Design Life: Sarah’s Island 2.0: Hard-working Friends (Ep. 11)

Design Life: Sarah’s Island 2.0: Hard-working Friends (Ep. 11)


I’m Sarah and every day my life revolves
around design! This is my journal of what’s happening right now in my world as a creator, an entrepreneur, a partner and a mom and I’m sharing it with you, so let’s
go! Today’s another chapter in my design life! On the island things are looking up,
and in the city we finalized our fabric scheme.
Tommy: It’s all blue all the time!
Sarah: This project is heating up… literally! There is so much going on, but you know
what’s not going on? In this part of the office, the air conditioning is not going
on! So we have windows open, we have fans going. It’s a bit steamy. I’m looking at
some of the stuff that’s arrived I’ve got rugs, I’ve got fabric samples.
The rugs are here which is amazing, but you know it’s not amazing?
We have fabric samples, but we don’t have fabrics for a whole bunch of these. They
seem to be stuck in customs getting across the border and that is not a good
situation because we are running out of time. We have three different work rooms
around the city working right now to get the furniture ready,
we have refinishers working, we have drapery being sewn, we have pillows being sewn and we sit here waiting, waiting for shipment. Trying to get stuff there and
the next biggest hurdle is going to be to make sure that the completion of the
building aligns with the arrival of all the pretty, because as you can see I’m
getting ready to move on to the pretty! I am here today with my friend Noail and
we are about to check in on some tables that we are spraying for the cottage. Wow
it’s like a before-and-after buffet! Which do you like better before or after?
This is a dramatic change, these were pretty in pink, but I have a teenager who
grew out of pink. Look at this though, I just bought these these were a great
deal. This is what happens when you paint you guys! Look at this these were three
hundred and seventy five dollars I think, for the pair.
Can you fill this hole for me? I don’t want to put that little bit back on.
I don’t want that yeah, it’s good thing I told you! So in this, oh that’s the
headboard, that’s the drapes, that looks great!
I love these. Sometimes we spray something to give it a second life, this
is on to its third life. Oh ya lets see how these look. Oh, that is a nice color!
So what sheen is this Noail?
Noail: Satin Sarah: Satin is nice. Look at that! Oh yeah, I just came here to tell you that it’s all perfect! Well it’s actually only half perfect,
right? That one’s perfect, that one’s perfect and that one’s perfect, so we’re
halfway there! All right! You have a lot of chairs up there huh? We need to put
this on Kijiji Noail, like you can’t just – that’s money up there you gotta get
rid of it! Why do you want to keep them?
Noail: One day it’s going to be slow like that. Sarah: Then what? Then you’re gonna – you could just prime them all. If you just started by priming them all then it would be
easy to sell them all, right? We’ve worked together for 20 years, so come and see Noail’s office.
Noail: I am young, twenty years old.
Sarah: Yeah Oh my gosh the first TV show room
service! I signed it and it disappeared?
Noail: Ya! Sarah: Oh my gosh. Okay well do you want me to sign it again? This is 2009, yep 10 years ago! That’s a lot younger! Thank you
you’re doing amazing, things I thank you, thank you, thank you! I am here in the remnant Department at
my fabricators and I am looking for two 26 inch pieces that I can use as
tabletops, and I also need a 36 inch vanity and somewhere in here I’m hoping I can find it!
Tony: They go in the same spot? Sarah: No. The vanity in the side tables?
Tony: Oh sorry… no! (Laughs)
Sarah: I gotcha I gotcha!
Tony: What colour do you want the side tables? White.
Sarah: yeah the side tables can be whitish, grayish, creamish… Tony: What about that one we do uh –
Sarah: I like this though! This is nice, this would be good for a
vanity! I’m not gonna hurt myself. The suggestion this is gonna fall and crush
me is always funny. I mean I get if I was trying to lift up giant slabs, but how
wide is this? Yeah
Tony: Forty…
Sarah: So I could literally just take a little piece?
Tony: Yeah!
Tony: See this is why you have to come in. This is a great vanity top just waiting to be discovered.
Tony: Oh we have tons… of vanities waiting to be discovered! Sarah: I know but how many –
Tony: Don’t yell at me, you’re being recorded!
Sarah: Being recorded, I know, but how many times have I told you, you just need to have a little –
Tony: You’re going to edit that right? Where you’re yelling at me? Sarah: Yeah! I keep telling Tony you just need every, every fabricator needs to have a little library where you show all the
pieces that are left overs, that you don’t have any use for. I’m telling you
this is money, this is gold! Right here! Today I’m going around to see all my
friends and telling them about the sales they should have. Look at this, this is
just a little scrap. Tony has no use for this scrap, but you might have used for
this scrap, right? An affordable countertop, see? He has all these bits. He
doesn’t want them, but I can figure out how to use them! Hi Mo!
I’m gonna send somebody from my team up, I want to get photographs of all this
stuff you have, because this is awesome! So, I think the countertops could be good
in this cloudburst concrete because it’s they’re just I just want them to bequiet.
Tony: Not this one, I do have another one, but not this!
Sarah: You told me this was all extras! Don’t lie to me! I think I just ate some dust… So the first place that I used to buy marble from I loved the people there
and the owner had such a strong Italian accent he called a slab a slap. “You want
to hold it the slap? You want to own? Do you want to own or you wanted a polish?”
So that was, do you want it honed or do you want it polished? And he called them
slaps and this is actually labeled instead of a slab it’s labeled as a slap! What’s this one? Is this extra?
Tony: Uhhh Super White, yes that’s extra!
Sarah: Ooh I like – I do like a super white! It’s yes super super dusty mm-hmm. You have to have – you have some vision, because with this stone actually it looks like you whited down
Tony: You have – You have the vision Sarah!
Sarah: If I don’t I’m in trouble. Are these all extras too? Gosh you guys
we’re gonna have a yard sale one day! Mo’s just in the middle of cutting a
massive slab here and actually working while I’m sifting through the leftovers,
being disruptive. Okay, I think we should go with – I think we go with this. I think
this is perfect for a vanity, right? Say that, oh that’s stuff – that stuff is
cool! Is there enough to do two side tables in that?
Tony: Should just reach!
Sarah: Can we just reach? Yeah let’s do two side tables in the back. You got a dig to
find the gold. So this is gonna go on a pair of vintage rattan tables! Two tables,
one vanity, ten minutes and dump. And back at the office, my fabrics have arrived!
Which means my seamstress Bessie can get started. These are my directions for
Bessie. This is in the front, this is the backs. I’ve known Bessie forever, like as in over 20 years. Since I first started
working in this business and we’ve been working together ever since. She works
with her sister and they do it all pillows, drapes, from and blinds whatever
we need to add that final finishing touch and make our rooms signature Sarah! It’s Wednesday, hump day, today I need to climb a mountain to get stuff done to
keep this cottage project on track. As well as a few other things that are
percolating right now and I’m stopping in at one of my work rooms. I’ve been
making my own custom designed bench made furniture for over 20 years with this
team and right now in order to get this project on I have this team working on
new production furniture and we’re gunna go see what some of these new pieces are
looking like! One of the great things about custom furniture and having an
amazing workroom that we work with is that we can always design and sketch
anything and it can be made. And if the first ones we make aren’t
exactly what we want, we make another one. So this is prototype number one for our
revised Phoebe chair and I say approved! So, that’s awesome. Love these chairs. So
this is good, this is making me happy, these are looking sharp.
Devon: Fantastic!
Sarah: Oh my gosh, I like it with the leather! Super durable these are looking really sharp, that’s exciting to see. Okay and in the distance I see the sofa! Eugene: How are you!
Sarah: Oh wow! You look like you’ve been on vocation! Or are you just enjoying the great outdoors? nice to see you you look good! Are you feeling good? How are the – Ya it’s still a problem? Yeah that’s the thing when you smash up your bones Eugene…
Exactly! This looks great! How’s this fabric to work with? Is it
okay? You know why I chose this? Because you can take the covers off, throw them
in the washing machine and put them back on this fabric is pre-washed. This is our
Lola says and I’m currently hoping that this isn’t
too small. Is one of these further along? Upholstered? Okay we’re gunna take a look. I’m personally having a small heart attack right now because these are way
more petite than I thought they were. So here’s what happened, first I designed
this is the sofa and I made this soap and then from the sofa we created a
chair, from that chair we created a smaller chair, then we created a chaise and what I didn’t remember was we created the chaise, not from the big chair that I know how comfy and loungy it is, but from the more
petite chair. Therein lies the challenge that I am facing at this precise moment,
but maybe it’s gonna feel different when I sit on it. You can take the cover off
and wash it yes, but not before it gets delivered and you don’t put your shoes
on his chaise. You put your socks or you put it throw… Oh my gosh, it’s really
comfy. I can use a nap today! Okay well it is gorgeous. Well it’ll make the journey
and we’ll see what happens. What else can we do? So this is one of my secrets and
all good things are happening in there. All good things except the size of those
choses, which I’m gonna be honest is a major, major concern right now! So I need
to think about what to do because I a hundred percent know that that is not what my family wants, but these guys have pulled so hard for me. Do
you know what I didn’t tell you in there is that the fabric got delivered two
days ago and so they are working so hard to meet the deadline that we gave them
and that is the amazing thing about having these relationships that I’ve had
for so long and this is the magic of having local suppliers is that you can
stop in, you can make a sketch, you can dream it up and somebody can make it for you. That’s what I love, that’s the best part
about my design life and the not best part is when you design something and it
is that chaise is perfect for a whole bunch of situations, I’m just not sure
that I chose the right thing from my situation. What do you do? Now I’m gonna get in the car, drive to my next destination and I’m gonna think about it!


48 thoughts on “Design Life: Sarah’s Island 2.0: Hard-working Friends (Ep. 11)

  1. The annoying thing is, you can take forever to convince yourself of something, but your gut instinct is usually right.

  2. Aww sorry about the scale of the chaise. I hope that it works out for you and the family in the end. As in aspiring interior decorator/designer would you mind sharing your concerns?

  3. Everything is looking amazing!! You do know that having a client like you makes all the people at the shops you use want to do what they can for you!! : )) I have worked in an upholstery shop before and you are the dream client. You're kind and thoughtful and you will own up to a mistake and not blame the crew. You get what you give and you give nothing but love and professionalism to all you do and so that is what you get!! Thanks for being you!!

  4. This has always been one of my favourite things about you. You always show that you don’t do this alone, your ideas brought to life by the everyday people.

  5. Wonderful video, especially giving some lime light to those that are behind the scenes of all the furniture & fabric makers. Bravo to them for their amazing work!! Thank you for sharing all your trade secrets with us. Wish they were near me!! ✂️🔨📐📝 If you can dream it, they can make it!! 🏠🚤🌊💜

  6. Oh Sarah you made me tear up when you spoke of the suppliers team/family. You are so kind….at the beginning of the videos you list of all the things you are….you should add kind hearted. ❤️❤️😍😍

  7. Do all custom made sofas have to be $7,000.? Hardwood, latex, eight-way hand tied coil springs….😳

  8. I loved the loyalty and long term relationships you revealed here. This speaks volumes about who you are as a designer and business woman. I know you will come up with a perfect solution for the chaise's! Can't wait to see what it is!

  9. Love seeing the whole process; please keep showing/taking us along it makes me HAPPY!😊 All of the pieces look amazing💕 Oh & why not just have them make the larger chaises whenever humanly possible & leave them off this delivery? Just wondering why the hard deadline for your personal cottage? Maybe a photo shoot?

  10. Glad your finally showing your trades ppl. You never show them on your tv show. It’s show hard to find good crafts ppl

  11. This has to be one of the best episodes I’ve ever watched. And I’ve seen them all. It’s a nice behind the scenes. And 15 mins webisode are just perfect.

  12. Sarah is far too young and beautiful to have worked this long and hard! I guess when you do what you love there is no price to pay. <3 <3 <3

  13. Yep – I'll have your chaises! Put one each in your girls' rooms and order bigger ones – in your heart of hearts you know that's what you want to do LOL !! I love watching this whole process Sarah – PLEASE keep making videos for us to enjoy. Cheers, DEBBIE T (NZ)

  14. Everything is so beautiful. I can't believe I've been watching for 20 yrs because it seems like just yesterday. I wish I could come and spend the day with you and Tommy. You are truly inspiring.

  15. What a wonderful team. It’s lovely to see all the support you have to complete these amazing projects. They definitely deserve their time to shine. Can’t wait to see how it all turns out 😃

  16. I think if the chaise doesn't work in this situation, you can find another home for them relatively easily. White washable fabric goes with everything. You can make beefier chaise longues in addition to these, but they'll also eat up more space in the room. I personally would prefer a cozier chaise, it is an ideal reading chair.

  17. I love how you're going to send one of your team to photograph pieces of marble, not only a benefit for your supplier but also for you.

  18. You lucky lady having all these skilled people to work with, having the craftsmen and women to bring your designs to life must be so satisfying, I’m currently renovating a house and the frustration of trying to find competent skilled people is killing me.

  19. Oh my Sarah…. beautiful fabrics and furniture! What a dream Cottage it shall be!

    Can’t wait to see it come together… probably not as MUCH as YOU! But excited!

  20. "We've worked together for 20 years" and that gold pleated lampshade has witnessed every hour of that 20 years…. lmao. Joking aside, painting old furniture is the easiest and most effective way of breathing new life into an old piece. I love me some paint. It doesn't matter if it's for an old piece of furniture or for my old face. There is nothing better than a little spackle, paint and shellac!

  21. I just can’t get enough of Sarah. I remember having my DVR full years ago when she aired in the US. I had to move and lost my treasure of shows which I’d watch over and over. Saddest day EVER!

  22. Loved the long term work and friendship aspect of your process, so you take delivery of the chaise lounges as is and in the meantime have the larger chair version made. Someone else wins big time with two chaises you designed (and sell) and you get exactly what you originally envisioned in the beginning when the new ones are ready….it's a win/win!

  23. Sarah, you are your most difficult client always!  However, you can resell something that is not quite right since you tend to work in similar styles and colors.

  24. Spray painting furniture really does wonders doesn’t it? Such great colors for “used” furniture. I love that the man had your autographed pictures and proudly displays them. Can’t wait for the grand reveal.

  25. I really appreciate your relationships with the suppliers and craftspeople. You are kind and respectful and lovely all around.

    My 10 year old daughter and I are thoroughly enjoying each episode ❤️

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