Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Sarah Off The Grid: Belvedere Room

Hello Wednesday! With bright sunshine and slightly cool air, fall is definitely one of my favourite seasons (well summer is fabulous but I could live without the humidity).  From back-to-school to happy Thanksgiving, autumn is the best time to be inspired by nature and to give our home a quick update with a healthy dose of warm, earthy hue.

A fall refresh at my home maybe a cosmetic one but Sarah Richardson, along with her husband Alexander (Minister of Exteriors) and her two daughters, and of course Uncle Tommy, is set to build a 5,000 square feet country home in Creemore Ontario.  With an ambition plan to power this family home off the grid without sacrificing comfort, Sarah and Alexander have to explore all possible green energy options to keep the rooms cool in the summer and warm in the winter ... and to cook up a feast or two.

For the next six weeks, Sarah and the team will build the home from ground up, tackle the room one by one, share with us the fun (and stress) as general contractor, and how to decorate the entire house in Sarah's signature style.

Welcome to Sarah Off the Grid and for week 1, we are at the Belvedere Room.

Belvedere means "fair view"and at this country home, the view is breathtaking. 

To make sure this little piece of heaven functions as an adult oasis for Sarah and Alexander, as well as a cozy spot for their daughters to host sleepovers, Sarah and Tommy cooked up a game plan to create a loungey hangout that also maximizes an uninterrupted view of the stunning Niagara Escarpment.

From plan to reality, here is a bright, airy space filled with natural lights (there are 95 windows in this house after all) and a custom U-shape bench topped with throw pillows for a master class of how to layer patterns / textile, not to mention the huge saving from building the sofa with simple lumber supplies.    

With the entire room painted a creamy white, your eyes are drawn to the incredible views beyond these energy efficient vinyl windows.  And to bring the outdoor in, Sarah and Tommy opted for a color palette of white, grey, gold, and navy: all the accent colors you see in the horizon.

To up the cozy factor with warm, earthly tones, Sarah added two leather poufs with beautiful embroidery detail, a contemporary yet rustic solid wood coffee table, and a hide rug that injects an extra shot of cognac.  The collection of pillows in a variety of fabrics most certainly add character and charm to the Belvedere.      

Speaking about character and charm, nothing beats a vintage candelabra for a romantic and worldly touch + a few sensational fixtures such as the lantern inspired pendant and a pair of brass sconces.    

A winding staircase means not much in the way of furniture could make it up to the Belvedere.  Sarah managed to find a well-proportioned hutch that provides storage and offers an ideal surface for a minibar and accessories that remind us of the great outdoors.

Perfectly put by Tommy: this view never gets old.  I couldn't agree more.

Sarah is off to a great start with the Belvedere Room and I look forward to check out the main floor this Sunday for another exciting episode of Sarah Off The Grid.

* All images courtesy of HGTV Canada 

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