Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Season 3 of Sarah’s House wrapped up last night. She bought a 100 year old farm, one hour north of Toronto, on 50 acres for $500,000. Over a period of 5 months, she and her team renovated and built a 1500 sq’ addition costing $739,000. At the end of each season of the show, we learn if the value she added exceeded her costs. Realtors toured the home noting its shortcomings (lack of closets, only one bathroom in the addition) and then said they would list it at $1,550,000. So she did OK!

The outdoor antique show where she found many of the antiques is Christie’s Antique Show which has about 300 vendors and runs twice a year. The Spring show is on Saturday, May 29th, so mark your calendars. Maybe, we’ll even run into Sarah! I took these photos at the Fall show last year.

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The Sarah’s House website includes a detailed Shopping Guide for each of the episodes. Love that Ms. Richardson is generous and shares her resources. I thought it would be fun to highlight the rooms showcasing the pieces that were found at Christie’s. Not all of the items found are shown in the photos. The kitchen, although filled with antique finds from other sources, didn’t contain any Christie items. I showcased the kitchen in an earlier post I wrote on Ikea kitchens.


This is the mudroom and entry which lets you know that this home is full of colour. Christie’s: bench, antique pine cupboard (she found out later that the cupboard wasn’t really an antique but it still adds loads of character.)



The above two bedrooms are in the original 2nd story of the house. Christie’s: antique brass bed, quilt



This is the main bath and although the painted tub is vintage, it wasn’t found at Christie’s. Christie’s: vanity, decorative shelf, yellow chicks


This dining table is 11’ long with the two extensions! They sourced a company in New Jersey which added the paper back to the Schumacher fabric on the walls. Christie’s: dining table


This expansive living room is in the new addition and here she veered away from the fresh, country palette to more soothing jewel tones. Christie’s: curved back sofa, iron chandelier, kids chair, carved wooden side table (they must mean coffee table), pair of bridge lamps



I love the gorgeous headboard fabric in the girl’s bedroom. The previous homeowners of the farm had left their chenille bedspreads which were made into pillows and a bed skirt. How charming and sentimental! Christie’s: marble lamp, quilt and hook rug


The family bath has a luxe tub ($4K) aside her antique finds. Christie’s: glass front cabinet, bird cage


The quilt was the jumping off point for the colourful master bedroom. I love the fabric on the two chairs and large bed cushion. Christie’s: four poster bed, quilt

Hope you enjoyed the tour and are feeling inspired to find some antique and vintage pieces at antique shows and flea markets. It’s definitely the way to add charm and character to your home, so get hunting!


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