Trullbrook residence kitchen 90% reveal!

tullbrook residence kitchen renovation // sarah sherman samuelGreen tweed marble, herringbone floors, gold fixtures… these are a few of my favorite things and I’m so thrilled to be able to share the ALMOST finished kitchen of my clients at the Trullbrook residence which has all three and more. We are still waiting on a custom built banquette, which is in the works, but I am impatient and couldn’t wait to share at least a peek at the finished portion of the space. More to come soon!

tullbrook residence kitchen renovation // sarah sherman samueltullbrook residence kitchen renovation // sarah sherman samuelThe Green Tweed marble on the backsplash and countertops kick an all white kitchen up a notch and anchoring it with the dark green floors make it even more special. I added small touches of wood with the butcher block island and the floating shelves as well as the gold Schoolhouse Electric hardware to warm up the cool tones in the rest of the space.

tullbrook residence kitchen renovation // sarah sherman samueltullbrook residence kitchen renovation // sarah sherman samuelThe entire “before” kitchen was demo’ed and we started fresh, first with the new Fireclay brick tile floor and then with the new cabinets. Last time we checked in the floor was just being laid and the cabinet boxes placed and now we are so close to the finish line, with the banquette and new bistro table and chairs being the last addition needed.

You might remember from the original post and before photos that we have now removed the peninsula, removed a double wall oven that also made the room feel tight (replacing it with a 48″ range) and extended the entire footprint of the kitchen (which isn’t seen here yet) but you can get an idea of where the banquette will be in the above photo.

tullbrook residence kitchen renovation // sarah sherman samueltullbrook residence kitchen renovation // sarah sherman samuel tullbrook residence kitchen renovation // sarah sherman samuelThe floating shelves that flank the new pass through window help to open up the space as well and give just enough space to display some favorite items and I still can’t get over the gorgeousness of those floors.

tullbrook residence kitchen renovation // sarah sherman samuelFor all of the progress on the Trullbrook residence so far, check here.

Shop the look:
Cabinet doors and drawer fronts by SemiHandmade on Ikea Cabinets // Brick Tile Floor in “Northwoods” by Fireclay // Pendant Lights by Schoolhouse Electric // Hardware by Schoolhouse Electric // Butcher Block Countertop from Ikea // Marble backsplash and countertop is called Green Tweed  // Oak Floating Shelves by SemiHandmade // Kitchen Faucet by Waterstone // Range by Thermador // Sink from Ikea 

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel 

DIY faux wood paneling

bedroom nook - DIY wood paneling We are working our way through the A-frame putting final touches on all the rooms (if you missed the finished living room check here!) and now I’ve got a peek into the finished guestroom nook. When we first bought it, this space was SO dark and had a crumbling basketweave texture on the walls and ceiling which matched the ceiling in the entryway/dining room. The ceiling was in OK shape and we painted the gold material white to match the rest of the house and to clean it up. We were hoping it would be enough to save the walls which were looking pretty rough but paint couldn’t rescue them. The texture was coming off in places and there were holes that just looked really bad no matter what, so we decided to cover them up with a DIY faux wood paneling.

Here is a peek at the way before…  READ MORE

high/low dining room

I dream of the day I can have an extra long dining table for friends and family to gather around. Currently we have a round one which can maybe fit 6 if we squeeze in real tight.

This stunning one from egg collective hits all my dream table spots except the price tag so I thought it would be a great jumping off point for another high/low room design.

Also how stunning is that yummy leather sideboard, I love mixing light wood with just a few black accents, warm leather and of course a couple touches of gold.

Luxe Look Sources: Chandelier // Mirror // Buffet Sideboard // Rug // Dining Table // Dining Chairs // Serving Bowl // Planter // Dinnerware

In the more budget friendly option I found a similar style table but it was much shorter so by butting two up to each other it comes out to about the same size as the large version. And if you are real handy I bet you could figure out a way to remove one set of legs in the middle and seam them together to create the one long table.

So 45k vs 4K without that huge of a sacrifice, I even like dinnerwear and the planter of the less expensive room a little better!

Look for Less Sources: Chandelier // Mirror // Buffet Sideboard // Rug // Dining Table // Dining Chairs // Serving Bowl // Planter // Dinnerwear

For more high/low room designs check here.

Color Stories: Cerulean & Ochre

I don’t have a ton of color in my wardrobe but right now I have basically two dresses that I live in. One Doen dress (as seen in this post and this post) is ochre and the other by Miranda Bennet is the prettiest shade of blue. I’ve been loving those colors lately in all facets, so I thought it was the perfect combo for another color story…

Image 1 by Milton H. Greene // Image 2 by Rachel Comey // Image 3 by Backpacker Photography

Below are a few of my favorite picks to get these gorgeous hue’s into your life.

color stories // cerulean & ochreThey are pretty perfect colors for summer too as together they call up clear waters and sandy beaches. Plus the words themselves have a really nice ring to them… Cerulean and Ochre… sounds like some celebrity baby names that I could probably get behind.

Cerulean: Wallpaper | Jumpsuit | Pendant | Bikini | Slides | NapkinChair | Pillow | Bowl

Ochre: Couch | BikiniWallpaper | Rug | Shoes | Planter | Top | Floor Pillow | Sun Umbrella

See more of my color stories here.

A-frame Living Room Before & After

living room renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelI can hardly contain myself that A, we have a place to sit in our Palm Springs A-frame cabin and B, I love it so much I think I might like it better than our primary house and C, I can finally share a finished living room today!

When we first bought the place it was dark and very brown, from the carpet all the way up to the coffee-colored painted beams (you’ll see in the before photos below). I knew I wanted to brighten it up but you might remember from my original design post, I was planning to keep the rock un-painted, and I did for about a year. However, as we slowly renovated the house my mind started to change, and then when we painted the rock in the bathroom, I knew I wanted to go all out and paint the stone in the living room as well. What I like best about painting all the different surfaces the same color is that it not only unifies the space but also modernizes it without stripping it of all its’ character. The contrasting textures still show through but in a cleaner and much brighter way.

living room renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelliving room renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelYou also might see we have a different sofa from what I originally had chosen. Unfortunately during the year of renovating, stopping and starting while we found different contractors, our brand new beautiful sofa  (which was wrapped in plastic to keep out construction dust) became club med for every mouse in the desert. No joke, we had no idea until we finally got to unwrap the sofa after about a year, and it was completely covered in mice droppings with little holes burrowed throughout the material.

After some tears over it being unsalvageable, a couple visits from a pest control company and my falling in love with the Melrose sofa at Clad Home, we now have this gorgeous 10 foot beauty that turned my sofa nightmare into my loungey dream come true. I love the low profile and at 42″ deep it’s extra deep for optimal curling up and cozying into. Also, being white, it’s great that I can unzip the cushions and throw the covers in the wash.

living room renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelI splurged on the Albini rattan bucket chair so I knew getting the green safari chairs, from my dream design board, weren’t going to happen but luckily for me, a week before I needed to have the place staged for a shoot, I found these green camp style/safari-esque chairs on Urban Outfitters for a more reasonable price. It took me a year from when I put it out in the world that I was on the hunt for green safari chairs but these were worth the wait!

living room renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelliving room renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelliving room renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelIn every project I do, I always like to mix in some vintage and custom pieces when I can and my own spaces are no exception. The nesting side tables (found at the rose bowl flea), the Albini chair I mentioned before (sourced from the Hi-Vibe), and the floor cushion (from The Vintage Rug Shop) are all vintage while the coffee table I had custom made and is a prototype of my own design (which will be available for purchase in my shop soon).

Pieces I love that come from more big-box type stores are sprinkled throughout as well, like the ceramic canister on the coffee table (from target), the vase from CB2, the rug from esalerugs.com, the basket from World Market (that I DIYed a little something to and that I keep forgetting to share about… note to self, I WILL post that how-to soon) and the gorge chandelier from West Elm.

living room renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelliving room renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelliving room renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelOn the other side of the room you can get a peek into the kitchen and see that I took a note from my favorite massage boutique, The Now, and hung a hammock chair above the fireplace as decoration which, bonus, can also easily come off and be put to use outside.

And now for some side-by-side before and afters. We didn’t have to do a lot to this room aside from tearing out the carpeting, installing the tile floor, switching out the lighting, and a whole lot of painting, but it is still satisfying to see, none-the-less.

living room renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelliving room renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelliving room renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelI hope you guys enjoyed the tour! Next up is the bedrooom…

Shop The Post:
Sofa from Clad Home // Bottom Rug from Esalerugs.com // Top Rug found on ebay // Vintage Rattan Albini Chair sourced from the Hi-Vibe // Coffee Table by Sarah Sherman Samuel // White Ceramic Stool from Lulu & Georgia // Nesting Tables are vintage // Table Lamps from Joss & Main // Chandelier from West Elm // Tasseled Throw from Lulu & Georgia // Gold Urchin from Lulu & Georgia // Vase from CB2 // Floor Pillow from the Vintage Rug Shop // Green Chairs from Urban Outfitters // Gold Based Side Table by Lulu & Georgia // Hammock Chair from Amazon // Entryway Ceiling Light by Cedar & Moss // Paint Color is Polar Bear by Behr

To see all the posts and progress on our A-frame check here.

Photos by Sarah Sherman Samuel

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