This Designer Collab Is Here to Elevate Your Favorite IKEA Finds

Dacy Knight

One of the most striking ways to elevate the look of a room is with a simple change you likely haven't considered: cabinet doors. John McDonald made a business of bringing sophisticated style to home spaces with this straightforward switch. Trading screenwriting for custom cabinetry and founding Semihandmade in 2011, McDonald has been using IKEA cabinets as a base for handmade craftsmanship at a competitive price. Semihandmade now boasts showrooms in Palm Springs and Minneapolis and has grown to 25,000 square feet of manufacturing space.

Most recently, Semihandmade teamed up with Los Angeles designer, art director, and content creator Sarah Sherman Samuel to bring to life a covetable collection of original doors to personalize kitchen cabinets, credenzas, and consoles. The two met when Samuel worked with Semihandmade to redesign her own Venice bungalow kitchen.

"I love to mix metallics to give a space more personality and to make it feel more collected," she notes when describing how she designed her own space. "Brass was a no-brainer for the hardware as it paired with the light green color so beautifully."

Samuel's custom doors went viral, and McDonald says they still get at least one email a week mentioning it as inspiration. "I always strive for something a little unexpected," declares Sherman, who describes her aesthetic as relaxed but edited, modern meets vintage. She brings that same discerning taste to the collaboration with Semihandmade, which launched this week.

Head below to take a look at the new collaboration and read our interviews with Sarah Sherman Samuel and John McDonald.

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