Designer Sarah Richardson has a house in the country where she can escape to get away from the buzz of a very hectic work schedule.
In Season 3 of Sarah’s House, she bought a farm. Then, she did what she does best—she completely renovated the place from its bare bones, transforming the modest farmhouse into an elegant country retreat.
It’s not a small house. In fact, with the new addition, it’s a sprawling 4,000 square feet. Much too large for Tom and me, but I love her style. From the colorful entryway to its stunning kitchen to the cozy bedrooms, Sarah’s country house is loaded with creative design ideas.
A warm welcome
The entryway, full of color and country charm, provides a warm welcome.
A great room
The renovation included building a new addition for the great room.
A quiet corner to sit
A formal dining room is opposite the living room. Bold wallpaper conveys the richness of a country manor. Crisp, white paneling, cane chairs, and rustic accents keep the room from looking too stuffy. Without sacrificing floor space, a built-in window seat was added to the front wall.
A modern country kitchen
The large country kitchen is functional, family-friendly, and sunny.
A special touch
Painted steps draw the eye upward and add a bit of fun and flair.
[above] Past the stairway is a cozy nook with a table for two.
[left] Numbers on the stairs to the second floor are mismatched and salvage for vintage appeal.
The master bedroom
The master bedroom is a peaceful retreat in jewel tones of yellow, green, and orange.
[above] An orange bin holds wood for the fireplace.
[right] Green settee and bench at the foot of the bed is perfect for relaxing in front of the fire.
Rooms for the kids
A traditional color scheme in the girl’s bedroom takes on a fresh, new look with bold, floral fabric covering the headboard.
Grey, rough-hewn boards on the vaulted ceiling give the boy’s bedroom a decidedly masculine feel.
The family bath
The family bathroom serves both the master bedroom and two kids’ rooms. Antique dressers, converted into vanities, blend seamlessly with modern features.
Comfortable, inviting guest rooms
The north guest bedroom pops with personality. Antiques and lively patterns in energetic colors, red paisley, and polka dots create a casual, playful space.
[above] Ceiling and wall above the chair rail are painted tan.
[left] Antique chair is painted red and upholstered in a lively stripe for a fresh, new look.
The west guest bedroom is serene in soft grey-blue and tan. Rustic furniture gives the room a country feel.
[above] West guest bedroom is serene in soft grey-blue and tan. Comfortable chairs beside a low chest provides a quiet place for morning coffee or tea.
[left] Custom headboard is upholstered in a luxurious floral fabric, and a vintage crystal chandelier adds a touch of glamour.
The main bath
The main bathroom is a bright, fresh, and sunny space.
Designer: Sarah Richardson.
Photographer: Michael Graydon.