Friday, October 18, 2013

Real Potential w/ Sarah Richardson: Caroline & Josh + Truc & Eric

Hello Friday!  Sorry for MIA on Wednesday, but I have been working crazy since returning home from Collingwood to get ready for a house tour with the lovely (and very patience) crew from the Steven & Chris show.  It was a super busy couple of days to get all the right elements into place, and I will fill you in with more details on this fun feature soon.

Speaking about working with short timelines, the first makeover at Week 4 of Real Potential was definitely down to the wire.  Caroline was 8 months pregnant, and the couple needed to find a home, plus to renovate before meeting their baby.  Sarah was up for the challenge and the pressure was on!

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The one room (or rather two) that needed immediate attention was the kitchen/ dining room area.  They were small, dated, and not practical for this young family.  With $40,000 and a few short weeks, Sarah created this functional and stylish kitchen with a mid-century flair.  When asked what was her favourite color, Caroline said lime green: an answer that haunted Caroline during the entire reno process as she worried her entire kitchen would be well ... lime green!

Sarah used a soft pastel green strategically as accent, and when paired with robin's egg blue, creamy white, and neutral grey Carrara, this kitchen is fresh, cheerful, and ideal for Caroline & Josh to welcome baby girl Dora.  

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I have never seen a waterfall style island I don't like, and what fun to have the base cabinets painted blue for extra visual interest + a sharp contrast with the bamboo wood finish on the stools! The color contrast between the cabinet doors and frames gives the upper cabinets an instant wow factor.  Sleek appliances, elegant goose neck faucet, and deep industrial style sink: these are the elements Chris would love in his dream kitchen.

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Ready to check out the adjacent dining room? I think you do!

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The nook in the dining room creates an ultimate spot for cozy bench seating.  An oval dining table allows Caroline + the little one (and guests) to move around the table with ease, while the extra four vintage chairs up the seating capacity to dinner for 7 or 8!  The chandelier is a classic mod design, and I am loving the symmetrical layout of this dining room, especially those wood oval mirrors.  They add an organic touch to this chic, modern casual entertaining space.

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A few key elements I'm putting on my notebook:

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Moving onto the next makeover: Truc & Eric have definitely out grown their space limited condo, and are ready to embark on the next chapter of their lives.  The requirement: Eric wants more space for his music side-business + a spacious bathroom, and Truc dreams of "The Closet" that reminds me of The Devil Wears Prada.

Before we get into Eric's bathroom & Truc's closet, let's check out this hip, contemporary bedroom for two.  This room is a bonus makeover from Sarah ... I am now officially jealous!

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While the metal side tables and table lamps scream edgy industrial chic, the faux wood wallpaper adds texture, dimension, and an organic touch to this contemporary space.  Can't you tell I love the storage solution of this ingenious platform bed from IKEA? I have the same one in my own bedroom! The hits of black accent enhance the modern eclectic design aesthetic this couple loves.

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Here comes the dream closet my friends! Need I say more?  Hand bags: checked.  Sexy heels: checked.     The little black dress: CHECKED!  There is a place for everything Truc desires.

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And just as you thought the makeover is over ... wait, the master ensuite also had a facelift.  By stealing some valuable square footage from the closet, Sarah was able to re-imagine this once cramped bathroom and turned it into a spa-like sanctuary with room for separate shower and free standing tub.  I like how the tile detail continues from the tub right into the glass enclosed shower to seamlessly connect the two bathroom essentials.  The vanity lends itself to a more traditional vibe, while the mirror has an art deco flair, and the lighting fixtures are edgy and current.

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So what do you think? I am off to Waterloo for one more round of house hunting with Chris this weekend.  A few real potential possibilities are on the table and I will for sure be re-imagining the spaces with these tips from Sarah!

Happy weekend friends!


  1. Have a great weekend house hunting with Chris, Mr!

    P.S. I can't imagine having that much closet space. I think it would be dangerous for my credit card! lol

    1. oh that closet is definitely dreamy! I am trying to map one out at Chris' new place as we speak! Wish me luck! xo