Bri’s Dining Room Makeover

dining room makeover // before & after // design love fest // sarah sherman samuelWhen Bri of Design Love Fest bought her new house she settled in fairly quickly but one room that went relatively untouched was the dining room. When she reached out to me to design her patio space she also wanted to tackle a few other areas in the house and the neglected dining was next on our list. I am excited to share the transformation!

One of the first things we did was extend the marble countertop on the passthrough from the kitchen so that we could add bar stools and create a space for friends to sit and chat while Bri was in the kitchen. The cutout was there before but with no countertop overhang it created an odd dead space (you’ll see in the before photos below). Just that extra 12″ of marble makes such a huge difference in the room.

When we started talking about the feel Bri wanted for the space, she was inspired by a recent trip to Japan and the use of clean lines and natural textures, which obviously was speaking my language. We wanted to create a calm vibe that still had some personality. I made a feature wall starting with the low credenza and combined it with custom shelves and a custom mirror so they all work together as one and we added artwork and small treasures for display.

And now for some before and after’s…

We moved the off center lighting and traded the pendant for two warm jute lamps, added the graphic striped rug and those gorgeous green chairs to finish off the space.

In this before shot is where you can see the marble stopped flush with the pony wall but now that we added the overhang and those perfectly simple stools it looks much more finished. Also, how gorgeous is that Blockshop scarf hanging in the corner? (this design is no  longer available but they have other beautiful options here).

Shop the look:

Jute Pendants // Half Moon Mirror (ours was custom and much larger but here is a ready made version) // Vases // Credenza // Green Chairs from Rypen // Artwork from Tappan // Rug // Dining Table

Additional Sources: Counter Stools from All Modern // Hanging Textile by BlockShop // Large Planter by CB2 // Floating Shelves by Semi-Handmade //

Tappan art pieces: lani trock flowers, caroline denervaud shapes, eric chakeen camel sky and courtdeerdana kiss

Next up is her kitchen!

See Bri’s patio makeover here and read more about the dining room from her perspective on Design Love Fest.

photos by: ivan solis
design by: sarah sherman samuel

Non-Maternity, Maternity Style + Giveaway

sss maternity style // midland giveaway Most would assume being pregnant in the dog days of summer is not the greatest timing, luckily where I live in LA it usually never gets too too hot (last week aside) because being by the ocean keeps the temps lower. So, for me, it is kind of ideal timing. It means I can wear dresses all day every day and never have to look at a pair of pants. The thought of pulling on a pair of jeans when my belly is this big sounds awful and to have to layer thick clothing on top of an already big bump, no thanks, I feel giant enough.

However as the rest of the country is starting to cool down, the LA summer usually lasts right through October so I am hoping I can coast on comfy dresses like this one from here on out. READ MORE

Mandy Moore Kitchen Plans

I’ve got some news about everyone’s favorite This is Us mama, Mandy Moore! Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to get any plot lines for the new season out of her, but at least I have some updates on the house. The mid-century home renovation is moving right along and today I’m sharing our plans for the kitchen! As a full demo job with some gorgeous finishes, custom cabinetry and Farrow & Ball paint, it is going to be a stunner.

mandy moore kitchen renovation // sarah sherman samuelIf you haven’t read the intro post on the project take a peek here and you’ll be caught up on the history of the place and how someone sadly renovated a beautiful Harold Zook mid-century home in the 90’s bringing in a lot of not so modern elements including all those rounded elements, traditional trim, tile floors etc. The first step is of course to demo out everything. We won’t be saving anything and elements that will stay gone forever are the peninsula, which not only is curved and a weird shape but it cuts the space in half making it feel less spacious. We will also be taking out all the French doors and replacing them with a window and one big door that matches the rest of the house’s original style.

mandy moore kitchen renovation // sarah sherman samuel We will be re-arranging the appliances in the kitchen, swapping out a double wall oven and cooktop for a full range and then relocating it to the far wall for better flow. We will also be going with a clean modern slab style cabinet front with floating shelves flanking a range hood.

Below is a look at the floorplan of the kitchen from when Mandy purchased it.  The nice thing is that there is a lot of room. Mid-century kitchens were usually pretty small and enclosed, so the good thing that the 90’s renovation gave us was a lot more space. The dotted lines show everything that will be demo’d out but as you can see there are a lot of funky angles and curves going on that have to go.


mandy moore kitchen renovation // sarah sherman samuel

Working with architect, Emily Farnham, together we came up with the plan above to straighten out the lines and streamline the space. We do lose cabinet space with the new layout but gain a lot of storage space in the pantry. Previously the island had cabinets all the way around but we changed that to make a space for seating at the island, as this will definitely be the gathering place for friends and family.

And now onto my favorite part, choosing the finishes. Mandy wanted to keep the space bright and light with one possibly one accent color and so I set off to find the right paint colors. After we decided on a light green, I knew Farrow & Ball was the place to look with their sophisticated palette and high quality paint… so I tested out a few.

You might recognize “pigeon” from my own kitchen renovation but we ended up choosing “Mizzle” which is just a bit lighter than pigeon with a touch more yellow to it. I chose the color the same way I did in my kitchen, by painting large foam core boards and holding it up in the space. Once we decided on Mizzle it was off to the slab yard to choose our countertops and we brought our Mizzle painted board along for the ride.

For the slab we wanted a marble that would compliment the color and finding one with beautiful veining was high on the priority list. We went to Stoneland in North Hollywood were we found SO many great choices and ended up selecting Calacatta Venato as the stone of choice. As you can see Mandy modeling, the green color goes so well with the marble and it will keep the kitchen light but still give it more interest than an all-white kitchen (not knocking all white btw, just not the look we are going for this time).

Once we had the cabinet color and slab decided it was all about selecting the rest of the fixtures and finishes and here’s a peek…

EEP, just putting this board together for the post has me so excited. Right now the kitchen is stripped down to the studs with a giant hole in the back wall where they took out the French doors so we’ve got a long way to go, but you can start to picture how the space will come together. The iconic mid-century lights reissued by Cedar & Moss paired with the terrazzo floors and the light green Farrow & Ball “Mizzle” cabinets echo back to the era of the house while the brass hardware, stunning marble, new appliances and floating shelves help to create the updated feel.

Sources: Paint color Mizzle by Farrow & Ball // Slab is Calcatta Venato from Stoneland // Pendant Lights from Cedar & Moss // Wolf Range from Ferguson // Brass Hardware // Counter Stool from DWR

Floor plans created by Emily Farnham

To see Mandy Moore’s full “before” house tour check here.

This post was created in collaboration with Farrow & Ball, as always all thoughts and ideas are my own.

color stories: pink & orange

I don’t think I will ever get over pink, millennial or otherwise, it is such a versatile color with it’s light shade and it looks good with practically every color. Even orange!

Image by Anna Pirkola // Painting by Emilie Lindsten // Image from Olive & June

I don’t typically gravitate to, or even like, orange but pair it with a blushy pink and I am so on board. Below I’ve rounded up some of my favorite pieces in the pretty pair for you and your home that you can mix and match to make this combo your own.

Pink: Swimsuit | Coffee Table | Chair | Bag | Sofa | Trousers | Pillow | Bowl + Plate Set | Side Table
Orange: Bag | Top | Rug | Chair | Backpack | Sandals | Dress | Mat | Pillow

See more of my favorite color pairings here.

my journey to better skin with SK-II

You may have caught on Instagram a while back that I introduced the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence into my beauty routine. I have been using it for about a month now and I’m here to report back on my findings! First, let me start off by saying, I did not actually really have a beauty routine.

Up until now, I used a good cleansing oil and that is all I used. So, when SK-II invited me to take part in the #OneBottleAwayFrom journey (by using the product every day for a full month) I jumped at the chance to test out their “miracle water”. Self-care has fallen embarrassingly far down my priority list, especially since becoming a mama. I wanted to be #OneBottleAwayFrom pre-baby skin as it is really starting to show the signs of neglect.


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