All hail Sarah!
I’ve been following Sarah Richardson and her sassy right-hand man, Tommy Smythe, for a couple TV seasons now through several shows and have become a fully fledged disciple. Beyond the fact that Sarah and Tommy’s rapport is always hilarious, the designs are beautiful, airy, and livable with an attention to detail and pattern that makes me happy as I stare at the screen. If you don’t already, start watching them on HGTV – season 1 of Sarah 101 currently airs on Saturdays at 4:30 p.m.
Here are my three favorite key learnings from Sarah’s method and style:
1. If refurbishing is king…
Sarah and Tommy always comb through thrift and consignment shops, estate sales and antique fairs to find great pieces at even better prices that become prizewinners after some professional TLC in form of the re‘s – repainting, reupholstering, repurposing. Planning to do some serious hunting for a unique piece that I can put my own spin on when a bigger apartment comes into play this December.
2. Then fabric is queen…
Often their jumping-off point for a scheme, Sarah and Tommy use various fabrics to tie rooms together yet give dimension and some pep. I always love how it turns out and can’t wait to try my hand at putting together pattern on pattern schemes (also leaving that for the new apartment. Currently in a whopping 150 square feet). Quite often the big ticket items in their designs tend toward the neutral elements or at least monochromatic and use accent fabrics on side chairs, pillows and drapes.
3. And wall art is the court jester.
Whether it’s a crazy paint scheme, wallpaper or framed work, these elements are such an easy, relatively low intensity way to bring soul to a space (sadly enough though, even painting is high impact for me – arm gets so tired from all the roller action). Always the one to tell you and where to spend money in a space, Sarah often uses creative ways to make beautiful wall statements without much budgetary impact.