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Samuel Family Fixer Powder Bath!

I have the first (and currently only) room I have designed from top to bottom in our #samuelfamilyfixer and today I am sharing our plans!  It’s just a pint size room but it’s going to pack a punch, as I think every powder room should, right? Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery put me up to the challenge of designing our new (old) powder bath to be inspired around the summer season and I gladly accepted.

First lets take a look and what we are starting with.

BEFORE

INSPIRATION

When I thought of summer, I thought about the ultimate summer, and it took me back a few years to a vacation Rupe and I took to the south of France. We had been there a couple of summers in a row and spent most of the time in Provence but we took a day trip to Cassis and it was heavenly. In my mind, nothing says summer more than a packed out day at the beach and I took that day in Cassis and translated into our little powder room.

Before I left LA, I went to my local Ferguson showroom to pick out all the bathroom fixtures. I do a lot of online shopping but it is SO nice to get into a showroom and touch and feel allll the faucets and fixtures.

And to see so many in one place. Ferguson really does have the best selection. Above is the wall of faucets that I went through and picked from. Once I had a few of my favorite pieces I sat down with a Ferguson sales associate (hi Hannah) and she helped round out my selections by showing coordinating pieces and other options that were along the same lines as the pieces I was gravitating towards.

After I got home from the showroom Hannah sent me all the specifications and images of each of the products digitally so I could get to designing the rest of the space. Being a very visual person, I like to drag all the products into a mood board, move things around, and pull in different wallpaper options to see what fits best. From there I made my final selects.

PLANS

Keeping my ‘summer in Cassis’ inspiration in mind, I decided to bring in Terrazzo tile on the floor to mimic the rocky beach. The wood wash stand brings in the warm sand color, in addition to bringing another natural element into the space and the round mirror is a nod to the big round sun. The room is tiny and with no natural light so I wanted to keep it as light as possible. The wallpaper from MuralsWallpaper is full of personality but still bright and the crowded faces were perfect to reflect all those Frenchies (and tourists) flocking to the beach.

Sources: DXV Wash Stand/Sink Console from Ferguson // DXV Sink from Ferguson // DXV Faucet from Ferguson // DXV Toilet from Ferguson // Round Mirror from Ferguson // Wallpaper from MuralsWallpaper // Pendant Lamp from Barnaby Lane // Terrazzo Tile from Concrete Collaborative

#samuelfamilyfixer main floor plans

sss-family-fixer-inspirationWe’ve been living, no scratch that… camping out, in our new Michigan house for three weeks now (how is that even possible?!). Just wait until you see (below) how we’ve been living for nearly a month. It’s straight up squatter status. Luckily (or rather not so luckily since it was over a month late), our movers finally showed up on Friday with all of our belongings from LA. So maybe we will get a little more settled soon, that is until we start construction, Lord help us. Somewhere between work and the kids, getting our bearings in a new city, and work and the kids I have only just now started to dig into setting a visual tone for our own house. Putting together the little inspiration/mood board above helped get my creative juices flowing for my worst/pickiest client yet (yes, me) and now I’m gearing up to get going on all the fun stuff, kitchen and bathroom designs, hard finish selections and allll the furniture.

Thankfully I had the “as built” floorplans drawn up while I was still in LA by the lovely local west Michigan folks at KLH Custom Homes, so I was able to work on the renovation plans and layout changes before we even set foot in the house. I made all the changes to the floorplan months ago, starting on them as soon as we closed on the sale, but I wanted to live in the house a little to see if what I had planned actually makes sense for how we naturally use the space. Surprisingly, I haven’t made any further changes (yet, at least). So without further ado, I’m sharing the tour and outlining our plans for the top floor of the house.

Starting at the very beginning, The entryway feels grand when you walk up to it, (see a video of our first time entering it here) but then you open it and walk right into a wall so one change we wanted to make was instead of two small separate pocket doors into the sitting room, we are going to move the opening to the center of the wall and mimic the size of the front doors.

ENTRY

Samuel family fixerIf you were able to walk straight through that wall at the entry, as it is now, you’d end up in the sitting room. A room with no windows. It does have an enormous round sky-light, which I love, so it is the brightest room of the house, BUT I do not want to spend time in a room with no windows, even with the skylight bringing in the natural light (thoughts of “The Room” come to mind). So, we are also going to take down the wall that divides the sitting room from the kitchen to make that all one big open space. With the changes, you’ll be able to see out through the wall of windows in the kitchen while in the sitting room as well as be able to be a part of the conversation in the sitting room while in the kitchen.

SITTING ROOM

The loft area, you’ll see next, is at one end of the sitting room. Above is a shot looking down from the loft that I took yesterday, in its current ‘this is how we’ve been living for a little too long’ state with a halfway assembled crib (Clover has been sleeping in a Pack & Play for a month now!), random tile samples, a blanket for Clover to roll around on and Cracker the dog for scale. We let Archie and his cousins and friends paint on the wall that is coming down (the one dividing this room from the kitchen) and I’m currently working on a way to incorporate their art into the house because it is actually really cool!

LOFT

This loft was possibly half the reason we fell in love with the house, with its’ cool unexpected features like the half moon shape spiral staircase leading to the lower level, it had me from the photos. It was however a death trap for toddlers and babies so we had to make some temporary changes until I can redesign it a touch to be kid and pop pop friendly (he already fell down the stairs once). So, the challenge is on to rework the staircase and integrate some railings and banisters.

KITCHEN

The kitchen is getting a total overhaul. Instead of a small L shaped kitchen in the corner of the room, we are going to re-work the window and door layout, to center the kitchen in the space (you can see the changes in the floor plans at the top). For how large the house is, the kitchen feels small, so I am excited to open it up to the sitting room and extend it along the back wall. I am all about symmetry in the kitchen if possible so that’s what I am going to make happen. We are also going to tear out the bathroom that is just to the right of the refrigerator and convert it into the walk-in pantry of my dreams. woot!

Here is said bathroom that we will turn pantry, but don’t worry we are adding another bathroom just down the hallway so we won’t be losing one completely.

SCREENED IN PORCH

Off to the other side of the kitchen is the screened in porch, aka a three season room. Is this a Michigan thing? No one has these in LA I guess because bugs aren’t that big of a problem there. How far does the three season room trend span across the country? Holler at me southerners with a screened in porch. Either way I am obsessed with this space. We’ve been spending nights out here after the kids go to bed, just relaxing in the super comfortable seating above (insert eye roll). But seriously it’s nice on these warm summer nights to be outside but still under cover. We had our first rainstorm and it was magic. I kind of missed having weather (remind me of that come February will you?). Plans in here include a comfortable lounge space and a small dining area. Painting away that red and tiling the floor.

Now onto the “bedroom wing” of the house.

MASTER BEDROOM

Oh the joys of moving, it’s so glamorous right? We currently only have two bedrooms on the main floor so Archie has been sleeping on a camp cot in our room, right next to our mattress on the floor with borrowed sheets and blankets from my parents. Aside from getting rid of the dark carpet in this room, getting Arch his own room is priority one. You

MASTER BATHROOM

The master bathroom is also getting a total overhaul. Currently it is made up of two small rooms. Navy shag carpeting and yellow walls included. We are planning to open this space up by taking down the walls and adding onto the space by converting the neighboring old “hot tub room” into one big master bathroom. WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WITH ALL THAT SPACE? A bathtub and a shower… I will never leave. I can’t even contain my excitement about finally having a grown up master bath.

HOT TUB ROOM

And the view out the backyard won’t be to shabby either.

KIDS ROOM

There’s not much to report from Clover’s room, new flooring, some paint and furniture. We also have to close up her access doorway to the hot tub room and maybe put a more comfortable chair to nurse in would be nice. At least the pack and play can go away now that her crib has arrived.

LAUNDRY ROOM

The laundry room is getting demoted to the lower level while we expand this space and turn it into the new kid’s bathroom and Archie’s new bedroom. I’m pretty exited to be able to have a dedicated “kids bathroom” in this house, I have to say. No more having guests over and having them step over bath toys and potty step stools to go to the loo.

Timing  wise I am hoping to get the hard finishes selected and on order ASAP so we can start construction, ideally, first of September. We are also hoping (oh the hope at the beginning of a renovation) that it will take roughly three months to complete. I have the powder bath designed and that is it so far. But heck if it isn’t one great powder bath. Design and finish selects coming soon!

Many of you asked questions over IG if we are getting a contractor or doing the work ourselves and if we are living through the renovation and the answer is yes to all! We are planning to use a contractor and sub-contractors for some of the projects (like plumbing and such), doing the work ourselves for everything that we can and we will be living through the renovations. Our plan is to concentrate on one floor at a time which is why I only have plans started for the top floor right now. We will be living in the lower level while all the work is happening on this top level. Then when that is all finished and we can move to the top level, we will tackle the lower. Wish us luck!! Until then I will be pretending our house looks like the inspiration. Good thing I am V good at visualizing. ha

To get caught up on the why and where we moved check here.

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introducing the Moore project

You may have noticed I haven’t been posting quite as much as usual lately, but I promise it is because I have been crazy busy behind the scenes. All that behind the scenes hustling will soon be a ton of new beautiful content here; some I’ve started to share (like the Trullbrook Project), one I just shared (The Modernism Week Show House), and more that I will be sharing very soon, like this one…

mandy moore home renovation // design team // sarah sherman samuel and emily farnhamI have been bursting-at-the-seams excited to announce this next residential project. It is basically my dream home, originally constructed in 1950, designed by the mid-century modernist Harold B Zook, and you might recognize the lovely home owner, Mandy Moore…

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Trullbrook Residence Guest Bath

cle-tile // random hex pattern // sarah sherman samuelHi, Hi! Before the holidays I introduced you to my latest project “the Trullbrook Residence” with the kitchen design (if you haven’t seen the post read this and you’ll be all caught up!), and next up is the guest bath.

You may remember a sneak peek I gave on instagram (above) of the day we were on site making sure the random pattern I wanted done with the Clé Tile, looked random, but not too random… meaning every piece was laid intentionally, i.e. making it not so random at all. Well this beauty of a tile is going in on the guest bath floor and so without further ado, the before photo…

trullbrook-before-guest-bathAs you can see there isn’t much to talk about in here. It is a run of the mill, basic, basic, bathroom. You all know I like an all white room, but this one falls flat. We are taking it all out and starting from scratch. New everrrrrything and here’s a peek at what will be going in.

trullbrook-modern-guest-bathThere are 3 full bathrooms and a powder bath in the house and each one is different from the next. We’ve done a lot of pattern mixing with tiles and wallpaper and used a good amount of different geometric shapes, and we were always looking for unexpected materials and/or ways to use them. The goal was to make each bathroom special and unique while still creating a cohesive home. 

For the guest bath, I knew I wanted to make the floor the statement and that is where Clé Tile came in. I love the perfectly imperfectness of cement tile and all the geometric shapes they come in. We selected the half hex for the floors and then used their classic subway tile for the walls. It is a small bathroom so bringing in a floating vanity and removing the sliding doors on the tub will really open up the space. And while a big square mirror above the vanity checks off the functional box we found this special mirror that hangs from the ceiling and brings the fun personality of the floor up to the walls. Can’t wait to see this space come to life, I’ll be sure to share a progress post soon!

Next up is the powder bath…

Shop the post:
Half Hex Tile by Clé Tile // Subway Tile by Clé Tile // Vanity from Ikea // Robe Hooks from DWR // Mirror from Wayfair // Sconces from Park Studio LA // Shower Rod

babyproofing casa samuel

baby proofing // sarah sherman samuelWell it’s official, Archer is walking and the baby proofing game has begun! I think I’ve mentioned before that I haven’t spent a lot of time around babies so I wasn’t sure what needed babyproofing and what didn’t. Of course most is common sense and I’ve seen the drawer catches and door knob covers but we decided to hire a baby proofing service to get the low down from a professional. They go around your house giving advice on products to use where. (If you are curious the consultation cost us $40).  I have to say I am really glad we did it, because I wouldn’t have thought of some of the suggestions and others that I would have done were unnecessary.

So if you are wondering how I’ve been making my house a bit more child friendly, here it is! Surprisingly not a ton has changed, but I will walk you through where we are so far.

baby proofing // sarah sherman samuelbaby proofing // sarah sherman samuelThe most dangerous rooms in a house are the bathrooms and the kitchen so the main thing the baby proofer recommended was installing gates to keep Archer in the main living spaces instead of having the whole run of the house. We used Munchkin’s LOFT gates, which went in easily and I really like how sturdy it feels. We needed two gates, one in the doorway that leads to all the bedrooms and bathrooms and one in the doorway going into the kitchen. By blocking off the kitchen with the safety gate, it eliminated the need to put cupboard catches on all the cabinets in the kitchen.

baby proofing // sarah sherman samuelWe also secured the entry console table with a strap that screwed right into the wall. As of now hasn’t bothered with the items on top of the console so they are staying until it becomes a problem but so far so good.

baby proofing // sarah sherman samuelbaby proofing // sarah sherman samuelThe one piece of furniture that we decided to swap out for now was our vintage wood slat coffee table. The living room isn’t exactly spacious and in tight quarters those sharp corners already proved themselves a hazard. Also, the marble slab on top was a bit scary to have when he was nearly knocking the table over when pulling himself up on it. I found this simple rush grass ottoman/coffee table, which was pretty inexpensive and nice and soft and round and I even like it. When Archer is older and the other table makes it way back in here, we can use this one in our outdoor patio area.

baby proofing // sarah sherman samuelbaby proofing // sarah sherman samuelWe did install some cabinet and drawer latches on this credenza since there are all sorts of tiny non-baby friendly items inside.

baby-proofing-livingroom-15-640Our family room is two steps down so the baby proofer guy said they usually don’t gate for one or two stairs and for a while there I was worried Archer would never get that he shouldn’t just take a nose dive down the stairs. Thankfully after working with him on turning around and scooting down backwards he totally got it. We were advised however to pad the heck out of the rug down there because the fast he gets the more prone he will be to taking a few nose dives whether we like it or not.

baby proofing // sarah sherman samuelThe family has become Archer’s main play area so we also just moved this coffee table off to the side and have two large baskets of toys down here to continually empty and re-fill which is his favorite activity du jour.

baby proofing // sarah sherman samuelIn the bathroom the only thing we did was put a lock on the toilet. Archer has a large head, is very tall, and skinny which equals extra top heavy… so anything to prevent him from taking a dunk in the toilet is A O K with me.

baby proofing // sarah sherman samuelAnd finally… plug covers all over the house, making sure all cords/cables and cleaning supplies are out of reach, and securing large items like dressers and television to the wall were those common sense things that even I already had under control.

So in summary:
My house hasn’t gone through a complete kid zone transformation (yet atleast) but here are a few things I’ve done to get it more toddler ready

#1 Gates are my new best friend, use them to keep your kiddo in the safe zone.

#2 Secure large furniture pieces (and items like televisions) to the wall

#3 If you can’t take away a trip hazard give them a soft place to land

#4 Toilet locks get the thumbs up from me

#5 Plug covers all over

#6 cords and power cables out of reach

#7 put the cleaning supplies where they can’t get to them

SOURCES: LOFT security gate by Munchkin // Drawer Latches // Plug Covers by Munchkin // Ottoman/Coffee Table  // Mill Console Table by CB2 // Door by AAW (stained with 1 part Light Walnut & 2 parts Provencal by Varathane) // Vintage Hardoy Chair from Surfing Cowboys // Sofa from HD buttercup // Khotan Rug from The Rug Warehouse // Chandelier by Jonathan Adler // Paint color is Snowfall by Behr // Mid-century stool, vintage // Sheepskin from Ikea // Basket from Chicos // Pillows by Little Korboose and Loom Goods // Glass Terrarium from Urban Outfitters // Candle Holder, Vintage // Gold Bowl by CB2 // Black & White Rug from Urban Outfitters // Large Tote from The Citizenry // Yellow Chairs are vintage // White Credenza from West Elm // Pink Flamingo Photograph by Sharon Montrose 

 This post was in collaboration with Munchkin. Munchkin rids the world of the mundane by developing clever, innovative solutions that make family life safer, easier, and more fun. You can find Munchkin products at Munchkin.comTargetBabies’R’UsWalmart, and Amazon. It’s the little things!

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…

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