a-frame kitchen

A-frame Kitchen Before & After

We finished our A-frame cabin awhile back, just in time for the Sunset Mag cover shoot in August (still pinching myself on that) but we had quite the busy end of the year trying to wrap up a bunch of projects before our Clover girls’ arrival and I realized I never got a chance to share the full kitchen reveal!

Well almost full reveal. We still haven’t put hardware on the cabinets because I had the hardest time deciding and now that I designed my own, I can’t wait to get over there and put them on. I am also dying to put a rug down in there as well, but you get the picture. I’ll share the fully styled photos when I have them but I wanted to post these before I make an exciting announcement tomorrow! Plus I HAD to share this before and after. It is definitely one of the more dramatic transformations.  READ MORE

A-frame cabin update!

We recently spent a full week at the A-frame! It was our first overnight stay since we bought the place however when I say “at the A-frame”, I mean we camped in a rental RV in the driveway, so I am not sure if that really counts as out first night there. Construction is now relatively finished but we had no furniture and still had A LOT of clean-up to do.

Once the clean-up was finished we started moving in some of the furniture inside and out, and these two hanging chairs from Candelabra were the first to go up. Even this relatively small addition of furniture let me breath a sigh of relief and gave me a glimpse at how good the place can and will be when it is finished.

I just want to sit and swing on those beauties all day long. You might remember the sweet moment I captured with Rupe and Archie enjoying them from Instagram.

In other patio news… we made a small paint change since the paint debate a couple weeks back. First thank you guys so much for all of your input! It was great to get so many opinions and a few different ideas I hadn’t thought of. We took the first step towards painting more, by painting the rock that didn’t match the rest of the rock (and was mostly mortar) at the entry way and I have to say I do LOVE me some white paint. Who knows how far I will go but we are taking baby steps and living with it like this for a while.

Sources: Paint Color is Vapor by Benjamin Moore // Chairs from Candelabra

a-frame cabin kitchen // renovation // sarah sherman samuel a-frame cabin kitchen // renovation // sarah sherman samuel Meanwhile… in the kitchen we installed our Cedar & Moss sconces and the Semi-handmade floating shelf to pretty much finish things off in there. Now it just needs hardware and accessories oh and the doors to the tiny pantry (not shown) and its done!

I couldn’t love the handmade quality of the Fireclay tile any more and the super simple sconces keep things streamlined while still feeling special.

a-frame cabin kitchen // renovation // sarah sherman samuelWe got the refrigerator straightened out since my last post, as well as the doors on the white upper cabinets. In such a small kitchen I wanted to hide as many appliances as possible so we used a panel ready fridge (the refrigerator is behind the cabinet at the bottom left of the image) and used Ikea’s built-in extractor fan so we could hide it away in an upper cabinet and have a seamless bank of cabinets.

Sources: Cabinet Doors and Drawer Fronts by SemiHandmade (in the DIY slab style. Info on how I painted them, here) // Countertop is from Ikea // Sink, Ikea // Faucet from Homary // Tile by Fireclay (2 x 6 in Calcite) // Floating Shelf from SemiHandmade // Sconces by Cedar & Moss

bedroom nook - progressAnd finally… we have the beginnings of a bedroom – nook. So far all we have done is changed the flooring (from carpet to the wood-look tile) and paint, but I’ve got some plans for in here, just wait! It will still be simple but with a good amount of DIY to put my personal stamp on it. Also, yes it is sparse at the moment and needs a rug and such to warm things up, but if you want to see the power of that good ole white paint, check out the last photo in the before tour. Like the rest of the house, it too is on its’ way to somewhere good.

Sources: Interior Paint is Polar Bear by Behr // Bed from Urban Outfitters // Bedding from Urban Outfitters // Mobile from Target 

Catch up on all the progress in the A-frame here and see the before tour here.

a-frame kitchen progress + hardware round-up

kitchen-progress3 I’ve got some A-frame progress you guys(!), some very construction dust filled progress, but we are one step closer to a finished kitchen, so I will take it. If you’ve been following along, you already know that we went with Ikea cabinet bases but then chose Semi-handmade doors and drawer fronts for our A-frame kitchen. I love their DIY options (which we also used in our LA kitchen) because they come unfinished and ready for paint which means you get to pick any color your hearts desire. I painted ours months ago now, but we finally got them in! Well, at least the bottom ones. But yay green! You can read about my color choice and the painting process here. And now it is time to choose the hardware…best wood, brass, leather, concrete cabinet pulls knobs My original idea for the door hardware was to cut holes in the doors with my drill press to use as finger pulls but with a million other things on my to-do list, I completely forgot! Since the panels are already painted, and in Palm Springs, I am not about to bring them back to my workshop here, and I don’t trust a hand drill for a job like that, so on to plan B we go. I started searching for some more unique hardware options than my go to brass pulls and pulled together (no pun intended) my favorites from wood, to leather, to concrete.

I am loving wood hardware lately but with the wood countertops, I’m thinking leather or concrete might be the way to go.


Stealth // Meacham // Mid-Century Modern // Reedsport // Kaboom // Half Moon Rounds

Leather Loop // Salamanca Knob // Kennaston Pull // Leather Recessed // Multi Leather Pulls // Leather Bin Pull // Leather Pull // Leather Drawer Pull // XL Leather Pulls

Concrete Knobs // Betty Concrete // Cement Disk // Yoko Knobs // Cement Pillars // The Bunker 


kitchen-progressOh and it feels so good to have our appliances in and I delight in a thing called an undercounter fridge. You might remember we did the same thing with our cabin in Michigan and I didn’t miss having a full sized fridge once. Being a vacation home, we aren’t stock piling away groceries for the long haul, so by moving it to below the counter it frees up much needed visual space and adds more work surface area. My other favorite thing about this fridge is that we went with a “panel ready” option, so we had Semi-Handmade make a door front to match the rest of the cabinets and it blends in seamlessly (err, it will be seamless once we level the fridge that is, right now the unit is a bit crooked and covered with dust, but do you see how good it will be, do you see?! If you squint and imagine it all clean it helps, I swear by it).

kitchen-progress2 We still have quite a list of things to do, more painting, lights, skim coating the far wall, figuring out doors for the spice cabinet, toe kicks etc, but I couldn’t wait to share how it is looking with the base cabinets in and the floating shelf up! I also couldn’t help but take a look back at the before photo to see how far we’ve come.

kitchen-BEFORESlowly but surely we are bringing this dark and dated gem of a place into this century. Now if only we could stop running into silly problems that keep eating up our budget like new roofs, and septic systems and such. Septic schmeptic, I want my leather sling chairs!

Catch up on all the A-frame progress here.

Additional Sources:
Tile by Fireclay Tile (2×6 in Calcite) // Faucet from Homary // Cabinet doors and drawer fronts by Semi-Handmade (DIY slab style) // Range and self circulating range hood by Ikea // Countertops from Ikea  // Floating Shelf from Semi-Handmade // Sink from Ikea  //

a-frame update – pergola, grout, appliances oh my

new pergola constructionOut with the old and in with the new. We tore down the old pergola which was completely rotted, and about to fall down on its’ own at any moment, and the new one is up! And now we have to decide on the exterior paint color! Currently it is a dark brown and I am thinking we either go (cough cough) charcoal or ivory. Of course we painted our old michigan cabin charcoal and our current LA house charcoal so I am thinking it might be time to branch out a bit. You know take a walk on the wild side and go with white. haha

I did a quick quick photoshop job to get an idea of what the light would look like. white-or-blackNot my best rendering work but if you squint and move your head side to side you might get an idea of how it will look painted white. I kind of love it, but charcoal still knows how to pull my heart strings. What’s your pick?

kitchen faucet Meanwhile on the inside…


A-frame kitchen progress

kitchen-progress-a-frame-cabin3-copyHiiiiii! Can you tell how relieved I am to finally have some progress to share on our money pit fixer a-frame? Well it seems like aside from the laundry room and a new roof, not much has been done but finally the kitchen is getting put back together, as we speak. Our new contractor has been great so far. He’s our third one! I guess the desert is notorious for squirrely contractors (I probably wouldn’t want to work in that heat either), but the a/c is now working and cabinets and countertops and tile are going in.   READ MORE

A-frame Progress

a-frame living room - progressSoooo, things are going a bit slower than I’d like over at the A-frame but I’ve got an update, a costly mistake, and some major demo to share…. READ MORE