Design Life: Sarah’s Island 2.0: Marble Mania (Ep. 20)


Sarah: The cottage seems to be a refuge for
animals. Some of them we want, others… not so much. Robin: There’s a snake in the house! Sarah: Where is he? Oh, there, there! He wants out. Okay I didn’t invite you!
Let’s let him out. He’ll slither right out the door maybe.
Robin: No he won’t. Sarah: No you don’t think? Robin: Here you’re so close! Fiona: Oh my gosh. Sarah: It’s just another day on the island. We get a special amount of spiders here
on this island. Just gonna sweep away the spiders. Oh there’s one there. These are my new windows I do not want you here! A day in the life of a designer. Would you think that this is what I did? This is sometimes what I do. This has been a crazy journey. We
never anticipated it would be as much work as it’s been, but we are getting
into the homestretch. Alex and I have done so much DIY it’s crazy so I decided
to vote myself off the island. I voted myself off the island and today
I am city bound to go meet with my marble supplier. I need to select some
marble slabs that are gonna wrap around our new wood stove fireplace that’s been
installed and we’re gonna wrap around that so we can wrap this up and take it
over the finish line and call this project done. Then I’m going to the office and I’m going to check in and see what’s happening on a whole bunch of other
projects because we have some really exciting things happening now. We have a
chalet that we’re renovating (tada!), we have a modern farmhouse edition that’s
underway, we have a new chalet build, we have a house that’s under renovation in
the city along with a whole bunch of other things. So let’s do it! I’m Sarah and every day my life revolves
around design. This is my journal of what’s happening right now in my world as a creator, an entrepreneur, a partner, and a mom and I’m sharing it with you. So let’s
go! Today is another chapter in my design life. first stop did I mention I brought my
team whoa I almost always come in here on its winter that’s gonna be everyone
likes my team yeah do you know what you’re looking for well
I was trying to decide between warts and marble when I asked my friends to take a
vote okay took a poll right yes is a jealous
barman okay good marbles what else gonna steer
you to okay because ports because this is a real thing or should we stand up please generate we don’t know I don’t
think we want to find out either because because the port’s pass that’s cool okay pretty thing where you showed me
the colors you got light in there right it’s very unlikely thing else is pretty
light not matter whatever you say that you thought do you want it what do you
want – a focal point to be a fireplace or the rooms pretty light yeah what is really glad I go to this off the
island this is what’s happening now Daisy come here come here girl yeah come
here yes that’s right my kids are shooting
this episode I’m still recording mommy yeah what else what else you got Julie
oh I am I am I’m a very experienced camera person you are very positive I’m
good at it okay I know I will shush now I’m gonna shush now so pretty
is anybody else bought it since oh yeah we’ve sold some that’s kind of nice is there anything with something you
like this you think it looks like wait what’s different because it’s something
you’ve never used before but it looks like waves yeah white fantasy hide easy sir this one here this one is normally
exotic alone which means super you can go for the close-ups later just you got
to slow down I’m a very experienced camera art boy exchange your kids to
work day this is not just by the way not getting paid invisible blue is so exotic
which means normally super expensive but there’s some places here where it’s been
filled there’s a flaw and we are happy to work around that to make it work for
us awesome this is pretty cool is this the one I don’t know if it’s the one
okay is there another thing to consider short
children because I’m not sure about the Renault
Alex would love nice exact Oh daddy would love that
yeah daddy would love that I don’t know if daddy should know that
there’s red available now this one looks a bit like rain or what no cobwebs so is
this a good option Tony but the difference is it’s gonna go this way you’re sideways right now you’re
floating you’re dancing on the ceiling nice and natural Taj Mahal beautiful
stones very hard to work with very strong dense stone hard to cut
well suited to a boat ride it’s got nice veining nice movement I know what you’re thinking can she just
make up her mind listen there’s a lot to think about when
it comes to selecting slabs of marble and the other option is one they’re big
expensive one-of-a-kind pieces of natural stone too once you buy them you
need to have them fabricated three once they’re fabricated they need to be
transported by truck and in our case by boat all the way to the island and
lastly once they reach the island they need to be installed by professionals so
when it comes to choosing slabs I think it’s important to make sure you get
exactly what you’re looking for and feel confident that you’ve considered all the
options before you make that important final choice and this one the vanes will
be going is always after all this is gonna be a major focal point in the room
when we are finally done and I’m never gonna change it so I want to love it the
interesting thing about this is it sort of has some granite effect to it right
like it feels sort of like the granite that you might see around this is your
boat ton I like that one girls you need to vote you can choose
this one or you can choose the Taj Mahal or do you choose and that’s what you
choose so what you choose Giulio everybody chooses that okay and we’ll
just go looks like I’m gonna be choosing what everybody else is choosing this is
live polling happening now mokuba’s mokuba’s say it again white Moffatt Obus
okay this way this is how we go yeah so this is approved I always say that
there’s never a dull moment when you’re renovating so today is the last install
the very last thing to do is putting the marble on the fireplace and we’re so
excited about it so we were talking about a couple of different locations
where we would meet the truck and how we would get them to the island because
what we’re dealing with is some really big slabs the largest one is four feet
wide by nearly eight feet tall so that’s a little tricky to transport a because
it’s a piece of natural stone B because it has a big hole cut in it to fit
around the front of the fireplace and C because if it breaks we have to start
all over again so long story short there was a bit of a miscommunication and mark
our installer the truck and all the slabs have transitioned across a very
bumpy gravel road for nearly an hour to end up at the marina that doesn’t have
the water taxi that I booked so we now have the choice of what do we do
we try and find a new water taxi that has not yet been arranged do we send
them back all the way back along that bumpy gravel road to the marina that the
water taxi is waiting for them at or do we get it ourselves all of these are
really fun problems and I feel really bad because mark drove a lot longer than
he needed to the good news is if we can make it work from the marina that
they’re at now it’s a closed program so with any luck we’ll have them here soon
but we have 1100 or 1200 pounds of stone to move and I don’t even know if there’s
a barge there that can take it stay tuned let’s see how this turns out I’m
gonna go make some phone calls and the phone calls paid off you made it Daisy are you supervising this install icing the cake mark icing the cake how’s going there guys it’s going three
it’s good well do all this sir yeah very handy what happened doctor
today how did the kids do on their selection your daughter’s chose this
what do you think and your dog oh and the dog this is the one the dog chose
well Daisy said very well brilliantly how is it great great
Georgian Bay


  1. This is soooooo great to see that, even an experienced designer, takes a lot of time to choose! I’m not the only one who takes forever to select the right materials/finishes. Thank you for your honesty: we, the « ordinary people » feel better!

  2. So many gorgeous pieces… I would have a hard time picking !!! Good thing you had back up…..daughters and dog !

    Great pick! Can’t wait to see it in place.

  3. The marble was beautiful, but I didn't like the yellow color in it. It would have taken me WEEKS to choose slabs! However, there was a slab that I noticed behind Tony (where Robin filmed him sideways) that had a hit of aqua blue in it. I NEED THAT ONE!
    Where's the LOVE button? YouTube needs a LOVE button, at least just for your videos, Sarah! I absolutely LOVE your taste. Everything you do is incredibly PERFECT! Thank you so much for sharing. I can hardly wait till you have your own Sarah 24/7 channel! 😀

  4. Love, love today’s vlog. A stone yard is one of my happy place. The whole family is so funny. Missing Tommy. Keep the vlogs coming Sarah, I’m all here for it. Many blessings to you and your family.

  5. It was worth all the hassle to get the marble to the island, it's beautiful!! Daisy and the girls chose well 🙂 Now to choose the right white colour for the walls to go with the soft blue-grey undertones of the marble which is quite rightly the main feature of the room. Can't wait to see the final episode!

  6. I felt in awe the first time I entered a similarly well inventoried granite establishment….it was as wonderful as going to the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, OR ANY museum of wonderful large modern paintings….and I was grateful to mother nature in particular when I saw the excavation photos of the slabs being cut from her in Italy…
    I love what we picked, but seeing all those white pieces, I sigh!

  7. Two things…
    1st: GREAT choice on the marble. As soon as I saw it I knew it would be the one!! 👍🏽👍🏽
    2nd: I always knew Sarah was talented, sophisticated and elegant but this series also shows her down to earth, playful and just plain cool side. Loving it all!!


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