Bri’s low-lift kitchen reno

a kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuelI am often asked for advice on how to update kitchens on a budget or without too much work and with this kitchen we pulled out all the tricks. It is the kitchen of Bri Emery of Design Love Fest, we gave her kitchen a major upgrade with almost no heavy lifting and I’m here to tell you all the secrets.

a kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuela kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuelFirst thing first, we got pretty lucky… when Bri and I met to chat about what she wanted to do in her kitchen, the first thing I checked was who made her existing cabinets and we both celebrated when we found out it was already an Ikea kitchen. The reason for the big celebration was because that meant we could use the SemiHandmade doors and drawer fronts that I designed without having to change out any of her cabinet boxes (which also meant we didn’t have to touch the beautiful marble countertops either).  All we had to do was swap out the Ikea doors and drawer fronts for the SemiHandmade ones for a different look. It really is the ultimate Ikea hack.

When Bri bought the house it had just undergone a complete renovation. The finishes were well chosen for a flip so while they might not have had a ton of personality, the kitchen wasn’t offensive in anyway. There was already the great marble countertops (remember how when I did her dining room we added an overhang behind the range so we could add a seating area with stools?) but when paired with white semi-gloss flat cabinets, white shiny subway tile, and brushed nickel/stainless hardware, overall the space was pretty cookie cutter. It didn’t reflect the personality or style that Bri is known for.

a kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuela kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuelAnother simple way of updating a kitchen that we’ve all heard 100 times, but if you haven’t tried you will be surprised as to just how much it works, is switching out the cabinet hardware. The silver ones she had were nice and modern but by using a more unique shape and color, the whole space fees more bespoke. We used the hardware I designed for Park Studio in the half moon, and the ottawa.

a kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuela kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuela kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuelNext was where things did get a little construction dirty but for a full kitchen update it was pretty minimal and only took a couple days (like 3!). We had her backsplash demolished and re-tiled with this stunning Tabarka Studio tile. It is a cement tile with a brass inlay and after mulling over the backsplash tile for months, we saw this one and knew it was it. I then created a more unexpected pattern using them vertically on one half and horizontally on the other half, having the pattern meet in the middle on the diagonal.

a kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuelAnd finally, in order to utilize some vertical wasted space, we added a SemiHandmade floating shelf above a bank of cabinets to give her some extra surface area for storage and utility items.

a kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuelIf all that is still too much for your budget or time commitment and you are desperate for a change in the kitchen… lay down a new rug, and pick some fresh flowers for an instant kitchen pick me up.

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Cabinet Doors by Sarah Sherman Samuel for SemiHandmade, On Ikea Cabinets // Hardware by Sarah Sherman Samuel for Park Studio // Tile by Tabarka Studio // Stools from All Modern // Glass Storage Canisters  // Mortar and Pestle by Sheldon Ceramics 
Pink vase by Lux Eros // Cutting Board

Images by Tessa Neustadt

Here’s a look at a couple side by side before and afters.

a kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuel
This is facing the opposite direction but you get the idea…

a kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuel

And let’s not forget about what we did in the dining room right next door…

 

Read all about the dining room here. 

And her back yard patio, here.

A new LA Event Space, Festoon!

festoon, new LA event space // Sarah Sherman SamuelEXCITED does not cut it with this one and that is because my excitement is three fold. Wait maybe four fold, or five… I lost count. Let’s see, Number 1: My friends that are the talented trio behind everyone’s favorite wedding site, 100 Layer Cake, just opened their very own studio/event space… Festoon! It is on the west side of LA, which us west side gals were always desperate for (so much schlepping to the east side for parties). Number 2: I designed the kitchen and front bar/flexi-space with a multitude of different types of events in mind and I kind of want to call it my other LA house (I’m not alone MyDomaine wants to live there too). Number 3: I got to use the cabinet door line I designed with Semi-Handmade for the kitchen cabinets (with Ikea boxes) and my hardware collection that I designed for Park Studio!  Number 4: It is the debut install of my own line of concrete tile that I designed for Concrete Collborative! Number 5: Creative spaces are so rewarding to design, seeing all the different types of parties, workshops, pop-up shops that have already come through the space and how they use it is incredibly fun to witness and be a small part of (did you see this stunning bar set up?) See yes, definitely at least five fold. Now onto the space and all the yummy details…

festoon, new LA event space // Sarah Sherman Samuelfestoon, new LA event space // Sarah Sherman SamuelOh hi Amanda, Kristina and Jillian, aka 100 Layer cake and Festoon boss ladies. That lounge area they put together is all kinds of stunning and totally my color palette du jour.

Sofa: West Elm | Lounge chairs: West Elm | Bench: West Elm | Floor lamp: West Elm | Rug: West Elm | Planters: West Elm | Plants: The Plant Library | Florals: Offerings Co | Side table: West Elm| Coffee table: AllModern | Lounge chandelier: Lulu and Georgia | Woven pendants: Serena and Lily | Rattan side table: Serena and Lily | Rattan chairs: Serena and Lily | Macrame wall hanging: Renata Stone | Framed art: Minted for West Elm

festoon, new LA event space // Sarah Sherman Samuelfestoon, new LA event space // Sarah Sherman Samuelfestoon, new LA event space // Sarah Sherman SamuelThere was previously no kitchen in the space, so we had to build out a new one. Like I said above, I used my line of Semihandmade doors for Ikea cabinets in the the kitchen and my SSS x Park Studio hardware (we have added appliance pulls and additional sizes to the collection now which we got to use on the refrigerator above). Both are modern versions of classic designs that match the 100 layer cake/festoon aesthetic perfectly. And like I mentioned… Festoon is the very first place I was able to install my new line of cement tile that I designed for Concrete Collaborative. It’s a series of 5 designs that you can use all together, as shown above, or create patterns with the various designs. The countless different pattern possibilities alone have me SO excited to start using the tile every where I can. The color is a subtle lilac that borders on a warm gray but with just a touch of purple that reminds me of the color of the mountains around the desert in Palm Springs. The tiles are made to order so the color is completely customizable as well (more on the tile line soon!).

festoon, new LA event space // Sarah Sherman Samuelfestoon, new LA event space // Sarah Sherman Samuelfestoon, new LA event space // Sarah Sherman Samuelfestoon, new LA event space // Sarah Sherman SamuelNow onto the front of the house… When you first walk into Festoon you are greeted with a wide open space. It is a studio, it is an event space, it’s an office, it can be whatever the heck you can think of… it is available to rent. Most importantly, the space had to be flexible to house all those different kinds of functions. By building out cabinets and running a countertop along the whole back we created a versatile backdrop that could become a buffet, the back side of a bar, a wall for display or paired with the island look like a kitchen. A subtle custom blush venetian plaster was applied to the walls and three pairs of brass sconces extend over the countertop. I also designed the large island to be moveable (it’s on large caster wheels) so they can take it out of the main area to make room for larger events or reposition it around the space for different uses. A bar, a work table, a dessert buffet, a check-out counter, you name it. The front side of the island houses more cabinets so when facing out it can also serve as a large credenza/versatile furniture piece. I had Concrete Collaborative make a custom size tile and mixed a few different finishes along with different colors to create the pattern on the back side.

festoon, new LA event space // Sarah Sherman Samuelfestoon, new LA event space // Sarah Sherman Samuelfestoon, new LA event space // Sarah Sherman Samuelfestoon, new LA event space // Sarah Sherman Samuelfestoon, new LA event space // Sarah Sherman Samuelfestoon, new LA event space // Sarah Sherman Samuelfestoon, new LA event space // Sarah Sherman Samuelfestoon, new LA event space // Sarah Sherman SamuelThere she is! Hope you enjoyed the tour and if you’re in the area definitely book an event at Festoon (and please invite me so I have the excuse to come back).

Photos by Marisa Vitale

Lounge and dining design: 100 Layer Cake | Kitchen and Bar design: Sarah Sherman Samuel

Kitchen cabinets: IKEA with Sarah Sherman Samuel for SemiHandmade doors and Sarah Sherman Samuel for Park Studio hardware | Tiles: Sarah Sherman Samuel for Concrete Collaborative | Sconces: Lucent Light Shop | Bar Stools: Hati Home | Sofa: West Elm | Lounge chairs: West Elm | Bench: West Elm | Floor lamp: West Elm | Rug: West Elm | Planters: West Elm | Plants: The Plant Library | Florals: Offerings Co | Side table: West Elm| Coffee table: AllModern | Lounge chandelier: Lulu and Georgia | Woven pendants: Serena and Lily | Rattan side table: Serena and Lily | Rattan chairs: Serena and Lily | Macrame wall hanging: Renata Stone | Framed art: Minted for West Elm  | Dining tables and chairs: YeahFurniture | Dining room prints: Block Shop, framed by Simply Framed 

A-frame 2.0 Master Bedroom

We’re back today with the last room update of the A-frame 2.0 and how I re-designed it for the new owners! The master bedroom has to be my favorite, so much so that I like it even better now over how I furnished it for ourselves. It might have something to do with dreamy bed, or the rug (ok it definitely does), but for sure it is the earthy but rich color palette.

We chose Portola’s Lime Wash finish in Etcetera for the walls, which is the perfect subtle blush with some depth, and paired it with the deep rust bedding from Flaneur (aka Cinnamon Stick). Apparently I really like a statement bed. This stunner, and the one I had in the room previously, pretty much make the room. Sweet dreams to Caroline and Jayden, I hope you enjoy your new pad!

If you want to read all about our journey with the A-frame…

See the full “before tour” of the A-frame HERE
See all the details on how we renovated it from top to bottom HERE
See our final reveal tour HERE
And now see the full A-frame 2.0 tour HERE

and if that isn’t enough… I know the new crew has been working on finishing a couple of the spaces that we didn’t get to before we sold it. They are giving what we used as an old storage shed a big overhaul and they also fulfilled our pool dreams that we had for the space so stay tuned!

SHOP THE POST:
Paint: Etcetera Lime Wash by Portola / Bed: Caterina Bed from Anthropologie / Pendants: Headlands Pendant from Serena & Lily / Side Tables: Toki Ceramic from Urban Outfitters / Sculpture: Marilia Sculpture from Curated Kravet / Vases: Lisa Vase from Curated Kravet and Matty Vase from Curated Kravet / Bedding: Flaneur in Cinnamon Stick / Rug: Vintage from Coco Carpets / Framed Art: Custom Collaboration by Caroline Ingraham Lee + Sarah Sherman Samuel Printed and Framed by Simply Framed

A-frame 2.0 Laundry

Continuing on with the tour of the “A-frame 2.0” (aka how we re-styled it for the new owners, Caroline, Jayden and Robert)… we have the laundry room with a quick update. New wallpaper, new rug, and a couple new accessories give this little space that packs a punch, a whole new feel.

It sure has come along way… take a peek back at my finished reveal to see the real “before my before” photos. ew!

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Wallpaper: Femme Terracotta from from Drop It Modern / Rug: Wyatt Woven Rug in Honey from Urban Outfitters / Face Vase: Marylene Vase (Large) from Curated Kravet / Ladder: Umbra Hub Ladder from Amazon / Washer and Dryer by Electrolux / Cabinets from Ikea 

A-frame 2.0 – Den Bedroom

Back with the next room of our old A-frame 2.0 and how we re-decorated the space for the new owners! This room is the little den bedroom just off of the living room. You might remember the DIY headboard I had in there previously and how we added the vertical paneling to cover some horrendous walls. We glammed it up a bit for Caroline, Jayden and Robert, but the boho vibes are still strong too.

This is the original board for the re-design, by the time it went to the procuring, the side tables were sold out and we had to swap the rug but I love how this pretty pad with a nod to the mod turned out. See how I designed this space before, for us, and the before of the before here. Which is your fave?

Photos by Team Woodnote

SHOP THE POST:
Headboard: Bajara Headboard from Urban Outfitters / Curtain: Covet in Thistle by Kelly Wearstler for Groundworks at Lee Jofa / Chair: Josey Swivel Chair from Urban Outfitters in Rose / Side Table: Aldama Side Table in Copper from the Citizenry / Lamp on Side Table: Geneva Glass Globe Accent Lamp Brass from Target / Bedding: Washed Cotton Tassel Duvet Cover in Lilac from Urban Outfitters / Vase: Lady Legs Ashtray / Pink Pillow: Coco Pink Cushion from curatedkravet.com / Bedside Tables: Ophdahl Hourglass Accent Table in Brass from Target / Wall Sconces: Jonathan Adler Milano Brass Wall Sconce from Lamps Plus / Ottoman: Trousdale Ottoman in Mustard Velvet from ModShop / Rug: Tufted Pom Rug in Natural from Urban Outfitters

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