Sarah founded the firm that bears her name in 1998 and has enjoyed every thrilling moment of her entrepreneurial adventure. From early days as a prop stylist for TV shows and magazines, to hosting, co-creating and co-producing her own shows, Sarah views her job in the world of design as a fluid evolution filled with new adventures and challenges at every junction. As a child, Sarah was always busy with some sort of creative art, craft or DIY project, and nothing has changed since. Designer may be her occupation, but juggling is clearly a skill as Sarah seamlessly balances managing the firm with producing and hosting TV programs, writing columns for two publications, and designing signature product lines for a number of international brands, as well as her own line of custom upholstered furniture. Blessed with an incredible team of collaborators and creative minds, Sarah is continually inspired by the hive of activity that can be found in the energetic and enthusiastic offices of Sarah Richardson Design. Mentoring her team, overseeing design projects, and being knee-deep in the creative process is what keeps Sarah's passion for design as strong as ever.
Sarah views every design project as an experiment and is determined to continually push boundaries to achieve the best results for every client in her quest to create interiors for modern living that are informed by a classic perspective. Sarah's signature look marries contemporary and traditional influences by combining soulful antique and vintage elements with modern innovations, while deftly balancing the masculine and feminine aesthetic to form interiors that are universally appealing. As an artist, Sarah has a love of colour and pattern and considers every new project to be a blank canvas awaiting the perfect palette and the most beautiful combination of fabrics. As a child, Sarah dreamed of being a graphic designer, which likely explains her somewhat quirky obsession for fonts. When not designing homes, furniture, fabric or products, Sarah can be found tweaking magazine layouts, downloading new fonts, designing marketing materials, thinking of new ways to communicate via social media, writing copy for this website, or brainstorming how to bring her latest vision of creativity to fruition. Fortunately, there's a whole team of wonderful talents who help make it all possible, every day.
Q & A
BEST DESIGN BARGAIN YOU BOUGHT FOR YOUR HOME
A fabulous pair of vintage olive wood parsons tables.
THING YOU WOULD BUY FOR YOUR HOME IF MONEY WERE NO OBJECT
Where do I start? A Cy Twombly painting, a Rothko, a giant Jack Bush – nothing makes a home come to life like amazing art by a contemporary master.
FAVOURITE SPACE YOU'VE DESIGNED
The last one is usually my favourite. I get so invested in each and every space that it holds a special place in my heart when it’s time to call it done. Every project is a new experiment, so it benefits from all the knowledge and successes gleaned on every other job.
FAVOURITE DESIGN PERIOD/MOVEMENT
I think there was terrific creative innovation in modernism during the Art Deco period. Despite being close to 100 years old, the metalwork, forms and details can still look incredibly contemporary, yet not dated.
FIRST DESIGN MEMORY?
The amazing Kelly green ceiling in my childhood bedroom. I loved it, and knew how unique it was. It must be why I think a plain white ceiling is a missed opportunity!
FAVOURITE FASHION DESIGNER?
Oscar de la Renta - I love dressmaker details, and no one does elegant details like he does!
WHERE ARE YOU MOST INSPIRED?
On vacation, or in the country. Great things happen when my mind gets a chance to get away from the daily buzz.
NEXT DREAM VACATION DESTINATION
New Zealand and Australia - I want to explore the natural beauty of the landscape, experience the wine regions that produce my favourite vintages, check out the design scene, and meet some of the amazing people who watch our shows down under.
IF SRD HAD A BAND, WHAT INSTRUMENT WOULD YOU BE PLAYING?
Tambourine! I have no musical talent, but I love me a little tambourine (and managed to work it into the theme music of most of my TV series)
“You Can Get It If You Really Want” by Jimmy Cliff (even though it doesn’t have tambourine)