Sara and Tim and their three kids call an early twentieth
century brick 'foursquare' home.
The household’s design decisions are shared, but Sara jokes
that she has veto power. Her favourite Hollywood home is ideally, Ferris
Bueller’s ravine house combined with House of Cards’ DC townhome.
Realistically, it’s a lot like Toy Story.
As an architect, design has always been an
integral part of her life. She follows various design blogs and Instagram
feeds covering architecture, art, modern craft, and fashion. Travel is a
huge inspiration when it comes to her style. After visiting Istanbul, a recent
design obsession is kilims. Her children also
play a huge factor, often experiencing life through their eyes. Some of
her most prized possessions include their artwork and handcrafted gifts, for
Sara’s a ‘paint-it-white kind of a gal’ who tries not to
judge in the design department. According to her, “Taste is so personal.”
She recognizes that something may not aesthetically appeal to her but may have
huge value to someone else. “As the saying goes, beauty is in the eye of
The family moved to Hamilton last year after living in
Germany for three years. They have always lived in older homes and like their
rooms bright, airy and filled with happy family vibes.
No surprise their favourite room in their home is their living
room. It’s spacious and a great place to hang with the family. It also
features sentimental artwork (Doris McCarthy) over their mantle, purchased on
their honeymoon in Jasper.
Sara and Tim haven’t purchased anything new in a while
however their dining room light fixture is a recent find from Lofty Ambitions
on Ottawa Street. Sara admits if money was no object, she would love an Eero
Saarinen tulip dining room table with a marble top. She finds its form
juxtaposed with the character of older homes really exciting.
The majority of Sara and Tim’s furniture and
décor has been curated from family hand me downs with sentimental value (a
chair Sara’s father used when he harvested vegetables from the garden, a
vintage sewing basket of her mothers, and a wood crate gifted from grandparents
), Ebay or Kijiji finds, mementos from travels, thrifted, or what Sara calls ‘curb-side delight’.
Their biggest project since moving in was a bathroom
renovation which included outfitting the home's original clawfoot tub found in
the attic crawl space with new fixtures, a rainfall showerhead, heated tile floors
and a double vanity.
Sara and Tim are delighted to call Hamilton home. There are many creative and
stylish people either from here or currently living in this city. Most of the people they’ve met while living
in this area are lovers of older homes and they are constantly impressed with
the great pride and care they take in older-home ownership and preservation.
Q&A with SARA
Do you follow FreshBrick?
"I absolutely LOVE Fresh Brick! I stumbled upon Adam’s blog
while researching Hamilton’s real estate market prior to moving here. His love
and appreciation for Hamilton’s cache of fine historic homes is impressive and
has not gone unnoticed within this city’s real estate scene. Through his
passion he has created tremendous excitement and a long overdue appreciation
for Hamilton’s older homes, for owners and admirers alike."
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