Entries from October 31st, 2018

Halloween Front Porch Decor

Happy Halloween! And how about our black house?! I couldn’t love it more and it couldn’t be any more perfect of a backdrop for today’s holiday. More on the house and the paint job soon but I wanted to share our halloween decor because, it was too much fun dressing up our new porch, how could I not?


Bats, and feather wreaths, fog machines and skeletons, we’ve got Halloween covered over here. I got everything on Amazon… my middle name is amazon prime and I wouldn’t have it any other way. ha

Shop the Look // Hanging Bats // Human Skeletons // Cat Skeleton // Black Feather Wreath //Chairs // Metal Table // Thermos // Gold Skull Napkins // Marble Fruit Bowl // Fog Machine //

forever summer powder bath reveal

The first, and only (lord help us), room we have renovated in our Michigan fixer (aka #samuelfamilyfixer) is finished! Well, relatively anyway. We still need to remove the baseboard heater and install some new lighting and that will be happening once we start the main phase of construction. Before we even left LA we teamed up with Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery to re-design this tiny powder room and take it from a dated downer to a summer inspired, modern loo.  If you missed the inspiration post check here!

It is a tiny closet of a space so I love how open the DXV sink console is so it doesn’t take up too much visual space, especially in comparison to the deep heavy cabinet that was in the room before. The whimsical wallpaper packs in a ton of personality. Light wood and concrete terrazzo floors bring in the beachy inspiration and a little bit of greenery is the perfect final touch. Oh and I feel all grown up with a toilet tank lever that matches the faucets. ha I often work with Ferguson when designing kitchens and baths because they are so helpful in tracking down all the different plumbing pieces you need for a space and it saves me SO much time. I usually start by picking a faucet I love (this also is how it went down in Mandy’s kitchen and the Oh Joy office kitchen) and then the sales rep corrals all the coordinating pieces. Drain, p-trap, towel bar, toilet tank lever… check, check check.

Now for a look back at where we started…



One room down… 42 to go (ok maybe not 42 but in it’s current state and a whole lot of square footage to touch it kind of feels that way!). Wish us luck and follow along our renovation stories on IG! Construction is finally due to start next month so I will be sharing all the plans, room by room and progress (GAH I HOPE TO SHARE SOME PROGRESS SOON!).

Sources: DXV Wash Stand/Sink Console from Ferguson //  DXV Sink from Ferguson // DXV Faucet from Ferguson // DXV Toilet from Ferguson // Round Mirror from Ferguson // Wallpaper from MuralsWallpaper  // Terrazzo Tile from Concrete Collaborative // Vase // Faux Monstera Leaves  // Soap Dish // Soap

Oh Joy Main Office

It has been a minute since we checked in with the Oh Joy office. She revealed the main office while we were road tripping across the country, so I didn’t get a chance to share over here but this past weekend it was featured in the LA Times (woot!) which reminded me to get it up so you have the full tour! You might remember her Office Kitchen and the Executive Office Reveal, so now we have the final space, the main office… the Oh Joy bullpen, if you will.

We used a mix of pastels and bold colors and a whole lot of white to create a whimsical palette that reflects the Oh Joy brand and is as functional as it is inspiring to work in. We used large Ikea cabinets for tons of closed storage, even the large eye-sore of a printer gets tucked away. Joy worked was working with Ikea for this portion of the office so the challenge was that every purchase for the new space needed to come from Ikea. Outside of Ikea, we reused her teams existing desks but I designed a custom wall mural to tie two desks together by running up the wall and down the front of the desks which gives them a built-in feel. I also had custom inspiration boards created so each workstation has it’s own extra large canvas to pin up moodboards or their current work. It’s been such a joy (eh hmmm) to work on this office and can’t wait to see all the great work that Joy and her team will be turning out of it.



Ikea Tall Cabinets/Wardrobe, Ikea Tall Cabinet Doors (similar), IkeaTall Cabinet Shelves, Ikea Tall Cabinet Drawers, Ikea Tall Cabinet Handles (similar), Ikea Short Lanterns, Ikea Tall Lanterns,  Ikea Conference Table, Ikea Pink Chairs, Ikea Floating Wall Shelf, Oh Happy Day! teardrops.

My Jumpsuit from Madewell, Shoes are Vintage // And honest to God we didn’t even coordinate our clothing on purpose, but I did wear most saturated colored outfit I own just for her. :)

Design & Styling / Sarah Sherman Samuel
Photography / Jeff Mindell

get the look: great white venice

One of my favorite breakfast spots in LA is the relatively new, Great White in Venice. It has a beautiful rustic beach shack vibe with white plaster built-ins, rattan lamps, wood seating, loads of plants and then the addition of modern art and gorgeous marble accents add some polish. Oh and the food!… just as tasty as the interiors (I love the harvest bowl). Now back to the design… see how you can get a bit of this Cali vibe into our house, below.

Shop the Look: Headlands Grass Pendant // Cement Planter // Artwork //Daisy Side Table // Marble Coaster Set // Dark Green Bench // Reclaimed Wood Floating Shelves  // Wood Bar Stools // Green Marble Side Table // Antique Grey Pine Wood Flooring // Wooden Bowl // wooden bowl set


The Great White Venice Designed by Owners  Sam Trude and Sam Cooper

To see more of my GET THE LOOK check here.

Mandy Moore’s Family Room Tour

I’m wrapping up the tours of our Moore Residence project today with the very last one in the family room. The space’s dreamy color palette is the sum of different hues that were woven throughout the house as if this one room ties the whole project together.

Just like the rest of the house, the family room was stripped down to its barest form in order to take it back to its mid-century roots, while simultaneously propelling it forward to the current century. The biggest project to tackle in this space was the fireplace wall which was part of the early 90’s renovation that was a disservice to the mid-century home. We removed the granite surround and curved lines from the fireplace and re-surfaced it using Fireclay’s thin bricks to make it more authentic to the time period.

From the beginning we knew we wanted to create a long floating bench/hearth that ran the entire length of the wall and Emily Farnham, the architect, came up with the idea to make it a custom palladiana terrazzo bench, which is now easily the show piece of the room. She created a few mock-ups of the terrazzo digitally and from there we went marble tile shopping. Once we picked out our palette of marble tiles we went to work busting the pieces up and hand placed each of the aggregate pieces along the bench so we could get our ideal composition. It was so fun rolling up our sleeves and getting our hands a little dirty on the job site, even if I was about 8 months pregnant. From there the pros, Cisneros Terrazzo came in and made all the magic happen.

The sofa was another important piece in the space, with its position floating in the most central space of the house, the back of the sofa needed to be visually considered just as much as the front. When I saw Croft House’s sofa and the detailing on the back cushions it was an easy sell. Not only are the leather straps and the wood accents stunning, but the sofa itself has a deep seat and soft upholstered arms and cushions which makes it perfect for curling up to watch TV. It really is that elusive winning combination of tailored and comfortable.

And finally, the coffee table… my coffee table! I have been working on developing my own line of furniture and “The Pentwater Round” which is seen here, as well as the “Pentwater Octagon” (which you may remember from the Christopher Kennedy Showhouse and my desert A-frame), are the very first pieces. 4th Period Woodshop did an incredible job bringing my design to life for this custom one for Mandy. With our move, and other changes in the studio, the table has yet to be released. If you’d like to inquire about a custom piece you can contact our studio through shop@sarahshermansamuel .com or sign up for our newsletter here to be notified when it is available for purchase.

A view from the kitchen shows the flow between the two rooms.

Natural elements like stone, wood, leather and fur are accented with refined touches of brass and velvet to create a welcoming mix of masculine and feminine and a perfect example of the relaxed but edited aesthetic that I’m always looking to create.

Let’s take a quick trip back to see where we started…





To see all the tours and progress of the Moore Residence project, check here.

Shop the Look: Pentwater Round Coffee Table – by Sarah Sherman Samuel // Fireplace Tile by Fireclay Tile // Sofa by Croft House // Floor Lamp from Jayson Home // Wood Stool from Jayson Home // Armchairs from Anthropologie // Gold Side Table from Jayson Home //Bench – Vintage and Reupholstered in Fabricut Lavender Velvet //  Brass Coffee Table Bowls from Jayson Home // Decorative Wooden Bowl from Crate & Barrel // Square Throw Pillow from Barneys //Mudcloth Pillow from Etsy // Sheepskin Throw from Amazon // Custom Commisioned Art by Cindy Hsu Zell // Turkish Kilim Rug – Vintage // Green Marble Decorative Object From Anthropologie // Brass Footed Bowls

Interior Architecture by Emily Farnham 
Interior Design by Sarah Sherman Samuel
Photography by Tessa Neustadt 
Built by Bronstruction