"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!


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!