renovation

the making of a kids bath

Our kid’s bath in our SamuelfamilyFixer was previously the laundry room and when we removed the bathroom near the kitchen (to make our pantry) we knew we would take over the laundry space for bathroom that was dedicated just for the littles. It gave me the opportunity to flex my favorite kind of design muscle, and add a little whimsy into the space while still keeping with the aesthetic of the rest of the house. The room was dark and had no windows, as it has no outside walls, but that didn’t stop me from adding a round window, front and center above the tub, which looks into the more light filled entryway and created a beautiful moment on both sides of the wall.

But back to the bathroom…. I had a short must-have for this space.

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A-frame Outdoor Tour: Before & After

a-frame - outdoor space tour - before & after - sarah sherman samuelIt is just starting to get into the really good season for Palm Springs so I am ecstatic to take full advantage of all the outdoor space at the A-frame and I am equally thrilled to be able to share the full exterior tour today! We worked on the landscaping of the a-frame bit by bit over the last couple years so while I was going through old photos it made me realize just how far we’ve come. You may recognize the photo above if you subscribe to Sunset Magazine. We were completely honored to be September’s cover story!!

BEFORE

Here is a reminder of how it looked when we first purchased it. The yard was incredibly overgrown with so many weird, broken, and downright scary features like a human sized bird cage (one of multiple cages actually), a cess pit (basically a giant open hole in the ground that all the sewage dumps into), and dead trees that were due to fall over at any time. The first thing we did was clean it up, we had to rent a big construction dumpster to get rid of everything (twice).  But eventually, after all of the clean up, tree and miscellaneous shed and cage removal, paint, and more paint, adding plants, crushed rock, and some furniture, filling in a non functional koi pond, taking out a bridge that literally led to no where, a large broken fountain, two defunct hot tubs and a swamp cooler, and replacing the entire roof, we made it to here…

AFTER

A while back I posted about a few of my outdoor plans and shared how Wayfair really helped to deck out the exterior rooms. We created the dining area in the front of the house (which took the place of an old fountain) using their concrete stools as seating, paired with an Ikea dining table and Target chairs. I found these cushions on H&M which were the perfect size for the stools.

The only thing left on my list to do is to replace that zig zag patterned board below the window but lets pretend it is not there for now.

a-frame - outdoor space tour - before & after - sarah sherman samuelProduct Sources:
Front Dining Area: Concrete Stools from Wayfair // Dining Table from Ikea // Seat Cushions from H&M // Side Chairs from Target (no longer available find similar here)

BEFORE

If you continue around to the side of the house we come to the patio off the bedroom. I wanted to make this into a relaxing spot for morning coffee and mountain views so we added some lounge chairs and an umbrella.

AFTER

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BEFORE

Just off the patio, looking towards the mountains, is a big open space that was begging for a gathering area. Shortly after we bought the property a big storm came through and blew down the fence you see here. After replacing the fence and cleaning up the landscaping, we added this beautiful fire pit and butterfly chair grouping from Wayfair (inspired by The Parker, one of our favorite PS spots) which is just calling for some late night chats.

AFTER

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Product Sources:
Fire Pit and Bedroom Patio Area: Butterfly Chair from Wayfair // Fire Pit from Wayfair // Lounge Chairs and cushions from Ikea // Umbrella from Hayneedle

BEFORE

Back around to the front of the house is the main entrance where there was a pergola on its’ last legs. We tore it down and built a new one to match, and extended the living area out onto the patio with some outdoor furniture.

AFTER

a-frame - outdoor space tour - before & after - sarah sherman samuela-frame - outdoor space tour - before & after - sarah sherman samuela-frame - outdoor space tour - before & after - sarah sherman samuela-frame - outdoor space tour - before & after - sarah sherman samuelI couldn’t find an outdoor rug large enough for the space that I liked so I ended up buying four 5’x7′ ones of these from Target and layering them. I also couldn’t find a large outdoor coffee table that I loved that didn’t cost an arm and a leg so I DIY’ed this one out of an Ikea dining table top and used three stoneware planter pots as the feet (do you want to see this in a separate post? this one is already the longest one ever!).

a-frame - outdoor space tour - before & after - sarah sherman samuela-frame - outdoor space tour - before & after - sarah sherman samuelThe modern lines of this outdoor sofa had me at first glance. Last weekend we all sat out here on it in the early early hours and it was SO quiet and still and peaceful. I never wanted to leave. You can see above how we filled in the dysfunctional koi pond, turning it into a plant bed and filled out the rest of the rocks with more plants as well.

a-frame - outdoor space tour - before & after - sarah sherman samuelThis was a shot from our Sunset magazine shoot, in my dreams I am right here, always… and maybe Archie is playing quietly to the side while I sip my cucumber water and read a really good book.  Ok but in reality it was 110 degrees and shortly after this shot Archie ran into the frame, grabbed an entire brick of cheese off the plate and took a big bite of bree, rind and all and I was off to set up the next photo. Buuut I do have to say, now that the weather is cooling down, I intend to get some real reading time in that chair even if it is limited to Archie’s nap time.

Product Sources:
Main Patio Area: Sofa from Wayfair // Rugs from Target // Hanging Chairs from Candelabra // Coffee Table DIY // Butterfly Chair from Wayfair // Cement Side Table from Wayfair // Side Table from Ikea // Woven Floor Cushions from CB2 // My Dress by Doen // Sandals by Kyma 

BEFORE

AFTER

a-frame - outdoor space tour - before & after - sarah sherman samuelWe always wanted to put a pool in this spot but once we got a 45K quote for the one I wanted I quickly came up with plan B and used a stock water tank as a little plunge pool to cool us down. I’ve seen a few of these around, Morgan from The Brick House painted hers white and since she lives in the desert as well, I figured she was on to something, plus I love the more finished look. Ours is still a work in progress as it still needs another coat of paint and we plan to hook it up to a small sand filter to keep the water clean but for now we have been just filling it up enough for Archie to splash around and then switching it out when needed but its just what we were looking for.

And that is pretty much the full tour! Somehow I forgot to shoot the clawfoot tub which is our outdoor shower, we have cleaned it up and it is one of my favorite features but I am claiming pregnancy brain because it is a real thing and the more pregnant I get the more I am forgetting.

Product Sources:
Pool Area: Stock Water Tank // Outdoor Chairs from HD Buttercup (find similar here)

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel // Except the ones I am in, those are by Thomas Story for Sunset Magazine (which you can tell because he is the real pro)

Special thanks to Wayfair for gifting some of the product that made my outdoor dreams possible.

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 exterior plans + progress

a-frame exterior - desert landscapingNow that construction is starting to wrap up on the inside of our A-frame, we have turned our attention to the exterior! The front yard, the back yard, the patios and all that good stuff. And as you can see we ended up going ALL white for the outside. We did it bit by bit, painting another section then living with it for a bit, and painting another section and living with it, and then finally we knew we had to go all the way.

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A-frame Main Bedroom

a-frame cabin bedroom - progressHooray for a bedroom in the A-frame… finally! We spent our first night there a couple weeks ago (after owning it for over a year) and once we got used to hearing coyotes howling in the night we started realizing that we might just love it here. Everything is starting to really come together. There is still a bit of work to be had in the bedroom but I couldn’t help but give you a sneak peek (i.e. a shot of the corner of the room that is the most finished and not a disaster) and to share my design plans.

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Trullbrook Kids Bath

kids bathroom // trullbrook // sarah sherman samuelI’ve got another bathroom design coming at you for the Trullbook Residence. This one is the upstairs guest bath or what we are calling the kids bath. In this room the layout will stay the same, but we will be gutting it and replacing all the finishes. The plan in here is to bring the decor into this decade (just wait till you see the before, it is pretty amazing!), make it a space that is kid friendly but will still appeal to all ages and not be outdated again too quickly. I chose a soft blush penny tile for the floor and white herringbone on the walls. A classic combo with a little pink twist. A minimal color palette of white, blush, and natural wood will create a clean modern look and the brass accents give it just the right amount of polish.

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