studio

DIY woven headboard

DIY headboard // Guest Room // Sarah Sherman SamuelWell, I’ve switched some things up a bit… there’s a bedroom in our studio! We have family coming in for the holidays so I’ve temporarily converted the studio to a guesthouse. When Archie arrived we transformed our only guest room to his nursery, which left us with no space for family to stay, other than crashing in the living room. Once we built-out the new studio space my parents were able to stay there when they visited but we didn’t have that great of a set up. My mom would sleep on the sofa and my dad on an air mattress.

This year I wanted to welcome them with a much more comfortable space, so I set out to create a beautiful bedroom on a budget that would also be easy to convert back and forth from my studio to a guest room when we do and don’t have house guests. I had most things on hand but the design started to come together when I saw this rug and a DIY headboard idea was born.

DIY headboard // Guest Room // Sarah Sherman SamuelDIY WOVEN HEADBOARD

Supplies Needed:
Hammer
Small Finish Nails
6 x Placemats
2 x Rug

DIY headboard // Guest Room // Sarah Sherman SamuelDIY headboard // Guest Room // Sarah Sherman SamuelI wanted a headboard to frame out the bed and make it feel like a proper bedroom and all I did was purchase 6 of these table mats and 2 of these rugs and secure them to the wall with tiny finish nails. Five minutes later… instant headboard!

Another great thing about this DIY is that I can repurpose the placemats for a table setting while they aren’t in use as a headboard.

DIY headboard // Guest Room // Sarah Sherman SamuelOn a side note… I love seeing how my wallpaper works in a bedroom setting, which has me really excited for when I can start selling it (I’ll keep you posted but it should be available early 1017!).

DIY headboard // Guest Room // Sarah Sherman SamuelDIY headboard // Guest Room // Sarah Sherman SamuelI bought this simple bed frame which has legs that screw off easily so we can store it without taking up too much space when we don’t have guests and I topped it all off with my favorite Parachute bedding. Next I added some ottomans as night stands, and a grounded it all with a Frances Loom vintage rug, from my ever growing rug obsession collection.

I am not sure how having a bed in the studio over the next month or so will affect my productivity. It is pretty naptime tempting after all, but I am sure my visiting family will appreciate it.

Take a tour of my Studio (in it’s usual configuration) here.
See our Home Renovation posts here.

Shop the post:
Bed Frame // Headboard DIY (see supplies above) // Vintage Rug from Frances Loom // Ottomans from The Vintage Rug Shop // Wallpaper by Sarah Sherman Samuel (coming soon) // Bedding by Parachute (this is the Venice Set in White) // Jute Rug

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

art from life’s moments

framebridge-cactus-prints-3-640 The new studio is starting to come together! I’ve been having a lot of fun slowly collecting pieces that I truly love and only bringing those items into the space. I’d rather do without for the time being, leaving a space empty, than to rush to fill the gaps just for the sake of getting it finished. Of course it takes more time doing it this way but it is also what gives you that yummy collected feel. And bonus… when you have a bazillion other things going on you can’t help but work on curating your own space over time… i.e. when you have the chance.

framebridge-cactus-prints-2-640One thing I knew I wanted to include in the space was my own photography. I love looking back at instagram and my iphone gallery of photos but some of the memories I’ve captured I really wanted to see big and be reminded of the happy times on the daily. I took this cactus photo on our first family vacation with Archer in Palm Springs. We were nervous and excited, brand new parents, with a tiny baby, and looking back that time went by in such a flash, I decided to frame this to remind me of where we’ve been and how far we’ve come. I wanted the print to be extra large so I decided to break it up into a diptych, ordering two frames at the largest size Framebridge offers (40″ long), making one jumbo statement.

Buying or framing oversize art can be so expensive but splitting a print up into two frames is an easy way to cut down on the cost and I am always pleasantly surprised at just how easy printing and framing with Framebridge is.

framebridge-gif-small2You upload your art, select a frame, and they ship it to you all ready to hang, along with everything you need to hang it (except the hammer).

framebridge-cactus-prints-4-640Now that Archie is a bit older and I spend a lot of time in the studio, I love being surrounded by memories of when he was just a wee one. P.S. I CAN NOT believe how big he is.

and psst… Framebridge is offering SSS Stories readers 15% off a customer’s first framebridge order! Just use the code SARAHSHERMANSAMUEL15 it is valid through 8/31/2016!

SOURCES:
Sofa from Rypen
// Rug from Amazon // Magazine stand from Schoolhouse Electric // Pillows from Target

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Minimal Luxe – Workspace

matte black & copper // minimal modern luxe - workspaceHP might have just launched the most beautiful laptop that has ever graced this earth. Matte black and copper! Need I say more? In honor of the debut they invited me to design a workspace, inspired by the sleek obsession-worthy laptop, and I said…. um, yes please!

matte black & copper // minimal modern luxe - workspacematte black & copper // minimal modern luxe - workspaceminimal modern luxe - workspace Copper has already been all over my radar, I have been pinning and collecting copper pieces here and there for my home and office so when I got the first glance and the new Spectre it got really excited to create a copper accented workstation to match. Above is the design board I pulled together to set the tone. I’m calling it Minimal Modern Luxe.The copper chair with its’ curved seat juxtaposed with its’ straight lines go hand in hand with the laptop’s curved hinges and the matte black accent wall lays the foundation for the copper accents to pop just like on the Spectre.

matte black & copper // minimal modern luxe - workspacematte black & copper // minimal modern luxe - workspacematte black & copper // minimal modern luxe - workspacematte black & copper // minimal modern luxe - workspaceTo get the luxe look without spending a fortune, I splurged on some pieces like the chair, and saved on others, by doing an ikea hack desk, for example. The marble printed parson’s desk from West Elm was gorgeous and all but instead I took this basic Ikea desk, and wrapped the top with black marble contact paper, to up the table’s glam game.

And there you have it, a workspace fit for the design (and copper) obsessed to match the laptop of my dreams. Check out the ‘making of’ video to see how they teamed up with artists to create two limited edition versions (one is plated in 18K gold!!).

Shop the Look: HP Spectre Laptop // Copper Chair from Joss & Main // Inspiration Board Desk // DIY Ikea hack Desk (just add this contact paper) // Mirror // Lamp // Copper Candlesticks from Joss & Main // Chandelier from Park Studio LA // Case Study Planters from Modernica // Copper Notebook // Clock 

 

 

DIY: to-do list

DIY - giant - to do list // sarah sherman samuelWhen your job description has as many hyphens as mine (designer-maker-blogger-art director-photographer-etc.etc.) or if you’re just a creative person in general, chances are you’ve got a whole bunch of different projects going on. While I live by my online calendar, I still keep a notebook for daily to-do lists yet still with both the calendar and various notebooks, I was really missing my black board from my old, old home-office where I would have a list of projects that are ongoing and/or don’t have a formal deadline. The kinds of projects that aren’t super pressing but ones I still want to keep on my radar so when I do get a free moment, I can chip away at those long term goals. Since I am such a visual person, it really helps me to have those things listed out, big and all in one place, so I can take a quick glance and easily cherry pick my next task, keeping me super-efficient.

I was looking for a way to bring that idea back to my new studio and came up with this hanging giant to-do list. I love the paper roll because you can make the list really long or keep it short, and once you’ve crossed a bunch of the to-do’s off you can tear the sheet off and start fresh. I’ve decided it’s also just extra satisfying to cross things off of a giant to do-list, I don’t know why, it just is.

DIY - giant - to do list // sarah sherman samuelDIY - giant - to do list // sarah sherman samuelGet the full DIY after the jump… READ MORE

sss studio design

sss studio spaceWhile things have been a flurry at the studio, I’ve been slowly collecting bits and pieces for the space and it is just starting to come together. You may have caught this little glimpse on instagram and this was the only tiny corner that wasn’t utter chaos. We keep joking about the fact that my assistant seems to have a new desk every day she comes in because the furniture coming in and out of the office has been a constant flow.

That is not to say I don’t have some pretty amazing pieces in our little white box that I am definitely keeping for myself but I have been taking my time to really fill the space with things that I love.

Here is the design board I created for myself so far…

polished natural modern studio space // sarah sherman samuelThere are some pieces missing like some sort of storage unit, and a work table, but you can get an idea of the overall vibe and all of the items on the board are either in the studio or on their pretty little way over. Like this AMAZING pink sofa (I know that word is overused to death but this sofa deserves it. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.), I searched the world a few times over to find the perfect one. Most are too bright pink, or too girly of a shape, or too traditional, or or or… but I finally found this one on Rypen and it was the best kind of mix of feminine but relaxed, modern but comfortable, and the perfect shade of pink. I can not wait until she is mine all mine.

Another favorite piece is my new desk with these pretty legs from Pretty Pegs, oh and the most beautiful lucite curtain rod you ever did see, and of course the chandelier that I already gushed about. Ok, sorry I could just keep going and name everything like the vintage swivel chair or the copper wire chairs or the banana leaf curtains. My heart eyes are out all over the place again. One day all these goodies will all be set up in their new home. Hopefully soon!

Product Sources:
Cactus Diptych (still undecided on this but it’s one of my own photos that I have yet to get printed) // Chandelier by Park Studio // Rest Sofa from Rypen // Plants are a Monstera Leaf and Fiddle Leaf Fig // Leather Sling Side Table from West Elm // Rug from Ikea // Gold Table Lamp from Joss & Main // Acrylic Console Table // Copper Wire Chair from Joss & Main // Lucite Curtain Rod from Luxe Hold Ups // Banana Leaf Curtain from H&M // Copper and Leather Aldama Chair from The Citizenry // White Lacquered Table Top // Desk Legs from Pretty Pegs // Vintage Brass Swivel Chair from Starburst Modern 

 

SSS gets a new studio!

sarahshermansamuel-studio2Merry Christmas to team SSS! As of last week we have a bigger and better spanking new studio! It is a blank slate, all ready for me to settle into, and when I say blank slate… I mean it… with the white on white on white blank slate. The only design decision I have made so far is that ridiculously beautiful chandelier (by Park Studio LA). I can’t wait to get out of my living room (where I temporarily set up shop while Archer was just a wee newbie) and back into a space that has me inspired.

sarahshermansamuel-studioRight now, I am typing from this makeshift workstation while my design wheels are turning on how to make this the office of my dreams and I’ve gathered up a few inspiration images that I want to capture the vibe from and unleash it into the space.

studio inspiration san giorgio // sarah sherman samuelAmber-Interiors-Client-Freakin-Fabulous-Neustadt-5studio inspiration // the apartment at the line I mentioned the bitter sweetness of selling the cabin in Michigan but doing that allowed us not only to get the A-frame but also put me in this space so it is leaning more and more to the sweet side.

The first image, is from the San Giorgio Hotel in Mykonos (taken by Lauren of Perpetually Chic) and I love how the tones of the wood and sisal, as well as the pink rugs, warm up the all white space and it has such a relaxed vibe. That rug and oversized mirror, and planter, and bench, ok everything in that second image (designed by Amber Interiors, photo by Tessa Neustadt) has me swoony as well.  And finally, the last image is in “the Apartment by the Line” (via Lust for Life) and it completely nails the California minimal boho style that I love. Wish me luck! x

To see the different incarnations of my last studio, see here, herehere and here.