The show ran for several seasons, room after beautiful room. It was a little out-of-reach, in terms of custom-everything, but she's always sure to give hints for achieving the spend-and-save room. Her splurges are always spectacular, but her downmarket solutions are clever and fool even the most demanding clients.
A couple of years ago Sarah jumped on the house-flipping wagon and created a show called Sarah's House. Co-hosted by her assistant Tommy, the two kvetch and laugh their way through a full-scale reno of the worst house in a great neighbourhood, redoing it from top-to-bottom. The thought of living in a house not only redecorated, but remodeled by Sarah is enough to blow my mind, nearly all of her structural and design choices so up my alley. What's more, all of her shows are based here in the city, so you can take her sources and actually use them.
Recently, the third season of Sarah's House began, but this time she's changing it up. She bought a small, rundown farmhouse on 50 acres a couple hours outside the city. It's a dump, to put it politely, but she's transforming the whole thing into her version of country living. Sign me up!
She always creates livably sophisticated spaces and her focus on function is outstanding. Blending great vintage finds with custom-made, she's a genius with fabric, pattern, texture and colour. I've never seen anyone work a tile like her and her kitchens and bathrooms are the best in the business. She never misses. From turning fabric into wallpaper to installing a steel beam above your newly blown-out main floor, she's a professional, seeing each project from client meeting to contractor drama to its beautiful finish. And pair all this with the Lucy-and-Ethel comedy routine of her and Tommy, you'll appreciate why I watch each episode no less than 10 times before deleting it off the TiVo. I'm constantly freeze-framing to study all the nooks and crannies she doesn't necessarily discuss on-air, peering into the background to catch a glimpse of a room featured in next week's episode.
So far she's finished the mudroom, two bedrooms, the huge kitchen, and the dining room. Cohesive and sophisticated without being fussy, she's throwing $500 000 at the project - Sarah Richardson does it up big. This budget includes a massive extension (increasing the square footage by more than 30%) and everything from drywall to throw cushions.
This show makes me understand how others feel about a highly-anticipated episode of Lost. Watching her navigate the world of design, creating a sound and beautiful space, it's just so full of emotion and drama and strategy, it genuinely keeps me on the edge of my seat. I might be gushing here, but come on. She's an artist, a master of the nuts and bolts and the pretty too. This is some seriously James Bond shit.
(Click to enlarge photos. They are courtesy of HGTV.)