Intentional and thoughtful design—and how that contribute to emotional wellbeing—is at the heart of what Sarah Solis brings to a project. As founder and principle of her namesake L.A.-based design studio, Sarah infuses beautiful design with the kind of thoughtful reflection required to give client the life they want at home.
We love talking to designers of all kinds, and Sarah’s focus on embracing imperfection and building spaces that are calm, restorative, sensual, and artful is right up our alley…
Living Well With Designer Sarah Solis
Favorite 3 elements in a well-designed room: Unique lighting – I’m always so inspired by statement lighting fixtures; hardware – the jewelry of the home. It’s personal and it’s an element of fine detail, but also a key component to experiencing a space. I’m always a fan of plumbing hardware that feels like great jewelry; natural materials – Honoring natural materials with an “of the earth” palette—natural textiles, recycled and repurposed materials—is an integral part of my design philosophy that brings life and movement into a space.
My signature touch is… Creating singular, bold moments.
Favorite design trend right now: I love exposed beams—keeping some of the original details and architecture of a home, or bringing in gorgeous reclaimed wood to create that age and lived-in feeling.
Trend you’re ready to see go: Millions of pillows. I stray away from using lots of pillows and layers of accessories that create unwanted, visual clutter. Even just a singular, but bold, lumbar pillow on the bed creates a more refined, relaxed and serene space.
Biggest decor mistake most people make: Believing that everything they love will work together.
Design rule you love to break: Mixed metals!
To you, how does good design relate to wellness? Great design is both grounding and inspiring. Space planning can affect your mental flow and cultivate a great balance of form and function.
Favorite green or eco design tips: Use natural materials and avoid synthetics.
Favorite natural materials: Linen – A classic and relaxed design element; cashmere – perfectly cozy and understated. The material is as soft to the eye as it is to the touch; mohair – Its rich dimension creates softness and warmth, with a touch of luxe.
Tips for creating an intentional space… To me, creating intentional moments means capturing the authenticity of a space and honoring the small details that evoke big feelings. It’s very important to be intentional. I also try to design meditative moments and create sanctuary-like spaces—using natural materials in variations of earthy, organic tones have always proven to feel grounding and serene.
Favorite current design project: An equestrian farm in Old Agoura.
Item that instantly upgrades a space… Creative, artful lighting.
Current design mantra: It’s all happening.