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Designer VIP Day

Sarah Bradburn

Since launching this new website, you may have noticed that my services have been streamlined from what I had offered on my previous “Menu of Services”. The vast majority of people who come to me for help are in need of and wanting that traditional designer/client arrangement where I present a full room or full home design plan then purchase and install everything for them.

However, some clients, usually design obsessed people like me, have a very clear vision of what they want their finished home to be and really just need a day with me to help refine, clarify and create an action plan for them to execute.  So in addition to traditional “Full Service Design” I’ve recently added a service called “Designer VIP Day”. 

Designer VIP Day gives you 5 hours of very-focused one-on-one time with me. What makes this day SO productive is all of the prep work that happens before I ever ring your doorbell. After you book your day, you’ll receive a questionnaire so that I can gather as much information about your project along with your Top 5 goals for what you want to accomplish in our day together.

You’ll also create a specific Pinterest board for this project, pinning all the things you love (color, style, fabrics, details, etc..). You’ll email me a few photos of the room(s) we’ll focus on so that I can start thinking about how to best help you achieve your vision.

I gather as much information from you as possible so that when your Designer VIP Day comes, you get a TON of laser-focused information that is going to help you transform your space immediately. You’ll be amazed at how much we accomplish together in just 5 hours. Theoretically, because of all this prep work that takes place even before your Designer VIP Day, we could fully design and begin to furnish an entire room during the appointment.

So what does a typical Designer VIP Day look like?

I arrive at 10am, you and I walk the rooms together (we usually keep it to 1 or 2 rooms at the most), talk about your vision, what the challenges are and go over your Pinterest board. We might talk about ways to optimize your floorplan by changing the furniture layout, art placement, bringing in more lighting, adding more color, adding window treatments, styling your shelves & tabletops, you name it. I usually bring a notepad of graph paper so I can sketch out furniture layouts and ideas to help you visualize what I'm proposing.

Then we’ll go have a nice lunch together where we’ll continue to chat about my recommendations for your space.  From there we’ll usually spend the rest of our time together shopping at retail stores or online. I’ve had clients use this appointment to select finishes for kitchens and bathrooms in new construction or remodel projects. 

One client used her VIP Day to select new bedding , order custom drapery , a rug, lamps and decorative accessories to finish off her master bedroom. She loved being able to finally cross this room off her list! I make sure VIP Days are fast-paced and really productive because I want you to get tangible results! If you sign up for this service you’ll need to be ready to make some decisions and confidently pull the trigger to get the absolute most out of it. It’s definitely a bit of work but it’s a lot of fun too!

Designer VIP Day is such a great option if you want one day of really intense design expertise but it’s also a great way for you to evaluate whether we’re a good fit for working together with my full service design. If you decide to move forward in a full service capacity, your Designer VIP Day investment is credited towards the design fee for full service design.

If you’d like to schedule your own Designer VIP Day or to learn more about my design services, contact me for more information!

xo,
Sarah

Tips for Bringing Glamour to Everyday Living

Sarah Bradburn

Jonathan Adler is one of my absolute favorite designers. Not only do I adore his bold use of bright, poppy color but I especially appreciate that he advocates for bringing glamour into everyday living.

As a designer, when working with my clients I think about ways to bring touches of glamour and chic living into their lives. At first, the words "chic" and "glamour" might conjure images of sparkly chandeliers, highly polished marble and lush, silk drapery. That's certainly a type of glamour that I enjoy but the kind of glamour I'm talking about today comes from taking everyday tasks or objects and making them extra special. To me, a chic and glamorous feeling in our homes can be achieved by examining our normal routines and surroundings then thinking about how we can make those moments and vignettes more intentional and beautiful.

Take breakfast for example. It's easy enough to open a container of store bought croissants or muffins and bottles of jam, plop it all out on the counter and be happy, right? Croissants and jam for breakfast? Yes, please! But what if we took just an extra minute to arrange those same store bought croissants on a pretty cake stand, basket or platter? And what if we spooned the jams into a decorative bowl or dish? And poured the juice into a carafe? Now we've created a pretty moment that feels just a little extra special right?

Design by Sarah Elizabeth Interior Design. Photography by Fawn DeViney

Design by Sarah Elizabeth Interior Design. Photography by Fawn DeViney

None of these changes have to be expensive in order to be chic. By making just a couple of simple swaps in our normal routine we've added a little bit of glamour to an everyday occurrence.

Interior Design by Sarah Elizabeth Interior Design. Photography by Fawn DeViney

Interior Design by Sarah Elizabeth Interior Design. Photography by Fawn DeViney

Another way I like to add beauty in the everyday for my clients is through organization with decorative trays and boxes. This may sound basic or obvious but having a visually pleasing way to collect and corral the "not so pretty" necessities of life helps to create a feeling of calm and organization that to me feels very chic.

In family rooms I often utilize decorative boxes to store remotes, pens, notepads (I'm forever making lists and brainstorming business ideas that pop into my head at all hours!) and all of those other items we need right at our fingertips but that aren't necessarily something we want to see splayed out over the cocktail table. I believe that by organizing these mundane items inside something beautiful, we begin to create a mood in our home that is calm and more peaceful because it is pulled together and thoughtful. And I don't know about you, but to me, that one element goes a long way to creating a home that feels chic.

Interior Design by Sarah Elizabeth Interior Design. Photography by Fawn DeViney.

Interior Design by Sarah Elizabeth Interior Design. Photography by Fawn DeViney.

In my home I don't like a lot of "stuff" on the kitchen counters. Having clutter cleared away and a place for everything makes the kitchen feel inviting. At the same time, I love having all the tools I need for cooking right at my fingertips. So I put my most essential utensils in a big jar like the one below that's attractive and functional. It's not a groundbreaking concept and not one I invented but I think it illustrates how being thoughtful and intentional elevates the mundane.

Interior Design by Sarah Elizabeth Interior Design. Photography by Fawn DeViney.

Interior Design by Sarah Elizabeth Interior Design. Photography by Fawn DeViney.

In bathrooms, I love adding a small tray on the vanity to organize jars and bottles and even a framed photo, candle or a vase to hold a few flowers. Giving a bit more attention to how we display and arrange things in our homes and intentionally creating little moments of beauty for ourselves is definitely chic and glamorous. It's the kind of chic and glamorous living that doesn't necessarily take a lot of time or money just a thoughtful approach.

Interior Design by Sarah Elizabeth Interior Design.

Interior Design by Sarah Elizabeth Interior Design.

I hope this has inspired you to take stock of your everyday surroundings and brainstorm small changes you might make to bring a little bit of glamour and beauty to your home and daily routines. I know I'm already pondering ways to make my morning coffee and paper-reading routine feel a little more special.

xo
Sarah

Wild About Stripes

Sarah Bradburn

There are few things I love more than a good stripe. They're right up there with my dogs (ok, pretty much ANY dog if I'm being honest) and an ice-cold gin martini on my list of favorite things. As a design element in our homes, they're so versatile and when used in fashion, stripes are always in style. I love stripes so much that I painted the walls in my office in alternating bands of navy and white.

My striped walls provide a neutral backdrop for all of the fun color and patterns I often have spread out all over my office. They're visually interesting enough without being too distracting when I'm trying to focus or pull together a color scheme for a client. I can change out other finishes in the room and add in different pops of color when the mood strikes me and the walls will always work.

I've also used stripes in my client's homes as I did in the bedroom of a young client of mine not too long ago.

Minty green and white stripes were the perfect complement to all of the bright, bold color in this sweet bedroom.

I love tile in a striped pattern as well and vertical black and white stripes in this shower feel so glamorous and modern.

Design By Genevieve Gorder (Photo by Chris Amaral)

Design By Genevieve Gorder (Photo by Chris Amaral)

 

So it's no surprise that I can hardly walk through a clothing store without some sort of striped top or skirt catching my eye. Like a moth to a flame I especially can't seem to resist striped t-shirts. Black and white or navy and white, I must have about a dozen or so of them but I can't ever say no to a new one! Ah well, you find what you love and stick with it, right? That's called having a signature style, not hoarding.

Right now I've got my eye on these striped goodies:

Tory Burch Striped Bikini

Tory Burch Striped Bikini

Angelica Heel by Sole Society

Angelica Heel by Sole Society

Striped Boatneck Tee by J.Crew

Striped Boatneck Tee by J.Crew

Whether they're a design element in your home or part of your wardrobe (or most of your wardrobe!), you can never go wrong with a good stripe!

xo
Sarah