Client Mad Sugar Ranch Kitchen Reveal

I’ve got a real cobbler with no shoes situation going on over here, I’m just an interior designer with no kitchen and no furniture (wah). The good news is, we made it to our new (old) Michigan house, the bad news is, our stuff has not… yet (hopefully soon). The other good news is I have my latest finished renovation project to share with you and it is giving me life. It is also giving me all the heart eyes. It is the first finished residential kitchen where I got to use and my !

My client, and her husband Zan worked with architect  (who I love and worked with when we thought we might add a second floor to our LA house) to rework a cramped and dated kitchen to open it up into a spacious kitchen and dining room. They added square footage along with re-working the entire layout. Eden then brought me on board to design the new kitchen and dining room and I couldn’t be more excited with how it turned out.

We refinished the old solid oak hardwoods to breath new (lighter) life into the space. in Olympic goes all the way from the countertop to ceiling which brings some old charm to the brand new space. Eden’s aesthetic is modern but not without character which is why the line of modern beaded cabinet doors from my line with was the perfect fit for the space. We used IKEA boxes and then Semihandmade for the fronts – my favorite, and ultimate, IKEA hack.

also made the custom Oak floating shelves and large farmhouse sink was a score on Overstock. Eden is BIG on entertaining so Caesarstone countertops were a no brainer for their durability and beauty. Her slab is called Statuario Maximus.

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Right off the kitchen, the dining room is an extension of the space. We found this stunning vintage rug from which is a showstopper and makes the room. I also convinced her to spring for my favorite Josef Hoffman dining chairs which are a match made in heaven. Designed in the 1920’s and still SO current, it is amazing to see furniture design like this stand the test of time.

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And because the before and after’s are the best part… here is a look at where we started.

BEFORE

A pretty insane overhaul right? The roaming chickens might be my favorite part but the whole project is doing a good job of tiding me over until I get my own dream kitchen.

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Barnaby Lane: Shop Picks

I could go on and on about all the great design coming out of Australia,  it seems like every time I come across a new brand or designer I love they are from Australia. was one of those brands that I’ve always coveted from afar, I have pinned those multiple times and cried over the fact that I couldn’t get them. That is… until now! Barnaby Lane recently launched part of their collection in the US and my beloved Smith chairs were one of them. You better believe I have a couple on the way to #samuelfamilyfixer as we speak. I’ve rounded up a few of my other favorites that are now available to us American folk. x

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Mandy Moore’s Laundry Room

You guys… I’ve been waiting for this day to come for over a year now! Today is the day I get to share the first finished space of the Moore house, and while you might think the laundry room might be a funny place to start, just wait until you see how gorgeous this laundry room is! helped  and I make some magic happen in this space. Also, we’ve waited so long for the full house reveal why not build a little more suspense. ;)

Raise your hand if you also want to live in Mandy Moore’s laundry room?

Just after Mandy purchased the home, we did our first walk-through together and the laundry room was one of a few sad spaces in the once incredible Harold B. Zook designed mid-century modern home. The house was renovated in the early 90’s with clashing traditional features like crown moulding and raised panel cupboards (like you will see in the laundry before photos) and Emily and I worked together to bring the house into this century while keeping in mind it’s mid-century past. The former laundry room was cramped and bare bones basic. It had white walls, white cabinets and your average run of the mill 12×12 floor tile.

Mandy actually loves doing laundry, so we wanted to make the room a place she would want to spend some time in and it is right off the kitchen so all the more reason to make it a statement all on its own. She had a few requirements… one was a place to be able to hang dry clothing, another was a good amount of space for folding, and the third was to make it beautiful. I also added to the must have list, closed storage, a statement wallpaper, and a sink.

 We found the perfect  and black shower rods that we repurposed as a place for Mandy and Taylor to hang dry items. The matte black version of the hardware I designed for Park Studio (Mandy got the very first black prototypes!) and the faucet add to the wallpaper to create the bold graphic look.

I also wanted to add just a few natural elements sprinkled throughout the space to give a touch of warmth like the wood shelf, the natural basket and wood hangers.

And now to remind you what was there before…

Immediately we knew we wanted to swap the sink and laundry machine’s locations and make the space bigger so we borrowed about a foot of space from the pantry on the other side, by moving the wall over, which made a world of difference (insert me for scale. ha). Now there is ample counter space for folding, room to maneuver and the have their custom cubbies to take center stage while blending seamlessly with the design. They even match the room’s color palette perfectly. And aside from being clean and modern looking I know Mandy is excited about having her clothes and linens .

Mandy and I are going to be doing a June 5! at 8 p.m. CT (6 p.m. PST) so be sure to tune in TONIGHT!

To see all the posts on the Mandy Moore Residence check here. 

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Samuel Family Fixer Before Tour

If you missed our , head to first and you’ll be all caught up, but to summarize… we bought a big family home in Michigan and we are going to do our best to turn it into our dream house in the woods, where we can raise our littles. We are trading the palm trees for pine trees and 1,200 square feet for 4,300 (!), in hopes of giving our kids the best childhood we can offer. And if we hate it, well at least we have an exit plan. We are keeping our LA house and renting it out, for the time being (my business will still also be based out of LA), which is helping us rationalize buying a house over the internet, while we were sleep deprived from a newborn and a toddler, and moving our family across the country. So now, let’s get onto the house!

The house was built in 1980 but has the mid-century modern lines I’m drawn to, along with unique features like a 5 foot round skylight, spiral staircase, 22 foot ceilings, a reading loft, and a screened in porch. I fell in love with the project house’s architecture, the peaceful wooded setting that feels miles from anything but is just minutes to downtown Grand Rapids, and that it’s ready for us put our stamp on it. The previous owners were the original owners and they had vision. They worked with an architect to build their own custom dream home and their attention to detail is spot on. The bones of the house are incredible (unique homes like this are much fewer and far between in Michigan, in comparison to California) and while I am calling it #samuelfamilyfixer, it isn’t a major fixer like our a-frame was (thank God). Which means we, hopefully, won’t be having to sink a ton of money into the structure of the house, but all the bathrooms, and kitchens (yes that’s plural) will be getting full renovations, we will be putting new flooring throughout and there will be some walls moved and adjustments to the floorplan made. So, if you didn’t think driving across the country with a baby, a toddler, and two dogs was enough madness, we are adding living through renovations to the mix.

As I mentioned, we still haven’t seen the house, so I’m sharing a tour using the listing photos. I’ll post a full empty house tour once we see it for ourselves and can take some pics!

MAIN KITCHEN

This kitchen technically doesn’t neeeeed renovation. I actually love l.o.v.e. love the cabinets BUT, we do want to open it up to the living room by dropping that wall of tall cabinets and then expand the kitchen to include that breakfast nook so that it fills the space and flows right into the living room. I am planning to save all the cabinet doors and possibly use them somewhere else in the house or for a future project. It does look like the range could definitely use an update but overall it is a great kitchen and I hope to make it even better (and more us). How good is that rug/runner in front of the sink though? I kinda wanted to ask if it would come with the house.

MAIN FLOOR FAMILY ROOM & LOFT

Right on the other side of that wall of cabinets is the family room which, as you can see, if we took out that run of cabinets would flow right together. One of my favorite features of the house is the loft area (hello kids play space) and the half-moon shape nook that houses the spiral staircase leading to the lower level. The wood cladding and the cut-out in the floor, how awesome is that? I am going to have to get creative on how to child-proof it but it is definitely staying. Right now I am hoping to make that lofted area in to a play space for Archie so we will definitely have to figure out a safer railing situation.

MAIN FLOOR LIVING ROOM

Hello amazing HUGE room with tall wonderful ceilings. To give you an idea of the scale of this room, those are full sized sofas and that is a full sized grand piano in the corner (not even a baby grand). I have no idea what I am going to do with all this space but I can’t wait to get in there and start figuring it out. One thing I need to make a decision on soon is the flooring and I am so torn about it. I don’t love the look of wood on both the floor and the ceilings and I do love the wood on the ceilings here, so while installing some wide plank light-ish wood flooring would be the most cost effective and easiest way to go, I feel like then I would have to paint the ceilings, which I don’t necessarily want to do (even though I love me some white paint). I won’t be making this decision until I see it in person because in these photos the wood reads pretty orangey, it is after all that 80’s, probably pine, wood, but it could look totally different in person. In a perfect world I would keep the wood ceilings and do terrazzo in the main living spaces but it may be cost prohibitive given the large amount of square footage. Oh decisions, why is it so much harder when it is for yourself?

DINING ROOM

Look how grown up I will be with my very own dining room. We can even throw dinner parties where everyone gets a chair.

MASTER BEDROOM

The master bedroom won’t need much outside of some new flooring and a lick of paint. Seeing the green through the windows alone is getting me excited about waking up in this room.

MASTER BATHROOM

And on the less exciting side is the master bathroom. You know me and carpet in the bathroom aren’t friends, for starters, but also in a house so big the master bathroom is relatively small. I have plans to expand it and re-work the layout all together. When we added our master bedroom and bathroom onto our Los Angeles house, we didn’t go crazy with square footage because we wanted the extension to not feel like an extension at all. We wanted it to blend in with the cottage size and style of the house, so even though we built it from the ground up, and could have technically made large rooms, we kept both the bedroom and the bathroom on the small side. But in a house this large you better believe I am going to finally get my dream bathroom, freestanding tub and all (I hope).

LAUNDRY ROOM

On the main level there are only two bedrooms and we almost passed over this house at first glance because of that fact. In my opinion, my kids are too young to be on an entirely separate floor than me at night. But when I saw the size of the laundry room (I’m pretty sure it is about the same size as Archie’s current bedroom) and where it is situated on the floorplan, my wheels got turning and we are planning to knock down a wall in here and steal some space (and some windows) from the garage to turn this into a third bedroom and bathroom on the main level. We will then move the laundry room into the lower level, which isn’t the most convenient but I’d rather my kids close at night than the wash.

DOWNSTAIRS LIVING AREA

This space will be my office for the time being while we get our feet wet in Michigan.

DOWNSTAIRS BEDROOMS

The two downstairs bedrooms are quite large and will be reserved for guests. I want to pinch myself that we will finally have space to host friends and family. Currently visitors from out of town sleep on make-shift beds in my studio, so this will be a nice change to have a dedicated space just for them. Guests will also will have their own bathroom and kitchen to boot… who’s coming over?!

DOWNSTAIRS BATHROOM

They didn’t skimp on space in this bathroom. We will be tackling the main floor renovations first but this bathroom is on the list for a big update as well.

DOWNSTAIRS KITCHEN

The layout is a bit funky but the kitchen feels huge, especially for a second kitchen. All that counter space…woah. This will be getting an overhaul but again the priority will be the main floor first.

SCREENED IN PORCH AKA THREE SEASONS ROOM

This screened in porch is another space that I am itching to get my hands on. I think this ranks right up there with the spiral staircase as one of my favorite features of the house. Once we paint over the red (sorry to those of you who like the color red. It is my mom and my sister’s favorite so I don’t judge but I can’t take it in large amounts or almost any kind of amounts. It is just one of those polarizing colors) and swap out the flooring, this will be the perfect spot to hang on the warm summer nights.

There is also another bedroom and another bathroom on the main level that I don’t have photos of, but you know I already have plans for. I am sure some plans might change once we are able to see the house in person but for now I think we have a good start. Once we do reach Michigan I will have to document our first impression of the house and will be sure to share it with a video tour on my so follow

So what do you think now that you have seen just as much of the house that we have seen. ha Would you have bought it from these photos?

P.s. I’ve started a new category on the blog for this renovation which you can find under the “categories” tab on the right under “michigan home renovation” or click here.

Maya Brenner Office Tour

 Last year, just after I found out we were expecting, I got a call from about designing her new office space downtown LA. I have loved her jewelry for a while and the brand she has built so I was excited about the project but hesitant to add on another project before baby. When I met her at the space for the first time she confided that she too was expecting (we were both early days at that point) and we decided we would just make it happen before BOTH of our babe’s arrivals. And so we did.

This weekend the (you might notice they had us re-shoot our portraits for less pregnant photos (ha),  but I’m sharing the originals) and I am thrilled to now share the whole tour!

Maya had a few must-haves, above having a functional office space, and they were: 1. bright and colorful but not overwhelming. 2. A press wall that becomes a feature in the space and that she can add to easily, 3. A showroom for the jewelry and plenty of closed storage. 4. A mix of high and low but nothing too precious 5. and finally she wanted it to feel special and reflect her brand.

The press wall (above) turned out to be one of my favorite corners of the space and is an example of the high and low mix. The vintage brass tulip table and the sitting with a Target vase and magazine clippings taped to the wall. To give the press wall a little polish we used black thin masking tape to hang each piece.

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One way we brought a lot of visual interest through the space is with wallpaper. We used three different designs but spaced them out throughout the office so they don’t compete with each other. In the kitchen we did a mini-makeover with my cabinet doors (before and after below). I noticed that the basic office kitchen that was there previously was Ikea cabinetry so all we had to do was switch out the cabinet doors and hardware for a big change. Then while we were at it we swapped out the countertop for and popped in a new and . Maya’s mini kitchen was the first one to use both my Semi-handmade doors and my hardware .

( / / ) // // // // Wooden Cutting Boards from Shescorts Sherman Samuel

Just as you walk in we created a small lounge area for visitors to relax and for Maya to take informal meetings. The woven back chair Maya already had and I used that as a jumping off point for that space. Behind the chair we hung a scarf by , layered a vintage rug over a and brought in both brass and natural wood accents to balance each other out.

In the showroom, which became like it’s own life-sized jewelry box, we used my Pink Agate Wallpaper for Lulu & Georgia and I found this vinyl flooring by that looks like marble with a brass inlay. I like to work in juxtopositions and contrast so I used a rugged to counterbalance the soft pink wallpaper and I also carried some raw wood in here to do more of the same.

Pink Agate Wallpaper from Shescorts Sherman Samuel x Lulu & Georgia // // // // // // // // // Vintage Turkish Rug // // // //

In addition to upgrading the Ikea kitchen with my I turned to to upgrade the Ikea desks but swapping out the legs for . The wood with the brass accent was perfect for the space. The centerpiece of the studio is a large from Article which I surrounded with these amazing from West Elm.

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And now for the little kitchen before and after…

Like I mentioned above, the existing cabinets were from Ikea so we didn’t have to buy or install new cabinets. We were able to swap out the doors and drawer fronts with SemiHandmade for a big change. We also got a new undercounter refrigerator that was panel-ready so we were able to made the kitchen look more seamless with a panel from SemiHandmade as well. The gold Terrazzo like wallpaper is a fun jewel-like pattern that carries your eye up to the ceiling making it feel a little larger, while the wood countertop and gold accents warm up the previous corporate vibes.

( / / ) // // // // Wooden Cutting Boards from Shescorts Sherman Samuel

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