Friday, June 29, 2012

Week 5 @ Sarah 101 with Sarah Richardson and Tommy Smythe

Happy Friday!  Pride weekend is right around the corner and you know what it means, lots of good looking boys in town and Toronto will be filled with rainbow colors.  This week's transformations at Sarah 101 are all about injecting colors into stark white spaces.  Sure, a high contrast black + white colour scheme is sharp and living in the sea of whites many the dreams for many.  However, Sarah has proven to us that a hit of honey is the doctor's order for a Victorian kitchen and the warm grey in the master retreat is nothing short of spectacular. 

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In episode 9Sarah and Tommy took a dated, non-functional kitchen in a century old Victorian home and turned it into a stylish and cheerful entertainment central on a budget.   

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This makeover requires a major rethink of kitchen layout and lighting plan to optimize the use of every square foot this narrow space. Here is the creative brief for a dream budget kitchen:

* Update, maintain history and charm: it is a 100 year-old home after all, so why not embracing the best of the old and best of the new

* Practical new layout: now who can say no to this, especially in a narrow Victorian home 

* Black + white with hits of colors: a mod kitchen needs personality with some helps from the vivid hues

Before we check out the pretty stuff, here is the game plan that took Sarah and Tommy 3 days to come up with.

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Let's check out this out of the box gourmet kitchen that is worthy for a chef. With white on the upper cabinets and black on the lower half, this kitchen feels light, airy, and still grounded at the same time. Love the matte black range hood for a modern, distinct look. 

An open display area is a must in all Sarah's kitchens and this Victorian kitchen is no exception. After maximizing storage in the kitchen, the design team found this spot next to the fridge for vases, pitchers, cookbooks, and perhaps a couple bottle of wines.

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image via HGTV Canada
One of my all time favourite Sarah's design ingeniousness is her creative mix of tiles. For this budget conscious kitchen makeover, Sarah created a stunningly attractive backsplash with large scale serene marble tiles as stables, and mini black square mosaics + intricate white stone mosaics as accent. A totally expensive custom look, but not expensive. Besides, good luck trying to find a ready-made option in the market with the same level of complexity that does not cause a small fortune.

A tip from Sarah when trying to accomplish the same tile task at home: find a large scale tile that compliment the existing space between the counter top and upper cabinets (standard backsplash height is 18").  If you can find one with the exact height as your backsplash, it is a lot less tile cutting during installation.  Another tip to keep in mind is to map out how the pattern will look like, where to centre the pattern, and measure twice before installation. 

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image via HGTV Canada
The showstopper in this kitchen is definitely the island.  It houses the double-sink, a dish washer, provides ample of practical storage, and doubles as dining table for casual meals.  Pretty amazing isn't it? I love that the island is full of charm, character, and how it ties back to the origin of this century home. 

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image via HGTV Canada
Looks like this island has been in the house since Day 1 doesn't it? Well, it took lots of effort from Sarah and Tommy to find a pair of vintage doors with impeccable panel details, and the construction team to mimic moulding details for an authentic look.  Here is the sketch for this modern master piece.

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As Sarah says, the most critical element in achieving an authentic look is the attention to period details and in this case, the combination of moulding, baseboard, and a pair of corbels.  For those of you who are thinking of attempting a makeover to your island at home, here are a couple of close-ups for you.


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I don't know about you but I always wonder how high the pendants should be hung over an island.  The rule of thumb from Sarah is 48" from the counter top for clearance and overall illumination. 

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A cozy lounging nook is tucked at the back of the house.  The lounge area is anchored by a custom upholstered settee with slim arms and a streamline profile, a pair of rattan high back chairs, and a few well-appointed side tables and coffee table.  With the consistent use of black & white + yellow in both the kitchen and the lounge area, the entire main floor now reads as one large open space, perfect for easy, breeze entertaining.

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image via HGTV Canada
Bon appetit everyone and here is a tasty kitchen palette from Sarah's design palette.

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Episode 10 is all about showcasing the incredible millworks and architectural details in the space, and to amplify the glam and luxe factors that carry throughout this family home.  The room layout remains unchanged (relatively speaking) due to the number of doors and windows in this room: there is only one long wall to house a king size bed and a pair of decent sized side tables.  So what Sarah and Tommy focused on is to create a dramatic change via color, fabric, texture, and furnishings.  The creative brief for a cozy, soothing, and romantic bedroom includes:

* Add color and pattern: nothing create a more dramatic change than paint, wallpaper, and fabric

* Add sophistication with furnishings: pick wisely so the furniture echos the overall traditional feel of the house 

* Window Treatment: layering is the magic word here

This is the floor plan for this master bedroom: 

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And here is the sophisticated and charming restful retreat for Jaime and Rob ... well, and their kids.  First thing first, Sarah and Tommy picked a three-colors approach to give the space its personality and to emphasize the architectural details: pale blue on the ceiling, smokey grey on the upper wall, and a warm grey (two shade lighter than the smokey grey) below the chair rail.     

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A plush, creamy velvet may not be your first choice to upholster a headboard with.  In fact, most people would probably go for grey considering the overall color palette in this room.  However, if you take the wall color into consideration, a grey headboard will "disappear" against that wall ... making creamy white the perfect color for tall order.

Other than the contrast between smokey grey and creamy white, Sarah also picked this curvaceous headboard to juxtapose against the sharp, linear millworks on the wall. 

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To further maximize the full potential of this spacious master bedroom, Sarah designed two upholstered chairs to go in front of the windows for a fabulous seating area.
 
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I absolutely adore this seating arrangement: the antique console table with marble top, the grouping of antique black and white prints, the pair of delicate Asia inspired lamps, and the dynamite fabric on the pair of upholstered chairs!  What is not to love?  

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Are you having trouble trying to figure out what is the best window treatment when you have a radiator in front of your window?  A combination of full length drapes and roman blind will effectively block off all lights and up the style factor.

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I am crazy about the mix of block print sheer cotton and wide striped silk for layers and contrast, not to mention that jaw-droppingly beautiful desk!  When playing with patterns via fabrics, keep in mine of your jumping off point (in this case the floral) and select other subdued and restrained patterns to complement it accordingly.  This pin-striped pillow looks stunning against the graphic floral!      

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image via HGTV Canada
Right ... the feature wall.  When measuring the dimension of the wall for furniture placement, make sure you measure from the outside trims since technically that is all the space you have to play with.  

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The room is picture perfect now with this elegant bedside table in glossy black.  However, getting here wasn't easy, especially when the design team realized the pair of side tables originally sourced was a couple of inches too large during load in. Tip from Sarah: measure twice and shop once.

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image via HGTV Canada
This bookcase feature wall is breathtakingly beautiful.  By painting the back of the bookcase a smokey grey, the design team created depth and dimension, a space to display arts, decorative objets, books, and even a small flat screen TV.   

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By relocating the TV from the middle to the side, Sarah now has the space to hang a ornate gilded mirror and it is the ultimate sweet spot for Jaime to put on her makeup.

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image via HGTV Canada
If you have a dressing room with direct sightline from the bedroom, you should make sure the two spaces are visually connected to each other via color scheme, quality, and attention to detail.  A striped wallpaper with metallic was installed for a hint of luxury, and to complement the floral fabric in the bedroom.  The vanity doors were painted grey, while the black faucet and the wood mirror echos other design elements in the bedroom.  With a few simple changes, this dressing room is now full of character and with great presence.   

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image via HGTV Canada
Inspired to create a smokey grey color scheme in your own home, check out this Sarah's design palette! 

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I don't know about you but I loved the Ruth chaise the moment I saw it in Sarah's project in UK and in episode 3 of Sarah 101.  If you are in love with this chaise and currently looking to get one or a pair for your home, you now get to enjoy 20% off by ordering the Ruth chaise before July 7th.  


Have a fantastic weekend everyone!

9 comments:

  1. Woooa, what a headboard...it's such a piece of art. And I adore the colour scheme of that kitchen. I love black, white and yellow spaces. So crisp, yet cozy! Wishing you a very happy long weekend Tim! Cheers ;)

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    1. Thanks Amy! Hope you had a fantastic one too!

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  2. Oh my gosh.....this kitchen its so chic! I love it! I'm totally swooning over the grey hardwood floor and the pop of yellow and gold makes it even more fabulous! As usual, great post Tim! Have an amazing long weekend. Keep us posted with with you did! :)

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  3. Wish we got new episodes in the states. I love Sarah and Tommy!

    Mike Thompson

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  4. Ahh, the bedroom was a real winner for me!! I loved everything about it. That headboard, oh my! Hope you are gearing up for a great long weeknd my friend. HUGS!

    Nancy xo

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    1. dynamite right? I love it! It maybe my headboard one day if Chris would let me!! You have an amazing vacay my friend!

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  5. Nobody does it better: Sarah & Tommy's designs and Tim's description. Thanks again.

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    1. Awww ... thanks Jillian! I'm so glad that you like my recaps! I love doing them and they are great reference for myself in future project too!

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  6. Great make overs - sadly, I've been missing her show lately. Hope you had a great Canada Day weekend!

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