interiors

LA home decor shop round-up

If you have seen me recently (or watch my IG stories) you have witnessed me running around like mad trying to get projects wrapped up before baby. Acura recently loaned me out their new MDX Sport Hybrid which I have taken to all corners of town in picking up items for my Mandy Moore residential project and I’ve received a lot of inquiries about what my go-to home decor stores are in LA so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share a round-up while I also gush about my month with the Acura MDX Sport Hybrid.

First, it was my first time ever driving a hybrid and I was so impressed with how long I could go between fill ups! In the entire month I only had to put gas in once and like I said, I have been in the car A LOT lately. Mandy lives on the opposite site of town from me so site visits are an automatic 2 hours in the car. One feature I loved on those long trips in this heat are the air cooled seats! It has been 100 degree plus at her house (and no air conditioning since it is currently an open job site) so when I get back into the car and can turn on the cooling seats, this oh so pregnant mama was thanking her lucky stars.

The styling of the MDX is also right up my alley. The unique headlights and the black rims (you known I love anything monochromatic) feel really modern. It has also been so nice to be able to have the extra space in the back of the MDX for toting things around and picking up furniture etc. It has more than my current vehicle even though they are both SUV’s.

And now onto where I have been doing all my favorite shopping for my clients…

Midland
Washington Blvd.
Culver City

I’ve already shared my love for Midland when it comes to fashion, but they have some great special home items too.

Kelly Wearstler
Melrose Ave.
West Hollywood

Kelly Wearstler has been an inspiration for me since I was just out of college and working in advertising. One of our clients was the Viceroy which was just getting built and Ms. Wearstler designed. I worked on the sales brochures and fell head over heals for all the stunning images.

Consort
Melrose Ave.

Consort is another fave that brings some serious edge to interiors. Think high fashion for your home.

Lawson Fenning
Melrose Ave.

Right down the street is Lawson Fenning. They actually have two locations but the Melrose location is where I usually go. We picked up a sofa from here for Mandy Moore. The furniture is to die for and they also have a seriously killer collection of ceramics.

Nickey Kehoe
Beverly Blvd.

Also in the same hood is Nickey Kehoe, they stock their own furniture as well as vintage finds for a more warm and eclectic vibe.

Surfing Cowboys
Venice Blvd.

Speaking of vintage, one of my favorite resources for that laid back California vintage style is Surfing Cowboys.

See below for a more complete list of my favorite LA home stores. Happy Shopping!

Thanks to Acura for lending me the MDX and for sponsoring this post. This was my personal review of the vehicle, all thoughts and ideas are my own. 

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.

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Aren’t these incredible?

See the before tour of our place here. 

rustic modern before & after

modern rustic living room makeover // sarah sherman samuelLast week I trekked out to timbuktu Santa Clarita to get to see, style, and shoot the space I designed for the lovely Eden, of Sugar and Charm, and I am SO excited to show you the final reveal! A while back I shared the initial design board I created for her, we honed in on her style and named it “rustic modern”. So here we go…

p.s. her house isn’t really that far away but us L.A. folks like to complain about driving and her picturesque “country” neighborhood does make it feel like a different world. I mean there were horses walking down the street while I was there.

modern rustic room makeover // sarah sherman samuelmodern rustic living room makeover // sarah sherman samuelI picked a fairly monochromatic palette of varying shades of blacks and whites which set the backdrop for that chair and its pop of yellow. Also, by keeping with a limited color scheme we were able to combine all the styles that Eden is drawn to (traditional, rustic, country, and modern), as well as infuse a little of my modern california eclectic aesthetic, without it looking too mismatched. And as per usual, I played up natural textures and patterns so the neutral palette didn’t fall flat.

modern rustic living room makeover // sarah sherman samuelmodern rustic living room makeover // sarah sherman samuelmodern rustic room makeover // sarah sherman samuelThe “porcupine quill” mirror creates such a unique focal point for the entry, it’s the first thing you see when you walk in the door and probably my favorite piece in the space. Heart eyed emoji for days!

modern rustic living room makeover // sarah sherman samuelmodern rustic living room makeover // before & after // sarah sherman samuelmodern rustic living room makeover // before & after // sarah sherman samuelmodern rustic room makeover // sarah sherman samuelmodern rustic living room makeover // before & after // sarah sherman samuelIn the main seating/living area we swapped her large wooden coffee table for the smaller round one, which together with painting the fireplace white, opened up the space making it lighter and brighter.

modern rustic living room makeover // before & after // sarah sherman samuelmodern rustic living room makeover // before & after // sarah sherman samuelmodern rustic living room makeover // before & after // sarah sherman samuelWe moved the “landing pad”/console table to the other side of the room which made the space for a gallery wall and bench… a cozy place to pull on and off shoes. Eden also swapped out the old, not so great door, for an awesome dutch door, adding to the farmhouse feel.

modern rustic living room makeover // before & after // sarah sherman samuelmodern rustic living room makeover // before & after // sarah sherman samueldon’t miss the side by side before & after’s, after the jump…

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modern country – living room

modern country // living room & entry // sarah sherman samuelRecently, I have been working on a living room design for Eden of Sugar and Charm and it is allllmost finished, so I thought I would share the design board I created for her with my initial furniture selects for the space. Eden’s style is “rustic modern” which was a fun twist on my usual aesthetic. Her house is in an idyllic neighborhood outside of LA that I didn’t even know existed. When I arrived at her place I felt like I pulled up to the neighborhood I grew up in, in the mid-west! So to match the location, Eden’s style and the style of the house…this is my take on a “modern country” living space.

Her living room is similar to mine in that it is a living room & entryway all in one space, so there were a few different furniture clusters to address. An entry/console table and mirror for the entry, as well as a bench and gallery wall that serves as a place to pull on and off shoes, and the main seating area with accent chairs, sofa, and coffee table. I balanced the two different styles by making sure there were several elements of both modern and country (or rustic). The rustic entry bench is offset by the modern frames and the sleek console table. The modern shaped sofa is balanced by the more traditional cozy silhouette of the yellow chair, etc. etc. And as always, I like to layer in natural patterns and textures like the fur on the chair (love the unexpected combination of the fur on such a traditional chair), the cow hide pillow, wood grain, plants, woven baskets, and that mirror… which is made to look like porcupine quills!

I can’t wait to show you how the space turns out!

Sources: Porcupine Quill Mirror // Zahra Table Lamp // Tribeca Console Table // Woven Storage Baskets // Fur Occasional Chair // Floor Lamp // Sofa // Cow Pillow // Faux Fur Pillow // Yellow Chair // Casablanca Rug // Coffee table // Brass Side Table // Bench

home progress: bedroom tour

bedroom tour // sarah sherman samuelSince the little one arrived, I have been spending a whole lot of extra time in the bedroom, nursing, napping, recovering… and thought it was about time I give a proper tour of the space. I made a couple changes since the last update, and lord knows it has come a long way from the hole in our backyard. I finally found the perfect nightstands, and I hung those dip-dyed indigo curtains that I made, during my indigo dye-fest a while back. Hope you enjoy the space!

bedroom tour // sarah sherman samuelbedroom tour // sarah sherman samuelI couldn’t be happier with how the curtains turned out, they really warm up the space and add a bit of color without being too overwhelming. Oh and P.S. I used Ikea curtains!

bedroom tour // sarah sherman samuelbedroom tour // sarah sherman samuelbedroom tour // sarah sherman samuel05bedroom-sarahshermansamuelThe nightstands are from West Elm and happened to have the exact measurements that I was looking for. I also love the delicate look of the gold and glass which off sets the darker wood of the sconces and the dresser. I know they aren’t exactly kid friendly but in the master bedroom I think that is allowed, for now at least. :)

bedroom tour // sarah sherman samuelCracker always finds a way to sneak into any photo shoot but what home is complete without a pet or two photo bombing anyway? Below are all the sources! xo

To see all of our home renovation progress, check here
To see more of the bedroom progress, check here

Nightstands by West Elm // Curtains DIY dyed, from Ikea // Curtain Rod from West Elm // Sconces by Cedar & Moss // Flower Print by Debbie Carlos  // Rug from Esalerugs.com // Pendant Lamp from a vintage shop, find new: Octo Pendant by Secto // Bedding by Parachute // Bed from West Elm (I re-upholstered it, DIY here) // Dresser is Vintage from Sunbeam Vintage // Hexagon plant stand from One Kings Lane // Mouse Print from Mini & Maximus // Jewelry Boxes from West Elm // Paint color is Snowfall by Behr

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

gender neutral nursery for baby samuel

gender neutral nursery design // cloud wallpaper // sarah sherman samuelOk, one week until my due date and the nursery is finally getting going! I’ve had this board and the design for a while so the items have been slowly trickling in. Between this and my online ordering excursion for the bathroom, our front porch has turned into quite the shipping and receiving department! So, besides being up to our ears in cardboard boxes, it is all starting to come together.

I turned one of my own patterns into some custom wallpaper, which is that cloud pattern at the top and we put it up last weekend! I am hoping to get the rest of the room set up this weekend (fingers crossed and the if the baby stays in :).

I have to say I am super excited that we are having a boy but so much of the “baby boy” clothes and “baby boy” nursery decor, I am just not a fan of. I don’t like primary colors and for some reason it seems like that is 90% of what they offer for our male littles. I wanted the nursery to be an extension of our home and so I kept to a light and whimsical palette incorporating a lot of natural materials in their raw state (bamboo mirrors, unfinished wood crib, and the natural reed baskets) and injected a bit of color with the peach rug, toys, and a painted dresser.

Now about that dresser shown above. Ideally this is the shape I was looking for, however it doesn’t come in the color I wanted, so with a little help from photoshop I changed it just for the board. I am planning another ikea hack to get that look but for a lot less.

Wish me luck!

Product Sources: (top to bottom and left to right-ish)
Custom Cloud Wallpaper by Sarah Sherman Samuel // Mirrors from Wayfair // Rock Lamp from Land of Nod // Stuffed Animals by Woodland Tale // Falling Bear & Fox Prints from Land of Nod // Dresser by Urbangreen // Arrow Banner from Ferm Living // Set of Three Lidded Baskets from One Kings Lane // Henry the Fox by Walnut Animal Society // Milo Swivel Glider from Land of Nod // Sheepskin Rug from Amazon // Peach Vintage Rug from Frances Loom // Crib by Kalon Studios // Throw Blanket from Target