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Kitchen Update and Kitchen #2 Design!

This post was done in collaboration with Cafe Appliances

YOU GUYS!!! THIS IS IN MY KITCHEN RIGHT NOW! And I feel so grown up, well almost. There is still a lot of finishing work to be done in the space. Outside of this stunning view is still a bit of a disaster, but I couldn’t help but share an update.

Our kitchen renovation in LA was done on a shoe string budget. We did all the work ourselves, outside of the marble countertops (which was our splurge) and just re-used the previous owner’s appliances. They were generically fine, but they were not “me”. But…in this house I am getting my dream Cafe Appliances (this 36″ range in matte white with the Brushed Bronze hardware SWOOOOON and the Fridge and the Dishwasher), and really making this my kitchen utopia. I will have my first kitchen island, my first pantry, my first larger than a 30” range. It is all happening. I will do a whole post on how we divvied up the work between our GC and us for this renovation but we saved in this kitchen by doing Ikea cabinet boxes and my Sarah Sherman Samuel for SemiHandmade cabinet doors, which we also installed ourselves. This kitchen, along with most all of my projects, is a true mix of high and low and somewhere in between.

Here is a peek at the other side of the room. If you have been following me on my IG Stories, you will have seen all the steps we’ve taken so far to get the kitchen to this point. Five months in the making, but it is starting to look like a real kitchen. Above is where we were just a couple days before the move, the new windows made an incredible difference in opening everything up, and the old small dark kitchen isn’t even recognizable.

And while things are wrapping up in the main kitchen why don’t we just jump right into the design of kitchen number 2! That is right, our #SamuelFamilyFixer has two whole kitchens and I am not mad about it. Two kitchens might sound ridiculous and extravagant but things are bigger in the midwest. ha The house we bought already had two full kitchens. One is on the main floor (where our living room, dining room and bedrooms are) and the other is in the lower level along with another living area, two bedrooms and bathroom. This floor will partly be my home office while the kids are so little, as well as a dedicated place for guests. (Our first time having an actual guest bedroom! Who is coming over?!). So while we do not need a second kitchen, we inherited one and now I am counting all the reasons why I am pumped to have two kitchens.

Let’s be honest, two kitchens is a designers dream! Double the finishes, double the fixtures, double the appliances! All those extra design decisions have me giddy. Twice the chance to put your own style into a kitchen and maybe explore another side of your personality.

Work/Life separation. Once I get my local Michigan design team up and running, employees will be able to enter the office from the lower level without having to go through the rest of the house and we will be all set with our own Sarah Sherman Samuel Inc. office complete with its own kitchen.

Entertaining! Having two kitchens is also an entertainers dream. Extra oven space for big dinners (Thanksgiving at my house this year!), and even for smaller parties, I could mess up the lower level kitchen and use that area for prep behind the scenes while keeping the main kitchen clean where the guest are.

So let’s take a look at what I have planned for kitchen #2

When it came to the main kitchen there was no doubt I wanted it bright and light and you already know how thrilled I was to come across Cafe Appliances and their Matte White finish and their customizable hardware. They are appliances that stand out as a stylish design feature instead of just a utilitarian necessity. So when it came to designing the downstairs kitchen it was a no brainer to bring in Cafe again, however instead of the Matte White I got the Matte Black and they ended up being a big piece of inspiration for the whole {second} kitchen.

In interiors in general I always like the mix of old and new and layering in different textures to create a space that even if it is brand new, feels like there is a story behind it. The Matte finishes on the Cafe Appliances take it from going too modern and sleek and in my opinion give them some soul that when paired with the metallic hardware, it is like they already have my signature style built-in. When thinking about a backsplash, I am looking to use Clé Tile’s zellige or earthenware tile to bring in something with a vintage look to balance out the new cabinets, hardware and countertops. The artwork above, by Sharon Etgar, the Zellige Tile and the Cafe Appliances together perfectly convey the overall vibe of what I am shooting for in kitchen #2. Which I am hoping will be like the artful little sister of kitchen #1.

And here is what started with…

Above is a before photo of the kitchen. So far we have demo’ed everything out and installed some new engineered hardwood flooring over that lovely yellowed floor. A few things I wasn’t loving were how the fridge and range sat right next to each other, crammed in the corner and the off center island is also making me twitch a titch. So far, we have demoed out all the cabinets… my dad re-used them in his wood shop, and we gave the appliances to my aunt who is updating her old kitchen.  Poof, we have a blank slate. We are planning to move the range location to dead center on the back wall so it creates a central focal point and I’ll be doing my favorite trick of maximizing the visual and countertop space by installing the Cafe Undercounter Fridge and forgoing a full sized fridge (it is the second kitchen after all).

So what do you think? Two kitchens, too crazy? or genius? I am team whatever makes you happy, kitchens are personal! And your kitchen or kitchens should be a reflection of you. That is why I was so happy to partner with Cafe Appliances as that is what they are all about.

This post was done in collaboration with Cafe Appliances. All thoughts, ideas and swoons are my own.

For more on our #samuelfamilyfixer check here.

MAIN KITCHEN: Cafe Appliance 36″ Range // Cafe Appliance Dishwasher // SemiHandmade Cabinet fronts by Sarah Sherman Samuel on Ikea Cabinets // Caesarstone “fresh Concrete” countertops // Calacatta Marble Backsplash // Elkay Quartz Sink //

SECOND KITCHEN: Art by Sharon Etgar // Cafe Appliance Undercounter Refrigerator // Cafe Appliance 30″ Range // Clé Terracotta Tile // Counter Stool // Vase // Footed Bowl // Engineered Hardwood Floor from Build Direct

introducing the trullbrook residence

Hi Hi, I’ve got a brand spanking new client project to introduce and I am pretty excited about it. You may have caught a couple small glimpses (here and here) on Instagram, as I have been working behind the scenes for the last couple months, but now that construction has begun I wanted to start chronicling the progress here for you to follow along! To give you a quick run-down on the project, it is a full gut renovation in a two story residence here in LA. There are 4 bathrooms and one kitchen which were dated and didn’t suit the homeowners taste, so we said BUH-BYE to it all. They brought me on board to design a home that better reflects their {realllly great} taste. To kick things off let’s dig right in with the heart of the home… the kitchen.

BEFORE PHOTOS

trullbrook-kitc-hen-plans2So this is how the kitchen looked when we began. Not bad at all, but the house is quite large and in proportion the kitchen was quite small and that is A LOT of wood. We are updating the appliances, getting a larger cooking area with a 48″ range and doing away with the stacked wall oven which further closed in the kitchen. From top to bottom… all of it is going.

trullbrook-kitc-hen-plans3trullbrook-kitchen-plansThe biggest change will come in the new layout. Taking out the wall oven and the peninsula will open up the kitchen into the “breakfast room” dining area, making it one big dine-in kitchen. We will be adding an island in the center and a custom built-in banquette where you now see the table and chairs.

FLOORPLANS

before-plan

As you can see, as-is the kitchen isn’t large enough for an island but it is large enough that it feels like it has wasted space in the center.

renovation plan

 

By removing the peninsula and extending the kitchen into the breakfast room we had a lot more room to play and now onto the really fun part…

THE INSPIRATION

kitchen-inspiration2 ktichen inspiration kitchen-inspiration5kitchen-inspiration4kitchen-inspiration3These are a few of my favorite kitchens that the homeowners also loved. The selection makes me SO happy and gave such great inspiration for the space. Even though they vary in style there are some common threads and each one has something uniquely special about it. My goal is always to create spaces with an unexpected element/something that makes it stand out from the norm or past projects and the client was clearly on board.

Kitchen one Designed by Stefani Stein, photo by Tessa Neustadt // Kitchen two by Amber Interiors, photo by Tessa Neustadt // Kitchen three by Anna Smith // Kitchen four Designed by Kishani Perera, photo by Joe Schmelzer // Kitchen five by Devol Kitchens

Here is a sneak peek at the finishes!

THE FINISHES

trullbrook-client-kitchen-finishes We started the design with a palette in mind… green, brass, white and some natural wood. I’ve combined modern and traditional elements as well as a mix of high and low to create the biggest design bang for their budget.

Instead of using green on the cabinets we decided to put it on the floor with Fireclay’s Brick Tile in “Northwoods”. The color is the most perfect shade of dark green with blue undertones. Then it came to the cabinets and countertops. To keep it classic we are going with white cabinets… and once again I am using SemiHandmade, they make high quality doors and drawer fronts that fit onto Ikea cabinets, giving the look of a more custom kitchen for much less than a true custom kitchen (see them in our house here and soon to be in our A-frame here), then a slab hunting we went. We slab shopped all over town and landed on the most beautiful (and unique) marble called “green tweed”. Choosing hardware & lighting was easy once I looked to Schoolhouse Electric as they are masters at modernizing classic pieces.

See I wasn’t exaggerating on their really great taste! The homeowner is also a friend of mine which is why she is letting me share all the nitty gritty renovation details and you can see more behind the scenes action on her instagram @jaimibrooks. Also, if you ever find yourself in need of someone to talk to, she is an incredible human and an amazing marriage and family therapist. Stay tuned for more from the Trullbrook Residence. x

Cabinet doors by Semihandmade // Pendants by Schoolhouse Electric // Sink from Ikea // Cabinet knobs by Schoolhouse Electric // Drawer Pulls by Schoolhouse Electric // Range by Thermador // Faucet by Waterstone // Tile  by Fireclay

samuel family fixer kitchen update!

She gone! Goodbye small old kitchen with zero counter space! Construction has officially started (FINALLY) and while I am still playing catch up in the design. Yes, I broke my cardinal rule (again) of not starting construction until after the design is finished and materials are on site, but we couldn’t wait any longer. We’ve been a bit swamped between the kids, and work, client projects, the move, and our second move (into a rental house during construction) etc etc and that left very little time to work on our own house, it ended up coming last but we finally got some help with the kiddos and I’m wrapping up some things, so now it’s my turn! I hope you’re as ready as I am for me to start sharing progress and process as we go! Thankfully I pretty much designed the whole kitchen before we even saw the house in person, so I am starting there! See my initial plans to get all caught up here.

Our renovation couldn’t have come at a better time. I started working on the kitchen in my head before we even made an offer and long before we set foot in the house. As soon as we were in escrow I started on the design. Part of my process for myself is that I first create my ultimate space with no regards to budget or logistics, just whatever I can dream up. It’s my utopia space and anything goes. Then I work backwards from there and get creative on how I can execute the look within my budget. Remember the A-frame living room? It worked there, and thats exactly how I started in the kitchen. But, spoiler alert, this time around I hit the jackpot. I had dropped a 36″ white range into a rendering I was working on and turned the hardware a gold color in photoshop, just making up what I wanted in there, and no joke a week later I got an email that Café Appliances was launching this beautiful new line of appliances with customizable hardware (you can choose from 4 different metallics, Stainless, Bronze, Black, and Copper) and the face of them are either Matte Black or Matte White! MY DREAMS LITERALLY CAME TRUE. They reached out to ask me to become a part of their Café Collective (a group of women they brought together to work with over the coming months who each “have an unapologetic approach to embracing their distinct style”) to which I screamed and jumped out of my chair and ran to tell Rupe that I just visualized our kitchen appliances into being. Ok I didn’t really, the talented folks at Café did but I can pretend to take credit like they plucked the design right from my brain. I am just thrilled they exist and even more thrilled that I get to use them in our new kitchen.

samuel family fixer kitchen moodboard Earlier this month I took a trip down to Louisville, Kentucky to dive deep into all things Café Appliances. We got to see them installed in a few homes, we toured the factory, got a taste of Louisville (and the bourbon), did some mixed metal jewelry making and created real-life inspiration boards around the spaces that each of us will be creating with the Café Appliances. It was so fun to see how different everyone’s boards turned out based on their own personal style. That’s mine above!

Speaking of personal style… I like to reference client’s wardrobes when designing for them because what you choose to put on your body is such a great reflection of your style and I feel like your home should reflect that just as much! So for my own space I turned to my wardrobe…

sarah sherman samuel layers and noticed a whole lot of whites, ivories, natural materials, combining different textures and always a touch of gold with my jewelry.

When it came to overall design of the kitchen, I wanted it to be similar, bright, natural, open, a reflection of me, and feel like part of the living space. Crazy but true…I never thought I would want an all white kitchen for myself. I usually gravitate towards colored cabinets but in this space I wanted the wood ceiling (the only original feature in this room that we are keeping) to be a main focal point. See the before photos here, but previously the kitchen had a lot of wood, A LOT. Wood floors, wood ceiling and wood cabinets. I am a big fan of natural wood but if you’ve been following me for a while you know I like a bright space and since the wood ceiling was so special that meant I wanted to remove the other wood finishes to really let it shine.

When I looked at my clothes, other parts of the house, my products, the finishes and appliances I knew I wanted to use, a color (or lack there of) palette started to come together. Thankfully Café Appliances gets that you want your house to be a reflection of you and it doesn’t have to stop at the appliances. There is so much stainless steel out there and not much else, so it’s incredibly refreshing to be able to find customizable appliances to fit my or a client’s style.

And finally, I took all that inspiration above along with some sourcing leg work and translated it into the product selects and finishes for our kitchen.

sarah sherman samuel kitchen // samuel family fixer Wood, terrazzo, quartz, brass, cement… and a lot of love. A lot of love for all the things. :) Are you as surprised as me that I am doing all white or do you think “duh this is totally you”? The key to making all white not boring is to play up all the textures and of course the pop of metallic really helps. Wish me luck!

Sources for first photo: Sweater by Entire World // Jeans from Asos // Table from CB2 // Chair from CB2 // Gold Initial Necklace from Maya Brenner // Gold rings from L Frank Jewelry

Sources for second photo: Sweater from Club Monaco // Top from Sugar Candy Mountain // Jeans from Topshop // Gold rings from L Frank Jewelry

Sources from living room photo: Rug is vintage // Ottoman by sarah sherman samuel // coffee table from Urban Outfitters // rug is vintage // chair is vintage // Art from Minted // stool from lulu and georgia // vase is from CB2 // Planter from CB2  // Pillow form Kesslyr Dean

Kitchen Sources: Range from Café Appliances // Dishwasher from Café Appliances // Refrigerator from Café Appliances // Fresh Concrete countertop by Caesarstone // White Cabinets by Sarah Sherman Samuel for SemiHandmade // Brass hardware by Sarah Sherman Samuel for Park Studio // Faucet by Kallista // Stool from The Citizenry // Pendant Light from Allied Maker // Quartz Sink by Elkay // Cement Tile by Granada Tile

Bri’s low-lift kitchen reno

a kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuelI am often asked for advice on how to update kitchens on a budget or without too much work and with this kitchen we pulled out all the tricks. It is the kitchen of Bri Emery of Design Love Fest, we gave her kitchen a major upgrade with almost no heavy lifting and I’m here to tell you all the secrets.

a kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuela kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuelFirst thing first, we got pretty lucky… when Bri and I met to chat about what she wanted to do in her kitchen, the first thing I checked was who made her existing cabinets and we both celebrated when we found out it was already an Ikea kitchen. The reason for the big celebration was because that meant we could use the SemiHandmade doors and drawer fronts that I designed without having to change out any of her cabinet boxes (which also meant we didn’t have to touch the beautiful marble countertops either).  All we had to do was swap out the Ikea doors and drawer fronts for the SemiHandmade ones for a different look. It really is the ultimate Ikea hack.

When Bri bought the house it had just undergone a complete renovation. The finishes were well chosen for a flip so while they might not have had a ton of personality, the kitchen wasn’t offensive in anyway. There was already the great marble countertops (remember how when I did her dining room we added an overhang behind the range so we could add a seating area with stools?) but when paired with white semi-gloss flat cabinets, white shiny subway tile, and brushed nickel/stainless hardware, overall the space was pretty cookie cutter. It didn’t reflect the personality or style that Bri is known for.

a kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuela kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuelAnother simple way of updating a kitchen that we’ve all heard 100 times, but if you haven’t tried you will be surprised as to just how much it works, is switching out the cabinet hardware. The silver ones she had were nice and modern but by using a more unique shape and color, the whole space fees more bespoke. We used the hardware I designed for Park Studio in the half moon, and the ottawa.

a kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuela kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuela kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuelNext was where things did get a little construction dirty but for a full kitchen update it was pretty minimal and only took a couple days (like 3!). We had her backsplash demolished and re-tiled with this stunning Tabarka Studio tile. It is a cement tile with a brass inlay and after mulling over the backsplash tile for months, we saw this one and knew it was it. I then created a more unexpected pattern using them vertically on one half and horizontally on the other half, having the pattern meet in the middle on the diagonal.

a kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuelAnd finally, in order to utilize some vertical wasted space, we added a SemiHandmade floating shelf above a bank of cabinets to give her some extra surface area for storage and utility items.

a kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuelIf all that is still too much for your budget or time commitment and you are desperate for a change in the kitchen… lay down a new rug, and pick some fresh flowers for an instant kitchen pick me up.

Shop the look:
Cabinet Doors by Sarah Sherman Samuel for SemiHandmade, On Ikea Cabinets // Hardware by Sarah Sherman Samuel for Park Studio // Tile by Tabarka Studio // Stools from All Modern // Glass Storage Canisters  // Mortar and Pestle by Sheldon Ceramics 
Pink vase by Lux Eros // Cutting Board

Images by Tessa Neustadt

Here’s a look at a couple side by side before and afters.

a kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuel
This is facing the opposite direction but you get the idea…

a kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuel

And let’s not forget about what we did in the dining room right next door…

 

Read all about the dining room here. 

And her back yard patio, here.

Oh Joy Kitchen Reveal

oh joy studio kitchen tour // sarah sherman samuel // before and afterA while back, I shared the design plans for the Oh Joy studio kitchen and today I get to share the final space, complete with a couple before & afters!  I have to say, at first, it was a little intimidating designing a space for such a well known power house of a brand as Oh Joy. Even though Joy and I have become friends of the years she is still OH JOY! ha, (it doesn’t even seem that long ago that I didn’t even have a blog but was reading hers and dreaming of the day I would have my own business as well). Once we got started I knew the kitchen design would come together easily and it was the perfect combination of our styles. So without further ado… the kitchen where SSS meets Oh Joy.

oh joy studio kitchen tour // sarah sherman samuel // before and afteroh joy studio kitchen tour // sarah sherman samuel // before and afterOne of the biggest changes in the kitchen was to rework the cabinet layout to create more usable counter space and storage. We added this peninsula to extend the kitchen a bit further into the space as well as to give Joy and her team a great backdrop to shoot against.

oh joy studio kitchen tour // sarah sherman samuel // before and afteroh joy studio kitchen tour // sarah sherman samuel // before and after I was able to incorporate Joy’s own cement tile design and had it laid in a random pattern for an extra bit of whimsy on the backsplash. Previously the kitchen didn’t have an oven so we added appliances that would make this a fully functioning kitchen for daily use as well as events.

oh joy studio kitchen tour // sarah sherman samuel // before and afteroh joy studio kitchen tour // sarah sherman samuel // before and afterA floating shelf hangs above the sink to display dish ware, props and things while two cedar and moss sconces sit pretty overhead. I am no stranger to using Ikea for a kitchen even though this is the first time I have used them for all the cabinet doors as well. For the space we had, it worked out really well. We have a pull-out drawer for our trashcans, a cabinet specifically to hold an under-counter microwave, and mixed both drawer and shelf options for storage. We got everything in a matte white finish and added gold hardware to the doors for a little upgrade. We also added a signature Oh Joy color-blocked wall to one side of the kitchen to accentuate the green from the tile.

oh joy studio kitchen tour // sarah sherman samuel // before and afteroh joy studio kitchen tour // sarah sherman samuel // before and afteroh joy studio kitchen tour // sarah sherman samuel // before and afteroh joy studio kitchen tour // sarah sherman samuel // before and afterAnd now for a stroll down memory lane with the before and afters…

oh joy studio kitchen tour // sarah sherman samuel // before and afterIt definitely looks a lot more finished and most importantly a ton more Oh Joy.

oh joy studio kitchen tour // sarah sherman samuel // before and afterI hope you enjoyed the tour! For more photos and a look behind the scenes check out Joy’s reveal post here.

Design: Sarah Sherman Samuel  || Appliances: KitchenAid  || Sink/Faucet: Ferguson || Lighting: Cedar & Moss || Tile: Oh Joy for Clé Tile || Stools: CB2  || Cabinetry: IKEA || Contractor: Good Fellas || Marble: Modul Marble || Marble Installation: Planet Stone || Gold Shelf Brackets: Rejuvenation || Photography: Monica Wang

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