If you’re living in a brand new condo there’s no need to go without style and substance in the creation of a space that it is a personal expression of you. Sarah and Tommy pump up the classic appeal of this blank canvas by mixing old with new to give this condo instant soul. Their masculine palette leans to black, grey and white throughout. Keeping it all simple helps to frame a sublime skyline view.
This basement laundry space is typical to many homes, hidden in a damp, dark basement corner. Sarah freshens and makes this task much more attractive by creating new storage, hanging and folding space, and by reviving an old favorite, the fold out ironing board. The mood is further lifted with bright color, artwork and other personal touches that make this into a chore with so much more!
Sarah and Tommy bring style and sense to a tight, illogical kitchen and equally small adjoining living area. Flooring, paint and other finishes unite the two spaces. A customized out of the box kitchen plays on Sarah’s green and white colour scheme. It is carried into the living area with smart, dual-purpose solutions for modern living. Sarah’s “wall clock” is an easy, high impact DIY to round out the episode.
Brightening a dark, narrow living/dining room to bring its family back. As a crumbled ceiling and worn floors are replaced Sarah spots a new attitude in punchy floral fabric that ends up on vintage side chairs. Painted side tables flank the room’s statement, a pink sofa. A daybed separates living from dining and shoehorns even more seating in for both. A painted wood table, comfortable new chairs, storage and a feature wall in vintage dinnerware tie directly to the upbeat design scheme.
Long ago this master bedroom was decorated in florals, fuchsia and frilly lace, as was the style at the time. Sarah and Tommy trade the 80’s for neutral shades that will look good now and forever more. Insider info on layering of fabrics, textures and wallpaper amp up the style. Repurposed vintage furniture gives this bedroom the appeal of a chic hotel suite. No longer trendy, this master bedroom is now classic and timeless!
This family kitchen has great bones but needs a facelift. Sarah trades the dated yellow and brown palette for fresh robin’s egg blue and off white. Hand-built cupboards are sprayed as the island is reconfigured. New flooring and lighting nod to the retro style of the house yet modernize the space for today’s needs. Sarah gives you the how and why of trade-offs in updating one of the most important and costly to renovate rooms in a typical home!
The lesson: transitioning an 80’s master bathroom into a child-free respite by not moving an inch of plumbing. Sarah shoehorns major style and comfort into this space, replacing a built in jetted tub with a sculptural one, replacing vanity and sink plus all finishes and accessories. The eclectic mix of splurge and save appointments results in a master bath worthy of its name yet neutral enough to be ageless!
Practical, stylish choices turn ostensibly a kids’ playpen into a living room for all. Sarah spices up the color, she and Tommy tie furnishings to the room scale and revise the layout to serve the needs of adults and toddlers. The jumping off point is bright yellow and grey floral fabric, with other new fabrics used for impact and practicality. Sarah devises a tiny dining room that seats six and creates light-box artwork. This combined living/dining space serves every family need with style!
Two rooms for three little girls become fun, personality-packed retreats. Tea towels capture Sarah and Tommy’s eye, leading us to greens and blues in one room, where Sarah’s platform bed solution banishes bunk beds forever. Meanwhile the nursery pops in cheery reds and corals. Everything sits on new, low gas carpeting in a neutral stripe that ties into flooring in the rest of the home. Both rooms receive a ton of storage and ideas for accessories and the girly fun stuff!
Creating a warm and welcoming space for entertaining. Sarah lands on dramatic gold leaf wallpaper that inspires this blank space. Vintage shield back chairs offset a splurge dining table and sideboard. A light jewel-tone palette informs paint, drapes, upholstery and accents. A plate rail and molding add interest, as does a painted border to the hardwood floor. Colour, pattern and texture make this once empty space ready to celebrate.
Adding warmth and comfort to a large bedroom in an industrial-type space Sarah and Tommy soften with furnishings, a splurge Oriental rug and high-style low-cost drapery for expansive windows. Unique dragon fabric sparks the eclectic scheme, artfully mixed with plaids and pseudo ethnic patterns. Keepsake artwork adds soul, and helps to convey masculine and feminine appeal.