Magazine article Sunset

Behind the Scenes

Magazine article Sunset

Behind the Scenes

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EVER SINCE I WAS A KID, I've loved reading about other people's houses. I'd cut photos from old design magazines and slide them into a scrapbook divided into chapters: "Cabin Life," "Cottage," etc. When Pinterest arrived, I would lose hours on the trail of one jaw-dropping interior after another, eventually finding my way to a kitchen remodel with semicustom cabinetry painted in a luminous Farrow & Ball hue. That's how I came to know of Sarah Sherman Samuel, whose Palm Springs A-frame (page 72) is captured on this month's cover.

There aren't many houses that are more quintessentially Sunset than an A-frame in Palm Springs. What makes Sarah's home seem especially appropriate is its seamless mix of high-low elements and its fresh take on nostalgia. (It takes guts to go all white on an iconic structure's exterior stone.) Want some serious DIY inspiration? Check out Sarah at top left in her Los Angeles backyard, painting her A-frame's kitchen cabinets in an ensemble worthy of a standing ovation. …

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