Sunday, February 8, 2015

teach me your ways sarah richardson

I've been pouring over Sarah Richardson's new book, Sarah Style, dissecting
her design. She's long been a favorite, and after analyzing her portfolio I can say
my favorite element is her fearless mix of styles.
I'm sharing a few photos from her book (which I love) along with my
old school thoughts and why I assumed the design wouldn't have worked.    


Old school thought:
Detailed chairs and table bases would compete with each other.

Here she mixes a variety of table styles
Old school thought:
Industrial coffee table paired with the french style side tables wouldn't work.

While I was checking out the tables I happened to notice the four upholstered chairs.
Old school thought:
This end of the room feels heavy and unbalanced vs the opposite end with
only the two small stools (scroll up to see).

This room is so interesting, six tables (including ottoman, consoles and coffee table
in bottom right corner) such a varied mix, and the two consoles are similar.
Old school thought:
Too much going on and too many styles mixed.    

Such a pretty corner.
Old school thought:
Mix any two of the three styles, but not three different styles and wood tones.

Stripes and more stripes, so unexpected and it gives this neutral room some pizazz.
Old school thought:
 Choose a geometric, floral or ikat instead of two stripes.

I kept noticing these stools again and again, and finally figured out they're in her line
 of custom furniture. She says, "No room escapes them, they're the perfect
 18" x 18" x 18" size and fit in every room and every scheme."


Do you love her style as much as I do?
If you have her book, what did you think?

All photos from Sarah Richardson Design
Her book can be purchased here.


Tante Mali said...

Hi Dear,
wow!!! What an inspiring post!!! Sooo elegant and faulous rooms! Love all of them.
Have a happy time

Brandi said...

I really love the table legs in the first image!

Lussi said...

Gorgeous inspirations! Chic & elegance I love it!

Preppy Empty Nester said...

Great photos and inspiration. Love her style. Enjoy your day!

Unknown said...

I really like the room with an industrial coffee table. The color palette and the the piece definitely speak to me. I find that all the spaces have a common thread, her style can be easily recognized.
Thank you for sharing.

Julia@Cuckoo4Design said...

Those stools are so versatile. Love them

Denise Greenwood said...

I love love love her style and would love to have her book! It's on my list! :)

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

I do have her book and am crazy for everything she does. Three cheers for Sarah.

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

Love a beautiful, eclectic, mixed up room!

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

She is smart and talented...

Dana Frieling said...

She is pretty amazing. I can't figure out why HGTV airs her show butt crack early in the morning and airs House Hunters during peak hours? Wouldn't logic have it the other way around? Sadly, I miss most of her episodes because I'm the only human left on earth to not have a DVR.

Carrie said...

I love Sarah Richardson. I remember the first time I saw her designs, it was as if angels sang! I should definitely buy her book; it was fun getting a look at it here.

Simply LKJ said...

Love her designs!

Dianne said...

I love her and do have the book. At first it did not appeal to me, wasn't exciting as some design books are I began examining the photos I starting noticing more just as you have here. Her genius was revealed loud and clear. LOL
BTW I love everything you do!!! Your ORC are always among my favorite.

Unknown said...

Sarah is a long time favorite. I have followed her way back when she was doing a lot of the actual work herself, she is the master of combining pattern and color and keeping things edgy and real.
Hats off to Sarah Richardson and her latest book.
Sharon @

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

I always appreciated Sarah's designs! Interesting how she mixes styles and patterns. It takes a special talent to pull it off and she has it!!!

Vel Criste said...

I love her style and her book! I just wish there were MORE pictures in the book! hahaha! I never noticed those stools? You've really pondered on her teachings Pam, I say you get A+ on this one for sure!

Kris @ Driven by D├ęcor said...

Love, love, love her style! I didn't realize that those stools were part of her line - that's so funny because she does seem to use them everywhere! After looking at all of these beautiful images, I'm thinking I need a few of those!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Have her book, love her style and love her homes!....and yes, those great stools are the beautifully versatile and love that she does not follow the rules....

Unknown said...

I frequently have my recorded Sarah Richardson shows on in the background while I blog or cook. She just keeps coming up with amazing decor and isn't afraid to mix LOTS of fabrics, something I work very hard to get better at! I just love her!

Unknown said...

I LOVE Sarah! I've been a fan since I saw Design Inc. I will hunt down her shows on the web -they are out there to watch like Design Inc. and Room Service - if you haven't seen them look them up! I love how she mixes old and new and styles. She is fearless at breaking the design school rules yet she makes it work. I have her book and just love it. Her website is fantastic as well.. -
I follow her on FB and Pintrest and she is open to answering questions from her fans. Can you tell I love her!!

Unknown said...

I don't have that book and thank you for sharing it. I love her and think she is soooo talented! What a great personality, too, and her IG account is showing her personal, family side which I love. xo Nancy

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