25 Farmhouse & Cottage Home Decor Ideas from Sarah Richardson

Main seating area featuring white couch, blue patterned chairs, two leather round ottoman, and table

As a huge Sarah Richardson fan,
I see genius everywhere in her designs.
Here’s the scoop on what Sarah has been up to:

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.

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’s body of work provides so much inspiration for today’s lineup of farmhouse style and cottage style decor ideas!

1. Creative Kitchens
Think beyond galley and monstrous islands.
(The kitchen above is actually a split design
and so seamless in this great room/dining space.)

#SarahRichardson #cottagestyle Sunny yellow and white country kitchen with country farmhouse sink and Shaker cabinets

25 Farmhouse Style and Cottage Style Decorating Ideas from Sarah Richardson

2. Marshmallow clouds.
Spaces can be deliciously white
without being hands-off.

#SarahRichardson #cottagestyle Blue and White Bedroom with Double Beds, Blue striped nightstand and rustic wood beams

25 Farmhouse Style and Cottage Style Decorating Ideas from Sarah Richardson

3. Petite Peninsulas.
Teeny-chic and functional.

#SarahRichardson #cottagestyle Cottage with loft overlooking dining area and blue and green kitchen - Sarah Richardson

25 Farmhouse Style and Cottage Style Decorating Ideas from Sarah Richardson

4. Knotty and Nice.
Make a humble statement wall look like a million bucks.

Bed with green headboard beside a window with knotty pine paneling. #SarahRichardson #cottagestyle

25 Farmhouse Style and Cottage Style Decorating Ideas from Sarah Richardson

5. Kitchen work table station.
Make it work! This trestle table can be used for work, play, and dining.

White country kitchen with barn wood accents and apron front farm sink. #SarahRichardson #cottagestyle

25 Farmhouse Style and Cottage Style Decorating Ideas from Sarah Richardson

6. A Soft Landing.
Paint your wicker chair a color that makes you smile.

#SarahRichardson #cottagestyle Knotty pine paneling in cottage bedroom with green wicker chair - Sarah Richardson

25 Farmhouse Style and Cottage Style Decorating Ideas from Sarah Richardson

7. Rustic Branch Lamp.
So interesting to see this
re-purposed branch in a natural
lovely woodsy bedroom.

#SarahRichardson #cottagestyle Whitewashed knotty pine paneling in cottage bedroom with poster bed - Sarah Richardson

25 Farmhouse Style and Cottage Style Decorating Ideas from Sarah Richardson

8. Unexpected Floor Stripes.
With so much wood on walls and ceilings, paint the floor!

Whitewashed knotty pine paneling and painted stripes on floor in bedroom with pink

25 Farmhouse Style and Cottage Style Decorating Ideas from Sarah Richardson

9. Spa luxury in the Bath.
No need to rough it.

Standing full glass shower with white sink to the side if the shower. #SarahRichardson #cottagestyle

25 Farmhouse Style and Cottage Style Decorating Ideas from Sarah Richardson

10. Lantern magic.
They just scream farmhouse charm.

Green bar stool and distressed bar paneling. #SarahRichardson #cottagestyle #lantern

25 Farmhouse Style and Cottage Style Decorating Ideas from Sarah Richardson

11. Sunshine City.
Plan the kitchen around the sunlight and view!

Painted cabinets, whitewashed knotty pine paneling, and bright sunlight in cottage kitchen

25 Farmhouse Style and Cottage Style Decorating Ideas from Sarah Richardson

12. Blue+White=Timeless.
On the sea or not, it will not fail you.

Bright blue dresser with green ornate mirror above. #SarahRichardson #cottagestyle

25 Farmhouse Style and Cottage Style Decorating Ideas from Sarah Richardson

13. Sweet Cozy Seating.
Cottage charm doesn’t have to spell
random and mismatched.

Waterfront cottage living room with eating area against large windows - Sarah Richardson

25 Farmhouse Style and Cottage Style Decorating Ideas from Sarah Richardson

14. Unexpected  Print Mix.
Use all your favorite prints together.

Blue and white home decor inspiration. #SarahRichardson #cottagestyle

25 Farmhouse Style and Cottage Style Decorating Ideas from Sarah Richardson

15. Numerical bath towel monograms.
Smart AND sweet.

White soaker tup with flower table and flowers on top. #SarahRichardson #cottagestyle

25 Farmhouse Style and Cottage Style Decorating Ideas from Sarah Richardson

 

16. Tone down the orange.
Knotty pine can be cringe-worthy…
ashy paint or stain to the rescue.

Wooden dresser, comfortable chair and foot stool. with red accents. #SarahRichardson #cottagestyle

25 Farmhouse Style and Cottage Style Decorating Ideas from Sarah Richardson

17. Rooftop Nirvana.
Rustic yet luxurious.

 

Roof top outdoor seating. #SarahRichardson #cottagestyle #rooftop

25 Farmhouse Style and Cottage Style Decorating Ideas from Sarah Richardson

18. Cozy Tucked Away Sleeping Nook.

What an ideal place to dream in this loft.

Single bed lined up on wall with windows over top. #SarahRichardson #cottagestyle #knottypine

25 Farmhouse Style and Cottage Style Decorating Ideas from Sarah Richardson

19. Beadboard in the Bath.
Looks like it evolved over time, yes?

Country bathroom with freestanding tub, vintage chair, and Venetian mirror. #SarahRichardson #cottagestyle

25 Farmhouse Style and Cottage Style Decorating Ideas from Sarah Richardson

20. Label the Bedroom Doors.
Heightens the B&B factor.

White and yellow dresser with mirror and decorations on it. #SarahRichardson #cottagestyle

25 Farmhouse Style and Cottage Style Decorating Ideas from Sarah Richardson

21. Quilt Display.
Is it art? Is it extra warmth? Let it be both!

Cherful pink and floral country bedroom with knotty pine ceiling. #SarahRichardson #cottagestyle

25 Farmhouse Style and Cottage Style Decorating Ideas from Sarah Richardson

22. Shallow Buffet in Cozy Kitchen.
Base cabinets don’t have to be 24″ deep.

Cottage kitchen with vintage style and pastels. #SarahRichardson #cottagestyle

25 Farmhouse Style and Cottage Style Decorating Ideas from Sarah Richardson

23. Wood Everywhere, Yet Softness.
Try combining a bunch for cozy architectural charm.

Wet bar with built in dishwasher and see through glass cabinets. #SarahRichardson #cottagestyle

25 Farmhouse Style and Cottage Style Decorating Ideas from Sarah Richardson

24. Eight hats are cuter than one.
Especially when massed.

Storage unit placed by the front door and hats hung on wood paneled wall. #SarahRichardson #cottagestyle

25 Farmhouse Style and Cottage Style Decorating Ideas from Sarah Richardson

Still with me?
Bless you, darling.

25. A vintage or vintage-look sign.
Behold what a simple Groceries sign can do for magic factor.

Groceries sign and 4 club chairs conversation area in woodsy cottage #SarahRichardson #cottagestyle

25 Farmhouse Style and Cottage Style Decorating Ideas from Sarah Richardson

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Peace to you, right where you are.

~michele

 

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11 Comments

  1. January 12, 2016 / 5:49 pm

    Michele so much inspiration, I am sure you used a lot of this to inspire your beautiful cottage I see it all around you.
    I love the slender mirrors used in some of the bathrooms and the penny tiled wall is wonderful. Back in the early 90' I had a sizable home and the entryway of my front entrance was all penny tile on the floor with flat earth tones and I loved it. And the look!

    As for that sea view with the view out those panoramic windows could you imagine waking to that everyday? Geeze the view would be my calm.

    Loved seeing all that inspires you, it inspires me as well.

    Xoxo
    Dore

    • January 12, 2016 / 9:24 pm

      feels like we're really just moving in since just now we are hanging a few paintings! the key word around these parts is simple. also unfussy!

  2. January 12, 2016 / 9:18 pm

    I did that fish embossed dresser detail to a mirror in Lake Placid , I printed out copies of antique fish prints and decoupaged them then did a good dose of lacquer over it. I wish I took a photo way back when of that project. I cant wait to see you do that to a piece of furniture! Love SR too!

    • January 12, 2016 / 9:26 pm

      oh of course, it is decoupaged! i bet the mirror was amazing!

  3. January 13, 2016 / 5:27 am

    I too, love the Sarah Richardson ideas and designs. I miss seeing her on TV as her programs were fantastic. Every one of her rooms were made to live in, not to look at, but enjoy. I especially like her use of the pops of color, her use of antiques with new. Thank you for sharing some of her great remodels.

    • January 14, 2016 / 3:07 pm

      i miss her shows too! i feel like we got to watch her grow up on tv so i feel such warmth toward her.

  4. January 13, 2016 / 3:38 pm

    We are trying to do something similar in our mudroom so I'll be showing this to my husband. So simple and the symmetry .. not as easy to create (everywhere) as one might think, right? When I look at these beautiful spaces it makes me feel like I have so much to do……. love your poetry Michele. Enjoy your day!

    • January 14, 2016 / 3:07 pm

      i love how she always puts thought into her entries. they are always warm and nurturing. thanks, leslie!

  5. January 14, 2016 / 1:19 am

    Oh my gosh, gorgeous work! What a stunning portfolio. From her palette to the accessories, I love it all. Her bathrooms are especially beautiful. I want those mini tiles. Thanks for the share, Michele. xo

    • January 14, 2016 / 3:08 pm

      i'm kind of obsessed with that penny tiled bathroom wall. thanks for following, friend.

  6. January 19, 2016 / 3:22 pm

    Lovely ideas! After seeing all these beautiful photos I started dreaming about a big house!

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