before and after

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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Mandy Moore’s Family Room Tour

I’m wrapping up the tours of our Moore Residence project today with the very last one in the family room. The space’s dreamy color palette is the sum of different hues that were woven throughout the house as if this one room ties the whole project together.

Just like the rest of the house, the family room was stripped down to its barest form in order to take it back to its mid-century roots, while simultaneously propelling it forward to the current century. The biggest project to tackle in this space was the fireplace wall which was part of the early 90’s renovation that was a disservice to the mid-century home. We removed the granite surround and curved lines from the fireplace and re-surfaced it using Fireclay’s thin bricks to make it more authentic to the time period.

From the beginning we knew we wanted to create a long floating bench/hearth that ran the entire length of the wall and Emily Farnham, the architect, came up with the idea to make it a custom palladiana terrazzo bench, which is now easily the show piece of the room. She created a few mock-ups of the terrazzo digitally and from there we went marble tile shopping. Once we picked out our palette of marble tiles we went to work busting the pieces up and hand placed each of the aggregate pieces along the bench so we could get our ideal composition. It was so fun rolling up our sleeves and getting our hands a little dirty on the job site, even if I was about 8 months pregnant. From there the pros, Cisneros Terrazzo came in and made all the magic happen.

The sofa was another important piece in the space, with its position floating in the most central space of the house, the back of the sofa needed to be visually considered just as much as the front. When I saw Croft House’s sofa and the detailing on the back cushions it was an easy sell. Not only are the leather straps and the wood accents stunning, but the sofa itself has a deep seat and soft upholstered arms and cushions which makes it perfect for curling up to watch TV. It really is that elusive winning combination of tailored and comfortable.

And finally, the coffee table… my coffee table! I have been working on developing my own line of furniture and “The Pentwater Round” which is seen here, as well as the “Pentwater Octagon” (which you may remember from the Christopher Kennedy Showhouse and my desert A-frame), are the very first pieces. 4th Period Woodshop did an incredible job bringing my design to life for this custom one for Mandy. With our move, and other changes in the studio, the table has yet to be released. If you’d like to inquire about a custom piece you can contact our studio through shop@sarahshermansamuel .com or sign up for our newsletter here to be notified when it is available for purchase.

A view from the kitchen shows the flow between the two rooms.

Natural elements like stone, wood, leather and fur are accented with refined touches of brass and velvet to create a welcoming mix of masculine and feminine and a perfect example of the relaxed but edited aesthetic that I’m always looking to create.

Let’s take a quick trip back to see where we started…

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To see all the tours and progress of the Moore Residence project, check here.

Shop the Look: Pentwater Round Coffee Table – by Sarah Sherman Samuel // Fireplace Tile by Fireclay Tile // Sofa by Croft House // Floor Lamp from Jayson Home // Wood Stool from Jayson Home // Armchairs from Anthropologie // Gold Side Table from Jayson Home //Bench – Vintage and Reupholstered in Fabricut Lavender Velvet //  Brass Coffee Table Bowls from Jayson Home // Decorative Wooden Bowl from Crate & Barrel // Square Throw Pillow from Barneys //Mudcloth Pillow from Etsy // Sheepskin Throw from Amazon // Custom Commisioned Art by Cindy Hsu Zell // Turkish Kilim Rug – Vintage // Green Marble Decorative Object From Anthropologie // Brass Footed Bowls

Interior Architecture by Emily Farnham 
Interior Design by Sarah Sherman Samuel
Photography by Tessa Neustadt 
Built by Bronstruction

Moore Residence Library Tour

I saved a couple of the best room tours in our Mandy Moore house project for last… one is the library nook that we carved out of an un-used hallway by creating the built-in sofa to cozy up in and shelves to house Taylor’s book collection.  As you will see in some of the before photos below, there was already some traditional wood bookshelves along one wall, but we scrapped those and re-worked the layout completely. I wanted to delineate the space more into its’ own room and by adding shelves in some areas and taking away shelves in others, we did exactly that. We also added swing sconces over the sofa and swapped out the peaked “mall skylight”, as architect Emily Farnham coined it, for a more streamlined option. The end result is a quiet moment in the house that makes a huge impact.

I still dream of that color velvet. We went back and forth on the fabric for this sofa for months. At first it was going to be a green cotton canvas and we must have looked at a couple dozen shades of green, however there was already a lot of green in the house. We then looked at some shades of blue and almost landed on a chambray but then there was taupe and a puddy/lavender and maybe a warm grey?… but every swatch we went back and forth on there was always one person that wasn’t 100% on board between Mandy, Taylor, Emily and myself. It wasn’t until I found the ochre colored velvet(or “whiskey” to be exact) that brought on a very quick unanimous hell yes! And now I couldn’t imagine it any other way.

Now let’s peek back at the before…

 

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See all of the progress and tours of our Mandy Moore Residential project here. 

Shop the Look: Custom Built-in Sofa in Fabricut Velvet // Arm Sconces From PhotonicStudio // Teak Stool From Grandin Road // Rug – Vintage // Ceramic Bowl From Spartan Shop // Planter From Spartan Shop // Ivory Vase From CB2 // Ceramic Boat Tray From Etsy // White Spike Planter From Jayson Home // Artwork by Claire Oswalt 

Interior Architecture by Emily Farnham 
Interior Design by Sarah Sherman Samuel
Photography by Tessa Neustadt 
Built by Bronstruction

Mandy Moore Jack & Jill Bathroom Tour

Between the two guest bedrooms in our Moore Residential project is a shared jack & jill bathroom, or as one reader commented, it should be called a Jack & Rebecca bath! No matter what it’s called it sure does have it all. And by all I mean ALL the things I could ever want in a bathroom. Poured terrazzo floors with a custom brass inlay (designed by yours truly), check… a freestanding bathtub with modern lines perfect for a bath caddy, check… gold toned fixtures, check … stunning handmade tile, check… that Mercedes Benz of toilets, check… every single detail in this space was poured over by myself, Emily Farnham (interior Architect), Mandy, Bronstruction (the builders) and Cisneros Terrazzo (the folks that executed my inlay pattern and who made the terrazzo flooring throughout the house.

If I had a nickel for every time I got a “where did that _____ come from” in regards to this bathroom from the sneak peeks on IG, I would have A LOT of nickels. Outside of the custom pieces, the tile (from Fireclay) and the sconces (from Allied Maker), everything in this bathroom came from Wayfair. From the bathtub and faucets, right down to the soap dish and towels… all Wayfair! (All the links are at the bottom of the post). So without further ado, let’s get on to the tour…

terrazzo floors with brass inlay // custom by sarah sherman samuel // mandy moore homeWe went with poured-on-site terrazzo throughout the entire house but I knew I wanted to do something extra special with the flooring in this centrally located bathroom. I created the geometric pattern to scale and the Cisneros guys painstakingly brought it to life in brass, exactly as I drew it.

mandy moore guest bath // sarah sherman samuelNow I want to take you back to what we started with…

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The previous vanity jutted too far into the space, it not only had a large footprint but it also added so much unnecessary visual weight to the room with all the competing angles, the shelving, and the raised panel doors. Essentially, it had a lot going on and in the interest of opening the space up and bringing it back to its’ modern roots we replaced it with a paired down custom floating vanity.

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Shot by Trevor Tondro for Architectural Digest

As you can see the vanity no longer takes up heaps of the room. Also a vast improvement is the replacement of the glass block wall with a floor to ceiling window. In the original design, as Harold Zook intended, there was actually an exterior glass door where the glass block window was. Without the need of a door, Emily thought it best to replace it with a single glass window which more closely resembles the original design. Oh and there is an electric roller blind at the top that is on a switch so you can get some privacy at the push of a button (I know you were wondering).

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guest bathroom // brass terrazzo, mandy moore // sarah sherman samuelThe tiny phone booth style shower was nixed and replaced with a glass enclosure, further opening up the space and the freestanding soaker bathtub is a major upgrade from the small alcove tub.

See all of the progress and tours of our Mandy Moore Residential project here. 

 

Shop the Look: Sink Faucets from Wayfair // Tub Faucets from Wayfair //  Tub Trim from Wayfair //Bathtub Drain from Wayfair //  Bathtub from Wayfair // Shower Trim from Wayfair // Shower Head from Wayfair // Shower Drain from Wayfair  // Wall Mount Hand Shower from Wayfair// Sinks from Wayfair // Toilet From Wayfair // Vanity Mirrors from Wayfair // Sconces from Allied Maker // Hand Soap & Lotion from Aesop // Bath Towels from Wayfair // Hand Towel from Wayfair // Soap Dish from Wayfair // Waste Basket from Wayfair // Custom Bathtub Caddy by Lee Sherman + Sarah Sherman Samuel // Volakas Marble slab from Stoneland // Fireclay Tile in “Rosemary”in 3×6

Interior Architecture by Emily Farnham 
Interior Design by Sarah Sherman Samuel
Photography by Tessa Neustadt 
Built by Bronstruction

Mandy Moore Second Guest Bedroom Tour

I’ve got a new room tour from our Mandy Moore residential project that we have been keeping under wraps until now! Most of the house has a soft color palette, without a lot of high contrast, but we wanted to have some fun in one of the guest bedrooms with this bold graphic look. Stripes on stripes on stripes, with some beautiful natural textures like linen bedding from Parachute and caning on the Modernica headboard, to keep it from looking too stark.

This guest room was done more on the budget friendly side of the spectrum pulling a lot from some of my favorite accessible brands like CB2, Zara Home, and Cedar & Moss. The CB2 nightstand and sconce combo is one hot pairing and the Blockshop prints were a late addition to the design but were the perfect fit.

Let’s take a look at what we started with…

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Dark floors and dark curtains were absorbing all that light. We used Farrow & Ball’s “All White” for all the interior paint and the light terrazzo floors certainly help brighten up the space.

To see all the tours and progress of the Moore Residence project, so far, check here.

Shop the Look: Ceiling Pendant From Cedar & Moss //Bed From Horne // Side Table From CB2 // Bedside Sconces From Urban Outfitters // Rug From Nordic Knots // Bedding From Parachute // Throw Pillow From Etsy // Throw Blanket From The Citizenry //  Glass & Carafe From Crate & Barrel // Black Candleholder From Zara Home // Left Artwork From Block Shop // Right Artwork From Block Shop // Leather Valet Tray From Zara Home //

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

Mandy Moore Living Room Tour

The living room and dining room in our Moore Residence project was thankfully relatively spared of from from the 90’s renovation. The original brickwork and copper fireplace remained in tact. The copper hood needed to be refinished and the brick planter needed restoration, but the space still had all the wonderful features from the original architect, Harold b Zook. One of the favorites of Emily and I was how the brick walls play with the relationship of the indoor and outdoor spaces. They intersect the floor to ceiling windows as they continue from the exterior into the interior which carries your eye through, blurring the line between the two.

When it came to furnishing these spaces I wanted to keep that exterior view and the architecture the star of the show while still matching its’ unique qualities. I looked for pieces that were low profile, sculptural, and modern but still warm. We worked with AllModern to completely furnish this room!  That is right,  everything you see in this space, aside from the piano and the custom drapery, you can find AllModern. It was such a fun challenge to source everything from one place while still giving it my artful, modern, and unique touch, but I think we more than pulled it off. I actually thought of that sofa when I first saw the room and begged Mandy to put it there. It was made for that little nook and I was thrilled to find out AllModern carried it.

Mandy and Taylor only had a few requirements for this room. They wanted it to have a piano and a place to play records. Done and done. I’ve found that so many people who have a more formal living room hardly use the space but I’ve loved seeing how they are able to enjoy this room through Mandy’s IG stories while Taylor plays the piano. On our few install days and while we were shooting the space, he would often sneak off to the room and his music would fill the house, it was pretty magical and definitely not your everyday interiors shoot!

Now lets all remember how it looked before…

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To see all the tours and progress of the Moore Residence project, check here. And there’s more to come!

Also right now you can shop an AllModern curated sale here that is alllll about this room!

Shop the Look: Bench from AllModern  // Sofa from AllModern // Accent Chair from All Modern // Coffee Tables from AllModern // Tall Wood Accent Table from AllModern // Short Wood Accent Table from AllModern // Floor Lamp from AllModern // Rug from AllModern // Credenza from AllModern // Table Lamps from AllModern // Artwork from AllModern // Wood Chain From AllModern //

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