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Today we are going to talk about the Canadian designer Sarah Richardson. She is an award-winning designer, known around the world for jaw-dropping transformations that turn ordinary spaces into magazine-worthy rooms with an incredible wow factor. Sarah as her own company named with her own name: Sarah Richardson Design.
Sarah started out in 1995 working behind the scenes as a prop stylist and set decorator, but it wasn’t long before she’d switched to the other side of the lens and was parlaying her innate charm and inimitable style into a burgeoning on-camera career. By the late 1990’s, Sarah found herself in high demand as an on screen personality and quickly realized that she could carve a niche in the emerging world of design TV by sharing her practical, endearing and inspiring approach to décor and design with viewers. Known for creating innovative, award-winning design solutions that speak directly to the goals and tastes of a contemporary audience, Sarah is the host, co-creator and co-producer of four celebrated HGTV series that are watched by fans all around the world, in over 100 countries. Room Service, Design Inc., Sarah’s House (and Sarah’s Cottage), and Sarah 101 are a collection of lifestyle television series dedicated to tackling the demands and design challenges of modern living.
Since launching her first television show over 13 years ago, Sarah has over 250 episodes to her credit.
Admired for her upbeat and easygoing approach to creating elegant and timelessly classic rooms, Sarah inspires and empowers by effortlessly showcasing her winning style formula of mixing luxury with get-it-for-less savvy and balancing the save/splurge quotient of every decorating adventure. Sarah’s enthusiasm for all aspects of design is infectious, but Sarah is not your average TV decorator; her keen understanding of the fundamentals of top quality design compliment razor-sharp instincts in all matters of taste and style. She’s not afraid to tread the line between glamour and grit, and has been known to spend the morning shopping in stilettos for fine furnishings, and the afternoon masterfully handling power tools on a job site to push the room and homeowner experience over the top.
In addition to producing groundbreaking TV, Sarah is a creative powerhouse in the design world and juggles the daily running of a high-demand design business, Sarah Richardson Design Inc., which transforms commercial and residential spaces. Her growing line of signature products includes custom furniture, a fabric collection for Kravet, and two exciting partnerships with international brands. Sarah writes a regular column on design and style for the Globe and Mail as well as a monthly feature column for Chatelaine magazine.
Sarah is the recipient of numerous awards including a Gemini Award for Best Host in a Lifestyle Series, The Caldwell Partners Top 40 Under 40 Award, The University of Western Ontario’s Young Alumni Award, and Havergal College’s Old Girls Hall of Distinction. Sarah holds in BA in Visual Arts from the University of Western Ontario (1993).
To keep the demands of a hectic TV life in balance, Sarah and her entrepreneur husband, Alexander Younger, spend weekends leading an active outdoor lifestyle while living off the grid in the country with their two young daughters, and an adorable Wheaten Terrier. With a love of entertaining and a passion for fine food, you can bet there’s always something cooking in Sarah’s kitchen.
Mission and Vision
Sarah Richardson and her company have been in the business of creating beautiful and happy homes for their clients for over 15 years.
Their dedication to their craft is almost as well known as their fun loving approach to the process.
For Sarah interior design is expensive, so why shouldn’t it also be an enjoyable and exciting experience? She believe that every home, at every level, in every neighbourhood can be beautiful and comfortable. With a personally tailored approach and an expert eye, she’ll help you realize the dream of an amazing home that best suits your personality, your lifestyle and your budget.
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Individual rates are tiered to reflect years of experience and education, so every level of service is covered at the appropriate scale. Of course, the most important member of the design team is you! Client collaboration is critical at every step of the way, so join the team, learn a little, laugh a lot and love the results!
Designs and Realisations
Sarah’s company projects are in private houses and we want to share with you this amazing projects, so take a look on the following images of selected projects.
Vintage Modern Condo
A new build condo may seem like the easy route to dramatic modern finishes, but renovating a condo in an older building has its advantages. With lots of space and the opportunity to really customize, the team of the designer turned a very 80’s (and very brown) unit into a cool, contemporary space in the sky by outfitting it with modern classics, luxurious finishes and energetic accents of colour.
Builder basic gets an infusion of custom furnishings, vintage lighting and a healthy dose of sophisticated city chic style when season 4 of my Sarah’s House TV series headed for the suburbs for a from the ground up new build. Showcasing how to navigate limited finish choices without curbing creativity was my mission, while layering in colour and character was my secret weapon for success!
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Sarah’s opinion about Interior Design
When designing interiors, the designer thinks about how she can offer a unique experience to every client so they are left with a completely customized home designed just for them. When creating television programs, Sarah strives to offer inspiration, education and empowerment so that viewers at home can embrace the ideas and interpret them in their home and be their own designer (with some helpful advice from me). When it comes to product design, she wants to ensure that every item designed by her is something she would be proud to have in her own home, and fulfills the goal of a blending of design integrity, quality and value.
Sarah is known for creating interiors that are classically and casually elegant. They create modern interiors informed by a classic perspective, and combine love for architecture and antique/vintage furnishings with the latest product innovations. Her work is not exclusionary or elitist, it’s just meant to engage viewers and introduce them to new concepts and ideas, and hopefully encourage them to experiment and try a new design direction.
Sarah’s House – TV Show
Sarah Richardson, host and designer on HGTV’s Sarah’s House, started her television career more than 15 years ago as a behind-the-scenes prop stylist and set decorator. As the world of design television expanded, Sarah quickly found herself in high demand as an on-air personality known for sharing her practical and inspiring approach to interior design with viewers.
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