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


Things We Love: Butterfly Chairs

If there’s one decorating practice we can’t get enough of, it’s the juxtaposition of just about anything — modern and traditional, old and new, formal and casual — if two things seem slightly at odds, chances are they might just look great together. One fabulous (and inexpensive!) way to bring a hint of comfortable, casual chic into any room is by adding a butterfly chair. The shape is just so cool, and don’t they make you want to flop down and stay awhile?

This room, featured in Canadian House and Home is a prime example of what combining elements can do. A casual cotton rug and butterfly chair paired with a glamorous chandelier and animal prints plus rustic beams and a wooden stool wouldn’t seem to work in theory. But, in practice? Decorating genius.

These rooms, featured on Apartment Therapy, get not only seating but also a punch of red and orange from their butterfly chairs. We are big fans of a splash of yellow, so, if you’re looking for a similar color affect, we like this Classic Butterfly Chair in sunny yellow.

Thanks again to Apartment Therapy for this super-cool photo. Who wouldn’t roast marshmallows in this outdoor space?

Canadian House and Home (above) and William Haines Interiors (below) also show great uses of butterfly chairs in an outdoor space. We like these Algoma Butterfly Chairs in natural for this sort of look on your patio.

Micasa Revista (above) and Decorpad (below) showcase sophisticated animal-skin chairs that add a touch of masculinity to any room. If you’re trying to stay within budget, or just aren’t wild about using real animal skins, this Furlicious Butterfly Chair (yes, furlicious) from PBTeen is super cute, and is versatile enough that it would look fabulous in either a more masculine room or a more feminine one. Plus, it’s less than $100.

We’re also wild about the UO Lux Leather Butterfly Chair from Urban Outfitters. It looks like a million bucks but will cost you less than $250.

Long story short, whatever look you’re trying achieve, butterfly chairs can get the job done.

Things We Love: Window Boxes

We always think it’s the little details that take any house from cute to over-the-top charming — and there are few things that make shorter work of that feat than window boxes. Designer Jane Coslick adds interest and dimension to this tropical, eye-catching home with turquoise window boxes. And she gets extra credit for the adirondack chair!

We love these other great uses of window boxes, as well.

Flowers by Gabrielle, featured in Traditional Home Magazine, stands out from the other storefronts on the street because of these adorable window boxes.

This guest cottage, photographed by Stacey Bradford for Canadian House and Home, is inviting in its own right. But the precious, yellow window boxes add a punch of color and loads of charm.

This photo is of Cabot Cove in Kennebunkport.

This fairy-tale, ivy-covered cottage was designed by Thomas Callaway.

Designer Albert Hadley used window boxes to add dimension and interest to this space.

The use of fruit in these window boxes, featured in Southern Living, makes this home stand out.

Another window box photographed for Southern Living…

And another one from Southern Living, the handiwork of designer Tracee Lund.

If you are looking to add a little charm to your home, we absolutely adore the Fairfield Window Box, the Hanging Window Black Box and the Nantucket Window Box. Happy planting!

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