Behind The Scenes: with Sarah & Tommy Part I

Dec 16, 2010 +

Yesterday was THE day. The day that I and a bunch of other very lucky bloggers got to spend some quality time with Sarah Richardson and Tommy Smythe. And how fun it was... Sarah was the perfect hostess, plying us with tea and munchies, giving us free reign to poke around and take photos. It was a casual, laid-back hour+ of conversation. I could have sat in that oh-so-comfy chair (designed by Sarah of course) all afternoon if they'd let me!

There was so much we talked about (and I'm sure you want to hear all the inside info) so I'll do a two-part post about the event. Today, do you want to take a peek at the Sarah Richardson Design offices?

I arrived at Sarah's downtown Toronto office eager to see the space where she works and creates. I had seen its transformation on an episode of Design Inc. so was curious to see if it had changed. It was a bright white open concept office in Sarah's signature palette of soft greens and blues.

Vanessa, Christine and Stacie checking out the office. That's Lindsay working away in the background. Remember her as the intern on Design Inc.?

There were furniture pieces designed by Sarah all around the office. Here's the sitting area near the entry. I could easily have this as my living room. Look at the fab chandelier!

We assembled for a group photo before the interview. I think we were all a bit excited and nervous...
...but as soon as Tommy jumped into the pic, we all loosened up a bit!

A few vignettes around the office: a stylish bookcase and chair. Lots of pattern on the fabrics and on the books!

Not even this little corner was left forgotten. Lovely ethereal artwork on the walls (and TV equipment hanging overhead).


A table piled high with inspiration. Wonder what the gnome was for? And Sarah's kitchen behind. I loved the full tiled wall and that white metal artwork.

A gorgeous wheatsheaf table.


And the fabulous boardroom! Love that thick marble table and ornate mirror. Of course, I had to take a peek at Sarah's inspiration board. Hmm, I see lots of pics of striped stairs! New trend alert folks ;)

So that's a look behind the scenes at Sarah Richardson design. Next post, I'll tell you all about the new show, Sarah 101, and share why I think Sarah is the smartest woman in design today.


(and that's why these folks are on TV. Its impossible to take a bad photo of them!)

30 comments:

  1. Can I tell you how insanely jealous I am that you all got to meet Sarah and Tommy- ridiculously envious!!!!! It looks like you had a fabulous time and I literally adore every single thing about their office/workroom- Can't wait to hear all about the new show- I'm sure it will be fanastic!!! Great pictures of the event btw:)

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  2. Great pictures from yesterday!! I'm still in complete awe that we were all there yesterday - such a dream come true!

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  3. sounds like you had a blast...so sorry i missed. Too bad work gets in the way sometimes. Can't wait to read more!

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  4. I am with Christine when I say I am so super jealous of all you guys! I have been fans of those two for so long! But it looks like you guys had a fab time and I am really looking forward to learning about the new show.

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  5. OMG! You are so lucky! What an opportunity! Can't wait for part 2 of this story!

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  6. so jealous. .. ..where do I sign up for the next "hangout"?

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  7. What a GREAT day! Hope you ladies all had a fab time (as I'm sure you did haha)... her office is seriously gorgeous (also no surprise)! Looking forward to your next post Jennifer!

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  8. Jealous much!!!
    This is like my ultimate dream come true......well actually my dream would be for them to come to my house and help decorate it. But still, so not fair!!!!
    Glad to hear they are as great in person as they seem to be on TV. Looking forward to Part 2!

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  9. great photos of the event - it really was a great afternoon. how could you not love those two - so witty and down to earth.

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  10. Great post Jen! It was a wonderful afternoon - I didn't want to leave!

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  11. that's awesome that you were able to go her design studio and meet them! definitely can't wait to hear more about this!

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  12. Jen, I'm so disappointed that I couldn't make it (no childcare) and I had no voice (still don't). B and I talk about 'Sarah' as if she's a close friend... lol. Can't wait until the next update :)

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  13. Wow, what an amazing opportunity!! I can't even imagine how exciting that would be!! I can't wait for the new show!!!

    (that's a lot of exclamation marks, haha. Sarah and Tommy deserve it!!)

    ! Christine

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  14. I am so jealous as well!! I wanted to make it, but couldn't because of work :( oh well, glad to see you guys had a wonderful time, looking forward to your part 2!

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  15. SO awesome - keep posting, I am living vicariously through you!!

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  16. I met them both a few months ago and was thrilled with how down to earth and inclusive of non "TV personalities" they were. I am really proud to have them lead the way in Canadian design.

    I am looking forward to her new show. She bought a vintage chair from me and I am dying to see what she did with it. Plus, I miss Design Inc, so I am really ready for a dose of her and Tommy.

    Thank you for showing us your great afternoon.

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  17. Great post! I am excited to hear about all of the inside scoop. Thank you for walking us through the office and giving us a taste of the day.

    Did you get any shots of the room with the grey and yellow curtains. I have seen a picture of it before and would love to see more of it.

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  18. Thank you for sharing! I only recently discovered Sarah and Tommy– I love them. More Sarah & Tommy on US HGTV, please!

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  19. Love the photos of her office! Thank you for sharing.

    Alexandra

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  20. hey - you just lived my dream!! It's so hard here in the States because when I try to watch Sarah's shows on streaming video they recognized the server is from outside Canada and it won't show. I've seen some shows though & I love them. Tommy is amazing too!

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  21. Yeah to you! You totally deserve this treat! You work SO HARD on your house and blog.

    I have a straight woman crush on Tommy BIG TIME.

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  22. Oh I am SOOO envious!! I <3 them so much. Even my boyfriend loves watching them!! :)

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  23. Anonymous6:20 PM

    Neato! Glad you had fun. Speaking of living rooms, we don't see yours. Or have I missed something?

    jbhat

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  24. What a fun day!! Love the pictures, everything is gorgeous!

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  25. Wow! What a fun opportunity! Do you know if her new show will be shown in the U.S.? I hope so!

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  26. What an AMAZING opportunity for you! So excited to hear all about the new show. I just love Sarah!

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  27. Trio - the boardroom is the room with the grey & yellow curtains. Staci Edwards has a good overall photo of the room on her blog.

    jbhat - I can't put anything past you, can I? ;) No, you didn't miss anything. I haven't posted about my living room, because aside from the basement, it is the only other room in our house that isn't renovated! It has the previous owners' wallpaper and a giant hole in the ceiling (from when we took out the fireplace when we moved in). We hope to finish it up right after the basement.

    Sara - She didn't mention when Sarah 101 would air in the US. She did say though that Design Inc. had just started showing across the border - and its been 6.5 years since they shot that series! You may have to wait awhile.

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  28. Anonymous12:39 PM

    Thanks for replying about the l.room. Well, now I REALLY want to see it. :) There is nothing like a good, juicy BEFORE shot, even if it means waiting for an after. But no pressure, ha ha.

    jbhat

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  29. completely jealous ;)

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  30. Design Inc is re-running in the US. I can remember it airing when I was still in college (5 or so years ago) because my roommate/bff was in interior design school and I thought it was cool to see a design firm at work.

    I am really, really hoping that Sarah 101 and Sarah's Cottage/Sarah's House 4 continue air in the US asap!

    Does Sarah still own the farm? It seemed that way after the feature in House and Home, but I wasn't certain. It is gorgeous! She is such a talented designer.

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