Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Real Potential w/ Sarah Richardson: Evette & Jason + Andrea & Wayne

Hello Wednesday and you know what it means: my weekly recap of Real Potential with Sarah Richardson!  This week, Sarah helped two young families finding their dream homes, and transformed the most awkward space into an absolute stunner!

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Episode 3: Evette & Jason have found their dream neighbourhood to raise their daughter.  The only issue standing in the way is that their rental is just too small for this young family.  Their wish list includes a large dining room for entertaining, a separate kitchen, a home office that doesn't double duty as guest bedroom, and a playroom for their daughter.  

House No. 2 takes the cake with lots of space and is located in their dream neighbourhood.  The problem with this house: an unsightly half wall that divides the dining room and the hallway.  Did the previous owner run a "drive-thru" business out of his dining room?  With a $15,000 reno budget, Sarah promised Evette & Jason a dining room of their dreams.   

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Well ... is this a dream come true to you? I am still pinching myself as this exquisite dining room just doesn't resonate the original space one bit!  The soft buttery cream palette, the charming architectural details, the hint of vintage touches, and the hits of deep espresso brown accents, I simply love it all!

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What a breathtaking dining room!  Sarah is determined to create a delicious dining experience that reflects both Evette's and Jason's tastes.  Evette likes classic elegance and Jason prefers dark wood for an healthy dose of masculinity. 

So how does Sarah bring this couple together? The serene wallpaper with floral and dragonfly motif, the luxurious drapery panels, the substantial crown moulding, the super soft fabrics with series of polka dots on the chairs, and the vintage brass chandelier ... these are all for Evette.  Now for Jason, Sarah installed dark wood floor through the main floor, framed up striking black & white photographies, freshly upholstered comfy vintage chairs with wide seats, and a mighty dining table in espresso that screams contemporary sleek.  

My personal favourite: the painted sideboard ... it is such a handsome piece! 

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I would love to be invited to this dinner party!  

Now if you are looking for ways to add charm and character to your basic dining room in the suburb, here are three tips I picked up from this episode.  For more tips from Sarah, check out this dining room makeover at Sarah Richardson Design.
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For Episode 4, Andrea & Wayne along with their little boy have outgrown their current rental.  At the pace of looking at 6 houses per day, these real estate eager campers are in desperate needs of Sarah's guiding hands to land on a real gem in the city ... not a money pit.  

House No. 3 is a detached family home with lots of space and is loaded with character.  If Andrea & Wayne didn't buy this house, I would totally have signed on the dotted line!  The problem: the kitchen was tiny and required a total gut job.  With $50,000 for reno, Sarah proposed to connect the two small rooms together for one big family friendly, open concept kitchen worthy for a chef!   

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Andrea said she loves blue, and Sarah delivered this spectacular and highly efficient showstopper in navy, creamy white, and gold!

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The sightline is absolutely incredible. Let's face it, you will love this kitchen even though navy is not your favourite color!  The dreamy forever long counter top for food preparation, the double ovens, gas cooktop, industrial style range hood, classic subway tile backsplash with navy blue penny round as accent, Chris would LOVE this kitchen in his house!

As for me, I am crazy about all the gold accent in the space.  The chandelier, the cage light pendants (love the brass ceiling cap), the chevron detail on the drapes, these are a few of my favourite things.  I've learned again that if you have a small gap left in your cabinet plan, turn it into a wine rack.  And if you have an uneven wall (notice the main wall is bumped out after the wall sconce ), try to connect the cabinets and countertops for a seamless look.  

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Thoughtful lighting plan and impeccable design details are two trademarks of Sarah's kitchens.  The graphic wallpaper is bold, energetic, and it adds a sense of whimsy.  The black framed windows and doors creates a sharp contrast to the creaming white walls (not to mention black is the perfect accent in a blue & white palette).  My absolute must-have? The Rubinet faucet and side spray!!  So divine. 

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Ok ... I lied.  I couldn't pick just one absolute must-have because I also want this incredible island + casual dining setup!  Just check out the attention to detail here ... I am so jealous of Andrea and Wayne, and I am pretty sure I am not the only one.

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So what do you think of these two makeovers? What are your favourite elements you would love to incorporate in your own home? Do tell! 

1 comment:

  1. The white & blue kitchen with all of the gold accents is my fave of the two. The mega island is perfection & I am totally going to incorporate the stone & top brass base idea for an eating area, somewhere!