Color Stories: Lavender & Rust

Let me just come out with it… purple is the worst color (in my opinion of course), you will never ever ever see a jewel toned purple anywhere around here. It hurts my eyes. But a soft lavender… that, I can get into and paired with a nice rich neutral like rust. I am definitely down with it.

sss_lavenderrust_insp02color story: lavender and rust // sarah sherman samuelsss_lavenderrust_insp03Image 1 by Jordan Sullivan // Image 2 by Chantal Anderson // Image 3 by Oroboro

Even while I was searching for lavender/lilac items so much purple, purple came up… my poor eyes will never un-see! I really took one for the team. However, I found some really great pieces to help bring the right amount of lavender and rust into anyone’s life, in little or big ways.

_sss_blog_lavenderrust_list_02Lavender: Dress | Petite Bag | MugVelvet Chair | Bowl | Linen TunicPlate | Stool | Side Table

Rust: Club Chair | Vase | Bikini | Floor Lamp | SofaCushion | Chair | Wall Mirror | Bag

See more of my favorite color combos in “Color Stories” Here. 

Introducing project Oh Joy

joy-kitchen-finishes-finalHi guys, I’m here with another really exciting project to share! If you have been a blog reader for any amount of time you will know my next client and friend, Joy Cho of Oh Joy. She recently moved into a new studio space and I’m thrilled to be working with her on the design. First up is the kitchen!

oh-joy-kitchen-beforeIn the before photo you will see the layout is not ideal. It’s shaped like the Tetris S shape that would always screw up my game (child of the 80’s!). Also, I don’t think I’ve ever seen this color brown/tan even in the same vicinity as the bright and colorful Joy, so the current kitchen doesn’t reflect her or her brand at all. First thing I wanted to do was change the foot print of the kitchen.

oh-joy-kitchen-design-sarah-sherman-samuelOn top you will see the current layout and below is my proposed new layout. Instead of losing that storage space in the corner I wanted to take away the bank of cabinets against the north wall and build up a bigger bank of cabinets on one big peninsula. This will give more usable counterspace and storage while also creating a better focal point around the sink.

When it came to the finishes there were a few things Joy new she wanted and a few things I knew I wanted so we came up with a must-have list.

1: Floating Shelves
2: Marble Countertops
3: Mint Green
4: Cement Tile Backsplash
5: Brass Accents

Below you’ll see three options I created for the initial design direction.

oh-joy-kitchen-optionsThey all cross our must have items off the list but have slight variations on each. The first option was to use the mint color on the cabinets and then tile the backsplash up past the floating shelf, ending it at varied heights as a design feature. The randomness breaks up all the clean lines and carries the eye through the kitchen.

The second option utilizes one Oh Joy’s own tile designs (she is coming out with an Oh Joy for Clé tile line) and I applied it in a random pattern but tiled it all the way up to the top of the wall. In this one I kept the cabinets white and let the tile stand out on it’s own.

And finally, the third option was using one of Oh Joy’s favorite tile shapes (the scallop), on the backsplash. In this option the color comes from the tile but to keep it from overwhelming the space, I had the tile only go up to the floating shelf.

Have you guessed which one we went with? Below is the chosen option rolled out to the rest of the kitchen so you can get a better idea of how the finished space will look!

oh joy office kitchen // design sarah sherman samuelConstruction started this week! Follow along on my and Joy’s Instagram for some more behind the scenes progress and of course I’ll be sharing some progress and the finished space here as well. Stay tuned!

For more behind the design check out today’s post on Oh Joy.

Appliances: KitchenAid // Sink: Ferguson // Faucet: Ferguson // Lighting: Cedar & Moss // Tile: Clé Tile // Stools: CB2 // Cabinetry: Ikea

Our high-tech Bathroom: Progress + Tips

a-frame cabin, bathroom renovation // concrete bath // sarah sherman samuelWe’re making progress in the A-frame bathroom! Through the designing, demolition and re-building of so many bathrooms, I have learned a thing or two along the way but working with this bathroom proves there are always room for surprises. I’ve also never installed or designed a bathroom with quite so much technology, but that ended up being the easy part. I teamed up with Kohler to share the process and a few do’s and don’ts that I used through this remodel. READ MORE

get the look: the butcher’s daughter

sss_butchersdaughter_02If you follow me on Instagram, it is no secret that The Butcher’s Daughter is one of my favorite local restaurants. The decor is so in line with my own aesthetic, whenever I go there I feel right at home. There are special details all around like the shibori booth and gold/quartz table, a macrame ceiling installation, hanging plants all around and a stunning back patio. It strikes a perfect mix of styles that I would dub as modern boho farmhouse.  READ MORE

style story: ochre please

ochre linen top // white culottes READ MORE

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