Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Sarah Richardson: Home Away from Home

This week, I will share with you this charming country home (featured in Season 1 of Design Inc) as part of my count down to the premiere of Sarah's House 4 on October 18th on HGTV Canada.  This House&Home's feature (October 2005) is the perfect story for this week as we have just entered Fall and the leaves are starting to turn colors.  I will be heading out of town this Thanksgiving weekend for a "Fall Color" trip and if Mother Nature is on my side, hopefully I get to see a breathtaking scenery like this:

Even if you are a city folk at heart, how could you say no to this beautiful country road, a secluded courtyard with century old ruins as backdrop, and an inviting entrance to this heritage home?  Believe it or not, this "Turn of the Century" home actually came with modern amenities like heating and air conditioning.  Sharon, the lucky homeowner, loved the surrounding environment and envisioned a country home that's fresh, light, and full of old world charms.  Of course when it came to hiring the best in town to design her casual, elegant country dwelling, Sharon hired Sarah to build her dream home away from home.  

I love the ceiling and the exposed beams, and how these elements set the stage for the handsome lantern style chandelier in this charming living space.  Sarah picked classic furniture pieces and upholstered them in cotton twill for relaxed country living.  The chair rail and panelling on the lower wall mimic architectural aesthetics often found in century homes, not to mention the added visual interest and yet another opportunity to use an extra color in the room.        

To bring the outdoor in and to embrace the natural materials on site, Sarah used limestone on the beautiful fireplace in the living room and installed reclaimed rustic pine planks as flooring throughout the house.  Love the soft color palette in the living room.  The light sage color on the wall, faded blue on the carpet, and touches of soft green on pillows and throw work harmoniously together for an intimate getaway.  The soft palette continued into the master bedroom and natural cotton/linen drapes were installed to ecco the limestone touches throughout the house.  Not a single detail was overlooked: noticed the tongue-and-groove panelling was installed "taller" in the ensuite to double as backsplash.  Such a clever idea!     

Here is the heart of the home: natural light flooded this gorgeous kitchen thanks to an entire wall of full height windows.  The harvest table and chandelier added charm to the eat-in kitchen.  Remembered this antique bench? Sarah picked it up at an outdoor antique show!  Love how the rustic bench played off the Swedish-style chairs for a dynamic dining set.

The three guest bedrooms were decorated in pastel yellow, green, and blue for the perfect weekend getaway.  Deep drawers were built-in below the beds for bedding and extra storage.  Love that window bench, the star pendant, and of course the fabric mix on those pillows!

Hope you enjoy this week's special.  One more Sarah's special is yet to come before October 18th and you won't want to miss it!  


  1. What I love about Sarah's spaces is that they are timeless and classic, looking fresh today! Love this space! Can't wait for season 2!

  2. Sharon's country house if by the my favorite of Sarah's designs I still love it all these years later.. great post thanks Frances

  3. Thanks ladies! I love Sarah's projects and was glad that I actualy clipped these magazine features before I discovered they were actually Sarah's master pieces!!

    Looking forward to next week for thr premiere of Sarah's house 4!