bri emery

Bri’s low-lift kitchen reno

a kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuelI am often asked for advice on how to update kitchens on a budget or without too much work and with this kitchen we pulled out all the tricks. It is the kitchen of Bri Emery of Design Love Fest, we gave her kitchen a major upgrade with almost no heavy lifting and I’m here to tell you all the secrets.

a kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuela kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuelFirst thing first, we got pretty lucky… when Bri and I met to chat about what she wanted to do in her kitchen, the first thing I checked was who made her existing cabinets and we both celebrated when we found out it was already an Ikea kitchen. The reason for the big celebration was because that meant we could use the SemiHandmade doors and drawer fronts that I designed without having to change out any of her cabinet boxes (which also meant we didn’t have to touch the beautiful marble countertops either).  All we had to do was swap out the Ikea doors and drawer fronts for the SemiHandmade ones for a different look. It really is the ultimate Ikea hack.

When Bri bought the house it had just undergone a complete renovation. The finishes were well chosen for a flip so while they might not have had a ton of personality, the kitchen wasn’t offensive in anyway. There was already the great marble countertops (remember how when I did her dining room we added an overhang behind the range so we could add a seating area with stools?) but when paired with white semi-gloss flat cabinets, white shiny subway tile, and brushed nickel/stainless hardware, overall the space was pretty cookie cutter. It didn’t reflect the personality or style that Bri is known for.

a kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuela kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuelAnother simple way of updating a kitchen that we’ve all heard 100 times, but if you haven’t tried you will be surprised as to just how much it works, is switching out the cabinet hardware. The silver ones she had were nice and modern but by using a more unique shape and color, the whole space fees more bespoke. We used the hardware I designed for Park Studio in the half moon, and the ottawa.

a kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuela kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuela kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuelNext was where things did get a little construction dirty but for a full kitchen update it was pretty minimal and only took a couple days (like 3!). We had her backsplash demolished and re-tiled with this stunning Tabarka Studio tile. It is a cement tile with a brass inlay and after mulling over the backsplash tile for months, we saw this one and knew it was it. I then created a more unexpected pattern using them vertically on one half and horizontally on the other half, having the pattern meet in the middle on the diagonal.

a kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuelAnd finally, in order to utilize some vertical wasted space, we added a SemiHandmade floating shelf above a bank of cabinets to give her some extra surface area for storage and utility items.

a kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuelIf all that is still too much for your budget or time commitment and you are desperate for a change in the kitchen… lay down a new rug, and pick some fresh flowers for an instant kitchen pick me up.

Shop the look:
Cabinet Doors by Sarah Sherman Samuel for SemiHandmade, On Ikea Cabinets // Hardware by Sarah Sherman Samuel for Park Studio // Tile by Tabarka Studio // Stools from All Modern // Glass Storage Canisters  // Mortar and Pestle by Sheldon Ceramics 
Pink vase by Lux Eros // Cutting Board

Images by Tessa Neustadt

Here’s a look at a couple side by side before and afters.

a kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuel
This is facing the opposite direction but you get the idea…

a kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuel

And let’s not forget about what we did in the dining room right next door…

 

Read all about the dining room here. 

And her back yard patio, here.

Bri’s Dining Room Makeover

dining room makeover // before & after // design love fest // sarah sherman samuelWhen Bri of Design Love Fest bought her new house she settled in fairly quickly but one room that went relatively untouched was the dining room. When she reached out to me to design her patio space she also wanted to tackle a few other areas in the house and the neglected dining was next on our list. I am excited to share the transformation!

One of the first things we did was extend the marble countertop on the passthrough from the kitchen so that we could add bar stools and create a space for friends to sit and chat while Bri was in the kitchen. The cutout was there before but with no countertop overhang it created an odd dead space (you’ll see in the before photos below). Just that extra 12″ of marble makes such a huge difference in the room.

When we started talking about the feel Bri wanted for the space, she was inspired by a recent trip to Japan and the use of clean lines and natural textures, which obviously was speaking my language. We wanted to create a calm vibe that still had some personality. I made a feature wall starting with the low credenza and combined it with custom shelves and a custom mirror so they all work together as one and we added artwork and small treasures for display.

And now for some before and after’s…

We moved the off center lighting and traded the pendant for two warm jute lamps, added the graphic striped rug and those gorgeous green chairs to finish off the space.

In this before shot is where you can see the marble stopped flush with the pony wall but now that we added the overhang and those perfectly simple stools it looks much more finished. Also, how gorgeous is that Blockshop scarf hanging in the corner? (this design is no  longer available but they have other beautiful options here).

Shop the look:

Jute Pendants // Half Moon Mirror (ours was custom and much larger but here is a ready made version) // Vases // Credenza // Green Chairs from Rypen // Artwork from Tappan // Rug // Dining Table

Additional Sources: Counter Stools from All Modern // Hanging Textile by BlockShop // Large Planter by CB2 // Floating Shelves by Semi-Handmade //

Tappan art pieces: lani trock flowers, caroline denervaud shapes, eric chakeen camel sky and courtdeerdana kiss

Next up is her kitchen!

See Bri’s patio makeover here and read more about the dining room from her perspective on Design Love Fest.

photos by: ivan solis
design by: sarah sherman samuel

Bri’s Finished Patio Tour

patio makeover sarah sherman samuel x design love festI’m thrilled to be sharing a tour of the patio I designed for Bri Emery (aka Design Love Fest) today! If you missed the first post with the “before” images and our inspiration head HERE. Bri does a lot of traveling and I wanted to make her patio feel a bit like a boutique hotel while giving her a staycation space she wants to hang out and entertain in year round.

patio makeover sarah sherman samuel x design love festWe had all the cushions custom made from the prettiest pink outdoor fabric and hung black and white striped curtains on the corner nook to give it a pool cabana feel. The oversized mirrors anchor every other seating area creating repetition and focal points for multiple vignettes. I love having the mix of the delicate white wire chairs mixed with the more solid wood and woven captain chairs.

patio makeover sarah sherman samuel x design love festpatio makeover sarah sherman samuel x design love festWe filled the space with plants and cacti, the more the merrier. Find the DIY post for the copper plant stand, in the corner, HERE. Hanging planters are from Urban Outfitters.

patio makeover sarah sherman samuel x design love festpatio makeover sarah sherman samuel x design love festpatio makeover sarah sherman samuel x design love festpatio makeover sarah sherman samuel x design love festWe also loaded up the space with pillows and more pillows. The pink ones we had made to match the cushions but you can find most of the other pillows here, here, here, and here. The rattan chairs, in the back area, unfortunately turned a lot darker after weathering a few storms but the shape is still beautiful. So, FYI, buyers beware, when it says store indoors during inclement weather, they mean it. The coffee table has since sold out but I love this option as well.

patio makeover sarah sherman samuel x design love festpatio makeover sarah sherman samuel x design love festI pretty much want to head over to Bri’s every day now around happy hour. The patio is at it’s best in the early evening, plus she’s turning into quite the chef. Bri… I’m up for adoption is all I’m saying.

SHOP THE POST:
Our Dresses are both from Doen (not planned btw) // Dining Table // Wire Chairs // Captains Chairs (set of two and on sale!) // Pink Outdoor Fabric // Black & White Striped Curtains // Pillows here, here, here, and here // Round Rattan Mirrors (also on sale!) // Umbrella DIY // Rattan Chairs // Coffee Table (sold out but alternative here) // Hanging Gold Planters // DIY Plant Stand

Photos by Tessa Neustadt
Design by Sarah Sherman Samuel
*Pre-existing tile work and lighting selects by Marc Cucco