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Maya Brenner Office Tour

sarah sherman samuel // maya brenner office project toursarah sherman samuel // maya brenner office project tour Last year, just after I found out we were expecting, I got a call from Maya Brenner about designing her new office space downtown LA. I have loved her jewelry for a while and the brand she has built so I was excited about the project but hesitant to add on another project before baby. When I met her at the space for the first time she confided that she too was expecting (we were both early days at that point) and we decided we would just make it happen before BOTH of our babe’s arrivals. And so we did.

sarah sherman samuel // maya brenner office project tourThis weekend the LA Times featured the project (you might notice they had us re-shoot our portraits for less pregnant photos (ha),  but I’m sharing the originals) and I am thrilled to now share the whole tour!

sarah sherman samuel // maya brenner office project toursarah sherman samuel // maya brenner office project toursarah sherman samuel // maya brenner office project tourMaya had a few must-haves, above having a functional office space, and they were: 1. bright and colorful but not overwhelming. 2. A press wall that becomes a feature in the space and that she can add to easily, 3. A showroom for the jewelry and plenty of closed storage. 4. A mix of high and low but nothing too precious 5. and finally she wanted it to feel special and reflect her brand.

The press wall (above) turned out to be one of my favorite corners of the space and is an example of the high and low mix. The vintage brass tulip table and the CB2 chairs sitting with a Target vase and magazine clippings taped to the wall. To give the press wall a little polish we used black thin masking tape to hang each piece.

Gem Wallpaper Mural from Houzz // Kaishi Chair from CB2 // Tulip Table (Vintage) // Desktop from Ikea // Desk Legs from Pretty Peg Legs // Waste Bins from The Container Store // Desk Lamp from Schoolhouse Electric // Wall Storage Unit from Ikea //  Conference Table from Article // Conference Chairs (in Wasabi) from West Elm // Pendant Lights from Rejuvenation

sarah sherman samuel // maya brenner office project tourkitchen terrazzo wallpaper One way we brought a lot of visual interest through the space is with wallpaper. We used three different designs but spaced them out throughout the office so they don’t compete with each other. In the kitchen we did a mini-makeover with my Sarah Sherman Samuel for SemiHandmade cabinet doors (before and after below). I noticed that the basic office kitchen that was there previously was Ikea cabinetry so all we had to do was switch out the cabinet doors and hardware for a big change. Then while we were at it we swapped out the countertop for Ikea’s wood one and popped in a new sink and faucet. Maya’s mini kitchen was the first one to use both my Semi-handmade doors and my hardware I designed with Park Studio.

Cabinet Hardware from Sarah Sherman Samuel x Park Studio LA (Mackinaw / Ottawa / Half Moon) // Cabinet Doors from Sarah Sherman Samuel x Semihandmade // Faucet from Home Depot // Ibo Gold Wallpaper from Anthropologie // Wooden Cutting Boards from Sarah Sherman Samuel

sarah sherman samuel // maya brenner office project toursarah sherman samuel // maya brenner office project toursarah sherman samuel // maya brenner office project toursarah sherman samuel // maya brenner office project tourJust as you walk in we created a small lounge area for visitors to relax and for Maya to take informal meetings. The woven back chair Maya already had and I used that as a jumping off point for that space. Behind the chair we hung a scarf by Block Shop, layered a vintage rug over a jute and brought in both brass and natural wood accents to balance each other out.

In the showroom, which became like it’s own life-sized jewelry box, we used my Pink Agate Wallpaper for Lulu & Georgia and I found this vinyl flooring by Atrafloor that looks like marble with a brass inlay. I like to work in juxtopositions and contrast so I used a rugged concrete table to counterbalance the soft pink wallpaper and I also carried some raw wood in here to do more of the same.

Pink Agate Wallpaper from Sarah Sherman Samuel x Lulu & Georgia // Fitzgerald Flooring from AtraFloor // Concrete Table from Wayfair // Wooden Stools from Houzz // Shelf Brackets from Rejuvenation // Chandelier from Wayfair // Drapery from West Elm // Drapery Rods from West Elm // Jute Rug from Overstock // Vintage Turkish Rug // Settee from Anthropologie // Coffee Table from LAX Series // Hanging Scarf from Block Shop // Gold Planter from Urban Outfitters

sarah sherman samuel // maya brenner office project toursarah sherman samuel // maya brenner office project toursarah sherman samuel // maya brenner office project tourIn addition to upgrading the Ikea kitchen with my SemiHandmade doors I turned to Pretty Pegs to upgrade the Ikea desks but swapping out the legs for theirs. The wood with the brass accent was perfect for the space. The centerpiece of the studio is a large white oak conference table from Article which I surrounded with these amazing art deco-esque chairs from West Elm.

Kaishi Chair from CB2 // Desktop from Ikea // Desk Legs from Pretty Pegs // Waste Bins from The Container Store // Desk Lamp from Schoolhouse Electric // Wall Storage Unit from Ikea //  Conference Table from Article // Conference Chairs (in Wasabi) from West Elm // Pendant Lights from Rejuvenation

And now for the little kitchen before and after…

Like I mentioned above, the existing cabinets were from Ikea so we didn’t have to buy or install new cabinets. We were able to swap out the doors and drawer fronts with SemiHandmade for a big change. We also got a new undercounter refrigerator that was panel-ready so we were able to made the kitchen look more seamless with a panel from SemiHandmade as well. The gold Terrazzo like wallpaper is a fun jewel-like pattern that carries your eye up to the ceiling making it feel a little larger, while the wood countertop and gold accents warm up the previous corporate vibes.

Cabinet Hardware from Sarah Sherman Samuel x Park Studio LA (Mackinaw / Ottawa / Half Moon) // Cabinet Doors from Sarah Sherman Samuel x Semihandmade // Faucet from Home Depot // Ibo Gold Wallpaper from Anthropologie // Wooden Cutting Boards from Sarah Sherman Samuel

Finished Studio Tour!

office tour - sarah sherman samuel It’s Monday morning and I just took my tiny commute to our new office and I’m thrilled to share the finished tour with you. It all started with white paint, and a whole $&*# ton of it. The floor is a white epoxy and the walls, trim, and ceiling is Decorator’s White by Benjamin Moore. From there I found my dream sofa, paired it with a natural jute rug, and ran with it. Enjoy! x

office tour - sarah sherman samuel office tour - sarah sherman samuel I found this vintage chair on Etsy and high-tailed it down to San Diego to pick it up. I loved the brass base and that it swivels, win win! You might remember the chandelier was actually the very first purchase. I wanted a big ole modern chandelier and Park Studio made the perfect one.

office tour - sarah sherman samuel office tour - sarah sherman samuel office tour - sarah sherman samuel office tour - sarah sherman samuel I used a soft palette of mostly neutrals aside from the large dose of pink from the sofa and green of the curtains and plantlife. The sofa easily became the statement piece. To bring just a touch of polish I used clear acrylic console tables as desks as well as a lucite and brass curtain rod and brought in pops of metallic like the copper chairs and metallic touches throughout the room.

I am slightly chair obsessed and when I saw the leather sling chairs from the West Elm x Commune collaboration I knew they were meant to be mine. Similarly so is the vintage Albini round rattan chair that is almost %50 sculptural, %50 chair and %100 amazing. I had been coveting the copper wire chairs for quite some time when I found them on Joss & Main and chalked it up to fate, and quickly added them to my collection.

office tour - sarah sherman samuel office tour - sarah sherman samuel office tour - sarah sherman samuel office tour - sarah sherman samuel I couldn’t find a credenza large enough that also didn’t break the bank so I made my own using Ikea’s Besta cabinets as a starting point (DIY to come). Another hack in the room is the coffee table. I had trouble finding one of those big enough as well. I wanted the coffee table to be a meeting place where I could spread presentations out and serve as a more casual conference table. So I used the top of a dining table and arranged cinderblocks in a Y shape to serve as the coffee table base.

The far wall is used as a real life pin board where we have current projects in the works and floating shelves off to the side hold upcoming/current products as well as various tchotchkes and pieces from our limited edition artist collaborations (there’s a new one coming very soon and all I can say is it is SO GOOD. Hint… there is a peek at it here, if you can find it!).

And finally, the wallpaper! I custom designed the wallpaper for the space and had it printed and overnighted to me by the lovely limitless walls, just in time for my studio warming party, but I have some great news for those of you who wanted to get their hands on it. Lulu & Georgia has picked it up and they will be producing this pattern as well as a few more of my designs for a collection of wallpaper to be released soon! I can’t wait to see my paper in some of your homes. xo

P.S. f you want to hear more from me about the space hop over to My Domaine!

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Chandelier by Park Studio // Muuto Rest Sofa from Rypen // Leather sling chairs from West Elm // Flamingo Print by Sharon Montrose // Acrylic Console Table // Copper Wire Chair from Joss & Main // Lucite Curtain Rod from Luxe Hold Ups // Banana Leaf Curtain from H&M  //  Desk Legs from Pretty Pegs // Marble Table Top from high fashion home  // Floating Shelves form Target // hands vase from high fashion home // set of candle sticks from joss and main // set of white candlesticks from High Fashion Home // Cutting Boards by sarah sherman samuel  // Gold Urchins from Lulu and Georgia  // Jute Rug from Amazon

Photos by Sarah Sherman Samuel