Sarah Richardson Design

We can’t count the number of hours we’ve spent watching Sarah Richardson of Sarah’s House and Design, Inc. turn eyesores into unbelievably beautiful rooms.
Her new traditional style that takes elements of the past and reimagines them in a fresh way is something we’d like to emulate over and over again.
One of our favorite things about Sarah (We feel like we know her, don’t you?) is that she is a pro at taking awkward spaces and making them amazing. Here, a large living room becomes cozy and functional with two seating areas.
Sarah Richardson’s use of color is always spot on. The colors are lively enough to add interest while remaining fresh. ComFree discusses on its blog that selecting a soothing color palette is one of the most important considerations for designing an inviting guest room, saying, “a watercolor palette works well.” We couldn’t agree more!
One of the pages we’ve tried to take from Sarah’s book is combining pricey tile with inexpensive to give the luxe look with a lighter price tag.
Here’s another great example of Sarah’s expertise in making a room multi-functional. A living room and a work area combine seamlessly to serve every purpose.
If you’re a Sarah fan you know that, unlike so many designers with their own shows, she generally has to work within an actual budget. One of our favorite Sarah tricks is converting a great antique store find into a stunning vanity.
Simple tricks, like adding a wall of mirrors to make a space feel larger are tried and true. Adding a special touch, like integrating sconces into the mirrored wall, make it feel customized.
We love large lighting but it’s so important to maintain the proper balance of scale. This fixture is large enough to feel weighty in the room but the feathery texture ensures it doesn’t overwhelm the table. Perfect!
This black and silver color scheme with a hint of sparkle feels so glamorous!
From upscale baths to well appointed country living, Sarah is a master at taking any space and making it feel appropriately fabulous. We would feel right at home in any of Sarah’s houses! Which is your favorite?
We hope you’re all enjoying the start to the short work week! Thanks for letting us be a part of your day.

Images via Canadian House and Home Magazine

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InGoodTaste:Haynes-RobertsDesign

Traditional styles with modern touches and inspired designs are what we associate with Haynes-Roberts Design. From layered patterns to stark decor, these designers put a fresh spin on everything they do. Take a look at these pictures. We think you’ll agree that these rooms are in good taste.

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a wonderful Tuesday!

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An Organized Office

Deane, Inc
If you’ll remember, our New Year’s Resolution was to get organized! It started out very well, like most resolutions do. We cleaned the cabinets, cleared the clutter, took loads to Goodwill. But then, slowly but surely, the papers start to pile up again and that once perfect pantry full of glass jars has a few stray chip bags in it…
Carolyn Espley Miller
But if there’s one room that we’d like to get back on the horse with, it’s the office. This would be the ideal: Going truly paperless without a hint of clutter in sight. 
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But the reality is that we need office storage. We have to have cabinets and shelves for filing and storing.
Bruce Glickman and Wilson Henley
We absolutely adore office bookcases and love the idea of stashing papers and supplies in baskets that are readily available. I’d like to find storage boxes just the right size to tuck into my rattan baskets!
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Sometimes I think a detached office like this is my only hope. When it’s easily accessible, it’s too easy to drag in clutter from other rooms.
Style at Home
It would definitely never do for my office to be in the kitchen. I have a hard enough time keeping mail and papers out of there as it is!
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We’re definitely not afraid of leaving boxes and folders and files out in the open — as long as they’re stylish!
Phoebe Howard
Working with a view is always a good choice!
Martha O’Hara Design
We read that green is the best color to use in an office because it promotes focus! We definitely need that some days…
Marcus Design
This office is such a great mix of functional and comfortable, and it’s super chic without being unrealistically sparse.
Amy Neunsinger Photography
Aren’t library ladders the best? And talk about more storage! 
Dallas Shaw’s Office
French chairs are some of our favorites and are comfy enough to make excellent office chairs. We love this room divider too!
Fieldstone Hill Home
How do you keep your office organized? Do you have a great system we need to know about? We hope you’re all having a fantastic day!Photobucket

Raising the Bar

Harry Braswell, Inc.
Accessorizing the kitchen can be so much fun!
Amy Aidinis Hisch Design
Lighting, vases, baskets, bowls, china…
Pricey Pads
It all comes together to create the perfect feel for the heart of the home.
Kitchens by Deane
When it comes to accessorizing, barstools are one element that have the potential to make a huge statement.
Kitchens by Deane
Modern and sleek, these stools create stunning contrast in the bar.
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We love the look of lucite, especially under a smaller bar, because it blends right in, almost fading away to create continuity.
Caden Design Group
Traditional stools are always a great choice,
Lynne Scalo Design
but we’re partial to something a little funkier — like these chrome and lucite seats.

Papyrus Home Designs
A shot of industrial chic is always cool, especially when paired with the perfect pendant.

Kay Douglass Design

A two-sided bar is super fab, and luscious white leather ups the ante. 
1st Dibs
We’re busy finding the perfect stool for the Beaufort house. If money were no object, we choose you, one-of-a-kind, 1st Dibs pieces, for your incredible blend of metal, cloth and lucite.
Happy Monday, friends! We hope it’s a great start to the week!

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Things We Love: Venetian Mirrors

Decorpad


Of all the unique and wonderful things about Venice — the canals, the art and, of course, the prosecco — one of the best things these inventive people ever came up with was the Venetian mirror. The delicate curves, bevels and designs of these beauties make them a show-stopping addition to any room and, consequently, one of the things we deeply, absolutely love. And the Venetians weren’t even being vain when they devised such a lovely creation. No, they used mercury to back glass with tin foil to reflect light from candles to brighten up rooms. (We thought you might want a free history lesson today. Your welcome.) Five centuries and electricity later there are still few things as enchanting as the reflection of candlelight dancing across a room. Chandelier light works pretty well too. And the best part? Everyone looks better in the reflection of a truly beautiful mirror. Happy Monday, a.k.a. 11 shopping days left!

This first picture from Decorpad obviously features a stunning mirror, but what about that demilune console? Divine.

Vicki Saxton and Renee Prudhomme via Traditional Home

Domino Mag

This idea, from Gerald Pomeroy Design Group, is one of the best we’ve seen. A wall of mirrors in a bathroom is useful and often necessary but can get, well, boring. This Venetian in the center is fabulous and makes the whole thing so very interesting.

This room designed by Lisa Epley Interiors is graced by one of the most unique mirrors in the round up.

On this 20 degree day (I know that’s balmy compared to some of your weather, but, for us, it’s pretty chilly…) I would like to climb into this bubble bath. What an incredible tub! MA Belle Designs captured that ever-illusive duality of sleekness and warmth so magnificently here.

Massucco Warner Miller Design

The ever-chic Nancy Corzine really delivers in this bathroom fit for a queen. (Kate Middleton, if you’re reading this, you should really enlist her to spruce up the palace.)

There’s a hidden spot for every necessity in this bathroom by Robert Passal, Inc. The juxtaposition of the dark wood with the marble and mirror blends feminine and masculine effortlessly. (And Mom has that awesome shell in her house!)

Sarah Richardson, who, incidentally, can also be filed under “Things We Love” has a knack for channeling elegance whether she’s in a farmhouse or, in this case, a marble bath. The area makes a dramatic statement while also being functional and taking up very little space. Sarah, come on to North Carolina. Our houses can be “Sarah’s House” any day!

This whole room from Style Me Pretty is so glamorous. The lucite stools, the delicate roses… They are perfect but can’t hold a candle to those floor-length Venetians. Honey, one (or three) of those would make an excellent Christmas surprise!


Matthew Millman and Mical Venera Photographers

VT Interiors

Such an idyllic space for a little girl… We hope your day is just as dreamy!

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