Born in Japan and raised in Singapore and Texas, Sara Story is actually one of the best interior designers in the world. Recognized for her creative works, she knows perfectly how to marry design influences.
Central Park West apartment
Every object tells a story in the projects of Sara Story, whose decorative touch is lively and often rendered in glorious color. Case in point: this dining room in a Central Park West apartment with sepia-toned wallpaper hand-painted by Gracie.
The 1960s Swedish carpet is also a stunner, as is the custom chandelier by French designer Mathieu Lehanneur. To Sara Story’s eye, they marry especially well. “I love mixing contemporary elements with the vintage ones. Together they are so impactful,” she says. No one is leaving this modern dining table (another custom piece, by Hervé Van der Straeten) before dessert.
Gothic Victorian Estate
Niederhurst is a gothic Victorian house originally built in the 1870s by Winthrop S. Gilman, Jr. It was restored maintaining its original plaster medallions and detailing, but revitalized with hand-troweled Venetian plaster walls, oak millwork, and wide plank oak floors allowing the natural light to brighten the interiors.
Sara Story has Texas roots, but she and her husband and children like to spend Christmas in New York before heading to their Hill Country ranch and celebrating with the rest of the extended family. “We have friends over on Christmas Eve and make a big dinner,” she says. In Sara Story’s Hudson Valley contemporary dining room, whose walls were painted by artist Otto Zitko, a Stilnovo chandelier hangs over a massive custom dining table.
With the style of a precious jewel, the new Diamond sideboard, colored in green emerald, will make a splash in interior design since it is one of the hottest color trends.
This contemporary Aspen house with Greystone floors, Venetian plaster walls and blackened steel throughout creates the perfect setting to appreciate the spectacular mountain views. The remarkable art collection mixed with vintage and contemporary furniture creates playful yet stunning interiors. Another amazing interior design project by Sara Story!
Park Avenue Apartment
From the big, bold art to the purple, pink, and blue color scheme, this apartment is entirely luxe. The apartment came with several furnishings, including the dining area’s Lucite-and-glass table. Sara Story paired it with Saarinen Executive armchairs, upholstered in a Maharam cotton velvet. “They’re substantial, inviting, and durable,” says the interior designer.
Located in a residential area outside of the city center, this three-story bungalow is a mix of traditional colonial architecture and contemporary Asian design. The mirrored ceiling, lacquer, and brass detailing on the millwork and embossed leather panels make the luxury dining room truly spectacular and unique.
Contemporary Family Ranch
That 500-acre spread was a cherished anchor throughout the Manhattan interior designer’s peripatetic youth—an oilman’s child, she was born in Japan and grew up in Singapore and Houston—and she wanted a place that would offer similar experiences for her daughter, Dagny, and sons, Edward and Duke. Says Sara Story, “The city is good for a global perspective, but I want my kids to get dirty and be around animals, snakes, and spiders, the way I did with my sisters.”
In the breakfast area, a Paavo Tynell light fixture from Craig Van Den Brulle joins a banquette clad in a Moore & Giles leather and vintage Thonet chairs.
Friendly NYC Apartment
Besides being chic, peacock blue patent leather is perfectly childproof, which is why Sara Story chose it to cover a banquette and chair seats in the breakfast room of a New York family with two young kids. Eero Saarinen chairs face the breakfast room’s banquette upholstered in patent leather.
What do you think about this contemporary dining room designs by Sara Story?