Friday, May 31, 2013

Sarah Richardson: Country Style Chic

Happy Friday! Are you enjoying the steamy, humid summer weather? It actually isn't that bad with the breeze and I am just super happy that the sun is shining.  Only if this weather will continue into the weekend and of course, the forecast calls for rain and temperature will retreat back to the low 20Cs.  Oh well ... I can't have it all.

What I can have, however, is to be inspired by this serene, cozy country family home designed by Sarah Richardson.  Every item was hand selected by Sarah and they must have character and charm before they were allowed to enter this home.  Many of the pieces were either Sarah's ingenious DIY solutions or one of a kind vintage finds via antique markets/ auctions.

Love this magnificent fireplace?  I DO and it can be yours too.  This custom mantel includes two antique corbels, reclaimed baseboard, a few more trims and boards from your local lumber store, and a few pieces of marble tiles for an incredibly authentic look.  As for this showstopper chandelier? Sorry one of a kind treasure via Antique Shows Canada.  

image via Chatelaine
First impression is utmost important as you really only have one shot at it.  Sarah has scored an A++ in this small but well executed space for guest to sit, take off their boots (country = mud when rain), and a personalized hook or basket for a little extra special royal treatment.  I of course also love the maximum application of soft colors via paint thanks to the chair rail and the open shelves.

Gorgeous kitchen as always.  I wouldn't expect anything less from Sarah.  In this open-concept country kitchen, I particular love the panel detail on the ceiling, the two different door profiles (also allows for a two-tone color treatment), and how you can make a standard kitchen looking custom with smart trim details.  

image via Chatelaine
The dining area is cozy, casual, and it is ready for fine dining.  I love Sarah's DIY dining table with reclaimed boards and vintage architectural columns.  The banquette is another DIY special with repurposed kitchen cabinets to incorporate smart storage, and I just love the idea of putting two slightly taller side tables to "frame" the banquette.  They provide an additional surface for a glass of wine or two, and to keep all the pillows on the banquette.  The lanterns offer an opportunity for candle lit dinner party: talking about romantic ambience!       

image via Chatelaine
The difference of the before and after is huge! I was lucky enough to have seen the place during renovation (thanks Ken of Fieldstone Windows for taking me on a field trip) and what a dramatic difference.  The powder room was connected to a green bedroom and it was tiny!  Sarah made the most of the it by installing a handsome pedestal style vanity and a pair of wall sconces on the sidewalls for maximum impact and function.  The cole and son wallpaper, Hummingbirds, definitely brightens up any small spaces (especially when there is no window in this powder room).  

image via Chatelaine
I just can't get enough of this beautiful bedroom.  Black and white is such a timeless classic palette and when pairing with navy blue, the look is calm, fresh, and sophisticated.  Who wouldn't want a country bedroom looking just like this? I am ready to move it!  For more thoughts on this sensational bedroom, check this out.  

image via Chatelaine
In case you have missed Sarah's web series, here is your chance to watch it from the beginning and see how this dated bungalow came to life with a lot of help from Sarah!  Thanks Chatelaine for sharing with us Sarah's new country home and yes, I am so going to get Chris to bake me this colorful cake for my next summer BBQ party!

image via Chatelaine
Happy weekend everyone!

4 comments:

  1. Oooh that kitchen is dreamy. Those floors and the two-tone cabinets had me at hello :)

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  2. Great post as always, Tim ! I really enjoyed Sarah's web series. Do you know what happened to the house? Did she keep it? sell it??

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    1. Hi Yoko, I believe Sarah has sold her old farm and moved into this new place before she decides on what to do with the rest of the property. It is a gorgeous place and I would love to see it in person again now that it's all done up!

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    2. Hi Tim ! Thank you for the reply, I didn't know she sold the farm house! By the way, I may have to go to Sobey's to get the ice cream....yum :)

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