home tour

Doré Residential Project

Oh Hi! I’m about a year-ish backlogged here on the blog and while I have been keeping up to date on IG, you know the blog essentially serves as the resource page for projects where I can get more in depth and I’ve been meaning to share all the goodness from my project for the lovely Garance Doré since the spring! It was the cover story for Domino and it came out while I was knee neck deep in our own renovations as well as working on a major commercial project (more on that soon!) and oh have I mentioned we moved across the country?…or right, ad nauseam got it. ha Anywho…the catch up starts now!

The main living space is essentially one large open concept. It was pretty open when Garance purchased the home but the kitchen had dark cabinetry and there was a tiny window in the kitchen that didn’t bring in much light. There was also a wall that divided one sitting room from another in an attempt to easily differentiate the space but what it did instead was cut the one living space off from the rest of the house as well as block the view to the outside from the other living space and kitchen area. The room simply went unused. So with the addition of a few strategic built-ins, moving of the fireplace, and tearing down the wall, the space was unified. I then used rugs and low seating to create designated conversation areas which divides up the space without blocking any of the views outside. In the kitchen I used my signature line of cabinet doors for SemiHandmade, Caesarstone countertops and Concrete Collaborative cement tile to create the all white kitchen where textures subtle patterns in each material bring the visual interest.

In the guest bedroom and the guest bathroom Garance wanted to go bold and I happily obliged. With pattern play and a statement color. We demoed out most of the bathroom but kept re-used the existing bathtub and toilet while giving it a major facelift with a new surround and tile work.

In the entry I commissioned a custom console table from Hedgehouse furniture based off of one of their cabinet designs which sits across the two Britt Merrick for H Merrick surf boards. The half moon shape of the mirror is repeated in my sss x park studio “half moon” hardware on the drawers.

In Garance’s master bedroom she wanted it as dark as possible for ultimate sleep, so dark we went… and monochromatic. The moody hue is perfect for her “sleeping den”. In the master bathroom the opposite was needed. It was already a dark cave and Garance wanted all the natural light so we busted down walls, opened up the space and breathed new life with white fireclay brick tile, a custom vanity, and a huge oversized mirror.

All of the stunning photos above were taken by Jason Frank Rothenberg for Domino Magazine and Styled by Rosy Fridman. I made a trip back to Garance’s to shoot more angles of the house and will be sharing those photos along with all the details and before & after’s in more posts later this week so see you back here soon! x

Photos by Jason Frank Rothenberg, for Domino
Design by Sarah Sherman Samuel
Story Produced by Kate Berry
Styled by Rosy Fridman

on A beautiful mess

A Sunny Afternoon process wall // smitten studioYesterday, on A Beautiful Mess, I shared a final home tour of our townhouse that we just sold. I’m still finding it hard to believe that we won’t be going back here again, but I’m looking forward to settling into our new place.

This is my favorite image of the bunch that I took while I was in the middle of creating the debut collection for A Sunny Afternoon. I already miss that chalkboard wall big time! Head over to A Beautiful Mess to see the rest.

Image by Sarah Sherman Samuel

Glitter Guide Style at Home

glitter guide sarah sherman samuel Did you guys get a chance to see my Style at Home feature over on Glitter Guide yesterday? I was so happy when they asked me to participate because I knew that we were moving soon and I thought it would be a great way to say goodbye to the house. Of course I have taken photos of our home myself but have never had anyone else shoot it. I loved seeing it through someone else’s eyes (especially that of the talented Jessie Webster). I also shared a bit about my background, some more on A Sunny Afternoon and Smitten Studio, and how they all overlap.

smitten studio, a sunny afternoon // workspaceI also changed a few things in my studio since I last shared it… like painting it bright white. Head over to Glitter Guide to see the whole thing.

Top image by Jessie Webster
Bottom image by Sarah Sherman Samuel

LA home: living room chair update

living room art wall // smitten studioliving room chair update // smitten studioRemember a while back when I was looking for a new chair to replace my two yellow one’s that I sold? Well, it took me long enough, but I finally made a decision. I ended up going with a vintage Knoll Hardoy chair (aka. butterfly chair) that I picked up from Surfing Cowboys. This chair wasn’t even on my original round up (which by the way… if money was no object I would have picked the Rhys chair hands down, and I was actually going to go with the Everett chair from West Elm, but by the time I got around to it that striped fabric I wanted was no longer available), but as soon as I saw the vintage piece alongside a matching footrest, I knew everything about it was perfect for my space.

I also updated my art wall a bit since the last time I posted it, including that Mima Mouse Poster on the bottom left from Mini & Maximus.

To see more photos of our LA home check here.

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

l.a. home: sofa update & chairs for sale

living room // smitten studiosmitten studio living roomWe have lived in our Los Angeles home for about 5 years now and other then a few tweaks, and a few additions of collected things here and there, everything has remained basically the same since we first decorated it. Most of the items in our house we bought or made because we loved them and/or the story behind them. Our sofa however, we grew to hate and seeing our home through the lens while shooting it for the Design Sponge feature kinda made me want to update a few things.

The sofa didn’t look terrible (if you don’t mind an obnoxiously large sofa with boxy cushions that never really laid straight) but the worst part was that is was insanely uncomfortable. I mean really, how am I supposed to watch a Bachelor marathon if I can’t get cozy? The dogs seemed to have shared in our disdain and wanted to make that clear by chewing holes in the cushions in attempt to pull out all of the stuffing. You can see the old sofa above (pre canine treatment) and also in our design sponge home tour.

Well, we finally gave that couch the boot and welcomed in this new blue beauty from to H.D. Buttercup.

living room sofa  // smitten studioI am looking forward to updating a few things in our home and now that we have a new sofa, that we love, we are on the hunt for a new chair to compliment its fabulousness.

I now only have room for one chair and I feel bad splitting the two yellow ones up (shown at the top) so I am selling them both. If you are interested and live in the LA area (local pick-up only) shoot me an email. They are from Urban Outfitters (& currently still available there) and in like-new condition. I’m asking $250 a piece or $450 for the pair. Let’s find these guys a good home. :)

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

Product guide: Sofa from H.D. Buttercup find similar at West Elm // Cowhide Rug // coffee table from Surfing Cowboys find similar at Artful Home // Gold Pouf // Oversized photograph of Lake Superior by me (sarah sherman samuel) find my fave beach photographer here, Christian Chaize.

Our home on Design*sponge today

So excited to share our Los Angeles home over on Design*Sponge today!!! Check it out here!

sarahshermansamuel-kitchensherman samuel house bedroom stairsss-livingsmitten-studio-and-diningI have spent so much time posting about our cabin that I realized I have never shared any of our home! So, here are a few of my favorite shots of our space and head over to Design*Sponge to see the full tour.

Images by Sarah