Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Sarah Off The Grid ~ Family Hangout + Guest Suites

Hello Wednesday! What a glorious weekend we had in Toronto and I could only imagine what a fantastic time folks had in the country.  Out in the nature, warm summer breeze, bright blue sky with birds singing all day long, now I just need to sign myself up for a timeshare property!

Speaking about relaxing country living, it is time to check-in progress on Week 2 at Sarah Off The Grid on HGTV Canada.  This week, Sarah and her team tackled the entire lower level for family living and a cozy, welcoming place for guests to call home. 


I have never met a blue and white room I don't love.  This sensational family gathering space is dressed head to toe in style and it wears many different hats.  From lounge / movie sweet spot, kids play / dance zone, to pool game / mini bar for the grown ups, this basement does it all.  

If there is one major element that gives this space its incredible character and charm (aside from the color palette), it is the use of salvage barn beams.  Once a weathered barn about to be dismantled, now these beams live a second life and are being showcased as a stunning post and beam feature in Sarah's brand new home.  Accentuated by a roaring wood stove in glossy dark blue (a.k.a. the inspiration for the either color scheme of this room!), heritage inspired tiles with a star motif, organic / natural materials in fabrics, rugs, and accessories, this case study of white + blue in the country is right on!          


Who knew pool table can be this chic? For those who don't know how to play pool (like me), I am ready to hang out by those comfy armchairs.  Storage is key, especially out in the country, when you may need extra supplies after a big snowstorm.  The walls of storage with simple door profile and understated hardware satisfy the functional requirement, while the sleek black and white color combination serves as the perfect backdrop to showcase the many shades of blues and a stylish contrast to the rustic reclaimed wood.     

The wood shelf for drinks and accessories: #bravo!


Let's check out the "sleeping quarters" for overnight guests.  Known for her genius creativity to mix a variety of complementary fabrics for stunning results, Sarah opted for a single print to shine in this neutral bedroom outfitted by grasscloth wallpaper and painted wall panels.  From drapery to chairs and accent pillows, this dynamic and graphic fabric is it!  For a soothing and calming effect, a lighter shade of blue was pulled from the main fabric and is used throughout the room via throw pillows, area rug, accent table, and glass accessories.    


I am usually not a fan of red but this effortlessly elegant bedroom is so welcoming and inviting that I may want to try it out in my own home!


Have you ever secretly wished a sophisticated yet playful kid bedroom is actually where you will spend the night? Well this one is on top of my list! I love the energy and happiness of a cheerful yellow, especially when pairing with grey and white.


This wallpaper with a tree motif is perfectly suitable for adults (you probably have seen it used in other design makeovers) and what a great reference to the breathtaking view right outside the windows.  With sleeping capacity of four (maybe up to six), these DIY bunk beds are put together with simple wood materials available from the big-box store.  Once painted a fresh coat of white, they look phenomenal without breaking the bank.     


With some savings from making the beds from scratch, Sarah was able to install these super cool sailboat inspired wall lights, invest in a pair of good looking and tech savvy table lamps (wireless phone charging my friend), outfit a homey spot for two with the whimsical rockers, and put a smile on your face with an oversized floor lamp.  


Just as I thought that Sarah would never use a dark color as a permanent installation in a bathroom (usually darker colors are used as accent and can be easily changed), well she surprised me with this beautiful glossy blue tile! To add interest to this otherwise windowless box, Sarah focused on the execution of the finishing details. The ceiling detail, the band of vertical tiles in the shower (I so have to do this in my next bathroom), the mix of rustic and refine with a vanity made from salvage lumber + marble top, the matte black, oil rubbed bronze faucet, shower, and accessories, this guest bathroom is incredible!     


And the linking point of all these sensational rooms in the basement: this super attractive hallway, a fabulous focal point as you walk down the stairs, and a mud room that houses all the boots, jackets, and sport gears.  That hex floor tile, what a great idea for impact and to act as transition between the white oak floor and the practical grey tiles in the mudroom.


 * all images courtesy of HGTV Canada

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