Sarah Style

Sarah Style

Book - 2014 | First Gallery books hardcover edition
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"In the vein of Deborah Needleman's DOMINO comes the interior design book of the decade, from HGTV star, virtual sensation, and Canadian design queen Sarah Richardson"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, 2014
Edition: First Gallery books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476784373
147678437X
Branch Call Number: 747 RICHARDS
Characteristics: vii, 338 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm

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2daddio
Jun 08, 2015

A great read
A great "go to" book
A great gift
The receiver is sure look.

Not many books can do that anymore.

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gloryb
Jan 02, 2015

A coffee table book featuring rooms Sarah has done- her portfolio. Each room in the house is given a chapter. I did recognize some of the pictures from the rooms she had done on her HGTV programs. The captions for the pictures reflect her style of speaking and her decorating goal. Some of the later chapters include, at the edge of the page, the color palette she used. The homes she decorates seem to be the historic homes in Toronto that require the type of furniture she fills them with. To be sure, the white/cream sofas and occasional chairs abound in the pictures. I would use this book to get a sense of what my living area would look like if I used the colors in the picture. Don't think I would buy the type of furniture she uses, but then hers are probably antiques which would not be available in the furniture stores I frequent. Definitely a book about Sarah's style.

chulsey Dec 29, 2014

one of the best interior design books I've read. I love the way she explains why she made design decisions. All of the rooms are gorgeous. I love her transitional style.

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Joyce1946
Dec 03, 2014

Avail. dec.8

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swong1000
Nov 22, 2014

I am a HUGE fan of Sarah and her tv shows. The best part about this book is you have the time to study her rooms, at your leisure, which you don't have the opportunity to do when watching TV. This book is dense with a lot of photos and text.
She shares what her mindset is when designing a room, some familiar ideas, but some surprisingly creative and I never heard before.
The beginning of the book felt a bit boring to me because there seemed to be a focus on classic design living rooms in the first few chapters... Bit of a yawn for me. After that, her book gains momentum because I think her biggest strengths are designing her signature, sophisticated "watery" toned bathrooms AND bedrooms/offices with inspiring, pop-colour fabrics and repurposed vintage furniture pieces. She is awesome at designing with a massive budget.... But my preference is when she is forced to go creative with a frugal budget.
I agree with the previous reviewer who missed coverage about her inspired laundry rooms: even her designs of the exterior of houses is missed. Maybe this is something planned for a second book?
I LOVED seeing features of rooms from some of her best shows! I was disappointed there weren't action type photos of her or her family in some of these rooms... Maybe I'm just used to seeing so much of her on her shows and this felt kind of missed. Only head shot photos of her smiling just doesn't feel personal enough.
Also thought that the layout of the text got to be a bit monotonous and editors could have been a lot more creative. In any case, this is a classic encyclopedia of her work that will stand the test of time with other design books.

ksoles Nov 08, 2014

In her debut book, Canadian designer and HGTV personality Sarah Richardson offers design blueprints for a wide variety of spaces while encouraging individuals to bring their own personal touches to home decorating projects. "Sarah Style" represents all tastes, budgets and time periods and could certainly serve as a comprehensive resource for any design enthusiast.

The book reads as a room-by-room guide to design accompanied by bite-sized tips on adding visual impact to every part of the home. Richardson organizes rooms by chapter, allowing readers to leaf through different collections of entryways, living, dining and family rooms, bedrooms, kitchens and offices of various sizes and layouts. Curiously and unfortunately, she gives no attention to laundry or utility rooms.

A mix of favourite rooms from Richardson's TV shows and projects completed for private clients comprise the more than 100 rooms featured in "Sarah Style." The designer excels at balancing masculine with feminine, vintage with contemporary and patterned with neutral. She accents spaces with coloured objects like pillows, vases and artwork, which bring a room to life without overpowering it.

Richardson also considers small-space dwellers and gives lessons on creativity within tighter confines. She recommends making use of vertical height and finding furnishings for "double duty." When displaying a collection, she advocates for repetition and uniformity to achieve a curated as opposed to haphazard look.

Ultimately, "Sarah Style" gives solid decorating advice while encouraging personality. She strives to create magic spaces that exude both fun and functionality.

debwalker Nov 07, 2014

Exquisite taste from Sarah...but accessible - you can actually imagine real people living in these rooms. Some of the spaces are familiar from the HGTV series, some I haven't seen before. Beautiful photos and insightful comments from Sarah...this is a book to pore over for hours.

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