Cottage Style Decor Inspiration: Tranquil Family Retreat {Sarah Richardson}

Cottage style lofty waterfront retreat with cheery pastels by Sarah Richardson

Cottage Style Decor Inspiration: Tranquil Family Retreat {Sarah Richardson}

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Like this outdated knotty pine paneled retreat
Sarah Richardson
transformed with her signature style.

Sarah Richardson designed aqua blue and green cottage style kitchen with whitewashed ceiling, green mosaic tile, and blue weathered barn wood. #SarahRichardson #cottagekitchen

Cottage Style Decor Inspiration: Tranquil Family Retreat {Sarah Richardson}

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.”

Cozy cottage kitchen by #SarahRichardson with vintage style cabinets, tile backsplash, and lanterns #modernfarmhouse

Cottage Style Decor Inspiration: Tranquil Family Retreat {Sarah Richardson}

Love the aqua green lovely in this marble mosaic tile backsplash/statement wall in the kitchen?<–affiliate link (you won’t pay extra and I may be compensated)

This cottage style kitchen feels cozy because it is actually sectioned into zones within a great big open space.

Green and aqua blue cottage style kitchen by #SarahRichardson with Groceries #vintagesign and marble mosaic backsplash

Cottage Style Decor Inspiration: Tranquil Family Retreat {Sarah Richardson}

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

Marble Tile Mosaic Backsplash

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

Vintage green bench and wingback chairs at farm table in cottage with aqua color scheme by #SarahRichardson #cottagestyle #whitewashed

Cottage Style Decor Inspiration: Tranquil Family Retreat {Sarah Richardson}

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).

Down the hall view of fireplace in cottage by Sarah Richardson

Cottage Style Decor Inspiration: Tranquil Family Retreat {Sarah Richardson}

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.

Blue seating area against large windows overlooking water - Sarah Richardson

Cottage Style Decor Inspiration: Tranquil Family Retreat

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.

Close up of white chair with blue striped pillow and animal print - Sarah Richardson

Cottage Style Decor Inspiration: Tranquil Family Retreat

Sarah mixes architectural salvage, fleamarket finds,
baskets, pillows, and lots of whitewashed wood to
create a country retreat with a tranquil feel.

White sofa lounge in bright corner of sun room with knotty pine paneling

Cottage Style Decor Inspiration: Tranquil Family Retreat

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!

Seating area with blue and white located in the corner of a bright sun room

Cottage Style Decor Inspiration: Tranquil Family Retreat

So in love with Sarah’s mix
of blue and white fabric prints!

Dining room table with farm table and wing chairs, fireplace, and pine paneling

Cottage Style Decor Inspiration: Tranquil Family Retreat

Craving more of her designs?
I have you covered!

Floral patterned wing back chair and rustic planked breakfast bar with weathered stools

Cottage Style Decor Inspiration: Tranquil Family Retreat

Find links to the home decor and furniture Sarah chose for her new farmhouse:

Shop Sarah Richardson’s Living Room

Shop Sarah Richardson’s off-the-grid Kitchen & Dining Room

Shop Sarah Richardson’s Master Suite

Shop Sarah Richardson’s Media Room

Shop Sarah Richardson’s laundry room

Shop Sarah Richardson’s mint green daughter’s bedroom

Shop Sarah Richardson’s Bunk Room

Peace to you right where you are.




  1. October 7, 2014 / 11:54 am

    She is one of the best and truly a nice person as well!

    • October 10, 2014 / 3:55 am

      i so agree. the real deal.

  2. October 7, 2014 / 10:21 pm

    Oh yes! I have followed Sarah from the beginning. I have recorded and saved many of her shows. And I revisit them from time to time for inspiration on one room or another. I had not seen these rooms. Thank you, Michele for sharing!

    • October 10, 2014 / 3:56 am

      you're welcome, sandy. she has this way of putting the viewer at ease. i always think. YES YES YES, I CAN DO THAT.

  3. October 7, 2014 / 11:45 pm

    I have her shows taped, can't wait to sit down for a Sarah marathon!!! Loved everything in this post, thanks for sharing and can't wait for some more on POINTE!!!

    • October 10, 2014 / 3:56 am

      hahaha. i'll get right to it. the POINTE that is.

  4. October 8, 2014 / 10:03 pm

    Ohhh my gosh. These rooms are beautiful. I would love to find and watch her shows… and… blog update? I do miss your photo with the ballet shoes… Thinking of you and your mom today too…


    • October 10, 2014 / 3:57 am

      thanks so much, cindy. she is recovering nicely and sounded good and strong on the phone today. you're so thoughtful for remembering.

  5. October 14, 2014 / 11:13 pm

    Love the new look…and Sarah Richardson…she always takes normal homes and makes them look beautiful! Its easy to take a home that has great custom bones and decorate it..but it takes talent and creativity to take a normal home and make it look like a million bucks.

    • October 14, 2014 / 11:51 pm

      thanks, julie! i so agree about how she elevates 'normal' to WOW.

  6. January 27, 2018 / 6:47 am

    I realize its been a bit since this post – but tracking it from todays post, I’m trying to figure out where to get that cool mosaic tile in her kitchen. any suggestions? I think it would be perfect for one of our bathrooms.

    • michele
      January 27, 2018 / 9:43 am

      Hi Elaine. I have the exact marble mosaic tile for you she used in this kitchen, and this is my affiliate link to the product: Hope this helps!

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