Entries from March 10th, 2017

master bedroom / nursery nook makeover

master bedroom nursery makeover for max & margaux wanger // sarah sherman samuelLast week I introduced you to my Nursery/Master Bedroom project for Max & Margaux Wanger and I’m thrilled to share the full final tour.

Margaux and Max were expecting their second child and reached out to me to help them transform their master bedroom into a finished space for them as well as carve out a special place for the new baby. We ended up transforming the closet into to a nursery nook and designed the rest of the room to be a calming space that reflected Max and Margaux’s modern-minimal-artful lives. First up is their side of the room…

master bedroom nursery makeover for max & margaux wanger // sarah sherman samuelmaster bedroom nursery makeover for max & margaux wanger // sarah sherman samuelmaster bedroom nursery makeover for max & margaux wanger // sarah sherman samuel16Max, being an incredible photographer, has probably the best collection of family photos anyone has ever seen so we created a gallery wall that they can add on to when the new Wanger arrives.

master bedroom nursery makeover for max & margaux wanger // sarah sherman samuelmaster bedroom nursery makeover for max & margaux wanger // sarah sherman samuelmaster bedroom nursery makeover for max & margaux wanger // sarah sherman samuelmaster bedroom nursery makeover for max & margaux wanger // sarah sherman samuelThe room is filled with personal touches, handmade pieces like the wall hanging from Boho Loft, the knit baby blanket from Yarn Works Co. and the mobile I created for them myself. I also designed them a bench that was custom made for the tight space and sits at the foot of the bed.


Bed by CB2 // Bedding by Parachute // Pillows by Loom Goods // Moroccan Pom Blanket // Wall Hanging by Boho Loft // Sconces by Schoolhouse Electric // Rug from Esalerugs.com // Bench is custom // Curtains from Urban Outfitters // Curtain Rods from West Elm // Nightstands from West Elm // Sheepskin rug // Photo Framing by Simply Framed // Plant is a Dracaena Lisa // Basket // Wooden Bowl from Midland

nursery nook in master bedroom closet // sarah sherman samuelMeanwhile, on the other side of the room, we transformed their closet into a little nursery nook. I really wanted to make the baby space feel special (and not like we just stuck the baby in a closet) so wallpaper was the answer. The black and white animal print has just the right amount of whimsy for baby but the illustrative style and monochromatic palette fits in seamlessly with the rest of the room as well.

master bedroom nursery makeover for max & margaux wanger // sarah sherman samuelmaster bedroom nursery makeover for max & margaux wanger // sarah sherman samuelWe had the long floating shelf custom made to match the two small floating shelves I found at Target. Soft white baskets supply a lot of easy reach storage as well as the large lidded floor baskets.

master bedroom nursery makeover for max & margaux wanger // sarah sherman samuelcloset turned into a nursery // sarah sherman samuelmaster bedroom nursery makeover for max & margaux wanger // sarah sherman samuelOne of Max’s art prints titled “Mother & Child” sits above the changing table. The Stokke Crib is such a beautiful space saver that will grow with the baby with attachment parts, I love the round design and finally one of my original mobiles hangs above it, completing the space.


Wallpaper by Chasing Paper // Crib by Stokke // Shelves from Target (long one is custom made // White baskets from Amazon // Lidded Baskets // Changing Table/Dresser // Art Print by Max Wanger // Framing by Simply Framed //  Changing Pad Cover  // Pom Pom Blanket by Yarn Works Co.  // Stuffed Bunny by Walnut Animal Society

master bedroom / nursery makeover // sarah sherman samuelJust outside of the bedroom we wanted to give Margaux a space to be able to nurse and rock the new baby while also watching their older son so we created a mama station in their existing playroom. Using Max’s pink cloud print as a jumping off point, I made the rest of the space bright and open, layering soft textural pieces like the woven blanket, soft ottoman and sheepskin rug. Hanging planters brought in some kid proof greenery (anything they can’t reach is considered kid proof in my book), baskets serve as more easy access storage, and how about that beautiful rocker? I wouldn’t mind spending a few hours here.

master bedroom / nursery makeover // sarah sherman samuelmaster bedroom / nursery makeover // sarah sherman samuelmaster bedroom / nursery makeover // sarah sherman samuelThere are so many things that can feel unsettled and chaotic when you bring a new baby home and being able to give Max & Margaux a special space that is ready for the new family member will hopefully make that transition just a bit easier. If you want to get a take a peek at the before photos check last week’s post here.

x sarah


Rocking Chair // Hanging Planters // Pouf/Ottoman // Baby Gym // Side Table // Terra Cotta Lamp // Cloud Print by Max Wanger // Framing by Simply Framed // Large Sheepskin Rug  // Ceramic Dish by Jen E. Ceramics // Bud Vase by Humble Ceramics

Photos by Max Wanger

disney with a toddler

archie-disney3I can’t believe it but our little Archie is 2! This year we skipped doing a party (last year’s epic Johnny Cash Bash was enough to last us two years) and instead celebrated with a day at Disneyland. Before having kids I swore I wouldn’t take them to any of the Disney Parks until they were at least 4 years old so they would remember it and really enjoy it (theme parks aren’t really my thing) but now that I actually have Archie and know his personality, I knew he would LOVE it so we set off to the happiest place on earth, with a toddler, and we all had the best time.

I teamed up with Pure Growth Organic to share a few tips on surviving enjoying a day at Disneyland with a toddler.

archie-disney6smTip #1 Bring a backpack so you have free hands and don’t pack to much. (I love this one and it comes in a bazillion colors)

Tip #2 Ignore the second part of tip #1 and fill the backpack with snacks. ok maybe not totally filled, but snacks and more snacks were my best friend and Archie’s best friend and the families waiting in line around us’s best friend. I have Archie on a pretty strict sleep and eat schedule. He gets three meals a day and one large snack, at the same time every day. However when you travel, or say go to Disneyland, you are bound to go off schedule and we planned for it. We pushed his nap later to maximise our time, and when you have a slightly tired kiddo, you definitely do not want a hungry one.

I always am on the lookout for healthy snacks for Archie and when Pure Growth Organic introduced me to their line I  knew our trek to Disney would be the perfect place to try it out. They cater to kids with Disney characters (which btw was a happy accident) but Rupe and I were both unashamedly stealing biscuits and breakfast bars from Archie’s stash (Seriously the banana chocolate breakfast bar pretty much tastes like a brownie).

The benefits of bringing your own snacks is three fold… 1. It’s less expensive than getting park food (you can purchase them at Walmart or Amazon!). 2. It’s healthier. Instead of filling up on churros or buttered popcorn that is surely filled with a not so real buttery flavored substance, Pure Growth Organic is all organic (surprise!) real food snacks.  3. It’s one less line to have to stand in.

Also, a p.s. on the packing… bring some hand sanitizer to use before indulging in the snacks (I’m not a hand sanitizer freak but when traveling and Disney-ing it is pretty ideal). I like this one because it doesn’t have the harsh chemicals.

disney-sarahsamuel Which brings me to tip #3 Avoid a line if you can, but prepare for them at the same time. Disney is the land of lines but if there is one I can skip then it is a win. Buy your tickets on-line (it boggles my mind that some people don’t do this), bring your snacks, and get to the park early! I’m talking you can get there even before the park opens. Toddlers wake up at the crack of dawn anyway and even when the rest of the part isn’t open you can go through ticketing and the tram line and get all that out of the way without wasting precious toddler awake time. Plus the characters are usually out in the front area to greet you so you can meet Micky and the gang before hitting the rides.

Tip #4 Check  your “must do” ride off the list first. Days at Disney are unpredictable, lines are too, so you never know what you can fit in and what you’ll miss. The “It’s a small world” ride was the only ride I really had my heart set on doing, so we went there first and as I knew it would be was the best ride of the day. Really we could have just gone on that one over and over. Toddler heaven. Plus It’s so dang beautiful, complete with the most instagrammable wall and this little circle which was Archie’s seat of choice for our first snack break.

disneyland toddler survival guidedisneyland toddler survival guideTip #5 wear and dress your little in light layers. It’s cooler in the early morning and evenings so wearing something that you can peel off when the day warms up and easily pack away in the backpack is key.

toddler-boysm And finally Tip #6 Don’t forget the Micky Ears! We bought ours before hand (thank you amazon prime) because again it is one less line to have to wait in at the park.

This post was sponsored by Pure Growth Organic. All thoughts and ideas are my own. Thank you for supporting our sponsors!

Archie’s outfit sources: Stripe Sweater is old, find similar here or here // T-shirt Old Navy // Pants Rylee & Cru // Shoes from Old Navy 

Images by sarah sherman samuel

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pure Growth Organics. The opinions and text are all mine.

Trullbrook Kids Bath

kids bathroom // trullbrook // sarah sherman samuelI’ve got another bathroom design coming at you for the Trullbook Residence. This one is the upstairs guest bath or what we are calling the kids bath. In this room the layout will stay the same, but we will be gutting it and replacing all the finishes. The plan in here is to bring the decor into this decade (just wait till you see the before, it is pretty amazing!), make it a space that is kid friendly but will still appeal to all ages and not be outdated again too quickly. I chose a soft blush penny tile for the floor and white herringbone on the walls. A classic combo with a little pink twist. A minimal color palette of white, blush, and natural wood will create a clean modern look and the brass accents give it just the right amount of polish.


Master Bedroom + Small Space Nursery

One of my favorite photographers Max Wanger and his wife Margaux were expecting their second child (spoiler: she arrived last week and she is ADORABLE) when they turned to me to help them make a new room for baby while also giving their master bedroom an overhaul. The main issue was a shortage on space. They have a two bedroom house where the other bedroom is already claimed by their first son Dash. Margaux wanted to keep the new baby in their bedroom but also give her her own space so we set out to gut the closet and turn it into a nursery nook.

Without giving too much away here is a peek at a few pieces that I chose for the space…

gender neutral small space nursery design // sarah sherman samuel Since it is an extension of the master bedroom, I wanted to keep the color palette fairly neutral. After all, they are all sharing the space so I wanted it to appeal to everyone. The wallpaper I found has the perfect balance of whimsy for the baby and the black and white palette and illustrative style ensures it doesn’t look too juvenile. Natural elements like wood, soft wool, and sheepskin, anchored by a vintage rug set the tone for what will be the new master bedroom/nursery.

And now for a peek at the before photos… READ MORE