Sarah Style Hardcover – Nov 4 2014
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About the Author
Sarah Richardson is a designer and television personality who started her career as a prop stylist in 1995. She is the host and co-producer of HGTV’s Sarah’s House, Sarah 101, Room Service, Design Inc., and Real Potential, design shows that air in more than 100 countries around the world. In 2014, Sarah became the home design director at Good Housekeeping.
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I think of the entry, foyer, or front hall of your home as a sort of calling card for style. Open the door, cross the threshold, and the first room you encounter sets the tone for what to expect in the rest of the house. Whether your style is formal or casual, contemporary or traditional, the scene is set as soon as the door swings open. Yet these “front of house” areas are often overlooked and considered merely a transition zone to more important and grander areas. Forget the fact that you don’t lounge, eat, entertain, or sleep in your entrance and embrace your ability to create a first impression that speaks volumes about the design direction of your home. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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When you hear the word country used in design, do you instantly envision cutesy doilies, lace, and knickknacks? If so, it’s time to get acquainted with the more contemporary relative of the old-school country classics. Modern country takes the best of plein air style and marries it with a more streamlined and edgy industrial aesthetic to create a result that is thoroughly and completely in touch with contemporary lifestyles.
Modern Country Mix
Finishing decor touches will help enhance your modern country look with winning results.
Standard cabinetry dictates 24-inch depths for all lower cabinets, but sometimes you need to play with proportions to get everything you want out of your dream kitchen.
Get on Track
I can’t say it often or emphatically enough, but making the commitment to seek out unique and unusual lighting is always rewarded with a better- than-average result.
Repitition Makes Right
Once you’ve embraced a graphic pattern such as herringbone, try repeating it in another material to reinforce the impact.
Carving out a house that fits your family’s style can be a liberating experience if your home offers options to shuffle the allocation of space and redefine the overall program of the house. An addition on the back of a grand Edwardian home freed up former bedroom space to become an airy en suite bath with minimalist influences for a couple of urban professionals with a growing young family.
Minimalist en Suite
Manage Your Exposure
Having large windows in your bathroom doesn’t necessitate exposing yourself to the neighbours or keeping the drapes closed to shut out the light.
Amp Up Your Neutrals
The common perception is that the neutral palette is limited to the tonal range of all things muddy in colour, from beige to brown, with a bit of grey thrown in for good measure.
Hide the Evidence
If you are trying to create a seamless transition between the bathroom and the shower without a curb to delineate the boundary between wet and dry zones, moving the drain from the centre of the stall is the way to go.
Keep it Simple
When designing a contemporary bathroom, keeping a focus on unadorned details is best.
Amazon Exclusive Q&A with Sarah Richardson
Amazon.ca: What inspired you to get into interior design and what career path led you to where you are today?
Sarah Richardson: It wasn’t the most direct path, and I didn’t realize this is where I’d end up, but I feel VERY lucky to have spent almost 20 years working in two exciting areas of design, both in TV and in private residences. I studied Visual Arts at Western University, started out working behind the scenes as a prop stylist, and had my first design project published in 1998, which helped launch my design business. I’ve been fascinated with the creative arts since I was a little kid, and grew up with a deep appreciation for architecture, art and design, thanks to my parents. Over 15 years hosting and co-producing my own TV show, I’ve shared more than 300 room renovations with viewers, and many of them are included in the pages of my first book.
Amazon.ca: What was the hardest part about writing a book?
Sarah Richardson: Having the desire to do it is the easy part. Writing every word, creating interesting content, and then editing it all word by word is a painstaking, and grueling process. But from concept to layout, I can honestly say that I feel invested in the outcome and proud of the end result.
Amazon.ca: You have an incredibly busy life! How do you manage wearing all the hats that you do? (Mom, TV personality, interior designer, magazine design director, fabric designer, etc.)
Sarah Richardson: I am a quick decision maker, so I don’t waste a lot of time deliberating about whether something is the right decision. I operate from gut instinct and that has always served me well and kept me focused on my brand. I have a lot of energy, and I am blessed with a great creative team who are my collaborators. When you love what you do, and are given the opportunity to be in charge of your destiny, great things can happen. Realistically, I’m also very focused on what I do every day and don’t waste any time when I’m in work mode. The switch is either on or off, but to keep life in balance, I choose to turn the switch to off mode when we’re at home with the kids or on weekends.
Amazon.ca: To date, what has been your absolute favourite project to work on?
Sarah Richardson: My latest project is always my favourite - the desire to always move forward is what keeps me going creatively!
Amazon.ca: Which kind of project is more fun for you, gutting a space completely, or creating a more subtle update?
Sarah Richardson: Decorating has its place and can create amazing results, but nothing inspires me more than demolition, and the opportunity to take a raw space and reimagine it into something perfectly suited to the client and their lifestyle.
Amazon.ca: Where do you go when you want to escape from the hustle and bustle of your day-to-day life?
Sarah Richardson: We spend weekends exploring the natural beauty of the Niagara Escarpment and enjoying living in a rural setting. There’s nothing better than fresh air and open spaces to keep you connected to what really matters!
Amazon.ca: Where do you find inspiration? Do you have any role models?
Sarah Richardson: I find it daily, from a variety of sources ranging from historic references to emerging trends. Inspiration is everywhere around us in everything from small details to big ideas! I take a ton of photos as I’m always amazed at the natural beauty of the world around us.
Amazon.ca: What’s next for you, are you able to share any exciting future projects with us?
Sarah Richardson: 2015 is going to be a terrific year. Some of the highlights are that I’m launching a new collection with Target stores across Canada, working on my next fabric collection with Kravet, and also launching a new cottage series for HGTV.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book reads as a room-by-room guide to design accompanied by bite-sized tips on adding visual impact to every part of the home. Richardson organizes rooms by chapter, allowing readers to leaf through different collections of entryways, living, dining and family rooms, bedrooms, kitchens and offices of various sizes and layouts. Curiously and unfortunately, she gives no attention to laundry or utility rooms.
A mix of favourite rooms from Richardson's TV shows and projects completed for private clients comprise the more than 100 rooms featured in "Sarah Style." The designer excels at balancing masculine with feminine, vintage with contemporary and patterned with neutral. She accents spaces with coloured objects like pillows, vases and artwork, which bring a room to life without overpowering it.
Richardson also considers small-space dwellers and gives lessons on creativity within tighter confines. She recommends making use of vertical height and finding furnishings for "double duty." When displaying a collection, she advocates for repetition and uniformity to achieve a curated as opposed to haphazard look.
Ultimately, "Sarah Style" gives solid decorating advice while encouraging personality. She strives to create magic spaces that exude both fun and functionality.
Great book - provides lots of ideas and inspirations to improve what you have or new designs you aspire to achieve.
Most recent customer reviews
I love Sarah Richardson's style and this book is very consistent with her work from her tv shows.Published 1 month ago by Livy
I am very comfortable with any of Sarah's decorating projects and could live in them with ease. This book helps me take closer looks and see just how she gets the lovely results.Published 3 months ago by Carol Wagstaff
Beautifully illustrated. Easy to navigate.