Sought after presenter and brand ambassador, she co-hosts HGTV Canada’s Backyard Builds and joined 29 of Canada’s best-known contractors, designers and real estate experts in renovating Home to Win Season 2 and 3.
As a Principal Designer and co-owner of Qanūk Interiors Inc., Sarah Keenleyside has become recognized for creating unique and creative environments tailored to the individuality of her clients.
Sarah’s signature approach to interiors is a result of a multi-disciplinary background in art and design. Beginning with an early interest in fine art, she went on to apply those theories to the designed interior while studying Environmental Design at OCADU. Her varied work experience includes residential and commercial interiors as well as experimenting in graphic and industrial design. A move to working in lifestyle television alongside Candice Olson reignited her love of the residential interior and inspired her to team up with fellow OCADU graduate, Lindsay Konior to found the boutique design firm Qanūk Interiors Inc.
Sarah has lived and traveled extensively abroad which has influenced her eclectic sensibility and fueled her desire to design in a style that is uniquely Canadian. Sarah pulls inspiration from various cultures and design styles, defining what she sees as the “new” Northern voice.
Sarah is married to Juno Award winning musician Justin Rutledge and the couple are expecting their first child (a boy) in July 2019.
Sarah co-hosts HGTV Canada’s hit show Backyard Builds with season 2 premiering March 21, 2019. She has also been part of the HGTV Canada ensemble cast of Home to Win for the last 2 years.