Feature Friday: Sarah’s Summer House

I love love designer, Sarah Richardson’s casual, but stylish and elegant way of designing a home.  That girl knows how to do it right from top to bottom and I am DVRing her recent new show, Sarah’s Summer House on HGTV, which is airing once a week, I think.

Her hubby owned this isolated summer home 17 miles offshore before they got married, that is pitched right on top of some rocks and dirt out in the middle of the sea in Canada.  They decided to turn it into a family vacation home and Sarah took us all along on the process.

Wow, did it turn out fantastic!  Wouldn’t it be nice to have a summer home like this?  It’s only accessible by boat.  Talk about getting away from it all.  You could do some relaxing here.

It has been fun tuning in every week to see the transformations Sarah and her sidekick, Tommy are doing on each room. 

From painting the walls and ceiling a whitewashed look, which she totally had to talk her hubby into, it’s been a pleasure watching this pregnant mama do her thing in this cottage home.

She walked through the process of choosing fabrics and mixing them up to create layers of interest and color throughout the cottage and used mostly green and blue hues to create that beach tranquility.

Lovely colors and fabrics, I think this is a guest room.

This bathroom turned out fantastic. I love how Sarah uses flea market finds and chippy antiques to bring instant charm in a space.  This works every time and can work in our homes too.

Here’s a look at those whitewashed pine walls in the master bedroom.  Her hubby loves reds, so she conceded to bring red fabrics in the master.

The greatroom is multi-functional with seating and dining areas. Notice how she mixed up the chairs around the table for an eclectic look.  Sarah is a master at eclectic.

The kitchen episode was especially interesting, as she found those chippy blue boards that were later set into the front of the island for instant aging and vintage appeal.  Love this!   Those corbels under the island were also a flea market find which she took to the kitchen design folks and said, incorporate these. 

Sarah’s style is so easy on the eyes.

I imagine her family will be whiling away some blissful summer days at this island cottage.

Didn’t that just make you breathe a sigh and dream of summer breezes in your own little island getaway?  Me too!

A girl can dream!

Have you caught any episodes of Sarah’s Summer House?  What did you think?

{via HGTV.com}

- Rhoda


  1. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    I watched those episodes of Sarah’s summer house too. She is my new favorite designer! I love her soft relaxed style. That summer house just took my breath away! I’ve set my dvr to record any and all episodes of Sarah’s show. I need to see more. She can come decorate my house anytime!

  2. I’ve not been able to watch Sarah’s show lately, but I did watch her entire series of redoing the old farmhouse. I loved her creativity of reusing items, and her color combinations.
    Renee @ Lattenene’s Cup of Chat

  3. I love that show! Her style is always so refreshing, I loved the country house she redid, but by far the summer house is my favorite!! Her own little island!


  4. I faithfully watch every episode because it’s one of the better HGTV shows. I’m surprised how much she depends on Tommy’s opinion since she’s the master designer and he’s the assistant.

    In case anyone was wondering she had her second daughter in 2008 so it looks like this segment of “Sarah” was done over 3 years ago.

  5. I’ve been watching Sarah’s programs for years…she is absolutely my favorite designer. Thanks for sharing these photos! 🙂

  6. Oh yes I love, love Sarah’s House!! Her design is so comfy yet “cottage-y” elegant!! Thanks for sharing!!

  7. If I could have any HGTV designer come to my house, Sarah would be the one I would choose. Love, love, love her style.

  8. I too love Sarah’s style but hadn’t seen these episodes. Thanks for bringing me up to speed.

    – The Tablescaper

  9. I too, LOVE Sarah’s designs. She is my favorite!!! I have DVR’d every single one of her episodes. I’ve watched her decorate her own home, a country home, restore a home for resale, and now her summer home. I’ve loved every single room she has decorated! If ever the decorating gods find favor on me, my wish is to have her come to south Alabama and decorate my home. It could be titled…Sarah in the South!!!

  10. LOVE her… & this series is a complete tie w/ the farmhouse. Maybe by the end of the season, it will be #1!

    I have to repeat what one of the previous commentors said: if I could pick any designer from HGTV to come visit my house – it would definitely be Sarah!! And I REALLY want to go shopping with her at one of those outdoor antique markets… & a trip to some of those specialty shops would be nice, too!!!

    I’m dreaming about a cottage on an island now…

  11. Sarah is my favorite designer! I’ve loved everything she does, even way back when shed did Design, Inc. I’m a Sarah groupie!

  12. I love love Sarah!! I have been watching her shows since she started with Room Service years ago. She is amazing and I can say that I could let her loose in my house and not worry about her doing one thing wrong. I totally love everything she does. Her soft colors with pops of brightness, her hi-low looks old and new, Love it all. She is a master in my mind, Fun seeing here line-up here Rhoda, Happy weekend, Kathysue

  13. I’ve never seen her before!! I love this house and it is totally my style. Wonder what style hers would be called? 🙂

  14. I love Sarah Richardson’s work and have been watching her for a few years now. All her rooms are so clean, but with enough pizazz to be really beautiful. Perfect.

  15. Stephanie says:

    Makes me want to completely redecorate. Or just go and live there.

  16. Victoria says:

    Rhoda! What a joy to see Sarah’s cottage home featured today. Maybe you’ll remember it was her cottage that was my inspiration for my spray painted chairs that you featured on Canada Day (eh!) July 1st 2 years ago! It continues to be the model of how I’m slowly decorating my cottage home. Love it!

  17. First off, Hi Rhoda…not sure if you remember me from BHG and GI….but I remember you! Glad to see you are doing well….considering!

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Sarah Richardson. I didn’t know she had a new show…I’ll have to find it and DVR it when I get home today but that house LOOKS beautiful! I wish she could come and do my entire house for me!!!!

    Thanks for sharing.

  18. Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

  19. Oh. my. goodness. I’m in love. Every single room is perfectly dreamy!

  20. I really like her style too! I would love for her to come a redesign my house for me!

    Come by when you can…

  21. I’ve loved Sarah since I first saw her on Room Service, then Design Inc., and now Sarah’s House/Summer Cottage. Have only seen one episode, the guest rooms, but hope to catch them all over the summer. Thanks for sharing these pics.

  22. dear friend,
    i am addicted to Sarah’s House; now Summer House!
    i mean captial “A” addicted. i love – love – love how she
    layers texture, pattern, and color into each room.

    she has helped (i am sure) folks take a second look
    at what they think is junk furniture.
    ??hmmm, who else has this ability??
    oh yeah, You!

    thanks for highlighting this friend today – l9ok forward
    to following her show for a longtime!

    Happy Summertimin,
    patti g

  23. I LOVE Sarah Richardson and her shows! Her style is so smooth, casual, and elegant all at the same time. I really like how she tries to make every room pretty but comfortable at the same time. We just bought a house and I would love to recreate some of her style in my rooms! She has a line of paints at Lowe’s in Canada and I wish they carried them in the U.S.

  24. I keep forgetting to set my DVR for this!! ahhh! I LOVE Sarah and have been actually DVR’ing her old shows Design, Inc. -I just love watching her work- and daydream that I could one day be like that!

  25. I’ve only seen one:(

    I always miss my favorite shows. I’m making it my business to catch them tomorrow!

  26. Joyce Ackley says:

    I’ve watched several episodes of the Summer House,and I love Sarah’s style. Sometimes, when things do not go as planned, Sarah just keeps her cool and comes up with Plan B. I admire her for that! The summer “cottage” is beautiful, but getting to and from would be a little scary for me since it is accessible only by boat! I’ve seen Sarah’s re-do of the farmhouse, and I think, one other one. I wonder how many homes they have? Must be nice…

  27. I love her decorating style too. She’s definitely an inspiration.

  28. Me too! Love love love that Sarah! I hope HGTV producers will find out how many of us love her shows and put more of them on instead of House Hunters! Ok, I had to get that out of my system! She inspires me to no end and I would pay to be her assistant …Tommy Im not sure about, but he keeps things interesting! Thanks for showing us the finished Summer house, it’s Amazing!

  29. I adore Sarah’s designs and have been watching her Summer House reno. In fact… I love the table and chairs she used in the dining area so much that I’m on the hunt for a farmhouse table and a bench so I can reproduce that look in my kitchen. 🙂

  30. Whats not to love? Its house perfection…so relaxing, cozy, livable not to mention totally gorgeous!! I would love to go there this weekend and chill for a few days (with a case of wine, my family and friends and some great food) Fun fun fun!

  31. I am also a huge Sarah fan! I never miss her show. The only little twinge of concern I might have about spending summers on an island in the middle of nowhere …. medical emergencies. She is a genius ~ Tommy is wonderful too.

  32. OMG, I just feel in LOVE…with this cottage! It is fabulous! I can’t pick a favorite room, I love them all! Thanks so much for sharing this, Rhoda! Have a great weekend. XO, Pinky

  33. Isn’t her style amazing? She really can do no wrong!

  34. Paula B. says:

    Long been a fan of her decorating style altho I have to say I like her better now than I did years back, she seems more personable now. Loved when she and her husband “settled” on the red for their master! That bathroom is great but I don’t think the kitchen ties in with the more casual, beachy feel of the rest of the cottage, seems a little too urban chic to my mind. I liked the farmhouse reno also, how they revitalized that house was amazing. Thanks for the pics from the show.

  35. Elizabeth H says:

    I too love Sarah Richardson and have watched most of her shows. Oh, to have a place like that.

  36. I haven’t felt envious of someone in a long time, but that house makes me fantasize about owning it. What a beautiful getaway.

  37. Thank you for sharing this! Blissful ideas to run with!

  38. Christine says:

    I have watched Sarah here in Canada for years. I just love her style. For those worried about medical emergencies Sarah’s husband is a licensed pilot and flies a float plane in to the cottage. Also its not in the middle of the sea but on Georgian Bay located in Ontario which is the middle of Canada.

  39. I saw some of the episodes. Absolutely love this place!!!

    We are making a few changes at the lake. The beadboard paper arrived, love it. We are home again for a day or two. Will spend next week at the lake, hoping to get the paper up, under the cabinets.

  40. Kathy :) says:

    It’s why you and I could be “sistas” Rhoda, we have the same style, LOVE Sarah and YES I’ve been following, at the end of one episode I saw the date 2009 ??? What a beautiful place….and she cracks me up jumping on and off the boat with that big belly !!!!

    Isn’t Tommy a hoot, love the way they get along…..first time I heard of her was through Chris at Just Beachy (another talented gal)….

    Have a wonderful week-end, rainy here so we are like Ma & Pa Kettle watching the Red Sox and catching up on emails etc…..LOL

    All the best,
    Kathy 🙂

  41. Rhoda, thanks for posting these pics for me to stare at all day! I love Sarah, and I love all of her shows. I am particularly enjoying the summer house. I need a vacation!

  42. This house is so me! I absolutely love it all from the color schemes to the tinest details. What an inviting home. Thanks for sharing all the photos!

  43. I googled “Sarah Richardson vacation home” and your blog came up girl! I watched the entire season and I think this is some of her best work yet. Everything is quite flawless. And that little Fiona is gorgeous!

  44. Watch for Sarah’s latest show “Sarah 101”. Maybe it has only aired in Canada so far, but if so I’m sure it will make its way south soon. In fact, they are about to cast for Sarah 101 season 2, and I’m throwing my hat in the ring! Fingers crossed.

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