Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Sarah 101: Episode 7 Contemporary Living Room

At the outset of last night's episode of Sarah 101 on HGTV, the living space of this couple's main floor was basically a giant toy box with a big bulky couch in the middle of it. Sarah and Tommy were assigned the task of making these rooms both adult and kid friendly. This long, narrow open space needed trim furniture and a cohesive look to work with the renovated kitchen. Sarah chose a fabric in another bold print as the jumping off point for the colour scheme, combining grey and white with hits of yellow.

To cover such an expansive area, two 8x10 zebra rugs
were sewn together to create one oversize carpet.

A vintage teak chair from Queen West Antiques (QWAC)
was reupholstered in an era appropriate geometric print.

The round motif is echoed throughout the space in the
mirrors, coffee table, side tables and dining table.

The curtains were mounted flush against the
walls, with no space for finials. A lucite drapery rod
provides a touch of sparkle instead.

A vintage teak cabinet provides ample storage
for toys as well as a place to drop keys and mail.

This marble top coffee table is gorgeous mid century
modern design, and no sharp corners means
that it's also kid friendly.

Combining materials is visually interesting. Here Sarah
places a wood ball lamp on a chrome and glass side table.

A glass stair rail provides safety while at the
same time it keeps the space open and light.

A petite and trim banquette is custom built to fit into
the corner of the 8 1/2 foot wide dining area.

Grass cloth on the focal wall adds colour and texture.

The hand made Egyptian brass pendant
adds glamour to the dining area.

Photos courtesy of HGTV Canada.


  1. While the decor of this room isn't my taste, I can appreciate the look of it. But what's really appealing to me is the AMAZING clear stair rail! It looks beautiful and is such a great way to have the openess and the safety! Lovely.

  2. I love grey and yellow as a colour combo and I die over that banquette. I wish my house leant itself to a piece of furniture like that.

    And that light fixture from Snob! I loved these when I saw them at the Interior Design show.

  3. This is by far my favourite room so far this season. Have always love yellow and grey and I'm a total mid-century pieces addict .. . have a few pieces of those at my place as well. So this episode is totally up my alley.

    also love the lucite curtain rod (I'm using that for a 10-yr old girl's room) and the clear staircase. ... do worry about finger prints, but hey, I won't say no if Sarah wants to put that in my house!

  4. I'm so thankful that you post these since we're not getting the show in the states. Much appreciated. XO

  5. I fell in love with all the vintage chairs she used. If only to have a Sarah Richardson budget in the Queen West Antique centre!!!

  6. Do you know where the curtains are from?

  7. Would really value your opinion on the problem posed in my latest post....

  8. Andrea,
    According to the HGTV Shopping Guide for this episode, the fabric for the curtains is from Crown Wallpaper (88 Ronson Drive, Etobicoke).

  9. HI. thank you for all the pics from sarah 101. i live in the US and am not able to see the episodes. boo!!!! Does hgtv canada have a Samantha Pynn program as well?

  10. Loving the Egyptian brass pendant lamp. I bought something like a few months ago.

    Thank goodness for Homesense

  11. Hi mie1971,
    Samantha Pynn currently has a "webisode" series called The Switch which is available on I'm not sure if this is available to watch in the US. She also had an on air series called Pure Design which aired for two seaons. Copy and paste this link for more info:

  12. I have just moved from an 1865 Georgian cottage full of 1850 antiques.I have moved into a 1963 bungalow and get a new start with a blank slate. I love this presentation and will use the room as a guide. I have always appreciated grey & yellow together but the combination of fabrics really excites me in my new endeavour. I already have a good start with great pieces of Teak furniture circa the 50's & 60's.Thank You Sarah & Tommy.

  13. @Andrea That fabric is available at B.B. Bargoons - you can see it in this fabric post I wrote last year: (it's in the Yellow photo).

  14. Any idea where to get the lucite drapery rod?

  15. @Aileen - I'm not sure where Sarah got this one , but they have lucite rods at Euro Fab at 432 Queen Street West in Toronto.


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