Friday, July 13, 2012

Week 7 @ Sarah 101 with Sarah Richardson & Tommy Smythe

Hello Friday!  I can't believe we are down to the final two episodes of Sarah 101.  It was only 7 weeks ago we hoorayed the premiere episodes and now we are about to wrap up the season!  SarahTommy, and the design team have done an incredible job to bring us 14 back-to-basic, inspiring episodes in season 2.  For the final two transformations, the design duo went for colors, patterns, textures, and many DIY ideas.

image via HGTV Canada
This bachelor pad is a raw, authentic loft space with a whole lot of potential but next to nothing when it comes to the furniture department.  Tommy and Sarah were presented these challenges:

* Design for entertaining & working from home: it is important to define the different zones in an open concept space

* Soften the industrial look with color & texture: the bachelor does want this to be a "chick magnet" after all

* save money with vintage finds: the perfect furniture style that works seamlessly in an industrial loft

Here is the urban, masculine, industrial, and rustic space that is full of personality and super inviting.  There are many things I love in this space, but I would like to take a moment to appreciate these vintage, industrial, jumble-sized pendant fixtures!! The electrician had to work his magic to make sure they are appropriate for residential use, but the result is ... WOW!  Also by opening up an 5' x 5' cutout on the red wall, you now have a great view to the windows, the fabulous chandelier in the dining room, and save quite a few buck in the artwork department. 

image via HGTV Canada
Our first stop is the living zone.  This area has two strong feature walls on either side: Flame and Buttercup.  With such strong colors as backdrop, the furniture pieces are upholstered in neutral fabrics that are rich in textile interest.  Warm wood tones are used throughout the space: coffee table, side tables, legs & frames of chairs.  See the beautiful gallery wall? These colorful images were taken by Sarah herself!  Now don't you all get inspired to pick up your camera and start snapping shots for a dynamite wall of fame? 

image via HGTV Canada
image via HGTV Canada
That Excel floor lamp designed by Roll & Hill is chic, edgy, and perfect for this bachelor pad.  I absolutely want one myself and will now have to start saving my dollar for it.

image via HGTV Canada
The dining and home office zone is packed with contrasts between sleek and rough (metal chairs vs. reclaimed wood dining table), old and new (vintage kilim as wall art vs. new industrial chandelier), to cook up a feast for the eyes.  Love the ideas of pairing two filing cabinets with a butcher block top as a desk, and the pair of fig trees bring life into this cool, hip, lofty home.  

image via HGTV Canada
image via HGTV Canada
Hello kitchen.  I'm crazy about the industrial vibe in this kitchen: the stainless steel cabinets, the custom long and narrow island on casters, and the vintage pendant.  Everything is so sleek that it is killing me!  For splashes of colors and to add warmth to this otherwise silvery grey kitchen, Sarah and Tommy installed butcher block counter top and a multi-colored DIY wood backsplash.  

image via HGTV Canada
Doesn't this space scream hip downtown sophistication? I could live here in a heart beat and check out these antique brass hardware with integrated labels!  They add character and a touch of history to reflect the origin of this authentic loft. 

image via HGTV Canada
image via HGTV Canada
For those of you bachelors out there who want to create a "chick magnet", consider using some of these colors from Sarah's design palette.

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Remember this clip from ET Canada I posted a few weeks back?  Well it was shot in this loft!  Check it out. 


The final episode of Sarah 101 is Safari Nursery, and it belongs to the fabulous Janice of Life Begins at Thirty, Right?.  This little 8' x 9' room used to be the "catch-all" in Janice's house with not too much going on in the decorating department.  With Sarah's knowledge of must-haves in a nursery and Tommy's forecast of a "tribal baby" trend worldwide, Janice's nursery is now filled with patterns, textile interests, and practical & attractive furniture pieces.  Who is the perfect companion to take along to this neutral safari adventure you ask? Say hello to Kelly Green!    

From creative brief:

* Baby friendly nursery with everything at hand

* Destination for parents too

* Don't blow the bank, it won't be a nursery forever


To sumptuous transformation reality:

image via HGTV Canada
The jumping off point for this nursery is Tommy's concept of "Tribal Baby".  Sarah toned down the concept slightly to "a trip to the Safari" by installing this neutral taupe and cream zebra print wallpaper on the walls, a pair of polka dot friends with long necks, and decorative accessories with a cultural vibe.

A couple of tips from the design duo on more is more: 

install a plate rail (approximately 1/3 down from the ceiling) to visually break up the wall.  This  allows for not one, but two fabulous wallpapers for mega impact.

why spray your bookcase in one color when you can have two or even more colors? In this nursery, the bookcase is sprayed white overall but the shelves are in zazzy kelly green.

image via HGTV Canada
image via HGTV Canada
I love this mobile the first time I saw the picture (that was before I actually watched the show) and thought I have to find out where Sarah and Tommy found this.  Let's face it, how many times have we tried looking for the perfect mobile and there really aren't many organic, sophisticated options on the market.  Well, this gallery worthy mobile is a DIY project via the crafty hands of Sarah and Tommy! 

image via HGTV Canada
Now if you have a tight budget and original artwork is not in the cards, why not making your own? With all the attractive frames from your local IKEA, you can practically frame up anything that speaks to you.  Sarah and Tommy have done a hand printed leaf here and yours truly is working on a pair with decorative plates for a personal touch.  This DIY project is simple, budget friendly, and highly effective.

Before I move on to the next topic, check out all these soft colors and patterns in the crib!  Checker, stripes, pin stripes, and ropes, all the patterns I love to have in my own home.


Here is the harsh reality: baby will not be baby forever, and as adorable as they are, I'm sure there are moments that these little creatures drive moms and dads insane when the screaming starts at 4am.  So a nursery should be aesthetically pleasing to the parents and be able to easily transition into a kid's room in the long run.  

In this case, there is nothing "baby" when it comes to wall treatment and fabric choices.  Swap the crib with a bed and take the change tray off the dresser, this room is now a tastefully decorated retreat for over night guest.  In a few years, the change table will be a dresser in Luca's room, and the rocker is where Luca will sit to read his favourite book.

image via HGTV Canada
image via HGTV Canada
Have a tight, tiny closet you don't know how to organize? With a couple of shelves, a few baskets, a pair of rods that slope down, and a shot of kelly green, Janice now has a place for everything in her closet! 

image via HGTV Canada

To achieve a similar look in your own home, try some of these colors in Sarah's design palette.

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This is it folks!  7 weeks, 14 episodes, and lots of creative and ingenious ideas.  Thanks so much for all the comments on my Sarah 101 recaps.  I certainly have lots of fun writing them and have learned many tips and tricks from the show.  

If you have missed any episodes the first time around, Season 2 of Sarah 101 is ready for the second time around and boy don't I have something exciting for you.  Come back Monday to see what I have in store for you!

10 comments:

  1. I loved the nursery- that green is such a fabulous colour and I adored the wall treatments. Also quite fond of the bachelor pad though my favourite rooms this season were definitely last week's bathroom (soooo should be my bathroom) and the bachelorette's condo- both so my style.

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    1. oh I can see you living in the bachelorette's condo perfectly Christine! And that amazing tub in the middle of the room design ... Christine I think you need to do it. How big is your bathroom? Miss you xoxo

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  2. Hi Tim,
    You know I loved the nursery, it has some common elements to the one that I designed for my pending arrival. Loved pieces of the loft but not all of the colours... Happy Friday!

    Amy

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    1. I can't wait to see your nursery Amy!

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  3. Love the overview Tim! You have better pictures than I have of the nursery! haha

    Luca loves the nursery as does his mom and dad :-)

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  4. I love the so called bachelor pad - but I honestly wouldn't have called it 'masculine'. I can easily see women and/or men living there! Wonderful!

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  5. I love that kitchen! But that nursery is so amazing!

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    1. fun and colorful hey ... oh Barb I missed you and Nancy!

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  6. I posted earlier, before I watched the show. My comments still hold - the place is wonderful, but what's with the refrigerator? Even for someone who doesn't cook, it's ridiculously small and I'm sure it will end up costing a lot more when you factor in the high cost of running something that is probably totally energy inefficient.

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    1. Hi there... I wonder if that's a client's choice for the "cool vintage" factor. The show probably get enough sponsors for products and if they can get the stove and the dish washer, I doubt that they will cheap out on the fridge for a finish product. We now just need to find out from some insider of where this fridge came from :)

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