Artistic Space

The earliest and most obvious role for art was the decoration of spaces. This is still a common way for art to be used today. This is because our perception of a room is deeply influenced by its character and appearance. Very few of us would enjoy living and working in spaces devoid of decoration, no matter how nice the architecture. But despite the ubiquity of art in the spaces that we inhabit, we are not always aware of its presence even as we are affected by it.

Simple solutions, like hanging a picture in a room, creates an obvious point of interest. But often the design of the space is more comprehensive than we can immediately appreciate and features strategies other than simple ornamentation. The array of methods to integrate art and spaces is more diverse than a viewer likely realizes, and extends well beyond a well placed potted plant. The room as a whole can be designed such that it is a piece of art itself.

The Ocean Avenue Penthouse features artwork by Susan Hannon. In this room, a pair of hand crafted paper wings adorns the light sandy walls. They were designed to be integrated in a very specific way. Although similar in color palette, the wings emerge from the wall by their texture and the shadows that fall from their form. At a distance, this type of interruption on an otherwise smooth surface can be reminiscent of the impressionable shores of a beach, while the wing shape itself alludes to the lightness of flight and open spaces. This design approach is specific to the space, a top floor penthouse with clear views of the beach. Deeper connotations remain appropriate to the context. The wings, made of antique bible pages, allude to the story of Icarus and provide a clear parallel to the manufactured ascent afforded by the top floor in a modern building. It transforms the air in the space into a theme of the room. Even though these elements are not at once obvious, the careful coordination of artwork to a space can produce a powerful effect.

The artwork featured in the living room space of the Cosmopolitan Craftsman relates to the space more subtle ways. In the far right corner hangs a piece that is sourced directly from nature. It is a petrified fish slab, and its addition to the room acts as both an object of interest and an emphasis of the room’s color palette and cozy earthen aesthetic. Unlike the wings of the Penthouse, its presence does not directly influence the room but reinforces the design and feeling of the space. The fireplace design is a less obvious artistic piece because it also serves a functional purpose. But beneath the umbrella of interior design, all elements in a space are united to convey a single theme or effect, and all objects in the room considered to be art. Interior design exists as a combination and balance of functionality and beauty. Like a painting or sculpture, a well coordinated space can evoke from its viewer specific emotions and moods.

While the Ocean Avenue Penthouse and the Cosmopolitan Craftsman utilized artwork to emphasize certain elements of a space, the Landmark Bungalow dining room utilizes the space as a display for an eclectic collection of artwork. The large wooden cabinet serves as a showcase for various art pieces collected by the owner in his travels. The bust by Deborah Cansler Waters overlooks the vintage dining table. These elements were arranged to support the room's primary function as an area for people to gather, eat, and converse. The artwork provides context and stories for guests as it brings them and the space together in harmony. The vibrant blue painting on the far right by Lori Dorn compliments the effect.

It’s exciting to realize that spaces themselves can be art. Objects and spaces can serve a double purpose, at once functional, and yet organized in accordance with ideas that are artistic rather than practical. An appreciation of the work of the interior designer leads to an appreciation of the spaces we navigate on a daily basis, spaces which constitute our context and contribute to our emotional state. Understanding that the feelings we have in a room are not accidental will lead to a greater appreciation of artful interior design.

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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 green interior design and historic preservation.

Sarah Barnard Design undertakes residential interior design projects, commercial spaces and even single rooms. She can help you with space planning, color counseling, kitchen and bath remodeling, historic preservation, and all aspects of green design and healthy living: organic, non-toxic, sustainable and fair trade materials, energy and resource conservation, air and water purification, natural furnishings and fabrics and much more!

Biophilia + Interior Design = Healthy, Happy Homes!

Our day to day lives are often spent moving from one artificial environment to another. The familiar routine of home to car, car to work, and back leaves many unsatisfied. Over the course of the last three decades scientists have begun to investigate psychological connections between human beings and the natural world. 

The principle of Biophilia was first introduced in the 1984 book by Edward O. Wilson, which hypothesizes that humans have a deep psychological affinity for other living organisms. While scientists believe this empathy may have developed as a way for nature to protect and preserve itself, others have begun to consider how this principle might benefit people. Designers in particular have been quick to recognize the possibilities for transforming the environments we inhabit in ways that could have genuine and positive psychological effects.

Biophilic design has become a popular approach to domestic and commercial design. It employs strategies ranging from the modest to elaborate to create spaces that acknowledge and satisfy our deep-seated need for nature in our lives.

One approach to Biophilic design is the incorporation of natural elements within an artificial environment. From architectural design that capitalizes on natural light, to the simple incorporation of plants in an office environment, modest decisions can have a dramatic effect on our spaces. One study done at Washington State University by Virginia I. Lohr and Caroline H. Pearson-mims measured the stress levels in test subjects while performing a task in an office environment. When plants were present in the room, subjects displayed an increase in productivity (12% quicker reactions to their computer task) and were less stressed according to their blood pressure. More research has been conducted on the subject of human-plant interaction and how a natural element can provide real benefits to your daily life.

Other strategies take cues from natural forms to design architectural and interior spaces and furniture. From organic materials or floral patterns to entire rooms that reflect natural themes, there are endless possibilities for Biophilic design. The image above from the Cape Cod Guest Retreat project is a perfect example of incorporating vine patterned fabric and specific color palettes to create a harmonious blend between outdoor and indoor spaces. 



The Ocean Avenue Penthouse design recalls the bright sands of the shore while the splash of green of potted plants gives a sense of healthy, tranquil living. Outstretched wings offer the viewer a feeling of weightlessness and flight, and the addition of wooden furniture with their airy and open forms completes the natural beach scene. Air quality is an often overlooked but vital element of Biophilic design. The Ocean Avenue Penthouse is an example of how suggestions of air can make a space feel open and clean, while the potted plants help to provide actual clean air. Fostering a peaceful environment is the surest way to foster peace in yourself.
 

 

Biophilic design has become a popular and effective response to the innate desire of humans to live in natural harmony. When it comes to designing or remodeling your home, consider the many benefits of Biophilic design. More than just a style, it has real effects on your quality of life in your home or office.
 

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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 green interior design and historic preservation.

Sarah Barnard Design undertakes residential interior design projects, commercial spaces and even single rooms. She can help you with space planning, color counseling, kitchen and bath remodeling, historic preservation, and all aspects of green design and healthy living: organic, non-toxic, sustainable and fair trade materials, energy and resource conservation, air and water purification, natural furnishings and fabrics and much more! 

 

Vintage Style Meets DIY Chic

Back in 2010, Sarah met Pony Lee Estrange through a mutual Eastside friend. Soon after, she was referred to his good friend and fellow stylist Dru Wright when the two worked together at a local Echo Park salon. After gallivanting through a few barbecues, dance parties and local fundraisers, Sarah and Pony became fast friends. As their friendship grew, none of them were aware of the journey they would embark on together in the near future.

With 10 years of hair styling experience under his belt, Pony decided to open up his own salon, and in January 2012 he found a storefront in Echo Park to start his salon venture. The storefront was in a trendy location, but the space itself was not a salon and needed everything redone from top to bottom. Thus, to bring the salon into life, Pony and a team of loving friends spent a great deal of love and labor in the renovation process. From lighting fixtures to popcorn ceilings, they pulled out everything personally. Although starting from a clean slate was difficult, the process helped Pony envision his design for the salon.

As the project began to move forward, Pony became more excited to materialize his vision. Ideas for the salon's interior began to percolate and as he mulled them over, his partner Pinkee recruited designer Sarah Barnard at a Thanksgiving dinner party to help assemble Pony's ideas together. "My [then] business partner and I started the salon with a lot of ideas. Bringing someone in with a wider perspective than us helped glue things together,” Pony stated, “Working with Sarah was great; she was very communicative. Right when the words fell out of my mouth, she knew where to pick up. She understood the confusion people have when they are creating a space." Soon, the interior design process came along swimmingly. The friends began to invest their time working together to find the perfect furniture and accessories to match the salon's vision and brand identity.

The salon was eventually given the name “Folklore,” deriving from Pony’s penchant for subculture and sub-genres that create self-image. His love for urban styles revolved around these influences, styles, and images, which are all idiosyncrasies that describe a person or a story. These themes resonated through the salons vintage decor and flair. All the furniture was created or found, thrifted and refurbished, and all the pieces found in the salon share a story.

At the onset of the design process, Sarah created a floor plan, which included a conceptual conserved desk. Coincidentally, one of Pony’s associates found the same desk on Craigslist the very next day! Their lighting fixtures were constructed by a friend of Pony’s and incorporated old, new and handmade pieces with a human touch that captured the salon's motif.

Pony commented that even the colors of the interior embraced the salon’s identity, saying, "Sarah's knowledge of color is incredible, and she knew the right color palette to bring this space together." Though Sarah was influenced by the salon’s warm and vintage touch, she understood that the salon’s ultimate aesthetic was progressive and decided early on to meld the old with the new. Immediately images of 50’s and 60’s automobiles came to mind, and Sarah kept picturing the 2-3 pinstripe tones found in the exterior color palettes of old cars. Aware that one of these three colors needed to be white, she ended up choosing Dunn Edward's Barrel Stove (DE6216), Sante Fe Tan (DE5375), and Powdered (DEW316) to outfit the interior space.

After the dust settled, photographer Martin Cohen was on the scene to document the renovation. Hailing originally from Amsterdam, Martin has been a globally active photographer based in L.A. for over twenty years. He’s taken photos all around Europe, Africa, and the former Soviet Union. Sarah, Pony, and the salon crew were thrilled to have him around to record their experience.

It took Pony’s vision and the support of good friends to build and open Folklore Salon in April 2012. Through their friendship and teamwork they were able to build a salon with a DIY approach. In some ways, the process of building the salon became a narrative itself. Whether it’s the way you style your hair or the way you create an interior space, we each all share our own individual folklore.

Pony’s 10 year emphasis in cutting, combines traditional barbering and modern hair dressingtechniques to fit a person’s individual style.

Passionate about her chosen career, Sparrow is always on trend with her styling skills and always pursuing higher education in hair. Sparrow specializes in long hair styles, smoothing treatments, and color applications, however with her artistic vision and attention to detail enjoys working with clients to come up with styles individualized to their needs.

Madin Lopez loves being able to give a person a whole new sense of self with the twirl of a brush. He has been perfecting his craft for 10 years and he loves his career. When he's not working behind the chair at Folklore Salon, he does set work on films, style blogs, and provides community outreach to queer and homeless youth through free haircuts.

Madin Lopez loves being able to give a person a whole new sense of self with the twirl of a brush. He has been perfecting his craft for 10 years and he loves his career. When he's not working behind the chair at Folklore Salon, he does set work on films, style blogs, and provides community outreach to queer and homeless youth through free haircuts.

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 green interior design and historic preservation.

 

Sarah Barnard Design undertakes residential interior design projects, commercial spaces and even single rooms. She can help you with space planning, color counseling, kitchen and bath remodeling, historic preservation, and all aspects of green design and healthy living: organic, non-toxic, sustainable and fair trade materials, energy and resource conservation, air and water purification, natural furnishings and fabrics and much more! 

Historic West Hollywood Bungalow: Small Footprint, Big Personality!

When Seth Resnik decided to purchase a crumbling 1918 Craftsman bungalow in West Hollywood, the task of remodeling seemed daunting.  Back then he says he was “insane enough to believe that it would be fun and rewarding to revive the house.” Drawn to the house’s beautiful raw Douglas fir post-and-beams sticking out amidst holes in the roof, broken windows with old layers of bizarre paint colors, Resnik - a writer, lifelong traveler, and lover of the outdoors - saw something special in the unique character of the house.  “[It] sat across the street from Plummer Park, a rare block of open space in the middle of West Hollywood,” he explains.  “Having a bungalow at the edge of this pocket nirvana clinched it.”

In the beginning, Resnik undertook a lot of the basic structural repairs like repainting and patching holes in the roof himself. However over time, the overwhelming potential he saw in the space made the necessity of a remodel clear: “[It] got to a point where the house looked okay, but needed someone to integrate who I was with what the house could be. I had all these inchoate ideas, but did not know how to use them to bring out the best in the house.” With the house being historic and also less than 1000 square feet, Resnik had a lot of ideas for his first home and a vast collection of objects and photos from his travels. “I was hoping,” he muses, “that somehow I could make a home that had enough of my past to feel safe, enough of my present to feel comfortable, and enough of my dreams to be inspiring.” 

That’s how Seth knew he needed interior designer Sarah Barnard to help translate his vision into a space that was both functional and a reflection of his personality. Since she not only listened but also challenged him, Seth knew Sarah was the perfect fit: “She didn’t mirror my ideas back to me, she brought her own strong aesthetic to the table. I could see that she was going to challenge me, and I think conflict is as important as collaboration in an artistic process.” 

It is evident in her design how Sarah thinks deeply about the client’s personality, especially in the case of Seth’s house: “She’s always looking for harmonious contrasts, both in materials and design, and the surprising connection between things on a deeper level.” Resnik’s love of nature is highlighted by the use of eco-friendly and natural materials, such as the recycled beer bottle kitchen counter top, and the sun tubes and pebble rocks in both showers that make him “feel like [he’s] showering outdoors.”

The final design of the house is filled with surprises for Seth, such as the wall cut-out between the kitchen and the dining room, uniting the front and back of the house. Besides the master bathroom with pebble flooring and sun-tubes, Seth loves the fireplace with its collection of books, art, and objects from his years of travel.

Some of the greatest details in the house were left abandoned by the previous owner, and in shameful conditions when Seth bought the house: “The cabinet was built with the house, and took about 90 hours to strip, sand, and stain.” His handiwork is evident in the beautifully refinished cabinet, now displaying personal objects from around the world such as a marionette from Burma, chess sets from Russia, and statues from Jamaica.

Of all the amazing stories surrounding this West Hollywood bungalow, perhaps the perfect ending was gaining a new companion: Resnik’s cat, Lulu “adopted him” almost a year to the day after his dog died. “Max was with me when I bought the house, and suffered through the renovations and mess - but he didn’t get to see it in its finished state. Then just before the final renovations are done, in waltzes Lulu - the same black coat with white fringe as Max…” The airy Craftsman is ideal for Lulu who loves to sit on the numerous windowsills and keep guard against squirrels, birds and other critters.

One great benefit of his new house that he completely attributes to Sarah is space: “The best thing she did was recognize what was important [and] create space around that - which is really what I wanted in the end. I love my stuff, but I need space. She saw that before I did.”

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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 green interior design and historic preservation.

 

Sarah Barnard Design undertakes residential interior design projects, commercial spaces and even single rooms. She can help you with space planning, color counseling, kitchen and bath remodeling, historic preservation, and all aspects of green design and healthy living: organic, non-toxic, sustainable and fair trade materials, energy and resource conservation, air and water purification, natural furnishings and fabrics and much more!

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Small Kitchen Design

Story by: Claudia Casas              Interiors by: Sarah Barnard

Small kitchens have a bad reputation for being cramped and undesirable. By improving your kitchen’s layout you can maximize its performance and visual appeal. You can further enhance the function of your small kitchen by making smart design decisions when selecting appliances, surface materials and architectural details.

Combining your appliances will optimize the total function of your kitchen when working with limited space. Take into consideration the Work Triangle of the refrigerator, sink, and stove. Make sure there are no obstructions such as islands, and separate the household traffic from intersecting the triangle. Use your backsplash as storage with a stainless rod to hang kitchen utensils. Use appliances such as over range microwaves with built in ventilation to save space. Reducing the amount of required appliances help your kitchen look less cramped.  

Surface features along with architectural details add character and depth to your small space. When using the color white whether it be on cabinetry or walls, it will reflect light giving the illusion of a larger space. Incorporating earth tones and/or low contrast color schemes on cabinets, backsplash and flooring gives a textured look for depth in the design. Large windows if permitted give natural light to make the space feel larger. A tip when choosing textures, is always keep in mind their aesthetic purpose. Consider using reflective materials as in stainless steel to visually expand the space.

Small kitchens can rise above their bad reputation of cramped and cluttered when giving consideration to a few key elements. Optimizing the functionality to maximize your space will improve the layout as well as give it a starting point to work from. Choosing the correct appliances to incorporate in the Work Triangle for your kitchen will help the layout take shape. Small kitchens can be impeccably designed making you almost forget the desire for a larger kitchen.  

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Working out of her Los Angeles based studio, Barnard works on interior design projects big and small, from sprawling corporate headquarters to cozy beach front cottages. With a contemporary approach that employs traditional vocabulary, she defines her range of style as “innovative yet time-honored.”

Sarah is intrigued by clients who have unusual requests and lives for a challenge. She has yet to meet a client she doesn't like. Sarah loves designing for anyone with pets! She adores people who are avid collectors of anything they love. Sarah is often retained by clients who have never worked with an interior designer because they thought designers weren’t for them (until now). She is known for delivering, on time, all the time. Sarah is incredibly down to earth, and people love her for her frankness. Sarah and her staff will go above and beyond for a client: build a custom sunroom for the kitties, organize and alphabetize boxes in the garage, take the kids out shopping for their own bathroom tiles…

Sarah Barnard Design undertakes residential interior design projects, commercial spaces and even single rooms. She can assist you with space planning, color counseling, kitchen and bath remodeling, historic preservation, and all aspects of green design and healthy living: organic, non-toxic, sustainable and fair trade materials, energy and resource conservation, air and water purification, natural furnishings and fabrics and much more!

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Claudia Casas has recently graduated from California State University Northridge (CSUN) with a Bachelors of Science in Interior Design. Claudia currently works in Real Estate, while gaining experience in the design world. She has a wide interest in all aspects of design especially single family residential. Some of her interests include baseball, the outdoors, and spending time with family.

 

References/ Resources


 

Small Kitchens by Jeffrey Holloway in Residential Design & Build Volume 77, Issue 5, 2012


 

http://libproxy.csun.edu/login?url=http://search.proquest.com.libproxy.csun.edu/docview/1220999816?accountid=7285


 

ASID Design Research Database


 

http://www.asid.org/content/research-resources

Styling your Bookshelves

Bookcases and shelving can display more than just a personal library; well-styled bookcases and shelves add effortless style and interest to any room.  Seasonal decorations such as a vase of spring flowers bring life to a space by adding visual interest and texture.



Bookends help create space on a shelf and can be as beautiful and interesting as they are functional.  
Framed photos or artwork are an instant way to personalize your shelving. 
 

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Create height and dimension by placing books in different directions. By adding pretty and personal items, shelving transforms from utilitarian to a beautiful display of your personality.


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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 serves on the Santa Monica Conservancy’s board of directors and specializes in green interior design and historic preservation.

Sarah Barnard Design undertakes residential interior design projects, commercial spaces and even single rooms. She can help you with space planning, color counseling, kitchen and bath remodeling, historic preservation, and all aspects of green design and healthy living: organic, non-toxic, sustainable and fair trade materials, energy and resource conservation, air and water purification, natural furnishings and fabrics and much more!
 

Interior Design Tips for Small Spaces

Designing smalls spaces is always a challenge, but when done right, they create a cozy environment. Learn how to maximize your space with these tips! For kitchens, utilize built-ins to help organize storage. Use the built-ins to create height and open up the space vertically.

Lighter colors help to make the space bigger, while blues recede into the background

Glass shower doors help this bathroom feel open and unrestricted.

Mirrors can give the illusion that the room is bigger than it appears.

 

Decorating with furniture that fits the scale of the room will also help make the room feel less cramped.  Feel free to add pops of color with accessories, but avoid clutter in order to open up the space.

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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 serves on the Santa Monica Conservancy’s board of directors and specializes in green interior design and historic preservation.

Sarah Barnard Design undertakes residential interior design projects, commercial spaces and even single rooms. She can help you with space planning, color counseling, kitchen and bath remodeling, historic preservation, and all aspects of green design and healthy living: organic, non-toxic, sustainable and fair trade materials, energy and resource conservation, air and water purification, natural furnishings and fabrics and much more!
 

 


 

Cuban Flair

Add tropical flair to your household by drawing inspiration from Cuba! Mix earth tones and tropical colors with mid-century decor and you'll instantly feel like you're on vacation. Use your chosen color scheme to color block the walls, pairing a bright color with a neutral like Terra-cotta. Explore natural elements like rich wood grains, and add tropical house hold plants to liven up the space. Choose furniture that predates the 1950's and feel free to mix and match styles to give the space a vintage flea market look. The masonry walls, exposed beams, and outdoor style lighting create the illusion that the diners of this Cuban Café are relaxing on a cozy patio.

The lounge area in the rear allows patrons to relax and enjoy the infectious Cuban atmosphere while playing dominoes or listening to live music.

The lounge area in the rear allows patrons to relax and enjoy the infectious Cuban atmosphere while playing dominoes or listening to live music.

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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 serves on the Santa Monica Conservancy’s board of directors and specializes in green interior design and historic preservation.

Sarah Barnard Design undertakes residential interior design projects, commercial spaces and even single rooms. She can help you with space planning, color counseling, kitchen and bath remodeling, historic preservation, and all aspects of green design and healthy living: organic, non-toxic, sustainable and fair trade materials, energy and resource conservation, air and water purification, natural furnishings and fabrics and much more!
 

Green Inside and Out

Environmental Concept creates unique outdoor living spaces for high profiled clients in the Los Angeles area. Owner Tania Gybels strives to use sustainable practices that create healthier environments.

When designing her office space, Tania asked us to create a contemporary space that used organic materials, giving her a space that was both green inside and out. To minimally impact the environment, materials including the reception desk were salvaged and rehabilitated. The polished concrete floors and painted branch mural embody the contemporary organic approach of Environmental Concept.

Floating wall shelves display colorful concept sketches, while Aduze pottery and a driftwood side table welcome guests.

The zesty bathroom scheme was inspired by the colors found in the exterior garden.

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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 serves on the Santa Monica Conservancy’s board of directors and specializes in green interior design and historic preservation.

Sarah Barnard Design undertakes residential interior design projects, commercial spaces and even single rooms. She can help you with space planning, color counseling, kitchen and bath remodeling, historic preservation, and all aspects of green design and healthy living: organic, non-toxic, sustainable and fair trade materials, energy and resource conservation, air and water purification, natural furnishings and fabrics and much more!
 

Old World Elegance: Luxury Master Bedroom Suite

Give your home an old world elegance by drawing inspiration from grand European interiors.  Use a darker color palette, and use wall texture to give your walls depth.  This master bedroom was transformed into an intimate and warm haven complete with elegant bed and plush tufted ottomans in colors ranging from mocha to chamois to beige to burnt sienna.

Accessorize your space with pottery and other mementos that recall European elegance.  Here Sarah gives reflective items highlights by placing a spark of rust that adorns twigs bundled at the hearth and places bronze tinted pots inside the inlaid wall. 

To lighten up the bathroom Sarah uses a buttery blend of cinnamons lending itself well to the highly sought after soft light of such spaces.

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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 serves on the Santa Monica Conservancy’s board of directors and specializes in green interior design and historic preservation.

Sarah Barnard Design undertakes residential interior design projects, commercial spaces and even single rooms. She can help you with space planning, color counseling, kitchen and bath remodeling, historic preservation, and all aspects of green design and healthy living: organic, non-toxic, sustainable and fair trade materials, energy and resource conservation, air and water purification, natural furnishings and fabrics and much more!
 

Award Show Glamour at Home

Award show season is in full swing this time of year. Feel like an A-List celebrity by adding pop culture flair and glamour into your home by drawing inspiration from the VIP lounge.  

Flashback to the Academy of Country Music Awards Sarah Barnard designed in 2009. This tastefully designed lounge has a relaxing yet elegant feel with decor that can be used in your everyday life. The Backstage V.I.P. Lounge at the Academy of Country Music Awards renders the traditional spirit of the event in organic decor.

Potted succulents, fresh renoculous stems and a bold brass peasant add interest to the space.

 A sofa outfitted in menswear woolens in paired with sophisticated lamps from Baker and an antique wooden horse.

 Vintage Art Deco chairs, an ebonized oak coffee table, and brass drink cart demonstrate how "recycling" can be chic.

 A burl wood sculpture and ceramic urchins demonstrate that natural beauty is forever captivating.

Natural silk, linen and wool toss pillows complement an organic sofa by Ekla home.

Check out these great sources! 

Galerie Sommerlath 

Ekla Home 

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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 serves on the Santa Monica Conservancy’s board of directors and specializes in green interior design and historic preservation.

Sarah Barnard Design undertakes residential interior design projects, commercial spaces and even single rooms. She can help you with space planning, color counseling, kitchen and bath remodeling, historic preservation, and all aspects of green design and healthy living: organic, non-toxic, sustainable and fair trade materials, energy and resource conservation, air and water purification, natural furnishings and fabrics and much more!
 

Living With History: Focus on Antiques

Collecting antiques can easily become a way of life. Not only are you accumulating one of a kind objects, but you are surrounding yourself with history.  When purchasing antique furniture, it's important to have done your research! 

A good place to start is by educating yourself on different types of of antiques.  Did you know that a true antique must be over 100 years old?  A great place to start is the library.  Familiarizing yourself with different styles will make you an educated shopper.

Learn how furniture from different eras was made.  This will help you distinguish a real antique from a modern day knock off.  Keep in mind that imperfections mean that a piece was hand made rather than cut from machinery.

Develop an eye for different types of wood for it will help determine a piece's value.  Walnut, for instance, is considered high-end and will appraise the piece at a higher value.

Once you're educated, start shopping! Often times you can find great deals at garage sales and flea markets.  However, if you're looking for something specific it might be a good idea to check with an antique dealer or well connected interior designer.

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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 serves on the Santa Monica Conservancy’s board of directors and specializes in green interior design and historic preservation.

Sarah Barnard Design undertakes residential interior design projects, commercial spaces and even single rooms. She can help you with space planning, color counseling, kitchen and bath remodeling, historic preservation, and all aspects of green design and healthy living: organic, non-toxic, sustainable and fair trade materials, energy and resource conservation, air and water purification, natural furnishings and fabrics and much more!
 

Party Planning With Style

Text by: Danielle Tosaya     Interiors by: Sarah Barnard

Dinner parties or other home gatherings can be remarkable when a keen eye for detail and that special finishing touch are involved. When first starting the party planning process, scope out the locations in the home that will be used for the event. What home accessories that you already have can be used for the event? How is the lighting? What needs to be done for the space to be fully utilized for this function? Consider rearranging furniture to create a fresh new look for the room and to possibly open up the space to accommodate guests.

For a Christmas party, your decorated Christmas tree can be used as a terrific backdrop. As most holiday accessories are collected over the years, using them to decorate your space is a nice personal touch and can be a conversation starter. Furniture can be rearranged around the tree to create a new lounge-like seating area for guests to occupy before or after dinner.

Small accessories used as accents are great for decorating any space and can help with the theme of your party. Here, a silver leafed sea shell and starfish can be used for a summertime, beach themed soiree. 

For the dinner table, centerpieces and table settings truly add to the ambiance of the room. In this modern dining room, the pink tinted china adds a pop of color and compliments the nature-inspired centerpiece. Additionally, a properly set table can impress guests while adding a certain dimension to the table as the glassware in the photo does. 

Lighting can play a huge role in the general atmosphere for your party. Here, a candlelit chandelier gives a cozy warmth to the room.  Consider having lit candles throughout the rest of the house to continue this warm feel for your party. Natural lighting can also be utilized for your event.  In this ocean view penthouse, the floor to ceiling windows are being fully displayed to light up this entertaining area. For your house, open up those curtains before the sun goes down to enhance any room.  

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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 & Ecologyas 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 serves on the Santa Monica Conservancy’s board of directors and specializes in green interior design and historic preservation.
Sarah Barnard Design undertakes residential interior design projects, commercial spaces and even single rooms. She can help you with space planning, color counseling, kitchen and bath remodeling, historic preservation, and all aspects of green design and healthy living: organic, non-toxic, sustainable and fair trade materials, energy and resource conservation, air and water purification, natural furnishings and fabrics and much more!

Danielle Tosaya (guest blogger) is an Interior Design student at California State University of Northridge. She is a student member of ASID and is excited to see what the future after graduation holds. With a love for travel, she hopes to design spaces in other places of the United States, Europe and Asia and takes a particular interest in restaurants and hotels. Danielle enjoys watching movies, going to concerts, and spending time with her family and friends in her free time. 

Colors From the Garden

Choosing colors for you home can be difficult when there are so many to choose from.  Sometimes the answer can be as simple as looking for inspiration in your own garden.  Nature's color palette provides the perfect balance of neutral tones, vibrant greens, and lively color.

Elements from your garden can serve as decor.  Not only do they tie your interior and exterior design together, but they bring freshness, life, and color into a room. 

Potted succulents serve as great center pieces, and are easy to take care of for they need little water to thrive.  Pair them with interesting found objects such as rocks and found wood to add organic shapes to a room.

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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 serves on the Santa Monica Conservancy’s board of directors and specializes in green interior design and historic preservation.

Sarah Barnard Design undertakes residential interior design projects, commercial spaces and even single rooms. She can help you with space planning, color counseling, kitchen and bath remodeling, historic preservation, and all aspects of green design and healthy living: organic, non-toxic, sustainable and fair trade materials, energy and resource conservation, air and water purification, natural furnishings and fabrics and much more!
 

Decorating with Seasonal Details

The changing seasons can serve as the perfect inspiration for updating a room's decor,and is great way to keep rooms looking fresh!  Check out these seasonal details from Sarah Barnard Design.

Spring
Fresh flowers add liveliness and a pop of color to a room.


Pastel colored flatware recall the blooming flowers outside.

Fresh fruit reminds us of the lush bounty brought from the spring showers.

Summer
Sea themed decor gives any room the easy breezy feeling of summer at the beach.

 Rustic wood flatware recalls a cool autumn day.

Neutral tones and orange flowers mimic the changing fall leaves. 

Winter
Holiday garland, white flowers, and traditional Christmas decor adds holiday cheer.

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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 serves on the Santa Monica Conservancy’s board of directors and specializes in green interior design and historic preservation.

Sarah Barnard Design undertakes residential interior design projects, commercial spaces and even single rooms. She can help you with space planning, color counseling, kitchen and bath remodeling, historic preservation, and all aspects of green design and healthy living: organic, non-toxic, sustainable and fair trade materials, energy and resource conservation, air and water purification, natural furnishings and fabrics and much more!
 

Best and Blue-est Blues

Blue is a versatile color that looks great in any room.  Blue is often times used in the home for it can be perceived as calming, peaceful, and charming.  Check out these great blue rooms by Sarah Barnard Design.

The existing antique brick and the cool blue tones of the locally made cabinetry make for a happy collection of old and new.


Refreshing blue tile offsets a limestone niche and gives the serene master bath a
splash of color.
 

Blue, a typical choice for a boy's bedroom, transforms this 'little man's' room with the warmth of traditional design elements and cutting edge details to create a youthful, contemporary space

 A wall mural featuring a vintage Aston Martin inspired by the classic James Bond film 'Goldfinger' paired with blue wainscoting.

The soaking tub echoes the oval forms present elsewhere in the space and allows for a feeling of lightness overall.

 A sea of blue ceramic tile paired with organic form glass floor tiles and an orb-like wall sconce create a fresh aesthetic for a child's bathroom.

Quarts countertops infused with real seashells pair nicely with the seaside location of the residence.

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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 serves on the Santa Monica Conservancy’s board of directors and specializes in green interior design and historic preservation.

 

 

Sarah Barnard Design undertakes residential interior design projects, commercial spaces and even single rooms. She can help you with space planning, color counseling, kitchen and bath remodeling, historic preservation, and all aspects of green design and healthy living: organic, non-toxic, sustainable and fair trade materials, energy and resource conservation, air and water purification, natural furnishings and fabrics and much more!

"Ocean Avenue"- Casa International, January 2013

Beijing's acclaimed interior design magazine features a beautiful five page pictorial on the work of Sarah Barnard Design.

“Sustainable design isn't so much a focus as much as a sensibility. I don't discuss much “saving of the planet” with my clients. It's just a professional standard. All interior designers should be providing environments that are smart, beautiful and safe. I always think about an artistic concept and the clients functional requirements first. After I've determined where the project needs to go I make careful selections along the way to get us there in the healthiest way possible.”

Working out of her Los Angeles based studio, Sarah Barnard is intrigued by clients who have unusual requests and lives for a challenge. She hasn’t met one yet that she didn’t like. In this project, the owners wanted an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.  They wanted a space conducive to relaxation and meditation.

The space is actually quite small (under 2000 SF) and so creating a sense of visual expanse was challenging. One of the strategies Sarah Barnard employed to virtually raise the ceiling height was to paint out the crown molding to match the wall and ceiling color (but not the baseboard).

The media room functions also as a second bedroom with a contemporary sofa that folds out into a comfy guest bed.  Also, this is a penthouse apartment that looks over Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica, California. Anything that needed to go inside the apartment had to fit in the freight elevator. If the item could fit in the freight elevator...it couldn't be a part of the design!

The aesthetic is generally quiet and is a combination of contemporary pieces and vintage items. The living area is intentionally light and bright, encouraging the walls and furnishings to recede so that the ocean views can remain the focus. The master bedroom is intentionally considerably darker to encourage sleep, while the horizontal lines of the furnishings and drapery echo the direction of
the shoreline.  Careful selection of organic natural textiles, non-toxic wall finishes, re-use of on site materials as was feasible, incorporation of vintage fixtures and furnishings as well as energy efficient
appliances and lighting.

The space is amazing! The clients live full time in the San Francisco Bay area and use this space as a relaxing retreat. Everyone who has visited the space has fallen in love with the interiors and the views!

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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 serves on the Santa Monica Conservancy’s board of directors and specializes in green interior design and historic preservation.

Sarah Barnard Design undertakes residential interior design projects, commercial spaces and even single rooms. She can help you with space planning, color counseling, kitchen and bath remodeling, historic preservation, and all aspects of green design and healthy living: organic, non-toxic, sustainable and fair trade materials, energy and resource conservation, air and water purification, natural furnishings and fabrics and much more!
 

Powder Rooms

Powder rooms, or half-baths are designed to be used by guest. Designing a stylist powder room can make your guests feel welcomed and pampered.  A well designed powder room utilizes a small space through a bold statement.

A hand-carved stone sink sits atop custom maple shelving in this jewel box of a powder bathroom.

This serene guest bathroom has a custom vanity cabinet and matching wood framed mirror that float above the cream colored pebble flooring.

Pillowed, onyx wall tiles and a hand carved, honey onyx sink harmoniously mesh with a specially made mahogany vanity.

Bespoke cabinetry, carrera marble detailing and oil rubbed bronze fixtures create a rich palette that delight the senses.

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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 serves on the Santa Monica Conservancy’s board of directors and specializes in green interior design and historic preservation.

Sarah Barnard Design undertakes residential interior design projects, commercial spaces and even single rooms. She can help you with space planning, color counseling, kitchen and bath remodeling, historic preservation, and all aspects of green design and healthy living: organic, non-toxic, sustainable and fair trade materials, energy and resource conservation, air and water purification, natural furnishings and fabrics and much more!
 

Sexy Spaces

Creating a sexy space is all about a space's attitude.  Not only are these spaces beautiful, but they are spaces of self-expression.  Check out these sexy spaces created by Sarah Barnard Design.

Surfboards painted by youthful members of LRO add interest to the conference room as works of art.

The Teen Choice Celebrity Gift Retreat was designed to be both fun and modern while emphasizing a commitment to sustainable practices.

An Ocean Avenue penthouse with a bird’s eye view of Santa Monica’s coastline. Eco-friendly furnishings, natural textiles and organic rugs provide a perfect Zen retreat.

Vintage rattan coffee table ottomans pair perfectly with a sleeper sofa from Linea and light weight linen sheer drapery.

 A therapeutic bathing tub, heated floor tiles and soothing views of nature enhance the splendor and comfort of this master bathroom.

Large multi-toned pebbles set the tone for this powder bathroom. Melding classic Moroccan influences with a contemporary strategy made for a delightfully balanced composition.

This former laundry room, now a master bath is transformed into an oasis retreat.

A breathtaking painted wall screen sets the tone for this sumptuous sitting room.

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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 serves on the Santa Monica Conservancy’s board of directors and specializes in green interior design and historic preservation.
Sarah Barnard Design undertakes residential interior design projects, commercial spaces and even single rooms. She can help you with space planning, color counseling, kitchen and bath remodeling, historic preservation, and all aspects of green design and healthy living: organic, non-toxic, sustainable and fair trade materials, energy and resource conservation, air and water purification, natural furnishings and fabrics and much more!