Moore Residence Kitchen Tour

If I died and came back as a kitchen, I would want it to be this one. Working with Mandy Moore and Architect Emily Farnham to completely gut renovate an ill fitting traditional kitchen in the mid-century home was maybe the most satisfying kitchen renovation to date. The one good thing the early 90’s renovation brought us was square footage since Mid-Century homes aren’t known for large kitchens, but the rest was a quick goodbye. We worked to take out clashing lines and curved architecture and brought back a more modern aesthetic, while also adding elements like marble slabs and floating shelves which make it feel very now.

Previously a curved alcove, we removed the french doors and replaced them with Fleetwood sliders to match the rest of the home’s existing windows and doors, the breakfast nook now is an seamless extension of the kitchen. A Lambert and Fils chandelier hangs above a Saarinen style table and wooden chairs bring warmth to the poured terrazzo floors and all the white.

As you’ll see below, we had a lot of work to do. The ceiling was a mish-mash of lines that we needed to streamline, the mall looking skylight was replaced with a flat glass one, new Cedar and Moss pendants were installed and all that was just from the ceiling up! We did custom cabinetry and had them painted in Farrow & Ball’s “Mizzle. The white custom range hood, shelves and all the walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s “All White”.

Let’s take a quick trip down memory lane to see where we started…

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To see all the tours and progress of the Moore Residence project, check here. And there’s more to come!

Shop the Look: Cabinet Paint From Farrow and Ball in the Mizzle //  Wall and Range Hood color is “All White” by Farrow & Ball //  Marble Slab from Stoneland // Dining Table From The Mine // Dining Chairs From The Mine // Chandelier by Lambert & Fils // Island Pendants From Cedar & Moss //  Kitchen Stools from DWR // Wolf Oven Range From Ferguson // Sub Zero Fridge From Ferguson // Newport Brass Kitchen Sink Faucet From Ferguson // Brass Hardware From The Hardware Hut //  White Vase From CB2 // Pink & Dinnerware Sets from Year & Day // Serving Bowls From Spartan Shop //  Clear Canisters From Hawkins New York // Textured Canisters From West Elm // Serveware From Hawkins New York // Glassware From Food 52 // Spoon and Spatula Set From Food 52 // Wooden Spoon Set From Jayson Home // Utensil Canister From CB2 // Mortar & Pestle From Jayson Home // Kettle From Need Supply // Cake Stand From Candelabra // Cutting Boards From Hawkins New York

Interior Design by Sarah Sherman Samuel
Interior Architecture by Emily Farnham 
Landscape Architecture by Terremoto
Photography by Tessa Neustadt 
Built by Bronstruction and Johnston Vidal Projects

Black is the new Black

It was brought to my attention that I never shared the before and after of our LA house exterior on the blog, and since I aim to please… (and because you better believe we will be painting the new house some shade of black as well), here she is!

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It’s amazing what black paint can do! Right? Well, and a new door, and new shutters, and a lot of cement work, and landscaping and a new fence. ha See that tiny cactus to the left of the “before” photo? It is the same one in the “after” photo and that is just about the only thing we saved and look… he is so happy!

We did the landscaping plan ourselves and worked with a local landscaping team to bring it to life. Keep in mind I know almost NOTHING about plants and in hindsight I would not have chosen the “stick on fire” plant (that is the one next to the cactus partly blocking the left window). For one they are poisonous to dogs and babies (only if they eat them so it hasn’t been a problem, but still) and then secondly it grows SO fast. Like way to fast and too big. The agave and the other plants have grown in so well we didn’t even need them. The main lesson I learned is to start your plants small and it won’t take long for your garden to grow in. I wanted it to look good instantly, which it did, but then a year later it was already looking almost too full! Aside from that, I love how it turned out.

We painted the walls just a slightly darker shade of the same color. Previously, I had mentioned it being Iron Mountain from Benjamin Moore but when I went to go retouch the paint before we rented it out to tenants I realized that wasn’t the case and remembered I had mixed Iron Mountain with Cracked Pepper by Behr to make a custom color and then I brought it to the paint store to get color matched.

The other big change was extending out the stairs to the front door to create a small patio. It instantly made the entry feel more grand. Then we had the landscaping team pour custom large sized pavers for the side walk, which brought in one more detail that helped to modernize the exterior. All the seemingly small details on their own make one big impact.

To see all of our Los Angeles house renovations, check here.

And now… what to do on our new family fixer!? It may be super boring for blog reading purposes, but on modern houses, I basically will go one or two ways with the exterior and that is white or black. Find me a charming victorian and I might go the softest shade of pink… but still, a black victorian would be pretty great too for the juxtaposition alone. But anywho… from the second we saw the realtor photos of the house we knew we would 100% be painting it black if we got it (plus we just painted our last project white, so clearly we are due to go back to black. ha). A modern black house in a wooded setting has always been a dream of mine that I can’t believe is actually coming true and so close to the city. There is just something magic about being surrounded by all that green and how a black house feels right at home amongst the trees.

sarah sherman samuel // house exterior // choosing the right paintWhile we are waiting on finalizing designs on the inside, I am itching to get rid of the red so I already made a couple trips to our local Sherwin Williams to get samples and we are getting right to it. Above you can see where I painted some swatches next to the window and my options are almost black, black, blacker, and blackest. (ok the real colors are Sherwin Williams: (from the top down) Urban Bronze, Tricorn Black, Caviar, and Iron Ore). When choosing exterior paints, always paint the swatches… the bigger the better, and also in multiple places. Colors change in every light, so it is good to live with them for a couple days and see how you like what paints at different times of day in the different locations. From there if you are lucky, one will be the clear winner. If you are unlucky and you like one on one side and a different on the other, I would choose the one you will see or care about the most.

We are still in the ‘living with them stage’ so stay tuned for which shade we choose! And which would you choose?! Or if you still think black is crazy, what color would you do?

In the meantime I will leave you with some pretty black houses surrounded by trees, in case I didn’t make a big enough case for it myself.

Inspiration Sources: A- Frame // Mid- Century Modern // Concrete Bungalow

To see all of the posts and to get the full back story on where and why we moved, check here.

Mandy Moore Master Bathroom Tour

I’m continuing on with the full tour of our residential project for Mandy Moore, we have the master bathroom! Bathrooms and kitchens are my favorite spaces to design and this one measures pretty high in the ranks of favorites. Just wait until you see the before and after (below). As I’ve mentioned Mandy’s house had a few unfortunate 90’s renovations where they added curved elements that clashed with the original architect’s design. At first glance we were going work with the existing footprint but the deeper we got into the project the more it was evident that we needed to straighten those lines up. So Emily Farnham, the architect, worked to adjust the footprint around the bathtub to match the lines of the rest of the house, which also created the opportunity for a much more generous shower.

And speaking of that shower… we (Mandy, Taylor, Emily and I) all took a trip to Stoneland to pick out the beautiful marble slabs. The unlacquered brass shower hardware, sink and tub faucets came from Rejuvenation (aren’t they stunning?!).

This bathtub moment is what bubble bath dreams are made of. The modern freestanding bathtub and the statement light fixture above are both from Wayfair.

The custom vanity Emily and I collaborated on is made of white oak, and houses kohler sinks and Rejuvenation faucets. We carried the marble slab over from the shower to the vanity by using it as the countertop and up the backsplash.

And it wouldn’t be as satisfying without a side by side before and after right?

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before and after mandy moore master bathroom

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before and after mandy moore master bathroom

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before and after mandy moore master bathroom

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To see all of the progress and tours so far on Mandy Moore’s house,  check here.

Shop the Look: Ceiling Light Fixture From Wayfair // Bathtub From Wayfair // Sinks From Kohler //  Sink Faucet From Rejuvenation // Sink Drain From Rejuvenation // Mirrors From CB2 // Bathtub Faucet & Hand Shower From Rejuvenation // Shower Trim From Rejuvenation // Toilet Paper Holder From Analogue Life // Sconces From Candelabra // Pink Ottoman From Modshop // White Canisters From CB2 // Bath Towels From Amber Interiors Shoppe //  Hand Soap & Lotion From Aesop // Rug – Vintage // Marble Slabs from Stoneland

Interior Design by Sarah Sherman Samuel
Interior Architecture by Emily Farnham 
Landscape Architecture by Terremoto
Photography by Tessa Neustadt 
Built by Bronstruction and Johnston Vidal Projects

Mandy Moore Master Bedroom Tour

This post was created in collaboration with Parachute

Ok you guys, it is time! It is Mandy Moore’s house tour time. If you have been following along on our project, you have gotten sneak peeks galore on Mandy’s, Emily Farnham’s (the architect), and my Instagram feeds. In that case, you also most likely saw the Arch Digest story/tour, but now I get to share allllll the details that so many of you have asked for, and all the photos that I have been dying to share.

First up is the Master Bedroom. We didn’t have to do any huge architectural changes in this room (aside from the flooring. hello poured-on-site terrazzo… more on that later). Thankfully the 90’s renovation didn’t flounce up this space. On the first walk through with Mandy, I immediately had the idea to create a custom built-in bed. The space between the little “bump outs” (for lack of a better term) begged for it. We ended up building them out a touch to make them more substantial, and to house the built-in headboard with floating nightstands. Everyone’s favorite Parachute bedding, emerald green velvet, and soft textured layers of ivory and white make this space impossibly inviting. The view isn’t too terrible either.

One of the most satisfying aspects of this project was getting to work with many of my favorite artists, friends, and the people behind brands I love. The master bedroom truly highlights that. From the minute I heard about Parachute and founder Ariel Kaye’s mission to create the best sheets on the market, I was interested, and from the first night I slept in their bedding, I became a devout fan. So, it was a no brainer to outfit Mandy’s bed in Parachute. If you’ve ever heard me talk about Cedar and Moss, or founder Michelle Aaro, all the bazillion times I have used their lighting in projects, you know how much I love their product. Her collection is perfect for the modern home and I am not sure if it is the beautiful designs or the fact that Michelle is one of the genuinely sweetest persons on the planet that has me always sourcing from them (it’s both).

Now, let’s talk about that bench. I met Katy Skelton at a trade show after she reached out to me on Instagram saying she was going to be in town. I nearly missed her as I was leaving the trade show and realized I didn’t see her booth. After furiously DMing her, I ran back inside just in time to catch her and her stunning line and was so glad I did because every piece is just that.

And last but certainly not least, the wall hanging. Fiber artist Sally England and I go way back, ok not that we had ever actually met in person, but we have been on email basis for years while I have been saving my pennies for one of her pieces. Before she recently (ish) moved to Ojai, she got her start while living in Grand Rapids, MI (where we just landed) so we have a friend or two in common as well. I have always admired her artistry and the way she is continually pushing forward with her work in a medium that is riddled with copycats. We commissioned this custom piece for Mandy and Taylor and it was the perfect addition to the space.

mandy moore bedroom sarah sherman samuelOk this post has turned into a giant mushy love fest but I couldn’t be more thrilled with how this project turned out and all the people involved.  Mandy, as I’ve mentioned before, was the type of client one can usually only dream of and my design team partner in crime, Emily Farnham, is the architect one can usually only dream of working alongside and of course my love for the photographer, Tessa Neustadt, runs deep as does her talent.

And before I leave you… a little before and after

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So there you have it… Mandy and Taylor’s master bedroom, their two cute pups, and the whole rest of the house to go (including another Parachute clad bedroom that hasn’t been seen before). Stay tuned!

To see all of the posts on the Moore Residence project, check here.

Interior Design by Sarah Sherman Samuel
Interior Architecture by Emily Farnham 
Landscape Architecture by Terremoto
Photography by Tessa Neustadt 
Built by Bronstruction and Johnston Vidal Projects

Shop the Look:  Bedding From Parachute (Percale Venice Set) // Bedside Pendant Lights From Cedar & Moss // Ceiling Pendant From Cedar & Moss //  Custom Wall Hanging by Sally England // Bench From Katy Skelton // Moroccan Rug – Vintage // Sheepskin Pillows From Pottery Barn // Ring Cone From Horne // Wooden Candle Sticks From Urban Outfitters // Drapery – Custom // Custom Built-in bed by Sarah Sherman Samuel, Built by 4th Period Woodshop

Moore Residence – Arch Digest Cover Story!

mandy moore architectural digest cover If you’ve been following along on the progress with our Moore Residence project over here you know I went radio silent for a while and by now you might have figured out why. I couldn’t be more thrilled about the reason being our project made the cover of Architectural Digest! Mandy, the pups, our custom built-in sofa, terrazzo floors, and all… right there on the cover.

To say this project has been a favorite would be an understatement. The house itself (a complete gut renovation of an original mid-century Harold B. Zook), the clients (Mandy and Taylor were incredible from day one… thoughtful, involved, and generous, giving us basically cart blanche) and the whole team from from construction to the final shoot. There wasn’t one bad apple in the bunch. And the result… I couldn’t help but share a few of my favorites from the feature.

mandy moore family room // sarah sherman samuelmandy moore architectural digest cover mandy moore master bedroom // sarah sherman samuelmandy moore architectural digest cover I’ll be rolling out final room tours, before & afters, and all the details here, over the next couple weeks, so stay tuned for images you haven’t seen yet!

Click here for the full Arch Digest feature. 

Interior Design by Sarah Sherman Samuel
Interior Architecture by Emily Farnham 
Landscape Architecture by Terremoto
Photography by Trevor Tondro
Text by Mayer Rus
Styled by Lawren Howell
Built by Bronstruction and Johnston Vidal Projects

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