high vs. low

High/Low Living Room: Artful Modern

I’m using the term “artful modern” again to describe today’s high/low look but this time it’s in the living room. It is a simple term but it sums up how I strive to make each piece special by looking for unique silhouettes and shapes in furniture so that the pieces of the room become like sculptures themselves. This dreamy living room board is full of those and along with a bit of whimsy, it is seriously high on style.

modern artful living roomm- luxe // sarah sherman samuelI have been gaga for that egg collective sofa from the first time I saw it and I’m pretty sure I’ve pinned it multiple times. The clean lines and the geometric shapes hit all the right notes. This room is basically the collection of some of my all time favorite pieces, like that and the pink chair, which I will probably never afford, but love from afar nonetheless.

Luxe Look Sources: lamp // painting // sofa // side table // armchair // magazine folder // coffee table // rug // pillows 

modern artful living room- for less // sarah sherman samuelFinding unique silhouettes and thoughtfully designed shapes for this type of style is not as easy to come by when you are working within more of a realistic budget but when I laid my eyes on that sofa from urban outfitters I knew I had to make it mine, and I did, literally… I just put it in my living room (living room makeover to come). It reminded me a bit of the egg collective sofa with the special arm detailing and I happened to snag it during one of their furniture sales, so for $1000 it was much more reasonable. The pink chair isn’t a total steal by any means, but it is so similar to the dream room’s (and a third of the price) I couldn’t not include it. If you are loving that style but not married to the pink there are even less expensive options that are great here and here.

Look For Less Sources: lamp // painting (left) // painting (right) // sofa // side table (tall) // side table (low) // armchair // magazine folder // coffee table // rug // pillows

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

high/low entryway

Today’s high/low look is all about the entryway. This space is often overlooked which is so sad because it is the first thing guests see on arrival. Even if you’re small on space you can find a few special things to make your entry high on style.

entry way - high/lowSO many people ask me about my front door (which I got locally, its by AAW) so I wanted to share a couple different options which look very similar. Also… THAT BENCH. I loved this bench which I found on one of my favorite local furniture shops Empiric Studio and then when I saw Urban Outfitters came out with a version (which I secretly like even more because of the wood) I almost fell over. I don’t have a place for it right now but I want to buy it just because it is so good.

Luxe Look Sources: door // pendant light // mirror // bench // rug // hardware // basket

entry way - high/lowThe door hardware is another opportunity to turn the style factor up a notch and the new brass door knobs from Schoolhouse are a great lower cost version.

Looks for Less Sources: door // pendant light // mirror // bench // rug // hardware // basket

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

 

high/low dining room

I dream of the day I can have an extra long dining table for friends and family to gather around. Currently we have a round one which can maybe fit 6 if we squeeze in real tight.

This stunning one from egg collective hits all my dream table spots except the price tag so I thought it would be a great jumping off point for another high/low room design.

Also how stunning is that yummy leather sideboard, I love mixing light wood with just a few black accents, warm leather and of course a couple touches of gold.

Luxe Look Sources: Chandelier // Mirror // Buffet Sideboard // Rug // Dining Table // Dining Chairs // Serving Bowl // Planter // Dinnerware

In the more budget friendly option I found a similar style table but it was much shorter so by butting two up to each other it comes out to about the same size as the large version. And if you are real handy I bet you could figure out a way to remove one set of legs in the middle and seam them together to create the one long table.

So 45k vs 4K without that huge of a sacrifice, I even like dinnerwear and the planter of the less expensive room a little better!

Look for Less Sources: Chandelier // Mirror // Buffet Sideboard // Rug // Dining Table // Dining Chairs // Serving Bowl // Planter // Dinnerwear

For more high/low room designs check here.

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. 

high/low living room: tailored modern boho

In all my sourcing lately, I’ve been cataloguing my personal favorite pieces as I go and couldn’t help but dream up my ideal living room. Like, if I was starting from scratch and got to redo my living room without a budget, this is what I’d get right this second. Of course this could change tomorrow because after all its a digital living room and dreams are fickle like that. However, in the creation of my dream room, I also found a lot of parallels between the higher end stores and less expensive big box stores.

Now, I am always a proponent of buying original designers work and quality pieces when possible but one doesn’t usually have the means to go out and fill an entire room with big tickets items. So until we’ve all won the lottery or gotten a big ole bonus, I’ve gone and re-created the room with some more budget friendly options as well.

 

luxe look // tailored modern bohoI love the relaxed but still tailored vibe of this room. The clean lines of the upholstered sofa and ottoman start things off a touch strait laced, but the comfy vintage leather chair and the warmth of all the natural materials says oh I’m not uptight, look how chill I can be and the curves on the bench and the sculptural side table shows it has style for days.

Luxe Look Sources: Pendant // Sofa // Artwork 1 // Artwork 2 // Ottoman // Ladder // Bench // Rug // Side Table // Accent Chair

look for less // tailored modern bohoOf course, one person’s “high” is not the same as everyone else’s. You might be thinking 20k isn’t so bad for an entire room or you could be thinking hey, I can’t even come close to affording the “low” room. When I made the “low” version of the room, I didn’t go bottom basement low. Yes, I could have sourced a white sofa from Ikea and saved another $1,000 and that green chair is not cheap by any means. I could have found one for a fraction of that price (like this one, which would have cut the total cost down over $2k!) but I wanted to keep it as true to the original design as I could. Also, I do think it is important to scrimp and save where you can but invest in a piece or two that really brings personality to a space.

Look for Less Sources: Pendant // Sofa // Artwork 1 // Artwork 2 // Ottoman // Ladder // Bench // Rug // Side Table // Accent Chair

What do you guys think? Is the second look comparable or a sad version? (I actually really love the side table and that bench… I’m kind of dying for an excuse to get them). Also, do you want to see more virtual rooms or posts like this on the blog? I have to say designing for no one in particular is pretty fun. x

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