High/Low Living Room: Artful Modern

I’m using the term “artful modern” again to describe today’s high/low look but this time it’s in the living room. It is a simple term but it sums up how I strive to make each piece special by looking for unique silhouettes and shapes in furniture so that the pieces of the room become like sculptures themselves. This dreamy living room board is full of those and along with a bit of whimsy, it is seriously high on style.

modern artful living roomm- luxe // sarah sherman samuelI have been gaga for that egg collective sofa from the first time I saw it and I’m pretty sure I’ve pinned it multiple times. The clean lines and the geometric shapes hit all the right notes. This room is basically the collection of some of my all time favorite pieces, like that and the pink chair, which I will probably never afford, but love from afar nonetheless.

Luxe Look Sources: lamp // painting // sofa // side table // armchair // magazine folder // coffee table // rug // pillows 

modern artful living room- for less // sarah sherman samuelFinding unique silhouettes and thoughtfully designed shapes for this type of style is not as easy to come by when you are working within more of a realistic budget but when I laid my eyes on that sofa from urban outfitters I knew I had to make it mine, and I did, literally… I just put it in my living room (living room makeover to come). It reminded me a bit of the egg collective sofa with the special arm detailing and I happened to snag it during one of their furniture sales, so for $1000 it was much more reasonable. The pink chair isn’t a total steal by any means, but it is so similar to the dream room’s (and a third of the price) I couldn’t not include it. If you are loving that style but not married to the pink there are even less expensive options that are great here and here.

Look For Less Sources: lamp // painting (left) // painting (right) // sofa // side table (tall) // side table (low) // armchair // magazine folder // coffee table // rug // pillows

If you’d like to see more high/low rooms, check here. 

Oh Joy Kitchen Reveal

oh joy studio kitchen tour // sarah sherman samuel // before and afterA while back, I shared the design plans for the Oh Joy studio kitchen and today I get to share the final space, complete with a couple before & afters!  I have to say, at first, it was a little intimidating designing a space for such a well known power house of a brand as Oh Joy. Even though Joy and I have become friends of the years she is still OH JOY! ha, (it doesn’t even seem that long ago that I didn’t even have a blog but was reading hers and dreaming of the day I would have my own business as well). Once we got started I knew the kitchen design would come together easily and it was the perfect combination of our styles. So without further ado… the kitchen where SSS meets Oh Joy.

oh joy studio kitchen tour // sarah sherman samuel // before and afteroh joy studio kitchen tour // sarah sherman samuel // before and afterOne of the biggest changes in the kitchen was to rework the cabinet layout to create more usable counter space and storage. We added this peninsula to extend the kitchen a bit further into the space as well as to give Joy and her team a great backdrop to shoot against.

oh joy studio kitchen tour // sarah sherman samuel // before and afteroh joy studio kitchen tour // sarah sherman samuel // before and after I was able to incorporate Joy’s own cement tile design and had it laid in a random pattern for an extra bit of whimsy on the backsplash. Previously the kitchen didn’t have an oven so we added appliances that would make this a fully functioning kitchen for daily use as well as events.

oh joy studio kitchen tour // sarah sherman samuel // before and afteroh joy studio kitchen tour // sarah sherman samuel // before and afterA floating shelf hangs above the sink to display dish ware, props and things while two cedar and moss sconces sit pretty overhead. I am no stranger to using Ikea for a kitchen even though this is the first time I have used them for all the cabinet doors as well. For the space we had, it worked out really well. We have a pull-out drawer for our trashcans, a cabinet specifically to hold an under-counter microwave, and mixed both drawer and shelf options for storage. We got everything in a matte white finish and added gold hardware to the doors for a little upgrade. We also added a signature Oh Joy color-blocked wall to one side of the kitchen to accentuate the green from the tile.

oh joy studio kitchen tour // sarah sherman samuel // before and afteroh joy studio kitchen tour // sarah sherman samuel // before and afteroh joy studio kitchen tour // sarah sherman samuel // before and afteroh joy studio kitchen tour // sarah sherman samuel // before and afterAnd now for a stroll down memory lane with the before and afters…

oh joy studio kitchen tour // sarah sherman samuel // before and afterIt definitely looks a lot more finished and most importantly a ton more Oh Joy.

oh joy studio kitchen tour // sarah sherman samuel // before and afterI hope you enjoyed the tour! For more photos and a look behind the scenes check out Joy’s reveal post here.

Design: Sarah Sherman Samuel  || Appliances: KitchenAid  || Sink/Faucet: Ferguson || Lighting: Cedar & Moss || Tile: Oh Joy for Clé Tile || Stools: CB2  || Cabinetry: IKEA || Contractor: Good Fellas || Marble: Modul Marble || Marble Installation: Planet Stone || Gold Shelf Brackets: Rejuvenation || Photography: Monica Wang

maternity style: off the shoulder

dress the bump // maternity style // off the shoulder I’m about 32 weeks pregnant today and am still finding lots of non maternity options that work so well with or without a bump, like this off the shoulder dress from Urban. Even though it still feels like summer here, the color palette of the dress is getting me in the mood for fall, and pair it with a sweater and maybe some ankle boots and it can carry you well into the autumn season.

dress the bump // maternity style // off the shoulder dress the bump // maternity style // off the shoulder dress the bump // maternity style // off the shoulder dress the bump // maternity style // off the shoulder dress the bump // maternity style // off the shoulder

Dress from Urban Outfitters (it comes in a few other prints too!) // Bag from Cult Gaia // Shoes by Kyma // Lip Color is Riviera by Hourglass

Photos by Heather Kincaid

shop picks: candelabra

shop-candelabra-favesWhenever I am looking for an extra special or unique piece, Candelabra is one of my favorite sites to scope out. Of course you can have style and a beautiful space on a budget but when I can, I always try and do a mix of high and low pieces. More often than not, the piece I splurge on is what makes the room and Candelabra is one of those places that I know I can go to find an investment piece that can set the style of an entire space and hasn’t already been seen in every other room on pinterest.

Nightstand // Belly Basket // Table Lamp // Thielo Vases // Desk Lamp // Wila Stool // Vaughn Stool // Dovetail Chair // Marble Bowls // Console Table // Antigua Pillow // Burl Coffee Table

For more of my “shop picks” check here.

sss + l&g wallpaper launch party

sarah sherman samuel x lulu georgia wallpaper launch partyLast week we threw a little party to kick off the launch of my wallpaper line with Lulu and Georgia and I truly felt like the belle of the ball. I have so many plates spinning at the moment that it felt really nice to pause, gather some friends and fellow female entrepreneurs and celebrate a project that has been on my bucket list for a long time now.  READ MORE

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