LA home decor shop round-up

If you have seen me recently (or watch my IG stories) you have witnessed me running around like mad trying to get projects wrapped up before baby. Acura recently loaned me out their new MDX Sport Hybrid which I have taken to all corners of town in picking up items for my Mandy Moore residential project and I’ve received a lot of inquiries about what my go-to home decor stores are in LA so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share a round-up while I also gush about my month with the Acura MDX Sport Hybrid.

First, it was my first time ever driving a hybrid and I was so impressed with how long I could go between fill ups! In the entire month I only had to put gas in once and like I said, I have been in the car A LOT lately. Mandy lives on the opposite site of town from me so site visits are an automatic 2 hours in the car. One feature I loved on those long trips in this heat are the air cooled seats! It has been 100 degree plus at her house (and no air conditioning since it is currently an open job site) so when I get back into the car and can turn on the cooling seats, this oh so pregnant mama was thanking her lucky stars.

The styling of the MDX is also right up my alley. The unique headlights and the black rims (you known I love anything monochromatic) feel really modern. It has also been so nice to be able to have the extra space in the back of the MDX for toting things around and picking up furniture etc. It has more than my current vehicle even though they are both SUV’s.

And now onto where I have been doing all my favorite shopping for my clients…

Midland
Washington Blvd.
Culver City

I’ve already shared my love for Midland when it comes to fashion, but they have some great special home items too.

Kelly Wearstler
Melrose Ave.
West Hollywood

Kelly Wearstler has been an inspiration for me since I was just out of college and working in advertising. One of our clients was the Viceroy which was just getting built and Ms. Wearstler designed. I worked on the sales brochures and fell head over heals for all the stunning images.

Consort
Melrose Ave.

Consort is another fave that brings some serious edge to interiors. Think high fashion for your home.

Lawson Fenning
Melrose Ave.

Right down the street is Lawson Fenning. They actually have two locations but the Melrose location is where I usually go. We picked up a sofa from here for Mandy Moore. The furniture is to die for and they also have a seriously killer collection of ceramics.

Nickey Kehoe
Beverly Blvd.

Also in the same hood is Nickey Kehoe, they stock their own furniture as well as vintage finds for a more warm and eclectic vibe.

Surfing Cowboys
Venice Blvd.

Speaking of vintage, one of my favorite resources for that laid back California vintage style is Surfing Cowboys.

See below for a more complete list of my favorite LA home stores. Happy Shopping!

Thanks to Acura for lending me the MDX and for sponsoring this post. This was my personal review of the vehicle, all thoughts and ideas are my own. 

Modern bold nursery – 2 ways

modern bold nursery The white flooring in our studio has seen much better days and when Pergo reached out about partnering up to get the word out about their brand new line of TimberCraft laminate flooring at Lowe’s, I jumped at the chance to be able to bring it into the studio. I love the wide planks (almost 7.5″ wide) and with twice as many unique plank designs compared to most laminate flooring, and its’ deep embossed texture, you get the look of real wood floors plus the scratch resistance, durability and ease of installation benefits of a long lasting laminate floor.

While I have baby on the brain, I started thinking about the first shoot I could do with the new flooring and after such a positive response on nursery designs I wanted to share how I used the beautiful flooring with subtle grey and white tones and a distinctive oak grain (TimberCraft Salt Mill Oak  to be exact) to anchor a modern bold nursery and how to do it two ways! One with a bold stroke of color and one with just a touch. Same palette, two ways.

But first let’s take a look at the before…

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Daybed Round-up

 

 

daybed round-up // sarah sherman samuelI found myself sourcing daybeds for a few projects lately and I have always loved the versatility of the piece, so I thought I would gather a big ole round-up of  my favorites that are in the marketplace right now. They are great for delineating space in a large open floorplan living area, can be perfect for a multi-purpose spare room or office (to double as guest sleeping quarters), or create an instant window seat. So here you have 22 beauties to choose from.

Aren //  Casey // Willow // Chase // Como Rosewater //  Irving Place // Indra // Broderick //  London // Boho // Pari // Crashpad // Maxime // Black & White // Hambleton // Minnelli // Sylva // Turn // Cleopatra // Layden // Mckinzie // Safari

For more furniture round-ups, check here.

Framing and Elevating DIY & Kids Art

living room makeover // framing children's art // sarah sherman samuelLast week I shared the finished tour of our living room makeover, how we got it ready in time for baby and all the family that will be coming in for the holidays. If you haven’t seen it yet take a peek here and you will see this custom artwork we made for the space, which is a fancy way of saying we made it ourselves. ha But really, creating art has been my favorite thing to do since I was a wee one. I still remember when my kindergarten teacher held up a drawing I did of a dinosaur to show the class and I’m not sure I have been prouder of anything since. Of course a lot of the work I do for a living is creative, and is some form of art, but freely drawing and trying new mediums just for the sake of fun can sometimes slip through the cracks but I am ALWAYS so happy when I do get a chance to.

One step better than doing it by myself is sharing the arts with my son Archie (2.5 years old). Drawing and painting with him and being able to do an activity together, that we both love, at such a young age is priceless. Now, it can be super easy to draw and draw together and then tuck the pages away somewhere and never look at them again but when a company like Framebridge exists that makes framing art SO easy, there is no excuse not so get some up on the walls. So I am thrilled to have teamed up with them to show you just how simple it is.

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Living Room Makeover!

The living room in our house never really felt 100% finished. (I also realized I never shared a reveal of the space aside from featuring it in holiday decor posts or from when we babyproofed it!) We had a credenza that was a bit too small for the space, and the wall behind the sofa has been a rotation of various DIY projects and props from other projects. But finally… we have a living space that feels like us.

sarah sherman samuel living room makeover To recap, we are turning our family room/playroom (which is through the open passthrough from the living room, as shown above), into the new nursery. The family room is where we had the TV and the more comfortable sofa and this living room space was more of a formal seating area. So now that this will be the main hang out area for the family we needed to make it more comfortable and much more us.

To convert the room, first on our list was to hang some sliding barn doors to be able to close off the nursery during nap times and nighttime etc. We got both the hardware and the doors from Rejuvenation. The shaker style of the doors matches our shaker kitchen cabinets perfectly which is just on the other side of the room so it was a no brainer. We installed them ourselves (you might have caught my dad and rupe literally throwing wrenches around while putting them up on my Instagram story) which went surprisingly very quick! Just the addition of the doors already made the room feel so much more finished and now I can’t imagine them not being there.

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