Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Real Potential w/ Sarah Richardson: Ayesha & Michael + Janice & Colin

Hello Wednesday! It has been a few days since the premiere of  Sarah's new show, Real Potential, and  I hope you all had a chance to join Sarah, and the lucky home buyers, on their quests to search for their dream homes with lots of potential.  The show promised to show us another side of Sarah and it surely did!  In this new series, Sarah toured three potential homes with the prospective home buyers, discussed the biggest issue at each property, and offered her expert design solutions to turn these awkward spaces into the rooms of their dreams.

Who wouldn't want to have Sarah to give you the stamp of approval when buying a house right? I would love that with Chris' new home ... Too bad he is looking in Kitchener and not Toronto.  I would have so enrolled him for the show.

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In episode 1, Ayesha & Michael have been searching for their dream home for over three years and couldn't agree on one they would both love to call home.  Ayesha wants a turn-key ready while Michael doesn't mind a little handyman challenge.  Well ... not a problem now that Sarah is in charged. 

House #3 strikes the right notes with its charming character, ideal location, close to public transit, and comes in under budget.  To give Ayesha and Michael the open concept living/ dining space for ultimate entertaining, Sarah's plan is to trim down the dividing wall, add vibrant colors, and play up the character of this detached home, all within $20,000. 

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Ready for the reveal? I bet you do! Here is the bright, cheerful, open-concept entertaining zone ready to greet friends and family.  To echo the original character of the home, Sarah selected good quality vintage pieces, such as the chandelier, the wooden screen with intricate carving, and the chairing chairs.  A quick trip to the spray shop and these chairs are better as new!  Fab savings my friends.

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When asked what was her favourite color, Ayesha said "Turquoise" without a slight hesitation.  Taking this color direction into consideration, Sarah used this accent color strategically to achieve the impression of a "turquoise" room without overpowering the space with the bold, vibrant hue.  

From bright ocean to sumptuous cobalt, the accent hues were injected to the space via striking wallpaper at the fireplace wall, the banding detail on drapery panels, the upholstered coffee table, decorative pillows and other accessories.   Pairing with creamy walls, neutral upholstered furniture pieces, and a fireplace covered in stone mosaics, this open-concept entertaining zone reflects the home owners' taste + personality. 

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If you have a period home and are looking for ways to infuse some colors into your space, here are a few tips I picked up from the show:

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Moving on to episode 2, Janice & Colin is looking for a bigger space for their growing family.  Janice wants more space and a network of good schools for her boys, while all Colin cares about is a gigantic garage to house his cars + to reintroduce his college love, lazy boy recliner in leather, back into his life.  Sarah is up for the challenge to find the perfect home for this family, and will make sure Janice will never have to see Colin's first love EVER AGAIN.

House #3 is dated in the decor department, but it is structurally sound and has great bones.  Deprived from an ultimate sweet spot for the family to hang out in their current home, Janice & Colin's wish list is to have Sarah transformed the dark and non-functional basement into a light-filled family room in their new home.  The budget: $40,000.  

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And what a transformation! Once divided into two dark rooms due to a solid brick wall, this basement is now bright, cozy, and totally chic!  While the greyish blue and cloud white palette may seem a touch cool for some, Sarah's warmed up the space via rich wood tone, brass accents/ accessories, and natural wicker for extra texture.  

The full length curtain panels trick our eyes to think these are full size windows and that we are no longer in the basement.  Sarah also maxed out on seating in the space by incorporating a sectional sofa, a Louis XVI style armchair, a pair of leather chairs with tufted ottomans, and a casual dining/ bar area with two extra chairs.   

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The original wood burning fireplace with a beautiful stone front is preserved and serves as the inspiration for the overall color palette.  Storage is key to keep this family space clutter-free.  Instead of creating full height custom built-ins around the fireplace (the natural focal point in the space), Sarah opted for a pair of lower cabinets with wood top to combine the need of storage, and a spot for beautiful accessories such as vases, lanterns, and the added bonus: wall spaces to display art.     

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Warm wood tone and rich leather help create a sense of coziness in the basement.  To make sure your feet stay warm and toasty in the winter months, a heated flooring system is installed under these sophisticated slate porcelain tiles.  I have never seen a slate porcelain floor I don't like ... although I could totally be biased since I have the same tile in my own kitchen!

Lacking a window on one side of the wall, Sarah hung a large mirror on the wall to create an illusion of a window and to reflect light from the opposite wall.  So clever!

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This kid-friendly family room is packed with practical solutions that are high in style.  Cool beverages and pop-corns will be served for movie nights.  To address this very need, Sarah has incorporated a built-in bar equipped with microwave and mini fridge + an attractive furniture piece to house plates and other essentials into her design.  The end result is nothing short of spectacular. 

To safeguard the newly installed and painted drywalls from the daily wear and tear from the growing boys, durable fibreboard panels with wood texture were installed on the lower part of the wall.  By installing a piece of chair rail between the panels and upper wall, Sarah was able to paint the walls with two different colors: light silvery grey on the upper walls and moody bluish grey below the chair rail.  

The chevron rug helps ground the space, and it offers a health dose of dynamite pattern in this calm, cozy space. 

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So what do you think of the show? What are your favourite elements from the first two episodes? I would love to hear from you!

For more tips on Janice's & Colin's family room makeover, check this out at Sarah Richardson Design.

Happy Wednesday friends and I will see you all on Friday for more on Tea with Sarah Richardson & BlogPodium 2013!

4 comments:

  1. What a great idea for a show! Thanks for posting the updates since we aren't lucky enough to see it in America.

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  2. What a great concept for the show. I love the stripes above the fireplace - such a doable addition to a room,

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  3. I have been very disappointed in the format of this show. What I've liked about Sarah's shows is that inside look at the design process, not to mention her interaction with Tommy and/or her other design team members (like on Design Inc). This is two-thirds house hunting...snore, and you get basically no insight into the design process, even though I have liked the final rooms. This feels like a rare misstep.

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  4. Yes I have to agree with Anonymous.... I've enjoyed Sarah Richardson's older shows but this one has been disappointing. Also don't like either of the designs she came up with - ie., the turquoise living room and the grey basement...... It also just seems like there is a lot of waste in terms of materials in her designs - ie., why put in the new engineered hardwood in the first design? I know the old floor was squeaky but maybe there was some way to salvage it. She just seems too quick to gut instead of salvage.

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