Friday, July 2, 2010

Sarah Richardson meets Pottery Barn?

Did anyone else catch Season 3 of Sarah's House on HGTV? I religiously watched The Toronto based designer share her vision of country with a complete renovation of a Southern Canadian Orchard Farmhouse room by room. There wasn't one room in the house I didn't immediately fall head over hills for, but one room in particular was the large hallway made dining room - which connected the old farmhouse to the new addition. The finished space looked like this:

Sarah used this Schumacher fabric for the walls, after Tommy thankfully found someone who could and would apply paper backing. The end result, well - nothing short of stunning, right? Sarah joined the warmth of antique maple and architectural salvage with the softness of graceful lines, sumptuous fabrics, and loads of natural light.


But what I find curious is the collection of Pottery Barn items that so closely fit into Sarah's room. Are they begging, borrowing, stealing her vision? Or did Sarah have the insider peek? Either way - there's an opportunity here for you to recreate a room like Sarah's for a lot less than the $19,300 she spent. Here's how:
It's not a direct copy of the Lotus, but similarly styled with birds and flowers and a vivid background. Rather than the warm orange Schumacher calls laquer, Pottery Barn's Brighton has a warm red background with a bit of a less subdued palatte, though still sophisticated and perfectly designed.
Spy the sconces in Sarah's design? Pottery Barn has these:

I took a close look at these in the Pottery Barn store when the first arrived. I thought they were fabulous - but a little impractical until I saw the way that Sarah used them in her country dining room. Then, Pottery Barn put them on sale, at a super low $49.99, a whopping 80 bucks less than their original price. Stick a edison bulb in it - and voila. Instant art.


And although you could buy a few Brighton shower curtains or duvets and have them paperbacked to hang in a dining room, the cheaper route would definitely be this Euro Brighton Pillow Cover - 24x24" on Sale now HERE. A mere $20 for such large scale impact on a bed or sofa, even an occasional chair will be the perfect pop of color and pattern.

So what do you think? Would you pull from the PB collection to outfit your home? Does this have you thinking about redoing a room as much as I am? Let me know! Oh, and if you were as happy with the wicker chairs as I was, they're a steal from ikea at just $89 each, and quite frankly beat the $299 pricetag for something similar at PB.

By the way ... are you looking for the perfect home accessory?
Click on the photo to be redirected to some of the most beautiful glass art ever made!

19 comments:

  1. I LOVE Sarah's House! LOVE IT!! The bathroom I adored, the kitchen, LOVED!! loved the whole house!!

    Lou Cinda :)

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  2. I didn't see this one ! I love her and those PB lights.....

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  3. Sarah Richardson rules my little world. She combines modern, cottage, salvage, IKEA, prints, etc. etc. like I wish I could! Nice post! Can we have some more Sarah, please?

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  4. THAT DOES IT! I am grabbing my daughter and her van, we are driving the 2+ hours to IKEA and purchasing a few of those wicker chairs. I cannot thank you enough for leading me to them. Happy 4th to you and Scott!

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  5. Sara is all things I wish I could be, modern, country, uncluttered. She mixes vintage and big box store seamlessly. I ADORE all things sara. The entry way was my favorite, the paisley curtains and red doors, perfection!

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  6. I am a faithful Sarah follower and have been for years. I love her fresh look at design and the way she always uses vintage items in her rooms. Yep! That girl is a winner in my book!
    PS...wish there was an Ikea in upstate/central NY, don't you? Closest one to me is abut 6 hrs away in Philly......:-(
    **Tami

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  7. I'm so happy you posted the source for the wicker chairs. This is what I have been looking for...for the breakfast room. Yippee!!! Ikea...and the right price! I will have to head there next week.

    Jane (artfully graced)

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  8. Not sure how I missed this one, I see almost all her shows. Love the paisley panels, any idea where they are from?

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  9. Those are my colors.
    Very lovely ,nice choice of fabric.




    yvonne

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  10. I LOVED the house. Could move in there in a minute {okay, maybe not with the kind of weather there} but great colors. What a fun post, so inspiring!
    Lidy

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  11. Oh Artie, couldn't you just move right into Sarah's house? I recorded the shows and plan to watch them again and again.

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  12. I'll have to watch Sarah's House....what beautiful work she does.

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  13. I also loved this room...her whole house in fact! It is a gorgeous room but I think you could get a very similar look for a lot less than $19,300. Thanks for showing us some options.

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  14. Archana, if you're asking about the paisley panels in the mudroom, I bought this very fabric at www.buyfabrics.com last summer. I'm going to use it to make valances for my kitchen windows. I couldn't believe my eyss when I tuned into the end of her show on the mudroom, and there was the fabric she used for the curtain panels! At the buyfabrics.com website, it's pattern "Breeze", sku 3359, color "Tapestry". There is also a companion stripe. The fabric is also featured as a duvet and pillowshams in the current issue of the Horchow catalogue, along with the stripe. Who knew it would show up in several high-profile places this summer?!

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  15. I LOVE watching Sarah's House - VERY informative!! Thanks for posting!

    Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!!
    Cheers!
    :D Lynda
    nyclq-focalpoint.blogspot.com

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  16. Artie, this is such an interesting comparison. You're right! PB and Sara are looking a lot alike, and they are doing it beautifully. laurie

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  17. Thanks for all the great info on all the details, I just loved this show, I have watched her for a long time and always liked her design ideas but this house was by far my favorite. Enjoy your site and I had looked at those brighton pillows and decided to think about it....well guess what - no longer available, if you snooze you loose!

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  18. Absolutely LOVE Sarah Richardson! I've been watching her for a long time. DVR'd this most recent Sarah's House. Thanks for all the tips!

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  19. I love, love Sarah Richardson I have been watching her since her first show Room Service, did you ever see that one? She was just starting out and so inventive with a lot of diy stuff. I love her design aesthetics and I think she can do no wrong. Her style is timeless. I am with you if I could afford her I would hire her in a second, Kathysue

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