We were so excited when Sarah Sherman Samuel reached out about using a custom color Marbled Stripe in Blushing Taupe wallpaper in her client's bathroom. Hear from Sarah about her home and how she uses pattern, plus some career advice, below!
Rebecca Atwood Designs: Tell us about yourself!
Sarah Sherman Samuel: I live in Los Angeles with my husband Rupert, my 2-year-old son Archer, and our two rescue dogs Cracker and Pikku. I’m a designer working in the interior design field as well as surface & product design.
RAD: What does 'home' mean to you?
SSS: I like to think of it as a place where your story is told - somewhere you can go where your favorite people are and that reminds you of who you are.
RAD: What motivates you?
SSS: My business grew out of a genuine passion for the design world and because of this, I am lucky to say that my work is self-motivating.
RAD: How do you like to spend your weekends and free time?
SSS: Outside. Nature is always a big source of inspiration as well as a grounding force. I love spending time on the weekends with my family watching our son explore different parts of the world for the first time.
RAD: What's your philosophy when it comes to personalizing your space?
SSS: My number #1 rule when it comes to personalizing your space is to never be intimated by tackling DIY projects around the house. Sometimes the most unplanned projects can yield the most creative and satisfying results.
RAD: What is your favorite thing about pattern?
SSS: Pattern brings a richness to an interior. Even if the patterns are subtle and monochromatic, layering pattern brings depth and to a space.
RAD: How do you tell your story with your decor?
SSS: I tend to gravitate towards pieces where I know the maker or craftsman behind the work. Rupert and I also often collect art or handmade decor from places we’ve traveled to. Being intentional about the pieces you collect and put into your home is the best way to tell a story.
RAD: What little changes do you think make the biggest difference at home?SSS: Decluttering and a fresh coat of paint!
RAD: Tell us about a favorite memory from a previous home.
SSS: The house I grew up in had a huge kitchen island that fit my parents, my 2 sisters and I and we would all gather around for dinner each night. That island held many great memories.
RAD: What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
SSS: Take small steps each day to achieve your goal.
RAD: If you work out of your home, how do you make your home and office space work together?
SSS: We converted our guest house into my office-studio, so it’s a separate building but on the same property. It’s nice to have the separation to focus on my work, but also be so close to home while my son is still young.
RAD: What's the hardest thing you've had to go through in your career?
SSS: The transition from working full time to working from home and starting my business was the most difficult period. I had come from working full time for someone else my entire adult life (and teenage years as well) so suddenly not leaving the house and working alone was a bigger shock than I had anticipated. Not having a safety net or anyone else to lean on or bounce ideas off could sometimes feel like I was creating in a vacuum. I had also come out of a fairly toxic work environment which created some self-doubt I had to work though. Reflecting on this now takes me back to that great piece of advice to keep plugging away at it every day. I just kept taking steps each day and after a while, I was able to create a body of work I was proud of.