Entries from May 26th, 2020

Our Family Room Media Cabinet DIY

If I had a nickel for every time someone asked for the DIY instructions on this media cabinet… I would have a lot of nickels. SO here we are in my family room and I am sharing how this came together. The TV cabinet is made up of Ikea media units, my Sarah Sherman Samuel Beaded doors for Semihandmade and some DIY legs for yet another IKEA hack. This one might be my all time favorite though.

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Clover’s Room Tour

Kid’s rooms and nurseries are high on my list of favorite spaces to design and while Clover has had a few rooms we quickly cobbled together in all the moving around we did her first year of life, this one is going to be around for a while. It is a space I genuinely want to spend time in so I happily tell her “one more story” 52 times every night and nap time (ok sometimes after #52 I might be ready to pull my hair out but you know what I mean. The first 50 is bliss. ha).

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sss new cabinet front launch!

The wait is over! Our new “Quarterline” fronts for SemiHandmade are live, you can order them and samples now! I shared our downstairs kitchen yesterday, so if you missed that… hop here to see the first Quarterline install, and today, in honor of the launch, I wanted to share one of my favorite ways I’ve used the collection so far. In Archie’s room!

My first line with SemiHandmade was the “modern beaded” which was my take on the classic beaded style, so as a line extension I designed Quarterline as a fresh take on the traditional shaker cabinets.

We named the new door/drawer front design Quarterline since the stile is a fraction of the size of a traditional shaker, which gives it a clean modern look without taking it all the way to a fully flat slab front. Also, there is a street called Quarterline in the town I was born in which follows suit to naming my hardware after cities that are important to me (I adopted the tradition from my hardware partner Park Studio). And yes, not to be confused with quarantine…we named it pre-COVID so quarantine wasn’t a word we had on our minds at the time. haha

SemiHandmade fronts are made to work with Ikea boxes (their Sektion kitchen boxes, their Godmorgon bathroom vanities, and their Besta storage/media units) so with them, the Ikea hack possibilities are endless. You might be more familiar with seeing SemiHandmade in kitchens. I have used them countless times in my own kitchens and in clients homes (here, here and here are just a few examples). Utilizing SemiHandmade with Ikea gives you the opportunity to create the look of a custom kitchen, or media cabinet, or bathroom vanity without the cost.

Shown here in my signature color “Agave”, the Quarterline collection comes in the same 7 colors as our Modern Beaded so you can use them on their own or even mix and match in a space. Quarterline on the bottom, Modern beaded on top would be a great combination to see in a kitchen.

To create the storage cabinet shown you will need:

FROM IKEA:
1 Besta Frame
2 Packs of Hinges
1 Pack of legs

FROM SEMIHANDMADE:
2 Quarterline Doors for Besta in size 23 5/8″ x 25 1/4″

Then add hardware of your choice. The hardware shown here is from my upcoming wood line that I designed for Park Studio and will be launching V soon!

I truly CAN NOT wait to see what you guys come up with in your homes with these doors. Head over to Semihandmade to order samples or start an order!

Additional sources for Archies room:
Tiger rug by Justina Blakeney for Loloi // Chair from Lulu & Georgia // Giraffe from The Counting House // Lamp from CB2 // Painting by Archie, framed by Framebridge // Paint color is Oakmoss by Sherwin Williams // Roman Shades in Dark Green Velvet from The Shade Store

P.S. The first photo in the post is in our main kitchen. We simply swapped my white Modern Beaded fronts (also from my collection with SemiHandmade) with the new Quarterline for the photo shoot. We only swapped these side cabinets so I have since switched them back but I do love both looks. It also illustrates how easily you can update or change the whole look of an existing Ikea kitchen but simply swapping out the fronts for a new design. Shown in the kitchen photo is Quarterline in Desert Grey.  See more of our kitchen and all of the sources, here

Our Second Kitchen Reveal

When I was working on remodeling our second kitchen, we never imagined just how differently life was going to look on its completion. All those ideas about how the extra kitchen would come in handy for families that come to stay with us and for all the entertaining we’d be doing. Not so much of that is happening right now but I do have to say I am very thankful for the extra fridge space and simply more finished space in general. Since stay at home orders began, Rupe and I have been coming down here every evening to unwind after the kids go to bed. Having the larger sized house from what we are used to in LA has been a true blessing during this time. Getting to switch up the environment at different times of the day almost makes you feel like you have gone somewhere. We eat dinner with the kids at 5:00 upstairs so around 9:00 nearly every night Rupe and I eat a bowl of cereal while watching a bit of TV. So, at the moment this kitchen has become our glorified cereal kitchen ha! But it really does bring me joy sitting in this stunning space knowing our friends and family will eventually return again.

In more exciting news…in anticipation of my new door and drawer front design that launches TOMORROW(!) with SemiHandmade, I get to reveal our beautiful second kitchen in all its’ glory. We did this kitchen on a shoe string budget, as far as kitchen renovations go. You might remember from my inspiration post that I started with Cafe Appliances Matte Black appliances as a jumping off point for the design of this space. That and a beautiful Sharon Etgar piece of art. As you will notice, some of the products changed from my initial design board but the inspiration stayed the same. We weren’t in a rush to finish this space so I didn’t go and order everything at once. We assembled the Ikea cabinets first knowing we would most likely use Semihandmade again and then I got word that my new design for them, the Quarterline (did I mention it launches tomorrow?!), was going to come to market so I was thrilled to be able to include them in the kitchen. From there, there was a lot of using what we had on hand, the chairs from CB2 we already had and I was dying to work them into the design. The tile is from Clé Eastern Earthenware tile that I had leftover from another project and couldn’t love any more in this space and the legs on the lower part of the island used to be my desk legs in my office in California. Even the wood slats on the backside of the island cabinets were taken from the pieces of trim we were using upstairs for our base and crown trim.

We also DIY’ed the entire kitchen (oh except for the tile. I did hire in a sub contractor for the backsplash tile). The island was one of those creative problem solving situations which I thrive on. Seriously, give me a puzzle and I will try and find a unique way to solve it. It is kind of my favorite thing to work around odd constraints to create something better. I’ll be sharing all the details for the DIY island on my new column with Domino Mag soon! As of last week I am officially a Domino contributor so stay tuned over there for more from me.

If you’ve been around here for a while you might remember back to the A-frame in Palm Springs where I took out the full sized fridge and replaced it with an undercounter fridge to save on space and if you’ve been around here for a VERY very long time you might remember me doing the same in our Lake Michigan cabin, where this blog all started. Now, in our second kitchen in our Samuel Family Fixer I am back to my old tricks. We didn’t need the full sized second fridge. This kitchen is more for guests and for entertaining and Cafés Appliances undercounter fridge is the perfect size for extra La Croix, our milk for our nightly cereal and enough food for a weekend or two of guests groceries. The kitchen now feels like a part of the rest of the room (the downstairs living room is just off on the other side of the island and the clean lines, bronze hardware and matte black finish on the Café appliances pair seamlessly with my matte black Semihandmade cabinet fronts and my matte black hardware!

But back to the cabinets… I was thrilled SemiHandmade was keen on another of my door design ideas. If you need a refresher on who SemiHandmade is here is the deal. They make quality doors and drawer fronts that fit onto Ikea cabinets. So you can buy the Sektion Ikea kitchen system (excluding the ikea door and drawer fronts) from Ikea then get the doors and drawer fronts from SemiHandmade as well as trim pieces, filler and plinth to create the look of a custom kitchen for less.

Much like my first door design for SemiHandmade (the “modern beaded”), where I set out to create a modern take on a traditional cabinet design… with Quarterline, I looked to the traditional shaker cabinet. The shakers were known for the clean recessed panel cabinet door design that has been around for centuries. By paring it back even further to just a quarter of the size of the classic shaker, it gives a versatile design that is all it’s own. Quarterline fills that space right in the middle between shaker and fully flat slab doors.

There is so much more to share about alllll the DIY’s in this space but for now I will leave with you some before and after fun. More to come on this kitchen soon. (see all the sources at the bottom of the page)

BEFORE

  

AFTER

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AFTER

I am so happy with how this came together. Let me know any questions or full DIY’s you are most interested in hearing about in the comments!

Cabinet Doors are Quarterline by Sarah Sherman Samuel for SemiHandmade on Ikea Sektion cabinets // Undercounter Refrigerator by Café Appliances // Range by Café Applinces // Matte Black Hardware by Sarah Sherman Samuel for Park Studio // Eastern Earthenware Tile in Rice Husk by Clé Tile // Chairs by CB2 // Faucet from wayfair // Alfi Sink from Wayfair // Canisters from Hawkins New York // Art is from Wit & Delight  // Pedestal Bowl // Range hood is from Ikea with a DIY’d surround // Countertops from Ikea wood look on island and matte black on back cabinet run // Wall hanging by Kudd Krig Home // Wall finish is Portola Paint Roman Clay in Mallorca  // Flooring is Engineered Hardwood – Tigers Eye French Oak from Build Direct