Friday, July 6, 2012

Week 6 @ Sarah 101 with Sarah Richardson & Tommy Smythe

Happy Friday everyone!  You know how the experts always say that kitchen and bathroom sell houses,  and that they are also the most expensive rooms to renovate? Well, this is absolutely true especially when you are renovating an older home and your wish-list includes a free standing tub, a separate shower, a beautiful double vanity, 3 times the counter space/storage, and all new appliances.

This week, Sarah and Tommy gutted a crumbling bathroom in a traditional Victorian home and a dysfunctional kitchen for a couple of "newbies", completely re-imagined the spaces, and the transformations are fresh, charming, and true to the period character of the house.  Welcome to week 6 of Sarah 101.    

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For Caroline and David traditional style bathroom, Sarah and Tommy maxed out style, function, and storage in this 13' x 13' space by installing a free standing tub, a stand-alone shower, a hutch, and a double sink vanity.  Here is the game plan for this bathroom reno:  

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To make this transformation a reality, this is Sarah's creative brief:

* Gut it & redesign completely: if the existing layout doesn't work, don't be afraid to think outside the box

* Tub for two: a very specific request by client 

* Maintain classic Victorian style: a space aged bathroom in traditional home? No thank you!

And here is a sumptuous, classy, and romantic getaway for Caroline and David to enjoy.  


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With a large bathroom (13' x 13'), the design team had to be wise on when to save and where to splurge.  Since a two person soaking tub is a must-have item and by default an investment piece, why not make it the showstopper the moment you walk into this pastel bathroom? The faucet and the hutch both echo the traditional style of the home.

Check out this shower! Love how Sarah wrapped the marble shower jambs all the way around the top of the shower for visual interest and upped the luxe factor.  The use of porcelain tile references back to the period details of a Victorian home, and I love the black accent bands against the creamy white subway tiles for a sharp, timeless look. 

image via HGTV Canada
image via HGTV Canada
If you want to create the same look at home, here is a close-up of the tile pattern for the shower.

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Speaking about traditional knots, I love this divine chandelier and don't you just love this flower motif on the floor?  While the super adorable motif will definitely appeal to the lady of the house, the crisp, high contrast black and white scheme to also speaks to the male member of this household.  

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image via HGTV Canada
To balance/ complement the strong black & white statement, Sarah and Tommy needed to inject another bold color into the room.  After checking out the yellow and blue spaces around the house, Sarah landed on "Pink Land" with this gorgeous "Paradise Background" in linen as the jumping off point. 

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I'm crazy about the color and the print of this fabric.  What a beautiful set of drapes, and they are in the bathroom!  Sarah surely knows how to take it up a notch.  No detail is too small to the design team: check out this artwork with peacock engraving that works seamlessly with the coral fabric.   

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image via HGTV Canada
Another great save in this bathroom is this double sink vanity.  The chrome base is from Restoration Hardware (which has the perfect style for this traditional bathroom), and the design team custom the stone top and backsplash.  The finished product costs a couple thousand after factoring in faucets and sinks, but it is still far cheaper than having two separate vanities in this bathroom.    

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Love the black accent on the faucet, accessories, and the pair of vanity mirrors.  The use of black does not only help ground the space, but it also adds sophistication to the overall quality of the bathroom.

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image via HGTV Canada
Small kitchen with big dream is what Amanda and Brian looking for in this transformation.  With only 161 square feet in total, plus 4 doors and 2 windows, it is extremely challenging to come up with a efficient layout that provides practical counter space + sufficient storage.  Here is the blank slate after demolition:

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This is the ingenious floor plan Sarah came up with to completely max out every last drop of square inch of this kitchen, along with the lighting plan.

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The creative brief for this kitchen reno includes:

* Upgrade appliances; improve functionality

* Maximize every square inch of space

* Balance modern features with retro charm

What a fantastic view to peak into this new and super improved kitchen for a baker delight.  The blue wall outside of this white kitchen is gorgeous and I bet it is Vista from Sarah's design palette (I have the same color in my house and loving it!)

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Enough of a tease, let's enjoy this light, bright, and quaint kitchen ready for some serious cookie baking!  Yes, this kitchen now has room for not one, but two full size ovens located on either side of the gas stove.  I love that white vent hood for a health dose of European Chic.  

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Shortage of storage and counter surface was a major issue in this kitchen with many doors.  By raising the window by 12", Sarah can now wrap the counter top around the window wall and create the perfect spot to house the sink and the dishwasher.  Limited in linear square footage, the design team doubled up the storage units vertically to effectively increase storage exponentially.  This kitchen feels light and airy even with the extra cabinetry thanks to its clean lined profile, and of course its creamy white color. 

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image via HGTV Canada
An all white kitchen needs an accent color, and what is more perfect than robin's egg blue for a cozy, quaint kitchen? I love the pops of blue and in particular these vintage handles Sarah and Tommy found at The Door Store.  The middle part was natural wood and Sarah had them custom finished to complement the overall look.  

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image via HGTV Canada
No space goes unutilized in this kitchen, not even the space above the door.  By cleverly installing a shelve above the door, it is now the sweet spot for Amanda to store and display her cake stand collection. One thing to note: see the tall pantry next to the door? It is only possible because the design team changed the door from swing into the kitchen to now into the room next door.  Keep this trick in mind if you are facing a similar challenge.  

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Another trick to create extra storage and counter space is to install a peninsula that comes with a little bump out.  For an added bonus to this creative layout, Amanda and David now has a spot for morning breakfast!  

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Can't imagine these pendants were actually Sarah's DIY creations with simple glass shades and  lighting kits.  Did you notice the tin ceiling? The combination of classic square and playful star is just out of this world adorable.  Together they add so much charm and the soul this kitchen that reference the age and character of this house.  

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Loving all these white faucets in Sarah's kitchen makeovers.  I picked up one a while back and now I'm thinking where can I use my white faucet?  Also crazy about the bulletin board idea in the kitchen: another excuse for me to use yet another fabric for fun factor, and a great way for me to tell Chris what do I want for dinner. 

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image via HGTV Canada

What do you think of the lessons from this week's episodes? Loving the color palettes and the finishing touches? I would love to hear what you think.

Have a great weekend folks!  More fun from NYC to come next week and you won't want to miss it.

9 comments:

  1. Loved both of these episodes although I wasn't keen on the bathroom wall colour or the kitchen floor. Everything else I was in love with, especially the sleek white appliances in the kitchen. Ordinairily not a fan of white appliances but those were super chic! Happy Friday!

    Amy

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  2. Huge, huge peacock fan the fabric is great and I LOVE that engraving!

    Paul

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    1. me too! Sadly the home owners are not too crazy about the pink and the peacock. I will gladly take the drapes off their hands!

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  3. I love what the dynamic duo did with Caroline and David's bathroom but I was shocked that they pushed ahead with the pink when the clients clearly didn't like the idea or the outcome. I would have to grade this job a fail. The client pays the bill and should get a space they love, not drapes, walls and a ceiling that make them uncomfortable.

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  4. I just got the chance to review your post about week 6...and i love it!!! I absolutely adore the penny tile flooring and backsplash and the colorful laminate flooring. This dynamic duo NEVER fail to disappoint!

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  5. I am in the process of renovating my house and truly got the meaning of why they say kitchen and bathrooms are most expensive rooms to renovate as they consumed a big chunk of my budget. I am really impressed by the colour scheme you guys have chosen and I think I'll go for it too.

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  6. Where can you buy the white kitchen faucet and spray attachment?

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    1. I believe it is from Rubinet Faucet:
      http://www.rubinet.com/details/kitchen/raven/

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  7. What is the bathroom paint color?

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