Thursday, September 15, 2011

Sarah Richardson: Cottage Inspired Dwelling

I know it's already mid-September and the stores are all pumped for their back to school promotion and Halloween decoration ...even our temperature is 5C beyond seasonal!   However, I am not ready to throw in the towel just yet to farewell Summer 2011!

When I think about Summer, my brain immediately links me to cottage living: warm breeze, calm water, and relaxing by the floating dock.  Now how do we extend that ultimate relaxation for the next 8 months? Well, Sarah has done it by dressing Carolyn's living room and dining room in cottage inspired color palette (featured at Style At Home)!

Lets start with the dining room.  Nothing screams Summer louder than a blue/white nautical scheme.  It's crisp, fresh, and always in style!  To add warmth and whimsy to the space, Sarah used a delicate crystal chandelier, a light blue/cream stripe wallpaper, a modern rug in sand and cream, and a rustic dining table.  Nothing too precious or off-limit, totally kid-friendly and cottage appropriate. 

Remember I mentioned earlier about how Sarah slipcovered a pair out vintage chairs (you can find them at most second hand furniture stores) and used at heads of table?  Here is a great shot of these re-purposed chairs.  I've always loved Sarah's bold choices of fabrics when it comes to drapes.  The blue/white floral is sophisticated and full of energy.  Did you see that window bench? Fantastic idea for extra seating and of course just another sweet spot for a fun fabric mix.

Now we are in the living room.  I love the ceiling and how Sarah picked 4 different colors for the walls: blue, green, pale green (for ceiling), and soft white.  These colors work beautifully in this room and man, who doesn't want to lounge here?  The star shaped pendant adds playfulness to the space, while the custom framed art with eggs (check out Pottery Barn around Easter) brings a sense of calm and elegance.

Cottage means casual living and this is exactly how Sarah displayed the Carolyn's family photos.  You can achieve the look by checking out the ribba frames at IKEA and have the mats custom cut.  Add a little ribbon and there you go, instant gallery wall of happy memories! 

To balance the dynamite drapes in the dining room, Sarah used another bold pattern fabics in the living room.  I love these two fabrics and believe it or not, I managed to hunt down a few yards before they were sold out.  I didn't have enough for drapes but I turned them into pillows!

If blue and green is not what you have in mind, check out these Sarah's design palettes for late Summer inspiration.  Whether you are "Summer Sunset", "Back to School" which I rather name "Apple Harvest" since back to school sounds depressing for me, or "Crushing Waves", Sarah has got you covered. 

I also found this article on Sarah's top picks on causal outfits in Canadian Living.  Don't you ladies all want a Smythe jacket?

Sarah's new show will hit HGTV on October 18th.  To celebrate the arrival of Sarah's House 4, I will share with you some of the gorgeous homes Sarah decorated.  These houses were featured on House & Home or Style At Home but never on TV.  Come back next week to check out another inspirational project by Sarah!

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