We love this Studio 212 designed living room – especially that swank tufted sofa.
Photo by Lynn Lehto Photography
We had the pleasure of speaking with Sarah Steele, owner of Seattle-based Studio 212 Interiors. Read on to find out more about Sarah’s favorite trends and her sage advice for a “whole home plan.”
What are some common mistakes you notice when you walk into a home?
Poor use of space. When a home interior is planned well, the flow and the sight lines should feel natural and be easy to live with. Natural light should also be maximized. When little thought is put into an interior plan, it takes a lot of work to get it right!
What advice do you have for someone working with a limited budget who’s just bought a new house?
Start by investing in a “whole home plan” that includes an overall palette and room-by-room space plans, but break it onto manageable, budget-friendly phases. From there, work backwards starting with your highest priorities and available budget. You’ll know the direction you’re heading every step of the way!
A gorgeous all-white kitchen from Studio 212 Interiors. Photo by Clarity Northwest Photography
What’s a trend you’re seeing in homes right now that you feel needs to just stop? And what about one you can’t get enough of?
For installed materials, I can’t get enough of the use of reclaimed materials when they are appropriate for the architecture of a home. I am also excited to see so many open spaces and large windows that let natural light in. I’ve seen enough of vessel sinks. Very seldom are they well executed! As for soft goods: Zebra hide rugs – done! Can’t get enough of: modern/classic blends of furnishings that work.
For homeowners who are feeling a little overwhelmed, where do you recommend they start?
Take a deep breath and begin by listing your priorities and set a budget. Oftentimes, “you don’t know what you don’t know,” so take time to educate yourself using online resources like Modernize, Houzz, and Zillow to get a feel for pricing and property values. Consider dedicating budget for professional resources, like interior designers and architects, to help you map out a long-term plan for your project(s).
We’re in love with the simple element of candles of varying sizes but the same
color on a mantel shelf. Photo by Clarity Northwest Photography
What’s your dream design project?
Starting a custom home at the architectural planning phase and being able to influence how the interior and exterior relate, especially in waterfront or mountain view settings like many of our projects here in the Pacific Northwest. We also love it when all parties — the architect, builder, interior architect, and homeowner — and are all on the same page and enjoying the process from the start! Dreamy!
Do you have any rules?
Less is more. Period.
Exercise restraint. (Just because you have a blank wall, doesn’t mean you have to hang something on it!)
Be a good listener. Our clients’ words speak volumes!
Ere on the side of timeless design elements — they never go out of style!
Do you ever find pieces that you don’t want to share with clients?
No! We love creating custom, personalized spaces, so if we see something that’s a fit with their aesthetic and their budget, of course we’d share!
See more fantastic design work at Studio 212 Interiors. - by Kristin Hillery for Modernize.com