cabin renovation

Our high-tech Bathroom: Progress + Tips

a-frame cabin, bathroom renovation // concrete bath // sarah sherman samuelWe’re making progress in the A-frame bathroom! Through the designing, demolition and re-building of so many bathrooms, I have learned a thing or two along the way but working with this bathroom proves there are always room for surprises. I’ve also never installed or designed a bathroom with quite so much technology, but that ended up being the easy part. I teamed up with Kohler to share the process and a few do’s and don’ts that I used through this remodel. READ MORE

A-frame paint debate

a-frame cabin renovation // paint debate This weekend we are heading to our A-frame cabin to work on things (my parents are in town, always two cheers for free labor) and I’m excited to finalize paint plans. We decided to go white! (we used benjamin moore “vapor”). I loved it in a dark color but after painting the Michigan cabin charcoal and our current LA house charcoal, I was ready to switch things up. I also love the contrast of the white on the dark windows, and white in the desert makes a lot more sense for heat sake.

However, we started small with the white, and now I am wondering what else, if anything should go white.

 

a-frame cabin renovation // paint debateThe eaves were always going to go white, the painters just missed that part, but I can’t help but wonder what it would look like for all the stone to go white too! I have been trying my hardest not to paint the stone, BUT the cabin is such an interesting shape, I can only think that going all monochromatic would highlight the awesome structure an make it a bit more modern. Am I crazy? Do I need to be talked off the paint-everything-white ledge?

Also, to do outside is to get rid of the board below the windows with the zig zag line. It kind of drives me crazy and takes away from the amazing windows. We will be replacing it with just a smooth board.

a-frame cabin renovation // paint debateHere’s a look at the new pergola, as you can see everything is still in progress but, even if we don’t paint the exterior stone white, that stone with the white dot to the right of the door will go white. It is a different type of stone and the mortar/cement lines fills in all the gaps unlike all the rest of the stone. Plus it will be nice to have the entrance be one solid piece of white coming off from the roof.

And now for the interior… since it has been a while, if you want to catch up on how it looked before check this post.

a-frame cabin renovation // paint debate We are finally on the home stretch of the major renovations. A flood which led to a new roof, as well as having to install an entire new sceptic system definitely set us back a bit, so it took a while for our bank accounts to recover from those two MAJOR expenses that we hadn’t planned for. But we are back and ready to get this baby in working order. And FINALLY it is cleaned up a bit so I’m ready to do more of the fun stuff, like finish the kitchen, install lights, and furnish the place!

Now, on the inside we used Behr paint in “polar bear” and I am back to the same idea as outside. Should we or shouldn’t we paint the stone? It is so hard because once you paint, you can’t go back. I love that we saved the only exposed real wood that was in the place and that we definitely won’t be painting but I can’t help but think of how clean it would be with all white aside from the wood.

a-frame cabin renovation // paint debatea-frame cabin renovation // paint debatePlease excuse the photo quality of this post, btw, they are just iphone snaps but I had to get answers! If you remember, this nook off to the side of the fireplace was reddish brown painted wood. It is finally white and I can breath again. I have really tried my hardest to keep the rock, honestly, but I just can’t help thinking of how open and modern it would feel all white. Sometimes the heart wants what the heart wants but I am curious to hear what you guys think. Is it blasphemy? Or is it just stone?

For all the progress on the a-frame so far check here.

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…

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Hi from Michigan

samuel-cabin-michiganI hope your week is going swimmingly! I’ve checked out and am spending some much needed downtime at our old cabin! If you are new to the blog… I started this whole space when we bought this old fixer cabin and began renovating it ourselves from top to bottom, side to side, and inside and out. You can see everything we did (in reverse order) here. 

When we sold it we swapped our Umanoff dining table set for a two weeks stay which is what we are cashing in on now.

lake-michiganIn the meantime you will find me here… in my happy place (aka at the cabin/in Lake Michigan).

More on the cabin here.

A-frame Laundry Plans

laundry room plans I’m moving through our a-frame cabin, designing one room at a time and next up is the laundry room! It is actually bigger than the one we have in our LA house and I’m excited to bring a little style to what was possibly the scariest room in the house (it was a close race between the laundry room and the bathroom, see the befores here).

I had some wallpaper custom printed from one of my designs (which you might recognize from the shop), found the perfect vintage rug, am going dark with the machines and cabinetry, and will be utilizing natural colored accents with a hint of brass to finish off the space.

Also… wallpaper update… I have been getting a lot of questions about when my wallpaper will be available for purchase and the answer is hopefully very soon! Like before the end of the year soon. Stay tuned…

Shop the Look: wallpaper by sarah sherman samuel // Wall Sconce from Cedar & Moss // Washer and dryer by Electrolux // Cabinets by Ikea // Wood Ladder by Sarah Sherman Samuel (see the DIY here) // Leather baskets by Commune for West Elm // Dust Pan and Brush // Vintage Rug from Frances Loom // Hardware from Anthropologie // Towels from Ikea 

 

smitten studio top 10 posts in 2013

2013 has been a wild ride! Here’s a round-up of Smitten Studio’s top 10 posts this year.

A Sunny Afternoon // Napkins & Serving Boards1. The launch of my line A Sunny Afternoon definitely takes the cake as one of the top moments of the year. See the original post here.

open shelving // cabin kitchen // smitten studio2. We finished work on the cabin (well, for now at least) that we slowly renovated ourselves, where the kitchen went from this, to this.

New Zealand Road Trip // Smitten Studio3. Rupert and I spent my birthday in New Zealand where we road tripped around the north island in a vintage Kombi. It was the trip of a lifetime (see part 1 & par 2).

DIY Garment Rack // Smitten Studio4. One of the top DIY projects from this year was this garment rack. (see all the DIY’s posts here)

stop-smell-the-roses-print15. My “Stop and Smell the Roses” print was featured in Glamour Magazine. I also spotted it in the home of Anika & Ken Yael Natori in Lonny Magazine, and in Julia Engel’s abode.

ikea tarva dresser DIY // smitten studio6. The other top Smitten Studio DIY of the year was this simple Ikea hack.

Style at Home // Sarah Sherman Samuel // Smitten Studio7. A big change in 2013 was with the selling of our home and the buying and moving into a fixer upper. Glitter Guide sent over a photographer for a Style at Home feature just weeks before we moved out. It was the perfect way to say goodbye to the first place Rupert and I owned together.

living room styling // smitten studio8. In the new house we started renovating by refinishing the floors, knocking down a few walls, and painting so that right now at least the living room is livable.

A Sunny Afternoon // Napkins & Serving Boards9. We sold out of the first collection of A Sunny Afternoon products much quicker then anticipated so I added new designs, stocked up on some of the favorites, and launched the winter collection with a pancake brunch with friends.

kitchen cabinets // smitten studio10. And finally, we started on the kitchen in the new house by completely gutting it and putting in new cabinets and countertops.

Happy Friday, and here’s to a happy 2014 to you all!

xo sarah