Archie’s Playhouse

modern playhouse // customizing a kit playhouse // sarah sherman samuelJust before Clover arrived, I shared the tour of our family room/Archies playroom that we converted into the new nursery. After stealing away Archie’s playroom we wanted to give him a special place of his own so we  built him a whole damn house! ha Ok it is a tiny house but it is insanely cute and a spot of his own, none the less.

I thought about designing and building my own but with an already too full work load and the baby well on the way, I knew I didn’t have the time so I started looking around for kit playhouses and landed on this one from Wayfair that was the perfect foundation for just a little bit of customization.

modern playhouse // customizing a kit playhouse // sarah sherman samuelmodern playhouse // customizing a kit playhouse // sarah sherman samuelThe kit house ships right to your door arriving on two big palettes which house about 500 pieces of wood, windows, bolts etc. Everything you need to build the house aside from the concrete for the foundation and the mounting brackets to set in the concrete (which you can get at any hardware store).  Ok, 500 might be a slight exaggeration but at first it seemed a little daunting putting it all together. Luckily I had my handy dad in town and he made such light work of the house, it was complete in two days!

modern playhouse // customizing a kit playhouse // sarah sherman samuelTo make it our own we did a few things. 1: For a more modern look, we painted it all one color to match the house. 2: To modernize it further we left off some elements like the window flower boxes, and some trim pieces that felt a little extraneous. 3: We added a slide (you have to order that separate). 4: We also made our own door handles using a 1.5” round dowel (staining it to match the wood doors on our house). I cut the dowels into two pieces and attached them to the door from the back, using long wood screws.  5: And finally, we added a little flag on the door clearly making this “Archer’s Playhouse”

modern playhouse // customizing a kit playhouse // sarah sherman samuelI had a playhouse like this when I was younger that my dad built my sisters and I and I remember it well. There is something really special about having your own hide out (maybe that is why I am also so pro cabin/hideaways. hmmm. Michigan Cabin, Palm Springs A-frame… I definitely haven’t let the idea go) and it has been so fun seeing Arch play and playing with him in his. We haven’t quite finished the inside yet but will share soon! (and by soon i mean probably this summer because… babies).

Playhouse from Wayfair // My Dress by Rachel Pally  // Archie’s Jeans & Tee from Zara

Family Photos by Nicki Sebastian

The Mine Mandy Picks

More furniture for the Mandy Moore residence is trickling in and I wanted to highlight one of the websites that supplied some of the really great pieces. Above are a combination of items that made their way into Mandy’s home as well as a few more of my favorites from the site called The Mine. From toilets to dining tables (both of which are in the house now and I can’t wait to share where that stunning table goes) The Mine truly is a one stop shop for quality home goods.

Wood Side Table // Oval Dining Table // Syracuse Lounge Chair // Jacques Leather Desk // Fiberglass Side Table // Woven Pendant // Stilnovo Chandelier // Oregrund Chair // Undermount Sink // Gold Serving Tray // Matte Black Curtain Rod // Brass Mirror


A-Frame Full Tour + Announcement!

DESERT A-FRAME FOR SALELast year we finished the work on our desert A-frame and earlier this week I shared the last room makeover but today we have some exciting and somewhat bitter sweet news that I wanted to accompany with a full tour, so you can see everything in one post, and to bring this renovation chapter to a close. Because… we are putting it up FOR SALE! Or rather it is currently on the market as of this week!!


A-frame Kitchen Before & After

We finished our A-frame cabin awhile back, just in time for the Sunset Mag cover shoot in August (still pinching myself on that) but we had quite the busy end of the year trying to wrap up a bunch of projects before our Clover girls’ arrival and I realized I never got a chance to share the full kitchen reveal!

Well almost full reveal. We still haven’t put hardware on the cabinets because I had the hardest time deciding and now that I designed my own, I can’t wait to get over there and put them on. I am also dying to put a rug down in there as well, but you get the picture. I’ll share the fully styled photos when I have them but I wanted to post these before I make an exciting announcement tomorrow! Plus I HAD to share this before and after. It is definitely one of the more dramatic transformations.  READ MORE

Mandy Moore Guest Bedroom 1 Design

mandy moore guest bedroom // sarah sherman samuelLast Friday we started the furniture install at our Mandy Moore residence project and it was thrilling to see all the pieces we’ve collected over the year finally coming into the space. If you want to catch up on the project you can read through all of the posts so far, here, or go to my instagram on your phone and click through my saved story “highlights”.

Now that we are on the furniture stage and Mandy and Taylor are moving in probably this week! whoop! I get to share some peeks at the furniture plans and first up is one of the guest bedrooms. There are two guest bedrooms total and we made one a little more feminine and one a little more masculine for a fun take on his and hers.

mandy moore guest bedroom design // sarah sherman samuelHere’s a tiny glimpse into what might be my favorite bed/sconce combo ever!

Sources: Bed by Anthropologie // Side Tables by CB2 // Dresser by Kalon Studios // Rug by Jaipur // Sconces by Dylan Grey  // Mirror by West Elm //   Vases by Dwell Studio // Bedside Carafe by Kati Von Lehman

See more of the Mandy Moore Project Posts here, including the before tour.

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