBut warning if you go into the shop you might leave with more than just a sofa. That leather woven chair in the bottom right of the photo above was REALLY calling my name.

Sarah Sherman Samuel a-frame In addition to the fabric customization, you have the length and depth of the sofa to choose. I kept the depth the same as the base sofa (40″) but stretched ours out to 120″. The next thing we looked at was the cushion set-up. I loved the look of the two back cushions with one long base cushion but, since our sofa was so long, we went with three back cushions and kept the base cushion to one long one.

One upgrade you can do is in the stitching. I chose to do top-stitched seams and they offer other styles, such as double stitched or welted, but I liked the extra detail in the topstitch.

Another upgrade I did was in the cushions…for a more streamlined or structured look you can go with the standard foam, but I wanted mine to look a little more relaxed and fuller so I upgraded to their “Trillium” cushion fill which is a polyester fill that mimics down but without triggering my husbands allergies.

And probably most importantly for a household with kids Clad Home‘s sofas are all non-toxic. They use sustainably sourced materials, zero-VOC glues, no toxic flame retardant chemicals and all of their furniture is made right here in LA. So if the design wasn’t enough to win you over, that might!

So to recap the sofa that I chose is:

Melrose Sofa
Custom Length 120″ x 40″
Natural Legs
Ask for Klein White fabric
Top-Stitched Seams
Trillium Cushions
Three back cushions/one base cushion

See more of our A-frame here.
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