Mandy Moore Guest Room Peek

mandy moore guest room peek // sarah sherman samuelLast week I shared the design of one of the guest rooms in the Mandy Moore residential project and today I am stoked to give you a sneak peek into the almost finished space! I teamed up with Brooklinen to give Mandy a guest room that ticks all the luxurious boxes of a boutique hotel without breaking the bank on the bedding.

Most of the rooms I design have a mix of high and low and this room is no exception, although the balance here weighs much more on the high end, we still managed to utilize a couple big box items as well.


high/low bedroom: artful modern

I’m back with another high/low room design. This is quickly becoming my favorite kind of post to put together. Today I tackled the bedroom with a high-end dream version and a lower priced version that doesn’t scrimp on style. I’m calling it “artful modern” which I’ve found myself describing my aesthetic more and more lately. I’m drawn to furniture pieces and accessories that are sculptural looking like these sconces, side tables, and vases and while I combine a few different styles they all share a restrained modern quality.

artful modern classic bedroom // sarah sherman samuelThis room all started with the bed. I’ve been dying to use this gorgeous bed in a clients house so hopefully we will see something like this room in real life soon, but in the meantime it sure is pretty to look at digitally as well.

Luxe Look Sources: nightstands // sconces // bedframe // artwork // bench // rug // pillows // dresser // vessel 1 + vessel 2

designer bedroom for less // sarah sherman samuelI also love this lower priced bed (which you may recognize from the master bedroom I did in Max & Margaux’s home) which is a great alternative option to the first bed if, like me, you are loving the combination of the ivory upholstery and wood frame. Other items that are a total high-style steal are the gold side tables from Target!.. and they have a marble top which I think ups the style quotient even more. Also, I’d be crazy if I didn’t mention that IKEA bench (which I’ve already used twice. You will see it in the Trullbrook residence for one!). If you haven’t already drooled over all the new pieces in their Stockholm collection I would probably get to it!

Look For Less Sources: nightstands // sconces // bedframe // artwork // bench // rug // pillows // dresser // vessels 1 + 2

If you’d like to see more high/low rooms, check here. 

diy woven wall hanging

DIY woven wall hanging // sarah sherman samuelI updated a few things in our master bedroom recently since Archie thought it was a fun game to try and rip the black and white print we had above the bed off the wall. He finally succeeded and we were without anything up there for a while but then I got this idea, a tasseled, woven, wall art of an idea. You may have caught a few shots of it on instagram and I got a lot of inquiries about it, so today I’m sharing how I made it!

DIY woven wall hanging // sarah sherman samuelDIY woven wall hanging // sarah sherman samuelDIY woven wall hanging // sarah sherman samuelDIY WOVEN WALL HANGING

Supplies Needed:
– I used this rug as the base
White Jute Twine (I used 12 rolls)
– A small screwdriver (that is what I used but a crochet hook or an oversize needle would be way easier, I am always just grabbing what I have in mind and making things up as I go. Hindsight is a wonderful thing).
– A few small finish nails

Step 1: Make the tassels. SO MANY TASSELS (for tassel making instructions see this DIY post here). I made these ones longer, using a 9″ square to wrap the twine around, but the process is the same.

Step 2: Lay the rug out on the floor and draw yourself some guidelines with a pencil to follow.

DIY woven wall hanging // sarah sherman samuelStep 3: Start from the bottom and lay out the first line of tassels where you’d like to attache them.

DIY woven wall hanging // sarah sherman samuelStep 4: Using a screwdriver (or crochet hook etc) poke the loose ends of the top of the tassel through the rug, spacing them about 1/5″ apart.

Step 5: Move your hands to the underside of the rug and knot the two pieces of twine together, securing the tassel to the rug.

Step 6: Work your way up the rug making sure to stagger the tassels so they don’t line up and it looks a little random.

DIY woven wall hanging // sarah sherman samuelStep 7: Using 4 or 5 finish nails secure the rug to the wall but hammering a nail right through the run and into the wall.

And that is it! With all the twine I had to buy, this wasn’t an inexpensive DIY but it is exactly what I had in mind and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. I have to say, making that many tassels was quite therapeutic and attaching them was oddly extremely satisfying. Soooo…who wants one?!

Sources: Bed (was an old west elm that I reupholstered. DIY here) // Custom Dyed Bedding by Flaneur // Wall Art DIY by Sarah Sherman Samuel // Bench by CB2 // Rug from // Nightstands by West Elm // Sconces by Cedar and Moss // Pendant is vintage find similar here // Vases from West Elm

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

For more posts on our LA home and to see the process of our renovations check here. 

Modernism Week News!

Villa Golightly RenderingHappy Weekend!

I am so thrilled to share that I am going to be designing the East Guest Bedroom of this years TCKC Modernism Week Show House! Each year The Christopher Kennedy Compound takes over one Palm Springs property and brings together a handful of the country’s top design talents and tastemakers to give it one heck of a makeover, and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it.

Modernism Week is an annual event that celebrates midcentury modern design, architecture, art, fashion and culture. It’s a week full of home tours, parties, and events that celebrate design in Palm Springs. You may remember from a few years back I was on the “mod squad“, instagramming my heart out through it all.  Modernism Week is also charitable organization, providing scholarships to local students pursuing educations in the fields of architecture and design; as well as supporting local efforts to preserve modernist architecture throughout the state of California.

sarahshermansamuel-kellyleevilla-go-lightlyTo add to the fun, this year’s show house is owned by my favorite Palm Springs personality, Kelly Lee, of Kelly Go Lightly. Earlier this year, before construction had even started, I stopped by to see the space and I have to say I sure wouldn’t mind this being my backyard! I can’t wait to see what the And now for a tiny peek of a few things that I have going on in the East Guest Room…

sarahshermansamuel-modernismweek-showhouseI can’t reveal the design quiet yet but here are a few finishes that gives you a taste of what is to come! For those of you heading to Modernism Week and want to visit the house, read more about it here and buy tickets to see the house here!

DIY woven headboard

DIY headboard // Guest Room // Sarah Sherman SamuelWell, I’ve switched some things up a bit… there’s a bedroom in our studio! We have family coming in for the holidays so I’ve temporarily converted the studio to a guesthouse. When Archie arrived we transformed our only guest room to his nursery, which left us with no space for family to stay, other than crashing in the living room. Once we built-out the new studio space my parents were able to stay there when they visited but we didn’t have that great of a set up. My mom would sleep on the sofa and my dad on an air mattress.

This year I wanted to welcome them with a much more comfortable space, so I set out to create a beautiful bedroom on a budget that would also be easy to convert back and forth from my studio to a guest room when we do and don’t have house guests. I had most things on hand but the design started to come together when I saw this rug and a DIY headboard idea was born.

DIY headboard // Guest Room // Sarah Sherman SamuelDIY WOVEN HEADBOARD

Supplies Needed:
Small Finish Nails
6 x Placemats
2 x Rug

DIY headboard // Guest Room // Sarah Sherman SamuelDIY headboard // Guest Room // Sarah Sherman SamuelI wanted a headboard to frame out the bed and make it feel like a proper bedroom and all I did was purchase 6 of these table mats and 2 of these rugs and secure them to the wall with tiny finish nails. Five minutes later… instant headboard!

Another great thing about this DIY is that I can repurpose the placemats for a table setting while they aren’t in use as a headboard.

DIY headboard // Guest Room // Sarah Sherman SamuelOn a side note… I love seeing how my wallpaper works in a bedroom setting, which has me really excited for when I can start selling it (I’ll keep you posted but it should be available early 1017!).

DIY headboard // Guest Room // Sarah Sherman SamuelDIY headboard // Guest Room // Sarah Sherman SamuelI bought this simple bed frame which has legs that screw off easily so we can store it without taking up too much space when we don’t have guests and I topped it all off with my favorite Parachute bedding. Next I added some ottomans as night stands, and a grounded it all with a Frances Loom vintage rug, from my ever growing rug obsession collection.

I am not sure how having a bed in the studio over the next month or so will affect my productivity. It is pretty naptime tempting after all, but I am sure my visiting family will appreciate it.

Take a tour of my Studio (in it’s usual configuration) here.
See our Home Renovation posts here.

Shop the post:
Bed Frame // Headboard DIY (see supplies above) // Vintage Rug from Frances Loom // Ottomans from The Vintage Rug Shop // Wallpaper by Sarah Sherman Samuel (coming soon) // Bedding by Parachute (this is the Venice Set in White) // Jute Rug

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

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