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A-frame Finished Kitchen Update!

a-frame finished kitchen renovation semihandmade sarah sherman samuel As promised, I wanted to finally share the final images of our A-frame kitchen! We put the last final touches in the room like a rug and, most importantly, the hardware (from Ikea!) and you might also notice that we upgraded the cabinet fronts to my SSS signature collection with Semihandmade! Just in time for us to sell the house. Wha whaaa ha! But I love having the detail of the grooves and how it elevates the whole space with that extra layer of subtle pattern. And since we already had the Ikea cabinets in there, it was a super easy update by just swapping out the doors. 

a-frame finished kitchen renovation semihandmade sarah sherman samuela-frame finished kitchen renovation semihandmade sarah sherman samuela-frame finished kitchen renovation semihandmade sarah sherman samuelThis green color isn’t available yet, as we are still developing it, trying to get the perfect shade (I got the first test run!) but we are hoping to have “juniper” ready this year. If you’re dying for the green color you can always go with Semi-handmade’s DIY route, like what I had in here before and paint the fronts or have them painted to whatever color you wish. It’s a big deal to get a custom color done with thermafoil and to get it to pass Semihandmade’s high quality standards, so it’s still a work in progress at the moment. 

But lucky for the new buyer! And actually lucky for me too, because we happen to be friends with the new owners and will still be revisiting this place in the future! (are you sensing a trend? We also revisit our Michigan cabin each summer even though we sold it a few years back. What can I say, I get attached. ha) Anyway… I’m excited to share that Caroline and Jayden (of team Woodnote) and her brother Robert are the proud new owners of #samuelaframe! You might remember them because they are also part owners of light lab the creative space I designed a couple years back and that wasn’t even the first time we worked together. You might also remember they shot one of the very first lookbooks from my product line, which was then called “a sunny afternoon” and we also have our print collab too! 

a-frame finished kitchen renovation semihandmade sarah sherman samuela-frame finished kitchen renovation semihandmade sarah sherman samuelAnd guess what?! lucky for everyone they are going to be renting it out a la Airbnb, which we had always intended to do but instead sold it so we can get a bigger main house for our newly expanded family. I will be sure to update this post with a live link when they are ready for renters and since we will be taking most of the furniture with us you guys will get to follow along on how we are going to make this space a whole lot more colorful to fit Caroline, Jayden & Robert’s more bold and playful aesthetic. That’s right we are going to go ahead and redecorate the whole place. Stay tuned! Oh and more on our future family plans soon too! 

To see all of our A-frame renovation posts, and before and after’s check here.

Sources: Cabinet Doors by Sarah Sherman Samuel for Semihandmade // Hardware from Ikea // Rug is vintage from Frances Loom // 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  // Sconces by Cedar and Moss  // Fridge by Kitchenaid // Paint color is “Polar Bear” by Behr on walls and “Chard” on cabinets // Wood Cutting/Serving boards by Sarah Sherman Samuel

Spotlight on Clad Home

Palm Springs A-Frame // Sarah Sherman Samuel I received loads of questions about our sofa in the A-frame since it was a customized version of Clad Home’s Melrose sofa and there are so many choices for modifications. It is my favorite sofa I’ve had, to date, 10 feet of modern beauty and I’m sharing all the details today. I’ve found that some people are intimidated by custom furniture because they can get overwhelmed by too many variables or they associate customization with a huge price tag. Well I’m here to tell you that neither have to be the case!

When I first came across the Melrose sofa online by Clad Home I knew that was the one. The low sleek silhouette had me at hello and with a starting price of around $1,200 it was an affordable option as well. You can go through the ordering process online and over the phone but since the shop is local I was able to pay them a visit and order the sofa in person. Rosa, the owner, was helpful in guiding me towards and away from certain fabrics and it was also great to see all the options in person so I could make a quick decision. I went with the “Ireland Ivory” which is 100% polyester but looks and feels like linen. That fabric has been discontinued but they recommend anyone that is looking for the same fabric to use one called Klein White which is a close match.

Clad Home SSS Tour // Sarah Sherman SamuelClad Home Showroom // Sarah Sherman SamuelClad Home Melrose // Sarah Sherman SamuelBut warning if you go into the shop you might leave with more than just a sofa. That leather woven chair in the bottom right of the photo above was REALLY calling my name.

Sarah Sherman Samuel a-frame In addition to the fabric customization, you have the length and depth of the sofa to choose. I kept the depth the same as the base sofa (40″) but stretched ours out to 120″. The next thing we looked at was the cushion set-up. I loved the look of the two back cushions with one long base cushion but, since our sofa was so long, we went with three back cushions and kept the base cushion to one long one.

One upgrade you can do is in the stitching. I chose to do top-stitched seams and they offer other styles, such as double stitched or welted, but I liked the extra detail in the topstitch.

Another upgrade I did was in the cushions…for a more streamlined or structured look you can go with the standard foam, but I wanted mine to look a little more relaxed and fuller so I upgraded to their “Trillium” cushion fill which is a polyester fill that mimics down but without triggering my husbands allergies.

And probably most importantly for a household with kids Clad Home‘s sofas are all non-toxic. They use sustainably sourced materials, zero-VOC glues, no toxic flame retardant chemicals and all of their furniture is made right here in LA. So if the design wasn’t enough to win you over, that might!

So to recap the sofa that I chose is:

Melrose Sofa
Custom Length 120″ x 40″
Natural Legs
Ask for Klein White fabric
Top-Stitched Seams
Trillium Cushions
Three back cushions/one base cushion

See more of our A-frame here.

A-frame Master Bedroom Before & After

master bedroom reveal // before & after // sarah sherman samuelExcited to share the reveal of our A-frame master bedroom! We kept things minimal and let the bed take center stage, grounded it with a large vintage rug to soften the tile floors and added my own cactus prints to continue the desert vibes on this inside.

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Parachute bedding and a DIY pillow (which you can find here) keep things simple and bright.

master bedroom reveal // before & after // sarah sherman samuelmaster bedroom reveal // before & after // sarah sherman samuelThe main thing we did in here was rip out the carpet, paint (polar bear by Behr), and install the tile flooring. You might remember that for the longest time this space served as a storage/dumping ground during construction so I am happier than ever to have this clutter free resting place, perfect for our relaxing getaway from the city.

And now for the side by side before and after.

master bedroom reveal // before & after // sarah sherman samuelInsert me right here, right now please!

Shop the Look:
Bed from Anthropologie // Rug is vintage from Frances Loom // Lumbar pillow is a DIY (see post here) // Bedding is by Parachute // Throw Pillows from Loom Goods // Gold Curtain Rod // Curtains from Ikea // Side tables from High Fashion Home // Cactus prints (by me, one day I will get my prints in the shop) // Pendant light (can’t find exact but similar here and here)

Photos by Sarah Sherman Samuel

For more on our A-frame renovation check here. 

A-frame Outdoor Tour: Before & After

a-frame - outdoor space tour - before & after - sarah sherman samuelIt is just starting to get into the really good season for Palm Springs so I am ecstatic to take full advantage of all the outdoor space at the A-frame and I am equally thrilled to be able to share the full exterior tour today! We worked on the landscaping of the a-frame bit by bit over the last couple years so while I was going through old photos it made me realize just how far we’ve come. You may recognize the photo above if you subscribe to Sunset Magazine. We were completely honored to be September’s cover story!!

BEFORE

Here is a reminder of how it looked when we first purchased it. The yard was incredibly overgrown with so many weird, broken, and downright scary features like a human sized bird cage (one of multiple cages actually), a cess pit (basically a giant open hole in the ground that all the sewage dumps into), and dead trees that were due to fall over at any time. The first thing we did was clean it up, we had to rent a big construction dumpster to get rid of everything (twice).  But eventually, after all of the clean up, tree and miscellaneous shed and cage removal, paint, and more paint, adding plants, crushed rock, and some furniture, filling in a non functional koi pond, taking out a bridge that literally led to no where, a large broken fountain, two defunct hot tubs and a swamp cooler, and replacing the entire roof, we made it to here…

AFTER

A while back I posted about a few of my outdoor plans and shared how Wayfair really helped to deck out the exterior rooms. We created the dining area in the front of the house (which took the place of an old fountain) using their concrete stools as seating, paired with an Ikea dining table and Target chairs. I found these cushions on H&M which were the perfect size for the stools.

The only thing left on my list to do is to replace that zig zag patterned board below the window but lets pretend it is not there for now.

a-frame - outdoor space tour - before & after - sarah sherman samuelProduct Sources:
Front Dining Area: Concrete Stools from Wayfair // Dining Table from Ikea // Seat Cushions from H&M // Side Chairs from Target (no longer available find similar here)

BEFORE

If you continue around to the side of the house we come to the patio off the bedroom. I wanted to make this into a relaxing spot for morning coffee and mountain views so we added some lounge chairs and an umbrella.

AFTER

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BEFORE

Just off the patio, looking towards the mountains, is a big open space that was begging for a gathering area. Shortly after we bought the property a big storm came through and blew down the fence you see here. After replacing the fence and cleaning up the landscaping, we added this beautiful fire pit and butterfly chair grouping from Wayfair (inspired by The Parker, one of our favorite PS spots) which is just calling for some late night chats.

AFTER

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Product Sources:
Fire Pit and Bedroom Patio Area: Butterfly Chair from Wayfair // Fire Pit from Wayfair // Lounge Chairs and cushions from Ikea // Umbrella from Hayneedle

BEFORE

Back around to the front of the house is the main entrance where there was a pergola on its’ last legs. We tore it down and built a new one to match, and extended the living area out onto the patio with some outdoor furniture.

AFTER

a-frame - outdoor space tour - before & after - sarah sherman samuela-frame - outdoor space tour - before & after - sarah sherman samuela-frame - outdoor space tour - before & after - sarah sherman samuela-frame - outdoor space tour - before & after - sarah sherman samuelI couldn’t find an outdoor rug large enough for the space that I liked so I ended up buying four 5’x7′ ones of these from Target and layering them. I also couldn’t find a large outdoor coffee table that I loved that didn’t cost an arm and a leg so I DIY’ed this one out of an Ikea dining table top and used three stoneware planter pots as the feet (do you want to see this in a separate post? this one is already the longest one ever!).

a-frame - outdoor space tour - before & after - sarah sherman samuela-frame - outdoor space tour - before & after - sarah sherman samuelThe modern lines of this outdoor sofa had me at first glance. Last weekend we all sat out here on it in the early early hours and it was SO quiet and still and peaceful. I never wanted to leave. You can see above how we filled in the dysfunctional koi pond, turning it into a plant bed and filled out the rest of the rocks with more plants as well.

a-frame - outdoor space tour - before & after - sarah sherman samuelThis was a shot from our Sunset magazine shoot, in my dreams I am right here, always… and maybe Archie is playing quietly to the side while I sip my cucumber water and read a really good book.  Ok but in reality it was 110 degrees and shortly after this shot Archie ran into the frame, grabbed an entire brick of cheese off the plate and took a big bite of bree, rind and all and I was off to set up the next photo. Buuut I do have to say, now that the weather is cooling down, I intend to get some real reading time in that chair even if it is limited to Archie’s nap time.

Product Sources:
Main Patio Area: Sofa from Wayfair // Rugs from Target // Hanging Chairs from Candelabra // Coffee Table DIY // Butterfly Chair from Wayfair // Cement Side Table from Wayfair // Side Table from Ikea // Woven Floor Cushions from CB2 // My Dress by Doen // Sandals by Kyma 

BEFORE

AFTER

a-frame - outdoor space tour - before & after - sarah sherman samuelWe always wanted to put a pool in this spot but once we got a 45K quote for the one I wanted I quickly came up with plan B and used a stock water tank as a little plunge pool to cool us down. I’ve seen a few of these around, Morgan from The Brick House painted hers white and since she lives in the desert as well, I figured she was on to something, plus I love the more finished look. Ours is still a work in progress as it still needs another coat of paint and we plan to hook it up to a small sand filter to keep the water clean but for now we have been just filling it up enough for Archie to splash around and then switching it out when needed but its just what we were looking for.

And that is pretty much the full tour! Somehow I forgot to shoot the clawfoot tub which is our outdoor shower, we have cleaned it up and it is one of my favorite features but I am claiming pregnancy brain because it is a real thing and the more pregnant I get the more I am forgetting.

Product Sources:
Pool Area: Stock Water Tank // Outdoor Chairs from HD Buttercup (find similar here)

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel // Except the ones I am in, those are by Thomas Story for Sunset Magazine (which you can tell because he is the real pro)

Special thanks to Wayfair for gifting some of the product that made my outdoor dreams possible.

A-frame exterior plans + progress

a-frame exterior - desert landscapingNow that construction is starting to wrap up on the inside of our A-frame, we have turned our attention to the exterior! The front yard, the back yard, the patios and all that good stuff. And as you can see we ended up going ALL white for the outside. We did it bit by bit, painting another section then living with it for a bit, and painting another section and living with it, and then finally we knew we had to go all the way.

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A-frame bathroom update

While we are on the subject of bathrooms… I’m excited to be talking about some plans in our A-frame bathroom, finally! If you remember from the “before tour” the bathroom was a scary black hole. The lights didn’t work so you couldn’t really see what was going on in there. Well the good news is, we got the lights working again, the bad news is it might have been better in the dark! Luckily I have teamed up with Kohler to breathe new life into the loo.

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Easing you into it… I thought I would share my plans for the space first. READ MORE