Our Porch reveal + DIY tile floor

The first and only room we have finished in our #samuelfamilyfixer is our outdoor room because… summer priorities! We all love hanging in this screened in porch and tend to gravitate to it in the mornings for coffee (for rupe), tea (for me) and the kids have currently turned the coffee table into a playdough station. Our favorite thing to do is hang in the evenings when the kids are in bed and watch the fireflies or a summer thunderstorm roll through.

It wasn’t always such a peaceful oasis though. Here is a peek at the before…

BEFORE

Bright red and Christmas green astroturf, not my favorite combination but it didn’t take much to transform it.

First we painted! We used “Caviar” by Sherwin Williams and then I went shopping.

I didn’t have to go far because I found everything (except my tile) on CB2! I already had the scalloped dining table (we used it as our primary dining table at the rental house during renovations) and the malawi chair, which I also used on Bri aka “design love fest’s” patio, so it was really easy to round out the space with the sofa, coffee table and a ton of planters.

I knew from the beginning I was going to use my own tile collection, the tiles I designed for Concrete Collaborative. The work indoor and outdoor and were perfect for this space. Instead of using all 5 of the designs from my sss series (like you may have seen in our Festoon project) I utilized 3 of them to create the pattern.

I sketched the plan out as shown above to scale in adobe illustrator and then counted out the quantities I needed of each so I knew how much to order and how the pattern would work exactly in the space.

Then in a weekend I swapped the green carpet for the beautiful tile in a just a few easy steps.

First you need to start with a level surface. I had to plain down a few areas of the decking to assure the tiles would lay flat. Then you need to clean the surface thoroughly (power washing it ideally). Any debris or dirt may cause the tile to crack. If you’re creating a brand-new patio, build the platform to the exact measurements of the tile so you won’t need to make any cuts to the edge pieces. 

Then plan the layout: Start at the furthest wall and work toward the door. Do a dry run-through, placing one row and one column of tile without adhesive, to minimize unnecessary cuts and avoid ending up with too small of a sliver of tile when you get to the end. 

Stick it all down! Once you have a clear idea of your tile pattern apply a generous bead of  Liquid Nails construction adhesive to the back of the tile and press it firmly into place. Do this for every tile until you reach the outer edges. If needed, trim pieces as necessary with a tile saw.

Finally, seal the tile according to manufacturer recommendations. Furnish the space and just add plants.


Now excuse me I have some summer to enjoy. xo

Sources: Tile by Sarah Sherman Samuel for Concrete Collaborative // Paint color is Caviar by Sherwin Williams // Bistro Chairs // Woven Pouf // Terracotta Incence Holder // Wicker Pendant // scalloped dining table // malawi chair // the sofa // coffee table // planters.

Rug & Pillow Launch Day!

Today has been a long time coming and I’m thrilled to share that my rug (and pillow) collection is NOW AVAILABLE on Lulu & Georgia!

sarah sherman samuel rug and pillow collection for lulu & georgia

The collection was inspired out of necessary, really. I designed these rugs for myself and anyone else that falls down the rabbit hole of trying to find the perfect rug with a soft palette and a more minimal aesthetic. The color palette is warm and earthy which IMO is a perfect foundation/jumping off point for a space and a rug should be just that! They can stand up to a room full of color and are right at home in a completely neutral space.

SHOP THE COLLECTION

Sara Sugarman, the owner of Lulu and Georgia, and I have been talking about me designing a collection for them for a few years. We first teamed up when they produced a few of my wallpapers and even then we new we wanted to do rugs. At the beginning of 2018 I started sharing first my design directions with them. I knew I wanted a monochromatic/tone on tone rug, and my own modern versions of a kilim and beni ourain. They said go for it, so I put pencil to paper and began sketching out my ideas.

Whenever I’m designing a product collection I like to first draw out everything that comes to mind freely without being critical. It is the mind dump of the visual world. Then I continue adding to the pile over time and see what works and what starts coming together. I put my favorites up on a wall to live with, edit them, and then sketch some more, until finally distilling them down to a final selection. From there I bring it into the computer where I tweak them a bit further and add color.

SHOP THE COLLECTION

The next step in the process is where I then took the collection to Lulu and Georgia and we sat together pouring over the materials available. We chose a natural wool and viscose blend which has beautiful color variation and is soft to the touch. All of the rugs are flatweave construction and are ethically handwoven by artisans in India. The flatweave was important to me because they feel casual and relaxed. Finally I chose thread colors to match and sampling began. We got our first round of samples about a year ago when we further edited and had another round of samples and edits before finally getting into production!

And boom, a year later here we are! 😂.

I’ve always been a big fan of Sara and what she has built with Lulu and Georgia, a female owned an operated business that simply gets it right. I couldn’t think of a better partner to bring the collection to life!

By now have you might recognize the shoot location for the collection in the photos above. We shot them at my #ClientTrullbrooks house! So you get a few more peeks around the house that I haven’t shot yet.

SHOP THE COLLECTION

I designed these rugs before we even bought the #samuelfamikyfixer but as I started thinking about furnishing it I realized the rug collection was made for the house. I can’t wait wait to style them in my own spaces. I’ve been living with the ivory arches in our family room and it has been divine!

All the rugs pictured above on their own are showing the designs in the 8×10 size but we have a variety of sizes from 3×5 to a runner to 9×12 (with an even bigger size to be released soon!) and don’t forget we have pillows too!

Whenever I launch a new collection it feels like I am putting a bit of myself into the world and I really did pour myself into this one. I hope you guys love it as much as I do! So get on over to lulu & georgia and check it out! Lulu and Georgia also put this video together about the launch.

Oh and to get the best out of your rugs… I like to mention if you’re using the rugs in a hard surface like wood or tile, I recommend getting a 1/2 felt rug pad for the larger sizes, this one is my favorite, and this one, with a rubber lining, for anything under an 8×10 size. They give a little cushion and keep the rug in place.

Our New Backyard and Summer Essentials

As soon as the snow melted we were on top of getting our backyard set up for summer and I am so excited to share the result! Last year we landed at our #SamuelFamilyFixer in Michigan halfway through summer and it was just too too short of a season. We had no furniture, outside of a couple odd inflatables, so lounging by the pool wasn’t even doable (and not like we had much time with the impending renovation). So this summer we were ON it… we knew we had to replace all the tile around the top of the pool as it was constantly falling off and our pool looked like it was missing a whole lot of teeth so that was first on our list.

Then when it came time to furnish the largest outdoor space I’ve ever furnished, it was daunting for sure. I’ve worked with CB2 before and use their furniture all the time (you probably have noticed) so when they said they wanted to do a story on our outdoor space I was ALL in. The only problem was that two weeks before the scheduled shoot our pool and backyard looked like this!

We had 4 days to pick tile so my options were VERY limited. I needed to find something local, in stock, white (my only stipulation), one that is rated for pools in freeze/thaw conditions AND it had to fit in the same footprint as the existing tile (i.e. be the same size). NBD! We went to a local showroom called Virginia Tile and they had almost exactly what I had in mind and I was able to get it in 2 days time. PHEW! It was porcelain and non glazed (which meant it would stand up to the harsh winters), white, and fit into the current spacing. Done and Done (limitations can sometimes really make for the easiest decisions).

In a perfect world the only thing I would have changed was instead of three 2″ square tiles I would have done one 2″ x 6″ but we found the winner and two days before the shoot, after the tile guys finished, we had two giant tanker trucks pull up and fill the pool with water.

And then the angels sang….

The trees exploded with green just a few days before as well and it all feel right into place. Now we have been reveling in these long hot summer days by the pool and it’s become the gathering place I could only dream of.

SHOP THE LOOK! (and right now it is all on sale. up to 40% off!)

Sunset Teak Lounge // Basket Planter // Round Sun Shade // Lodi Sun Lounger // Terrazzo Side Tables // Terrazzo Coffee Table // Bongo Side Tables // Bizert Outdoor Corner // Bizert Outdoor Armless Chair // Moda Terrazzo Dining Table // Pink Bistro Chairs // Lineal Planter

We’ve been having most of our dinners out here now and I couldn’t be happier about it. So much so that I am not even thinking about the having to cover all this up for winter. NOPE, REFUSING TO THINK ABOUT IT! ;) Happy Summer!

Oh and have you seen me over on CB2? To see more of my backyard and to read through the interview click here!

My dress is a couple seasons old but you can find similar here at Nordstrom or here at Need Supply

This post was done in collaboration with CB2, photos by CB2

Trullbrook Master Bath Reveal

a serene neutral master bath // sarah sherman samuel

Oh hey, it’s reveal day! For one of my all time favorite bathrooms that I have sat on for over two years now. eh hemm. I have had a busy few years, what can I say? ha The good news is I still love this bathroom as much as the first day and I am thrilled to share it with you in its’ full glory.

a serene neutral master bath // sarah sherman samuel
a serene neutral master bath // sarah sherman samuel
a serene neutral master bath // sarah sherman samuel

This bathroom renovation was close to my heart because, for one, it is the home of a good friend but also because, hello brown wall to wall carpet in the bathroom. EW! I take great pity on anyone that still has to endure the trend in the 80s/90s of carpeting a bathroom. I am happy we got it out of here and even more happy we got our navy shag out of our master bathroom in the #samuelfamilyfixer.

Along with carpet removal we had to bust out about 27 walls (ok more like 5 but close enough). See the design plans here to see how we reconfigured the entire space to give Jaimi and Matt their dream bathroom.

a serene neutral master bath // sarah sherman samuel
a serene neutral master bath // sarah sherman samuel
a serene neutral master bath // sarah sherman samuel

Jaimi wanted a serene, neutral bathroom but one that was still full of visual interest. Nuanced might be her favorite adjective to describe her style (mine too). The monochromatic pattern play from the mix of tiles and the gorgeous taupey marble slab along with the extra long custom double vanity delivered on all accounts.

a serene neutral master bath // sarah sherman samuel
a serene neutral master bath // sarah sherman samuel
a serene neutral master bath // sarah sherman samuel
a serene neutral master bath // sarah sherman samuel
a serene neutral master bath // sarah sherman samuel
a serene neutral master bath // sarah sherman samuel
a serene neutral master bath // sarah sherman samuel

Having a previous career in the beauty business the homeowner Jaimi has a healthy amount of product and creating the custom vanity also opened up the opportunity to give her the truly customized storage. We packed in shallow drawers on each side of the seated vanity so everything is at her fingertips.

a serene neutral master bath // sarah sherman samuel
a serene neutral master bath // sarah sherman samuel

Et voila! A choppy cramped and dated bathroom turned into a spacious zen retreat. Make sure to scope out the before photos here!

and see more spaces from #clienttrullbrooks here.

Matte White Tiles // Archer Pendant Lights // Mirrors // Sinks // Plumbing Fixtures // Vanity is custom // Vanity mirror is custom

sss for concrete collaborative tile!

festoon, new LA event space // Sarah Sherman Samuel

I am in New York at ICFF where we are officially officially launching the tile collection I designed for Concrete Collaborative today!! It has been over a year in the making, I finalized the patterns in March of last year and the first production test run went right to install at the creative studio and event space of my friends at “Festoon“!

I was thrilled to create this series of five for Concrete Collaborative (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). With crisp patterns and clean lines, Concrete Collaborative’s tiles are crafted using careful consistency and superior design. I have seen A LOT of cement tiles in my day and the quality is all over the map. CC’s quality really stands out and they are made locally in California so it was a no brainer. 

The tiles are ideal for both interior and exterior applications. My series of five consists of linear designs which can be combined and arranged to create endless pattern opportunities.

 

The tiles are created in a beautiful lilac hue that I used in Festoon, but can come in all Concrete Collaborative’s wide range of color options. I pulled a chart together of a few of my favorite color combos below.

 

And speaking of ALL those different pattern options that you can create, I’ve illustrated a few of my favorites below.

 

The curve of the arch my be my favorite but the stripes are modern and classic at the same time.  

 

 

The single line design creates patterns that are reminiscent of subway tile but with all the character and beautiful tonality of the encaustic tile, it is a major upgrade. A modern version of a traditional staple. 

 

Above are all ideas using just one tile from the series but the best part is when you mix and match the different designs to create repeat patterns or larger motifs that can read more as a mural. Here are a few utilizing the series to help get your creativity flowing with all the options.

 

 

 

I have put all the designs in my shop so you can find them easily but you can order them directly through Concrete Collaborative with their online shop ConcreteLove.com. You can find them all here.

I can’t wait to see these in some of your homes. #sssxconcretecollaborative.

Photos of Festoon by Marisa Vitale

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