A-frame paint debate

a-frame cabin renovation // paint debate This weekend we are heading to our A-frame cabin to work on things (my parents are in town, always two cheers for free labor) and I’m excited to finalize paint plans. We decided to go white! (we used benjamin moore “vapor”). I loved it in a dark color but after painting the Michigan cabin charcoal and our current LA house charcoal, I was ready to switch things up. I also love the contrast of the white on the dark windows, and white in the desert makes a lot more sense for heat sake.

However, we started small with the white, and now I am wondering what else, if anything should go white.

 

a-frame cabin renovation // paint debateThe eaves were always going to go white, the painters just missed that part, but I can’t help but wonder what it would look like for all the stone to go white too! I have been trying my hardest not to paint the stone, BUT the cabin is such an interesting shape, I can only think that going all monochromatic would highlight the awesome structure an make it a bit more modern. Am I crazy? Do I need to be talked off the paint-everything-white ledge?

Also, to do outside is to get rid of the board below the windows with the zig zag line. It kind of drives me crazy and takes away from the amazing windows. We will be replacing it with just a smooth board.

a-frame cabin renovation // paint debateHere’s a look at the new pergola, as you can see everything is still in progress but, even if we don’t paint the exterior stone white, that stone with the white dot to the right of the door will go white. It is a different type of stone and the mortar/cement lines fills in all the gaps unlike all the rest of the stone. Plus it will be nice to have the entrance be one solid piece of white coming off from the roof.

And now for the interior… since it has been a while, if you want to catch up on how it looked before check this post.

a-frame cabin renovation // paint debate We are finally on the home stretch of the major renovations. A flood which led to a new roof, as well as having to install an entire new sceptic system definitely set us back a bit, so it took a while for our bank accounts to recover from those two MAJOR expenses that we hadn’t planned for. But we are back and ready to get this baby in working order. And FINALLY it is cleaned up a bit so I’m ready to do more of the fun stuff, like finish the kitchen, install lights, and furnish the place!

Now, on the inside we used Behr paint in “polar bear” and I am back to the same idea as outside. Should we or shouldn’t we paint the stone? It is so hard because once you paint, you can’t go back. I love that we saved the only exposed real wood that was in the place and that we definitely won’t be painting but I can’t help but think of how clean it would be with all white aside from the wood.

a-frame cabin renovation // paint debatea-frame cabin renovation // paint debatePlease excuse the photo quality of this post, btw, they are just iphone snaps but I had to get answers! If you remember, this nook off to the side of the fireplace was reddish brown painted wood. It is finally white and I can breath again. I have really tried my hardest to keep the rock, honestly, but I just can’t help thinking of how open and modern it would feel all white. Sometimes the heart wants what the heart wants but I am curious to hear what you guys think. Is it blasphemy? Or is it just stone?

For all the progress on the a-frame so far check here.

terrazzo love

terazzo stairs large scale terazzo floorterazzo showerTerrazzo has been around for ages but it’s made a comeback in a huge way in interiors and my love affair for the material has continued to grow. In short it’s pieces of marble, granite, quartz and sometimes glass set in polished concrete or resin and the possibilities are endless. I love it in jumbo scale like the second image above, as well as in a more subtle small scale rendition like the samples below.

Terrazzo Stairs by NOMOS – GROUPEMENT D’ARCHITECTES, image by Miguel de Guzman | Large Scale Terrazzo Floor by Area Architecture, photo by Ioanna Roufopoulou | Terrazzo Shower by Made Architects

mandy-moore-house-terazzo-samplesWhich is why I am SUPER excited that we have decided to do all terrazzo floors in Mandy Moore’s house. Above are two of our favorite samples from the terrazzo guys we will be working with, we are leaning towards the darker flecks and warm tones of the bottom one but we will be coming up with our own exact mix and I cannot wait to see and share the final result.

If you aren’t doing a major renovation anytime soon but still want a little terrazzo in your life, never fear, there are so many amazing terrazzo and terrazzo-like home decor products popping up on the market. Below, I’ve rounded up a few of my faves.

terazzo pics

TableLampCandle Holders  | Coffee Table | Serving Board | Pot |  Wallpaper End Table |  Table & Floor Lamps | Table/DeskPots | Side Table

diy woven wall hanging

DIY woven wall hanging // sarah sherman samuelI updated a few things in our master bedroom recently since Archie thought it was a fun game to try and rip the black and white print we had above the bed off the wall. He finally succeeded and we were without anything up there for a while but then I got this idea, a tasseled, woven, wall art of an idea. You may have caught a few shots of it on instagram and I got a lot of inquiries about it, so today I’m sharing how I made it!

DIY woven wall hanging // sarah sherman samuelDIY woven wall hanging // sarah sherman samuelDIY woven wall hanging // sarah sherman samuelDIY WOVEN WALL HANGING

Supplies Needed:
– I used this rug as the base
White Jute Twine (I used 12 rolls)
– A small screwdriver (that is what I used but a crochet hook or an oversize needle would be way easier, I am always just grabbing what I have in mind and making things up as I go. Hindsight is a wonderful thing).
– A few small finish nails

Step 1: Make the tassels. SO MANY TASSELS (for tassel making instructions see this DIY post here). I made these ones longer, using a 9″ square to wrap the twine around, but the process is the same.

Step 2: Lay the rug out on the floor and draw yourself some guidelines with a pencil to follow.

DIY woven wall hanging // sarah sherman samuelStep 3: Start from the bottom and lay out the first line of tassels where you’d like to attache them.

DIY woven wall hanging // sarah sherman samuelStep 4: Using a screwdriver (or crochet hook etc) poke the loose ends of the top of the tassel through the rug, spacing them about 1/5″ apart.

Step 5: Move your hands to the underside of the rug and knot the two pieces of twine together, securing the tassel to the rug.

Step 6: Work your way up the rug making sure to stagger the tassels so they don’t line up and it looks a little random.

DIY woven wall hanging // sarah sherman samuelStep 7: Using 4 or 5 finish nails secure the rug to the wall but hammering a nail right through the run and into the wall.

And that is it! With all the twine I had to buy, this wasn’t an inexpensive DIY but it is exactly what I had in mind and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. I have to say, making that many tassels was quite therapeutic and attaching them was oddly extremely satisfying. Soooo…who wants one?!

Sources: Bed (was an old west elm that I reupholstered. DIY here) // Custom Dyed Bedding by Flaneur // Wall Art DIY by Sarah Sherman Samuel // Bench by CB2 // Rug from esalerugs.com // Nightstands by West Elm // Sconces by Cedar and Moss // Pendant is vintage find similar here // Vases from West Elm

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

For more posts on our LA home and to see the process of our renovations check here. 

SSS x Cedar & Moss

sarah sherman samuel x cedar and moss pendant // trullbrook residence bathroomHappy Monday guys! My excitement this morning is two-fold because #1 I get to introduce you to another SSS product collaboration and #2 share a sneak peak into the almost finished master bathroom from my “Trullbrook Residence” client. You may remember the before photos and the design plan from this post, and it is all coming together. The custom vanity I designed, the basket weave tile pattern, the gorgeous slab… and probably my most loved items in the room are the pendants I designed along with my favorite lighting company Cedar & Moss.

sarah sherman samuel x cedar and moss pendant // trullbrook residence bathroomsarah sherman samuel x cedar and moss pendant // trullbrook residence bathroomI am always on the hunt for modern mini pendants, which work so well at bathroom vanities, so I wanted to create my own. Cedar and Moss had just come out with their ceramic line and we knew it was a match made in heaven. I worked closely with Michelle, the founder, by passing sketches and going through a first and second prototype before we landed on the final piece that I got to use in my Trullbrook Residence project and that you can purchase through my shop and over on Cedar & Moss now!

If you are familiar with any of my work you will have no doubt seen some Cedar & Moss fixtures. When Michelle first launched her line, I used her Alto Pendants in our kitchen renovation and have become a loyal Cedar & Moss fan from then on. What started as a one woman show has grown in leaps and bounds into a bustling studio, providing the marketplace with modern and midcentury lighting options that are minimal and also affordable and I am SO happy to be able to work with them to create my first light fixture, the Archer pendant.

Sources: Archer Pendants by Sarah Sherman Samuel for Cedar & Moss // Mirror by CB2 // Sink by Kohler // Custom Vanity by Sarah Sherman Samuel // Brass Cabinet Knobs by Kohler // Faucet by California Faucets // 2 x 8 Tile 

Images  by Sarah Sherman Samuel

For more posts on the Trullbrook Residence project check here.

style story: everyday

sleeveless sweater sleeveless sweatersleeveless sweatersleeveless sweaterAfter the rainiest winter in all my ten years in LA I am so ready for spring and the light layering that goes with it. This sweater and these shoes have been on repeat and this favorite pair of jeans are basically part of my every day uniform. High-rise and cropped at the ankle, yes please.

Sweater by Topshop // Jeans by J.Brand // Shoes from Zara (old) but these are fun too // Cuff by Brandy Pham // Bag by Cult Gaia 

Photos by Heather Kincaid 

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