Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Sarah's House 4: Family Room

In the first of this week's back to back episodes of Sarah's House 4, Sarah and Tommy take on the family room. Sarah's goal for the family room is for the space to be polished, yet family friendly, durable, and welcoming. Due to its proximity to the kitchen, which is various shades of grey, the decision is made to incorporate the grey, but combine it with a shade Sarah describes as "café au lait". The design duo find an inspirational fabric at InVU, and that multi-hued stripe becomes the jumping off point for the rest of the room.

Lee Jofa: Barlow (Taupe)

Using the inspiration stripe to upholster a custom Olivia sofa, Sarah creates a comfortable design with small arms, which will suit the width of the room. Since the stripe fabric on the sofa makes such a bold statement, the other upholstered pieces will be kept neutral. Sarah selects two Ellery
wing chairs from West Elm and adds a Charlotte chaise from her own collection.

Toss cushions on the sofa and chairs repeat
the grey and café au lait colour combination:

West Elm Tree Rings Silk Pillow Cover:

Kravet Bansuri:

Dwell Studio for Robert Allen, Snake Chain:

Sarah opts to create display & storage space along one
wall with Ikea kitchen cabinetry topped with marble.
This will keep the family room free of clutter.

To provide overhead light in the room, Sarah chooses
the rectangular Capiz
pendant light from West Elm.

Love the patterened Dash & Albert rug underfoot!

For a spot to set down snacks and drinks, Sarah uses
two space saving West Elm frame tables and
creates a unique DIY marble topped coffee table.

The paint colour Tommy & Sarah select creates a smooth transition from the greys of the kitchen to the café au lait scheme in the family room. Testing the colour on the wall and comparing it with the stripe fabric helps to make the best decision.

Walls: Para Paints, SR18, Jetstream

This comfortable family room looks like a great space to hang out, watch television, flip through a magazine, or read a book. I could definitely spend some time there. What about you?

All room photos provided by HGTV Canada.


  1. It's funny, sometimes with Sarah's (and Tommy's) rooms I'm not a fan of a lot of the individual pieces but I like the overall with this living room. I'm not so sure about that coffee table, all those legs seem a little 'extra' to me. I do really like waht she did with the Ikea wall cabinets though. I LOVE the dining room! Anytime those two do a kitchen, bathroom or dining room, I'm pretty much guaranteed to love it. Thanks for posting these recaps, I'm in the US and can't wait til we get SH4 here!

  2. I love your posts Pam. You always highlight the details. I was trying to scope out that polka dot fabric on the chaise. DId you have any luck tracking it down?
    Thanks for the recap!

  3. @trio Still working on tracking that one down.

  4. Thanks Pam! I tried to find it on the Kravet website with no luck. Love that fabric.

  5. Pam you're wonderful - I love how you break the episodes and give us all the sources. Saves us having to do it to steal parts of the look! Lol


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