So pretty. Sarah Richardson’s Cottage Makeover:   Sarah Richardson, interior designer and host of HGTV’s Sarah’s House, traces the evolution of her family’s cozy summer cottage, explaining every step along the way. “I wanted instant history – as if the home had been assembled over time.” BY JOSHUA LYON.

So pretty. Sarah Richardson’s Cottage Makeover: Sarah Richardson, interior designer and host of HGTV’s Sarah’s House, traces the evolution of her family’s cozy summer cottage, explaining every step along the way. “I wanted instant history – as if the home had been assembled over time.” BY JOSHUA LYON.

See how HGTV star Sarah Richardson turned a cookie-cutter suburban home into a one-of-a-kind designer showpiece.

See how HGTV star Sarah Richardson turned a cookie-cutter suburban home into a one-of-a-kind designer showpiece.

Inside the Farmhouse with Sarah Richardson

Inside the Farmhouse with Sarah Richardson

Sarah Richardson's Summer Beach House Living Room

Sarah Richardson's Summer Beach House Living Room

sarah richardson's holiday house

sarah richardson's holiday house

Sarah Richardson's Kitchen Design: This island is a real workhorse. It has lots of prep surface, a wraparound counter that seats three, deep drawers and cabinets for storage, and pantry space on the back. http://www.hgtv.com/kitchens/sarah-richardsons-kitchen-design-recipes/pictures/page-17.html

Sarah Richardson's Kitchen Design: This island is a real workhorse. It has lots of prep surface, a wraparound counter that seats three, deep drawers and cabinets for storage, and pantry space on the back. http://www.hgtv.com/kitchens/sarah-richardsons-kitchen-design-recipes/pictures/page-17.html

19-Sarah-Richardson-contemporary-Victorian-style-bathroom 19-Sarah-Richardson-contemporary-Victorian-style-bathroom

19-Sarah-Richardson-contemporary-Victorian-style-bathroom 19-Sarah-Richardson-contemporary-Victorian-style-bathroom

TILE:: If you install your accent tiles about 5 feet above the ground, it will be at eye level (and it won't interfere with the installation of your shower controls). Mosaic sheets are usually a bit thicker than inexpensive ceramic tile, so you can use a double band of ceramic chair rail to make a smooth transition and disguise the differing tile thicknesses.[Sarah Richardson]

TILE:: If you install your accent tiles about 5 feet above the ground, it will be at eye level (and it won't interfere with the installation of your shower controls). Mosaic sheets are usually a bit thicker than inexpensive ceramic tile, so you can use a double band of ceramic chair rail to make a smooth transition and disguise the differing tile thicknesses.[Sarah Richardson]

Cottage dining table with tree branch legs.

Cottage dining table with tree branch legs.

Oyster - Sarah's advice: The best neutrals change with the light and the type of day. Oyster is my ideal neutral - not too beige, not too grey, with just a drop of green that seems drawn from the sea.

Oyster - Sarah's advice: The best neutrals change with the light and the type of day. Oyster is my ideal neutral - not too beige, not too grey, with just a drop of green that seems drawn from the sea.

Pinterest
Haku