HOLLY BYRNES OUT OF THE BOX
SARAH Richardson is the kind of woman you really want to hate. Canada’s answer to Martha Stewart, she appears to have the kind of seamless, chic life you’d pay good money for – if only you could ship her in with her glue gun and her colour swatches and her contractors who always finish their work on time.
We’ve seen her buy underpriced, clapped-out terrace homes on railway lines, with wood rot and depressing basements, and within weeks convert them into multi-million dollar, must-have mansions.
So I’m not sure whether her new summer series is going to make you love her more or fill you with homicidal envy.
The focus of her latest makeover show is a stunning island cottage, which she picked up as a package deal with her handsome husband, Alexander.
To add to the fantasy island experience, Sarah is six months’ pregnant and glowing her way through a seriously complex renovation, smile and style intact.
The only sign of baby brain is the slip-up last episode when she ordered the wrong glass
Island life: Sarah Richardson panels, but in the scheme of things it’s not enough for us to crucify her. Pity.
With the stunning lounge room extension complete and gleaming in nautical shades of calming blue and white, her attention now turns to two guest bedrooms.
When she lunges for a nauseatingly loud floral print, pint-sized offsider Tommy tuts his disapproval. He’s deeply invested in whether the recycled panelling works out or she, horror, goes for the council-green colour palette.
She does. And it works beautifully, with a mix of natty detailing and family nostalgia.
Don’t you just hate happy endings sometimes? Sarah’s Summer House Lifestyle Home, 7pm