Designer Profile: Sam Allen Interiors

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{Sam Allen in the Rooms with a View Cabana he designed in 2011}

I recently stumbled across the work of Sam Allen, a young, stylish designer based in Connecticut and was instantly drawn to his bold use of color and his fabulous way of accessorizing any room just perfectly. Sam is an accomplished designer, having had his work featured in numerous publications including Vogue, The New York Times, and Connecticut Cottages & Gardens. What you may find surprising is that he is only 20 years old, yet he has been designing homes for clients since he was a teenager! I admire him for finding his calling at such an early age and having the wisdom to hone his skills so early on. Sam found a mentor in Sarah Kaplan, owner of Westport, Connecticut’s Dovecote who helped him navigate the design business, even taking him on annual buying trips to Europe. Sam was also the youngest intern to ever work for Martha Stewart. There is no doubt that Sam has had enviable training in the field. His background combined with his fabulous eye and sense of style made it possible for him to land his first independent client at the age of 17 leading to the founding of Sam Allen Interiors at the sweet age of 19. I wish I had been so focused at his age. If his portfolio is any indication, we will be seeing many fabulous interiors from Sam in the years to come. 

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{A Chic Living Room in Fairfield Beach—I love the Parsons-Style Coffee table. Does anyone know where I can find one like it? I also love the artfully-arranged stacks of books.}

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{A Vibrant and Modern Photography Studio}

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{I absolutely love the chairs, pillows, and lambswool pouf in this vignette.}

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{The Living Room in this Westport residence illustrates “young traditional” style perfectly featuring a great mix of modern and classic elements.

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{A Second View of the Wetsport Living Room—I always like a well-balanced, symmetrical space.}

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{The color palette in this bedroom makes me long for Palm Beach or some other fabulous place by the ocean. It is very “beach chic”.}

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{This fabulous, feminine room features a Philippe Stark Ghost Chair, Parsons Desk, and fun faceted table lamp.}sam allen7

{I love the mix of textures and colors in this vignette. The lambswool and Kelly Wearstler Bengal Bazaar pillows are fantastic.}

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{Another Fabulous Ghost Chair / Parsons Desk Combination}

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{A Classic White Kitchen with Bistro Stools}

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{This Boys’ Room is so Charming. I love the color palette.}

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{Chic Details}

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{A Stylish Gameroom with More Bengal Bazaar and an Hermes Blanket}

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{Sam selected such a great color palette for this space.}

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{According to the New York Times feature on Sam, this room was one of the first spaces he ever designed and prompted the homeowner to ask the then-teenager to re-design the entire house!}

{Images via Sam Allen Interiors}

12 thoughts on “Designer Profile: Sam Allen Interiors

  1. Wow, that desginer is fantastic! I especially love his use of color and the way he plays the masculine and feminine together. Sometimes I find male designers designs too, well, masculine. But this guy seems to be able to walk the line between the two. Wonderful post.

    Thanks doll,
    The Glamorous Housewife

  2. Loved reading about Sam, especially since I grew up near Westport. I particularly like how he mixes and matches the high and the low – I spotted some PB and Serena & Lily along with some custom and high end.

    The art he uses is incredible!

    Holly

  3. My God, what a talented 20 year old! I can definitely see Sarah Kaplan’s influence in his work. I hope we see more of his work in the decorating magazines soon.

  4. One of the things I find so remarkable is not just that he’s 20 and so incredibly talented, but that he has the awareness to design homes that aren’t just decoratively pretty, but functional and comfortable to live in. Many people his age haven’t even lived on their own yet. So to me, it’s particularly notable that he can accomplish this as well as he does.

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