We’re putting our bets on Sara Tuttle. She’s a young Washington, DC designer who is reinterpreting classic Southern style for a whole new generation. Picture inviting rooms decorated with bright colors, clean lines, fresh artwork, and a few antiques for good measure.
A North Carolina native, Sara was bit by the design bug while working in a showroom at the Washington Design Center. From there, she went on to design school and then launched her career under acclaimed Maryland designer Christina Haire who Sara credits “as her biggest influence.” In 2009, Sara started her own firm creating vibrant interiors that are simultaneously sophisticated and energetic.
Sara shared a few snippets of what she likes, what inspires her, and which trend she’s over.
Color You’re Loving Now: I’m really into purple, especially amethyst.
Won’t Leave Home Without: I never go anywhere without my camera and tape measure.
Dream Piece of Furniture: I’m saving up to splurge on an antique Bergere chair.
Best Career Advice Ever Received: I was wisely told to always trust my first instincts.
When In Need of Inspiration: I go to Baltimore’s American Visionary Art Museum, their collection is primarily devoted to self-taught artists and it was completely inspiring. I recommend it to anyone.
After Work Loves to Work-Out: The 5:00 Crossfit is my 5 o’clock cocktail.
Knows Where the Deals Are: When I’m looking for a bargain, I typically head to Fredericksburg, VA. It’s a great spot to find a new collection.
The Trend That’s Hot Now: I feel like I’ve reached a saturation point on Ikats, but I still love them. Instead, I’m really into flatweave rugs. Any of these three would be so chic in a room.
Keep an eye out for Sara’s big debut in our December issue.
What other young designers do you think should be making their SL debut?