So I have this friend who has a titanic design crush on a particular superdesigner on HGTV, Sarah Richardson. This super smart, super tall friend (whose name I shall not mention) has a lot in common with Ms. Richardson: both started behind the scenes as set decorators before transitioning on to the small screen as hosts, they both run production companies and produce their own content, and they both seem adamant about tailored draperies and upholstery in just about every space. Of all the interiors featured on the network, everything Sarah touches — whether it’s client’s homes on Design Inc. or her own properties on Sarah’s House — looks as though it’s an ElleDECOR cover shot come to life. If you’re unfamiliar with the stunning spaces of Sarah Richardson, allow my friend to serve you up a bowl of eye candy via Ms. Richardson’s HGTV portfolio. Although I’d like to also reveal the identity of my friend, I simply cannot; however, I will give you a hint: I am him.
Sarah’s mixing of prints is often like a master class in both pattern and scale.
White, most likely the hardest color to use successfully on TV and in real-life, is something Sarah pulls of effortlessly.
Sarah Richardson kitchens are always classic and high-end; however, a clever use of materials is always thrown into the mix. In this case, the inset reclaimed tongue-and-groove plank is an eco-friendly surprise.
Although her spaces are often gender neutral, Sarah brings feminine to new heights by keeping bright colors elegant and almost understated, then going with large, graphic scale prints to keep the overall aesthetic from being too fussy.
In addition to color and pattern, Sarah’s spaces also sport a plethora of textures which work together like strokes of paint on a canvas to create something totally balanced, warm and pleasing to the eye.
Mixing styles is another huge part of Sarah’s approach to design. This bathroom is the perfect example of something farmhouse-ish that is also one part modern and one part transitional. Although it’s light and neutral, the isolated pops of green bring in tiny bursts of energy.
There’s never anything trendy in a Sarah Richardson space. In fact, everything is totally classic but in a fresh, understated and classic way, like this living room with wraparound windows showing stunning ocean views.