November 12, 2010

Sarah Richardson....and my house!

If you know me at all, you know I'm a HUGE fan of Canadian Interior Designer, Sarah Richardson.  I first caught a glimpse of her when I was in High School and she hosted a show, Room Service, where she taught me how to easily fold a fitted sheet. A little lame? Maybe. But I was always frustrated with the elastics and getting it smooth....until voila! Sarah came along. I was instantly hooked. Since then, I've been an avid follower of her website (and sad when she doesn't update her "tips" section...), and addicted to her shows, Sarah's House and Sarah's Cottage, just to name a few.  In January, they'll be a new show on TV, Sarah 101, and I can't wait!!

But, to get to my point, she is about to become part of my house. Not literally, but her paint line. Hopefully. My husband and I have been endlessy searching for a new paint color for our walls. Several discouraging sample cans later, I finally suggested trying Sarah's paint line from Para Paint. I have to admit though, I was a little disappointed to find out that she simply renamed existing Para Paint colors, and didn't actually create them herself...but, regardless, if she uses them, I'll try them!! Today I'm going to pick up sample cans of her "Linen" color (aka "Comfortable Chinos") and one shade darker "Sturdy Trivet" (not renamed and used as the Sarah Richardson line....). The picture below doesn't do the colors justice though... click on the Para link above for better color viewing.

How could you not be a fan of Sarah Richardson?? I mean, just take a look at some of her designs....

Image via Sarah Richardson Design, Sarah's House 2
 I tried talking my husband into framing the ledge over our corner fireplace into a full height wall, just so that I could copy this fireplace with the offset tall mirror....he wouldn't go for it though :(
Image via Sarah Richardson Design, Sarah's House
This is where I first fell in love with the marble & glass tile combination....Ah....if only this could be my bathroom!

Images via Sarah Richardson Design, Sarah's House
Probably my favorite entrance of all time...I absolutely love the mirror, the bench, and the railings!!!
Image via Sarah Richardson Design, Sarah's House

Makes me want to have a wallpaper feature wall in my own house... (sigh)....

Oh, I could go on and keep posting more pictures of her work...but I won't. Not today at least. But there will be more later. I promise you that.  When picking out stuff for my own house, I often ask myself, "What would Sarah do?".  Hopefully I've learned a thing or two from watching her over the years.


  1. Love the "linen" color! But how did you figure out the real Para names of Sarah's colors? I've tried to get her deck but only succeeded in buying the full Para Paints deck. Of course, as you said, Sarah renamed all the colors, so I can't tell what's what. I'm sure I'm looking right at "patina," "beeswax," "cotton," and "froth" but just don't know it! Is there a key somewhere?

  2. Here is the "key"! Look at the bottom, right hand corner of the Sarah paint chip, you will see a code. Linen (aka Comfortable Chinos) is P5223-34. This is where you will find the paint chips for the Para Paint Line.