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Hi! this is another Sarah’s Cottage blog post. I thought that my last two post on the subject weren’t all that great. So I’ll try to get better with this one because after that there are only two episodes left to air. And one that I’m also writing.

“Sarah, Tommy and contractor Vito create two nature-inspired bathrooms, each on a strict budget. As the bathrooms come to fruition Sarah’s husband Alexander increases the solar capacity on this electricity-free island to run the new facilities.”
– from hgtv.ca

The wall that was pushed back 4 feet in the East guest bed to gain space is also giving more space in the main bathroom. And this cottage needs it. To add an essential staple. A bathtub. The previous summer Sarah had to bathe her daughter in a Rubbermade plastic container. No kidding, she had pictures to prove it. Not the most glamorous thing in the world.

Oh and this week they are showing us how they are powering the place. With solar panels. They built an new shed to prop the solar panels. They had to install more so they could live normally without Alexander (her husband) getting up at night to switch things off so they wouldn’t run out of power. If I had a cottage on an island this is what I would do too. It’s not the kind of place where you have tvs and computers running all at once.

Sarah's Cottage main bath

The main bath ends up looking glam and not too cottagey. Which is not bad at all. She doesn’t want to slum it. But with natural elements like many different styles of tiles and stones. Including cool pebbles for the shower floor. Split face back wall behind the bath. Inexpensive white tiles in the shower made looking fab with a moonstone border. But the best piece is the vanity, a beautiful vintage find. I also like the cut up cabinets used for storage.

A good trick that I learned for the towels when you have many guests over and no one can really tell whose towels is which. She had numbers embroidered on each one of the bath towels and the beach towels too.

The second bathroom is this tiny powder room on the second floor and you don’t actually see all that much of it on the picture that they have on the site. All it is really is the blue vanity and a toilet. What we get to see is the storage hall in bold red to complement the main bedroom which I will be covering in details soon.

Sarah's Cottage powder room

Trouble no 1:
There’s a slight problem with the faucets. You won’t be able to turn them on. The piece of marble has to be remade with the sink closer to the front.

So they have to:
put it on a boat
get it to the mainland
get it to the city
get it remade
get it in the car
then on a boat
and back here
before the end of tomorrow or was it tomorrow morning?

are you kidding me?

That ended up being a “Super panic rush delivery.”

That’s what I love about Sarah’s shows. The cool quotes and all the things they don’t show you on other shows.

Funny bits:
Tommy riding a septic tank. He called it the poop deck.
The first Formula 1 sceptic tank. Sarah said this when she saw the septic tank being pulled quite fast by the boat.

This time it’s personal. Meaning that this cottage is really Sarah’s own. And she knows how to make it work for her and her growing family. A good exemple of that is the East guest bedroom where she switched the big sliding door for a smaller window in order to make the room less bright and hot in the early morning summer sun.

I should mention how I really love, adore, add any form of devotion here, Sarah and her shows. One the things that make her so much more are the little outtakes at the very end. These usually have Tommy saying something hilarious. This episode showed Sarah getting a scare from a mannequin standing in the corner of an antique shop.

from hgtv.ca
“East West Guest Rooms

Sarah and Tommy whip two tight spaces into shape by dusting off old features and shoehorning in vintage cottage style. The dark East Room draws from the every watt of light-filled skies while the sun-baked West Room cools down in watery blues and greens.”

East Bedroom

West Bedroom

I like both rooms but if Tommy stays in the West room. I would love to stay in the East bed. I find the auction bought and sprayed chest of drawers beautiful and charming. Sarah’s parent’s first bed where she remembers sleeping snuggled between her parents is covered with colourful floral sheets.

The challenge this week was that wanting to save money somewhere she decided to reuse the pine boards that were used in the rooms before they were expanded and split from each other to accommodate a front entrance. But they ended up needing more boards to fully cover the walls and ceiling. the new boards were of a different colour since they had no varnish on. And had not aged in the sun. Even the old board had different shades depending on if they had been covered by furniture. So in the end even though Sarah had been hoping not to paint the walls but only white washing like in the addition/porch/living room. She had to paint. But she left the ceiling as is to show wood texture in some places in the rooms.

I preferred this episode to the last. Antique shopping for furniture pieces with a life, rag rugs, vintage quilts that’s the Sarah I love.

I’ll post more pictures once they have been published in Canada’s Style At Home or Canadian House and Home or Home & Country.

Later this week I will cover the next two episodes. The bathrooms and the upstairs bedrooms.

After one whole month wait. The premiere of Sarah’s Cottage, was a relief and a surprise. This series was shot simultaneously with Sarah’s House 2. There had been some thinking on my part. Since Sarah was pregnant during Sarah’s House 2 I thought this had been shot one year later. Well it wasn’t. And this series is a surprise. This is actually her own property and will not be resold. This time around Sarah is really working for Sarah.

This getaway property is on an island. Which is a challenge in itself. This week is the first and Sarah and Tommy are tackling the exterior, living room/addition. New windows are to be installed all around. But there has been a mistake. Sarah made ordered the wrong windows. The addition windows have mullions and the others are plain. She has to reorder and correct her mistake, swallowing the cost. This mess is leaving her heart broken. But once the windows are in. All is well and nothing is amiss. The addition doesn’t end up looking like one after all. And she is happy with her choice. And the final look is cool blues with windows on three sides.

From hgtv.ca
“Living Room Addition/Exterior”

“Borrowing from the richness of nature, Sarah and Tommy create a living room and outdoor deck that celebrate a sweeping panoramic view, a front row seat to amazing sunsets!”

And now the reveal.
Sarah's cottage living room 1

Sarah's Cottage living room 2

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