We’re crazy about Sarah Richardson and her lovely style and continuing our house tour today of the incredible off the grid modern farmhouse she built with her husband as her young family’s forever home. If you missed the first installment or second installment, be sure to visit them!
What does it mean to take on a construction project like this with a mission to go off the grid? Creating a low carbon footprint entails intelligent creativity and dedicated mindfulness when it comes to the details. Details? For example, for a home office, CBC Canada reports, “When electronics are plugged in they are still drawing power. (This is called the “phantom power load.”) Use smart equipment to avoid phantom power loads. Sarah chose smart electronics and equipment that truly “shut down” when not in use.
Power bars that run on a timer will also help shut down any unwanted power use when you are not home. Specialty power bars can be programed to boot up when you get home, or shut down while you are out of the house.”
Familiar with designer Sarah Richardson’s history? Here’s some background on one of Hello Lovely’s favorite designers:
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.
Don’t you love it when a house as pretty as this is also environmentally smart? I have been loving the youtubes from this HGTV Canada project, and seeing it in person (well, on video) adds another layer of lovely:
Today we’ll be treated to a glimpse of a yellow bunk room, the unique media room and a daughter’s bedroom and bath. And don’t worry if you are left craving more…lots more Sarah Richardson on the horizon with sources in case you fall in love with some of the decor and want to bring it home.
I am loving all the charming blue, and even though I don’t think I will do a yellow room again since in this fixer upper, we have painted over THOUSANDS of square feet of yellow, I love how Sarah Richardson uses the color. (I decorated with a lot of yellow in the 90’s when I was in my blissful colors of Carl Larsson paintings phase…even lived with red back in the day!) Do you like the cheerfulness of the yellow in Sarah’s bunk room? Do you live with yellow?
Peace to you right where you are.