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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.

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…

BEFORE

AFTER

BEFORE

AFTER

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

Travel Stories: The Amado

the amado palm springs // sarah sherman samuelWhile our A-frame still has no bathroom, about a half of a kitchen, and is covered in saw dust, we are getting extra familiar with all the hotels and lodging options in Palm Springs. One of my favorite Airbnb’s in the area is The Amado where we stayed this week while checking in on the construction of our place.

desert-night-amado-sssthe-amado-sssThe boutique hotel was once an apartment building that photographer and founder Jaime Kowal renovated and restored to become the polished mid-century gem it is today. There are 5 units total, we stayed in unit number 5 which is the only two bedroom and comes with it’s own semi-private patio as well. We had my parents in town so the two bedroom was perfect. You can also rent out the entire place for events (sign me up!). Lucky for us, since it was mid-week we had it all to ourselves anyway!

the-amado-1-640the-amado-6-640the-amado-4-640the-amado-5-640desert-windthe-amado-2-640It’s right smack in the middle of Palm Springs making it a great location. The decor is minimal in all the right ways with some pretty great art on the walls. I’ve rounded up a few of the pieces so you can steal the look and bring The Amado vibe into your home.

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Living Room
Sofa Bed // Floor Lamp // Rug // Kilim Pillow // Coffee Table // Joshua Tree Photo // Butterfly Chair

Bedroom
Bed // Rug // Lumbar Pillow // Sconce