Love how the two small rooms are tied together with furnishings, fabrics, and drapes. The furniture placement allows for maximum seating and ideal for entertaining!
Tip 1: Money Saver
Choose a mid-toned colour for your floors for a timeless look. Anything too dark or too light will look dated at some point. Tight on budget but want a wow factor? Use expensive mosaics as accent with tiles!
Tip 3: Daybed
A daybed is a great for helping define the living room area. It doesn't block sightlines and offers extra seating. Also try painting the inside of your door to co-ordinate with your decor. Who says the door = charcoal grey?
Window treatment is not only practical but also adds warm to a cold space (i.e. raw loft with concrete floor and painted brick walls). When applying window treatment in a room, drapes should all be in the same fabric. Don't like drapery panels all the way? Change up the application! In this case, Sarah mixed roman blinds and drapery panels.
Use a rug to add human scale to a large space. Also run the rug perpendicular to your bed, so you will always have comfort under foot when getting out of bed in those cold mornings in the Winter.
Episode 5: Jewel-like Dining
This room started with no visual interest or architectual details. With some helps from trims, wallpaper, and fun fabrics, this dining room will sure take you and your guests through the evening.
Tip 1: Keep the Pattern
Repeat your motifs to create a cohesive look. In this case, Sarah repeated a Greek key motif on the painted floor treatment, mirror, chair fabric, the step profile of the crown molding on the wall panelling and chair rail, and even the door.
Tip 2: Instant History
Wants to add instant charm and a sense of history to your space? Shop vintage! Here the home owner invested some good money into the dining table and the side board. These are investment pieces and if shopped good, they may even increase in value over time!
Episode 6: Boho Chic Girls' Rooms
I don't have any kids of my own at this point, so these rooms are not as appealling to me as some of other Sarah's creations. However, I quite enjoy how Sarah repurposed/modified some of the pieces creatively in this episode.
Tip 1: No More Bunk Beds
Bunk bed was an invention in the 50s (lack of space due to the baby boom?). We're now in the 21st century and Sarah has ingeniusly unevolutionalized the creation of bunk beds and showed us how to sleep two little girls (or boys) comfortably in 1 space:
Put two single beds end to end and tie them together with similar finishes, bed skirts, and decorative pillows!
Tip 2: Storage and Display
All kids come with stuff and not all are pretty enough to display. Bedroom tables with drawers and open shelves above the beds are the perfect solutions to acheive an uncluttered and functional space.
Tip 3: Think Outside the Box
Look beyond what the stores sell you. A tea towel can live large as toy storage and a vintage light fixture may just need some TLCs before becoming the showstopper!
The chain on the light is too long? Cut it down, or eliminate it, and have the fixture rewired to attach directly to the ceiling.
Buy vintage furniture, since they are often well-made and are less expensive than new quality pieces. Update your treasures with new handles / knobs or a trip to the sprayer, and enjoy them for many years to come.
Don't be afraid of fabrics. So long you have a well balanced mix of solids and patterns, you can have 12 to 15 fabrics in a room and not spinning your head.
Episode 7: Comtemporary Living
This is hands down my favourite room of this season so far for obvious reasons. I love mid-century modern pieces and love to mix them with some traditional elements and new contemporary pieces, then pair them all with interesting fabrics and artworks. And who's kidding who, I love the yellow and grey combo!
Tip 1: 2nd Chance
I know this is the repeating tips but here is the twist: use contemporary fabrics on vintage pieces! I will do that when my vintage Womb Chair is ready for a facelift.
Tip 2: Live a Little
Don't shy away from wallpaper and pairing pieces from different era.
Wallpapers are now easy to apply and remove. It's an easy fix if you have a change of heart a few years down the road.
Pieces from different era can live happily ever after if they share a similar design aesthetics. Here the pieces are both cleanlined with the intention to let the materials to shine.
Tip 3: Stitch Them Up
How many times have we fell in love with a rug only that's not the right size for our rooms? How about getting two of them and have them stitched together for the room!! A lot cheaper than custom and just look at this supersized safari rug!
Tip 4: Max It Out
This dining room is only 8'5" wide and how does Sarah ensure a comfortable dining experience? A L-shaped banquette, a round table, and a few occasional chairs were called into order. You may not be able to dine 8 in this tiny room but certainly can seat 8 for some cakes and teas.
An elaborated chandelier would have been too much for this space. How to create drama and cascade light (and shadows on the walls)? An absolutely gorgeous Egyptian brass pendant! I loved it at IDS 2011 and you can get it from snob.
That's it for this round of recap on Sarah 101. Join me in a few weeks for 6 more exciting episodes!