Dreams Luxury Lifestyles: Beverly Hills Bibliophile

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Perched above the bustling city, this colorful, newly finished home is full of delightful surprises. Sarah Barnard was commissioned by a prolific reader and art collector for a total redesign of a Beverly Hills suite. Sarah placed her art collection and book collection prominently in this colorful, daring, and art-forward home. “I adore people who are avid collectors of anything they love!” explained Sarah about the project. This home is the result of ultra-personalized and custom design. Sarah Barnard has ample experience designing homes with unique features. Vegan design, antique collections, pet menageries, rock specimen collections, clients with special needs–anything and everything for her clients’ comfort. Art was specially commissioned, furniture was carefully tailored, and the homeowner’s collection was carefully curated.

Brushed gold and black frames pop against the bold wall color and unify the homeowner’s art collection.

Brushed gold and black frames pop against the bold wall color and unify the homeowner’s art collection.

The homeowner of this elegant suite is a dedicated bibliophile and loves to keep hard copies of all her favorites. Many classic volumes (and duplicates of a precious few, Jane Austin’s work especially), and well as first edition printings, copies from the homeowner’s childhood, and academic reading proudly grace the elegant space and create a colorful tapestry.

The entryway halls display the owner’s carefully curated artworks–including a few new pieces and her own delicate embroidery. Paintings, embroidery, mixed media works, and drawings hang against vibrant blue walls. The collection showcases work from across the globe and focuses on feminist work and portraiture. The assorted works are unified with brushed gold and black frames that stand out boldly against the beautiful blue walls. The homeowner remarked that the entryway is one of her favorite features of her newly finished home.

In the living space, floor to ceiling windows line the space on two sides, providing grand, sweeping views of the city. A dracaena specimen lines the windows and makes the home feel airy and light. A large, captivating wall sculpture by artist Renae Barnard rests above the sofa.

In the dining area, custom furniture is arranged around the dining table, providing guests a choice of styles. Higher seat heights were chosen for this homeowner to improve her ease of use. Airplants dot the bright space and connect the suite. The collection of books in the dining room allows the homeowner easy access to her beloved collection, as well as providing a beautiful talking piece and homey atmosphere.

Living area full of organic, textural and lush materials. A wall sculpture by Renae Barnard, titled ‘Aggregate Liberty’ sits above a custom furniture piece that was commissioned for the homeowner.


Living area full of organic, textural and lush materials. A wall sculpture by Renae Barnard, titled ‘Aggregate Liberty’ sits above a custom furniture piece that was commissioned for the homeowner.

Bright blues and vibrant purples make the space light and airy. A variety of antique chairs and a bespoke bench were upholstered in a gorgeous blue fabric as a modern interpretation of a dining set. Guests can choose their favorite of many seats when dining together.

The second bedroom functions as both a workspace and a media room and is filled with personalized details. A pillow with an embroidered Picasso drawing is nestled on the sleek new sofa. Agate-inspired grasscloth wallcovering feels both lush and organic in the bright space. The desk, hand-made and powder coated in black, was designed especially for this homeowner. A fiddle leaf fig (Ficus lyrata) adds life and nourishment to the space.

The bedroom’s vibrant purple walls make a stunning backdrop to a luxurious, award-winning, American black walnut bed frame by Autoban. The bed is outfitted in an Egyptian cotton duvet in a custom aubergine and crimson color scheme on a custom coconut mattress.

California king bed made from award-winning, American black walnut by Autoban, lined with purple velvet, blending natural textures with dark, feminine styling. Above it, a custom neon piece reading ‘Phantasmagoria’ adds an ethereal glow.

California king bed made from award-winning, American black walnut by Autoban, lined with purple velvet, blending natural textures with dark, feminine styling. Above it, a custom neon piece reading ‘Phantasmagoria’ adds an ethereal glow.

“I live for a challenge,” says Barnard about this home. My client’s love for narrative language inspired the art featured above her bed: a neon sign specially commissioned for the space that reads, “phantasmagoria,” and casts an otherworldly glow. Sarah asked the client to chose a word important to her, and the result is not only her favorite word for years, but is also a word that embodies her linguistic expertise and long love for literature.

The two tone purple walls in the space were designed to make the bedroom “feel like a hug,” one of the requests of the homeowner. Blackout curtains, soft lighting, rich purple tones, and exquisite bedding culminate in a lush and relaxing bedroom.

Barnard’s work is centered on health and happiness. Her projects are personalized, enduring spaces and her practice is built around doing anything and everything to ensure her client’s homes are authentic, restorative and support their best life. “Anything we can do to help our clients live better, we will.” For most, living your best life means having awareness of yourself and carefully considering your home.

Sarah Barnard designs healthy, happy, personalized spaces that are deeply connected to nature and art.

To learn more about Sarah Barnard Design, please visit www.SarahBarnard.com.

Photography by Steven Dewall and Abby Siniscal.