Sarah Richardson {25 Farmhouse & Cottage Ideas}

As a huge Sarah Richardson fan,
I see genius everywhere in her designs.
(See the whole collection of lovely posts right here.)

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.)

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

sarah richardson sarah 101 condo brass emerald mint

3. Petite Peninsulas.
Teeny-chic and functional.

Sarah Richardson London Flat Guest Bathroom

4. Penny tiles from heaven.
Make a wall look like a million bucks.

sarah richardson sarah 101 den built-in closet office storage

5. Bedroom office.
Make it pretty!

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

sarah richardson sarah house 3 country bathroom

7. Rustic Cabinet & Marble.
So much more interesting to see this
re-purposed piece placed on this mosaic
rather than distressed hardwood.

Sarah Richardson London Flat Boys Bedroom

8. Coffee Bedside Table.
A petite bench or table does double duty.

Riverside Living Room

9. Supersized Coffee.
A roomy surface here holds plates
of appetizers or kids’ homework.

10. Lantern magic.
They just scream farmhouse charm.

Sarah Richardson London Flat Guest Bathroom

11. Sophisticated storage.
Just think of the space for products and linens!

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

Sarah Richardson London Flat Family Room

13. Symmetry in small spaces.
Cottage charm doesn’t have to spell
random and mismatched.

14. Unexpected color.
Forego the predictable fancy chrome stool.

15. Numerical bath towel monograms.
Smart AND sweet.

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

Sarah Richardson London Flat Boys Bedroom

17. The Fishy Bureau.
A simple stencil, perhaps?

sarah richardson sarah 101 living room neutral bold floral ottoman

18. Midcentury goes cottage.
Proves the era doesn’t necessarily get the last word.

sarah richardson sarah 101 ensuite pink black white pedestal marble sink

19. Hardworking narrow ledge.
Who can’t use more vanity space?

sarah richardson sarah 101 grey blue bedroom white vanessa headboard floral chairs

20. Warm Greys.
Heightens the cocoon-factor.

sarah richardson sarah 101 kitchen stripe floor blue cabinetry

21. Shelf in the Ozone.
Bonus when the ceiling is pretty!

sarah richardson sarah 101 ensuite pink black white freestanding tub

22. Buffet in Bath.
Less expensive than cookie cutter built-ins.

sarah richardson sarah house 3 master bedroom

23. When you can’t choose a color.
Try combining a bunch.

sarah richardson sarah house 3 mudroom/entry

24. Two doors are cuter than one.
Especially when painted raspberry.

Still with me?
Bless you, darling.

25. Low-cost bunks.
Behold what a beautiful paint treatment can do.

Don’t want the SR goodness to end?

Peace to you, right where you are.



  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.


    • 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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