Monday, September 26, 2011

Sarah Richardson: West Coast Classic

We are now only 3 weeks away from the premiere of Sarah's House 4 and as promise, this week I'm sharing with you yet another lottery home by Sarah and her design team featured in House & Home.

This devine West Coast Classic home is playful, elegant, and inspired by the breathtaking ocean view at BC.  The lantern style pendant in the living room reminiscences the top of a lighthouse, while the sandy cream/taupe and smoky grey palette on furniture and walls ecco a relaxing day on the beach. 

If the living room reminds us of the beach, then the dining room represents the ocean.  The wallpaper is bold, whimsical, and I love how the playfulness of the paper is well juxtaposed against the traditional/architectural details on the ceiling.  The glass chandelier, full length mirror, and mirrored side board also modernized the otherwise traditional furniture/accent pieces.  The tiffany blue and white polka dot fabric on the Cole dining chairs is one of my all time favourites.  This fabric (from inVU Drapery) is discontinued and luckily I have stocked up a few yards for accent pieces in the future. 

I absolutely love this Study!  The soft blue, cream, taupe, and chocolate brown work together beautifully with the sea grass chair and lamp shade.  Talking about Sarah's trend setting vision: check out this warm metal pendant, installed four years ago!   

The kitchen is light, airy, and the capiz chandelier reinforces the coherent ocean theme in this relaxed, sumptuous lottery home.  This kitchen features Sarah's signiture touches including: open display for white potteries, decorative details on supporting columns, and architectural salvage for a sense of history and character(check out the legs of the eat-in area).


The master features a white four poster bed and bright coral pink as accent.  The room is fresh, happy, and elegant.  Love the contrasting pipping on the Elsie chairs, the tifted Genevieve bench, and the banding detail on the drape.  These accent details totally made the room and lucky these are also simple details you could easily add to your home.  

The cheerful red accent carries into the girl's room where the fun wallpaper and the red/white polka dot fabric (on storage, pillows, and Zoe nursery chair) liven up the creamy white sleeping quarter. 

More photos of this exquisite home and the source list are available on Sarah's portfolio, but I just couldn't hold back and have to share with you a few more of my favourites.

This family room is filled with earth tones and textural interests from the wicker woven side tables, the table lamps with natural wood bases, the subdued yet fluent fabric on the Martha chairs, and the star fish motif on the pillows.  Also love the cultural reference from the triba drum coffee table, the stunning art work, and the Africa posts (similar items available at Snob) as scripture in the room.


Off to a cooler palette, Sarah called this the boy's bedroom, I call this "my bedroom".  Love the colors on the walls and ceiling, the rich chocolate, greys, and taupes in soft finishes, and those handsome beside table lamps (didn't Sarah used them for her office makeover as well?).  Similar color scheme carries into the media room. Noticed the application of paint? The ceiling paint in the boy's room is now on the lower half of the wall.  What a clever idea!  Also love the olive and green accents (especially those gorgeous artwork) in this media room.

Of course no house review is completed without a checking out the bathroom.  Sarah's philosophy to bathroom designs has always been maxing out the square footage and making it luxurious without breaking the bank.  In this case, Sarah managed to put in a spacious glass shower and a free standing soaker tub.  Fully length semi translucent drapes flood the room with light and offer the needed privacy.  Custom double vanity with marble top is a practical and pleasing to the eyes. 

Expensive looks need not to be expensive.  Here Sarah used large scale and subway tiles as basic (to save) and stone tile/mosaic on floor and shower as finishing touches (to splurge).  No spa-like bathroom is completed without sparkle and shimmer: check out the wallpaper and polished nickel wall sconces.     

Love this home? I do!  Come back next week for yet another great project by Sarah!


  1. I cannot get enough of Sarah Richardson and this house is just amazing. Thanks for sharing it with us (especially for those of us south of the "border" who can't get CA House and Home).

  2. She really can do no wrong, huh?

  3. Do you remember the issue this was published in?
    I love this house!

  4. Love it don't we? Sarah never fails to wow us and I can't wait til season 4 of Sarah's House!

    @trio: this is from June 2007