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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.

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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

SSS x SemiHandmade for Ikea Besta!

I have the best(a) news! SemiHandmade who is known mostly for customizing Ikea kitchens with their quality doors is now making doors that are compatible with Ikea’s Besta units and that includes my line of sss x semihandmade modern beaded doors! So, that means all the floating credenza’s, DIY units, and media cabinets just got SO much better. Just before we packed up our LA house, they sent me some of the new SSS doors for the Besta unit I already had in my living room and I gave it a super quick facelift by just swapping out the doors.

To make this unit I bought the “BESTÅ TV unit frame” (no doors) W70⅞×D15¾×H15″ which is $99 from Ikea. I mounted it to the wall with the included hardware and cut a piece of plywood down for the top. I then used wood screws to secure the top to the cabinet coming up from the inside of the cabinet. You’ll also need 3 packs of hinges (one pack of two for each door in your unit) from Ikea and then the doors you purchase from SemiHandmade. All of the signature SSS colors are available and I love how the Desert Grey and my beaded fronts bring a little dimension and warmth to what I had there previously.

Shop the Look  Cabinet Doors in “Desert Grey” by Sarah Sherman Samuel for Semi Handmade // Besta Cabinet box from IKEA // Rejuvenation Sliding Barn Doors // Rejuvenation Sliding Barn Door Hardware // Jonathan Adler Chandelier // Frances Loom Rug // Green Vase from Anthropologie // Pointed Metal Object from CB2 (old) see similar here // Pyramid Object from Zara (old) see similar here & here // White 3 Tier Candle From Zara (old) // Ceramic Bowl from Zara (old) see similar here //  White Vases from West Elm // Interiors AM Book //Minimum Book // Kinfolk Home Book // Wall Color “Snowfall” by behr

But wait… there’s more. ;) To illustrate how easy it is to change up the whole look of the space with just a few quick edits, I swapped the SSS x SemiHandmade doors to pink, switched up the rug, art and a few of the accessories. Boom, we have a fresh new room!

I am personally excited about all the new possibilities using the SemiHandmade doors on the Besta storage units and I also can’t wait to see what you guys do with them. Endless Ikea hacks! P.s. Are you team Blush or team Desert Grey?

Shop the Look: Cabinet Doors in “Blush” by Sarah Sherman Samuel for SemiHandmade // Besta Cabinet box from IKEA // Rejuvenation Sliding Barn Doors // Rejuvenation Sliding Barn Door Hardware // Samsung The Frame  Smart TV // Coordinating Wood Frame for TV // Jonathan Adler Chandelier // Frances Loom Rug // White 3 Tier Candle From Zara (old) // Ceramic Bowl from Zara (old) see similar here //  White Vases from West Elm // Interiors AM Book //Minimum Book // Kinfolk Home Book //  Wall Color “Snowfall” by behr

See more about my line of SSS x SemiHandmade doors here.
See the rest of our LA home here.

A-Frame Full Tour + Announcement!

DESERT A-FRAME FOR SALELast year we finished the work on our desert A-frame and earlier this week I shared the last room makeover but today we have some exciting and somewhat bitter sweet news that I wanted to accompany with a full tour, so you can see everything in one post, and to bring this renovation chapter to a close. Because… we are putting it up FOR SALE! Or rather it is currently on the market as of this week!!

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Maya Brenner Office Tour

sarah sherman samuel // maya brenner office project toursarah sherman samuel // maya brenner office project tour Last year, just after I found out we were expecting, I got a call from Maya Brenner about designing her new office space downtown LA. I have loved her jewelry for a while and the brand she has built so I was excited about the project but hesitant to add on another project before baby. When I met her at the space for the first time she confided that she too was expecting (we were both early days at that point) and we decided we would just make it happen before BOTH of our babe’s arrivals. And so we did.

sarah sherman samuel // maya brenner office project tourThis weekend the LA Times featured the project (you might notice they had us re-shoot our portraits for less pregnant photos (ha),  but I’m sharing the originals) and I am thrilled to now share the whole tour!

sarah sherman samuel // maya brenner office project toursarah sherman samuel // maya brenner office project toursarah sherman samuel // maya brenner office project tourMaya had a few must-haves, above having a functional office space, and they were: 1. bright and colorful but not overwhelming. 2. A press wall that becomes a feature in the space and that she can add to easily, 3. A showroom for the jewelry and plenty of closed storage. 4. A mix of high and low but nothing too precious 5. and finally she wanted it to feel special and reflect her brand.

The press wall (above) turned out to be one of my favorite corners of the space and is an example of the high and low mix. The vintage brass tulip table and the CB2 chairs sitting with a Target vase and magazine clippings taped to the wall. To give the press wall a little polish we used black thin masking tape to hang each piece.

Gem Wallpaper Mural from Houzz // Kaishi Chair from CB2 // Tulip Table (Vintage) // Desktop from Ikea // Desk Legs from Pretty Peg Legs // Waste Bins from The Container Store // Desk Lamp from Schoolhouse Electric // Wall Storage Unit from Ikea //  Conference Table from Article // Conference Chairs (in Wasabi) from West Elm // Pendant Lights from Rejuvenation

sarah sherman samuel // maya brenner office project tourkitchen terrazzo wallpaper One way we brought a lot of visual interest through the space is with wallpaper. We used three different designs but spaced them out throughout the office so they don’t compete with each other. In the kitchen we did a mini-makeover with my Sarah Sherman Samuel for SemiHandmade cabinet doors (before and after below). I noticed that the basic office kitchen that was there previously was Ikea cabinetry so all we had to do was switch out the cabinet doors and hardware for a big change. Then while we were at it we swapped out the countertop for Ikea’s wood one and popped in a new sink and faucet. Maya’s mini kitchen was the first one to use both my Semi-handmade doors and my hardware I designed with Park Studio.

Cabinet Hardware from Sarah Sherman Samuel x Park Studio LA (Mackinaw / Ottawa / Half Moon) // Cabinet Doors from Sarah Sherman Samuel x Semihandmade // Faucet from Home Depot // Ibo Gold Wallpaper from Anthropologie // Wooden Cutting Boards from Sarah Sherman Samuel

sarah sherman samuel // maya brenner office project toursarah sherman samuel // maya brenner office project toursarah sherman samuel // maya brenner office project toursarah sherman samuel // maya brenner office project tourJust as you walk in we created a small lounge area for visitors to relax and for Maya to take informal meetings. The woven back chair Maya already had and I used that as a jumping off point for that space. Behind the chair we hung a scarf by Block Shop, layered a vintage rug over a jute and brought in both brass and natural wood accents to balance each other out.

In the showroom, which became like it’s own life-sized jewelry box, we used my Pink Agate Wallpaper for Lulu & Georgia and I found this vinyl flooring by Atrafloor that looks like marble with a brass inlay. I like to work in juxtopositions and contrast so I used a rugged concrete table to counterbalance the soft pink wallpaper and I also carried some raw wood in here to do more of the same.

Pink Agate Wallpaper from Sarah Sherman Samuel x Lulu & Georgia // Fitzgerald Flooring from AtraFloor // Concrete Table from Wayfair // Wooden Stools from Houzz // Shelf Brackets from Rejuvenation // Chandelier from Wayfair // Drapery from West Elm // Drapery Rods from West Elm // Jute Rug from Overstock // Vintage Turkish Rug // Settee from Anthropologie // Coffee Table from LAX Series // Hanging Scarf from Block Shop // Gold Planter from Urban Outfitters

sarah sherman samuel // maya brenner office project toursarah sherman samuel // maya brenner office project toursarah sherman samuel // maya brenner office project tourIn addition to upgrading the Ikea kitchen with my SemiHandmade doors I turned to Pretty Pegs to upgrade the Ikea desks but swapping out the legs for theirs. The wood with the brass accent was perfect for the space. The centerpiece of the studio is a large white oak conference table from Article which I surrounded with these amazing art deco-esque chairs from West Elm.

Kaishi Chair from CB2 // Desktop from Ikea // Desk Legs from Pretty Pegs // Waste Bins from The Container Store // Desk Lamp from Schoolhouse Electric // Wall Storage Unit from Ikea //  Conference Table from Article // Conference Chairs (in Wasabi) from West Elm // Pendant Lights from Rejuvenation

And now for the little kitchen before and after…

Like I mentioned above, the existing cabinets were from Ikea so we didn’t have to buy or install new cabinets. We were able to swap out the doors and drawer fronts with SemiHandmade for a big change. We also got a new undercounter refrigerator that was panel-ready so we were able to made the kitchen look more seamless with a panel from SemiHandmade as well. The gold Terrazzo like wallpaper is a fun jewel-like pattern that carries your eye up to the ceiling making it feel a little larger, while the wood countertop and gold accents warm up the previous corporate vibes.

Cabinet Hardware from Sarah Sherman Samuel x Park Studio LA (Mackinaw / Ottawa / Half Moon) // Cabinet Doors from Sarah Sherman Samuel x Semihandmade // Faucet from Home Depot // Ibo Gold Wallpaper from Anthropologie // Wooden Cutting Boards from Sarah Sherman Samuel

nursery progress & ikea hack DIY

ikea hack - mint dresser- nursery // sarah sherman samuelLast week you might have caught a glimpse at the one wall of the nursery that is finished, over on Mother Mag and I wanted to give you a better look, and share what I did with my dresser issue. It is a simple Ikea hack you’ve seen done a thousand times, but the most important detail is often overlooked. You just have got to do something about those legs!

tarva dresser, DIY ikea hackYou may remember on the dresser I re-worked for the cabin I cut the legs shorter. Well, for this one I kept the length the same but cut them at an angle to create a more elegant profile. It is just one small detail, but it doesn’t cost a thing to do, and it changes the look of the dresser dramatically.

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