In “City + Country,” the debut volume of COLLECTED, HGTV star and award-winning designer Sarah Richardson celebrates the best of both beloved styles and invites you into fresh-air farmhouses and getaways along with gorgeous urban homes and wide-open spaces. Looking for design inspiration for your own space? Check out this photo excerpt from COLLECTED for a sneak peek at Sarah’s cottage renovation results and how you can replicate her style…
Here, Sarah’s own oﬀ-the-grid Georgian Bay escape got a refresh to suit life with two tween/teen daughters—and frequent summer-season guests. It all started with a simple plan to enclose a screened-in porch and replace doors and windows, but soon turned into an exercise in making the compact cottage live better for the future. Sarah kept what worked and tweaked what didn’t, based on more than two decades of island life. In the kitchen (pictured here), Sarah reveals the light, bright and welcoming look of the cottage kitchen.
Kitchen Details We Love: #1: Powered by solar panels, the cottage kitchen and dining room is illuminated by candlelight. Mounting lanterns on hooks amplifies the glow of the candles. #2: The Ming green and Thassos marble “sunflower” backsplash sparkles with the reflection of the late-afternoon sun on the lake for a truly “watery” feeling in the bar. #3: Seeded glass panels in the bar cupboards are filled with the little air bubbles like a crashing wave or a chilled glass of champagne. #4: The multicolour cabinetry in the kitchen features an accent of robin’s egg blue framing salvaged painted panelling from am 1860s schoolhouse.
Upper cabinet colour: Gray Cashmere (2138-60) by Benjamin Moore
Island Colour: Wedgewood Gray (HC-146) by Benjamin Moore
“The surrounding water landscape changes constantly with the weather and time of day—there’s no singular ‘lake blue.’ There are a thousand shades, and those variations in palette make each space feel a little bit different from the next.” —Sarah Richardson
“Cottage life is about picnics, boat adventures, and outdoor pleasures–who wants to fuss about the furniture? The giant sectional sofa [in the sunroom, pictured at the top of the page] is made up of stock pieces with washable white cotton slipcovers. Instead of arms, the two ends feature armless, backless ottoman components with hidden storage.” —SR
Want more behind-the-scenes peeks at Sarah Richardson’s designs and tips for how to apply her style to your own living space? Pick up a copy of her new book, COLLECTED: CITY + COUNTRY.
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