Do you have a favorite designer? Someone whose designs, no matter the space, style, or color palette, make you swoon? For me…and quite possibly for many of you…it’s Sarah Richardson. Sure, there are many other designers’ spaces that I truly love. But Sarah’s ability to combine timeless design with modern and whimsical touches gets me every.single.time. And the way she upholsters furniture? Oh friends…fabric and patterns combined at their finest! On her shows and in her book, I gobble up her spaces like candy. And while I certainly don’t attempt to copy her designs, there have been some key inspirations from Sarah in our current home! So today, I thought it would be fun to show where some of my favorite project ideas really came from!
The Grey French Provincial. This is the project that actually inspired this entire post. This image/project, has recently gone somewhat viral on Pinterest; and while I love the traffic/pins/comments on this big grey beauty in our Master Bedroom, I don’t feel like I really deserve the credit! As you can tell, I was heavily inspired by Sarah’s design. I pinned this image years ago…before moving into this home. When I stumbled upon an almost-identical dresser in a consignment shop shortly after moving here, this image immediately came to mind and I wanted buy dresser right away. It took me a while to pull the whole look together, but I love this display so much…one of my favorite spots in our house. While Sarah certainly knocks it out of the park, I can’t help but be proud of my budget-friendly version!
Black and White Dining Room Rug. As our dining room came together with the blue and white walls and the dark furniture, I really, really wanted a rug on the floor to ground the entire display. My gut kept telling me a black and white rug, but I feared it would be too busy with everything else I had going on in the space. So…I did what most of us do these days…I turned to Pinterest to see if I could find a similar look that could help me decide if I was on the right track. Shortly after stumbling upon this space from Sarah, I knew my gut was spot on. The black and white rug in our dining room was a total game changer…and Sarah’s design gave me the confidence to go for it!
Chevron-Edged Curtains. I came across these AMAZING cobalt and white chevron-edged curtains on Pinterest and made my own version for our office long before I knew the design belonged to Sarah. When I saw this room revealed on Sarah Sees Potential, I had to chuckle because it just seemed so fitting that if I loved the look so much, of course it came from Sarah! It’s the small details like this one that make Sarah’s rooms so special and interesting. Adding a contrasting edge to curtains is a super simple and budget-friendly way to add some major visual impact to a room. I have plans to use this idea again in our next home!
Blue Patterned Dining Room Chairs. Sarah uses textiles in such an impactful way in every space she creates – it’s absolutely one of my favorite aspects of her designs. In one of her episodes she said something to the effect of “To tame a bold/strong pattern, use it in several places around the room. If you only use it one spot, your eye will immediately go to it and stop. If you spread it around, it works.” (Not an exact quote, but you get the sentiment!) When I chose this really busy cobalt blue fabric for our dining and family room cornice boxes, they really stood out (in a not good way!) I followed Sarah’s advice and used the bold fabric to cover our chairs as well. While they are super busy and bold, the repetition of the pattern around the room helps the pattern feel less overwhelming and the whole space feel more cohesive!
Cobalt and Turquoise Color Palette. This is another scenario where Sarah more confirmed my design choices rather than inspired them! I started marching down the blue+turquoise path long before I saw the Sarah Sees Potential episode where she creates this stunning blue and turquoise family room. When I saw the episode, I was in the throws of wondering I made some big design/color mistakes. I was so excited to see her use the same color combination (flawlessly, I might add), and you better bet I studied every inch to see why her’s works and mine misses the mark in some ways. I’m so excited to give this palette another try in our new house!
Pattern Combos. I’ve said it several times already, but the one element that gets me over and over in Sarah’s designs is how she combines fabrics on her upholstered pieces and pillows. I LOVE fabrics and patterns, and combining them right can create such a visual treat. When I found these vintage club chairs with exposed fabric-paneled backs, I knew this was my chance to try a dual-fabric treatment. As I was picking fabrics, I channeled my inner Sarah Richardson and dared myself to be bold with my selections. I almost backed out of using the stripes, but I am so glad I ultimately went for it. Using different patterns on these chairs is truly what makes them remarkable. I’d like to think Sarah would love them as much as I do!
I love Sarah’s designs so much but would never be able to re-create the magic she makes in her spaces. By studying her rooms and following some of her design tips, I hope to be able to infuse some of her style and brilliance into our home. Thanks for all the amazing inspiration, Sarah! You’ve got a dedicated fan in me!
I’d love to know – whose designs/style do you love or try to incorporate into your home?