From beginning her profession working within the leisure trade with the one and solely Ellen DeGeneres (sure, you learn that proper) to now quick forwarding 10 years later, what began as a weekend interest serving to her buddies design their properties sparked a chronic ardour to take the leap to make a swap in her profession. As an Austin native herself, Sara made the transfer again to her roots, the place she is now the imaginative and prescient and proprietor behind BANDD Design.
Sara’s signature design model consists of discovering classic equipment to go with completely different facets of her dwelling in a one-of-a-kind manner, and right now, we take a step inside one of many properties reworked by the BANDD Design staff. The house is filled with these wealthy blue tones, daring wallpaper designs, and texture all all through the house. We have now the within scoop right here as we chatted with Sara on the way to channel your private model, the steps it takes to design a house and the way to do all of it on a finances.
From working within the leisure trade to now inside design, what impressed you to take that leap?
I’ve at all times had a ardour for inside design, and whereas I used to be working within the leisure trade I made a decision to do inside design for my buddies as a weekend interest. Inside just some weeks I had so many consumers eager to work with me that I needed to depart my full-time job.
How did dwelling in Los Angeles affect your inside design model?
It launched me to the ‘California Informal’ model, which is what a majority of BANDD’s initiatives are themed.
In recent times, you’ve gotten launched a web-based home-decor store, The Founders Assortment. Inform us a bit in regards to the lead as much as and launch of the road.
Selfishly, I’m a classic accent hoarder and needed to discover a solution to justify shopping for extra classic finds and share the happiness with folks by letting them store for them.
The place did you get the inspiration to call your organization, The Founders Assortment?
Since majority of our dwelling assortment is classic, I needed to tie that in with the title so I selected “founder” to emphasise that these items are discovered from all through historical past.
The place do you see your small business going within the subsequent few years?
I see our enterprise increasing over time because it already has. We’re taking over extra initiatives than ever earlier than and it’s thrilling to know that we’ll have extra alternatives to assist folks flip their areas into lovely, long-lasting masterpieces.
The place do you discover design inspiration? Are there any magazines, blogs, or websites you look by means of typically?
Touring is one among my key sources of inspiration—notably Sonoma County and Napa Valley wine winery type of vibes. I additionally discover a number of inspiration by visiting new lodges and eating places round Austin.
How do you assist your shoppers department out and discover their particular person, private model?
I begin off by attending to know the consumer by asking them questions—what their household is like, their hobbies and pursuits, and what aesthetic they’re drawn to most. All through our design course of, we suggest a number of choices for every room to the consumer and get perception on what they like and dislike. From there, I attempt to incorporate components into their design that really feel genuine to them.
When in search of a house your self, what are your must-haves?
A giant bathe, excessive ceilings, plenty of pure mild, and many potential.
Are there any particular items of furnishings or dwelling accent staples you imagine are good to spend money on?
Furnishings that’s in high-traffic areas of the house and which are incessantly used ought to be an funding, as ought to issues reminiscent of a lounge couch, eating chairs and counter stools, and a mattress body. In the case of equipment, I feel that material and rugs are essential since you need them to be each sturdy and classy. These are all components that may deliver a room collectively.
Take us by means of your course of, the place do you normally like to begin when designing a house?
I at all times like to begin by taking a deep dive into the consumer’s design preferences–we name this the design discovery section. A consumer might come to me and say “I like fashionable.” and I might say, “Me too! I like fashionable,” however we might be talking fully completely different design languages. I take advantage of tons of visible instruments to ensure we get on the identical web page.
Your current challenge, Fortress Ridge, has fairly a number of blue statements all through the house. How did you determine on that particular shade? Discuss us by means of the decision-making course of for a few of these decisions.
Our consumer needed a contemporary farmhouse with a number of impartial components and colours, however we needed to herald a pop of shade to loosen up the area. The colour blue appeared sufficiently subtle for our consumer and reasoned with them greater than different shade choices, which complimented the impartial tones completely.
Wallpaper is now turning into extra incessantly utilized in properties, together with this Fortress Ridge dwelling. Do you’ve gotten any favourite patterns or favourite distributors you want to make use of?
I really like to make use of Schumacher, Hygge & West, and Flat Vernacular for wallpaper as a result of they at all times have distinctive, daring prints that deliver a contemporary but timeless really feel. A selected favourite is the Schumacher Queen of Spain wallpaper in heat silver, which is used within the powder toilet on this challenge.
You gave the fireside a makeover by including the gorgeous stone from high to backside. What do you advocate others can do to attain the identical look with a decent finances?
I might advocate researching completely different paint strategies and stone washes that they may use over their current fire with the intention to obtain an analogous look on a finances.
I’m obsessing over all of the textures all through the house—from the leather-based sofa to the wooden eating desk to the shiplap ceilings within the kitchen. How do you retain it from wanting too fashionable with out shedding the “dwelling” side of it?
Incorporating pure, natural components, such because the wooden and stone utilized in the lounge and the dwell edge eating desk, helps deliver that relaxed really feel to tone down the fashionable options. Additionally, bringing in particulars that spotlight the household’s character, just like the shelf decor in the lounge and the playful wallpapers used all through the home, give a extra “homey” side.
What types of challenges did you face whereas engaged on the challenge?
For probably the most half, the challenge went very clean and we solely had minor points with supplies sizing and builders. Nonetheless, we had one enormous problem with the dwell edge eating desk. The seller who was customized designing the eating desk advised us that it could take 4 months to make it. The day earlier than it reached the 4 month mark, he advised us that he wouldn’t have the ability to construct it, and on high of that the consumer was internet hosting an Easter get together that week so we needed to inform her the unlucky information and customized order the desk from a unique vendor.
Every part within the dwelling has its personal character and really feel to it. Which room was your favourite to design?
My private favourite was the eating room due to all the completely different patterns, textures, and components. I really feel like that room actually illustrated the consumer’s character and felt distinctive and customized to them as a household.
How do you stick with a finances for furnishings and decor? Do you’ve gotten any suggestions?
I like to recommend investing probably the most in larger items which are going for use on a day-to-day foundation, reminiscent of a lounge couch, mattress body, eating chairs, and eating desk. You will get away with spending much less on gadgets like facet tables, accent chairs, and decor, particularly since these are simple gadgets to swap out as developments and private preferences shift.
What’s your favourite factor about dwelling in Austin?
I really like the way it’s a giant metropolis with a small-town really feel—the facilities of the town are nice, however it nonetheless looks like a group. Additionally the delicate winters are a plus!
What do you imagine makes a home a house?
A house ought to be a mixture of favor, consolation, and character. It must also seem polished whereas additionally being approachable and purposeful.
What’s the day within the lifetime of Sara Malek Barney like?
Every day can differ a lot since that is such a fast-paced, quick-on-your-feet type of trade. Some days might be spent fully within the workplace, getting caught up on emails and dealing on challenge proposals, whereas different days might be spent hopping round to completely different consumer’s properties and showrooms.
What has been your proudest accomplishment but?
Having two superb youngsters which are caring and stuffed with character.
What recommendation would you give your 22-year-old self?
You don’t know all the things that you just suppose , however the one manner so that you can be taught is thru experiences.
Sara Malek Barney is The Everygirl…
Responsible Pleasure? Watching Teen Mother and going to hip hop dance courses—regardless that I’m probably not responsible about both of these, I personal it!
Perfect Friday Night time? Completely happy hour with some buddies that finally ends up going till daybreak, then attending to sleep in
Spring or Summer time? Summer time
Go-to Espresso Order? Common espresso with a splash of almond milk and little little bit of Splenda
Favourite design pattern? Blended metals
Final dwelling decor merchandise you acquire? Classic Moroccan lamp
Merchandise you’ll be able to’t depart the home with out? Lipstick
In the event you might have lunch with any lady, who wouldn’t it be and why? Lifeless: Amelia Earhart as a result of she is a feminist queen and was so fierce! Residing: Jennifer Anniston so I can learn the way she stays wanting so younger, or Vince Vaughn’s spouse so I can swoop in and steal him (solely joking).