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Mandy Moore Guest Bathroom plans & design

mandy moore guest bath progess and design plans // Sarah Sherman Samuel

I probably say this with every new space but this might go down as one of my all time favorite bathrooms I’ve designed. The color palette, the fixtures and the extra special floor, I just can’t wait for it to all come to life. So many little details went into this room and a little finish selection like shown above only scratches the surface of what awent into a bathroom design but it really is the cherry on top and gives you a great glimpse into how this space is going to turn out.

But before we get into the details… let’s take a look back at where we started.

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high/low bedroom: artful modern

I’m back with another high/low room design. This is quickly becoming my favorite kind of post to put together. Today I tackled the bedroom with a high-end dream version and a lower priced version that doesn’t scrimp on style. I’m calling it “artful modern” which I’ve found myself describing my aesthetic more and more lately. I’m drawn to furniture pieces and accessories that are sculptural looking like these sconces, side tables, and vases and while I combine a few different styles they all share a restrained modern quality.

artful modern classic bedroom // sarah sherman samuelThis room all started with the bed. I’ve been dying to use this gorgeous bed in a clients house so hopefully we will see something like this room in real life soon, but in the meantime it sure is pretty to look at digitally as well.

Luxe Look Sources: nightstands // sconces // bedframe // artwork // bench // rug // pillows // dresser // vessel 1 + vessel 2

designer bedroom for less // sarah sherman samuelI also love this lower priced bed (which you may recognize from the master bedroom I did in Max & Margaux’s home) which is a great alternative option to the first bed if, like me, you are loving the combination of the ivory upholstery and wood frame. Other items that are a total high-style steal are the gold side tables from Target!.. and they have a marble top which I think ups the style quotient even more. Also, I’d be crazy if I didn’t mention that IKEA bench (which I’ve already used twice. You will see it in the Trullbrook residence for one!). If you haven’t already drooled over all the new pieces in their Stockholm collection I would probably get to it!

Look For Less Sources: nightstands // sconces // bedframe // artwork // bench // rug // pillows // dresser // vessels 1 + 2

If you’d like to see more high/low rooms, check here. 

high/low living room: tailored modern boho

In all my sourcing lately, I’ve been cataloguing my personal favorite pieces as I go and couldn’t help but dream up my ideal living room. Like, if I was starting from scratch and got to redo my living room without a budget, this is what I’d get right this second. Of course this could change tomorrow because after all its a digital living room and dreams are fickle like that. However, in the creation of my dream room, I also found a lot of parallels between the higher end stores and less expensive big box stores.

Now, I am always a proponent of buying original designers work and quality pieces when possible but one doesn’t usually have the means to go out and fill an entire room with big tickets items. So until we’ve all won the lottery or gotten a big ole bonus, I’ve gone and re-created the room with some more budget friendly options as well.

 

luxe look // tailored modern bohoI love the relaxed but still tailored vibe of this room. The clean lines of the upholstered sofa and ottoman start things off a touch strait laced, but the comfy vintage leather chair and the warmth of all the natural materials says oh I’m not uptight, look how chill I can be and the curves on the bench and the sculptural side table shows it has style for days.

Luxe Look Sources: Pendant // Sofa // Artwork 1 // Artwork 2 // Ottoman // Ladder // Bench // Rug // Side Table // Accent Chair

look for less // tailored modern bohoOf course, one person’s “high” is not the same as everyone else’s. You might be thinking 20k isn’t so bad for an entire room or you could be thinking hey, I can’t even come close to affording the “low” room. When I made the “low” version of the room, I didn’t go bottom basement low. Yes, I could have sourced a white sofa from Ikea and saved another $1,000 and that green chair is not cheap by any means. I could have found one for a fraction of that price (like this one, which would have cut the total cost down over $2k!) but I wanted to keep it as true to the original design as I could. Also, I do think it is important to scrimp and save where you can but invest in a piece or two that really brings personality to a space.

Look for Less Sources: Pendant // Sofa // Artwork 1 // Artwork 2 // Ottoman // Ladder // Bench // Rug // Side Table // Accent Chair

What do you guys think? Is the second look comparable or a sad version? (I actually really love the side table and that bench… I’m kind of dying for an excuse to get them). Also, do you want to see more virtual rooms or posts like this on the blog? I have to say designing for no one in particular is pretty fun. x

SSS + SAY

cloud tee and wallpaper by sarah sherman samuelThere’s a new (and adorable) kids clothing brand in town and I’m thrilled to have designed one of the T-shirts for their launch. It’s called SAY. You may recognize the pattern from the wallpaper I designed for Archer’s nursery and I have to say it is SO fun seeing it 3 dimensional, on clothing. For years my full-time job was creating patterns for 3 dimensional product (notebooks, journals, stationery, binders, bags etc.) for Target and my favorite part was seeing the pattern come to life on the product but now I’m thinking there is something extra special when you see the movement and fluidity it takes on as clothing. Makes me want to do more! Archer might be upping the cuteness factor for me a bit too.

SAY-TEESCLOUD TEE BY SARAH-SHERMAN-SAMUEL + SAYBOWIE-TEE-SAYThey’ve also teamed up with other designers like Amanda Jane Jones and Jennifer Hagler of A Merry Mishap to create the edited selection. And the good news is… in lieu of investing in advertising they are giving away 1 MILLION shirts (!) so head on over and pick yourself out a cloud Tee. Or one of the other designs, I guess. ;) I must admit I want the Bowie Tee too.

sss studio design

sss studio spaceWhile things have been a flurry at the studio, I’ve been slowly collecting bits and pieces for the space and it is just starting to come together. You may have caught this little glimpse on instagram and this was the only tiny corner that wasn’t utter chaos. We keep joking about the fact that my assistant seems to have a new desk every day she comes in because the furniture coming in and out of the office has been a constant flow.

That is not to say I don’t have some pretty amazing pieces in our little white box that I am definitely keeping for myself but I have been taking my time to really fill the space with things that I love.

Here is the design board I created for myself so far…

polished natural modern studio space // sarah sherman samuelThere are some pieces missing like some sort of storage unit, and a work table, but you can get an idea of the overall vibe and all of the items on the board are either in the studio or on their pretty little way over. Like this AMAZING pink sofa (I know that word is overused to death but this sofa deserves it. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.), I searched the world a few times over to find the perfect one. Most are too bright pink, or too girly of a shape, or too traditional, or or or… but I finally found this one on Rypen and it was the best kind of mix of feminine but relaxed, modern but comfortable, and the perfect shade of pink. I can not wait until she is mine all mine.

Another favorite piece is my new desk with these pretty legs from Pretty Pegs, oh and the most beautiful lucite curtain rod you ever did see, and of course the chandelier that I already gushed about. Ok, sorry I could just keep going and name everything like the vintage swivel chair or the copper wire chairs or the banana leaf curtains. My heart eyes are out all over the place again. One day all these goodies will all be set up in their new home. Hopefully soon!

Product Sources:
Cactus Diptych (still undecided on this but it’s one of my own photos that I have yet to get printed) // Chandelier by Park Studio // Rest Sofa from Rypen // Plants are a Monstera Leaf and Fiddle Leaf Fig // Leather Sling Side Table from West Elm // Rug from Ikea // Gold Table Lamp from Joss & Main // Acrylic Console Table // Copper Wire Chair from Joss & Main // Lucite Curtain Rod from Luxe Hold Ups // Banana Leaf Curtain from H&M // Copper and Leather Aldama Chair from The Citizenry // White Lacquered Table Top // Desk Legs from Pretty Pegs // Vintage Brass Swivel Chair from Starburst Modern 

 

a-frame inspo

a-frame inspirationWhile the interior of our A-frame currently looks completely sad and drab, and a bit scary… I have started the wheels turning on how we will hopefully make it to something that feels comfortable, modern, and unique. While I get to the drawing board, I have rounded up a few inspirational interiors that I think have elements which are just that, and in all different ways. OH the possibilities.

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And even though we won’t be changing much on the exterior… I had to share these AMAZING a-frames, because duh… they are amazing and what can I say, I have A-frame fever.

a-frame inspiration a-frame1 a-frame inspiration1 // 2 // 3

Aren’t these incredible?

See the before tour of our place here.