Sarah finds inspiration everywhere she looks. Here, she shares and describes some of the influences that inspire her approach to interior design with a selection of recent items that have fired her imagination...

Sarah takes inspiration from many quarters, her style informed by myriad influences. First and foremost among them, however, are her clients. Often the pieces they already have that they would like to keep are the starting point for a project.

“I’m inspired by what I see out in the world and closer to home,” she says, “but also by creating a context for an object. If someone has much-loved antique pieces they don’t want to part with, but wish to create a contemporary environment, then it is down to me, as the designer, to find a way to seamlessly marry the two.”

Sarah believes a good design is logical, but that it shouldn’t detract from the overall aesthetic. It is, she says, about “finding a way to combine beauty with practicality in every setting”.

Our homes should be somewhere we take inspiration from, but also somewhere offering sanctuary and a place to escape. By ensuring every element of the design in some way inspires her clients, Sarah’s schemes manage to offer just that.

Portuguese lighting company Serip designs and makes fabulous contemporary chandeliers inspired by natural, organic shapes.

I love the sculptural appearance of Lucy Burley’s earthenware vessels. By using oxides and stains, she obtains a wide spectrum of colours.

These carved ebony swallows had lived for too long in a drawer. They now sit well against the wall colour and the black beams in my client’s snug.

I love the freshness and vitality of’Bird Garden’, a linocut by artist Mike Hearld. Supplied by St Judes who specialise in artist-designed fabrics and wallpapers.

These expressive figures, sculpted in wire by Rachel Ducker, have a wonderful sense of movement and personality and they make me smile.

Multi award-winning oil painter Linda Alexander’s extraordinarily detailed images are inspired by nature and bring sunshine to even the darkest room.

Nature is endlessly fascinating to me. The shapes, colours and textures and the play of light all provide inspiration for my designs.

I found this embroidered silk panel at Healey & James’s exuberant textile emporium and repurposed it as a wall hanging for a client.

“Trade Winds” wallpaper by Osborne & Little, tiles from Fired Earth and dramatic lighting create the perfect setting for a client’s horn galleon.




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