Sarah 101: Debbie's Living Room

Jan 5, 2011 + ,

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If you didn't catch Sarah 101 last night and don't want to see what the room looked like, don't read any further!
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And for the rest of you (including you American readers who can't wait until Sarah 101 hits HGTV US!), here's the low-down on the Sarah & Tommy magic from last night's episode:

S&T worked on a typical Toronto home. In fact, you may notice that the layout is very similar to my own home, minus the walls between the living room and dining room and the wall to the basement. The problem with these homes is they are not very big so you need to maximize space and pick furnishings to suit.

It was great to see the signature Sarah style back in action - a great mix of patterns, clever use of tile, and comfortable livable rooms. Sarah continued to use a bolder, more colourful palette; gone are the muted creams, greens, and blues from Design Inc. days. In this episode, she used a playful & graphic Josef Frank-ish floral fabric from my fave store Designer Fabrics as her jumping off point and paired it with apple greens, raspberries and pinks.






Sarah 101 is like a recipe book where S&T give you the ingredients to make a spectacular space. A few of my favourite tips from this episode:

- save silks for window treatments where they're away from sticky fingers and everyday wear and tear
- make a small window look bigger by using two panels on either side, with the patterned panel on the exterior
- choose a mid-toned colour for your floors for a timeless look. Anything too extreme, too dark or too light, will look dated at some point. And if you have pets, never choose dark floors which show all the dirt and hairs!
- put a bold fabric on a smaller piece of furniture. That graphic floral on the large sofa would have overwhelmed the space, according to S&T.
- consider good solid vintage pieces for furnishings. That dining table with three leaves was $150 and Sarah had it refinished for $500. Still a good investment.
- a daybed is a great for helping define the living room area, but it doesn't block sightlines
- think about piping. The contrasting piping on that reupholstered sofa makes it just a bit more interesting, don't you think?

So that was episode 1. Did you watch it? Any favourite elements? We're talking about it too on my Facebook page so let me know what you think.

31 comments:

  1. I absolutely love the room! Wish I could have watched it.

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  2. How did I miss it?! I'll have to go back and see if I can catch it. I always find myself wanting to recreate all of her spaces!

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  3. That is a beautiful room. I love how she makes red friendly and not harsh (as it sometimes can be). Wish that HGTV in the US would pick it up.

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  4. Ahh I can't wait to watch!!

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  5. Thanks for recapping, enjoyed this! I absolutely agree with the daybed idea, am on the lookout for one for my living room.

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  6. I thought it was beautiful and fun! Much more budget friendly than her other shows too!

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  7. Thanks for the summary and your notes! Some great tips.

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  8. Krista10:57 AM

    Call me crazy but I thought it was over-styled with too much going on. I really couldn't live with a hot pink/raspberry sofa & neither could my husband- just being honest. Otherwise I think Sarah is brilliant & Tommy is always a hoot.

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  9. argh - missed it! have to get the mister to set up the DVR for me - thanks for the re-cap!

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  10. Didn't see it, must!! Great recap and tips!
    Janell

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  11. Aaargh! Canada, you win this time. (Shakes American fist)

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  12. I liked things like the bold chair pattern and pink sofa, although I wouldn't put them in my house. I do love to see how rooms come together and how the initial vision comes to life.

    I've always liked the idea of mosaic in the foyer, too.

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  13. Sadly, I agree with Krista in that the sofa color isn't exactly something I, let alone my husband, could really live with. But, that being said, I took a lot away from the episode and look forward to next week :)

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  14. Hahhaah! Your post today is almost the same as mine! You found better pictures though - photos of the TV don't quite cut it!

    I loved the rooms in last night's episode. Amazing use of colour and pattern and creative re-inventing second-hand finds. Wasn't the ottoman covered with the rug a great idea? :-)

    I hope the rest of the Sarah 101 shows are as colourful and informative as the first one :-)

    Happy 2011!

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  15. funny how I was totally thinking about doing a pink sofa before the show aired last night as well.

    I know that it could be difficult to "live with" a hot pink sofa for a long time, but it's in such sophistication shade that so long you like that color, it won't go out of style.

    I do think, if you all are shy from the hot pink, how about doing your sofa in green instead? That's the contrasting color S&T used in this room. It's probably a lot easier for many of you + the bfs or husbands to live with and safe the pink as accent!

    I've done a green sofa myself with constrasting piping in the Summer and my accent was yellow. You can check it out here:

    http://designmaze-tim.blogspot.com/2010/08/my-dabut-at-design-sponge.html

    Since I've already invested in a green sofa cover, I will use pink as accents (which I've already accummulated a little collection for this Spring).

    Love that daybed and those graphic side chairs!

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  16. I love the use of colour! I wish I was brave enough to to a pink couch, not that the husband would ever approve...

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  17. All in all, I loved it- how could I not with all that pink and gorgeous fabric? Will definitely be watching Sarah work her magic all season!

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  18. i loved the show!!! :)

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  19. I haven't seen it yet, just got back into town. I'm wondering if it is available on HGTV U.S. or just Canada right now? In the past, the U.S. gets her shows later on. That is one of the things I miss about living in Canada! ;)

    Great summary. I love everything that Sarah and Tommy put together!

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  20. Loved the little tips and the recaps. Maybe you could keep this up? A review after each episode, for those of us in the US would be really great!

    x

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  21. Thanks so much for letting us Americans in. She is such a classic.


    Mr. Goodwill Hunting

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  22. Anonymous4:25 PM

    Check out this website. www.nywt.designyourownshade.com
    www.nywindowtreatment.com

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  23. Happy New Year!
    Yes, I did watch the show, and although I really enjoyed it,I must agree with Krista and Lucky Girl about the sofa- if this pink (pantone's colour of the year is Honeysuckle, so this was timely) is something you love, go for it, but for most, a sofa is an investment piece and not something you want to reupholster every 2 years, so something a bit more neutral would be my choice. I found many of Sarah's tips useful and am hoping she displays a variety of looks for a variety of spaces! I look forward to using the pics of this show/room for a future blog post on hot pink!

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  24. The show was great! Loved the plate wall... super smart to glue the hanging hardware on. The dining chairs... perfect.

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  25. It was signature Sarah...personally I wanted something a little more relaxed and with real budgets. Plus it needed a bit more Tommy tv time. I'll still keep watching though.

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  26. Sarah @lovelaughshop10:56 PM

    I LOVED it, just as I knew I would. Loved the sofa and the floral fabric. Can't wait to see more!

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  27. That room was so bright and cheery - loved it. My favorite was the tiled entrance floor. I was thinking of something similar for our place, so I'll be filing away this episode for reference later. Looking forward to next week's episode already :)

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  28. I'm sorry but am I the only one who thought that room was atrocious? The florals clashed big time, and that plate wall looked horrible. I usually LOVE Sarah's designs, but I thought that room was way overdone. It looked like a clown threw up all over it! I am, however, still looking forward to next week's show.

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  29. Love Sarah and Tommy! And I think the new format/first episode was splendid! xo

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  30. Anonymous12:47 PM

    For everyone who lives in the US you can log on to HGTV.ca and go to videos and you can watch all of Sarah's episodes...Hope this helps...

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  31. Was a great show... Not surprised... Love Sarah and Tommy!

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