Don’t you love seeing design projects that begin
with a plain ol’ house that just needs love?
Like this outdated knotty pine paneled retreat
transformed with her signature style.
Country Living reports: “The cabin’s open floor plan presented Richardson with a challenge common in new houses: how to carve distinct zones–in this case, a kitchen, a dining area, and a comfy lounging spot–from one cavernous great room, while still preserving visual flow. Her solution? A shared color scheme. “I’ve long collected ceramics in blue and green,” she says. “That’s my favorite palette, so I knew I wanted to use it here.” Once Richardson found a cache of old barn wood, she was off and running.”
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This cottage style kitchen feels cozy because it is actually sectioned into zones within a great big open space.
More sources for the materials in this kitchen:
The salvaged weathered blue barn wood: Legacy Vintage Building Materials
Paint on the wood trim around the planks: Benjamin Moore Wedgewood Gray
Paint on the Upper Cabinets: Benjamin Moore Gray Cashmere
Paint on Lower Cabinets: Benjamin Moore November Rain
Paint on vintage banker’s chairs at dining table: Glidden – Oxford Blue
Wide stripe fabric in lounge area: Schumacher – Summerside in Pear
Paisley fabric in lounge area: Schumacher – Paisley Print in Sky
I love what Sarah did in the dining area to keep it interesting and casual. She pulled up a vintage green painted bench with vintage banker’s chairs (I see these everywhere at tag sales!) she painted (Glidden Oxford Blue), and wingback chairs she upholstered in two of her favorite fabrics (now retired).
A little background about the designer: Sarah Richardson 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. Her latest project is “Sarah Off the Grid” which chronicles the construction of building her country dream house in Ontario off-the-grid style with her contractor husband.
Known for her 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.
Sarah mixes architectural salvage, fleamarket finds,
baskets, pillows, and lots of whitewashed wood to
create a country retreat with a tranquil feel.
Have you followed Ms. Richardson since her 90’s television
days where she rocked irresistible quiet and timeless style?
I have, and this project with its blue and green palette is just so Sarah!
So in love with Sarah’s mix
of blue and white fabric prints!
Craving more of her designs?
I have you covered!
Find links to the home decor and furniture Sarah chose for her new farmhouse: