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Sarah Richardson, BA‘93, is an internationally acclaimed designer, Gemini Award winning host, producer with eight hit HGTV shows to her credit, and talented writer. Her love of the arts blossomed at Western.


While studying visual arts at Western, Sarah Richardson (BA’93) became known on campus as a bit of a lifestyle expert. She decorated student rooms with finds from thrift stores, sewed party dresses on a shoestring budget, and hosted dinner parties for classmates.

“It was my love for all things related to home combined with a few hundred friends who I knew on campus that set me on my path,” said Richardson. “Western allowed me to expand my network and establish relationships that would eventually help my business and career.”

In fact, she landed her first job in television thanks to a Western acquaintance, who contacted her with an opportunity to be a prop stylist for a TV show. “After that first fateful foot-in-the-door moment, I knew I had found a career path that was suited to my skills and energy,” she said.

Since 1995, Richardson has moved from a behind-the-scenes decorator to an in-demand on-screen personality.

As possibly the most recognized host on HGTV, she has carved a niche in the world of design TV by co-creating and co-producing several celebrated series, including Design Inc., Sarah’s House and Sarah 101. Her shows, which air in more than 100 countries, feature her inspiring and creative approach to design and décor.

Beyond her television career, she owns Sarah Richardson Design Inc., a high-demand design business in Toronto. Her creative savvy and entrepreneurial spirit has helped launch exclusive lines of custom furniture, paint colours and home textiles, including bedding, accent pillows, drapery, and table linens. She recently launched her second fabric collection with Kravet, has a new line of wallpaper in development, and is the author of two bestselling books for Simon & Schuster, Sarah Style and At Home: Sarah Style.

Sarah’s latest TV series, which premiered on HGTV Canada in Fall 2017, documents the process of building an off the grid home from the ground up.

“I was always a very creative kid and interested in all things related to home and entertaining,” said Richardson. “From sewing to painting, crafts to cooking, I was always experimenting or making something.

“I didn't choose design as much as it chose me.”

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