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where to begin? part 1 of two


this is a tad overwhelming…

so much fun stuff to share. With that, I thought the best place to start might be HERE, my home. It’s a small place with big character and it says a lot about the way I think. I’m planning to keep all my copy short so I won’t drone on about where I got this and that, but I’ll pull out a few of the highlights as a taster of what’s to come! I thought it would be cool to show you before and AFTERs. I moved in about a year and a half ago…still work to do (ALWAYS!) but here’s the latest:


This fireplace, the slightly higher ceiling (downstairs) and the honey colored angled wood floors are the reason I bought this townhouse. The kitchen had a fluorescent light… I’m just sayin’. Ewww.


The bathroom is small and the lighting was a Home Depot special!


Bedroom was desolate. No character what-so-ever. It was all about the downstairs…and even that required some serious imagination.



The Living Room… So much better. A little decadent I must admit but I love it.


I picked up this skull from Evolution in NYC (I love that store!!), the horn in downtown McKinney and the Antlers from White Elephant … I had someone once ask “Are you a hunter?


This is my dining area…way too much, too many great deals and projects to talk about in this photo but I love the combination of the stainless table top with the aged benchs and the glass lamps. Modern and rustic. Those antlers are on loan from my dad.


This was a challenge…you know those small half baths under the stairs. Strange angled ceiling, vast wall of nothing-ness. This was the solution, cool marble mosaic covers the wall (from Floor and Decor – so similar to the Ann Sacks I really wanted) and I installed distressed white wood on the ceiling. Also – love these sconces from West Elm.


Chalkboard paint. It’s a signature of mine these days I think. I can’t seem to get enough of it. I also replaced the fluorescent light with this gorgeous fixture from Restoration and then covered the ceiling in some VERY cool cedar that I had left outside for about six months. Completely transformed.


Quick detail of the kitchen shelf. These are framed old patterns from Country Garden on Industrial.

Master Bedroom

It’s hard to tell but one of the smartest things I did upstairs was install bead board on the ceiling with beams. TOTALLY changed the perception of the height. The ceiling and the two floor to ceiling mirrors really open up the space. It is a quaint sanctuary.


I had this built for my previous home. It is 8 ft tall and about 7 ft wide. We had to cut it in half to get it up the stairs but so well worth it.


Little details… great tree stumps, one for each side of the bed. Yes, I stole them from a neighbor who cut down a tree. I love the natural touch they bring into my bedroom.


Bathroom. Easy changes here. Popped in a frosted glass door. Details of white linens and a little stool and voila! Spa… (or at least as close as I’m going to get~!)


I turned the second bedroom into my “dressing room.”


Console table/Desk from Target, replaced the handles with these gorgeous pulls from Anthro.


Detail of the handles on the doors to my closet… LOVE. And a small detail of stationary.

photos by styleSWOON

42 Responses to “where to begin? part 1 of two”

  1. dad says:

    Love you

    This is beautiful

  2. Liz Burnett says:

    Sugar. Your place is GORGEOUS. Will you come decorate mine! Cool Blog. LOVE IT!!!

  3. LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT. Kick! When you say, “I installed, did YOU do the work?” LOVE that bathroom door and handle. It’s all so wonderful, clean and fresh!

  4. LeeAnn Hopkins says:

    I just love the way you just choose things that inspire you and it all pulls together into such a beautiful environment. This is the way home decorating should always be- original and inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Larry Oliver says:

    Are you kidding me??? Your place is sooo amazing. Charming- just like you. Love it! Keep it up!

  6. Paige says:

    Sam your place is even more gorgeous than I remember it being! Every detail is a work of art and those pictures are just fantastic! Congrats on the blog!!

  7. Jane says:

    oh my god, the blog looks AMAZING! i love this before/after post on your home, its beautiful. very inspiring, can’t wait for more blog entries! :D
    xx jane

  8. After seeing your gorgeous office makeover I’ve been wanting a sneak peek into your home, and it definitely didn’t disappoint! Love your style.

  9. Sam — I LOVE the site! I’ve been so anxious to see it, and have been hearing about all the hard work you’ve put into it. It looks amazing, and I have house envy. Your place is stunning. Keep it up!!

  10. Hilary Shank says:

    Sam, you have been creating amazing spaces since college – this is by far the most incredible!! Love your new site – will definitely be following!!

  11. Katey Arnett says:

    Sam, Sam, Sam! What gorgeous choices all throughout! Loved taking a peek into your world. Truly inspiring. Way to go!

  12. Barbara Wardlow says:

    Your home is stunning!! It’s beautiful! Really enjoying your blog…..and…when do you have time to do this???

  13. Laura Root says:

    Your homes have always inspired me—now your blog has too! I love all of the different content here, and look forward to your updates. Great job!

  14. Becky Frey says:

    Hey honey – love the blog and of course I love your casa! You are one talented lady…..

    :) Becky

  15. Kelly says:

    I love your house. I am redecorating mine and I will be using yours for inspiration. I am really interested in how you did your kitchen ceiling. Look forward to future posts.

  16. Georgia McCalmon says:

    Sam this has my heart racing. Won’t you come down and decorate my house when they finally get it rebuilt from the hurricane. I LOVE what you have done. You are wonderful. I really miss you. This blog is a fabulous idea, as are all your ideas. Love you.

  17. Lauren Berndt says:

    Hey Sam this renovation made me shout “O my goshhhhh” when i saw the before/after pictures. Your space is breathtaking!! I absolutely love it, nice job! I think i need to come cook in that kitchen. Hugs.

  18. nicole says:

    you have a beautful home!! i *love* evolution as well – def one of my favorite stores in nyc…

  19. nicole says:

    you have a beautiful home!! i *love* evolution as well – def one of my favorite stores in nyc…

  20. Kelly Brown says:

    Hi, gr8 post thanks for posting. Information is useful!

  21. Hey Sam, your place is amazing! Great renovation. Great eye. The blog is really nice.

  22. GarykPatton says:

    Hi. I like the way you write. Will you post some more articles?

  23. Jasmin says:

    Perfection. You have an immaculate taste in interiors!

  24. CrisBetewsky says:

    Your site is worth beeing in the top cause it contains really amazing information.

  25. GeoffGerman says:

    Sexy! Your place is very chic. Man, when do you have time to do all of this? Impressive. Most Impressive.

  26. JenX says:

    you’re incredibly talented at restoring, design, and mixing different textures. thanks for sharing your home!

  27. Arlene says:

    Absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing :)

  28. Just found your blog through Design*Sponge, and I am totally wowed!!

  29. Amanda says:

    Gorgeous! I love your site design too. :)

  30. mackenzie says:

    you’ve got everything right–down to the very last detail. i especially like the bed and headboard in the master bedroom. who makes it?


  31. Natalie says:

    Your home is just lovely! :)

  32. The transformation is wonderful. Your home is so beautiful, nice work.

  33. Coco says:

    Your home renovation is breathtakingly beautiful! A total inspiration. Do you mind me asking where you found the chandelier in your bedroom? I’ve been looking for something just like that for months now, to no avail. Many thanks!

  34. tamstyles says:

    looks gorg..i was just on industrial the other day to stalk lula b’s and saw some great places to visit as well as the store you named i will check out…you did a great job all together!

  35. Donna says:

    more pics, more pics!!!!

  36. simplygrove says:

    WOW! That is a transformation!!!! It looks amazing!! xx

  37. This is a real inspiration; I love what you’ve done. The little touches of nature mixed with more luxe pieces are sensational. Thank you for sharing and job well done!

  38. nkp says:

    It is nothing short of brilliant what you have done here. You’ve taken what looks like a plain jane home in the befores and turned it into a unique and stunning abode. I can’t get over the attention you’ve given to your ceilings. I’ve wanted to add some of the same treatments around my house. This is so inspirational. Well done!

  39. wow.wow.wow. Your taste is incredible and I cannot believe the transformation. Just beautiful! So happy to have found your beautiful site. So looking forward to seeing more! All the best !

  40. amy lawson says:

    I just love your site and I first saw your amazing home on design sponge…
    Do you recall the paint color used in your living/dining room? Look forward to
    more of your posts!
    Amy in Tulsa

  41. I’ve got the same white bird in the first pic! I got it at First Monday in Canton sometime last year. Beautiful piece and so inexpensive. BTW, I absolutely love your blog. I don’t know why I’d never seen it before today!

  42. Lissette says:

    Does target still carry your console table desk? It’s exactly what I’m looking for. Thanks

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