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Canada's favourite TV decorator is well-known for overcoming the most daunting design challenges. Her most recent, which she's documenting on her latest TV show, Sarah's House 4: lending character and warmth to a cookie-cutter suburban home. In the first of her new weekly columns for Globe Style, Richardson addresses one of the chief - and trickiest - rooms in the house: a large, empty living room in need of glamming up

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THE LOOK I need rooms designed for entertaining with sophisticated elegance. Since the living room is supposed to be a salon, it needs to appear properly appointed. I’m not into fabrics that can’t stand up to family life, but a little polish and a nod to glamour are always important.

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WHERE TO BUY Channel-back side chair, FOC ( Daybed, GH Johnson’s ( Fiona sofa, ( Rounded-back tub chairs, Queen West Antiques ( Custom sisal area rug, Elte ( Gold oval mirror, Decorum Decorative Finds (416-966-6829). All other artwork, Canvas Gallery ( Light sconces, Residential Lighting Studio (416-537-3138).

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WHERE TO BUY Pair of cream painted armchairs, square wood side tables, Chair Table Lamp ( Fabrics, Designer Fabrics (

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WHERE TO BUY Para Paints --- Walls: SR29 Gown (P5195-24), Ceiling: SR15 Cotton (P5226-14), Trim: SR29 Snowfall (P5223-14D) Fabric on Spanish-consulate chairs, inVU Drapery Co. ( Pair of Spanish-consulate chairs, Elegant Garage Sale ( Artwork on easel, Eclectisaurus ( Brass easel Decorum Decorative Finds (416-966-6829). Tufted side chair, FOC (

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WHERE TO BUY Chrome and brass coffee table, FOC (

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WHERE TO BUY Fireplace mantel, The Door Store (

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