Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Real Potential w/ Sarah Richardson: Christa & Mike + Tova & Marnie

Hello Wednesday! We are half way through the week and I simply can't wait for the Thanksgiving long weekend to come.  The forecast suggests beautiful sunny weather to come, and I am keeping my fingers crossed that "Fall Color" is still in full-blown up north at Collingwood.  What do you have planned for the long weekend?

Speaking about going at full forces, Real Potential is going strong and the transformations are getting better and better!  You know what the they say, kitchens and bathrooms sell houses.  This week, Sarah has sold a kitchen and a bathroom to two lucky couples.  Can't you tell I am super jealous?

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Episode 5: Christa & Mike are looking for a larger home for their growing family.  Their current home is beautifully decorated with an open concept living, dining, kitchen space perfect for entertaining + a spa bathroom for ultimate relaxation.  The couple have sold their home and now in desperate need to find a home in 30 days (move-in ready) for their 9 weeks old baby.  Speaking about pressure and stress! 

House No.2 is a two storey home with a fully furnished basement.  The problem areas of this house include a closed in kitchen and an "original" bathroom.  For $20,000, Sarah promised Christa & Mike the bathroom of their dreams.  Well ... mine too!      

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This transformation is worth every penny.  The serene watery palette, the sleek custom floating vanity, a contemporary chrome round mirror, and please say hello to this sexy faucet!   

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For whichever home Chris decides to buy, I am sure we will do some work to the bathroom.  Here are 4 tips I've picked up from this bathroom makeover:

1.  Add a ledge next to the tub for a perfect place for a glass of wine, a novel, and candles.

2.  Create the custom look with an accent band of mosaic for wow factor without breaking the bank

3.  Full length mirror to play off the vertical motif and to reflect lights

4.  Steal a little corner from the adjacent room to create a practical bathroom layout + an incredible custom vanity 

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I love shower glass enclosure, and this beauty by Adanac Glass is going straight into my inspiration book.

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Episode 6: Tova and Marnie had looked at over 100 houses and attempted a number of bidding wars:  a process I personally can relate too.  After all, I did look at over 40 houses and been through a couple of bidding wars before landing my condo.  The home buying process is certainly frustrating, especially when you are spending $675,000 on a fixer upper!   

House No. 2 has lots of space, and many features (i.e. garage, spacious rooms) the couple is looking for.  The deal breaker in this case is the dated and enclosed kitchen.  Well not anymore after Sarah works her magic to turn this ugly duckling into a 21st century sensation.  The cost of this makeover: $50,000. 

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Hello super chic and efficient kitchen!  The buttery cream cabinet references to the character and period of the home, while the sleek, contemporary door profile modernizes this spacious kitchen.

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The large windows flood the kitchen with tons of natural light and the long run of counter space makes meal preparation a breezy.  By taking down two walls on this main floor, Sarah is able to create an ultimate kitchen with a brilliant layout and all the bells and whistles Tova and Marnie are looking for in their open-concept entertaining space.

Not a square inch is wasted, and with the wine fridge and microwave neatly incorporated into the lower cabinetry, the counter space and the mega island are every chef's dream.  I am sure Chris will love this kitchen.

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This kitchen makeover opens my eyes to hidden potential to the kitchen with a back door.  I have seen a few of those during Chris' home hunt, and my immediate thought was to close it off for a better layout.  WRONG!  Sarah has shown us you can continue the counter of the other side, and the kitchen remains ever bit as functional and attractive even when there is a door right in the middle of the wall.  Well ... having a beautiful glass door also makes a huge difference.  

Another tip I picked up: the entire island doesn't need to be all in same depth.  In this case, the cabinet is only half as deep on the left to allow for seating.  Clever! 

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A few more design details I will have to steal to create a dream kitchen for Chris:

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From the creamy white kitchen to a jewel-toned dining room, this mid-century inspired space is what Tova loves ... remembered how excited she was when she saw a "retro" lighting fixture?  The vintage credenza is dressed up with a marble top, the accent wall is graced by this stunning mural by Tony Koukos, and of course I have to love the faux bamboo chandelier!

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The living room captures the essence of both the kitchen and the dining room for color palettes, and it houses a fantastic collection of vintage and new furniture pieces.  I am of course jealous of Tova and Marnie for the sofa and armchairs from Sarah's furniture line.  I am also crazy about the pair of faux bamboo side tables and that stunning coffee table!  What is your favourite piece?

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It is looking bright and sunny out today ... just like these two transformations.  I can't wait to see what Sarah is up to tomorrow evening for yet another two inspiring episodes.  

Heading out now ... Happy Hump Day friends! 

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