Designer to Know: Sara Tuttle

September 19, 2012 | By | Comments (3)
Interior Designer Sara Tuttle

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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.


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Color You’re Loving Now: I’m really into purple, especially amethyst.

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Favorite Designers You Wear: I really like Tracey Reese, Tibi, and Jules Reid (a native Virginian!).

Won’t Leave Home Without: I never go anywhere without my camera and tape measure.

Antique Bergere Chair

Antique Bergere Chair in Vintage White Matelasse / Photo Courtesy of Karina Gentinetta disegno via 1st Dibs

Dream Piece of Furniture: I’m saving up to splurge on an antique Bergere chair.

Still Loves her Hometown: If you’re in Durham, NC, Sara recommends visiting the Durham’s Farmers Market, downtown Durham’s converted tobacco warehouses, and the Duke campus for fabulous architecture.

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.

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George Jensen Old Danish Place Setting

Will One Day Need a Guard for her Silver Chest: Georg Jensen’s Old Danish Silver is my aspirational pattern. But until then, it’s Waterford’s Powerscourt from Macy’s.

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?


  1. Susan R. Brown

    Congratulations on your fabulous article in Southern Living. You are so talented!

    November 22, 2012 at 6:42 am
  2. Jessica

    Is this the same Sara Tuttle who worked for KraftMaid?

    September 19, 2012 at 10:15 am
  3. Elizabeth Howard Young

    Great style , wonderful fresh take on southern interiors and a fun twist in every room.

    Jenny Keenan Interior Design • 210 B Rutledge Ave. | Charleston, SC 29403

    September 19, 2012 at 9:23 am

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