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A-frame Living Room Before & After

living room renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelI can hardly contain myself that A, we have a place to sit in our Palm Springs A-frame cabin and B, I love it so much I think I might like it better than our primary house and C, I can finally share a finished living room today!

When we first bought the place it was dark and very brown, from the carpet all the way up to the coffee-colored painted beams (you’ll see in the before photos below). I knew I wanted to brighten it up but you might remember from my original design post, I was planning to keep the rock un-painted, and I did for about a year. However, as we slowly renovated the house my mind started to change, and then when we painted the rock in the bathroom, I knew I wanted to go all out and paint the stone in the living room as well. What I like best about painting all the different surfaces the same color is that it not only unifies the space but also modernizes it without stripping it of all its’ character. The contrasting textures still show through but in a cleaner and much brighter way.

living room renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelliving room renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelYou also might see we have a different sofa from what I originally had chosen. Unfortunately during the year of renovating, stopping and starting while we found different contractors, our brand new beautiful sofa  (which was wrapped in plastic to keep out construction dust) became club med for every mouse in the desert. No joke, we had no idea until we finally got to unwrap the sofa after about a year, and it was completely covered in mice droppings with little holes burrowed throughout the material.

After some tears over it being unsalvageable, a couple visits from a pest control company and my falling in love with the Melrose sofa at Clad Home, we now have this gorgeous 10 foot beauty that turned my sofa nightmare into my loungey dream come true. I love the low profile and at 42″ deep it’s extra deep for optimal curling up and cozying into. Also, being white, it’s great that I can unzip the cushions and throw the covers in the wash.

living room renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelI splurged on the Albini rattan bucket chair so I knew getting the green safari chairs, from my dream design board, weren’t going to happen but luckily for me, a week before I needed to have the place staged for a shoot, I found these green camp style/safari-esque chairs on Urban Outfitters for a more reasonable price. It took me a year from when I put it out in the world that I was on the hunt for green safari chairs but these were worth the wait!

living room renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelliving room renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelliving room renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelIn every project I do, I always like to mix in some vintage and custom pieces when I can and my own spaces are no exception. The nesting side tables (found at the rose bowl flea), the Albini chair I mentioned before (sourced from the Hi-Vibe), and the floor cushion (from The Vintage Rug Shop) are all vintage while the coffee table I had custom made and is a prototype of my own design (which will be available for purchase in my shop soon).

Pieces I love that come from more big-box type stores are sprinkled throughout as well, like the ceramic canister on the coffee table (from target), the vase from CB2, the rug from esalerugs.com, the basket from World Market (that I DIYed a little something to and that I keep forgetting to share about… note to self, I WILL post that how-to soon) and the gorge chandelier from West Elm.

living room renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelliving room renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelliving room renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelOn the other side of the room you can get a peek into the kitchen and see that I took a note from my favorite massage boutique, The Now, and hung a hammock chair above the fireplace as decoration which, bonus, can also easily come off and be put to use outside.

And now for some side-by-side before and afters. We didn’t have to do a lot to this room aside from tearing out the carpeting, installing the tile floor, switching out the lighting, and a whole lot of painting, but it is still satisfying to see, none-the-less.

living room renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelliving room renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelliving room renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelI hope you guys enjoyed the tour! Next up is the bedrooom…

Shop The Post:
Sofa from Clad Home // Bottom Rug from Esalerugs.com // Top Rug found on ebay // Vintage Rattan Albini Chair sourced from the Hi-Vibe // Coffee Table by Sarah Sherman Samuel // White Ceramic Stool from Lulu & Georgia // Nesting Tables are vintage // Table Lamps from Joss & Main // Chandelier from West Elm // Tasseled Throw from Lulu & Georgia // Gold Urchin from Lulu & Georgia // Vase from CB2 // Floor Pillow from the Vintage Rug Shop // Green Chairs from Urban Outfitters // Gold Based Side Table by Lulu & Georgia // Hammock Chair from Amazon // Entryway Ceiling Light by Cedar & Moss // Paint Color is Polar Bear by Behr

To see all the posts and progress on our A-frame check here.

Photos by Sarah Sherman Samuel

A-frame bathroom update

While we are on the subject of bathrooms… I’m excited to be talking about some plans in our A-frame bathroom, finally! If you remember from the “before tour” the bathroom was a scary black hole. The lights didn’t work so you couldn’t really see what was going on in there. Well the good news is, we got the lights working again, the bad news is it might have been better in the dark! Luckily I have teamed up with Kohler to breathe new life into the loo.

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Trullbrook Residence Guest Bath

cle-tile // random hex pattern // sarah sherman samuelHi, Hi! Before the holidays I introduced you to my latest project “the Trullbrook Residence” with the kitchen design (if you haven’t seen the post read this and you’ll be all caught up!), and next up is the guest bath.

You may remember a sneak peek I gave on instagram (above) of the day we were on site making sure the random pattern I wanted done with the Clé Tile, looked random, but not too random… meaning every piece was laid intentionally, i.e. making it not so random at all. Well this beauty of a tile is going in on the guest bath floor and so without further ado, the before photo…

trullbrook-before-guest-bathAs you can see there isn’t much to talk about in here. It is a run of the mill, basic, basic, bathroom. You all know I like an all white room, but this one falls flat. We are taking it all out and starting from scratch. New everrrrrything and here’s a peek at what will be going in.

trullbrook-modern-guest-bathThere are 3 full bathrooms and a powder bath in the house and each one is different from the next. We’ve done a lot of pattern mixing with tiles and wallpaper and used a good amount of different geometric shapes, and we were always looking for unexpected materials and/or ways to use them. The goal was to make each bathroom special and unique while still creating a cohesive home. 

For the guest bath, I knew I wanted to make the floor the statement and that is where Clé Tile came in. I love the perfectly imperfectness of cement tile and all the geometric shapes they come in. We selected the half hex for the floors and then used their classic subway tile for the walls. It is a small bathroom so bringing in a floating vanity and removing the sliding doors on the tub will really open up the space. And while a big square mirror above the vanity checks off the functional box we found this special mirror that hangs from the ceiling and brings the fun personality of the floor up to the walls. Can’t wait to see this space come to life, I’ll be sure to share a progress post soon!

Next up is the powder bath…

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Half Hex Tile by Clé Tile // Subway Tile by Clé Tile // Vanity from Ikea // Robe Hooks from DWR // Mirror from Wayfair // Sconces from Park Studio LA // Shower Rod

introducing the trullbrook residence

Hi Hi, I’ve got a brand spanking new client project to introduce and I am pretty excited about it. You may have caught a couple small glimpses (here and here) on Instagram, as I have been working behind the scenes for the last couple months, but now that construction has begun I wanted to start chronicling the progress here for you to follow along! To give you a quick run-down on the project, it is a full gut renovation in a two story residence here in LA. There are 4 bathrooms and one kitchen which were dated and didn’t suit the homeowners taste, so we said BUH-BYE to it all. They brought me on board to design a home that better reflects their {realllly great} taste. To kick things off let’s dig right in with the heart of the home… the kitchen.

BEFORE PHOTOS

trullbrook-kitc-hen-plans2So this is how the kitchen looked when we began. Not bad at all, but the house is quite large and in proportion the kitchen was quite small and that is A LOT of wood. We are updating the appliances, getting a larger cooking area with a 48″ range and doing away with the stacked wall oven which further closed in the kitchen. From top to bottom… all of it is going.

trullbrook-kitc-hen-plans3trullbrook-kitchen-plansThe biggest change will come in the new layout. Taking out the wall oven and the peninsula will open up the kitchen into the “breakfast room” dining area, making it one big dine-in kitchen. We will be adding an island in the center and a custom built-in banquette where you now see the table and chairs.

FLOORPLANS

before-plan

As you can see, as-is the kitchen isn’t large enough for an island but it is large enough that it feels like it has wasted space in the center.

renovation plan

 

By removing the peninsula and extending the kitchen into the breakfast room we had a lot more room to play and now onto the really fun part…

THE INSPIRATION

kitchen-inspiration2 ktichen inspiration kitchen-inspiration5kitchen-inspiration4kitchen-inspiration3These are a few of my favorite kitchens that the homeowners also loved. The selection makes me SO happy and gave such great inspiration for the space. Even though they vary in style there are some common threads and each one has something uniquely special about it. My goal is always to create spaces with an unexpected element/something that makes it stand out from the norm or past projects and the client was clearly on board.

Kitchen one Designed by Stefani Stein, photo by Tessa Neustadt // Kitchen two by Amber Interiors, photo by Tessa Neustadt // Kitchen three by Anna Smith // Kitchen four Designed by Kishani Perera, photo by Joe Schmelzer // Kitchen five by Devol Kitchens

Here is a sneak peek at the finishes!

THE FINISHES

trullbrook-client-kitchen-finishes We started the design with a palette in mind… green, brass, white and some natural wood. I’ve combined modern and traditional elements as well as a mix of high and low to create the biggest design bang for their budget.

Instead of using green on the cabinets we decided to put it on the floor with Fireclay’s Brick Tile in “Northwoods”. The color is the most perfect shade of dark green with blue undertones. Then it came to the cabinets and countertops. To keep it classic we are going with white cabinets… and once again I am using SemiHandmade, they make high quality doors and drawer fronts that fit onto Ikea cabinets, giving the look of a more custom kitchen for much less than a true custom kitchen (see them in our house here and soon to be in our A-frame here), then a slab hunting we went. We slab shopped all over town and landed on the most beautiful (and unique) marble called “green tweed”. Choosing hardware & lighting was easy once I looked to Schoolhouse Electric as they are masters at modernizing classic pieces.

See I wasn’t exaggerating on their really great taste! The homeowner is also a friend of mine which is why she is letting me share all the nitty gritty renovation details and you can see more behind the scenes action on her instagram @jaimibrooks. Also, if you ever find yourself in need of someone to talk to, she is an incredible human and an amazing marriage and family therapist. Stay tuned for more from the Trullbrook Residence. x

Cabinet doors by Semihandmade // Pendants by Schoolhouse Electric // Sink from Ikea // Cabinet knobs by Schoolhouse Electric // Drawer Pulls by Schoolhouse Electric // Range by Thermador // Faucet by Waterstone // Tile  by Fireclay

main bath renovation progress

bathroom renovation // progress // sarah sherman samuelWell, the bathroom is 90% done, but I couldn’t wait to share the progress! As small as the space is, it feels twice the size it was before, with the removal of the old shower and the use of a wall mount sink. Now all that is left is to find a shower curtain rod/hanging solution, install various accessories (like toilet paper and towel holders), possibly add a shelf or two and take a freaking bath (oh wait, I checked that last one off the list)!

bathroom renovation // progress // sarah sherman samuelbathroom renovation // progress // sarah sherman samuelWe made up for the storage we lost by not having a vanity (times 5), by creating a large linen cabinet tucked in the corner, where the shower used to be… just needs some hardware.

bathroom renovation // progress // sarah sherman samuelbathroom renovation // progress // sarah sherman samuelOrdering everything online ended up working out just fine and I am still gaga over every single item that came in from Wayfair. Our only mis-hap was me not ordering enough tile, whoops. Unfortunately, that held up the renovation a few days because we were waiting on 10 more measly square feet of tile. I guess with a herringbone pattern there is a bit more waste than I originally accounted for. Lesson learned!

bathroom renovation // progress // sarah sherman samuelbathroom renovation // progress // sarah sherman samuelI love those Cedar & Moss sconces and finding that tall skinny mirror was a stroke of luck. It looks like it was made for the space.

bathroom renovation // progress // sarah sherman samuelbathroom renovation // progress // sarah sherman samuelI’d say bath-time just got a heck of a lot better, right? See the before photos here, the design plan here, my tips on pairing tile here, and more progress here.

Product Sources:  White Elongated Subway Tile from Wayfair // Mirror from West Elm // Marble Shower Curtain by Ferm Living // Wall Mounted Sink from Wayfair // Sconces by Cedar & Moss // Shower and Tub Faucet by Kohler from Wayfair // Black Hexagon Floor Tile from Wayfair // Toilet by Kohler from Wayfair // Purist Sink Faucet by Kohler from Wayfair // Kohler Bathtub from Wayfair // Bamboo Bath Caddy // Bath Sponge // Soap Dish from Suite One Studio // Hexagon Vase by Dwell Studio // Paint Color: Pitch Black by Farrow & Ball

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

To see all of our home renovation posts, check here.

home progress: main bath renovation

bathroom renovation // tile progress The tile is DONEZO, (woo hoo!) aka grouted and finished, and I am completely in love with the subtle textural pattern created by matching the grout color to the tile. It is a clean slate, ready to have the fixtures installed and accessories added.

bathroom renovation // tile progress bathroom renovation // tile progress We tiled all the walls except the one with the entry door on it which I had painted in “pitch black” by Farrow & Ball to match the floor tiles. I was a bit hesitant to paint the door and trim so dark but I really like how it turned out, gives it just a bit of drama. You can also just see the new linen closet/cabinet tucked in the corner which is where the old tiny shower was. The space is now much more utilized with the cabinet for extra storage.

bathroom renovation // tile progress See how far we’ve come after the jump…

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