AD presents the Clever Guest Edit, a shopping series in which our favorite design enthusiasts share the products and collectibles that bring their homes to life. This week’s special guest is Sarah Sherman Samuel, a multidisciplinary designer, artist, and author. Get the exclusive on what’s at the top of her wish list here and don’t forget to subscribe to the Clever newsletter to get these picks delivered straight to your inbox each month.
After witnessing the unique curation that Sarah Sherman Samuel brought into the homes of stars like Mandy Moore and Vanessa Carlton, we’re fully convinced that she has the magic touch. There’s nothing the multidisciplinary designer and artist can’t do herself; when she designs a space (or the products that fill it), the limit does not exist. Sarah always maintains a sense of cohesion, but isn’t afraid to push boundaries within modern contemporary spaces–her beautiful home in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is a prime example of this spirit.
As a creative, Sarah approaches the landscape of interiors from a different perspective. “I am always inspired by nature and the grounding qualities it has when bringing those elements indoors,” she tells Clever. When Sarah isn’t all hands on deck at SSS Atelier, the virtual gallery home that hosts her impressive plaster work, large scale silk screen tapestries, and vintage finds, she’s busy with collaborations and clients. (Last month, she launched her largest collection ever with retailer Lulu and Georgia.)
In the midst of all these moving parts, the tastemaker was generous enough to share 11 items that “will give texture and interest to your space while bringing the straight-from-nature materials inside.” Scroll down to get all the details on her warm and textural picks.
“This lamp is made from banana leaf and even though it is small it won’t be overlooked. Its sculptural form is wrapped in texture which makes you want to reach out and touch it.”
“I like to use unlacquered brass for hardware whenever I can to add a touch of warmth to a space. These finger pulls from my collection for park studio will patina over time telling their own natural story.”
“A tried and true way to bring a bit of nature inside is to forage a few stems or branches from my garden. This vase is a beautiful vessel to hold your cuttings.”
“I like to bring soft materials to touchpoints from tip to toe around the house and this wool blend rug from my collection for Lulu and Georgia gives my feet a soft landing each morning as it rests under my bed.”
“The warmth of wood is always helpful to make a kitchen feel more welcoming with all of the utilitarian items that often make up most of the space. Just a touch of wood can go a long way and these cups would do the trick.”
“I often design with classic geometric patterns, checkerboards, stripes, and dots. they will never go out of style and always bring some personality to a space.”
“Bowls are the perfect styling tool. When in doubt, put a bowl on it. I love the wave of this wood bowl that would look great as a fruit bowl in the kitchen or anchor a coffee table display.”
“Natural materials on decorative lighting, like this cane wrapped sconce, can be a little unexpected. Small details like that can make a space feel thoughtful and special.”
“Nature is perfectly imperfect, another way to get that feeling inside is looking for pieces that are clearly handmade. This plaster side table has the same imperfect quality which brings visual interest to all the smooth man-made surfaces in most homes.”
I look for vases that can not only hold botanicals but that work as a stand-alone sculpture as well. I love this one’s silhouette.
“If I was going to splurge on a light fixture this plaster one would be it. This one reminds me of poppy flowers but wrapped in that handmade plaster.”