dining room

Mandy Moore Dining Room Tour

This room… I want to spend all my days in this serene, ethereal space. An extension of the “formal” living room in our Moore Residential project is the formal dining room. In the last post I talked about the original fireplace and how we had it restored to show the original copper finish and now we get an even better look the beauty. It is the showpiece of the living room and dining room along with that brilliant built-in planter that further blurs the line between the outdoors and indoors, like the brickwork I mentioned in the living room post as well.

We all instantly fell in love with the idea of a burl wood dining table so the search was on and when AllModern got involved we found the perfect one. The chairs, also from AllModern, are a gorgeous ivory complement.

And lest we forget, here is a peek at the before…



The color palette came together rather magically for this space. We had the burl dining table, the chandelier, and the fabric for the blush drapery all chosen as we started to look for art. My friend Lou Mora later sent me an email with a line sheet of his latest pieces, that would soon be available for purchase, and I couldn’t show Mandy fast enough. The colors, the mountains, the dreamy layers, we were all sold right away. We had him print a custom extra large version of the artwork and once on the wall, it tied the colors of the space together just right.

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: Dining Table from AllModern // Dining Chairs from AllModern // Dining Armchairs from AllModern // Chandelier from AllModern // Artwork by Lou Mora via Shop A House in the Hills  // Vases by Heather Rosenman // Drapery is custom

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

Client Mad Sugar Ranch Kitchen Reveal

sarah sherman samuel // semi-handmade // client madsugarranch kitchen reveal I’ve got a real cobbler with no shoes situation going on over here, I’m just an interior designer with no kitchen and no furniture (wah). The good news is, we made it to our new (old) Michigan house, the bad news is, our stuff has not… yet (hopefully soon). The other good news is I have my latest finished renovation project to share with you and it is giving me life. It is also giving me all the heart eyes. It is the first finished residential kitchen where I got to use my signature cabinet door line with SemiHandmade and my hardware collection with Park Studio!

My client, Eden Passante of Sugar and Charm and her husband Zan worked with architect Greg Coleman (who I love and worked with when we thought we might add a second floor to our LA house) to rework a cramped and dated kitchen to open it up into a spacious kitchen and dining room. They added square footage along with re-working the entire layout. Eden then brought me on board to design the new kitchen and dining room and I couldn’t be more excited with how it turned out.

sarah sherman samuel // semi-handmade // client madsugarranch kitchen reveal We refinished the old solid oak hardwoods to breath new (lighter) life into the space. Fireclay brick tile in Olympic goes all the way from the countertop to ceiling which brings some old charm to the brand new space. Eden’s aesthetic is modern but not without character which is why the line of modern beaded cabinet doors from my line with SemiHandmade was the perfect fit for the space. We used IKEA boxes and then Semihandmade for the fronts – my favorite, and ultimate, IKEA hack.

SemiHandmade also made the custom Oak floating shelves and large farmhouse sink was a score on Overstock. Eden is BIG on entertaining so Caesarstone countertops were a no brainer for their durability and beauty. Her slab is called Statuario Maximus.

mad sugar ranch kitchen // sarah sherman samuel

GET THE LOOK: Cabinet Doors by Sarah Sherman Samuel for SemiHandmade in “desert grey” // Faucet // Hardware by Sarah Sherman Samuel for Park Studio // Sconce by Cedar & Moss // Floating Shelves by SemiHandmade // Brick Tile by Fireclay in Olympic // Quartz Countertops by Caesarstone – in “Statuario Maximus” // Black Mixer by Kitchenaid // Leather Counter Stool by Serena & Lily // Sink from Overstock // Vintage Rug // Fruit Bowls from Anthropologie 

Right off the kitchen, the dining room is an extension of the space. We found this stunning vintage rug from Old New House which is a showstopper and makes the room. I also convinced her to spring for my favorite Josef Hoffman dining chairs which are a match made in heaven. Designed in the 1920’s and still SO current, it is amazing to see furniture design like this stand the test of time.

DINING ROOM SOURCES: Chandelier // Dining Table from Article // Print by Kevin Russ from Urban Outfitters  // Dining Chairs from DWR // Rug is vintage from Old New House // Sconces by Cedar & Moss  //

And because the before and after’s are the best part… here is a look at where we started.


A pretty insane overhaul right? The roaming chickens might be my favorite part but the whole project is doing a good job of tiding me over until I get my own dream kitchen.

Read more about the renovation over on My Domaine today!

Photos by Zan Passante 

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

dining room before & after

dining room before & afterIt only took me two years but I finally decided on a chandelier for over the dining table. I rounded up a few of my favorites, way back when, but never pulled the trigger. Chandeliers are so expensive and I wanted something that would complement the other light fixtures but make a statement in it’s own right as well. When I saw this one on sale on Joss & Main, it was the extra nudge I needed to go for it. After all, I was really ready to be rid of the ho-hum white drum shade.

dining room before & after dining room before & afterSince I posted last on the dining room, we also removed the curtains and had these plantation shutters installed and now I can’t imagine them not there (well I guess I don’t have to, you can see it before, here).

dining room before & afterdining room before & afterAnd now the most satisfying part, the BEFORE and AFTERS…


modern bohemian living & dining room

modern bohemian living/dining room // smitten studioI’ve been working on a project for a client with a bright modern space in the beach town of Encinitas. The first room to tackle was her living & dining area and I wanted to share the round-up of the pieces I selected for her.  She already had a few beautiful items to start with, that white credenza (which is actually a bar), the skull, and the vintage woven basket (sitting on the table). Narrowing in on her style was a fun one because we have such a similar aesthetic (#dreamclient ;)  We decided to call it minimal, modern-bohemian.

She likes clean lines and a lot of open (and white) space, along with a mix of  mid century modern pieces like the tulip table and bar, next to special items with a boho vibe like the skull, rug, and wall hanging. It is a smallish living area so I kept everything bright and light (no bulky furniture allowed) and grounded it with the deep hued rug. I can’t wait to see this room come to life.

Shop the look: Wall Hanging by Himo Art // Palm Photograph by Laure Joliet // Woven Basket (Vintage) find similar here or here // 27″ round Tulip Table  // Cross Back Birch Dining Chairs // Bar (vintage) find similar here // Animal Skull find similar here // Sheepskin Rug // Ottomans/stool from Ikea // Rug from eSaleRugs // Coffee Table from Urban Outfitters // Sofa from West Elm  // Pillow 1 by Caitlin Marr // Pillow 2 by David Bastidas // Side Table/ Record Storage from Urban Outfitters // Ficus

home progress: dining room table & plans

I loved reading all of your comments on your top dining table picks! For those of you that picked out the Lucia as the second choice to the Dakota you were thinking just like me, and here she is!

dining room table // smitten studiodining room table // smitten studioI was hesitant at first to go for a round table, (I loved our big rectangular one) but the gorgeous bronze base and the black marble top of this table was calling my name. I have to thank my friend Jessica (who also happens to be an amazing interior designer) for introducing me to Organic Modernism where I found this beauty, I also picked up these stools for the kitchen while I was there.

More photos and plans for the dining room after the jump…