Sarah Baeumler is an HGTV superstar, philanthropist through the foundations she and her husband set up, has launched a new lifestyle and travel site, and a mom to four. Just typing it out makes me tired. We talked small spaces, refreshing your space for spring, and the challenges of storing the toy collections of four kids.
Small space spring refresh
As Vancouverites in a challenging real estate market, most of us are living in small spaces, particularly compared to those palatial places we see on HGTV. Sarah understood what I meant right away. “All of the rooms in your home are utilized regularly – so keeping with a classic neutral palette that makes it so much easier. We obviously all love a pop of something – a pop colour – just so we feel we’re staying on trend. That’s why things like throw cushions or light blankets for spring are easy to bring in, but don’t necessarily take up a lot of room.” Slipcovers for throw cushions are a key small-space decorating trick.
And what about keeping all those neutral pieces of furniture clean? “Oh, OxiClean does a great job of that.”
As a mom to four kids, I thought Sarah must have some serious toy storage solutions. Just the mention of toys makes her take a deep breath. ‘I’m a big fan of under bed storage. I’m keen on using space under beds, as well as over beds,” Sarah explained. “So I wouldn’t purchase anything for my kids that doesn’t fit under the beds! For my daughter, we had a queen bed, lifted it up and had shelves built for underneath her bed, and she fills them with her stuffies. So she’s happy, and I’m happy because they can all be tucked away at the end of the day.
I asked Sarah to explain a bit more what over-bed storage would look like: “If you do bunk beds, instead of doing the traditional bunk bed system, if you actually do two beds, and one is lower to the floor and one you hang, then you can utilize space in between the two bunks. Look at the two beds as separate, and then find a way to include additional storage. That was key for us.”
Sarah Baeumler is a busy woman this spring – she’s filming new HGTV show Bryan Inc with her husband, due to launch this autumn. Just this month Sarah launched SarahBaeumler.com, a lifestyle site full of home design, fashion, family, and food.