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Design lesson: Sarah Richardson's chic living space

Style maven Sarah Richardson's top 10 strategies for transforming a glorified playpen into a chic living space filled with family dynamic.

This colourful, elegant space is proof positive that a home can be family friendly without being kid dominated. But when designer Sarah Richardson first met the homeowners in the living room of their west end Toronto home, the open-concept first floor suffered from a tight layout and an overload of clutter. It had great potential, but bulky, mismatched furniture with awkward proportions made the space feel small and cramped. It was unwelcoming and underused, save for the homeowners’ young son, whose toys had virtually taken over. They told Sarah they wanted their space back (but, of course, were willing to share).

So Sarah and her team from HGTV Canada’s Sarah 101 went to work tweaking the layout, adding smaller, clean-lined furniture to create a more functional, comfortable space.

"Fabric forms the all-important backdrop for any space." Sarah Richardson, Designer.

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