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sss + l&g wallpaper launch party

sarah sherman samuel x lulu georgia wallpaper launch partyLast week we threw a little party to kick off the launch of my wallpaper line with Lulu and Georgia and I truly felt like the belle of the ball. I have so many plates spinning at the moment that it felt really nice to pause, gather some friends and fellow female entrepreneurs and celebrate a project that has been on my bucket list for a long time now.  READ MORE

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

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.

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project light lab

kitchen-rendering2-sssFor the last couple months I have been working behind the scenes for a creative dynamo of a client (actually clients). Anne Sage and Team Woodnote have teamed up in a joint venture called “Light Lab” which is a creative warehouse/studio space in Atwater Village that will be available for photo shoots, workshops, events, etc. and they turned to me for the design of the kitchen and bathroom. It has been such a fun project to work on because kitchens and baths are my favorite to design and they pretty much let me do whatever the heck I wanted. Which included incorporating some unexpected materials, and also featuring one of my own wallpaper designs!

kitchen-design

light-lab-before Above is the kitchen rendering and cabinet plan I shared with them for the design proposal. We are going with black slab cabinets, black appliances, and doing a tile feature on the island (yum). Since it is a warehouse space, everything is in one giant room so I wanted the kitchen to be clean and modern (blending in with the space) but still have special moments like the tile, the extra long floating shelves, and brass stools and a plywood feature wall (more on that soon) that make it unique.

Directly above you are looking at the before photo of where the kitchen will go. We had all sorts of plumbing and electrical work that needed to get done, delaying things ,which seems to be the usual with renovations, but install day should be any day now and I am over here waiting like a kid for Christmas.

Meanwhile… the bathroom is a tad bit further along…

light-lab-bathroom-sssand again, here is the design board, rounding up all the selects. I love love a bold bathroom, so we went for it… gold accents, wallpaper, and the black and white triangle floor tile all make this heart go pitter patter. Especially the wallpaper because… I have been developing my own wallpaper collection and this is the first time seeing one my new designs up and in a space! It isn’t available anywhere yet, but I was able to do a custom print for them.

light-lab-bathroom-wallpaper-sssYou may have seen this sneak peek on instagram, and I know I say this all the time, but I really can’t wait to show you more, just as I can’t wait to see more! Hurry up contractors!!!

Bathroom Sources: Lighting by Cedar & Moss for Rejuvenation // Wallpaper by Sarah Sherman Samuel // Mirror from CB2
I’ll be sharing the rest of the sources in the final reveal.

 

 

Laundry room update

laundry room renovation // sarah sherman samuelOur laundry room is starting to shape up to the room of my dreams! In case you missed it… we started from scratch with this room. Previously the washer and dryer was directly next to the dishwasher and in the same cubby room as the refrigerator as well. We knocked down the wall dividing that room from the rest of the kitchen to make the kitchen larger and then added on this small room off the back for a separate laundry room. Until now, the room remained a little white box receiving none of the love that we gave to the rest of the house.

laundry room renovation // sarah sherman samuellaundry room renovation // sarah sherman samuelI’d like to think we made up for it by going all out with this stunning wallpaper. The best part is how you see it peeking through the doorway from the kitchen and the green of the leaves in the paper compliments the green of our base cabinets (which is called “pigeon” by Farrow & Ball).

laundry room renovation // sarah sherman samuelWe also installed a base cabinet, from Ikea, to house laundry detergent and various cleaning supplies (you can see it in the top photo) and we customized a walnut butcher block (it is the oversized one that is usually meant for a kitchen island, also from Ikea) by cutting it down to fit wall to wall in the space and create a nice surface to fluff and fold.

To finish the space off I’d still like to put up some shelves, have some kind of hanging storage, and find a rug. Getting close though…

To see all of the home renovation progress check here.

Wallpaper by Ellie Cashman // Butcher Block from Ikea // Cake Stands from Sarah Sherman Samuel

nursery progress & ikea hack DIY

ikea hack - mint dresser- nursery // sarah sherman samuelLast week you might have caught a glimpse at the one wall of the nursery that is finished, over on Mother Mag and I wanted to give you a better look, and share what I did with my dresser issue. It is a simple Ikea hack you’ve seen done a thousand times, but the most important detail is often overlooked. You just have got to do something about those legs!

tarva dresser, DIY ikea hackYou may remember on the dresser I re-worked for the cabin I cut the legs shorter. Well, for this one I kept the length the same but cut them at an angle to create a more elegant profile. It is just one small detail, but it doesn’t cost a thing to do, and it changes the look of the dresser dramatically.

nursery-ikea-hack2ikea hack - mint dresser- nursery // sarah sherman samuelnursery-ikea-hack4

get the rest of the DIY details and sources after the jump… READ MORE