Monday, February 28, 2011

Sarah's House 4: Been There, Seen That

I was going to start off with "you'll never guess what I did this weekend", but I think the title of this post has already given it away. Last week I told you about the listing for a million dollar plus home in Georgetown and this Sunday I attended the open house. In a word, Sarah's House 4 is Gorgeous with a capital G! The interior of this house took my breath away, with so much attention paid to every detail in typical Sarah Richardson style.

The biggest disappointment would have to be the "No Photos Allowed" sign plastered on the front door and throughout the house, so unfortunately I have no pictures to share, but I can provide small tidbits from memory. And no one said I couldn't scan the floorplans that were provided by the builder (click to enlarge):




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I spent several hours putting this post together, but when it was almost complete I started having second thoughts about divulging too many details about the upcoming season of Sarah's House. I've pared it down to just a few snippets - a fabric here, a wallpaper there, perhaps a splash of paint. Just a taste to keep you wanting more!!


















16 comments:

  1. Great post!! I was there too and oh what a house! I loved so many of the rooms. The details with the fabrics really blew me away. Did you notice that the house doesn't come with the window coverings? I thought that was a little odd.
    I was testing my memory after reading through your post. You sure have an eye for detail!

    Thank you for this informative and inspirational post.

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  2. Thanks Pam! It's now the time to go napped up these fabrics before everyone is looking for them once the show is aired in the Fall!!

    Great Job Pam!

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  3. I live in the US and love all things "Sarah". I live only 3 1/2 hours from Toronto and would love to know about these home tours...I didn't realize that they went on...please inform me if you can..thanks for this post! and for keeping me in touch with Sarah's latest. Sue

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  4. @Sue,
    I think there may be some confusion, this was not a "home tour". The home Sarah decorated for the upcoming Season of Sarah's House is FOR SALE, and I attended the open house for the property. The home is still listed on the MLS at $1,026,000.
    Copy and paste this link into your browser if you want more info: http://www.realtor.ca/propertyDetails.aspx?propertyId=10346180&PidKey=-1143498066

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  5. Pam! Pam! Pam!
    Here are some tips from Sarah and Tommy in Sarah's House Season 4!!!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vavUHLOlNMw
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99zTu7OPHsA&NR=1

    P.S. Just copy and paste to see the videos.
    P.P.S. Look at the beautiful background!

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  6. When does Season 4 start? I can't find the info anywhere.

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  7. @Anonymous,
    Word on the street is that the episodes will start airing this fall on HGTV Canada. No confirmation is available at this time.

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  8. Hey I love the house! I found more pictures of it on the builders website: http://www.doubleoakhomes.ca/photo-gallery/photo/silver-creek-hollow.html

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  9. I watched the first two episodes last night and was so disappointed at the catty, snobby way Sarah dissed many of the features of the three homes she toured. The ceiling, wood flooring and tile and backyard views of these homes are features in millions of homes of her viewers, and real people are now living in those very homes that she and the real estate agent so cavalierly dismissed (“When was the last time you saw this tile?”). I can’t believe she trashed the laminate flooring (which she didn’t realize wasn’t hardwood until the real-estate agent informed her) in favour of the cheap fake looking gray wood (?) flooring. I want the old Sarah and Tommy back – the days of Design Inc. - where they at least showed a modicum of respect for the clients and their choices.

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  10. I have been a Sarah fan since she was a guest on Savoiur Fair years ago. I too was a little hurt and disappointed at some of her comments on the finishes of the homes she looked at. Everyone has a different budget and I just don't want her to become a design elitest. Still a devoted fan of both Tommy and Sarah but am hoping that future episodes a little less harsh.

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  11. I watched the hallway,powder room/mud room episode last night. I am a huge Sarah and Tommy fan but being threw the new build process myself I found her info very misguiding. You can't pay the difference on an upgrade like she was. a real homeowner has to pay the builders price unless they do it all after. As much as I love her style I wish she would have gone into this as a home owner building thier home not a designer who gets to bargain with the builders.

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  12. Sarah's house continues to impress...too bad this Georgetown home is on one of the slowest Go Train routes in the history of train travel.

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  13. I have been so disappointed in Sarah's House 4.. It is so bland and BORING. Can the woman pick any colors besides cream or gray or white? I have been a fan of hers for years and it's like she has a decorating formula and fills in the blanks.. Same master headboard shape she has chosen for years, same decorative pillows with buttons, etc, etc. Tommy needs his own show.. He has great ideas, which she just shoots down. Perhaps she has too much on her plate and doesn't take the time to really "design" any more..

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  14. I think Sarah does AMAZING work. But I have to agree with the consensus that this season is lacking a certain something. I almost wonder if Sarah is trying too hard to make this cookie-cutter home standout, but instead it just seems a little off. I found the master bedroom to look a bit like a Florida condo, and the columns were just so out of place.... the mint green ensuite will look dated in the near future. I question some of the decisions too - the choice to make the living room extra long seems unnecessary when there is also a family room and a basement rec room. The double-long living room seems excessive and will likely be underused. The whole house just seems to be missing that classic, timeless Sarah signature...

    One exception - I LOVE the powder room and mudroom. The paint colour and wallpaper are colourful, upbeat and fresh! LOVE them!

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  15. I was a big fan too. Lately however, I have been disappointed. I find her team charges way too much for a consultation. What happened to the old Sarah? Has all the fame gone to her head? I guess we "middle class" are not "up to snuff" anymore. I no longer have much interest in her shows, since they seem geared to the rich only, like the American Millon dollar property shows. We can no longer adapt the suggestions to lower-priced budgets. How sad! I love her design, but cannot afford it.
    As mentioned above, her ideas have become stale.

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