Ocean Avenue Penthouse: Contemporary Guest Room

This Ocean Avenue penthouse would not be complete without a custom designed guest bedroom retreat. Vintage rattan coffee table ottomans pair perfectly with a sleeper sofa and light weight linen sheer drapery. The sleeper sofa is not only compact, but comfortable and versatile. An organic wool toss blanket adds warmth and visual interest. Hand crafted paper wings by fine artist Susan Hannon complete the space. 

Healthy design elements like natural woods, raw textiles and plant life are incorporated throughout the space. Salvaged “live edge” wood was used to fabricate custom bookshelves displaying a collection of the homeowners favorite books, fossil and mineral specimens. A handmade wooden bowl in the shape of a seashell is the perfect home to a potted plant adding life to the entertainment center.

Sarah Barnard is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), is certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), and is recognized by the International Institute for Bau-Biologie & Ecology as a Building Biology Practitioner (BBP) and by the United States Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). She has served on the Santa Monica Conservancy's board of directors and specializes in sustainable interior design and historic preservation.

Undertaking a broad range of projects, all of which are grounded in smart design and mindful of healthy living, Sarah’s diverse body of work includes upscale private residences, chic restaurants, luxurious spas and impressive corporate headquarters. Her projects have been featured in local and national publications, and have placed prominently in several noted design competitions. Sarah holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Claremont Graduate University as well as undergraduate degrees in Art and Interior Architectural Design. Her interior design practice is the culmination of education and interests in art, architecture, textiles and the environment and she has written several articles for important publications including the USGBC, United States Green Building Council.

Barnard is currently working on interior design projects in the Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Brentwood, Los Feliz, Hancock Park & Palos Verdes Estates. Other recent projects include the corporate offices of National Geographic Entertainment in Beverly Hills, the headquarters of Life Rolls On, a subsidiary of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation in Culver City, a Backstage Celebrity Eco-Lounge for both the Academy of Country Music Awards and the Teen Choice Awards and a Sustainable Penthouse on Ocean Avenue for an out of town couple with super meditative space requirements. Think total relaxation and harmony with the universe.

PHOTOS BY: BRAD NICOL

Ocean Avenue Penthouse: Contemporary Kitchen Style

Maple cabinets and natural granite pair with stainless steel hardware in this Ocean Avenue penthouse kitchen. The light maple cabinetry maintains a spacious, airy feeling in the petite modern kitchen. Matching barstools turn a kitchen cut-out into the perfect breakfast nook. The adjacent custom built-in desk provides a tidy corner for paying bills or reading recipes on the web.

Natural wood, rattan and stone accessories make this modern kitchen lively and fun. Cable system track lighting illuminates the natural stone counters and floors. The architectural cut-out around the stove beautifully integrates the kitchen with the rest of the space allowing for more natural light.

The kitchen seamlessly flows into the adjacent dining area where a custom made table of chrome and maple is set against a wall of mirrors. Tillandsia plants make a perfect centerpiece for beach front dining. This modern kitchen design fully utilizes the compact space while preserving an open and integrated feeling with the rest of the penthouse.

Sarah Barnard is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), is certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), and is recognized by the International Institute for Bau-Biologie & Ecology as a Building Biology Practitioner (BBP) and by the United States Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). She has served on the Santa Monica Conservancy's board of directors and specializes in sustainable interior design and historic preservation.

Undertaking a broad range of projects, all of which are grounded in smart design and mindful of healthy living, Sarah’s diverse body of work includes upscale private residences, chic restaurants, luxurious spas and impressive corporate headquarters. Her projects have been featured in local and national publications, and have placed prominently in several noted design competitions. Sarah holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Claremont Graduate University as well as undergraduate degrees in Art and Interior Architectural Design. Her interior design practice is the culmination of education and interests in art, architecture, textiles and the environment and she has written several articles for important publications including the USGBC, United States Green Building Council.

PHOTOS BY: BRAD NICOL

Seaside Inspiration: Custom Wall Sconces for a Pacific Palisades Home

Lighting is essential to any interior design project. Sarah Barnard creates custom lighting designs for her client's homes that consider form but beyond functionality. "Lighting should do more than simply serve a purpose. It can become a focal design element that reflects a theme or a work of art in itself."

Sarah works closely with local artisans and craftspeople to realize her designs. "It all begins with an idea. I often take formal inspiration from the home's location and reinterpret that within the space." Her inspiration for this Pacific Palisades Home was their calming ocean view. Embracing soft orbs in the design of her custom dining room wall sconces, the first step was to fabricate several small ceramic prototypes for the client's review.

 

Unique handmade objects bring authenticity and personalization to your interior design project. This beautiful sculptural wall sconce was designed by Sarah Barnard specifically for this peaceful Palisade's living room. The elegantly contoured surface was carved by hand from American Walnut by a trusted woodworker. The organic form and natural wood finish pairs perfectly with an exotic arrangement of heliconia, bringing the outdoors in.

Beginning with a sketch, Sarah's designs undergo several creative working stages. The initial sketch concept is further refined through hand-made miniatures, sculptural models and sometimes 3D design applications. These materials are essential to communicating her idea and are closely referenced during the fabrication process to ensure design continuity.

Inside the woodworking studio, the prototype is compared to the raw sconce carving. The hand-carved details accentuate the soft billowing sculptural design. With a background in Fine Arts, Sarah ensures the finest craftsmanship and personalization by working closely with specialized artisans throughout the fabrication process. Her unique lighting designs integrate functionality with sculptural beauty creating one-of-a-kind fixtures which act as artwork.

Sarah Barnard is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), is certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), and is recognized by the International Institute for Bau-Biologie & Ecology as a Building Biology Practitioner (BBP) and by the United States Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). She has served on the Santa Monica Conservancy's board of directors and specializes in sustainable interior design and historic preservation.

Undertaking a broad range of projects, all of which are grounded in smart design and mindful of healthy living, Sarah’s diverse body of work includes upscale private residences, chic restaurants, luxurious spas and impressive corporate headquarters. Her projects have been featured in local and national publications, and have placed prominently in several noted design competitions. Sarah holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Claremont Graduate University as well as undergraduate degrees in Art and Interior Architectural Design. Her interior design practice is the culmination of education and interests in art, architecture, textiles and the environment and she has written several articles for important publications including the USGBC, United States Green Building Council.

PHOTOS BY: STEVEN DEWALL & ABBY SIN 

Ocean Avenue Penthouse: Contemporary Master Bedroom

The calming blue views of the ocean and sky were the inspiration for this Ocean Avenue master bedroom retreat. Outfitted with eco-friendly finishes in leather, rattan, maple and wool, the biophilic impact of every detail was considered to optimize health and well-being.

Matching low-profile bedside tables in deep walnut are topped with orchids and the homeowner's favorite books. The accompanying wall mounted swing arm lamps are perfect for reading in bed. The custom commissioned artwork is reminiscent of an underwater world and adds peaceful minimalism and balance as a design element.

A custom wall hung console tucks away electronics and compliments the deep wood bed frame. Antique stone pottery and a dollop of moss are the perfect home to this indoor bromeliad. Touches of nature are incorporated throughout this environmentally conscious design. Organic textiles and fabrics were sustainably sourced. Pottery and other artisan elements were handmade by local craftspeople and paired with indigenous plant life.

Sarah Barnard is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), is certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), and is recognized by the International Institute for Bau-Biologie & Ecology as a Building Biology Practitioner (BBP) and by the United States Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). She has served on the Santa Monica Conservancy's board of directors and specializes in sustainable interior design and historic preservation.

Undertaking a broad range of projects, all of which are grounded in smart design and mindful of healthy living, Sarah’s diverse body of work includes upscale private residences, chic restaurants, luxurious spas and impressive corporate headquarters. Her projects have been featured in local and national publications, and have placed prominently in several noted design competitions. Sarah holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Claremont Graduate University as well as undergraduate degrees in Art and Interior Architectural Design. Her interior design practice is the culmination of education and interests in art, architecture, textiles and the environment and she has written several articles for important publications including the USGBC, United States Green Building Council.

PHOTOS BY: BRAD NICOL

Ocean Avenue Penthouse: Contemporary Living Room

An Ocean Avenue penthouse with a bird's eye view of Santa Monica's coastline is outfitted with eco-friendly furnishings, natural textiles and organic rugs to create a perfect Zen retreat. White fabric poufs provide extra seating for guests and are low enough to preserve the ocean view. A natural driftwood sculpture compliments a collection of organic objects as the centerpiece to this biophilic design.

Fine art can become a unique design element within a room. This one of a kind artwork fashioned from hand thrown clay disks was created specifically for the living room to capture the calming energy of the ocean air. The installation's delicate minimalism and organic formations add dimension and complement the room's natural textures.

Organic textiles and fabrics were sustainably sourced. A custom made sectional with natural latex cushions is a perfect companion to the organic wool rug and toss blanket. A modern white metal side table with a fun organic shape adds interest. 

This modern design preserves the expansive coastline view utilizing a wall of mirrors to visually extend the entertaining area. The integrated dining area features a custom made table of chrome and maple perfectly sized for this compact space.

A collection of eco-friendly materials, organic textiles and vintage accoutrements make this Ocean Avenue penthouse the ultimate beach retreat. The delicate chandelier made up of tiny light bulbs and wire reminds us of stars strung together in the sky. Tillandsia plants make a perfect centerpiece for beach front dining. 

Sarah Barnard is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), is certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), and is recognized by the International Institute for Bau-Biologie & Ecology as a Building Biology Practitioner (BBP) and by the United States Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). She has served on the Santa Monica Conservancy's board of directors and specializes in sustainable interior design and historic preservation.

Undertaking a broad range of projects, all of which are grounded in smart design and mindful of healthy living, Sarah’s diverse body of work includes upscale private residences, chic restaurants, luxurious spas and impressive corporate headquarters. Her projects have been featured in local and national publications, and have placed prominently in several noted design competitions. Sarah holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Claremont Graduate University as well as undergraduate degrees in Art and Interior Architectural Design. Her interior design practice is the culmination of education and interests in art, architecture, textiles and the environment and she has written several articles for important publications including the USGBC, United States Green Building Council.

PHOTOS BY: BRAD NICOL

LA DREAMS: LOS ANGELES LUXURY LIFESTYLES

Above: White fabric poufs provide extra seating for guests and are low enough to preserve the ocean view (Photo by Brad Nicol); Below: LA based interior designer Sarah Barnard (Photo by Erik Hyler)

The Queen of Space

BY: NATALIE FRIBERG

Incredible space requires the knowledge and capabilities of an incredible interior designer. But in the creative and innovative hub that is Los Angeles, there is no shortage of gifted specialists.

Starting in December, we set out on a mission: Uncover an interior design professional that is on the forefront of the industry, yet capable of producing the elements of superiority, class, and professionalism required by our readers.

Enter eco-chic interior designer Sarah Barnard. Recognized by the International Institute for Bau-Biologie & Ecology as a Building Biology Practitioner and by the United States Green Building Council as a LEED Accredited Professional, to name a few, Sarah brings a great degree of eco-friendly cognizance to each of her projects.

Above: Cotton velvet draperies in a saturated burgundy tone connect with the tiny berries in the woodland wall upholstery; Below: Better Times Peonies brighten a display of the homeowner's favorite things (Photos by Steven Dewall)

Q: How would you describe your design style?

SB: Each of my design projects is as unique as each of my clients. The foundation of a successful project is getting to know my clients well, including their personal interests and lifestyle choices as well as what colors and styles most appeal to them.

I take a contemporary approach to create a timeless look, keeping it fresh and sophisticated. I prefer details that have a personal meaning for the client: a motif that reflects a favorite place; an antique with family history; a special collection; or a child’s artwork.

One area I specialize in is healthy, sustainable design. I have exceptional resources that offer appealing natural furnishings and fabrics, energy-efficient fixtures, and organic and non-toxic materials to support a healthy lifestyle. 

Another area I specialize in is historic preservation.

I enjoy giving classic styles a fresh face while preserving their vintage charm.

Overall, designing a home for a client is deeply personal. It requires establishing an essential level of trust, which I ensure through ongoing and open communications.

Q: Your mantra is: “Where smart design, sustainable choices and healthy living converge.” What do you mean by “smart design”?

SB: Smart design is design that’s healthy, beautiful, functional and enduring. I design homes to my client’s desires, lifestyle, and special needs.

Q: What are some options that homeowners have when considering sustainable choices?

SB: Stunning tiles, counter tops and even beautiful textiles are being designed out of creatively re-purposed materials. There are more energy-efficient light fixtures and avenues that bring more natural light into a home than ever before. Using local artisans to manufacture custom-made cabinetry and furniture is a responsible choice that homeowners can trust to deliver unique items of exceptional quality.

Q: Is there a favorite room you have designed or project you have completed?

SB: I am always up for a challenge and love it when clients bring me unusual requests; whether it’s designing a display room for a special mineral collection or crafting a custom kitchen into the perfect functional space. I also love designing for children and pets!

A passion of mine is designing both historic properties and modern architectural spaces. I always strive to bring harmony, balance and a connection to nature to the space.

Q: What design trends are you most excited about in 2017?

SB: There are three major themes and trends that I am excited about: Handmade furnishing items from natural materials, made by artists, not factories. Collecting! There has never been a better time to support the arts and start or expand a collection of paintings, sculptures and/or pottery. Customizable textiles printed by local artisans - personalization has never been easier!

Q: What do you recommend as first steps to those who may be unfamiliar with smart design and sustainable choices?

SB: Start small. Sometimes just a few simple changes can have an enormous impact on the health of your home or work environment. If you aren’t ready to redesign your entire home, I often recommend starting with the master bedroom since this is where we spend a good portion of our time. This room above all others needs to feel restorative and calming.

Also, consult only with experienced designers. Professionals like myself can recommend smart, sustainable choices and create a wonderful experience you will never forget! ◆

Healthy Home Design: Natural Interiors

The impact of sustainability can be addressed both in terms of the built environment and it’s effect on the day-to-day lives of the people who inhabit these design spaces. A healthy design should create a symbiotic relationship between the user and their environment. Designer Sarah Barnard’s holistic approach considers the psychological and emotional factors within a design to promote wellness.

Healthy Materials

When choosing the basics, one should keep in mind the range of organic materials that offer health benefits. Sarah believes that eco-friendly and organic material selection are the basis for a healthy design. “Creating a restorative environment begins with sustainable choices. Even the smallest decisions matter and can have profound effects on our health and the environment.” Her holistic approach towards material selection includes raw fibers and natural textiles, such as wool, cotton and linen.

This all natural (non-toxic) sofa is paired with a handmade, live edge coffee table featuring a collection of the homeowner's favorite things; agate slices, ammonites and an array of rose and lavender colored thistles. A collection of brightly colored floor cushions provides the perfect casual living room seating. Natural fibers like wool and linen are comfortable and healthy and can be organically dyed.

Intricately hand carved sconces in American Walnut were designed by Sarah Barnard specifically for this home. Natural woods are another healthy material with an array of attributes that can become a defining focal point within your design. From stunning colors to unique knots and grain patterns, natural woods such as oak, walnut, and maple provide diverse utility and elemental beauty within a home. Sarah Barnard works closely with local artisans and craftsman to realize her custom furniture and lighting designs. This beautiful walnut dining table was custom made for the space from a single fallen tree.

Elemental Accents

A key component of biophilic design is to incorporate natural elements within an artificial environment. We spend so much of our time indoors that the objects we surround ourselves with become very important. Recently, Sarah Barnard completed a sustainable penthouse on Ocean Avenue for an out of town couple with super meditative space requirements. Think total relaxation and harmony with the universe. Utilizing furniture and accessories as an expression of nature, Sarah’s custom designs bring the outdoors in. Elemental accents such as, stone, concrete, minerals, ceramics and plants create a sense of grounded balance. 

A custom concrete fireplace was designed by Sarah for this home. The subtle, etched lines reference the movement of water. The mantle displays specimens from the homeowner's collection of minerals. Delicate orbs are a soothing and repeated design element throughout the home. Sarah worked closely with a local artisan to realize her vision for custom designed wall sconces. This piece of functional art was hand-made from ceramic clay and fired in a kiln using traditional glazing processes.

A handmade table with live wood edge feels close to nature drawing attention to its organic form. Large mineral specimens are displayed among collected shells and family photographs. Sarah believes it is important to surround yourself with things both meaningful and beautiful.  "Live with what you love. Surround yourself with beauty and positive energy." Her design philosophy recognizes the importance of creating contemplative spaces which highlight her clients valued mementos and personal collections. 

Another gorgeous hand made wood table was made to fit perfectly within the foyer alcove providing a gentle, welcoming display of objects meant to inspire, protect and enlighten. The subtle sheen of the pale blue wallcovering references the nearby reflective sea and is accompanied by delicate coral inspired wall sconces.

Sarah Barnard is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), is certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), and is recognized by the International Institute for Bau-Biologie & Ecology as a Building Biology Practitioner (BBP) and by the United States Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). She has served on the Santa Monica Conservancy's board of directors and specializes in sustainable interior design and historic preservation.

Undertaking a broad range of projects, all of which are grounded in smart design and mindful of healthy living, Sarah’s diverse body of work includes upscale private residences, chic restaurants, luxurious spas and impressive corporate headquarters. Her projects have been featured in local and national publications, and have placed prominently in several noted design competitions. Sarah holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Claremont Graduate University as well as undergraduate degrees in Art and Interior Architectural Design. Her interior design practice is the culmination of education and interests in art, architecture, textiles and the environment and she has written several articles for important publications including the USGBC, United States Green Building Council.

PHOTOS BY: STEVEN DEWALL

Designing a Compassionate Community: Hope, Beauty, Dignity

Designing a Compassionate Community: Hope, Beauty, Dignity

Sarah Barnard, LEED AP, designs healthy, sustainable interiors for non-profit organizations that work to protect our architectural and cultural heritage and fight for social and environmental justice. Barnard doesn’t just offer pro-bono design services to organizations that protect the very fabric of our society; she fosters connectivity and growth both to the institutions as well as the groups that they serve.

Read More

Santa Monica Sanctuary: Teen Girl's Lavender Bedroom

This beautiful bedroom was designed for a teen girl and has custom made wall units to create storage space beneath sloped ceilings. The bed is outfitted with purple pillows, satin sheets, and a well-loved toy. Custom made bedding in satin and velvet pairs luxuriously with the delicate sheer lace drapery. The oversized chandelier is made of tiny porcelain flowers and hangs over a custom made bed fitted for sloped ceilings. This bedroom was designed with lavender walls and a dark violet velvet armchair with tufted button back and cabriole legs.

Carvings, sketches and miniature sculpture make for an assortment of personal treasures.

Custom built-in floating bedside tables provide storage for books, objects of art and a concealed outlet for charging electronics. A collection of carved and painted boxes paired with a whimsical succulent arrangement rest on a custom built-in floating bedside table. Sarah worked closely with the client's teenage daughter to curate a collection of her best travel photographs, ultimately matted and framed in antiqued silver.

Sarah Barnard is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), is certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), and is recognized by the International Institute for Bau-Biologie & Ecology as a Building Biology Practitioner (BBP) and by the United States Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). She has served on the Santa Monica Conservancy's board of directors and specializes in sustainable interior design and historic preservation.

Undertaking a broad range of projects, all of which are grounded in smart design and mindful of healthy living, Sarah’s diverse body of work includes upscale private residences, chic restaurants, luxurious spas and impressive corporate headquarters. Her projects have been featured in local and national publications, and have placed prominently in several noted design competitions. Sarah holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Claremont Graduate University as well as undergraduate degrees in Art and Interior Architectural Design. Her interior design practice is the culmination of education and interests in art, architecture, textiles and the environment and she has written several articles for important publications including the USGBC, United States Green Building Council.

PHOTOS BY: CHAS METIVIER

Santa Monica Sanctuary: Teen Boy's Bedroom

Designed to feel like autumn, this teen boy's bedroom has a reclaimed wooden bed frame and a natural log nightstand. The deep orange ceiling casts an overall warm glow while the pumpkin colored draperies work with the other elements to create a dramatic statement. A well-loved toy rests against custom pillows and bedding in embossed cotton velvet. A contemporary armchair was deconstructed and re-plated in antique bronze and upholstered in a vintage inspired geometric fabric.

Sarah Barnard is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), is certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), and is recognized by the International Institute for Bau-Biologie & Ecology as a Building Biology Practitioner (BBP) and by the United States Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). She has served on the Santa Monica Conservancy's board of directors and specializes in sustainable interior design and historic preservation.

Undertaking a broad range of projects, all of which are grounded in smart design and mindful of healthy living, Sarah’s diverse body of work includes upscale private residences, chic restaurants, luxurious spas and impressive corporate headquarters. Her projects have been featured in local and national publications, and have placed prominently in several noted design competitions. Sarah holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Claremont Graduate University as well as undergraduate degrees in Art and Interior Architectural Design. Her interior design practice is the culmination of education and interests in art, architecture, textiles and the environment and she has written several articles for important publications including the USGBC, United States Green Building Council.

PHOTOS BY: CHAS METIVIER

Traditional Home: Luxury Calacatta Gold Marble Bathroom

This updated take on a classic marble bathroom has pale grey custom-made cabinetry and mirrors, as well as a recessed medicine cabinet. The floor is made of multi-toned chevron marble mosaic. The shower has marble slab walls which have elegant book matched corners. Niches were planned in the shower to create space for soaps and toiletries. Window and door casings were custom fabricated from scraps from the marble to enhance the beauty and durability of the space. Waterworks plumbing fixtures sparkle against the silver and white backdrop of painted wood and polished marble.

Sarah Barnard is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), is certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), and is recognized by the International Institute for Bau-Biologie & Ecology as a Building Biology Practitioner (BBP) and by the United States Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). She has served on the Santa Monica Conservancy's board of directors and specializes in sustainable interior design and historic preservation.

Undertaking a broad range of projects, all of which are grounded in smart design and mindful of healthy living, Sarah’s diverse body of work includes upscale private residences, chic restaurants, luxurious spas and impressive corporate headquarters. Her projects have been featured in local and national publications, and have placed prominently in several noted design competitions. Sarah holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Claremont Graduate University as well as undergraduate degrees in Art and Interior Architectural Design. Her interior design practice is the culmination of education and interests in art, architecture, textiles and the environment and she has written several articles for important publications including the USGBC, United States Green Building Council.

PHOTOS BY: CHAS METIVIER

Traditional Home: Santa Monica Sanctuary Bathroom

This guest bathroom was created from what was once a storage closet. It is designed with quartz countertops, a farmhouse sink, and multi-tonal mosaic floor. The small floor tiles allow for maximum grout area which increases traction and improves safety. The delicate farmhouse sink adds a contemporary edge to the traditionally styled bathroom outfitted in handmade ceramic tiles and bespoke maple cabinetry.

The roll-in shower has a built-in seat, shelf, and grab bar to accommodate the needs of family members with diverse levels of physical ability and is lit by energy efficient LED lighting. This family-friendly bathroom features a separate dressing area with towel storage and artwork made by the client's children.

Sarah Barnard is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), is certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), and is recognized by the International Institute for Bau-Biologie & Ecology as a Building Biology Practitioner (BBP) and by the United States Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). She has served on the Santa Monica Conservancy's board of directors and specializes in sustainable interior design and historic preservation.

Undertaking a broad range of projects, all of which are grounded in smart design and mindful of healthy living, Sarah’s diverse body of work includes upscale private residences, chic restaurants, luxurious spas and impressive corporate headquarters. Her projects have been featured in local and national publications, and have placed prominently in several noted design competitions. Sarah holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Claremont Graduate University as well as undergraduate degrees in Art and Interior Architectural Design. Her interior design practice is the culmination of education and interests in art, architecture, textiles and the environment and she has written several articles for important publications including the USGBC, United States Green Building Council.

PHOTOS BY: CHAS METIVIER

Houzz Pro Spotlight: How to Design a Healthy, Happy Home

Who: Sarah Barnard

Where: Santa Monica, California

In her own words: “The more informed we are and the better choices we make, the cleaner and healthier our homes can be.”

When furnishing your space, it’s important to consider how your choices will affect your family. “We need to create high-functioning, natural and nontoxic environments that endure over time,” interior designer Sarah Barnard says. The principal at Sarah Barnard Design in Santa Monica, she believes in “optimizing the health and happiness of the people within a home.”

sarah-barnard-design-park-view-15.jpg

Passion for the arts. Barnard studied interior architecture and fine art before starting her own company. “I’ve always been interested in history, architecture and the environment,” she says. “They all inform my practice.” She also enjoys the fashion aspect: “We’re always influenced by trends like new colors, patterns and fibers. Design is a balance of old and new.”

A green philosophy. Barnard, who is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professional, believes sustainable design is no longer a specialty area. “I wouldn’t be taking good care of my clients if I designed spaces any other way,” she says. In addition to her usual clients, Barnard does pro bono design work for nonprofits so they too can enjoy healthy, natural spaces.

Read Barnard’s tips below to create a home that benefits the mind, body and soul.

1. Utilize Universal Design

Barnard recommends designing a home that will endure through all of your family’s life stages. “Strategize early in the design phase,” she says. “When you get older or someone faces a disability, the last thing you want to do is tear apart your home.”

One way to incorporate universal design is to use a wall-hung cabinet in your bathroom, such as the one Barnard installed in this Pacific Palisades home. It provides not only a clean aesthetic, but also ample toe space for maneuvering in a wheelchair. She also added plentiful overhead, undercabinet and wall-sconce lighting. “People can adjust the lighting to suit their needs,” she says.

See more of this project

2. Choose Eco-Friendly Materials

Natural and organic textiles can improve indoor air quality. “Most home products have been tested, but not in conjunction with other items,” Barnard says. “Combining products that each release a small amount of toxic vapor creates a polluted environment.” Alternatively, she recommends using pieces that are at least 20 years old, as they’ve long since finished off-gassing.

Barnard sourced eco-friendly materials, such as natural latex cushions and an organic wool rug, to create this healthy oasis for Santa Monica clients. “The coffee table was solid lumber finished with natural linseed oil; no toxic adhesives were used,” she says.

See more of this project

3. Reinvent What You Have

You don’t necessarily have to expand your home to achieve your desired layout. “You can modernize and increase comfort without adding on by rearranging what you have,” Barnard says.

West Hollywood clients wanted more space but didn’t want to modify the structure of their 1918 Craftsman bungalow. “We moved interior walls to increase functionality,” Barnard says. She stole a bit of space from one bathroom to make another one larger, and used space from the coat closet to make room for a shower in the shrunken bathroom.

See more of this project

More: For more information on Sarah Barnard and examples of her work, visit Sarah Barnard Design’s Houzz profile.

This story was written by the Houzz Sponsored Content team.

California Dreamers: Little Girl's Blue, Pink & Green Bedroom

A little girl's bedroom in pink, pale blue and grass green. The fuchsia bench tucks away toys and blankets with hidden storage. Antique white furnishings and bedding are the perfect pairing with a host of pink, blue and green accents. A re-purposed chandelier finds new life with a simple visit to the painter's studio. A desk once belonging to her older sister, gets a personalized makeover for the youngest girl in the house. The delightfully delicate clear Lucite chair adds a feminine whimsy to the pale blue desk.

Vintage hobnail milk glass and pretty pink ranunculus add a delicate beauty to this little girl's desk. A vintage brass rocking horse from the 1960's sits among a collection of other delightful works of art, a unicorn sculpture from an artist in Slovenia and a watercolor by Klay Arsenault.

Sheer white drapery panels frame the four posters of the bed in this little girl's room. On the bedside table, a delightful ceramic vase in the shape of a friendly kitten wears a silly hat of tiny pink ranunculus. Handmade porcelain flowers cluster together in this pretty wall sconce featured bedside. An oversized reading chair in antique white and fuchsia pink is set against a beautiful window view. Delicate pom-pom fringe in pink, green and white trims the edge of the custom drapery.

Sarah Barnard is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), is certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), and is recognized by the International Institute for Bau-Biologie & Ecology as a Building Biology Practitioner (BBP) and by the United States Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). She has served on the Santa Monica Conservancy's board of directors and specializes in sustainable interior design and historic preservation.

Undertaking a broad range of projects, all of which are grounded in smart design and mindful of healthy living, Sarah’s diverse body of work includes upscale private residences, chic restaurants, luxurious spas and impressive corporate headquarters. Her projects have been featured in local and national publications, and have placed prominently in several noted design competitions. Sarah holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Claremont Graduate University as well as undergraduate degrees in Art and Interior Architectural Design. Her interior design practice is the culmination of education and interests in art, architecture, textiles and the environment and she has written several articles for important publications including the USGBC, United States Green Building Council.

PHOTOS BY: STEVEN DEWALL 

California Dreamers: Victorian + Bohemian Teen Bedroom

A teen girl's room was outfitted with colorful bohemian elements and antique white furniture inspired by Queen Anne style. Fuchsia, teal, apricot and gold--together at last! This teen girl's bedroom color palette expresses her youth and energy. A vintage hobnail glass vase sits among fine art works by Renae Barnard and Melissa Halozan on the teen girl's bedroom nightstand.

The textured chartreuse throw pops against the teal bedding. Handmade draperies are banded with colorful embroidery in shades of fuchsia, teal, chartreuse and gold. A desk chair inspired by Queen Anne style pairs perfectly with a vintage inspired desk in a creamy white finish. An articulating desk lamp adds a pop of aqua to the teen girl's study area. Vibrant protea flowers are paired with draping amaranthus and an oil painting by Allie Ihm.

Sarah Barnard is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), is certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), and is recognized by the International Institute for Bau-Biologie & Ecology as a Building Biology Practitioner (BBP) and by the United States Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). She has served on the Santa Monica Conservancy's board of directors and specializes in sustainable interior design and historic preservation.

Undertaking a broad range of projects, all of which are grounded in smart design and mindful of healthy living, Sarah’s diverse body of work includes upscale private residences, chic restaurants, luxurious spas and impressive corporate headquarters. Her projects have been featured in local and national publications, and have placed prominently in several noted design competitions. Sarah holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Claremont Graduate University as well as undergraduate degrees in Art and Interior Architectural Design. Her interior design practice is the culmination of education and interests in art, architecture, textiles and the environment and she has written several articles for important publications including the USGBC, United States Green Building Council.

PHOTOS BY: STEVEN DEWALL 

California Dreamers: Boys' Bedroom

Very possibly the best boys' bedroom ever! In a color scheme of navy, teal, walnut and antique gold, this children's bedroom is both masculine and fun. Newly built walls allow for custom-made American walnut bunk beds that provide each boy with his own private cave. Antique brass wall sconces are tucked inside of each boys bunk so that reading in bed is cool and convenient.

Sarah Barnard designed the custom brushed brass ladder and bed rail to complement the antique metal finishes throughout the boys bedroom. Each bunk bed has a pair of blue linen draperies lined with black-out lining. The draperies fit neatly into custom grooves in the bunks so that everything stays just where it belongs.

Geometric wallpaper in navy, teal and oatmeal creates graphic appeal in the boys bedroom. The vintage inspired brass and black chandelier makes the room glow with warm diffuse light. Handmade American walnut floating desks paired with small scale marble lamps provide each boy their own study space. Each boy's desk includes a utility wall with a chalkboard, pin board, metal panel for magnets and wipe off board calendar. Cantilevered desk chairs in antique brass and black leather complete the look.

Sarah Barnard is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), is certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), and is recognized by the International Institute for Bau-Biologie & Ecology as a Building Biology Practitioner (BBP) and by the United States Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). She has served on the Santa Monica Conservancy's board of directors and specializes in sustainable interior design and historic preservation.

Undertaking a broad range of projects, all of which are grounded in smart design and mindful of healthy living, Sarah’s diverse body of work includes upscale private residences, chic restaurants, luxurious spas and impressive corporate headquarters. Her projects have been featured in local and national publications, and have placed prominently in several noted design competitions. Sarah holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Claremont Graduate University as well as undergraduate degrees in Art and Interior Architectural Design. Her interior design practice is the culmination of education and interests in art, architecture, textiles and the environment and she has written several articles for important publications including the USGBC, United States Green Building Council.

PHOTOS BY: STEVEN DEWALL 

Traditional Home: Pacific Palisades Master Bathroom

Bespoke American Walnut cabinets and handmade, glazed ceramic tiles restore period authenticity to this Pacific Palisades Estate Master Bathroom. Recessed medicine cabinets provide ample storage while custom designed light fixtures in antique bronze illuminate the vanity area. Artwork by Renae Barnard and Miggie Wong rest atop the vanity counter.

Careful consideration was given to every project detail to retain the traditional aesthetic in the master bathroom and throughout the home. Natural linen roman shades are motorized for easy operation and enjoyment of the ocean view. American Walnut cabinets and handmade ceramic tiles outfit his and hers water closets.

Sarah Barnard is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), is certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), and is recognized by the International Institute for Bau-Biologie & Ecology as a Building Biology Practitioner (BBP) and by the United States Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). She has served on the Santa Monica Conservancy's board of directors and specializes in sustainable interior design and historic preservation.

Undertaking a broad range of projects, all of which are grounded in smart design and mindful of healthy living, Sarah’s diverse body of work includes upscale private residences, chic restaurants, luxurious spas and impressive corporate headquarters. Her projects have been featured in local and national publications, and have placed prominently in several noted design competitions. Sarah holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Claremont Graduate University as well as undergraduate degrees in Art and Interior Architectural Design. Her interior design practice is the culmination of education and interests in art, architecture, textiles and the environment and she has written several articles for important publications including the USGBC, United States Green Building Council.

PHOTOS BY: STEVEN DEWALL 

Traditional Home: Pacific Palisades Living Room

The traditional living room is at the heart of this Pacific Palisades Estate. A painting by Kevin Moore adds vibrant color adorning the unique oak mantle. Restoring the home’s original details in combination with contemporary accents provides a warming update to this formal aesthetic. The original oak mantle was restored and paired with a new stone slip and hearth. The home’s original leaded glass windows were preserved and the oak frames restored.

An artisan woodworker brought to life Sarah Barnard's custom entertainment center design.

The homeowners are great lovers of music and collect many unique antique instruments including this Victorian era organ. Their pottery collection adorns the antique's mantle. Hand carved fauteuil chairs augment the reading area in the formal living room.

Luxurious burnt orange velvet bergère chairs create a favorite reading spot for the homeowners. An antique Queen Anne coffee table anchors the conversation area in the formal living room. Delicate natural grass cloth wallpaper provides the setting for antique reproduction wall sconces.

Sarah Barnard is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), is certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), and is recognized by the International Institute for Bau-Biologie & Ecology as a Building Biology Practitioner (BBP) and by the United States Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). She has served on the Santa Monica Conservancy's board of directors and specializes in sustainable interior design and historic preservation.

Undertaking a broad range of projects, all of which are grounded in smart design and mindful of healthy living, Sarah’s diverse body of work includes upscale private residences, chic restaurants, luxurious spas and impressive corporate headquarters. Her projects have been featured in local and national publications, and have placed prominently in several noted design competitions. Sarah holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Claremont Graduate University as well as undergraduate degrees in Art and Interior Architectural Design. Her interior design practice is the culmination of education and interests in art, architecture, textiles and the environment and she has written several articles for important publications including the USGBC, United States Green Building Council.

PHOTOS BY: STEVEN DEWALL 

Traditional Home: Pacific Palisades Master Bedroom

For this Pacific Palisade’s Estate master bedroom suite the owners desired a Victorian era aesthetic on a grand scale. Sarah Barnard designed a California King sized bed and coordinating nightstands made of American Walnut with bronze hardware. Carved by master craftsmen in Los Angeles, the raised panels, fluted carvings and intricate floral details define the one-of-a-kind Victorian-inspired bed created specifically for this home. Antique brass bed side sconces with articulating arms allow for comfortable reading in bed. Three antique ceramic birds sit among fresh cut pink ranunculus on the master bedroom nightstand.

A few favorite books, a vintage brass cat and a black pottery vase filled with white hydrangeas adorn the custom American Walnut built-in bar providing easy access to snacks and beverages within the master bedroom suite.

Decadent silk velvet, wool mohair and cashmere textiles were used to ensure a deliciously tactile master bedroom suite. The original brass chandelier was preserved and restored with custom shades covered in grey silk threads. A rich magnolia leaf garland drapes across the master bedroom fireplace mantle, framing a painting by artist Kevin Moore. An antique side table, a brass swing arm floor lamp and a deep rose velvet bergère chair are brightened by white tulips set in a clear glass vase.

Sarah Barnard is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), is certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), and is recognized by the International Institute for Bau-Biologie & Ecology as a Building Biology Practitioner (BBP) and by the United States Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). She has served on the Santa Monica Conservancy's board of directors and specializes in sustainable interior design and historic preservation.

Undertaking a broad range of projects, all of which are grounded in smart design and mindful of healthy living, Sarah’s diverse body of work includes upscale private residences, chic restaurants, luxurious spas and impressive corporate headquarters. Her projects have been featured in local and national publications, and have placed prominently in several noted design competitions. Sarah holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Claremont Graduate University as well as undergraduate degrees in Art and Interior Architectural Design. Her interior design practice is the culmination of education and interests in art, architecture, textiles and the environment and she has written several articles for important publications including the USGBC, United States Green Building Council.

PHOTOS BY: STEVEN DEWALL 

Traditional Home: Pacific Palisades Estate Library

The library offers ample display for the homeowner's impressive collection of books, mineral specimens and fine art. The focal point of the library, a massive oak paneled fireplace is original to the house. The original oak mantle was restored and a new stone slip and hearth installed along with American walnut floors. Expert craftspersons were employed to ensure perfection in every detail. A brilliant painting by Los Angeles based artist Kevin Moore is featured as the centerpiece.

The original brass chandelier was preserved and restored for use in the library. A comfortable armchair features a beautiful embroidered pillow that was handmade in India by Bandhini Design. The antique Kilim rug is from Turkey and supplied by Grey Willow Goods. A painting by Allie Ihm adds life to the deep oak bookcase.

Sarah Barnard is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), is certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), and is recognized by the International Institute for Bau-Biologie & Ecology as a Building Biology Practitioner (BBP) and by the United States Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). She has served on the Santa Monica Conservancy's board of directors and specializes in sustainable interior design and historic preservation.

Undertaking a broad range of projects, all of which are grounded in smart design and mindful of healthy living, Sarah’s diverse body of work includes upscale private residences, chic restaurants, luxurious spas and impressive corporate headquarters. Her projects have been featured in local and national publications, and have placed prominently in several noted design competitions. Sarah holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Claremont Graduate University as well as undergraduate degrees in Art and Interior Architectural Design. Her interior design practice is the culmination of education and interests in art, architecture, textiles and the environment and she has written several articles for important publications including the USGBC, United States Green Building Council.

PHOTOS BY: STEVEN DEWALL