Friday, June 22, 2012

Week 4 @ Sarah 101 with Sarah Richardson & Tommy Smythe

Morning Friday everyone!  Did you watch the two incredible transformations on Sarah 101 this week? The two rooms are polar opposite in design direction and style in these episodes, but I am equally stunned and inspired by both standout makeovers.  Thank you Tommy for the fun commentary and your signature touches in both of these rooms.    


Nicole's main floor is only 350 square feet and it houses a living room, a home office, a dining room, a kitchen, and a foyer.  It is a long list of requirement to jam packed into the limited space.  This builder basic box also comes with cardboard kitchen cabinetry, a 7" overhang as the breakfast bar, and disjointed furniture pieces that make this space feels like a student style apartment.

Before I walk you through the transformation, I want to show you the jumping off point for Nicole's main floor: a vintage French inspired metal console in mint green with pale gold accent.  Top by carrara  and this out of this world gorgeous gilded mirror, Sarah and Tommy has set the stage for an elegant, sophisticated, and classic design to reflect Nicole's maturing taste.  

image via HGTV Canada
image via HGTV Canada

Here is the creative brief for Nicole's chic French quarter:

* Upgrade builder basic finishes: it is all about attention to detail and the finishing touches

* Find multifunctional small space solutions: one can never have enough storage in a 350 square feet condo 

* Grown-up furnishings: from student to young professional, Nicole's dwelling has to reflect her maturing taste and life style

This is the ultimate game plan to meet the exhaust list of must-haves: a casual dining area doubling as home office, plenty of room for a custom tailored sofa, and a new and improved kitchen that is truly a showstopper. 

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Are you ready for it? This is Nicole's stunningly beautiful living room!  She wants softness, pretty and feminine (but not fussy), elegance and sophistication, this is a living room that has it all.  The huge 7' tall antique gilded mirror is an investment and statement piece that gives the room its presence, reflects lights and visually opens up the otherwise small, tight space.  The vintage English crystal chandelier offers sparkles and glamour without being over the top.  The crown moulding gives the room a sense of history and the much needed character in this builder basic box.  

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The warm metal tone from the gilded mirror ties in beautifully with a pair of vintage table lamps, the natural walnut legs on Sarah's custom sofa (I am so jealous of Nicole and I bet it will be part of Sarah's furniture line soon), and of course that beyond divine intricate metal table with glass top.  I so need to go check out that antique shop this weekend!

image via HGTV Canada
image via HGTV Canada
This is how Sarah and Tommy maximize every square inch of the 350 sq. ft. Nicole has.  To fully utilize this wall next to the walk-out to the balcony, Sarah designed a floor to ceiling shelving system for display, books, and attractive objets.  With a custom designed T-shape peninsula (outfitted with to-die-for carrara marble) doubling as home office and casual dining space, Sarah even incorporated closed storage to house the home office/entertainment essentials.  

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From concept to execution, here is Nicole's dining/home office zone.  Remember a few years ago when Tommy suggested using ball fringe on pillows? Well, this talented guy is such a trend setter and now ball fringe is IN!  I love this one in aqua and pale blue hues on the drapes: a delicate touch to the natural linen drapery panels.  

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image via HGTV Canada
Sarah and Tommy had a tough time finding the right chairs.  I'm glad that this pair of clawfoot chairs is here to stay, and of course I love that personal touch the design team puts on these chairs.  

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image via HGTV Canada
Sarah and Tommy had a little disagreement about the idea of a breakfast bar: Sarah said definitely, while Tommy would rather walk 5 feet to sit at the marble peninsula.  For me, I voted for breakfast bar idea.  If I can actually fit that in my kitchen, I would have done that in my own home already.  To me, the breakfast bar offers an alternative place for causal meals and a spot where friends can chill and chat, while dinner is being prepared (by Chris ... may I add).

By making sure the overhang is now at least 14" deep, this peninsula in the kitchen is almost like an island, offering a fantastic preparation surface.

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One of my favourite furniture pieces in this makeover is the bar stool.  Sarah custom designed this curvaceous "Nicole Stool" to up the feminine quality, and a hint of Hollywood glam via the faux ostrich leather in turquoise + the nailhead detail.  This is how this stool is created: from sketch to construction right in front of our eyes.    

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image via HGTV Canada
Here comes the absolutely exquisite kitchen.  It is hard to believe this is not a custom kitchen and here are the integral design elements: classic shaker profile on cabinet doors, stainless steel appliances, and stylish faucet with side spray.

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Ta-Da!  Just like magic, this kitchen is truly a dream comes true (for me ... and I'm sure for Nicole as well).  With creamy cabinetry, pale minty green walls, cloud white crown moulding, open storage with antique mirror as backdrop to showcase Nicole's dining set, and a pair of glass block pendant for both practical lighting and ambience.

One important note to point out: this lighting plan is only made possible because the Design Team has installed strapping right on the stucco ceiling to allow for maximum flexibility in lighting options and placement.  Once the strapping and lighting placement is done, drywalls can go right over the strapping for a final farewell to the stucco ceiling.

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Don't you just love this backsplash? The traditional pattern and muted hues of this stone mosaic beauty is perfect for this timeless, elegant kitchen.

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image via HGTV Canada
Just as you think there is no way Sarah can incorporate more storage in this kitchen ... well, think again!  A column is installed for ample of architectural interest and yet another space to store wine glasses.  To take the big box shaker doors up a notch, silver fillet for picture framing is attached for a special touch.      

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image via HGTV Canada
My absolutely favourite of all in this kitchen makeover? The gorgeous brass faucet and side spray!! 

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To bring Nicole's color scheme into your home, check out these 5 colors from Sarah's design palette!

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The transformation in Episode 8 is all about re-imagining a sleeping and homework quarter for a 10-year old boy transitioning from well, a mattress on the floor to a sophisticated and dynamic space to rest, do homework, and hangout with his buddies.  The custom built-in bed with display and storage capacity is the key component in this makeover and it all begins with a sketch.    

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The creative brief for Alex's Tween bedroom involves:

* Creating room to transition from boy to young man: I bet a mattress on the floor isn't a very "cool" arrangement when you have friends over

* Custom solutions for room's unique features: the cathedral ceiling and large trio window combo in our case

* Provide storage and minimize clutter: when there is a place for everything, clutter will disappear


Here is the unrecognizable transformation: a dramatic bedroom filled with intricate detail, dynamite window treatment, jaw dropping beadboard ceiling, and the picture perfect custom bed with a gun metal grey wall sconce, all ready to serve Alex well into his fraternity years.  

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I don't know which teenager would not love this breathtaking wallpaper with star constellations (Northern Hemisphere Novelty LWP 62192W, from Kravet)... and the stars actually glow in the dark.  Now how cool is that to fall asleep each night under a starry sky!  Of course what is the ideal chandelier to partner with the star wallpaper you ask: the moon!  

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image via HGTV Canada
It is hard to believe this headboard with built-in bookcases is a big box solution with minor custom work.  To achieve the same look at home, you will need two ready made towers, join the units with a long shelve and decorative moulding (painted the same color as the towers), and then install a beadboard panel to fill in the gap between the two towers as "headboard".  
   
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As for the rest of the room, here is the floor plan for Alex's bedroom.  It comes with a desk, a comfortable lounge chair to read a book, and a dresser for extra storage. 
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Now this is the "home office" for our teenager!  This lucky young man totally won a design lottery to have Sarah and Tommy put together such a dynamite space for him to grow up in.  I absolutely want this for myself and really, which grown man would not want a home office like this?  

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The Design Team injected old-world charm to this new suburban home through furniture pieces and decorative items. Shinny and new maybe perfect for some, but for me, I always crave a bit of history and character from vintage pieces.    

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image via HGTV Canada
image via HGTV Canada
Of course I wouldn't leave you without Sarah's design palette for this sophisticated and fun filled retreat.  Happy weekend everyone!

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15 comments:

  1. Wowzers Tim! I loooove Nicole's living room. That gold gilded mirror is spectular. And I adore that deep blue bedroom. So rich and fun.
    Happy Weekend to you! Wonderful re-cap as always! Cheers :)

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    1. Thanks Amy! Isn't that kitchen to die for? I am so jealous of Nicole! Happy weekend Amy!

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  2. Great summary Tim! Nicole's condo was a stunning, creative transformation. Sarah and Tommy outdid themselves. I did question whether the kitchen storage column would make the space feel smaller, despite the added storage. Perhaps a second bookshelf could have been added to the left of the desk instead?

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    1. Good question! I think the reason why they didn't put a second book shelf on the left is because of (1) bulkhead and (2) the door next to it requires clearance.

      I did think about whether the column will make the room seems smaller. But I think since the room has an overall traditional feel, the column blends in seamlessly with the kitchen and the rest of the space.

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  3. I love reading your friday posts about sarah richardson....usually i dont have time at night to catch up and i just get a perfect review from you lol

    LOVE the constellation inspired wall...it must have been fun doing that...im thinking about doing an art piece or diy project inspired by the constellation.....now i really have to do it after seeing that room!

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    1. yay!! can't wait ... love to see it when you are done!

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  4. Thanks so much Tim. You make the show even more interesting with your observations. I mean, I haven't seen it since I don't live in Canada, but hopefully we'll get to see it eventually. I look forward to your recaps! Thanks again & have a great weekend.

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    1. Glad I could help! I love the show and most definitely enjoying the weekly recap. This is my Sarah Design Reference Bible for inspiration!

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  5. wow - i love tommy and sarah! what coverage!

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    1. Thanks Jan! Come back on Friday for another recap :)

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  6. You know until now I've not fully embraced the gold and brass look, but that oversized gilded mirror and brass accents have me completely sold! This is a breathtaking space and one of Sarah's best in my opinion. The details are exquisite!

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    1. Brass definitely is a tough one to sell, even though it has gained lots of popularity lately. I am still having to tell clients to "just trust me" it will look good at the end. Love that mirror hey... that's just breathtaking in the living room with all the pale minty green accent. LOVE!

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  7. You did an amazing and wonderful job in everything! The living room, kitchen, and the outer space themed bedroom are all absolutely gorgeous! I must say that the strapping idea is ingenious too. It does allow maximum flexibility and lighting options and placement.

    Carl Patten

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  8. I absolutely love the floors in Nicole's condo. Are they hardwood and could you provide the flooring details (i.e., the exact name/species/brand).

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  9. May I get a link to the episode for the first project? It is almost exactly what I want to do in my town home in Houston, Texas!

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