Living in Toronto (and Canada) does give us the advantage of being the first to watch the latest shows by Ms. Sarah Richardson! We all loved her beautifully designed cottage when it was first aired a couple of years ago ... and yes, I was so inspired that I'd decorated my own balcony with one of Sarah's color schemes at her cottage.
After much anticipation, the show is finally available for our neighbour south of the border. While the "Sarah's Summer Home" marathon is on July 1st at 3pm on HGTV, I would like to share with you some of my favourite elements of the show.
Episode 1: Living Room Addition
I LOVE all the rooms in the cottage but the living room is my absolute favourite. No doubt that this is a fantastically designed/decorated space; however, what an ambitious project to add an extension on a remote island where it is only accessible by boat or plane! The living room serves as the hub of the cottage and with full height windows on three sides of the room, it is also the perfect spot to enjoy the breath-taking views.
Sarah and Tommy had planned a perfect living space to sit & chat, read a book, or just lounge. What are the perfect colors for easy breezy Summer living? Look no further than different shades of blue, sand, and light-colored wood tone!
I've always amazed by Sarah's mix of fabrics for colors, interests, and textures. In the living room, Sarah used so many different fabrics but they worked together beautifully by a common thread: blue.
Episode 2: East/West Guest Bedroom + Front Entrance
Of course you will need to plan for overnight guests at the cottage, especially when civilization is a plane or boat ride away. Working with the mother nature, Sarah and Tommy selected two very different color schemes for the guest rooms.
The East Guest Room gets lots of sun in the morning and hence, a warm and vibrant mix of greens and pinks as its color scheme. My favourite elements in this room is the pink/white polka dot fabric and the vintage brass bed frame: so much character and fun!
The West Guest Room has my favourite color combination: soft apple green + robin's egg blue. Love the playful fabric on the custom headboard and the old window frame turned mirror.
and of course I love Sarah's pillows ... who doesn't?
By pushing one exterior wall out by 4 feet, Sarah was able to incorporate a proper entrance to the cottage and added a bench + extra storage along the way.
Episode 3: Baths
This main bath has it all: a free-standing soaking tub, a glass shower, honed marble floor, a beyond gorgeous vintage vanity, an incredible amount of storage for towers and other bathroom essentials, and a skylight! Who would have thought this is a bathroom on a remote island!
My favourite features of this bathroom hands-down are the textured mosaic on the back wall, the repurposed vintage vanity, the placement of the pendant in front of the mirror, and the use of rock pebbles as floor in the shower. This bathroom just take relaxation in a cottage bathroom to a whole new different level.
The powder room is on the second floor. Sarah and Tommy selected a bold race car red for the custom storage, and used a mix of mirror and shutter as doors.
Episode 4: Master Bedroom and Kids Loft
I love the use of red in the master bedroom. Though many people might say red is not a relaxing color in the bedroom, I believe it all depends on how you apply "red". In her own bedroom, Sarah showed us with the right doses of red as accents and mixing in soft blues and creams, red can be your ticket to many hours of sweet dreams!
The Kids Loft featured playful colors and patterns. My favourite of the room (beside the wood panels) are the tuffits and the painted stripes on the floor! A tip from Sarah if you plan to paint your floor: mix in 25% mineral spirit for the first coat to make sure the paints are soak into the wood.
Off the master bedroom is an absolutely breath-taking deck offering a panoramic view of Georgian Bay and the ultimate lounging experience.
Episode 5: Kitchen, Dining Room + Lounge
This kitchen has all the bell and whistle a chef would want for a Summer feast at the cottage. For me, I love the mosaic backsplash, the subtle monogram cravings on the kitchen doors, and the painted "groceries" sign: it is perfect for a cottage kitchen!
I also love the use of vintage architectural details. They add so much charm and a sense of history to the space.
In the dining room, Sarah and Tommy selected a delicate candle chandelier as the ideal light source, a painted bench for maximum seating, and upholstered wing-back end chairs for softness and comfort.
The Lounge is the perfect spot for casual conversation and afternoon tea.
Form and function has always played an important role in Sarah's design. In this case, a wall of hats is not only beautiful but also practical on those sunny summer days. The vintage dresser offers extra storage and the hard wearing fabrics are selected for the chairs
Episode 6: Bunkie
The bunkie is a retreat for overnight guest and really, who wouldn't want to stay in this bunkie? Yes it is a small room but it has everything you need in a bedroom, especially when it comes with a four pillar bed!
I absolutely love the DIY bedside table lamps and will make a pair for myself one day.
Still not convinced this is your dream cottage? You will after checking out this striking view.
Other than the geniusly designed rooms, what I also love is Sarah's commitment to green power for her cottage: solar panels were installed to power the water plumb and small numbers of lights, two septic systems sit under the front deck, and most of the kitchen appliances are run by gas to minimize footprint on the environment.
So you wonder which color scheme at Sarah's Cottage was the inspiration for my balcony? Check this out!
Learning from Sarah's mix of colors and patterns, I selected a number of fabrics for the balcony and I loved the contrast between the blues and the whites!
Now you have seen it all and can't wait to improve your own cottage. Look no further, Sarah has generously offered one lucky reader a fan deck of her Designer Palette with Para Paint and your very own "Sarah's Cottage" T-shirt!
All you need to do is drop me a comment telling me what improvement you have in mind for your cottage and the Sarah's Giveaway could be yours!