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Bri’s low-lift kitchen reno

a kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuelI am often asked for advice on how to update kitchens on a budget or without too much work and with this kitchen we pulled out all the tricks. It is the kitchen of Bri Emery of Design Love Fest, we gave her kitchen a major upgrade with almost no heavy lifting and I’m here to tell you all the secrets.

a kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuela kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuelFirst thing first, we got pretty lucky… when Bri and I met to chat about what she wanted to do in her kitchen, the first thing I checked was who made her existing cabinets and we both celebrated when we found out it was already an Ikea kitchen. The reason for the big celebration was because that meant we could use the SemiHandmade doors and drawer fronts that I designed without having to change out any of her cabinet boxes (which also meant we didn’t have to touch the beautiful marble countertops either).  All we had to do was swap out the Ikea doors and drawer fronts for the SemiHandmade ones for a different look. It really is the ultimate Ikea hack.

When Bri bought the house it had just undergone a complete renovation. The finishes were well chosen for a flip so while they might not have had a ton of personality, the kitchen wasn’t offensive in anyway. There was already the great marble countertops (remember how when I did her dining room we added an overhang behind the range so we could add a seating area with stools?) but when paired with white semi-gloss flat cabinets, white shiny subway tile, and brushed nickel/stainless hardware, overall the space was pretty cookie cutter. It didn’t reflect the personality or style that Bri is known for.

a kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuela kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuelAnother simple way of updating a kitchen that we’ve all heard 100 times, but if you haven’t tried you will be surprised as to just how much it works, is switching out the cabinet hardware. The silver ones she had were nice and modern but by using a more unique shape and color, the whole space fees more bespoke. We used the hardware I designed for Park Studio in the half moon, and the ottawa.

a kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuela kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuela kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuelNext was where things did get a little construction dirty but for a full kitchen update it was pretty minimal and only took a couple days (like 3!). We had her backsplash demolished and re-tiled with this stunning Tabarka Studio tile. It is a cement tile with a brass inlay and after mulling over the backsplash tile for months, we saw this one and knew it was it. I then created a more unexpected pattern using them vertically on one half and horizontally on the other half, having the pattern meet in the middle on the diagonal.

a kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuelAnd finally, in order to utilize some vertical wasted space, we added a SemiHandmade floating shelf above a bank of cabinets to give her some extra surface area for storage and utility items.

a kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuelIf all that is still too much for your budget or time commitment and you are desperate for a change in the kitchen… lay down a new rug, and pick some fresh flowers for an instant kitchen pick me up.

Shop the look:
Cabinet Doors by Sarah Sherman Samuel for SemiHandmade, On Ikea Cabinets // Hardware by Sarah Sherman Samuel for Park Studio // Tile by Tabarka Studio // Stools from All Modern // Glass Storage Canisters  // Mortar and Pestle by Sheldon Ceramics 
Pink vase by Lux Eros // Cutting Board

Images by Tessa Neustadt

Here’s a look at a couple side by side before and afters.

a kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuel
This is facing the opposite direction but you get the idea…

a kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuel

And let’s not forget about what we did in the dining room right next door…

 

Read all about the dining room here. 

And her back yard patio, here.

sss x park studio hardware launch!

sarah sherman samuel x park studio hardware collectionYou may have caught a few sneak peeks on my instagram or instagram stories but today I am beyond thrilled to officially announce the launch of my own cabinet hardware collection created with Park Studio!

You may know Park Studio more for their gorgeous lighting, I first worked with them when I used one of their chandeliers in my studio space. They are a local Los Angeles based husband and wife team who are not only the sweetest people you might ever meet but they are the real deal and fellow designers and makers that share my vintage meets modern aesthetic to a tee! I have been wanting to create a line of cabinet hardware for a long time, specifically the half moon design, which has been on the back burner of my brain and to-do list for years. When Park Studio more recently came out with their line of hardware I knew they were the perfect partners to team up with to help bring the line to life and I have to say pretty much knocked it out of the park.

sarah sherman samuel x park studio hardware collectionsarah sherman samuel x park studio hardware collectionsarah sherman samuel kitchen // hardware collaboration with park studioOriginally I just had the idea for the Half Moon pulls and we met and talked capabilities, Park Studio had prototypes made, we tweaked things a bit from the first prototype and then they suggested we round out the line with bar pulls and a knob, which of course I was stoked they were as excited as me about the line, so I went back to the drawing board and the Mackinaw bar pulls and the Ottawa knob was born. They can all work together as shown above in my kitchen or each can stand alone.

half moon // cabinet pull // sarah sherman samuel x park studio hardware collectionhalf moon // cabinet pull // sarah sherman samuel x park studio hardware collectionmackinaw drawer pull // brass // half moon // cabinet pull // sarah sherman samuel x park studio hardware collectionmackinaw drawer pull // brass // half moon // cabinet pull // sarah sherman samuel x park studio hardware collectionottawa cabinet knob // brass // mackinaw drawer pull // brass // half moon // cabinet pull // sarah sherman samuel x park studio hardware collectionThey come in solid un-lacquered brass, which is a living finish and will patina over time, and matte black will be available soon! The modern geometric shapes can easily update a kitchen, dresser, vanity, or be the inspiration for many of Ikea hacks. Which you know I love. And speaking of Ikea hacks, I designed the hardware to coordinate with my next big product collaboration with Semihandmade… a signature line of cabinet doors that fit on Ikea cabinets!

sarah sherman samuel for semihandmade // cabinet door collection made for ikea cabinetsHere is a sneak peek of the hardware installed on my cabinet door collection which you can now preview on the Semihandmade site here! It will be officially launching November 15th.

And the hardware is available on Park Studio’s site today and you can also find them in my shop, here.
The Half Moons (named after a city in california from one of our favorite road trips we took)
The Mackinaw (named after where Rupert and I were married and the Mackinaw bridge being a destination/pit stop on a million family vacations growing up)
The Ottawa (the county where I grew up in Michigan)

Park Studio Product photos by Ben Kraus
Last photo by Tessa Neustadt for Semihandmade