Meet Sara Noble: Our Featured Design Partner!
We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Sara Noble and the Noble Designs team! Sara will be guest blogging for us each month on things like up-to-date design trends, decor and more. We’re excited to pair up with one of the best designers in town! Sara has been designing for lucky Kansas Citians for 16 years and has grown her company to include a team of five designers plus additional staff. We absolutely love her modern classic design aesthetic. Sara says, “I think it’s important to ground your space with some classics but equally important to add in a fresh twist so it stays current.” We couldn’t agree more. Think classic with a punch, simple but elegant. Another thing we love about Sara’s sensibilities is that even though she adds fresh twists to stay current, her designs are really timeless and her homes and spaces are designed to last.
Sara Noble’s Inspiration
We asked Sara where she draws her inspiration. She said, “Inspiration is everywhere. I am a certified Instagram junkie. Pinterest has good ideas as well. And then we travel for fun and for work. The market at High Point (North Carolina) is always inspiring and builds up our enthusiasm!” She also notes being inspired by fashion, photography and style icons Jacqueline Kennedy and Kansas City’s Kate Spade.
Sara’s Family…in her own words
“I have two kids who are currently racing around preparing for finals which kills their mother who would prefer they didn’t wait until the last minute. My daughter, Eleanor, will be a senior next year and is heavily involved in volleyball. My son, Andrew, will be a sophomore and loves soccer. They are good kids and most days I’m happy to not only claim them but show them off. My boyfriend Vince works as an appraiser. It allows for a good mix of conversation on design and finance and how the two affect each other. My parents are two doors down, and I’m happy to report that I love it! They are easygoing, supportive and always ready to make cocktails. My brother and his two kids aren’t far away either, which is great.”
Tell us about YOUR home!
It goes without saying that everyone want to know about the designer’s home! What does it look like? (Same thing goes for chefs…everyone wonders what they cook when at home and what sort of appliances are used!) “I built a home in Olathe 4 years ago near my kids’ school. I love it. It’s not huge, and like any home, I have things I wish I could have afforded, but the style is all me. I have a white colonial home on the outside and made the inside more modern with an offset fireplace that has sleek marble floor to ceiling. I have some bright wallpaper on the kitchen wall and fun, interesting lights everywhere. My next move will be downtown when the kids are out of high school. I’m excited to build something for a different life phase.”We also asked Sara to tell us 3 inexpensive things that homeowners can do to transform or update a room. Here’s what she said:
- Paint – One of the cheapest and most dramatic transformations. We are seeing light colors becoming more and more popular.
- Fresh Flowers – Trader Joe’s is my secret weapon. You can buy a cheap bunch of flowers and then snip some greenery from your bushes at home to mix in.
- Lighting – Really this should be #1, lighting is the most important thing you can do to transform a room. However I’m not sure I would put this in the inexpensive category. Lighting is so important I think it’s where you should start with your budget and it’s where you should be willing to splurge. (See our previous post on lighting.)
She said that if she had to come with another inexpensive update, she would go with new kitchen towels! “There are so many fun patterns now and people forget how gross their old ones get.”
How Sara will help Cami’s clients through our blog:
“I am thrilled to be working with Cami and her team. We love the homes she sells. So anytime we get to peek at one, we get a good look at the Kansas City market and those who care about their homes. I hope to share some fun tips with everyone and remind them that sometimes it makes sense to bring in a professional. We are ready to share with you what we can do!”Be sure to bookmark our blog and check back often as Sara will be contributing content each month and give us tips and trends on all things decor and design! Like what you see? Follow Noble Designs on Instagram at @nobledesigns! Look for the crown!