Mandy Moore’s Family Room Tour

I’m wrapping up the tours of our Moore Residence project today with the very last one in the family room. The space’s dreamy color palette is the sum of different hues that were woven throughout the house as if this one room ties the whole project together.

Just like the rest of the house, the family room was stripped down to its barest form in order to take it back to its mid-century roots, while simultaneously propelling it forward to the current century. The biggest project to tackle in this space was the fireplace wall which was part of the early 90’s renovation that was a disservice to the mid-century home. We removed the granite surround and curved lines from the fireplace and re-surfaced it using Fireclay’s thin bricks to make it more authentic to the time period.

From the beginning we knew we wanted to create a long floating bench/hearth that ran the entire length of the wall and Emily Farnham, the architect, came up with the idea to make it a custom palladiana terrazzo bench, which is now easily the show piece of the room. She created a few mock-ups of the terrazzo digitally and from there we went marble tile shopping. Once we picked out our palette of marble tiles we went to work busting the pieces up and hand placed each of the aggregate pieces along the bench so we could get our ideal composition. It was so fun rolling up our sleeves and getting our hands a little dirty on the job site, even if I was about 8 months pregnant. From there the pros, Cisneros Terrazzo came in and made all the magic happen.

The sofa was another important piece in the space, with its position floating in the most central space of the house, the back of the sofa needed to be visually considered just as much as the front. When I saw Croft House’s sofa and the detailing on the back cushions it was an easy sell. Not only are the leather straps and the wood accents stunning, but the sofa itself has a deep seat and soft upholstered arms and cushions which makes it perfect for curling up to watch TV. It really is that elusive winning combination of tailored and comfortable.

And finally, the coffee table… my coffee table! I have been working on developing my own line of furniture and “The Pentwater Round” which is seen here, as well as the “Pentwater Octagon” (which you may remember from the Christopher Kennedy Showhouse and my desert A-frame), are the very first pieces. 4th Period Woodshop did an incredible job bringing my design to life for this custom one for Mandy. With our move, and other changes in the studio, the table has yet to be released. If you’d like to inquire about a custom piece you can contact our studio through shop@sarahshermansamuel .com or sign up for our newsletter here to be notified when it is available for purchase.

A view from the kitchen shows the flow between the two rooms.

Natural elements like stone, wood, leather and fur are accented with refined touches of brass and velvet to create a welcoming mix of masculine and feminine and a perfect example of the relaxed but edited aesthetic that I’m always looking to create.

Let’s take a quick trip back to see where we started…

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To see all the tours and progress of the Moore Residence project, check here.

Shop the Look: Pentwater Round Coffee Table – by Sarah Sherman Samuel // Fireplace Tile by Fireclay Tile // Sofa by Croft House // Floor Lamp from Jayson Home // Wood Stool from Jayson Home // Armchairs from Anthropologie // Gold Side Table from Jayson Home //Bench – Vintage and Reupholstered in Fabricut Lavender Velvet //  Brass Coffee Table Bowls from Jayson Home // Decorative Wooden Bowl from Crate & Barrel // Square Throw Pillow from Barneys //Mudcloth Pillow from Etsy // Sheepskin Throw from Amazon // Custom Commisioned Art by Cindy Hsu Zell // Turkish Kilim Rug – Vintage // Green Marble Decorative Object From Anthropologie // Brass Footed Bowls

Interior Architecture by Emily Farnham 
Interior Design by Sarah Sherman Samuel
Photography by Tessa Neustadt 
Built by Bronstruction

Moore Residence Library Tour

I saved a couple of the best room tours in our Mandy Moore house project for last… one is the library nook that we carved out of an un-used hallway by creating the built-in sofa to cozy up in and shelves to house Taylor’s book collection.  As you will see in some of the before photos below, there was already some traditional wood bookshelves along one wall, but we scrapped those and re-worked the layout completely. I wanted to delineate the space more into its’ own room and by adding shelves in some areas and taking away shelves in others, we did exactly that. We also added swing sconces over the sofa and swapped out the peaked “mall skylight”, as architect Emily Farnham coined it, for a more streamlined option. The end result is a quiet moment in the house that makes a huge impact.

I still dream of that color velvet. We went back and forth on the fabric for this sofa for months. At first it was going to be a green cotton canvas and we must have looked at a couple dozen shades of green, however there was already a lot of green in the house. We then looked at some shades of blue and almost landed on a chambray but then there was taupe and a puddy/lavender and maybe a warm grey?… but every swatch we went back and forth on there was always one person that wasn’t 100% on board between Mandy, Taylor, Emily and myself. It wasn’t until I found the ochre colored velvet(or “whiskey” to be exact) that brought on a very quick unanimous hell yes! And now I couldn’t imagine it any other way.

Now let’s peek back at the before…

 

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See all of the progress and tours of our Mandy Moore Residential project here. 

Shop the Look: Custom Built-in Sofa in Fabricut Velvet // Arm Sconces From PhotonicStudio // Teak Stool From Grandin Road // Rug – Vintage // Ceramic Bowl From Spartan Shop // Planter From Spartan Shop // Ivory Vase From CB2 // Ceramic Boat Tray From Etsy // White Spike Planter From Jayson Home // Artwork by Claire Oswalt 

Interior Architecture by Emily Farnham 
Interior Design by Sarah Sherman Samuel
Photography by Tessa Neustadt 
Built by Bronstruction

The Moore Residence Study Tour

We are in the home stretch of our Mandy Moore house tour. Sidenote: I forgot how long it takes to put these posts together, you know all the sizing photos, linking sources, and then actually writing about it. Time is something not on my side at the moment so thank you for being patient in what has turned into the longest reveal ever. haha

Today I am sharing the study, as we called it, and it serves as Taylor’s office/music room. Mandy wanted this space to be all Taylor so while he rolled with whatever Mandy, Emily and I came up with in the rest of the house, he had just a couple boxes he wanted ticked in this space. One of which, that at the beginning, I was fairly worried about executing.

The first request was built-in book cases to house some of his collection and second was a desk (easily fulfilled requests), but the third was that he wanted a guitar wall. To be honest I got a little cringey as visions of huge clunky wooden guitar racks filled my brain, but I am never one to shy away from a challenge so I set out to turn the guitar wall into a feature to love and to my surprise it ended up being my absolute favorite part of the room.

I thought we were going to have to build something custom but when we came across these gorgeous minimal guitar mounts I knew they were the answer to all my worries. When it came to mounting them I asked taylor to bring out all the guitars he wanted to hang. Similarly to how I hang a gallery wall, I then treated the guitars as art and composed the exact layout that I wanted on the floor. From there I eyeballed the placement one by one as we replicated the layout on the wall.

guitar mount - mandy moore house - sarah sherman samuelFor the built-in cabinets and shelves, we initially thought to have them separate from the desk with a floating desk in the middle of the room. However in order to maximize enough space for a sofa and lounge area, we integrated the desk into the cabinetry and the result Emily and I both agreed it was a much better flow and use of space.

And here is a quick look at what we started with.

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See all of the progress and tours of our Mandy Moore Residential project here. 

Shop the Look: Sofa From Lawson Fenning // Rug – Vintage // Coffee Table – Vintage from Chairish // Black Armchair // Green Stone & Brass Side Table from CB2 // Leather Office Chair From West Elm // Wood Side Table From Candelabra // Arm Sconce by Photonic Studio // Guitar Wall Mount From Hudson Valley Hard Goods // Ceiling Pendant From Cedar & Moss // Grey Trays From Jayson Home // Throw Pillows From The Citizenry

Interior Architecture by Emily Farnham 
Interior Design by Sarah Sherman Samuel
Photography by Tessa Neustadt 
Built by Bronstruction

High/Low: Guest Bedroom

My love for cane furniture is still going strong and there have been so many cane bed options popping up, I thought it would be a perfect jumping off point for another high/low room design. For the lower priced design we used two twin beds together to make one but this bed is also a great mid-range option. And you won’t believe the nightstands I found on Amazon…

Shop High Bedroom: Cane Bed From Clickon Furniture // Navy Nightstand From Anthropologie // Artwork By Claire Oswalt// Circle Sconces From Chiara Colombini // Throw Pillows From The Citizenry // Pink Velvet Desk Chair From Benchmark // Vintage Oak Wood Desk From First Dibs // Brass Wall Hanging From The Citizenry // Wool Rug From Pampa //

 

Sourcing from Ikea, Target, and Amazon never looked so good.

See more of our High/Low room designs here. 

Shop Low Bedroom: Cane Headboard From IKEA // Indigo Nightstand Table From Amazon // Artwork By Tracie Andrews // Circle Sconces From From Etsy // Throw Pillow From Target // Pink Velvet Desk Chair From Amazon // Natural Wood Desk From IKEA // Brass Wall Hanging From Target // Natural Area Rug From Rug Savings

 

designing an urban living room with LG

Last week I travelled to San Diego with LG for the home technology tradeshow, Cedia Expo. I don’t typically take part in tech tradeshows (although from now on I just might because I was definitely nerding out over the next big thing in televisions) but I was there to install the “urban living room” space I designed within the LG booth. I wasn’t planning to do a blog post on it because well, tradeshow lighting is reaaaally tough for photography, but I had such an enormous onslaught of questions about the space, while I was covering it in my IG stories, that I wanted to share all the resources in one place and share a bit more about the project.

I have loved working with LG on a couple projects now, they are pioneers in the tech field and it has been incredible to see how their products have evolved just over the last year even. They pioneered the OLED category, which as a designer that obsesses over colors I can truly appreciate all billion+ of them (and the perfect black) that only OLED TVs create. So when they asked me to design a space in their booth at Cedia I was thrilled to create a forward thinking urban-inspired living room to showcase one of their OLED tv’s (the 65″ OLED AI TV E8 to be exact, aka “the glass tv”). And we did it in less than a month, from design, to install and opening day of the tradeshow. PHEW!

If you have been to a tradeshow before then you can imagine what a home technology tradeshow typically looks like. The booths are basically like you’d see in a store display but with the latest and greatest, newly released, or soon to be released product. TVs are all lined up in a row in a plain jane display space.  For the first time LG wanted to create some home spaces within their booth so people walking the show would be able to see the products come to  life in a real-life inspired setting and that is when they turned to me for help.

My jumping off point for the room was their OLED E8 TV. It has a super slim glass design that appears to float in mid air. The pixels are actually painted right on the glass which I’m still not 100% sure I can grasp the idea of but it feels very of the future so that is what I went with as my inspiration for my design. I wanted to push the boundaries of what is expected in a living space a bit with the bold wallpaper but kept everything in a neutral palette so as to not compete with the TV once it is on. To keep a neutral space from being boring I layered on different patterns and textures like the rug, wallpaper, and the large artwork. I then added in a couple real statement pieces like the palm lamp and the sculptural vintage side chair for some serious (actually the opposite of serious) personality.

lg-cedia-booth by sarah sherman samuelI also wanted to make sure to bring in some innovative furniture pieces to match all the tech innovation going on. I looked for pieces that served dual purpose or new ways to use everyday furniture . For example the coffee table pivots which is great for small space city living. You can have all the three sections stacked vertically on top of each other for when you need to save on space or pivot them outward for a larger table when entertaining. The floating credenza is an Ikea hack, featuring my Sarah Sherman Samuel line of doors for SemiHandmade! SemiHandmade just started making their doors to fit Ikea’s Besta units which make beautiful tv consoles and credenza’s (more on that soon!). The bench in the space is also multifunctional since it has the same seat hight as the sofa and you can pull it up to the edge to have it act as a chaise to get cozy on or move it back to the side for extra conversational seating.

I wanted the room to feel high end and highlight the TV but only having a month to design and execute, I had to rely on in stock items and big box stores. We had a last minute sofa and wallpaper swap, but we pulled it off. The result is a mix of high and low, vintage and new, and anything but boring! You know, my favorite kind of space.

Shop the Look: LG OLED AI TV E8  // Gold Palm Floor Lamp // Black Wall Sconce //  Sofa // Coffee Table // Pair of Cane Chairs // Vintage Accent Chair // IKEA Credenza with Semihandmade x Sarah Sherman Samuel Door Fronts // White Scalloped Side Table // White Leather Bench //Maxi – Champagne on Cream Wallpaper // Le Freak – Gunmetal on Cream Wallpaper // Rug – sold out but find similar here //  Quilt Wall Hanging // History Repeats Artwork // Last Tuesday Artwork 2 // Rattan Floor Poufs // Habitat: The Field Guide to Decorating Book // Tom Ford Book // Louis Vuitton Book // Throw Blanket // Wooden Ring Dish Bowl // Small Stoneware Vase // Tall Ceramic Vase // Wooden Chain Decor // Gold Tray // Mid-Century Ceramic Planter

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