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Change Is In The Air!

Sarah Bradburn

Is it just me or is this the first time in YEARS that it actually feels like fall in AZ this early? Is this what the rest of the country has been crowing about all this time? I am loving this beautiful fall weather and can’t wait to start enjoying brunches and dinners on restaurant patios once again.

With fall in full swing my thoughts are turning to this last quarter of 2016 and reflecting upon the year so far. As a business owner this is the time I dig in and do a diagnostic check of where my business is and where I want it to go in the future.

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that last week I was in Dallas for a conference with an interior design business mastermind group created and led by Tobi Fairley. This year, I’ve attended two other events with an incredible group of designers from all over the country. Each time I come away with a very specific “A-Ha!” moment that inspires me to take action. This trip was no different.

I loved the classical style and beautiful details in the historic Stoneleigh Hotel.

I loved the classical style and beautiful details in the historic Stoneleigh Hotel.

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Since that meeting in Dallas, I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on what I love most about being an interior designer and visualizing what type of design business best suits my personality, talents and strengths moving forward. My eyes have really been opened to the possibilities of crafting a business model that is unique to me instead of trying to fit into a mold that never felt 100% authentic. I’m always telling clients and perspective clients that their homes need to reflect them, what they love and how they live. So it only seems logical that a business should reflect the strengths, personality and passion of the owner.

After a lot of soul-searching, I’ve realized that while I love full service design projects and the satisfaction that comes from designing entire rooms or homes, I am incredibly energized by working with a larger variety of clients on quicker “consultation style” projects. I have a ton of enthusiasm about helping people design homes they love and I love to share my knowledge with as many people as possible (hence this blog). Working with full-service budgets is truly wonderful and I’ll never stop pursuing those projects but I also feel driven to offer design services that are accessible to many more people.

So I’m in the midst of creating a whole new menu of consultation packages for people who would love to work with me on designing their homes but who may not have the budget for my full service design. This will be a really great fit for people who want to hire me for my creativity and design expertise but who want to save money by handling their own ordering, project managing and installations.

I’m fine-tuning all of the details and plan on launching these new services by the end of October so stay tuned!  I’m SO excited about tailoring my business in a way that brings great design and great service to more people. I really believe that everyone deserves a beautiful, well-designed home and I hope to be able to help many more people achieve that.

I hope you’ll follow along and thanks for sticking with me throughout this post. I’ll be back to posting pretty and inspiring things later this week.

xo,
Sarah

Colorful Bedroom Design Plan

Sarah Bradburn

Hello and Happy Friday to you!

Today I'm sharing the design plans for a guest bedroom makeover I'm currently doing for my toughest, pickiest, most annoying client ever.

ME!

My guest bedroom has undergone a couple of mini makeovers throughout the years. My goal for a room that is primarily for guests has usually been to keep it calm, soothing and relaxing. This go-around, I'm turning that concept on its head in a big way! I've decided to go bold bold bold with color and pattern. I couldn't be more excited to go all out in creating a beautiful, dynamic room that is full of all the things I love!

When I start to design any room, I always begin with fabrics and let them dictate the palette and style throughout. For this project, I've selected the much-loved Chiang Mai by Schumacher as my lead fabric. There are SO many gorgeous colors in this pattern that the sky really is the limit when it comes to adding additional fabrics.

Chiang Mai Schumacher

I've ordered a custom headboard in navy linen to keep it timeless and for all of the brighter colors to play off of. The drapery will be in the dotted print by Kate Spade for Kravet. I'm debating on whether or not to add the navy polka dot trim along the leading edge. What do you guys think?

Also on the bed will be two orange tasseled pillows. I am absolutely in love with them and will be adding them to my online shop which will open later in the fall.

navy headboard

The bedding is still a work in progress but at the foot of the bed I'll be placing a pair of these brass and faux ostrich stools by World's Away for some modern glamour.

brass xstool

Also going into the bedroom is a vintage campaign dresser that I've had in storage for months while I debated selling it versus keeping it. The wood tones will be the perfect complement to all of this color and the campaign style brings a classic style element to the room.

campaign dresser

This room is going to be such a stunner! There are a few other elements that I'm keeping a surprise until the final reveal which will take place next month but I think this sneak peek gives you a pretty good idea of the direction. Bold, glamorous, classic and colorful!!

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous weekend!

xo,
Sarah

If you'd like help designing a bold and beautiful home that you absolutely LOVE, head on over to my Contact Page to get started.

Inspired By: Bold Color

Sarah Bradburn

If all you knew about my personal design aesthetic was by looking at my professional portfolio, you might have the impression that I prefer to stay neutral when it comes to color. You might think I like to play it safe when it comes to mixing patterns.  Can I let you in on a little secret?

I. LOVE. COLOR. 

I love bright, saturated color. I love deep, dark color. I love fun, punchy color and rich, sophisticated color. Simply put, color (especially in big, dramatic doses) makes me really really happy.  As a professional designer, I don’t get too many opportunities to go big and bold for my clients. When I’m designing for someone else, my priority is creating beautiful spaces that make my clients incredibly happy and usually that involves a more neutral palette with pops of color sprinkled about.

Bold color isn’t something that most people can or want to live with day-to-day and it’s really rare when a client comes to me requesting a ton of it. So to satisfy my color cravings, I usually end up experimenting on my own home. It’s a fun challenge to stray from convention or from what is palatable to the majority and go a little crazy in the safety of my own home.

 I’m currently in the process of redesigning my guest bedroom (yes, again) and this time around there will be gobs of bold color and lots of great pattern mixing. I’ll share the design plan with you later this week but until then, here are some of the spaces that are inspiring me.

Hunted Interior

Hunted Interior

Hunted Interior

Hunted Interior

Rue Magazine

Rue Magazine

Tobi Fairley Interior Design

Tobi Fairley Interior Design

Tobi Fairley Interior Design

Tobi Fairley Interior Design

Parker Kennedy Living

Parker Kennedy Living

Color me inspired! Would you dare to go bold in your home?

xo,
Sarah