kitchen design

Juniper is Here!

a-frame finished kitchen renovation semihandmade sarah sherman samuelI have some exciting news! Remember the beautiful green prototype version of my SSS signature doors for SemiHandmade that we installed in our old A-frame? Well it took a while to get the exact color dialed in consistently enough to pass SemiHandmade’s high quality standards but they finally got the right formula and as of today “Juniper” is now available!

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To give you a quick summary on all things SemiHandmade, they make quality doors in a range of designs that fit the Ikea kitchen system, thus creating the look of a custom kitchen at a more affordable price. You buy the cabinet boxes from Ikea and the doors and trim from SemiHandmade. So far I have used their DIY shaker in our LA kitchen and in the Trullbrook kitchen, their Slab Supermatte in LightLab, my SSS design in the Maya Brenner office and our A-frame and I have a few more exciting projects in the works to share soon!

It has been one year since the launch of my SSS “Modern Beaded” door design for SemiHandmade and we are celebrating with the launch of Juniper (perfect timing for Christmas right?!)! Adding the eighth color to my signature palette but guess what else? Starting in January, Semihandmade is going to be rolling out all eight of those colors to their Slab and Shaker door designs as well. Blush, Juniper, Night Sky, Agave, Desert Grey… they will all be available in the Slab and Shaker profiles in addition to my Modern Beaded. The gangs allll here!

To see my original post on our partnership around the SSS “modern beaded” design, read about it here.

samuel family fixer kitchen update!

She gone! Goodbye small old kitchen with zero counter space! Construction has officially started (FINALLY) and while I am still playing catch up in the design. Yes, I broke my cardinal rule (again) of not starting construction until after the design is finished and materials are on site, but we couldn’t wait any longer. We’ve been a bit swamped between the kids, and work, client projects, the move, and our second move (into a rental house during construction) etc etc and that left very little time to work on our own house, it ended up coming last but we finally got some help with the kiddos and I’m wrapping up some things, so now it’s my turn! I hope you’re as ready as I am for me to start sharing progress and process as we go! Thankfully I pretty much designed the whole kitchen before we even saw the house in person, so I am starting there! See my initial plans to get all caught up here.

Our renovation couldn’t have come at a better time. I started working on the kitchen in my head before we even made an offer and long before we set foot in the house. As soon as we were in escrow I started on the design. Part of my process for myself is that I first create my ultimate space with no regards to budget or logistics, just whatever I can dream up. It’s my utopia space and anything goes. Then I work backwards from there and get creative on how I can execute the look within my budget. Remember the A-frame living room? It worked there, and thats exactly how I started in the kitchen. But, spoiler alert, this time around I hit the jackpot. I had dropped a 36″ white range into a rendering I was working on and turned the hardware a gold color in photoshop, just making up what I wanted in there, and no joke a week later I got an email that Café Appliances was launching this beautiful new line of appliances with customizable hardware (you can choose from 4 different metallics, Stainless, Bronze, Black, and Copper) and the face of them are either Matte Black or Matte White! MY DREAMS LITERALLY CAME TRUE. They reached out to ask me to become a part of their Café Collective (a group of women they brought together to work with over the coming months who each “have an unapologetic approach to embracing their distinct style”) to which I screamed and jumped out of my chair and ran to tell Rupe that I just visualized our kitchen appliances into being. Ok I didn’t really, the talented folks at Café did but I can pretend to take credit like they plucked the design right from my brain. I am just thrilled they exist and even more thrilled that I get to use them in our new kitchen.

samuel family fixer kitchen moodboard Earlier this month I took a trip down to Louisville, Kentucky to dive deep into all things Café Appliances. We got to see them installed in a few homes, we toured the factory, got a taste of Louisville (and the bourbon), did some mixed metal jewelry making and created real-life inspiration boards around the spaces that each of us will be creating with the Café Appliances. It was so fun to see how different everyone’s boards turned out based on their own personal style. That’s mine above!

Speaking of personal style… I like to reference client’s wardrobes when designing for them because what you choose to put on your body is such a great reflection of your style and I feel like your home should reflect that just as much! So for my own space I turned to my wardrobe…

sarah sherman samuel layers and noticed a whole lot of whites, ivories, natural materials, combining different textures and always a touch of gold with my jewelry.

When it came to overall design of the kitchen, I wanted it to be similar, bright, natural, open, a reflection of me, and feel like part of the living space. Crazy but true…I never thought I would want an all white kitchen for myself. I usually gravitate towards colored cabinets but in this space I wanted the wood ceiling (the only original feature in this room that we are keeping) to be a main focal point. See the before photos here, but previously the kitchen had a lot of wood, A LOT. Wood floors, wood ceiling and wood cabinets. I am a big fan of natural wood but if you’ve been following me for a while you know I like a bright space and since the wood ceiling was so special that meant I wanted to remove the other wood finishes to really let it shine.

When I looked at my clothes, other parts of the house, my products, the finishes and appliances I knew I wanted to use, a color (or lack there of) palette started to come together. Thankfully Café Appliances gets that you want your house to be a reflection of you and it doesn’t have to stop at the appliances. There is so much stainless steel out there and not much else, so it’s incredibly refreshing to be able to find customizable appliances to fit my or a client’s style.

And finally, I took all that inspiration above along with some sourcing leg work and translated it into the product selects and finishes for our kitchen.

sarah sherman samuel kitchen // samuel family fixer Wood, terrazzo, quartz, brass, cement… and a lot of love. A lot of love for all the things. :) Are you as surprised as me that I am doing all white or do you think “duh this is totally you”? The key to making all white not boring is to play up all the textures and of course the pop of metallic really helps. Wish me luck!

Sources for first photo: Sweater by Entire World // Jeans from Asos // Table from CB2 // Chair from CB2 // Gold Initial Necklace from Maya Brenner // Gold rings from L Frank Jewelry

Sources for second photo: Sweater from Club Monaco // Top from Sugar Candy Mountain // Jeans from Topshop // Gold rings from L Frank Jewelry

Sources from living room photo: Rug is vintage // Ottoman by sarah sherman samuel // coffee table from Urban Outfitters // rug is vintage // chair is vintage // Art from Minted // stool from lulu and georgia // vase is from CB2 // Planter from CB2  // Pillow form Kesslyr Dean

Kitchen Sources: Range from Café Appliances // Dishwasher from Café Appliances // Refrigerator from Café Appliances // Fresh Concrete countertop by Caesarstone // White Cabinets by Sarah Sherman Samuel for SemiHandmade // Brass hardware by Sarah Sherman Samuel for Park Studio // Faucet by Kallista // Stool from The Citizenry // Pendant Light from Allied Maker // Quartz Sink by Elkay // Cement Tile by Granada Tile

SSS x SemiHandmade Cabinet Doors!

sarah sherman samuel kitchen cabinet doors for SemiHandmade for IKEAIt’s here, it’s here! Today is launch day for my signature line of cabinet doors I designed for SemiHandmade. If you’ve read my blog for any length of time you probably are not a stranger to SemiHandmade either. I used them in my own kitchen in LA and our A-frame kitchen. As well as some clients kitchens. They create high quality doors to fit on Ikea cabinetry so you can get the look of a custom kitchen without having to pay the price of a custom kitchen and you can use them on some of their bath and media cabinets as well.

sarah sherman samuel kitchen cabinet doors for SemiHandmade for IKEA sarah sherman samuel kitchen cabinet doors for SemiHandmade for IKEAAbout a year ago I was designing a kitchen for a client that wanted to use Semihandmade in their kitchen and that is when I came up with the idea of designing my own front and proposed the idea to John (Semihandmade founder) with some drawings and a rendering. I proposed the modern take on the classic bead board and John and his team produced it exactly as I imagined. 

sarah sherman samuel kitchen cabinet doors for SemiHandmade for IKEA Why a modern beadboard? I wanted to bring my modern version of the beadboard to market because of its clean design and its versatility. It can easily fit into a farmhouse style home paired with an apron sink and more traditional hardware while still giving the space an updated look. And it works equally as well in a very modern space with cleaner lines and paired down details. The simple geometry of the vertical lines convey a clean foundation without a ton of decoration but just enough detail to add some texture and simple pattern to the room. They have the ability to fit into kitchens of a range of styles depending on what they are paired with. 

sarah sherman samuel kitchen cabinet doors for SemiHandmade for IKEA sarah sherman samuel kitchen cabinet doors for SemiHandmade for IKEA For the collection we came up with 8 custom colors. A few of the colors I knew I had to have as they turn up in my client work and my own home so much, like the blush pink (blush) and the dark green (juniper), so I specified those. From there I of course wanted to make sure we had to all the basics, white, black, off-white etc and then I worked closely with Semihandmade to chose the rest of the colors from thermafoil samples. There is a warm grey (desert grey) which is close to a khaki color and another favorite is Agave (shown directly above) which is similar to my original cabinet color but reads more blue. 

And now to share how these doors can work in the living room as well!…

sarah sherman samuel for Semihandmade // Cabinet doors for Ikea cabinetry For this 75″ credenza shown above (in 4 of the 8 colors available), this is your shopping list.

Ikea parts
(2) 30″Wx20H” wall cabinet (frame only) Article Number: 102.654.53
(1) 15W”x20H” wall cabinet Article Number: 802.654.59
3 boxes $105

(2) Maximera drawers 30″W x 14 3/4″D Article Number: 802.656.71
2 drawers $90

(3) packs hinges (2 hinges per door)  Article Number: 602.046.45
3 packs hinges $18

(2) packs soft close (use 1 per door)  Article Number: 602.418.22
2 packs soft close $14

Semihandmade parts (available on the website November 20th)

(3) 15″x20″ SSS door $99 each
(2) 30″x10″ SSS drawer front $99 each
Doors/drawers $495

(1) Top white or black 76″ (for 75″ credenza) $199
(1) Frame (hold legs) white/black powder coated $149
(4) Legs- white/black, round or square 6″ high. $75

Appx Total for Ikea and Semi parts is $1150 (hardware not included)

Another piece of furniture you can create with the doors is a sideboard…

To make this 60″ sideboard here is your shopping list:

Ikea parts
(2) 30″Wx30H” wall cabinet (frame only) Article Number: 702.654.69
2 boxes $88

(4) packs hinges (2 hinges per door)  Article Number: 602.046.45
4 packs hinges $24

(2) packs soft close (use 1 per door)  Article Number: 602.418.22
2 packs soft close $14

Semihandmade parts (available on the website November 20th)
(4) 15″x30″ SSS door $129 each
Doors/drawers $516

(1) Top white or black 61″ (for 60″ credenza) $179 Oak top $219

(1) Base white/black powder coated $159

Appx Total for Ikea and Semi parts is $980 (decorative hardware not included)

sarah sherman samuel kitchen cabinet doors for SemiHandmade for IKEA I couldn’t be more excited to see this collaboration come to life and I can’t wait to start seeing these doors turn up in peoples homes!

And if you are eyeing the pretty brass knobs and pulls, that is all from my line of hardware with Park Studio! I designed the half moon shapes specifically to coordinate with my cabinet door design. I wanted something that updated our modern take on the beadboard even more and working from my love of simple geometric shapes the half moon shape was the perfect compliment to the clean vertical lines, especially how they can come together to make a full circle. 

Find out more about the hardware here, And visit Semihandmade for all the info and to start an order on the cabinet doors! x

Introducing project Oh Joy

joy-kitchen-finishes-finalHi guys, I’m here with another really exciting project to share! If you have been a blog reader for any amount of time you will know my next client and friend, Joy Cho of Oh Joy. She recently moved into a new studio space and I’m thrilled to be working with her on the design. First up is the kitchen!

oh-joy-kitchen-beforeIn the before photo you will see the layout is not ideal. It’s shaped like the Tetris S shape that would always screw up my game (child of the 80’s!). Also, I don’t think I’ve ever seen this color brown/tan even in the same vicinity as the bright and colorful Joy, so the current kitchen doesn’t reflect her or her brand at all. First thing I wanted to do was change the foot print of the kitchen.

oh-joy-kitchen-design-sarah-sherman-samuelOn top you will see the current layout and below is my proposed new layout. Instead of losing that storage space in the corner I wanted to take away the bank of cabinets against the north wall and build up a bigger bank of cabinets on one big peninsula. This will give more usable counterspace and storage while also creating a better focal point around the sink.

When it came to the finishes there were a few things Joy new she wanted and a few things I knew I wanted so we came up with a must-have list.

1: Floating Shelves
2: Marble Countertops
3: Mint Green
4: Cement Tile Backsplash
5: Brass Accents

Below you’ll see three options I created for the initial design direction.

oh-joy-kitchen-optionsThey all cross our must have items off the list but have slight variations on each. The first option was to use the mint color on the cabinets and then tile the backsplash up past the floating shelf, ending it at varied heights as a design feature. The randomness breaks up all the clean lines and carries the eye through the kitchen.

The second option utilizes one Oh Joy’s own tile designs (she is coming out with an Oh Joy for Clé tile line) and I applied it in a random pattern but tiled it all the way up to the top of the wall. In this one I kept the cabinets white and let the tile stand out on it’s own.

And finally, the third option was using one of Oh Joy’s favorite tile shapes (the scallop), on the backsplash. In this option the color comes from the tile but to keep it from overwhelming the space, I had the tile only go up to the floating shelf.

Have you guessed which one we went with? Below is the chosen option rolled out to the rest of the kitchen so you can get a better idea of how the finished space will look!

oh joy office kitchen // design sarah sherman samuelConstruction started this week! Follow along on my and Joy’s Instagram for some more behind the scenes progress and of course I’ll be sharing some progress and the finished space here as well. Stay tuned!

For more behind the design check out today’s post on Oh Joy.

UPDATE: See the full reveal here!

Appliances: KitchenAid // Sink: Ferguson // Faucet: Ferguson // Lighting: Cedar & Moss // Tile: Clé Tile // Stools: CB2 // Cabinetry: Ikea

Light Lab Kitchen Progress

kitchen-progress-5I’m happy to share some progress on the kitchen I designed for Light Lab! I popped over there last week for the countertop install day and it is all really starting to come together… READ MORE