A-frame Laundry Style

Laundry Room Renovation ProgressLast week I shared a bit about the design of the laundry room in the a-frame, and as you know from our LA home, I don’t like to short change a laundry room. I love giving what can often be a neglected space a little extra oomph with special touches like wallpaper and in this case we also didn’t hold back on the actual machines.

I worked with Electrolux who upped the style and the functionality of the a-frame laundry room and I’m excited to share a peek into the work-in-progress as well as the summer wardrobe staples they help me care for.


Project Light Lab Tour

lightlab ktichen tour // before & after // design by sarah sherman samuelToday is the day… it’s project Light Lab reveal tour day! And of course I’ve got a couple before and afters for your viewing pleasure because nothing is as satisfying as a good before and after.

lightlab ktichen tour // before & after // design by sarah sherman samuelIf you have been following along you may have seen my post on the design and the progress but in case you didn’t here is a little recap. Anne Sage and Team Woodnote teamed up in a new joint venture they named Light Lab. It is a creative warehouse space for shoots, events, and all sorts of creative happenings. With two extremely different (and I mean basically polar opposite) styles, Anne and Caroline turned to me for the interior design. I wanted to give them both a space they would love which meant giving Anne her sophisticated, muted aesthetic while also catering to Caroline’s vibrant bold vibes.

So without further ado here she is…

lightlab ktichen tour // before & after // design by sarah sherman samuellightlab ktichen tour // before & after // design by sarah sherman samuellightlab ktichen tour // before & after // design by sarah sherman samuellightlab ktichen tour // before & after // design by sarah sherman samuelIn the kitchen I kept things monochromatic, appealing very much to Anne’s style, but also because this will be an event space and I wanted to make sure to have the kitchen be the centerpiece of the space without it dictating the style of an event. The use of black and white and gold lays a classic but modern foundation where the look can be changed dramatically with accessories, florals, etc. To make sure it didn’t go boring I added in special elements like the plywood feature wall, the geometric tiled island, extra extra long floating shelves, matte black cabinets and appliances, the faux marble backsplash, and those incredible gold stools. I also had them paint the entry door in a soft shade of pink, giving Caroline a little hint of color.

Shop the Room:

Fridge, Dishwasher, Oven, Beverage Cooler by Kitchenaid // Backsplash and Solid Suface Countertops (in Artic White) by Formica Corporation  // Cabinet Doors & Drawer fronts and Floating shelves by Semihandmade Cabinets (in black Supermatte) // Pendants by Cedar & Moss 8” lights from Rejuvenation // White wall paint: Nova White by Glidden Paint // Faucet by Brizo // Tile on Island by Fireclay Tile // Gold Stools by  High Fashion Home


light-lab-lounge3light-lab-lounge2light-lab-lounge-sarahshermansamuel In the main lounge area I created the custom prints using some photos I pulled from Caroline’s Instagram feed and Simply Framed printed and framed them for us. Caroline and Jayden’s rug company, Coco Carpets, brought in some color with moroccan rugs and I layered a few to make the extra large lounge space feel laid back and comfortable. Anchoring the area is the extra long sofa that the Light Lab team had custom made using a sofa they found for free as the structure. I just love that channel back. The coffee table was a DIY project made from a piece of remnants Anne picked out from a marble slab yard (more on that soon).

Shop the Room:
Rugs by Coco Carpets // Sofa (custom made) // White chairs by Bernhardt, Upholstered in Crypton Fabric // Floor Pillows by West Elm // Coffee Table DIY // Side Table from CB2 // Leather Chair from West Elm // Floor Lamp from West Elm // Prints by Sarah Sherman Samuel + Team Woodnote Printed by Simply Framed // Pillows from Cb2 

lightlab-jeff-mindell-1lightlab-jeff-mindell-2light-lab-lounge4The second seating area is a little more formal and one of my favorite spots yet. It’s simple but with some unique pieces I love.

Shop the room:
Rug from Coco Carpets // Coffee table from West Elm // Bench from West Elm // Chairs from ATG // Mirror from West Elm // Pillows from West Elm and Target // Chair from West Elm

(second seating area photos are by Jeff Mindell)

bathroom tour // before & after // design by sarah sherman samuelbathroom tour // before & after // design by sarah sherman samuelAnd finally… the bathroom!! I had to give Caroline a major color statement somewhere and it ended up being in the powder room and I went all out. I did a custom run of my own wallpaper design (limitless walls printed it for me) and went with a bold black and white pattern Fireclay Tile on the floor. Gold fixtures are the glammy cherry on top.

Shop the room: Sink Duravit from Wayfair // Faucet Kohler from Wayfair // Toilet Duravit Starck 2 from Wayfair // Tile Fireclay Tile // Wallpaper custom design by Sarah Sherman Samuel, printed by Limitless Walls // TP holder and Towel Bar CB2 // Towels from  Yuka from Wayfair //  Mirror CB2 // Lights by Cedar & Moss sconces from Rejuvenation

And here are a few of the before and after’s I promised…

lightlab tour // before & after // design by sarah sherman samuelIt has come a long way right?

lightlab tour // before & after // design by sarah sherman samuelI never did get a good before photo of the bathroom because it was doubling as a storage room while everything was under construction but the vanity says it all anyway.

lightlab tour // before & after // design by sarah sherman samuelI hope you enjoyed following along. Now I need to come up with a new excuse to head to the east side of LA so I can keep up my Light Lab visits. Orrrrr Maybe they won’t notice if I move right in.

Oh and see more about the space today on Design Sponge!

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel (except where noted by Jeff Mindell)

A-frame Laundry Plans

laundry room plans I’m moving through our a-frame cabin, designing one room at a time and next up is the laundry room! It is actually bigger than the one we have in our LA house and I’m excited to bring a little style to what was possibly the scariest room in the house (it was a close race between the laundry room and the bathroom, see the befores here).

I had some wallpaper custom printed from one of my designs (which you might recognize from the shop), found the perfect vintage rug, am going dark with the machines and cabinetry, and will be utilizing natural colored accents with a hint of brass to finish off the space.

Also… wallpaper update… I have been getting a lot of questions about when my wallpaper will be available for purchase and the answer is hopefully very soon! Like before the end of the year soon. Stay tuned…

Shop the Look: wallpaper by sarah sherman samuel // Wall Sconce from Cedar & Moss // Washer and dryer by Electrolux // Cabinets by Ikea // Wood Ladder by Sarah Sherman Samuel (see the DIY here) // Leather baskets by Commune for West Elm // Dust Pan and Brush // Vintage Rug from Frances Loom // Hardware from Anthropologie // Towels from Ikea 


a-frame kitchen plans & progress

a-frame-kitchen-rendering2It is happening!!!  We have made some progress in the A-frame cabin kitchen… finally. Now that things are underway, I’m excited to share my plans for the space and what made it onto my must have list…


a-frame living room update

a-frame renovation living room progress // sarah sherman samuelWell ‘knock on wood’, we found a new contractor! I am not sure why it has been so hard to track someone down for this project but I hope you guys have been bearing with me while we get all that sorted out. I don’t remember if I shared, but we need a new roof, and when you’re talking about a new A-frame roof, it is kind of a big deal and kind of a huge expense we didn’t plan for and kind of a GIANT pain in the arse. So we have been getting quotes on that all while our kitchen is still torn down to the studs, the roof has been leaking all over the new tile (so glad we didn’t put in hardwood!), there is some serious stank sewage back-up, apparently Mickey Mouse did our electrical and the air conditioning isn’t working (not ideal when it is 110 degrees outside). But on the bright side our gorgeous sofa from Arhaus has been delivered and it did not disappoint. Nope, not even a little bit.

Rupe and I hightailed to the a-frame to see the delivery, unwrapped it, took a quit sit, high-fived, snapped these pics and then wrapped it right back up so all the upcoming construction dust doesn’t soil the snow whiteness of it all. It is hard to tell in the photos but the sofa is really big, like 9 feet long big and 4o” deep. The Remington sofa comes in 4 different length options and since the space is so long naturally I went for the widest. Other customizable options are the depth, the cushion count, the wood finish on the legs (I am having a real blonde wood moment, and not a ditsy kind, I just really am loving blonde wood), and it comes in 11 different Belgian-linen options (I chose the white because I wanted to break up all the stonework). The sofa sets a pretty perfect foundation for the low loungey vibe I want to happen in here eventually

living room progress // sarah sherman samuelliving room progress // sarah sherman samuelliving room progress // sarah sherman samuel OH and I almost forgot to tell you my rug drama! Remember when I shared my design process and how I look at the sofa and rug pairing first and how that rug was one of the only things I had decided thus far? Well it arrived at my doorstep and I unwrapped it only to find what they were calling “charcoal” looked more like BROWN and more brown. I bought it off of etsy and while I was thinking I was getting the exact rug from the listing photos, they thought any rug that had those stripes would do. And while the brown wasn’t bad at all on its own, when paired with the brown stones in the room, it would all be too much… brown. I needed an actual charcoal color to cool things down and give it some contrast.

So I searched high and low for another kilim that was large enough (10′ x 13′) and came up empty. Instead I found this smaller rug, that I loved, on ebay and layered it on a larger (and less expensive) black and white striped rug to get the size and look I wanted. I love how it turned out and the two patterns give it a little extra dimension.

living room progress // sarah sherman samuelYou might recognize the coffee table from our L.A. living room (before we baby-proofed). It is actually too small for the space here, but we brought it over to sit at the foot of one of the beds, eventually, and it’s what I had on hand at the moment. So far the a-frame has served as a really cool storage facility for the few pieces of furniture we have started to accumulate for the space. I dream of the day we actually get to spend nights here. Until then, I think I’ll camp out on the sofa, wrapped in plastic or not.

Check out more on my design process for the living room here.
See all the progress (or lack there of) on the A-frame (including before photos) here.

Sources: Sofa by Arhaus // Coffee table is vintage // Chair is Vintage // Side Table by Lulu & Georgia // Large Rug // Paint Color is Polar Bear by Behr

a-frame update

wood-look-tile-flooringWell the good news is… the dark grout is gone and I breathed one giant sigh of relief. It looks soooo much better. This photo isn’t the best but you get the idea at least. Now you see the tile first instead of the grout lines. PHEW.

kitchen-progressand the bad news is… our kitchen still looks exactly like this. With all the rain we learned the roof that we knew we needed to get replaced is in even worse shape than we thought. Like water everywhere in the house bad. So that is taking a priority and we have yet to find someone to do it. Contractors seem to be extra slippery around these parts.

So in the meantime… I gathered some extra dreamy kitchens to get us through until I have something better to report.

kitchen-counter-hecker-guthriemarble-kitchen-cork-stoolskitchen-marble-brass-tabskitchen-marble-island-2Clearly I still have a major thing for marble. I went totally ga ga over each one of these. They also all have one other thing in common and that is plain front cabinets. I love how clean and modern they are. Oh, and check back tomorrow because I am sharing the design of a dreamboat of a kitchen (and bathroom) that I’ve been working on for a client (you may have caught a sneak peek here).

See more about our A-frame project here.

Kitchen 1 by Hecker Guthrie // Kitchen 2 by Raya Tordova //  Kitchen 3 found via Elle Decoration // Kitchen 4 by Matt Gibson