Sarah Richardson's lottery home makeover
Big, bold pattern and vibrant colours make a splash in this contemporary White Rock, B.C., home by Sarah Richardson Design. The grand prize in the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation Millionaire Lottery, it's the fourth big-give-away house Sarah has designed. "I really love doing the lottery homes," she says. "It's a world of make-believe, like a show home. They end up being the most revealing of what I'm in sync with in design." For Sarah, that means a house that's comfy and fun for a family, and ideal for entertaining. It's one that coddles its owners -- an escape that's about ease, indulgence and glamour, too. The bonus: this is style for a good cause.
Kick-in-the-pants-purple walls add bold, bracing colour in the living room of this charity lottery home. Designer Sarah Richardson chose furniture with understated, tradtional lines as a backdrop for exciting elements like colour, pattern and texture.
The glass dining room table doesn't visually consume too much space yet easily seats six to eight. A cream-and-indigo palette is carried through the silk drapery, cane-pattern fabric on the dining chairs, and two wall colours. The mirror has a strong geometric feel.
A light-colour tile backsplash and CaesarStone countertops bring a cookies-and-cream feel to the dark-stained kitchen cabinetry. The check fabric on the bar stools adds a haberdashery element. The cooking area provides an all-encompassing view of multiple sitting areas.
"The master bedroom works for me because it has a balance of elements," says Sarah. "The palette of smoky blues and greys is masculine, but the motifs and accessories infuse the room with femininity. The furniture is crisp and tailored, the bed is soft with fine linens, and the white glass chandelier is romantic, but I like romance that's sexy."
A subdued grey-and-white palette in the master ensuite is enlivened by multiple tile patterns. "I like to bring in dynamism and textural interest through materials," says Sarah. Carrara marble, a penny-round pattern on the wall behind the sink, and different patterns in the shower and on the floor make "your eye work a little harder to seek out the detail," she says. The oversize sconces create a statement. "They're not something you'd usually see in a bathroom."