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

Cottage style lofty waterfront retreat with cheery pastels by 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Like this outdated knotty pine paneled retreat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.

Down the hall view of fireplace in cottage by Sarah Richardson

Cottage Style Decor Inspiration: Tranquil Family Retreat


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.

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,
and lots of whitewash 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 is 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?
Type her name into the search box for more lovely!

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

Cottage Style Decor Inspiration: Tranquil Family Retreat


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.

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