Entries from July 29th, 2019

Rug & Pillow Launch Day!

Today has been a long time coming and I’m thrilled to share that my rug (and pillow) collection is NOW AVAILABLE on Lulu & Georgia!

sarah sherman samuel rug and pillow collection for lulu & georgia

The collection was inspired out of necessary, really. I designed these rugs for myself and anyone else that falls down the rabbit hole of trying to find the perfect rug with a soft palette and a more minimal aesthetic. The color palette is warm and earthy which IMO is a perfect foundation/jumping off point for a space and a rug should be just that! They can stand up to a room full of color and are right at home in a completely neutral space.

SHOP THE COLLECTION

Sara Sugarman, the owner of Lulu and Georgia, and I have been talking about me designing a collection for them for a few years. We first teamed up when they produced a few of my wallpapers and even then we new we wanted to do rugs. At the beginning of 2018 I started sharing first my design directions with them. I knew I wanted a monochromatic/tone on tone rug, and my own modern versions of a kilim and beni ourain. They said go for it, so I put pencil to paper and began sketching out my ideas.

Whenever I’m designing a product collection I like to first draw out everything that comes to mind freely without being critical. It is the mind dump of the visual world. Then I continue adding to the pile over time and see what works and what starts coming together. I put my favorites up on a wall to live with, edit them, and then sketch some more, until finally distilling them down to a final selection. From there I bring it into the computer where I tweak them a bit further and add color.

SHOP THE COLLECTION

The next step in the process is where I then took the collection to Lulu and Georgia and we sat together pouring over the materials available. We chose a natural wool and viscose blend which has beautiful color variation and is soft to the touch. All of the rugs are flatweave construction and are ethically handwoven by artisans in India. The flatweave was important to me because they feel casual and relaxed. Finally I chose thread colors to match and sampling began. We got our first round of samples about a year ago when we further edited and had another round of samples and edits before finally getting into production!

And boom, a year later here we are! 😂.

I’ve always been a big fan of Sara and what she has built with Lulu and Georgia, a female owned an operated business that simply gets it right. I couldn’t think of a better partner to bring the collection to life!

By now have you might recognize the shoot location for the collection in the photos above. We shot them at my #ClientTrullbrooks house! So you get a few more peeks around the house that I haven’t shot yet.

SHOP THE COLLECTION

I designed these rugs before we even bought the #samuelfamikyfixer but as I started thinking about furnishing it I realized the rug collection was made for the house. I can’t wait wait to style them in my own spaces. I’ve been living with the ivory arches in our family room and it has been divine!

All the rugs pictured above on their own are showing the designs in the 8×10 size but we have a variety of sizes from 3×5 to a runner to 9×12 (with an even bigger size to be released soon!) and don’t forget we have pillows too!

Whenever I launch a new collection it feels like I am putting a bit of myself into the world and I really did pour myself into this one. I hope you guys love it as much as I do! So get on over to lulu & georgia and check it out! Lulu and Georgia also put this video together about the launch.

Oh and to get the best out of your rugs… I like to mention if you’re using the rugs in a hard surface like wood or tile, I recommend getting a 1/2 felt rug pad for the larger sizes, this one is my favorite, and this one, with a rubber lining, for anything under an 8×10 size. They give a little cushion and keep the rug in place.

Our New Backyard and Summer Essentials

As soon as the snow melted we were on top of getting our backyard set up for summer and I am so excited to share the result! Last year we landed at our #SamuelFamilyFixer in Michigan halfway through summer and it was just too too short of a season. We had no furniture, outside of a couple odd inflatables, so lounging by the pool wasn’t even doable (and not like we had much time with the impending renovation). So this summer we were ON it… we knew we had to replace all the tile around the top of the pool as it was constantly falling off and our pool looked like it was missing a whole lot of teeth so that was first on our list.

Then when it came time to furnish the largest outdoor space I’ve ever furnished, it was daunting for sure. I’ve worked with CB2 before and use their furniture all the time (you probably have noticed) so when they said they wanted to do a story on our outdoor space I was ALL in. The only problem was that two weeks before the scheduled shoot our pool and backyard looked like this!

We had 4 days to pick tile so my options were VERY limited. I needed to find something local, in stock, white (my only stipulation), one that is rated for pools in freeze/thaw conditions AND it had to fit in the same footprint as the existing tile (i.e. be the same size). NBD! We went to a local showroom called Virginia Tile and they had almost exactly what I had in mind and I was able to get it in 2 days time. PHEW! It was porcelain and non glazed (which meant it would stand up to the harsh winters), white, and fit into the current spacing. Done and Done (limitations can sometimes really make for the easiest decisions).

In a perfect world the only thing I would have changed was instead of three 2″ square tiles I would have done one 2″ x 6″ but we found the winner and two days before the shoot, after the tile guys finished, we had two giant tanker trucks pull up and fill the pool with water.

And then the angels sang….

The trees exploded with green just a few days before as well and it all feel right into place. Now we have been reveling in these long hot summer days by the pool and it’s become the gathering place I could only dream of.

SHOP THE LOOK! (and right now it is all on sale. up to 40% off!)

Sunset Teak Lounge // Basket Planter // Round Sun Shade // Lodi Sun Lounger // Terrazzo Side Tables // Terrazzo Coffee Table // Bongo Side Tables // Bizert Outdoor Corner // Bizert Outdoor Armless Chair // Moda Terrazzo Dining Table // Pink Bistro Chairs // Lineal Planter

We’ve been having most of our dinners out here now and I couldn’t be happier about it. So much so that I am not even thinking about the having to cover all this up for winter. NOPE, REFUSING TO THINK ABOUT IT! ;) Happy Summer!

Oh and have you seen me over on CB2? To see more of my backyard and to read through the interview click here!

My dress is a couple seasons old but you can find similar here at Nordstrom or here at Need Supply

This post was done in collaboration with CB2, photos by CB2

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