Monday, April 13, 2015

Sarah's Rental Cottage ~ Living Room

Hello Monday! The weekend was glorious with hours of bright sunshine and 18C!!  I don't know about you but I am totally ready to welcome summer back into my life.  One of my favorite getaways in the summer is to spend a week at the cottage with friends. Soaking up the sun by the deck, swimming in the fresh cool lake, sitting by the camp fire for s'mores, can't you tell I have already packed my bag and ready to go right now?

While I may still have to wait for cottage country to warm up a tad bit, Sarah's Cottage Rental is absolutely ready for business at HGTV Canada.  Sarah and Alexander (and their two girls) love spending their summer at the cottage: mesmerize by the beauty of natural and live responsively with electricity powered by the sun.  So when the couple saw the "for sale" sign up at a private island with a chic mid-century inspired house, Alexander couldn't resist the rare opportunity to become a landlord and Sarah (along side with Tommy) of course wouldn't say no to work her magic transforming this ugly duckling.

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This dated cottage has some great features: open concept living space with a pass through to the kitchen AND a functional wood burning fireplace, master bedroom with a view from heaven, second bedroom with two bunk beds, and a spacious storage with bathroom rough-ins waiting to be re-imagined as an extra bedroom + ensuite!

Today, Sarah and Tommy are tackling the living room and here comes the "as-is":

image courtesy of HGTV Canada
As for the transformation plan, these are the key elements Sarah and Tommy addressed in this living room makeover:
  • teal ceiling: charming and full of character, but it makes the room feels dark and the ceiling seems low
  • built-in seating: fabulous original details (it's a pull out bed!), but the cushions and mattress smile like "old dust"
  • wood burning stone fireplace: major score at a cottage, but no one wants to sit there at its current state
  • natural light: the living room is filled with floor to ceiling windows from all sides, but it feels dark on a sunny day
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As for the color palette, Sarah and Tommy draw their inspiration from nature.  This linear graphic mid-century fabric is the jumping off point for the living room.

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With only 6 weeks to complete the project, Sarah and Tommy waste no time to make it happen:
  • a fresh coat of white freshens up all the wood panels and the ceiling
  • finalize on paint colors and green is going on the floor 
  • customize the existing built-in by turning a row of storage into a dining room bench
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Are you ready to see the final transformation? I bet you do!

image courtesy of HGTV Canada
image courtesy of HGTV Canada
The freshly painted built-ins also get a softness & pattern makeover with fabrics from Tonic Living & Designer Fabrics.  A pair of vintage chairs from Vintage Fine Objects and a little sea grass pouf make the fireplace an ultimate sweet spot for Thanksgiving (or mid-August if the extreme weather in summer 2014 repeats this year).  The white & grey striped drapery panels provide an extra dose of softness and privacy (in case you have nosy neighbors boating around all day).

images courtesy of HGTV Canada

image courtesy of HGTV Canada

images courtesy of HGTV Canada

Good call by Sarah to trim down the storage and turn it into a bench! The dining room is perfect in the space and what an open concept cottage dream! Those chairs for $56.25 a piece + a coat of white lacquer are sensational! It is nice that Sarah and Tommy have kept some of the original flavors such as these adorable pumpkin plates.  

images courtesy of HGTV Canada
images courtesy of HGTV Canada
image courtesy of HGTV Canada
We all have watched too long for another inspiring project from the dynamic design duo, and here is a little preview clip for the Sarah's Rental Cottage.  You can also check out an interview on Global.  


Before I let you go, here is an interview with Sarah and Tommy at The Morning Show.  Happy Monday!




8 comments:

  1. I'm so happy to see Sarah and Tommy back at it again, particularly on a cottage project (as Sarah's Cottage was by far my favorite). The green painted floor is genius, although my initial reaction to it would have been similar to Tommy's. What wasn't discussed was the dining table. Frankly, I don't get it, as a piece on its own or as part of this room. The birch legs smack of crafty gone wrong to me and the butcher block top just doesn't tie in at all. I wonder if it wasn't a case where they just quick stuck something there because they were low on time and money. What do you think about that table?

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    1. Hi Erin! Thanks for visiting! I think Sarah and Tommy might be keeping "green" in mind for the renovation and since they have cut down some trees to clear the view, they might have repurposed some the woods as the table base. Sarah had done it before in her cottage, turning some cut woods into a lamp.

      I may prefer different style for the base but I am good with the butcher block top. Think that's probably a durable choice for rental. Maybe a simple white coated metal frame to echo the mid-century chairs?

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  2. I adore how light and bright it all is. Erin is right; that table is not up to snuff, quite disappointing.

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    1. I love how bright and open the space looks!

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  3. Oh my goodness, can I move in?!?! I could do without the green floors, but the whole space looks so friggen fabulous!

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    1. we should rent the cottage for a week Jordana!! Ready for the 30 mins boat ride?

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  4. This is what rental cottages should look like. Rental guests are inspired by light, white and bright and not the dark wood we see in so many places.

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