Modernism Week News!

Villa Golightly RenderingHappy Weekend!

I am so thrilled to share that I am going to be designing the East Guest Bedroom of this years TCKC Modernism Week Show House! Each year The Christopher Kennedy Compound takes over one Palm Springs property and brings together a handful of the country’s top design talents and tastemakers to give it one heck of a makeover, and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it.

Modernism Week is an annual event that celebrates midcentury modern design, architecture, art, fashion and culture. It’s a week full of home tours, parties, and events that celebrate design in Palm Springs. You may remember from a few years back I was on the “mod squad“, instagramming my heart out through it all.  Modernism Week is also charitable organization, providing scholarships to local students pursuing educations in the fields of architecture and design; as well as supporting local efforts to preserve modernist architecture throughout the state of California.

sarahshermansamuel-kellyleevilla-go-lightlyTo add to the fun, this year’s show house is owned by my favorite Palm Springs personality, Kelly Lee, of Kelly Go Lightly. Earlier this year, before construction had even started, I stopped by to see the space and I have to say I sure wouldn’t mind this being my backyard! I can’t wait to see what the And now for a tiny peek of a few things that I have going on in the East Guest Room…

sarahshermansamuel-modernismweek-showhouseI can’t reveal the design quiet yet but here are a few finishes that gives you a taste of what is to come! For those of you heading to Modernism Week and want to visit the house, read more about it here and buy tickets to see the house here!

travel stories: Amangiri

amangiri15Gone are the days (at least for a few years) when Rupert and I used to sneak away for weekend trips every couple weeks or so. Toting a toddler around on romantic getaways is not exactly the same. Since we don’t go nearly as often, Rupe and I decided that for our anniversary we would go all out and splurged on a trip of a lifetime. We took off for three child-free nights for the first time and headed to a place straight out of my dreams.

The place is southern Utah’s Amangiri and while the photos pretty stunning, I have to say they don’t even do it justice. The resort is built around the natural Utah landscape and looks like it is carved right out of the surrounding rock. Every single detail was thoughtfully designed… the colors, the materials, right down to how the sunlight travels through the structure. If you ever get the chance to go, take it!

amangiri10amangiri7amangiri3amangiri6amangiriamangiri16amangiri4amangiri5amangiri2amangiri18amangiri12amangiri17amangiri11amangiri13amangiri9amangiri14Utah on its own is one of my favorite places to get away to (we road-tripped through it a couple years back), but Amangiri with its super remote location and otherwordly beauty just made it our favorite escape yet. After just a couple days soaking in the soft colors and calming vibes we came back refreshed and oh so inspired.

Orange dress by Christy Dawn // Hat from Asos // Green dress from Zara  // Swimsuit by Hackwith Design 

iPhone snaps by Sarah & Rupert Samuel

A-frame bathroom update

While we are on the subject of bathrooms… I’m excited to be talking about some plans in our A-frame bathroom, finally! If you remember from the “before tour” the bathroom was a scary black hole. The lights didn’t work so you couldn’t really see what was going on in there. Well the good news is, we got the lights working again, the bad news is it might have been better in the dark! Luckily I have teamed up with Kohler to breathe new life into the loo.


Easing you into it… I thought I would share my plans for the space first. READ MORE

Trullbrook Residence Guest Bath

cle-tile // random hex pattern // sarah sherman samuelHi, Hi! Before the holidays I introduced you to my latest project “the Trullbrook Residence” with the kitchen design (if you haven’t seen the post read this and you’ll be all caught up!), and next up is the guest bath.

You may remember a sneak peek I gave on instagram (above) of the day we were on site making sure the random pattern I wanted done with the Clé Tile, looked random, but not too random… meaning every piece was laid intentionally, i.e. making it not so random at all. Well this beauty of a tile is going in on the guest bath floor and so without further ado, the before photo…

trullbrook-before-guest-bathAs you can see there isn’t much to talk about in here. It is a run of the mill, basic, basic, bathroom. You all know I like an all white room, but this one falls flat. We are taking it all out and starting from scratch. New everrrrrything and here’s a peek at what will be going in.

trullbrook-modern-guest-bathThere are 3 full bathrooms and a powder bath in the house and each one is different from the next. We’ve done a lot of pattern mixing with tiles and wallpaper and used a good amount of different geometric shapes, and we were always looking for unexpected materials and/or ways to use them. The goal was to make each bathroom special and unique while still creating a cohesive home. 

For the guest bath, I knew I wanted to make the floor the statement and that is where Clé Tile came in. I love the perfectly imperfectness of cement tile and all the geometric shapes they come in. We selected the half hex for the floors and then used their classic subway tile for the walls. It is a small bathroom so bringing in a floating vanity and removing the sliding doors on the tub will really open up the space. And while a big square mirror above the vanity checks off the functional box we found this special mirror that hangs from the ceiling and brings the fun personality of the floor up to the walls. Can’t wait to see this space come to life, I’ll be sure to share a progress post soon!

Next up is the powder bath…

Shop the post:
Half Hex Tile by Clé Tile // Subway Tile by Clé Tile // Vanity from Ikea // Robe Hooks from DWR // Mirror from Wayfair // Sconces from Park Studio LA // Shower Rod

top 16 of 2016

I’ve been holed up at my parents in Michigan for the holidays, introducing Archie to snow for the first time and generally checking the heck out, but as 2016 is coming to a close I couldn’t help but reflect on the year on the blog. Here’s my favorite 16 posts from 2016. Happy New Year!

light lab kitchen by sarah sherman samuel1. One of my favorite projects this year was designing the creative warehouse space called Light Lab. It was a complete blank canvas and I had so much fun bringing it to life. See the full reveal tour here.

johnnycash-party2. Another highlight of the year was Archie’s 1st birthday/my 34th. Turns out sharing a birthday with your son can be pretty great and we celebrated with a Johnny Cash birthday bash! See the party post here.

sss-studio16s3. I moved into a new studio space, see the full tour here! And the studio breaking in party, here.

encuentro-mexico44: I posted about our road trip to Mexico which was a true highlight. Glamping our way through Mexican wine country… see the post here.

baby-proofing-livingroom6-6405: It came time to baby proof things in the Samuel household. We didn’t make a ton of changes but see the home tour and how we made our house more Archer friendly in the post, here.

sss_summer_evening-soiree6: We built a new modern pergola in the backyard and took full advantage of it in this summer soiree to remember.

kitchen-progress-a-frame3-faucet7. Construction has been ohhh so slow on the A-frame but we made some progress in the kitchen, laundry room, and living room. Hoping to finish this place up in 2017 so we can start enjoying it! See all the A-frame progress here.

culottes-crop-top88. My style hasn’t changed a ton since having Archie but I’ve fully embraced the mom cliche of high-waisted pants. See more of my personal style posts here.

kristinaandsarah6409: My friend Kristina had her third child and while she was still expecting I made over her master bedroom. See the “modern organic” tour here.

patio-after8-640-110: Our Los Angeles home renovations are complete (until we decide to add a second floor or something crazy like that, that is) and I shared the before & after of the back patio this summer. See all the renovation progress here.

the-amado11: With the renovations going on in our A-frame, we’ve been spending gobs of time in Palm Springs. One of our favorite stays was at the Amado, see the post here.

say-cloud-sarahshermansamuel12: I teamed up with Say Kids on a T-shirt collaboration, using the cloud print I designed for Archer’s wallpaper. See the Tee post here and Archer’s nursery tour here.

bathroom-213: We put the final touches on our main bath, brass shelves, herringbone tile, hexagon floor… see the “before & after” tour here. P.s. we also did an update in the master bath.

copper-plant-stands-diy1-114: DIY projects are always some of the best posts and these plant stands were a big hit. See the tutorial here.

guest-room-holidays7-64015: Speaking of DIY… this quick 5-minute woven headboard might be my personal favorite. See the tutorial here.

trullbrook-client-kitchen-finishes16: And finally, I introduced my latest client renovation project, starting with the kitchen design and I can not wait to share share the rest. 2017 is already looking good! See the post here.

Thank you guys for following along and being here. All your comments and support mean the world to me! Cheers to an incredible 2017. xo sarah



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