Home Tour with Sarah Vaile

Home Tour with Sarah Vaile

It took all of two minutes after discovering Sarah Vaile to email her straight away to ask for a home tour! Immediately, we were hooked! Her classic, whimsical and inspired style is entirely unique to her and she stands strongly by her ethos of being true to yourself. After training at Parsons New School of Design and interning for Celerie Kemble, Sarah Vaile Design was initially launched in New York City in 2008. She shortly moved the studio back to Chicago and has since expanded into a collective of creative and independent-minded women, each finding themselves at different stages of life.

Finding significant amount of inspiration as a young child from her grandmother, Sarah believes that your space should make life a little more fun! Effortlessly, Sarah fuses antique pieces with contemporary design and unforgettable punches of colour, following what she loves most, such as vividly colourful colonial inspired art, exotic animals galore, greenery, benches, ottomans and more benches. She says, “there is always a spot to pull up a small seat!” and we couldn’t agree more! To shop Sarah’s style, she picked out her three favourite pieces from the Decor A List Boutique and pairs the Ellyn Dining Chair, Leopard Green Fabric and Prose Finally together!  

In the client’s own words: “When I’m at work during the day, I dream about coming home and enjoying a glass of wine on this sofa. I love how Sarah was able to incorporate many pieces from my parents house which remind me so much of my childhood, and yet make the room feel new and fresh. It is now my favourite room in the house.”

As such, despite a fresh coat of paint, pops of colour and vibrant uses of textiles, family heirlooms have been reinstated into this design and effortlessly blend in with the colours and placement within this space.

The Zebra Lamp sits beautifully in the corner on a console table in the right image with its slender body with hand painted swirls of charcoal. An eclectic collection of art sits on the mantlepiece, drawing in the eye with Michelangelo’s bust of David, but on its side!


I would describe my style as classic, whimsical, inspired.

Sarah Vaile

In Sarah Vaile’s ‘Indian Hill Road’ project, a young family with children sought to update the interiors while remaining true to the spirit of the house’s history. A cozy yet formal living room was top of the clients’ wish list, along with an intimate, jewel box dining room and a comfortable, fun family room.

The combination matt and lacquer hunter green walls with natural wooden accents and animal print creates a whimsical space with a traditional foundation. Often, hunter green and darker woods are associated with masculinity, but this airy and spacious family room is quite the opposite!

"I follow what I love which tends to be vividly colourful colonial inspired art, exotic animals galore, greenery, benches, ottomans and more benches."

Sarah Vaile

This cosy little corner in the living room is the most idyllic spot to cosy up with a book in the winter, or enjoy your morning coffee in the summer with gleaming light streaming through the windows. Despite the dark colour of the walls in this room, it is a space for all the seasons.

The jewel box dining room is an homage to the Orient, with marvellously styled ginger jars as an exquisite centrepiece, Chinoiserie wallpaper and beautiful gold shell-like wall lights, creating a cosy, yet airy dining experience. 

Below, Ardmore for Cole & Son’s wallpaper has a striking impact on this small downstairs powder room. 

Below, Sarah layers interesting and dynamic Oriental backgrounds pieces throughout the design process with tribal swords, shipping artefacts and other antiquities taking hold in the rooms SVD installed.

We love how the formality of the dining room is juxtaposed directly with this relaxed lounge space while still commenting on these Oriental and Eastern influences.

This porcelain turtle serves both as a unique decorative piece for this room, but also functionally as a small bench to rest on!

Somewhere along the conception of the custom mural for the dining room, the client in this next project revealed their Japanese ancestry, inspiring the artist to incorporate cranes and other elements of traditional Japanese custom painting.

The striking Oriental wallpaper is a piece-de-resistence in this ornately decorated dining room featuring the ombre Oxblood Red Table Lamp, embodying two of the main colours within this scheme.


Here, we see the a bright turquoise taken from the wall mural and translated into a solid colour across on the other side of the wall to create a little bar area. The gold sideboard and flanking wall sconces enhance the other elements in this space.

Last but not least is Sarah Vaile’s vintage apartment, which she as a blank canvas during her formative years as a designer. As most designers’ homes go, it evolved into a hodgepodge of collected pieces and a testament to her taste as it evolved.

Sarah’s must have is a bench since it cosies up a room by inviting guests to take a seat, often filling nooks that might otherwise sit empty. The large, ceramic Turquoise Lamp sits proudly in this living room.

There is always a spot to pull up a small seat!

Sarah Vaile

Aperol Spritz anyone? This empty space has been put to use with a stylish bar cart and intriguing Gallery Wall to help create more than one focal point.

A gorgeous gallery wall enables you to play around with different textures, sizes and colours to maximise a small space best!

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