Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sarah's House 4: Curb Appeal + Finale

Can't believe we are already at the final week of Sarah's House 4!  The past seven weeks went by so quickly that I will need the next season of Sarah 101 to start airing in January to kill off the winter blues.  Dreaming aside, here is the ultimate dream house for one lucky home owner!

In the finale, Sarah and Tommy boost up the curb appeal in the new sub-division by putting in a seven ton Norway Bruce.  With the tree in place, this new kid on the block no longer looks like it's in a new neighbourhood.  Here is a Sarah from: buy the biggest tree you can afford for instant impact!  You don't think twice about investing in the kitchen or bathroom, so spend some money on your curb appeal as well.

Sticking to the brick option the duo chose off the chart during construction phase (beige instead of grey), Sarah and Tommy work with what they can't change but make sure what they can change complement the existing brick color.  The end result? A charming, unique house that's full of personality and character! This is how Sarah make the best out of a builder home.

With dark grey roof shingles and a lighter shade of grey for trim work and columns, the overall look of the house is fresh, contemporary, with a touch of traditional flair.

I love the decorative detail on these columns and the use of natural stones at the front of the house. 

What a fantastic entrance for that very important first impression!  It's classy and elegant, exactly what you will find when you open this good quality, solid wood door.

This Entrance is huge! With the mix of grey, cream, mustard yellow, and an accent of antique bronze from the sconces and pendants, this entrance is timeless, dynamic, and full of charm!  My favourite element of the entrance is the use of grey on the front wall (the perfect contrast with the white trims) and the cream stone floor.

Sarah's tip: paint the interior of your front door the same color as the trim for a cohesive look.

The first room off the entrance is this beautiful Living Room.  This level of openness is hard to come by in a builder home.  Sarah is able to achieve it by working with the builder during the planning phase and requesting a slight change of non-structural layout.  It certainly pays to ask!  

The pale lilac and cream palette is soft and romantic.  Accented by the mix of silver and gold metals and a vintage fireplace mantel, this living room is a fresh new take on a traditional room.

My favourites of the room: this custom sofa for its curved back and arms, and this pair of vintage chairs reupholstered in this tone-on-tone leafy fabric.

On the right side of the entrance is the mud room and this whimsical Powder Room.  It's playful, energetic, and wow, what a statement!  I absolutely love this little jewel box!

At the end of the entrance is this gourmet Kitchen worthy for an A-list Chef!

This kitchen is built by the builder's supplier.  To take it from builder basic to a showstopper, Sarah and Tommy invest their money on upgrades such as the classic shaker as door profile, the honed granite counter top, the intricate fish scale mosaics as backsplash, and the super hot stainless steel appliances.  

My top picks from this kitchen are these oversized antique lanterns and this inviting eat-in vignette next to the kitchen.

Off of the kitchen is the Family Room, which is adjacent to the sumptuous dining room.

I love how Sarah surprises me by placing a chaise coming out from the window nook (I so thought a window bench is in the card for the nook).  Love this airy shell chandelier and the custom big box re-purposed media centre.  With artwork around the black box, the TV is no longer the vocal point in the room!

Here comes the Dining Room.  This room has its fair share of mix reviews and so were the agents.  Two of them voted yes and one voted ... it's too bold.  For me, the color palette is perfect for a dining room.  It's a room where you entertain your guests in the evening, so why not go a little more bold and moody for ambience!

I love the modern interpretation of a classic chandelier (yes it is a wood chandelier) and the humor from the Horse.  I may not invest that much money on this art piece, but I certainly appreciate the drama it adds to the space.  My absolutely favourite elements of the dining room: the blue wallpaper and the use of brass/bronze accessories throughout the room.

I of course love Sarah's fabric mix.  Here are a couple of close-ups of the dining chairs.  Maybe you can do the same to your chairs.

We have just finished our tour of the first floor, let's check out the sleeping quarters.  Inspired by the ravine outside of the windows, this Master Bedroom is filled with soft green, light blue, with a touch of apricot.

What I love the most about this room? The wallpaper panel detail on the focal wall and this classy little chair!  Can't believe Tommy bought it for just over $50!

Sarah wouldn't design a Master without an Ensuite.  Here is the bathroom of my dreams and the agents agreed.

I've always loved Sarah's and Tommy's ingenious creativity in tile patterns and for this bathroom, I absolutely love the carpet detail!  Other elements I adore include the antique wall sconces, the semi-custom vanity, and this delicate side table next to this deep free standing tub.

Next stop is the bright and vibrant Girl's Room.

I love, love, LOVE this homework nook with that orange ceiling and white pagoda chandelier!  I also enjoy the ensuite for this girl's bedroom.  It's young, bohemian, and romantic: perfect for girls at any age.

The ensuite for the Boy's Room also scores high on my book.  I love the grey tile boarder accent in the shower and how the gun metal grey band is carried throughout the rest of the room.  I love this custom vanity and will definitely make one just like this for myself one day!

Next to the Boy's Room is the Craft Room.  Although most readers adore this craft room, I'm actually on the fence on this one and the agents were on my side.  I like the craft room idea but not sure if I would have it on the second floor.  I also find this room a little "baby blue" for me.

Elements I do like is this playful big box storage and all these kitchen organization pieces turn craft room essentials.  Love how Sarah and Tommy always think outside of the box and use the products not for their intended purposes.

After walking through the second floor, we are now down to the Rec Room in the basement.  Yes this is a basement!!  This below-ground room is filled with natural lights thanks to the investment of a walk-out, which sets Sarah back by over $11,000, but it's worth every penny!  The fact that the windows are extra large (compare to regular basement windows) also contribute to the overall openness of the space.   

My favourite elements of this room is the use of red (love that carpet), and the mix of fabrics and textures for maximum visual impact!

Still can't believe this amazing season is already over.  Thanks Sarah and Tommy for all your hard work putting together this gorgeous house for us to enjoy, learn, and be inspired.  Also a big thank you to HGTV Canada for bringing us Sarah's House 4 and all the fantastic pictures you see on Design Maze.  Until the next season folks!  Sarah did say she will do it again!


  1. SH has totally disappeared from HGTV - US. Well produced and a Host/co-host team with chemistry - as well as not forcing cheap design and materials hand painted in a few minutes and glued to the wall that all seem to pass for OK on other HGTV half hours, Richardson's programs are well produced, classy & super. When will my machines start recording them in teh US so I can enjoy them? Also, a request to repeat the Farm programs as well as my vote to stay away from HGTV managers who want shows for young homeowners with no money. Bless them, but I am way over that and i have the money to spend on advertised products surrounded by Sarah's kind of class act.

    1. What has happened to HGTV? It needs an EXTREME makeover!

  2. I love Sarah's work but I wonder where the closet? A walk-in closet especially in master's bedroom.

  3. There is a large walk-in closet in the master... But it wasn't shown on tv.

  4. That kitchen is absolutely stunning. I am in awe!

  5. Did you know that some of the fabrics in the Rec Room were recycled from one of Sarah's past projects, "My Country," from the Interior Design Show 2008?

  6. Loved this season of Sarah's House! Do you know why they didn't show the laundry room? I can't imagine Sarah not spending some upgrade dollars there!

  7. I love the color of the kitchen cabinets. Who is the paint maker and what is the color name?

  8. Hi - does anyone know the fabric Sarah used on the windows in her Season 4 kitchen? Also would love to know if anyone has found the marble she used in the entry...

    1. Hi there, you may find this useful:

      good luck!

  9. What's the wall color in the elegant living room?