Friday, June 6, 2014

Lakeside Living with Sarah Richardson Design

Hello Friday! I don't know about you but I am absolutely ready to just head out of the city and enjoy the gorgeous weather! There is nothing more amazing than hanging out at the cottage with a lake front view and direct access to the water.  Yours truly doens't have a family cottage (maybe I really should consider buying a cottage instead of another condo), but I will be going to my favourite spot up at Bala in a couple of week.  CAN'T WAIT!

As my cottage spirit gears up, my eyes are drawn to all the fabulous cottages gracing the glossy pages of all decor magazines.  Are you in love with the July Issue of House & Home? I AM and you know what, the beach house designed by Natalie and Kate of Sarah Richardson Design is on the cover!!

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Right of the bat you know this beach house is going to be whimsical, cheerful, and full of charm with this sensational wallpaper as the introduction to this cottage story.

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An intimate and cozy corner in this open-concept, family-friendly, causal elegance weekend getaway.  Located a couple of hours outside of Toronto, this beautiful cottage is the ultimate sanctuary for this family of 5 to unwind from the hustle and bustle from their busy city lives. 

I love this pair of vintage chairs.  With suble texture on the seat cushion and a bold floral inspired by its natural surrounding, I would say these chairs feel right at home.

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Want to take a look of this cottage from outside? What a breathtaking beauty! The old cottage was torn down to make room for this custom construction to satisfy the needs for this family.  The home owners wanted a Cape Cod, East Coast inspired home.  Well, it doesn't get much better than this with grey-stained cedar shingles, crisp white trims, and pale greyish blue sidings.  I also love the plant material choices for landscaping.  A variety of grasses mean Mother Nature will provide all that they need, making this a "no-maintenance" front yard.  How clever!

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Back inside the house and hello spectacular living room!  What is not to love about this living room? The incredible windows that flood the space with natural lights, the beamed ceiling with a pale blue accent, the many shades of blue, yellow, and green to reflect the exterior, the custom furniture from Sarah's collection, and the whimsical chandelier, which one is your favourite?  

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The dining room and the kitchen are both practical and stunningly beautiful in Sarah's signature style.  The antique pine dining table could accommodate up to 14 guests and with such a long table, Natalie and Kate installed not one, but two airy yet captivating chandeliers to anchor the room.  The kitchen incorporated open and closed storage + a custom island that offers storage, prep surface, and a fabulous hangout spot for causal meals.

Have you noticed the reclaimed floor? It adds tremendous character, charm, and warmth to the space. 

The middle and bottom right pictures showcase the entrance and the landing on the second floor.  What a fun first impression with the bird wallpaper and how the foyer is floored with natural light from the second floor.  I love this very clever feature!   

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Isn't this panoramic view of the lake to die for? It really doesn't get much better than this.  A den, home office, craftroom also doens't get much better than this blue and white number inspired by the ocean.  A modern interpretation of a timeless classic: wingback with a playful sand dollar dress, a window bench with built-in storage, ingenious storage/desk solution in a tight corner, and best of all, I just love all the panel and trim detail.  How about you? What is your favourite?

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As Natalie stated in the interview, "From the seafoam green mosaic tile we used as the backsplash to the bird-patterned wallpaper in the powder room and the floral pillows in the living room, our palette of watery blues, sunny yellows, sky, snad and woods is a reflection of the landscape that surrounds it".

And I simply can't agree more! #BRAVO!

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A beach side cottage with a nautical vibe wouldn't be complete without a shot of vibrant red that reminisces the iconic landmark by every shoreline: the light house.  How to inject red in this othewise blue, green, yellow and white cozy retreat you ask? Well, pair it with pale blue and white, use it as accents such as the bed, drapes, and decorative pillows/accessories, mix in a variety of patterns (stripes, paisley, and stars), and you will have a fresh, playful, and sophisticated room.

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So friends, do you have a cottage? Are you planning to give it a fresh new look? I would love to hear from you!

Happy weekend! xoxo


  1. I love it all! It's so crisp, clean, graphic and fresh - a modern take "country" Very livable. I think the genius of this design is that it's interesting, layered and comfortable without visual clutter. I could move right in!
    Love the pale blue ceiling, bird wallpaper, lanterns and tile selections. Also love the painted spindle beds - great color!
    Thanks for sharing Tim. My local market just stopped carrying HH and I missed this issue. Guess I need to start subscribing :)
    -Sioux Rose

    1. isn't this beach house just incredible Sioux? You know what, we have the same taste and obsession on Sarah's designs ... us super fans should meet up!! Any chance of you heading to Toronto soon?

    2. Tim, I'd love to meet up someday! No plans in the near future to make it to Toronto, but you never know :-)
      I dream of going to Elte, Designers Walk, Of Things Past, Absolutely North, Saltillo tile and many more Sarah & Tommy haunts one day. Toronto looks like a great city to visit, fantastic food, shopping and people!
      p.s. HomeSense Canada looks waaay better than the US version, thanks for sharing all your finds :-)