our custom sink-right-in family sofa

It is family room share time! This is the room we live in the most which is ironic because while we lived here for 6 months before the renovation, no one wanted to spend one minute in it. It sat empty, save for a rug, and was used just as a passageway from the kitchen to the living room. Before we renovated the room was closed off from the kitchen and the archways didn’t exist. It felt kind of like a bunker as there wasn’t one window or view outside, with the only exception of the skylight above.

Now that it is open to the kitchen and with the implementation of a few strategic openings it has become the central hub. Knowing this would be the case I wanted all the furniture in this space to be extra comfortable and since I usually gravitate towards more tailored or sculptural furniture I had a hard time finding pieces that were just as beautiful as comfortable. SO, I set out to design my own. The sofa that is (well the rug and the coffee table are also my own designs but I will touch on those later).

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Soho Loft Bathrooms Before & After

Last week our bathroom renovations for Vanessa Carlton’s NYC loft was featured on Arch Digest did you see? Head over there for the story which is punctuated with a video of her giving a tour of the entire home.

Vanessa’s loft is one of those incredible new york apartments that inhabit an entire floor of a building, the ones where the elevator opens right up into the living room space. When I first arrived I immediately was taken by the 1892 built building and the original architectural features that were still in tact. The living room, kitchen and bedrooms all had the original exposed brick and so much great natural light it was an inspired space with a couple of eye sore bathrooms. We wanted to bring the essence of the building back into the bathrooms in an interesting way… classic and timeless but with the sss touch.

So let’s take a look at what we started with in this principle bath.

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fall uniform

I’m almost never not in a dress (or jumpsuit) in the fall. Even when the temps dip (you better believe I have leggings and a tank under this dress) its my favorite thing because you throw on one piece and done. Usually a hat too but Rupe told me I shouldn’t wear a hat for family photos so I’m hatless here. The dress I’m wearing is by & other stories but is sold out so I’ve rounded up all my favorite dresses below along with hats and sneakers… my go-to fall uniform.

FAVORITE DRESSES

FAVORITE HATS

FAVORITE SNEAKERS

Oh and if you’re interested in what I’ve been dressing the kiddos in head to the kids clothes in “sarah’s picks“. I’ve also started a men’s section for the pieces I buy for Rupe… look for the “rupert’s closet” under the fashion tab.

Photo by Amy Carroll 

the making of a kids bath

Our kid’s bath in our SamuelfamilyFixer was previously the laundry room and when we removed the bathroom near the kitchen (to make our pantry) we knew we would take over the laundry space for bathroom that was dedicated just for the littles. It gave me the opportunity to flex my favorite kind of design muscle, and add a little whimsy into the space while still keeping with the aesthetic of the rest of the house. The room was dark and had no windows, as it has no outside walls, but that didn’t stop me from adding a round window, front and center above the tub, which looks into the more light filled entryway and created a beautiful moment on both sides of the wall.

But back to the bathroom…. I had a short must-have for this space.

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Our DIY kitchen Island

I’ve started a monthly column over on Domino where I will be sharing some projects in depth and the first one has been centered around our downstairs kitchen. This week we covered the DIY of our kitchen Island!

Here is another look at the before photo to see where we started.

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get the look: santa monica proper

While I have been dreaming of getting away to my favorite LA hotel, The Santa Monica Proper, I guess the next best thing is sharing how to get the look at home. I was here just days before lockdown in March in this Kelly Wearstler designed wonderland. If I had her design my home, it would look exactly like this. This is my spirit hotel. ha She is on the cover of the Domino Mag this  month in the hotel so you can head over there for much better photos, but I’ll share my iphone snaps here and then a round up a few shoppable pieces to mimic the layered neutral patterned vibes in your own home.  READ MORE