At Home With Sarah Brown

At Home With Sarah BrownWe are happy to welcome Sarah Brown to A Beautiful Mess today to share her lovely home with us!

Love this bright dining space"My boyfriend Chad and I (and our two cats) live in a 1950s attached cottage in Montreal. So far we've spent all our free time renovating it. We were drawn to this house after looking at so many houses that had already been flipped without much care and were not to our taste. As soon as I saw this place I was drawn to its unique features—the brick wall in the living room (which turned out to actually be wallpaper, but is now painted black), the open living room/dining room, and the open second floor hallway that overlooks the main room. It had been lovingly taken care of by the same owner for many years and reminded me a lot of my grandparents' house and their attention to detail—also my grandma's love of pink. The whole house was painted various shades of dusty rose.

Beautiful kitchenEvery detail in this kitchen!"I think our space now feels open, modern, bright, and colorful and is a place we love to relax and entertain in. We've tackled smaller reno projects in the past, but seeing our vision for the space come to life and knowing that we put in the work to make it happen is really satisfying. While we had to work with a pretty tight budget, I think I actually work best that way. There is nothing I love more than the thrill of the hunt and digging through things in flea markets—now I can showcase all my vintage finds and family hand-me-downs in one space.

Amazing accent wallLove the starburst accent!"My favorite piece in the space is the metal starburst above the buffet. It was my grandmother's and had always been in the hallway of our family cottage. I love that I can now display it in my house.

Love everything about this bedroomLove the wall color in this spaceDarling bathroom"We've lived here for almost a year now. The space has really been completely transformed—you can see our befores and afters hereThe original space had the pink walls I mentioned, wall to wall carpeting, two layers of wallpaper in the living room, and a closed-in kitchen that was so small and awkwardly laid out that only one person could maneuver in it at a time. We refinished the wood floors and replaced all the old linoleum in the hallway and the bathroom. We basically wanted a modern space that still respected its past, so we tried to keep some of the more functional retro things—like all the original black and blue tile in the bathroom.

Love the black wall and hanging lightsSuch a fresh space!"The most unusual decor item in our space is probably the bingo sign. I made Chad drive to the Brimfield Antique Show and then haul back this gigantic working bingo sign. This was when we still had a small apartment, and it sat in the middle of our hallway until we moved into the house. The plan was to find a way to mount it on the wall, but its temporary home is on the floor beside the couch—which I'm kind of liking now. It's a great light source and always a conversation piece when people come over. Hopefully we can have a real bingo night soon.

Love the pops of colorBeautiful floors"We spend most of our time on the main floor, except for watching movies in bed—our guilty pleasure. I love that I have a brand new kitchen for the first time ever. It's so easy to use and easy to clean. Having it open the rest of the main floor is great, so we spend a lot of time in there. While we still have some projects left (the basement is a shrine to fake wood paneling), we're taking a break now and simply enjoying not sitting in a construction zone but instead relaxing in the living room, listening to records, and enjoying a drink after all our hard work." 

Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us, Sarah! You can find more of Sarah over on her blog, Brownie, or her design site. xo. 

Credits // Author and Photography: Sarah Brown.

  • I love the dark bedroom….I’ve been writing recently about plucking up the courage to paint ours and this provides the perfect inspiration!!!!
    Melanie x

  • Hi Patti,

    The bed cover is a Moroccan wedding blanket that my Dad picked up for me while he was in Morocco (I know I’m a lucky girl!). The store that he got it from also has a website and they ship worldwide:

    Also, thank you everyone for the kind comments.


  • I am totally inspired after looking at the pictures of your home. I am crazy about black and white – therefore, I get stuck and paralyzed trying to decorate with them. So many things I admire and love – good job, and thank you for sharing. Out of all the decor points, I am intrigued with the bed cover! Did you have it made or can you share where you purchased it.

  • Wow, I absolutely love the modern, yet homage to the past. Your kitchen is my favorite part of it, probably just the cleanliness of it. This is exactly what I want my future kitchen to look like.

  • Thank you for the Montreal post. It’s so great to see a beautiful home in my adopted city.

  • Sarah, thank you for sharing your home! I love these deep colors, so beautiful and different from the trends. I love it.

  • Gorgeous home! Love the colour and the space! It is fulls of creativity ! Anyway, lovely post as always <3 xo

  • I constantly find your arguments well structured and sensible. I always prefer to read the class and glad I found this thing in you post.

  • Oh what a wonderful place. I would love to live here. Love your blog guys. thank you for sharing.

  • This is Chad. I made that! You can too! I just drew it out on a piece of felt and then cut the word out and glued it to some grass cloth which I stuck in an Ikea frame. Easy!

  • First of all, I love this house. The “At Home With…” posts are my favorite posts on ABM! But a lot of times the things mentioned by the homeowner are not clearly displayed in the pictures. Or they are pictured, but it’s far away from the place in the narrative where the homeowner talks about it, so you have to scroll to figure out what she is talking about, and then scroll back to where you are reading. In this case, it was the Bingo sign. I wish it was all a little more clear! That being said, I still love these posts and this house is gorgeous. Styled perfectly.

  • This house is so beautiful! its creative and yet dark at the same time. The white tiles with black dark cabinets and flooring flow smoothly. I love your posts and love the creative finishes.

  • I LOVE the idea of the idea of that Ikea cabinet as a makeshift liquor cabinet! >>>inspired<<< 🙂

  • she’s not afraid to go bold with color and pattern and the results are fantastic! love that wallpaper that ties the entire color palette together.

  • What a beautiful home! I absolutely love the special accents and touches like the big mirror, the wallpaper, and the to die for colors. It’s not a color scheme you typically see but yet it works perfectly. Thanks for giving us a peak into your place!


    Laurali Star

  • I love this space! I love that metal starburst, too – so amazing!!

  • Absolutely stunning home! I love that kitchen!


  • I love the vintage pieces! I have some vintage pieces in my own room including suitcases which have become my own dresser and a bureau that belonged to my grandfather.

  • Gorgeous! I love your kitchen, Sarah. Nice to hear you’re stopping to take a breath and enjoy. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Lovely home! All the open space is beautiful. The wooden floors and cabinet contrasts perfectly with the more modern black and white, very comfy feel! Love the tiled walls in the kitchen too. I’m not a fan of dark walls, but seems to work in this home! Gorgeous!! =)

  • This is house! It needs to be replicated and sent to me…swoooon!!

  • Job well done! Your kitchen is gorgeous and the table/chairs completes it 😉

  • Lovely! So beautiful and fresh looking!


  • I live pairing if the dark rich colors with all the bright white. Their hard work paid off. It’s a beautiful home!

  • Super pretty! I love how the dark elements don’t make the home feel heavy, probably because of the colorful and white elements that complement it 🙂

  • There is nothing I don’t love about this interior. It’s so modern and clean, yet with enough going on that it doesn’t look empty.

  • Absolutely gorgeous! and I loved the before and after pictures too! What vision! Nice job 🙂

  • Stunning! I love the use of bold colors but you still managed to keep it feeling light, airy and spacious.

  • That house is beautiful! I love the dark walls and that’s something I thought I’d never say!

  • This home is so cozy, i especially love love love the kitchen..its beautiful!


  • AHAH is this a “merde” frame in the last picture? Funny! 🙂

  • A picture-perfect home, Sarah…you deserve to be very proud!! I love the balance of modern and retro, the black and white palette brightened with pops of colour…and seriously?! That textured bedspread is DIVINE!!

  • What a gorgeous home! I love the contrast and use of light and dark. Beautiful!

  • Such a beautiful home! How sweet to share it with everyone! That metal star is such a gorgeous family heirloom to have! Love it! Thanks for sharing!

  • Amazing living space!

    Janine Maral from

  • In love with the kitchen. And that bedroom! I wouldn’t have thought such dark color would work but it makes it feel so cosy. Lovely!

  • I love the black and white contrast! It’s so classy and chic…what a gorgeous home <3

  • These rooms are all incredibly beautiful! Your home is amazing! I am in loveeee with that light fixture in the first picture!

    Lauren |

  • I love love love this color scheme. Such a gorgeous home, right down to the decor. These photos definitely gave me some inspiration for my future place. 😉

  • Gorgeous Home!!! I LOVE everything about it! I really also love the floor changes for each room – kitchen, entry way living space – they’re all different, but work very well together! That takes courage to do on purpose! Well done!

  • Very cool. I absolutely love when someone can blend together so many tricky styles and make it work, never an easy task and yet this home came out wonderfully!

    High brow meets cozy 🙂

    Memoirs of a Pilgrim

  • Beautiful home. I like the black accent wall. There is something about the black and white combination that makes a room feel so modern.

  • AMAZING! The colour scheme is exactly what I would have (if I could paint my walls!) Great pictures and an extremly lovely home Sarah.

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