Thursday, May 23, 2019

Sarah Off The Grid S.2 ~ Kitchen + Dining Room

Hello Thursday and welcome to the sensational kitchen and dining room designed by Sarah Richardson for her latest renovation project, #SarahOffTheGrid, on HGTV Canada.  I have always been mesmerized by Sarah's ability to turn ready-to-go cabinets into showstopping creations + a totally custom look without breaking the bank.

Well Sarah did it again, and today I am sharing with you of what I've learned.

The kitchen and dining room occupy the first floor of the original farm house.  By removing the walls  and an addition to the back of the house, Sarah and Tommy have created an open concept entertaining space for modern living and of course everyone loves that!  

Of course the island ... I can't emphasize enough of how much I appreciate the show sharing a great deal of details on the creation of this super functional and incredibly stylish island:
  • raised cabinets (assuming extra height upper cabinets on feet) for glassware, act as a serving station, and also to hide all the dishes in the sink
  • ingenious countertop application (ever thought of combining two countertop materials in one application?) and designer detail on the extended island / bar
  • towers of pantry cabinets + full depth lower cabinets for tonnes of storage and an additional spot for a bar sink / fridge   

It's hard to imagine this is the exact same spot.  From Before to After: 

By closing off the two windows (looking into the neighbour's brick wall), this gourmet kitchen now has two spacious upper cabinets and designated open shelves for practical closed storage + display of country treasures.  

Let's have a look at the other side of the room.  From magical kitchen island with plenty of space for causal dining, standout entertaining central, to relaxing sitting nook (one of Sarah's signature elements in her kitchens), this gorgeous kitchen simply has it all. 

From kitchen to dining room, here is the transformation from plan, demolition, to completion:

This spacious dining room is filled with natural light (thanks to the bay window) and who doesn't love a beautiful gallery wall of breathtaking travel captures, a George Nelson bubble chandelier, and a happy-fiddle leaf fig + seating for 8!  

Here is another tip on space planning. By locating the dining room next to the staircase to the upper floor, the clearance normally required for dinning chair is now doubling as the hallway to the staircase. The open staircase visually expands the room for a spacious, airy feel.   

I love that wallpaper application for added visual impact and texture.  I will just have to do the same in my new condo.

Sarah's Behind the Design are my weekly favorites. Let's chat kitchen and dining room:

The final wrap up (the barn + curb appeal) are next and you can catch up on Sarah's and Tommy's adventure on

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