Thursday, September 10, 2009

Sarah Richardson

Everyone who knows me (well or not), knows that I LOVE Sarah Richardson!!!  Not only do we look alike and share the same name, we have similar design style.  I admire what she has built.  Her career started in the lifestyle television as a prop stylist and set decorator.  Soon her name became knows and she was in high demand.  It was at that point, she decided to carve a niche in design television with her shows Room Service, Design Inc, Sarah's House 1 and 2 and finally Sarah's Cottage.

Most recently Sarah has created a bold colour and patterned house for the grand prize in the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation Millionaire Lottery in British Columbia which is featured in this months Style At Home.  This house is very different from what Sarah usually designs.  She is known for designing elegant, timeless and classic rooms.  You can tell Sarah must have had fun with designing the lottery home below. 

In this project and many of her projects, Sarah looks towards the environment outside to influence her designs inside.  BC is known for it's grey rainy days, deep blue water and snow topped mountains.  Sarah brought those hues into this home.  Below is the bold purple living room.  Originally the colour was in the fabric but when Sarah walked into the nearly complete room she knew they needed to kick it up a notch by painting one of the walls a deep concord grape colour.  I think it brings warmth into this room. 
This dining room is very inviting with its deep blue patterned dining chairs, midnight blue accent wall behind the shelves and the bold blue stripe along the sides of the curtains.  The chandelier is simple so as not to overpower the room or block the outside view. 
I could spend hours cooking in this kitchen.  Sarah used a light stone backsplash with caesar stone countertops.  I love light and dark contracts and hit of stainless steel appliances and pendant lights.
The principle bedroom is a classic Sarah Richardson look using grey and blue.  It's pretty but not girlie.  I love the various layers on the bed and the dangling white glass of the chandelier. 
Sarah has a knack for designing bathrooms.  Her use of various materials (carera marble, chrome, mirror, glass) and patterns (penny round tile, subway tile) provide many points of interest.  Your eye is drawn everywhere!  Waking up in the morning would be very easy if I had this bathroom to get ready for the day in.  :)
All pictures via Style at Home


  1. I love her too!
    great job on the blog Sarah

  2. I want to ask Sarah a question....we are renovating our kitchen ...I would love to do marble (carrera) on the durable is it and would you use the honed marble so it wouldn't show the etching....

  3. Marble is less durable than some other materials (Quartz, for example). Marble is pourous and requires maintenance and can be stained by products often used in the bathroom. I wouldn't recommend it unless you're in an all adult household and intend to be at least moderately careful.


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