We’re back with a new guest tastemaker for some quick-fire questions and a mini-curation of some fab Chairish finds!

This week, we sat down with Sarah Stacey, of the Austin-based firm Sarah Stacey Interior Design. While Sarah is a world-traveler and bonafide wanderlust, she believes that a well designed home is the foundation to a beautiful life. So naturally, she has mastered the art of creating personalized spaces that incorporate pieces her clients have discovered in their travels.

Read on to find out about her latest project featuring secret doors, and the lackluster design sin she wishes people would stop committing.

What is the coolest vintage piece in your house? What makes it the coolest?
It is a toss up between my whimsical brass Ibex head coffee table, and a Vladimir Kagan Cloud sofa. I found the Kagan sofa on Craigslist for $30! It has the coolest fabric: It is white with little metallic rainbow triangles on it.  

Who is your ultimate style icon?
That is such a hard question because I don’t think I have just one! I’d say Ken Fulk, because his interiors are so well done. They are new but look like they could have been there forever. As for fashion, it would be Alessandro Michelle who is the creative director for Gucci. Gucci has always been a favorite label, but right now it has the perfect level of nostalgia and Camp and I love it. 

Do you collect anything? What sparked your interest in collecting that item?
I collect vintage box purses and art. I started collecting the box purses about 20 years ago. I saw one in a vintage store and immediately fell for it. At one time I had over 20, but I’ve sold many, only keeping the ones I love the most. I also started collecting art in college and have mostly vintage pieces. I’m embarrassed to say this but I also have a large drawer filled with beer koozies I’ve collected from different places and events.

What’s a current design trend that you hope doesn’t exist in 100 years?
Accent walls! I feel like people are just dipping their toe into drama by doing an accent wall. You can’t get the full effect by just focusing on one wall. Accent walls are for people who have commitment issues.

Are there any upcoming projects you are excited about and would like to have mentioned in the feature?
Yes! I am working on an amazing project in Spicewood that we were able to flex our design muscles on. You’ll see a speakeasy (with a secret door), a dance hall, and a full remodel including a 28-foot-long primary closet addition. It will be a little bit glam, a little bit euro, and a little over the top. But in a very tasteful and fun way.

Headshot Image by Lacey Land


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June 23, 2021

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