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holiday ready

holiday home decor We are officially holiday primed here at casa Samuel. Trees, garland, wreaths… check check check. I’ve teamed up with BISSELL to share my top tips for getting your home ready for this festive season.


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!!


DIY faux wood paneling

bedroom nook - DIY wood paneling We are working our way through the A-frame putting final touches on all the rooms (if you missed the finished living room check here!) and now I’ve got a peek into the finished guestroom nook. When we first bought it, this space was SO dark and had a crumbling basketweave texture on the walls and ceiling which matched the ceiling in the entryway/dining room. The ceiling was in OK shape and we painted the gold material white to match the rest of the house and to clean it up. We were hoping it would be enough to save the walls which were looking pretty rough but paint couldn’t rescue them. The texture was coming off in places and there were holes that just looked really bad no matter what, so we decided to cover them up with a DIY faux wood paneling.

Here is a peek at the way before…  READ MORE

High/Low: Guest Bedroom

My love for cane furniture is still going strong and there have been so many cane bed options popping up, I thought it would be a perfect jumping off point for another high/low room design. For the lower priced design we used two twin beds together to make one but this bed is also a great mid-range option. And you won’t believe the nightstands I found on Amazon…

Shop High Bedroom: Cane Bed From Clickon Furniture // Navy Nightstand From Anthropologie // Artwork By Claire Oswalt// Circle Sconces From Chiara Colombini // Throw Pillows From The Citizenry // Pink Velvet Desk Chair From Benchmark // Vintage Oak Wood Desk From First Dibs // Brass Wall Hanging From The Citizenry // Wool Rug From Pampa //

Sourcing from Ikea, Target, and Amazon never looked so good.

See more of our High/Low room designs here. 

Shop Low Bedroom: Cane Headboard From IKEA // Indigo Nightstand Table From Amazon // Artwork By Tracie Andrews // Circle Sconces From From Etsy // Throw Pillow From Target // Pink Velvet Desk Chair From Amazon // Natural Wood Desk From IKEA // Brass Wall Hanging From Target // Natural Area Rug From Rug Savings

Mandy Moore Master Bedroom Tour

This post was created in collaboration with Parachute

Ok you guys, it is time! It is Mandy Moore’s house tour time. If you have been following along on our project, you have gotten sneak peeks galore on Mandy’s, Emily Farnham’s (the architect), and my Instagram feeds. In that case, you also most likely saw the Arch Digest story/tour, but now I get to share allllll the details that so many of you have asked for, and all the photos that I have been dying to share.

First up is the Master Bedroom. We didn’t have to do any huge architectural changes in this room (aside from the flooring. hello poured-on-site terrazzo… more on that later). Thankfully the 90’s renovation didn’t flounce up this space. On the first walk through with Mandy, I immediately had the idea to create a custom built-in bed. The space between the little “bump outs” (for lack of a better term) begged for it. We ended up building them out a touch to make them more substantial, and to house the built-in headboard with floating nightstands. Everyone’s favorite Parachute bedding, emerald green velvet, and soft textured layers of ivory and white make this space impossibly inviting. The view isn’t too terrible either.

One of the most satisfying aspects of this project was getting to work with many of my favorite artists, friends, and the people behind brands I love. The master bedroom truly highlights that. From the minute I heard about Parachute and founder Ariel Kaye’s mission to create the best sheets on the market, I was interested, and from the first night I slept in their bedding, I became a devout fan. So, it was a no brainer to outfit Mandy’s bed in Parachute. If you’ve ever heard me talk about Cedar and Moss, or founder Michelle Aaro, all the bazillion times I have used their lighting in projects, you know how much I love their product. Her collection is perfect for the modern home and I am not sure if it is the beautiful designs or the fact that Michelle is one of the genuinely sweetest persons on the planet that has me always sourcing from them (it’s both).

Now, let’s talk about that bench. I met Katy Skelton at a trade show after she reached out to me on Instagram saying she was going to be in town. I nearly missed her as I was leaving the trade show and realized I didn’t see her booth. After furiously DMing her, I ran back inside just in time to catch her and her stunning line and was so glad I did because every piece is just that.

And last but certainly not least, the wall hanging. Fiber artist Sally England and I go way back, ok not that we had ever actually met in person, but we have been on email basis for years while I have been saving my pennies for one of her pieces. Before she recently (ish) moved to Ojai, she got her start while living in Grand Rapids, MI (where we just landed) so we have a friend or two in common as well. I have always admired her artistry and the way she is continually pushing forward with her work in a medium that is riddled with copycats. We commissioned this custom piece for Mandy and Taylor and it was the perfect addition to the space.

mandy moore bedroom sarah sherman samuelOk this post has turned into a giant mushy love fest but I couldn’t be more thrilled with how this project turned out and all the people involved.  Mandy, as I’ve mentioned before, was the type of client one can usually only dream of and my design team partner in crime, Emily Farnham, is the architect one can usually only dream of working alongside and of course my love for the photographer, Tessa Neustadt, runs deep as does her talent.

And before I leave you… a little before and after




So there you have it… Mandy and Taylor’s master bedroom, their two cute pups, and the whole rest of the house to go (including another Parachute clad bedroom that hasn’t been seen before). Stay tuned!

To see all of the posts on the Moore Residence project, check here.

Interior Design by Sarah Sherman Samuel
Interior Architecture by Emily Farnham 
Landscape Architecture by Terremoto
Photography by Tessa Neustadt 
Built by Bronstruction and Johnston Vidal Projects

Shop the Look:  Bedding From Parachute (Percale Venice Set) // Bedside Pendant Lights From Cedar & Moss // Ceiling Pendant From Cedar & Moss //  Custom Wall Hanging by Sally England // Bench From Katy Skelton // Moroccan Rug – Vintage // Sheepskin Pillows From Pottery Barn // Ring Cone From Horne // Wooden Candle Sticks From Urban Outfitters // Drapery – Custom // Custom Built-in bed by Sarah Sherman Samuel, Built by 4th Period Woodshop

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