Canadian Sneak Peek – Home of Sarah Hartill

by Grace Bonney


This next Canadian Sneak Peek is another favourite! With ten years experience at House & Home magazine, Style Editor Sarah Hartill has definitely hit her stride. When producing inspirational stories such as Weekend Decorating, styling house shoots or scouring stores for new product, Sarah shows her knack for coming up with smart ideas and recognizing on-trend topics. But there is no rest for this busy mom of a three-year-old who is both in a continual state of renovation on her family’s own city house, and is also a freelance photographer specializing in her own fresh and simple style of children’s and family portraiture. Incidentally, I blogged about this homeowner’s laundry room last year (click here not even knowing it was hers, as it was featured in House and Home’s magazine a while back and fell in love with it. Now we get to see the whole place! All photographs taken by Sarah Hartill herself. -Jan of Poppytalk

1. Full Name: Sarah Hartill

2. Occupation: Style Editor

3. Location: Toronto, just outside The Beach

4. Type of Home: (e.g. Apartment/Condo/House/Loft) House – a bungalow to be exact!

5. Your style inspiration: I find this really hard to describe, as I truly love the mix. I love mid-century modern furniture and architecture, but I also love traditional elements mixed in. I would never deck out an entire space in one style. I am constantly pulling images from various sites and posting them on my inspiration board. When I look back the only element consistent in all the shots is usually a mid century modern piece.

6. Your favorite place to shop for your home in your city? – love the vintage shops @ Queen & Roncesvalles like Queen Antiques plus their sister store Filter @ Jarvis & Adelaide. I also love the Yonge st. Strip with Hollace Cluny – www.hollacecluny.ca, Constantine – www.constantineinteriors.com, L’Atelier and Chair, Table, Lamp – www.chairtablelamp.blogspot.com

7. Your favorite Canadian Designer?– Connie Braemer – www.conniebdesign.com

8. How often do you change the look in your home? Overall it remains the same, I’ll often sew new pillow covers to mix up the palette and I often change the photos in the builtins. Recently, I’ve been wanting to slipcover my sofa in the living room, but really haven’t decided what to do – all I know is I want a change!

9. Do you have one designer trick you could share with us? There’s nothing more boring than a room that’s matchy matchy, throw in a contrasting colour to mix it up. Even consider adding patterned fabric to shake it up. Don’t be afraid to mix it up!!!



When we bought the house the kitchen was in it;s original state. The first thing we did was overhauled the kitchen which happened to be just before Tate was born. (Why do expecting parents always decided to start major renovations within months of the baby due date?!?!?) By selecting the european sized Leibherr (liebherr.com) fridge it meant we could have a standard sized dishwasher and stove. The classic subway tiles for the backsplash was a must and we splurged on the Ceaserstone (www.ciot.com) counter tops – I find the counters never stain or mark and look as beautiful as the day they were installed. We decided to install open shelving as I prefer to have plates and glasses at hand. We have such a small house so I’m constantly editing what we hang onto. Everything displayed is used at least once a week and larger platter etc are kept in the sideboard in the living room.


Living Room

My favourite element about our LR is our built-ins. It’s the perfect space to show off all our little finds and photos. Im constantly moving or adding books and flowers. It’s amazing how a simple bunch of flowers transforms the shelves.

The sideboard was a piece I required from my parents. I’ve always loved the simples lines of the sideboard and it holds all our extra platters/glasses + all things needed for entertaining. The Tracy Kendall (www.tracykendall.com) piece over the sidebaord was a wedding gift. I was concerned w/ dust and little fingers ruining it so I has an acrylic frame made for it. As the piece is so large the acrylic frame is perfect as it doesn’t over power the piece. The Eames coffee table was found at one of my favourite stores Queen Antique Centre.


Dining Room

The Osborne & Little wallpaper (Sakura Collection available through Primavera primavera.ca) in the DR was originally installed for a produced story I was working on for the magazine. It’s probably the only aspect of the room I truly love. The table & chairs function perfectly for the space but are not my ideal picks.


Tate’s Bedroom

When decorating Tate’s room I didn’t know I was having a boy. All I knew is I didn’t want the typical pink or blue colour scheme, but wanted to mix it up. I originally ordered the Angela Adams (www.angelaadams.com) rug which has been layered up with the Dwell (dwellshop.com) bedding and the fun velvet and linen fabric on the roman blind. Tate will be three in May so the crib (nurseryworks.net) will be leaving soon, but has definitely stood up to his love for jumping and horsing around.


Master Bedroom

For the most part we’ve kept this room quite clean and simple. We both have hectic schedules so having a serene space to come home to was a must. The birds on the wall we’re originally a test. I had photocopied the stencil and taped them up for my husband to see, well it’s been 4yrs and they’ve drooped a little but there still up!



Our basement had definitely come a long way since we purchased the house 4 years ago. We gutted the entire space and relocated the laundry room to the front corner of the basement. By installing front loaders it allowed me to finally have counter space where i can fold clothes. The original laundry tub was is good condition so we decided to keep it, but added the beautiful fabric (Misia Multicolore fabric bt Manuel Canovas available through Primavera www.primavera.ca) skirt to mask the ugly plastic tub. It might be slightly over the top but the hit of color and the subtle reverse pleates are exactly what I envisioned. Overall the function of the laundry room is great. I have a space for all my ribbon and wrapping paper and the cabinet below the bulletin board houses all the extra household goods (light bulbs, car washing kit, etc.) – Oh how I love to be organized!


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