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Mandy Moore’s Family Room Tour

I’m wrapping up the tours of our Moore Residence project today with the very last one in the family room. The space’s dreamy color palette is the sum of different hues that were woven throughout the house as if this one room ties the whole project together.

Just like the rest of the house, the family room was stripped down to its barest form in order to take it back to its mid-century roots, while simultaneously propelling it forward to the current century. The biggest project to tackle in this space was the fireplace wall which was part of the early 90’s renovation that was a disservice to the mid-century home. We removed the granite surround and curved lines from the fireplace and re-surfaced it using Fireclay’s thin bricks to make it more authentic to the time period.

From the beginning we knew we wanted to create a long floating bench/hearth that ran the entire length of the wall and Emily Farnham, the architect, came up with the idea to make it a custom palladiana terrazzo bench, which is now easily the show piece of the room. She created a few mock-ups of the terrazzo digitally and from there we went marble tile shopping. Once we picked out our palette of marble tiles we went to work busting the pieces up and hand placed each of the aggregate pieces along the bench so we could get our ideal composition. It was so fun rolling up our sleeves and getting our hands a little dirty on the job site, even if I was about 8 months pregnant. From there the pros, Cisneros Terrazzo came in and made all the magic happen.

The sofa was another important piece in the space, with its position floating in the most central space of the house, the back of the sofa needed to be visually considered just as much as the front. When I saw Croft House’s sofa and the detailing on the back cushions it was an easy sell. Not only are the leather straps and the wood accents stunning, but the sofa itself has a deep seat and soft upholstered arms and cushions which makes it perfect for curling up to watch TV. It really is that elusive winning combination of tailored and comfortable.

And finally, the coffee table… my coffee table! I have been working on developing my own line of furniture and “The Pentwater Round” which is seen here, as well as the “Pentwater Octagon” (which you may remember from the Christopher Kennedy Showhouse and my desert A-frame), are the very first pieces. 4th Period Woodshop did an incredible job bringing my design to life for this custom one for Mandy. With our move, and other changes in the studio, the table has yet to be released. If you’d like to inquire about a custom piece you can contact our studio through shop@sarahshermansamuel .com or sign up for our newsletter here to be notified when it is available for purchase.

A view from the kitchen shows the flow between the two rooms.

Natural elements like stone, wood, leather and fur are accented with refined touches of brass and velvet to create a welcoming mix of masculine and feminine and a perfect example of the relaxed but edited aesthetic that I’m always looking to create.

Let’s take a quick trip back to see where we started…

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To see all the tours and progress of the Moore Residence project, check here.

Shop the Look: Pentwater Round Coffee Table – by Sarah Sherman Samuel // Fireplace Tile by Fireclay Tile // Sofa by Croft House // Floor Lamp from Jayson Home // Wood Stool from Jayson Home // Armchairs from Anthropologie // Gold Side Table from Jayson Home //Bench – Vintage and Reupholstered in Fabricut Lavender Velvet //  Brass Coffee Table Bowls from Jayson Home // Decorative Wooden Bowl from Crate & Barrel // Square Throw Pillow from Barneys //Mudcloth Pillow from Etsy // Sheepskin Throw from Amazon // Custom Commisioned Art by Cindy Hsu Zell // Turkish Kilim Rug – Vintage // Green Marble Decorative Object From Anthropologie // Brass Footed Bowls

Interior Architecture by Emily Farnham 
Interior Design by Sarah Sherman Samuel
Photography by Tessa Neustadt 
Built by Bronstruction

Moore Residence Library Tour

I saved a couple of the best room tours in our Mandy Moore house project for last… one is the library nook that we carved out of an un-used hallway by creating the built-in sofa to cozy up in and shelves to house Taylor’s book collection.  As you will see in some of the before photos below, there was already some traditional wood bookshelves along one wall, but we scrapped those and re-worked the layout completely. I wanted to delineate the space more into its’ own room and by adding shelves in some areas and taking away shelves in others, we did exactly that. We also added swing sconces over the sofa and swapped out the peaked “mall skylight”, as architect Emily Farnham coined it, for a more streamlined option. The end result is a quiet moment in the house that makes a huge impact.

I still dream of that color velvet. We went back and forth on the fabric for this sofa for months. At first it was going to be a green cotton canvas and we must have looked at a couple dozen shades of green, however there was already a lot of green in the house. We then looked at some shades of blue and almost landed on a chambray but then there was taupe and a puddy/lavender and maybe a warm grey?… but every swatch we went back and forth on there was always one person that wasn’t 100% on board between Mandy, Taylor, Emily and myself. It wasn’t until I found the ochre colored velvet(or “whiskey” to be exact) that brought on a very quick unanimous hell yes! And now I couldn’t imagine it any other way.

Now let’s peek back at the before…

 

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See all of the progress and tours of our Mandy Moore Residential project here. 

Shop the Look: Custom Built-in Sofa in Fabricut Velvet // Arm Sconces From PhotonicStudio // Teak Stool From Grandin Road // Rug – Vintage // Ceramic Bowl From Spartan Shop // Planter From Spartan Shop // Ivory Vase From CB2 // Ceramic Boat Tray From Etsy // White Spike Planter From Jayson Home // Artwork by Claire Oswalt 

Interior Architecture by Emily Farnham 
Interior Design by Sarah Sherman Samuel
Photography by Tessa Neustadt 
Built by Bronstruction

The Moore Residence Study Tour

We are in the home stretch of our Mandy Moore house tour. Sidenote: I forgot how long it takes to put these posts together, you know all the sizing photos, linking sources, and then actually writing about it. Time is something not on my side at the moment so thank you for being patient in what has turned into the longest reveal ever. haha

Today I am sharing the study, as we called it, and it serves as Taylor’s office/music room. Mandy wanted this space to be all Taylor so while he rolled with whatever Mandy, Emily and I came up with in the rest of the house, he had just a couple boxes he wanted ticked in this space. One of which, that at the beginning, I was fairly worried about executing.

The first request was built-in book cases to house some of his collection and second was a desk (easily fulfilled requests), but the third was that he wanted a guitar wall. To be honest I got a little cringey as visions of huge clunky wooden guitar racks filled my brain, but I am never one to shy away from a challenge so I set out to turn the guitar wall into a feature to love and to my surprise it ended up being my absolute favorite part of the room.

I thought we were going to have to build something custom but when we came across these gorgeous minimal guitar mounts I knew they were the answer to all my worries. When it came to mounting them I asked taylor to bring out all the guitars he wanted to hang. Similarly to how I hang a gallery wall, I then treated the guitars as art and composed the exact layout that I wanted on the floor. From there I eyeballed the placement one by one as we replicated the layout on the wall.

guitar mount - mandy moore house - sarah sherman samuelFor the built-in cabinets and shelves, we initially thought to have them separate from the desk with a floating desk in the middle of the room. However in order to maximize enough space for a sofa and lounge area, we integrated the desk into the cabinetry and the result Emily and I both agreed it was a much better flow and use of space.

And here is a quick look at what we started with.

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See all of the progress and tours of our Mandy Moore Residential project here. 

Shop the Look: Sofa From Lawson Fenning // Rug – Vintage // Coffee Table – Vintage from Chairish // Black Armchair // Green Stone & Brass Side Table from CB2 // Leather Office Chair From West Elm // Wood Side Table From Candelabra // Arm Sconce by Photonic Studio // Guitar Wall Mount From Hudson Valley Hard Goods // Ceiling Pendant From Cedar & Moss // Grey Trays From Jayson Home // Throw Pillows From The Citizenry

Interior Architecture by Emily Farnham 
Interior Design by Sarah Sherman Samuel
Photography by Tessa Neustadt 
Built by Bronstruction

Mandy Moore Jack & Jill Bathroom Tour

Between the two guest bedrooms in our Moore Residential project is a shared jack & jill bathroom, or as one reader commented, it should be called a Jack & Rebecca bath! No matter what it’s called it sure does have it all. And by all I mean ALL the things I could ever want in a bathroom. Poured terrazzo floors with a custom brass inlay (designed by yours truly), check… a freestanding bathtub with modern lines perfect for a bath caddy, check… gold toned fixtures, check … stunning handmade tile, check… that Mercedes Benz of toilets, check… every single detail in this space was poured over by myself, Emily Farnham (interior Architect), Mandy, Bronstruction (the builders) and Cisneros Terrazzo (the folks that executed my inlay pattern and who made the terrazzo flooring throughout the house.

If I had a nickel for every time I got a “where did that _____ come from” in regards to this bathroom from the sneak peeks on IG, I would have A LOT of nickels. Outside of the custom pieces, the tile (from Fireclay) and the sconces (from Allied Maker), everything in this bathroom came from Wayfair. From the bathtub and faucets, right down to the soap dish and towels… all Wayfair! (All the links are at the bottom of the post). So without further ado, let’s get on to the tour…

terrazzo floors with brass inlay // custom by sarah sherman samuel // mandy moore homeWe went with poured-on-site terrazzo throughout the entire house but I knew I wanted to do something extra special with the flooring in this centrally located bathroom. I created the geometric pattern to scale and the Cisneros guys painstakingly brought it to life in brass, exactly as I drew it.

mandy moore guest bath // sarah sherman samuelNow I want to take you back to what we started with…

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The previous vanity jutted too far into the space, it not only had a large footprint but it also added so much unnecessary visual weight to the room with all the competing angles, the shelving, and the raised panel doors. Essentially, it had a lot going on and in the interest of opening the space up and bringing it back to its’ modern roots we replaced it with a paired down custom floating vanity.

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Shot by Trevor Tondro for Architectural Digest

As you can see the vanity no longer takes up heaps of the room. Also a vast improvement is the replacement of the glass block wall with a floor to ceiling window. In the original design, as Harold Zook intended, there was actually an exterior glass door where the glass block window was. Without the need of a door, Emily thought it best to replace it with a single glass window which more closely resembles the original design. Oh and there is an electric roller blind at the top that is on a switch so you can get some privacy at the push of a button (I know you were wondering).

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guest bathroom // brass terrazzo, mandy moore // sarah sherman samuelThe tiny phone booth style shower was nixed and replaced with a glass enclosure, further opening up the space and the freestanding soaker bathtub is a major upgrade from the small alcove tub.

See all of the progress and tours of our Mandy Moore Residential project here. 

 

Shop the Look: Sink Faucets from Wayfair // Tub Faucets from Wayfair //  Tub Trim from Wayfair //Bathtub Drain from Wayfair //  Bathtub from Wayfair // Shower Trim from Wayfair // Shower Head from Wayfair // Shower Drain from Wayfair  // Wall Mount Hand Shower from Wayfair// Sinks from Wayfair // Toilet From Wayfair // Vanity Mirrors from Wayfair // Sconces from Allied Maker // Hand Soap & Lotion from Aesop // Bath Towels from Wayfair // Hand Towel from Wayfair // Soap Dish from Wayfair // Waste Basket from Wayfair // Custom Bathtub Caddy by Lee Sherman + Sarah Sherman Samuel // Volakas Marble slab from Stoneland // Fireclay Tile in “Rosemary”in 3×6

Interior Architecture by Emily Farnham 
Interior Design by Sarah Sherman Samuel
Photography by Tessa Neustadt 
Built by Bronstruction

Mandy Moore Exterior Tour

If you’ve been following along my IG stories, you know I have had my mind on exteriors since we have been working on ours at our #samuelfamilyfixer this week. So while I have been sharing the Mandy Moore project tours here, I couldn’t help but jump to her homes’ exterior. I sure do miss having this magical place as a job site.

I wasn’t involved with the exterior design, other than a few supportive oohs and aahs, so together we can ogle at the work Emily Farnham did with Landscape Architects, Terremoto.

Can you handle these views and that incredible poolside furniture? Here is a bit about the site from Emily.

Progressive landscape architects Terremoto brought rigor and drama to the exterior environment. They gave the property the well-composed entry sequence it deserves, and an inspired view from every vantage point thereafter.  I worked closely with them to capitalize on all possible indoor-outdoor connections.  They added amenities to the site including an entry court fountain, a fire pit, and beautifully detailed outdoor benches.”  

And about that outdoor kitchen, also from Architect Emily Farnham

“We collaborated with Terremoto on a pool-side entertaining pergola including an outdoor kitchen and dining area overlooking the pool and mountain views beyond.  We chose Fire Magic outdoor appliances for the kitchen.  They have a great minimalist drop-in outdoor grill as well as a pretty stainless-steel under-counter ice machine and refrigerator.  During the design phase Johnston Vidal, Terremoto and I realized that all have the same favorite engineer – Craig Phillips.  We asked for only 4 columns on our pergola and Craig obliged by pre-cambering the support beams to achieve the impressive long span.”     

For the furnishings, Emily noted that she looked to Terremoto’s raw aesthetic for inspiration.  She selected pieces that had elemental geometry and a sculptural quality and turned to some of her favorites brands, Croft House, James Perse, DWR and Sutherland. Outdoor furniture can easily get clunky and I am always on the look out for pieces that don’t scream “hey look at me, I’m outdoor furniture!”. Emily nailed it with every single piece. They are sculptural as well as functional and complement the architecture so well. 

Shop the Look: Poolside Lounge Chairs by James Perse // Chair, Sofa and coffee table from Sutherland // Dining Table from Croft House // Outdoor Appliances by Fire Magic

Now onto the before and afters…

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HISTORICAL “BEFORE” PHOTO

AFTER RESTORATION

The most important thing they did (in my opinion) was bring back the original terraced look of the eaves. At some point someone replaced them with flat stucco (shown in the first photo of the series) and I know they hoped that the original was still hidden underneath but on further inspection it was not. Emily worked with the contractors Bronstruction to completely re-build them, replicating the original design.

 

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Stunning transformation don’t you think?!

Interior Architecture by Emily Farnham 
Interior Design by Sarah Sherman Samuel
Landscape Architecture by Terremoto
Photography by Tessa Neustadt 
Built by Bronstruction and Johnston Vidal Projects

See all of the progress and tours of our Mandy Moore Residential project here. 

Mandy Moore Second Guest Bedroom Tour

I’ve got a new room tour from our Mandy Moore residential project that we have been keeping under wraps until now! Most of the house has a soft color palette, without a lot of high contrast, but we wanted to have some fun in one of the guest bedrooms with this bold graphic look. Stripes on stripes on stripes, with some beautiful natural textures like linen bedding from Parachute and caning on the Modernica headboard, to keep it from looking too stark.

This guest room was done more on the budget friendly side of the spectrum pulling a lot from some of my favorite accessible brands like CB2, Zara Home, and Cedar & Moss. The CB2 nightstand and sconce combo is one hot pairing and the Blockshop prints were a late addition to the design but were the perfect fit.

Let’s take a look at what we started with…

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Dark floors and dark curtains were absorbing all that light. We used Farrow & Ball’s “All White” for all the interior paint and the light terrazzo floors certainly help brighten up the space.

To see all the tours and progress of the Moore Residence project, so far, check here.

Shop the Look: Ceiling Pendant From Cedar & Moss //Bed From Horne // Side Table From CB2 // Bedside Sconces From Urban Outfitters // Rug From Nordic Knots // Bedding From Parachute // Throw Pillow From Etsy // Throw Blanket From The Citizenry //  Glass & Carafe From Crate & Barrel // Black Candleholder From Zara Home // Left Artwork From Block Shop // Right Artwork From Block Shop // Leather Valet Tray From Zara Home //

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