a-frame update – pergola, grout, appliances oh my

new pergola constructionOut with the old and in with the new. We tore down the old pergola which was completely rotted, and about to fall down on its’ own at any moment, and the new one is up! And now we have to decide on the exterior paint color! Currently it is a dark brown and I am thinking we either go (cough cough) charcoal or ivory. Of course we painted our old michigan cabin charcoal and our current LA house charcoal so I am thinking it might be time to branch out a bit. You know take a walk on the wild side and go with white. haha

I did a quick quick photoshop job to get an idea of what the light would look like. white-or-blackNot my best rendering work but if you squint and move your head side to side you might get an idea of how it will look painted white. I kind of love it, but charcoal still knows how to pull my heart strings. What’s your pick?

kitchen faucet Meanwhile on the inside…

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all white everything with by rosie jane

all white everything // sarah sherman samuelby rosie jane // essentials bag // sarah sherman samuelI’ve been working with a beautiful apothecary company on a few projects lately and meanwhile completely fell in love with the brand. Founded by make-up artist Rosie Jane Johnston, By Rosie Jane is a local LA based company whose products are handcrafted in small batch runs and made using natural and organic ingredients. From the gorgeous packaging to the product itself, everything is clean and simple and made to easily fit into your everyday life. They just launched their new site and along with it, a new extension of their brand… the online marketplace where you can find a hand picked selection of limited edition products and By Rosie Jane collaborations.

One of the first pieces that is sold exclusively in the BRJ Marketplace is the white leather “essentials clutch”. When Rosie described it to me, before I even saw it, I knew I had to have it. I’ve been on a half moon/semi circle kick lately and the little clutch is the perfect size for, well, just the essentials. I have also been frequently debunking the outdated “no white after labor day” rule by going with all white everything… topped off with a little cheetah print of course (cheetah was one of Archer’s first words btw, just about the cutest thing how he pronounced it with quite the enunciation… CHee-TAH).

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bathroom // sarah sherman samuelsss-white-brj12And a first of many product collaborations in the Marketplace is this BRJ x No. Designs ceramic candle where the bowl was handcrafted by Romy Northover and hand filled by BRJ.

In their about page they describe what they make as “creating products that are essential and easily incorporated into your everyday life” and I’ve found they hit the nail on the head with that. Every piece I’ve collected has seamlessly made their way into my every day.

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Leather Essentials Clutch by By Rosie Jane // Cheek & Lip Gloss // Roll-on Fragrance Oil // White Jeans from TopShop // Top from Midland // (CHee-TAHH) ankle boots by Matisse // Rings by L. Frank

Bathroom:
Wall Sconce by Cedar & Moss // Pineapple Candle by By Rosie Jane // Brass Shelf by Schoolhouse Electric

Shelfie:
Candle by BRJ x No. Designs // Cutting boards by Sarah Sherman Samuel // Cake Stands by Sarah Sherman Samuel // Gold Urchins by Lulu & Georgia

Photos by The Great Romance Photo for Sarah Sherman Samuel + By Rosie Jane

halloween the adult table

halloween dinner party // elegant and spookyI am a total holiday nerd, I think we’ve covered that before, so to me, Halloween is the mark of the beginning of my favorite time of year. And while I have never really dived into Halloween decor I wanted to have a little dinner party for a few girlfriends, so tonight is the night! What usually comes to mind with Halloween parties are of course pumpkins, skeletons, witches, spiders, ghosts etc. You know the usual suspects… but I wanted to to create something a little more unexpected, a table that is as elegant as it is spooky.

halloween-dinner-party2halloween dinner party // elegant and spookyI kept the palette dark and moody, used this cheesecloth like fabric for the table runner, black plates, black napkins, and found the deepest darkest blooms that my local grocery store had on hand. How perfect are these drippy ox blood colored Amaranthus stems? And speaking of blood… in lieu of a placecard, which also doubles as a favor, I filled glass test tubes with Compari for guests to take as a shooter or make a Compari tonic (just have tonic water, ice, and orange slices on hand).

halloween-dinner-party3-640halloween dinner party // elegant and spookyFor the floral pendant hanging above the table I twisted a coat hanger into a circle and used wire to wrap a few floral stems into a wreath. I topped it off with a crow to up the spook factor and hung it from the ceiling with black rope. For the floral arrangements on the table I chose three similarly colored flowers (Amaranthus, Quince and Scabiosa) and lemon leaf greens. It is a recipe that has saved me more than once. Keeping the flowers monochromatic makes it fairly effortless to create something beautiful and I’m all about the big impact with minimal effort these days.

It has been a while since I pulled a table together just for a fun night with the girls and bloody cheers to that. x

Happy Halloween.

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Plates from CB2 // Black Napkins from Pier 1 // Flatware is vintage // Vases from Dwell Studio // Table is a DIY (see the post here) // Black Halloween Fabric // Crows // Test Tubes // Wine Glasses

Photos by Sarah Sherman Samuel

family room update + before & after

vI put a few finishing touches on our family room with the help of Lulu & Georgia and thought it was time I share the before and after of the space!

Lulu & Georgia is one of my new go-to spots for decorative home items and as I shopped the site I found so many pieces I wanted to make mine. The ceramic stool next to the vintage chairs (that I finally got reupholstered, woo hoo!) is one of my favorites. I love that it is sculptural and functional and a little unexpected.

lulu-georgia-livingroom-update3-640lulu-georgia-livingroom-update2-640lulu-georgia-livingroom-update-640I added these cozy fur & patterned pillows for a little fall update and finally found the right sized side table to sit next to the sofa. The brass base is similar to our dining table but the thick wood top changes it up enough to not be too matchy matchy.

lulu-georgia-livingroom-update9-6402lulu-georgia-livingroom-update11-640lulu-georgia-livingroom-update4-640When we first bought the house, this room only had a tiny doorway entrance which we opened up to a 6 foot wide archway to create a flow from the living room to the family room. We also switched the windows out for french doors which brings in so much more light, painted, installed the built-in shelving, ripped out the carpet and installed hardwoods to match the rest of the house.

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Finished Studio Tour!

office tour - sarah sherman samuel It’s Monday morning and I just took my tiny commute to our new office and I’m thrilled to share the finished tour with you. It all started with white paint, and a whole $&*# ton of it. The floor is a white epoxy and the walls, trim, and ceiling is Decorator’s White by Benjamin Moore. From there I found my dream sofa, paired it with a natural jute rug, and ran with it. Enjoy! x

office tour - sarah sherman samuel office tour - sarah sherman samuel I found this vintage chair on Etsy and high-tailed it down to San Diego to pick it up. I loved the brass base and that it swivels, win win! You might remember the chandelier was actually the very first purchase. I wanted a big ole modern chandelier and Park Studio made the perfect one.

office tour - sarah sherman samuel office tour - sarah sherman samuel office tour - sarah sherman samuel office tour - sarah sherman samuel I used a soft palette of mostly neutrals aside from the large dose of pink from the sofa and green of the curtains and plantlife. The sofa easily became the statement piece. To bring just a touch of polish I used clear acrylic console tables as desks as well as a lucite and brass curtain rod and brought in pops of metallic like the copper chairs and metallic touches throughout the room.

I am slightly chair obsessed and when I saw the leather sling chairs from the West Elm x Commune collaboration I knew they were meant to be mine. Similarly so is the vintage Albini round rattan chair that is almost %50 sculptural, %50 chair and %100 amazing. I had been coveting the copper wire chairs for quite some time when I found them on Joss & Main and chalked it up to fate, and quickly added them to my collection.

office tour - sarah sherman samuel office tour - sarah sherman samuel office tour - sarah sherman samuel office tour - sarah sherman samuel I couldn’t find a credenza large enough that also didn’t break the bank so I made my own using Ikea’s Besta cabinets as a starting point (DIY to come). Another hack in the room is the coffee table. I had trouble finding one of those big enough as well. I wanted the coffee table to be a meeting place where I could spread presentations out and serve as a more casual conference table. So I used the top of a dining table and arranged cinderblocks in a Y shape to serve as the coffee table base.

The far wall is used as a real life pin board where we have current projects in the works and floating shelves off to the side hold upcoming/current products as well as various tchotchkes and pieces from our limited edition artist collaborations (there’s a new one coming very soon and all I can say is it is SO GOOD. Hint… there is a peek at it here, if you can find it!).

And finally, the wallpaper! I custom designed the wallpaper for the space and had it printed and overnighted to me by the lovely limitless walls, just in time for my studio warming party, but I have some great news for those of you who wanted to get their hands on it. Lulu & Georgia has picked it up and they will be producing this pattern as well as a few more of my designs for a collection of wallpaper to be released soon! I can’t wait to see my paper in some of your homes. xo

P.S. f you want to hear more from me about the space hop over to My Domaine!

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Chandelier by Park Studio // Muuto Rest Sofa from Rypen // Leather sling chairs from West Elm // Flamingo Print by Sharon Montrose // Acrylic Console Table // Copper Wire Chair from Joss & Main // Lucite Curtain Rod from Luxe Hold Ups // Banana Leaf Curtain from H&M  //  Desk Legs from Pretty Pegs // Marble Table Top from high fashion home  // Floating Shelves form Target // hands vase from high fashion home // set of candle sticks from joss and main // set of white candlesticks from High Fashion Home // Cutting Boards by sarah sherman samuel  // Gold Urchins from Lulu and Georgia  // Jute Rug from Amazon

Photos by Sarah Sherman Samuel

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