Personal Reflections + Sarah Richardson Classic Decor Inspiration

Charming English Country kitchen with blue cabinets - Sarah Richardson

Bonjour, peeps.

Hope this post finds you happy
and healthy.

I slept brilliantly last night and feel fierce.

Even though it’s a busy time with graduation
and houseguests and various stressors,
we’re feeling blessed and very peaceful
on the BRCA journey.

Not unlike the results of this project by
Sarah Richardson.

Sarah has been a key fixture of the Canadian design world since starting out in 1995, working behind the scenes as a prop stylist and set decorator. By the late 90’s, Sarah realized that she could carve a niche in the emerging world of design TV by sharing her practical, endearing and inspiring approach to décor and design with viewers. Sarah launched her first TV series for HGTV in 2000, Room Service. 17 years later, Sarah is the host, co-creator and co-producer of over 250 episodes of design television that span seven hit HGTV series targeted directly to the needs of a contemporary audience. Room Service, Design Inc., Sarah’s House, Sarah’s Cottage, Sarah’s Rental Cottage, Sarah 101, and Real Potential are a collection of lifestyle television series dedicated to tackling the demands and design challenges of modern living.

Known for an upbeat and easygoing approach to creating elegant and timeless designs for every room in the home, Sarah inspires and empowers viewers by effortlessly sharing her winning style formula. Sarah’s enthusiasm for all aspects of design is infectious, and her ability to engage and inspire viewers has earned her a loyal and dedicated fan base across North America and around the world. Sarah’s programs are seen in over 100 countries worldwide.

Traditional style built-in coffee station in kitchen by Sarah Richardson

Classic Decor Inspiration: Traditional Style from Sarah Richardson

Elegant and traditional style living room with back to back sofas - Sarah Richardson

Classic Decor Inspiration: Traditional Style from Sarah Richardson

Traditional and elegant staircase with painted ballusters

Classic Decor Inspiration: Traditional Style from Sarah Richardson

Traditional elegant bedroom with raised molding and dark wood bed

Classic Decor Inspiration: Traditional Style from Sarah Richardson


Traditional bathroom with freestanding tub and sloped ceiling

Classic Decor Inspiration: Traditional Style from Sarah Richardson

English Country style traditional bedroom with two twin beds and low bedside table

Classic Decor Inspiration: Traditional Style from Sarah Richardson

Beautiful bedroom with pink and a monogrammed upholstered antique chair

Classic Decor Inspiration: Traditional Style from Sarah Richardson

Stunning mosaic tiled wall in bathroom with repurposed vintage cabinet vanity

Classic Decor Inspiration: Traditional Style from Sarah Richardson

Sarah Richardson lighting a taper candle in elegant dining room

Classic Decor Inspiration: Traditional Style from Sarah Richardson

I love this woman, and call me whack on crack,
but I believe it’s a magic wand she wields
in the image above.

* * *

If there is anyone left in the blogosphere feelin pity for me
about the genetic cancer stuff and hearing Angelina Jolie’s
story, SNAP OUT OF IT.
I’m so ready to move past this chapter.
I may be missing from blogland for a bit.

My grandma would have said of me today:

The rare diagnosis, God’s goodness, the journey,
and the discoveries have prospered and strengthened me.

Fully recovered from the first surgeries, I’m set
for the bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction which
begins June 13…I’m not crazy about the ‘previvor’
label you may have heard floating around town.
Too confusing. A little gimmicky and soft for me.

Mine’s a gentle soul, but I’m tough.
Am I a warrior?
Hmmmmm. Yes. With the upperhand in a battle.
Just an ordinary intellectual girl willing to
walk through some fire
to prevent cancers which have tortured
and proven deadly to my family.
armed with hope and cute earrings,
which has got to just scare
the friggin devil out of cancer.

Peace to you right where you are.





  1. May 23, 2013 / 8:15 pm

    I am with you about Sarah Richardson, she is one designer I would feel comfortable letting loose in my very own home and there is only one other person I can say that about!!
    Cheers to you for taking on your battle like a warrior. You have the armor of God and that will keep you safe. Love you girl,
    xoxo Kathysue

  2. May 23, 2013 / 9:29 pm

    You know how to pick them Michele, this home's a winner! As for feeling sorry for you…nope, I know how hard we all must fight in this life for anything. Personally I'm a tad jealous that you're getting new perky ladies! Mine are sad and have fallen down dang it!

    We Love you my friend!

  3. May 23, 2013 / 10:03 pm

    What a gorgeous home! I love Sarah's work. Good to hear you are in a good place of mind for all that is ahead of you. You will come out of it stronger than ever.

  4. May 23, 2013 / 10:07 pm

    Didn't realize you had another surgery pending….my thoughts and prayers will continue to be with you. Glad you have found a positive state of mind!

    I love everything sarah Richardson does and I do believe that is a magic wand….

  5. May 23, 2013 / 10:38 pm

    Yes you are a warrior..a glamorous beautiful one at that who with wickedly great style and witty prose!Always enjoy your musings!! I know we will all be here waiting with open arms if you need to take a break:)

    This apt is AMAZINGLY gorgeous..totally perfection and love the magic wand reference…see only you could come up with that, a true "Micheleism"!! Feel well my sweet friend, sending a big hug and prayers.

  6. May 23, 2013 / 11:37 pm

    Blogland loves you and I send wonderful healing hugs to you. Di@Cottage-Wishes

  7. May 23, 2013 / 11:55 pm

    Your outlook is amazing, thank you for a lovely post and brave warrior spirit!
    Xo, Tanya

  8. May 24, 2013 / 2:48 am

    Dear Michele –
    You are a warrior, indeed! I admire you on so many levels. Most importantly, your generosity and ability to share. I have been traveling, and only heard the news of Angelina today. Take care and enjoy the long weekend, my friend!
    PS – Divine kitchen! Love the antique French vendage table with the painted chairs. Yum!!!

  9. May 24, 2013 / 2:34 pm

    Sarah has such a
    knack for making
    a house feel timeless,
    don't you think? I',
    smitten with her work,
    and her magic wand!

    As to you my warrior
    friend, wear your armor
    proudly. I just know that
    someday when there is
    a cure for this beast called
    Cancer, we'll {or our
    descendants will} be amazed
    at the length people went
    to beat it back. You are
    a pioneer on this journey
    towards a cure.

    Enjoy your family, the
    graduation {I'm in the
    same boat–family, grad
    party, graduation all
    swirling around me} and
    keep that fabulous spirit

    xo Suzanne

  10. May 24, 2013 / 4:47 pm

    Funny, I am watching Sarah on HGTV while writing this! (Not kidding, she is fixing up her cottage on a remote island – which should really should belong to me!). I like that she always wants her homes to feel lived in.

    Yes, you are a warrior and a tough (wild?) cat! Whiskers up my friend – is the right attitiude. my friend. And never, ever lose your sense of humor!

    Love love love to you sis,


  11. May 24, 2013 / 5:57 pm

    Love it.
    xo Nancy

  12. May 26, 2013 / 12:18 am

    good gracious i love it when my bloggy friends catch my drift. thank you for reading me, gorgeous friends.


  13. May 26, 2013 / 12:55 am

    Michele…you have such a wonderful out look…I will be thinking of you as you go through the next surgery…just think…there going to be as Debra says it…Perky again!

  14. May 26, 2013 / 12:13 pm

    I just love your sass 😉 Beyonce ain't got nothing on your fierceness, kid xxx

  15. May 26, 2013 / 12:41 pm

    Dear warrior….love Sarah…..she can do no wrong. I also feel bad for complaining about my stupid colonoscopy. I have never spent a minute in a hospital…no broken bones ( except for a toe!) no stitches….and shit like that scares the poop out of me. You are brave. You are my hero.

  16. May 26, 2013 / 3:23 pm

    Dear Michele, your are inspiring beyond, a heroine to me.
    I am here for you anytime night and day…I mean that!
    Your spirit and determination tell it all. The thing is…we are stronger than we look because we are survivors!

    Art by Karena

  17. May 28, 2013 / 7:05 pm

    Ooooo, pretty rooms. I really like the rich dark wood with all the white. And the living room colors with the rosey red against the white are yummy too. And, ok, i'll snap out of it, you warrior princess you….!


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