Working with celebrity clients can be a daunting task, but when interior designer Sarah Sherman Samuel first met with Mandy Moore to discuss the brief for her Pasadena home, the Hollywood diva stereotype couldn't have been further from the truth. "She didn’t have many requirements other than she wanted it bright and open and to incorporate color," says Sherman Samuel, who was given creative freedom to turn the gut-renovated home into a midcentury-modern oasis. And boy did she nail the brief.
Since the first images of Moore's newly decorated home broke in Architectural Digest, we've been itching to see detailed shots of one room in particular: the refined yet relaxed living room. Today, All Modern has released close-ups of the carefully curated room, which Sherman Samuel decorated in partnership with the brand. The best part? All of the hero pieces of furniture in the space are from the retailer. Take a look inside the stunning light-drenched room for a lesson in midcentury modern décor done right.
One of the most challenging aspects of the project was working with the original specs of the 1950 home, which was designed by the midcentury modernist Harold B Zook. "The living room was a little trickier because it is very long and skinny and almost every wall is floor-to-ceiling glass," Sherman Samuel explains. "So I wanted to disrupt the view as little as possible while creating an easy flow to the space."
Decorating a room from scratch can be tough, but Sherman Samual immediately knew where to start. "The first time I met with Mandy on the initial walk-through, before any of the renovations or design were even underway, I immediately thought of that white sofa for the space," she says of the Jonathan Adler Aspen Sofa. "The unique shape fit perfectly with the curved wall, and I love the silhouette and sculptural wood legs."
Floor-to-ceiling windows are certainly a feature, but Sherman Samuel also managed to make the drapes—a necessary addition—just as stunning. Dusty pink drapes are drawn together in one corner, creating the perfect backdrop for a black-and-white artwork, which anchors the light-drenched space.
The original home had a number of midcentury modern features Sherman Samuel wanted to honor. The brick floor and fireplace pairs perfectly with some of the newer additions, like a leather bench and blonde wood console.
Sherman Samuel describes the finished home as midcentury modern yet contemporary and inviting. "[It's] modern, bright, unique, [and] it pays homage to its midcentury roots while the finishes and soft furnishings push it more current and fashion-forward."
A long brick planter adds greenery to the living room and also acts as a partition to divide the living and dining area from the rest of the open-plan home.
Inspired to renovate your own home? Sherman Samuels offers these words of wisdom to others considering a gut renovation: "Get your design finished and all of your materials and finishes on site before construction starts, so the construction crew never has to wait on anything," she recommends. "Renovations can easily drag on if you don't!" Certainly in Moore's case, it was well worth it.
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