Modern minimalists on the hunt for home design inspiration can be very adept on Sarah Sherman Samuel’s Instagram. Designers and influencers’ pages are filled with dramatic scenes that stand out in the sea of homogenous home decor styles on the internet. Samuel’s style may seem simple at first, but careful color and texture combinations create something truly unique. And while designers often prefer soft, natural colors, Samuel recently debuted a boldly refurbished guest bathroom in her Michigan home, making the look effortless. her to a Parisian level.
The goal: a guest bathroom that could transport guests to a boutique hotel, a plan that also allowed Samuel to have some fun. We’re talking plaid spaces that stand out with fixtures finished in Champagne (warm but not too blue). The undeniably focal point, however, is the oversized Allied Maker sconce surrounded by marble — not even a freestanding tub can compete.
The project also gave Samuel the opportunity to eventually combine her own line of door and drawer fronts with Semihandmade. They make semi-custom door fronts for IKEA cabinets and may be the common denominator behind your favorite kitchen inspiration on Pinterest (the company has worked on previous projects with Karlie Kloss, Emily Henderson, Athena Calderone and Justina Blakeney).
We spoke with Samuel about the design process, the inspiration behind her bold choices, and advice for aspiring bathroom renovations who want to make their space look like it is. should be interesting but not overwhelming.
You mention wanting the guest bathroom to feel like a boutique hotel. Is there a destination you’re inspired by?
Sarah Sherman Samuel: I’m inspired by my travels to Paris — the distinctive touches in a Parisian cafe and the classic motifs of the checkerboard pattern.
The oversized Allied Maker sconce is unbelievable. Do you have a favorite feature about space?
The wood carving from the sconce is beautiful, and the marble accent around that sconce makes that accent my favorite feature.
What is it that you always make sure to have enough items in the guest bathroom when you run out of visitors?
I like to keep a pitcher of filtered water with a drinking glass, freshly laundered towels, and bath salts to soak in.
I love how bold the colors are. For those who want to try something other than neutral, would you recommend designing a guest bathroom?
I wanted to highlight Desert Gray from my Semihandmade collection (this is my first time using my own Quarterline collection), and I colored it for the paint and used it on the ceiling, doors and decorations. really daring. With this being a guest room — since it’s not a room you use every day — you can get a little bolder and more interesting with the design.
Any wise words for those trying to design a little fun with their own guest bathroom?
Build around a central focal point for an interesting but not overwhelming room.
Describe the room’s aesthetic with three simple adjectives: Bold, thoughtful, interesting.