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Our Second Kitchen Reveal

When I was working on remodeling our second kitchen, we never imagined just how differently life was going to look on its completion. All those ideas about how the extra kitchen would come in handy for families that come to stay with us and for all the entertaining we’d be doing. Not so much of that is happening right now but I do have to say I am very thankful for the extra fridge space and simply more finished space in general. Since stay at home orders began, Rupe and I have been coming down here every evening to unwind after the kids go to bed. Having the larger sized house from what we are used to in LA has been a true blessing during this time. Getting to switch up the environment at different times of the day almost makes you feel like you have gone somewhere. We eat dinner with the kids at 5:00 upstairs so around 9:00 nearly every night Rupe and I eat a bowl of cereal while watching a bit of TV. So, at the moment this kitchen has become our glorified cereal kitchen ha! But it really does bring me joy sitting in this stunning space knowing our friends and family will eventually return again.

In more exciting news…in anticipation of my new door and drawer front design that launches TOMORROW(!) with SemiHandmade, I get to reveal our beautiful second kitchen in all its’ glory. We did this kitchen on a shoe string budget, as far as kitchen renovations go. You might remember from my inspiration post that I started with Cafe Appliances Matte Black appliances as a jumping off point for the design of this space. That and a beautiful Sharon Etgar piece of art. As you will notice, some of the products changed from my initial design board but the inspiration stayed the same. We weren’t in a rush to finish this space so I didn’t go and order everything at once. We assembled the Ikea cabinets first knowing we would most likely use Semihandmade again and then I got word that my new design for them, the Quarterline (did I mention it launches tomorrow?!), was going to come to market so I was thrilled to be able to include them in the kitchen. From there, there was a lot of using what we had on hand, the chairs from CB2 we already had and I was dying to work them into the design. The tile is from Clé Eastern Earthenware tile that I had leftover from another project and couldn’t love any more in this space and the legs on the lower part of the island used to be my desk legs in my office in California. Even the wood slats on the backside of the island cabinets were taken from the pieces of trim we were using upstairs for our base and crown trim.

We also DIY’ed the entire kitchen (oh except for the tile. I did hire in a sub contractor for the backsplash tile). The island was one of those creative problem solving situations which I thrive on. Seriously, give me a puzzle and I will try and find a unique way to solve it. It is kind of my favorite thing to work around odd constraints to create something better. I’ll be sharing all the details for the DIY island on my new column with Domino Mag soon! As of last week I am officially a Domino contributor so stay tuned over there for more from me.

If you’ve been around here for a while you might remember back to the A-frame in Palm Springs where I took out the full sized fridge and replaced it with an undercounter fridge to save on space and if you’ve been around here for a VERY very long time you might remember me doing the same in our Lake Michigan cabin, where this blog all started. Now, in our second kitchen in our Samuel Family Fixer I am back to my old tricks. We didn’t need the full sized second fridge. This kitchen is more for guests and for entertaining and Cafés Appliances undercounter fridge is the perfect size for extra La Croix, our milk for our nightly cereal and enough food for a weekend or two of guests groceries. The kitchen now feels like a part of the rest of the room (the downstairs living room is just off on the other side of the island and the clean lines, bronze hardware and matte black finish on the Café appliances pair seamlessly with my matte black Semihandmade cabinet fronts and my matte black hardware!

But back to the cabinets… I was thrilled SemiHandmade was keen on another of my door design ideas. If you need a refresher on who SemiHandmade is here is the deal. They make quality doors and drawer fronts that fit onto Ikea cabinets. So you can buy the Sektion Ikea kitchen system (excluding the ikea door and drawer fronts) from Ikea then get the doors and drawer fronts from SemiHandmade as well as trim pieces, filler and plinth to create the look of a custom kitchen for less.

Much like my first door design for SemiHandmade (the “modern beaded”), where I set out to create a modern take on a traditional cabinet design… with Quarterline, I looked to the traditional shaker cabinet. The shakers were known for the clean recessed panel cabinet door design that has been around for centuries. By paring it back even further to just a quarter of the size of the classic shaker, it gives a versatile design that is all it’s own. Quarterline fills that space right in the middle between shaker and fully flat slab doors.

There is so much more to share about alllll the DIY’s in this space but for now I will leave with you some before and after fun. More to come on this kitchen soon. (see all the sources at the bottom of the page)

BEFORE

  

AFTER

BEFORE

AFTER

I am so happy with how this came together. Let me know any questions or full DIY’s you are most interested in hearing about in the comments!

Cabinet Doors are Quarterline by Sarah Sherman Samuel for SemiHandmade on Ikea Sektion cabinets // Undercounter Refrigerator by Café Appliances // Range by Café Applinces // Matte Black Hardware by Sarah Sherman Samuel for Park Studio // Eastern Earthenware Tile in Rice Husk by Clé Tile // Chairs by CB2 // Faucet from wayfair // Alfi Sink from Wayfair // Canisters from Hawkins New York // Art is from Wit & Delight  // Pedestal Bowl // Range hood is from Ikea with a DIY’d surround // Countertops from Ikea wood look on island and matte black on back cabinet run // Wall hanging by Kudd Krig Home // Wall finish is Portola Paint Roman Clay in Mallorca  // Flooring is Engineered Hardwood – Tigers Eye French Oak from Build Direct 

Our Kitchen Tour Before & After

Hello from our finished kitchen! It has been a journey to get here, but I’m thrilled to share the full tour and also take a look back at where we started. The concept of home as a sanctuary has always been important to me but now, in the current state of things, I feel that it is crucial. This kitchen has never seen such heavy use as it has in the past couple weeks and I count myself very lucky to feel like my best self in it. I think nothing helps someone feel more at home than a space that is a true reflection of themselves, a place they feel comfortable in. This kitchen couldn’t be more me. We poured ourselves into this kitchen, doing much of the work ourselves, but also splurging on some favorite details. I worked with Café Appliances to bring my dream kitchen to reality with their Matte White appliances and warm bronze appliance hardware (has there ever been a more me color palette? See the inspiration here). I ruminated over the details for months (pretty sure we used the kitchen without cabinet hardware for a good 6 of them) and while the bulk of the renovation was finished in 5 months, it took me another 7 to decide on and implement the finishing touches like the back plaster wall, the brass island panels and the hardware. I was originally planning to use my own brass hardware from my line with Park Studio but when I got my mind set on the brass island panels, it would have been brass overload. I wanted the warmth and softness of the wood ceiling brought down to the cabinets so really, my only choice was to get my hardware collection made in wood. I adjusted the designs to work with the new material and then tapped a local fabricator to make the prototypes. From there a new wood sss hardware line was born. We are still working on a larger production run, but they will be available this spring!

The new layout of the kitchen came quickly and easily. I had drawn up the plans before we ever set foot in the house! (see the floorplan before and after). I always knew I was going to utilize our “modern beaded” cabinet fronts from my line with SemiHandmade. They are my take on a traditional beadboard. With cleaner lines and wider spacing it brings texture into the cabinet but still has a modern feel. Two years ago I teamed up with Semihandmade to create the collection because they make high quality doors and drawer fronts that fit onto Ikea kitchen boxes, which brings a higher end look more accessible (and because we have worked together on many projects before and they are just good people. I only work with the good ones, ;) and I am elated to be able to finally use them in my own kitchen (you can see them in some of my client kitchens here, here, here and here). Even if you aren’t a kitchen designer you can use the Ikea Kitchen Planner tool fairly easily or get help in store. How it works is you purchase all the boxes, hinges, legs and interior organization pieces from Ikea and then you get the cabinet doors and drawer fronts from SemiHandmade, as well as filler panels, plinth (toe kicks), and any spacers needed, for the look of a custom kitchen for less than a custom kitchen budget. You can read more about the process  here and see the beginnings of my first project with them, our LA kitchen from 2013.

But now… let’s take the tour!

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Our Pantry aka the best decision we made

In the previous post about our kitchen, I shared all my kitchen must-haves for the renovation and probably the biggest, for me, was having a pantry.

The house, however, did not have a pantry. It had a wall of cabinets in the kitchen which we removed to open it up to the family room. Before we even set foot into the house though, I knew I wanted to turn a bathroom that opened up right to the kitchen into a pantry (we relocated the bathroom a bit further down the hall towards the bedrooms) so early on I turned to California Closets to help design all the shelving/drawers and organizational components. READ MORE

My Master Bath Must-Haves

I have yet to photograph the #samuelfamilyfixer for myself and to show you guys the full tour (but this image from the shoot for Domino Magazine is still giving me life, as are the nightly baths right in this spot), so in the meantime I wanted to give you a look into what my non negotiables were for my dream master bath and delve into the design and making of it.

When we moved in there was an un-used and unfinished “hot tub room” just off the master bedroom (which you could also access from clover’s bedroom) that I suppose once had a hot tub in it, but by the time we got there it was by name only. Essentially, it was an un-heated and unfinished exterior room with decking for the flooring and plywood walls but it was a good amount of space and it had the best light with all the windows. The master bathroom at the time had almost no natural light and was divided up into two small rooms, one with the sink/vanity and the toilet and the other had an alcove bathtub and closet. Here is a look at the “as-built” floor plans and then what our plans were for the space.

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samuel family fixer kitchen update!

She gone! Goodbye small old kitchen with zero counter space! Construction has officially started (FINALLY) and while I am still playing catch up in the design. Yes, I broke my cardinal rule (again) of not starting construction until after the design is finished and materials are on site, but we couldn’t wait any longer. We’ve been a bit swamped between the kids, and work, client projects, the move, and our second move (into a rental house during construction) etc etc and that left very little time to work on our own house, it ended up coming last but we finally got some help with the kiddos and I’m wrapping up some things, so now it’s my turn! I hope you’re as ready as I am for me to start sharing progress and process as we go! Thankfully I pretty much designed the whole kitchen before we even saw the house in person, so I am starting there! See my initial plans to get all caught up here.

Our renovation couldn’t have come at a better time. I started working on the kitchen in my head before we even made an offer and long before we set foot in the house. As soon as we were in escrow I started on the design. Part of my process for myself is that I first create my ultimate space with no regards to budget or logistics, just whatever I can dream up. It’s my utopia space and anything goes. Then I work backwards from there and get creative on how I can execute the look within my budget. Remember the A-frame living room? It worked there, and thats exactly how I started in the kitchen. But, spoiler alert, this time around I hit the jackpot. I had dropped a 36″ white range into a rendering I was working on and turned the hardware a gold color in photoshop, just making up what I wanted in there, and no joke a week later I got an email that Café Appliances was launching this beautiful new line of appliances with customizable hardware (you can choose from 4 different metallics, Stainless, Bronze, Black, and Copper) and the face of them are either Matte Black or Matte White! MY DREAMS LITERALLY CAME TRUE. They reached out to ask me to become a part of their Café Collective (a group of women they brought together to work with over the coming months who each “have an unapologetic approach to embracing their distinct style”) to which I screamed and jumped out of my chair and ran to tell Rupe that I just visualized our kitchen appliances into being. Ok I didn’t really, the talented folks at Café did but I can pretend to take credit like they plucked the design right from my brain. I am just thrilled they exist and even more thrilled that I get to use them in our new kitchen.

samuel family fixer kitchen moodboard Earlier this month I took a trip down to Louisville, Kentucky to dive deep into all things Café Appliances. We got to see them installed in a few homes, we toured the factory, got a taste of Louisville (and the bourbon), did some mixed metal jewelry making and created real-life inspiration boards around the spaces that each of us will be creating with the Café Appliances. It was so fun to see how different everyone’s boards turned out based on their own personal style. That’s mine above!

Speaking of personal style… I like to reference client’s wardrobes when designing for them because what you choose to put on your body is such a great reflection of your style and I feel like your home should reflect that just as much! So for my own space I turned to my wardrobe…

sarah sherman samuel layers and noticed a whole lot of whites, ivories, natural materials, combining different textures and always a touch of gold with my jewelry.

When it came to overall design of the kitchen, I wanted it to be similar, bright, natural, open, a reflection of me, and feel like part of the living space. Crazy but true…I never thought I would want an all white kitchen for myself. I usually gravitate towards colored cabinets but in this space I wanted the wood ceiling (the only original feature in this room that we are keeping) to be a main focal point. See the before photos here, but previously the kitchen had a lot of wood, A LOT. Wood floors, wood ceiling and wood cabinets. I am a big fan of natural wood but if you’ve been following me for a while you know I like a bright space and since the wood ceiling was so special that meant I wanted to remove the other wood finishes to really let it shine.

When I looked at my clothes, other parts of the house, my products, the finishes and appliances I knew I wanted to use, a color (or lack there of) palette started to come together. Thankfully Café Appliances gets that you want your house to be a reflection of you and it doesn’t have to stop at the appliances. There is so much stainless steel out there and not much else, so it’s incredibly refreshing to be able to find customizable appliances to fit my or a client’s style.

And finally, I took all that inspiration above along with some sourcing leg work and translated it into the product selects and finishes for our kitchen.

sarah sherman samuel kitchen // samuel family fixer Wood, terrazzo, quartz, brass, cement… and a lot of love. A lot of love for all the things. :) Are you as surprised as me that I am doing all white or do you think “duh this is totally you”? The key to making all white not boring is to play up all the textures and of course the pop of metallic really helps. Wish me luck!

Sources for first photo: Sweater by Entire World // Jeans from Asos // Table from CB2 // Chair from CB2 // Gold Initial Necklace from Maya Brenner // Gold rings from L Frank Jewelry

Sources for second photo: Sweater from Club Monaco // Top from Sugar Candy Mountain // Jeans from Topshop // Gold rings from L Frank Jewelry

Sources from living room photo: Rug is vintage // Ottoman by sarah sherman samuel // coffee table from Urban Outfitters // rug is vintage // chair is vintage // Art from Minted // stool from lulu and georgia // vase is from CB2 // Planter from CB2  // Pillow form Kesslyr Dean

Kitchen Sources: Range from Café Appliances // Dishwasher from Café Appliances // Refrigerator from Café Appliances // Fresh Concrete countertop by Caesarstone // White Cabinets by Sarah Sherman Samuel for SemiHandmade // Brass hardware by Sarah Sherman Samuel for Park Studio // Faucet by Kallista // Stool from The Citizenry // Pendant Light from Allied Maker // Quartz Sink by Elkay // Cement Tile by Granada Tile

Samuel Family Fixer Powder Bath!

I have the first (and currently only) room I have designed from top to bottom in our #samuelfamilyfixer and today I am sharing our plans!  It’s just a pint size room but it’s going to pack a punch, as I think every powder room should, right? Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery put me up to the challenge of designing our new (old) powder bath to be inspired around the summer season and I gladly accepted.

First lets take a look and what we are starting with.

BEFORE

INSPIRATION

When I thought of summer, I thought about the ultimate summer, and it took me back a few years to a vacation Rupe and I took to the south of France. We had been there a couple of summers in a row and spent most of the time in Provence but we took a day trip to Cassis and it was heavenly. In my mind, nothing says summer more than a packed out day at the beach and I took that day in Cassis and translated into our little powder room.

Before I left LA, I went to my local Ferguson showroom to pick out all the bathroom fixtures. I do a lot of online shopping but it is SO nice to get into a showroom and touch and feel allll the faucets and fixtures.

And to see so many in one place. Ferguson really does have the best selection. Above is the wall of faucets that I went through and picked from. Once I had a few of my favorite pieces I sat down with a Ferguson sales associate (hi Hannah) and she helped round out my selections by showing coordinating pieces and other options that were along the same lines as the pieces I was gravitating towards.

After I got home from the showroom Hannah sent me all the specifications and images of each of the products digitally so I could get to designing the rest of the space. Being a very visual person, I like to drag all the products into a mood board, move things around, and pull in different wallpaper options to see what fits best. From there I made my final selects.

PLANS

Keeping my ‘summer in Cassis’ inspiration in mind, I decided to bring in Terrazzo tile on the floor to mimic the rocky beach. The wood wash stand brings in the warm sand color, in addition to bringing another natural element into the space and the round mirror is a nod to the big round sun. The room is tiny and with no natural light so I wanted to keep it as light as possible. The wallpaper from MuralsWallpaper is full of personality but still bright and the crowded faces were perfect to reflect all those Frenchies (and tourists) flocking to the beach.

Sources: DXV Wash Stand/Sink Console from Ferguson // DXV Sink from Ferguson // DXV Faucet from Ferguson // DXV Toilet from Ferguson // Round Mirror from Ferguson // Wallpaper from MuralsWallpaper // Pendant Lamp from Barnaby Lane // Terrazzo Tile from Concrete Collaborative