Master Bath Finished Tour

master bathroom renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelYou may have seen around Instagram that I’ve been putting some finishing touches in our master bathroom. After living with it for a couple years, I’ve finally added in the little details that made it feel complete. You wouldn’t think it would take much in a bathroom but even small changes like switching out the pendant lights or additions like a rug and some pretty towels, can make a big difference.

Along with the room’s aesthetic, water conservation is also important to us, especially since we are in major drought over here in California. I recently partnered with Niagra Conservation to install the world’s most efficient toilet, also known as The Stealth Toilet. It uses only 0.8 gallons per flush while most new toilets use around 1.6 and older ones can be wasting 3+ gallons per flush!

master bathroom renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelmaster bathroom renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelThe Stealth Toilet is the first ultra-high-efficiency toilet. There is also no flapper, which can often be a source of leakage and water waste, so it will be saving water from here on out. I’ve hardly noticed a difference from our previous loo, aside from the fact that it is a lot quieter and the design fits right in with the rest of the space. Also, you may even be able to get a rebate from the water supplier just for installing it – see if you qualify here.

bathroom-6-640bathroom-5-640Our bathroom used to be a bedroom when we first moved in (you’ll see in the before & afters below). Where the toilet and shower is now, was the bedroom’s closet. When we were adding on square footage we didn’t want it to look like a huge out of place addition so we kept the master bedroom and bathroom relatively small to scale with the rest of the house. To make the space feel bigger, I went with a glass walled shower, a floating vanity (which is a vintage credenza that I repurposed as a vanity), a monochromatic palette and finally I had a huge mirror custom made (mirrors are magic in small spaces).

I ended up swapping the dark pendants for a similar style in gold. I liked the contrast before but a wise lady once told me switching out lighting is like changing out the jewelry for the house and I have to agree. It is nice rotating in new pieces and moving fixtures from room to room if you can. For some reason it seems like a big deal but in actuality it is such a simple task. I spend more time drying my hair then it does to swap out a light fixture.

master bathroom renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelmaster bathroom renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelmaster bathroom renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelThe vintage rug warms the space up and I added hooks for towels and/or robes. That schefflera plant is loving life in the corner. There is something about greenery in the bathroom that is so nice. Well really greenery in every room… but again, sometimes it is easy to forget about bringing details like that into the bathroom.

And a couple before and after’s…

bathroom-before-and-afterHere you are looking at the same corner but at just a slightly different angle. The closet is now the shower and that window in both photos is the same window!

bathroom-before-after This one is more self explanatory… same wall, shot at the same angle.

So there you have it… a tiny bedroom turned bathroom! See all the renovation process here and read up on how you can reduce your water waste at

This post was created in partnership with Niagara Conservation.


STEALTH Toilet // Ladder is a DIY (find it here) // Vanity (vintage credenza turned vanity // Pendants by Cedar and Moss // Rug from Frances Loom // Wall hanging by Wkndla // Toilet Paper Holder by Ferm Living // Towels from Ilan Dei Venice // Shower Head // Vessel Sink //  Faucet //  Merola White Hex Tiles // Vintage Credenza turned vanity // Daltile White Subway Tiles //  Mirror & Shower Enclosure, custom made

Hi from Michigan

samuel-cabin-michiganI hope your week is going swimmingly! I’ve checked out and am spending some much needed downtime at our old cabin! If you are new to the blog… I started this whole space when we bought this old fixer cabin and began renovating it ourselves from top to bottom, side to side, and inside and out. You can see everything we did (in reverse order) here. 

When we sold it we swapped our Umanoff dining table set for a two weeks stay which is what we are cashing in on now.

lake-michiganIn the meantime you will find me here… in my happy place (aka at the cabin/in Lake Michigan).

More on the cabin here.

shop picks: lulu & georgia

lulu-georgia-shop-picksI recently collected a few amazing pieces for the a-frame from Lulu & Georgia and while I was on the site I just kept finding more and more and then more unique home pieces that I wanted to make mine. It was the best kind of rabbit hole to fall into. I’d previously known them mostly for their rugs so I was pleasantly surprised when I found all sorts of home decor goodies and I’ve rounded up some of my faves, including a few of those that I had to make my own.


Blueberries & Cream Yogurt Pops

blueberries & cream yogurt popsicles // sarah sherman samuel It is blueberry season, which has to be my absolute favorite fruit season. I grew up in Michigan blueberry picking with my mom every year around this time. We used to go this old farm where the blueberry bushes were the size of small trees. I could literally climb up the middle of the bush to get to the high branches that were out of reach. And while living in California sometimes it is hard to even notice the seasons, the days are a bit longer and warmer and blueberries are a plenty. KitchenAid® recently invited me to try out their Pro Line® Series Blender so to add to the summertime vibe, I’ve been making these super simple and delicious ‘blueberries & cream’ popsicles for Archie and I to nibble on. I am trying my best to keep the taste of summer lingering on as long as we can.

blueberries & cream yogurt popsicles // sarah sherman samuel
1 Cup Blueberries (frozen or fresh)
1/3 cup half & half
1 Cup Greek Yogurt Honey to taste


1.Blend Blueberries and Half & Half in a blender. I like mine a little chunky so I only blended for a few seconds.

blueberriesandcream-popcicles2 2.Pour the blueberries into a mixing bowl and fold in the yogurt and honey. To give the popsicle the speckled look don’t mix it up too much. Just enough to evenly distribute. I used about two tablespoons of honey but if you like it sweeter add more or less honey for less sweetness.

3.Pour the combined ingredients into popsicle molds and freeze for 4 hours or overnight.

blueberries & cream yogurt popsicles // sarah sherman samuel 4. When ready to serve: help loosen the popsicles from the mold by running it briefly under warm water.

Archer has so far refused to drink cow’s milk so I have been getting creative with ways to serve yogurt any chance I get. The Greek Yogurt and Blueberries make this a healthy treat we’ve both been devouring on repeat.

Shop the Post: Pro Line® Series Blender by KitchenAid® // Popsicle Molds // Copper Measuring Cup // Gold Rim Dish by Suite One Studio // Cutting boards by Sarah Sherman Samuel

a designers children book round-up

designers guide to the best childrens books // round-up // sarah sherman samuelWe are BIG into children’s books around here, especially Archie. It’s built into our bedtime routine, nap routine, morning routine, and many times a day he will carry one around grunting in the way he does when we wants something, “eh eh, eh eh, eh eh” meaning read to me pleassssse.
I put a call out for everyone’s favorite books about a year ago, on instagram, and since then, we have been devouring them like crazy and I wanted to share my list of absolute favorites.

Some books don’t hold his interest at all, and some he wants over and over and over again. Of course it changes as he gets older, but there are some that I love for design/illustrations and storyline (huge bonus when it’s both like Gaston and Henry’s Bright Idea) and ones that he loves (the ones that hold his interest all the way through from start to finish) and those crossovers are what made my very select list of favorite books.

walnut-animal-society-book-henrys-ideaOH and I totally judge a children’s book by the cover. Archie is most attracted to clean illustrations (as am I, obv). When there is too much going I think it was hard for him to take anything in. He has started to look at busier, more detailed picture books now that he is older but from age 6 – 12 months those Moe Willems Pigeon Books were almost all he ever wanted. Each page is super simple with just a flat image of the pigeon on a solid color. We bought every single one of them because they are so good… clever, funny, well designed… and Archie was obsessed. Two of those made the list, but really all of them are great.

And still my favorite book of all is Gaston. I think I have bought this one book 7 times now giving it as a gift for friends with kids or babies on the way. It was one of the first books I got after Archie was born and there were many a night when I would stand by the kitchen extractor fan (serving as a giant white noise machine) bouncing a swaddled newborn Archie to sleep while reading “Fi Fi, Foo Foo, Ooh La La and Gaston…”. Each page is a frame worthy illustration and the story is so sweet.

designers guide to the best childrens books // round-up // sarah sherman samuel If you are only in the market to add a few books to your library, make sure the top 3 (but really the top 6) are in there. Those are our absolute favorites of the favorites.

Happy Reading!!

Gaston // Extra Yarn // Henry’s Bright Idea // Mr. Tiger Goes Wild // An Awesome Book // The Pigeon Needs a Bath // Home // I Want My Hat Back // My Teacher is a Monster // Wolfie the Bunny // The Day the Crayons Quit // The Little Gardener // Big Bear Hug // This Moose Belongs to Me // The Wonderful Things You Will Be // Cats Night Out // The Pigeon Wants a Puppy // Archie and the Pirates (I mean how could I not?)

Image by Katherine Rose 


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