The Style Files: Sarah Bartholomew


My friend, Sarah Bartholomew is a very talented interior designer in Nashville. Her style is a fresh interpretation of classic design. Through the spaces she designs for her clients, Sarah marries both a timeless aesthetic with an easy, inviting quality. A native of Virginia, Sarah has been a lifelong admirer and student of classical design, drawing a great deal of inspiration from visits to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello estate. Sarah founded her eponymous design firm in 2010 and was recently named a “Next Wave” Interior Designer by House Beautiful. Just this summer, Sarah’s home was featured in Southern Living. It is a wonderful interpretation of modern traditional style and is filled with great prints and fabrics, including the show-stopping Pierre Frey Toile des Nantes wall covering in her foyer. With a mix of blue and white, natural fiber elements, great antiques, and pretty fabrics, Sarah has created a home that is not only beautiful, but welcoming and livable. After all, Sarah has dogs, four children, and a husband to account for! Enjoy!snip20161121_1

Paloma Contreras: How would you describe your style?

Sarah Bartholomew: A mix of classic, all-American, layered, fresh, understated, collected and comfortable.


PC: Has living in Nashville influenced your aesthetic in any way?

SB: Nashville is a beautiful and vibrant city—American architecture that stands the test of time, rolling green hills and Southern charm, how could it not?


PC: What does your home say about you?

SB: It says that you can live with beautiful things and have a full house—four kids and two dogs! Also, it says that I’m a devout classicist at heart.


PC: Where do you turn for inspiration?

SB: I’m constantly taking everything in and get inspiration from travel, nature, history, books, magazines, film and art.


PC: Who are your personal style icons?

SB: Annette de la Renta, Lee Radziwill, Grace Kelly, Jane Birkin, Deeda Blair and Lauren Santo Domingo.


PC: What trait do you most admire in a person?

SB: Humility, kindness and authenticity.


PC: What is your guilty pleasure?

SB: Right now, it’s binge-watching “The Crown” and eating Halo Top ice cream.


PC: Who or what has been your greatest professional influence?

SB: Probably my husband. He’s been my biggest fan and has always pushed me to follow my dreams and passions.



PC: What is your idea of living “la dolce vita”?

SB: Living beautifully with the ones you love.


PC: What can we look forward to next from you?

SB: In October, we launched Sarah’s Studio, a monthly newsletter highlighting my latest inspirations, projects and favorite things—I’m excited to continue sharing more from our design studio in 2017! Also, we have some special projects in the works coast–to–coast.




Go-To Outfit: Khaite jeans and Tenfold tee

Style Mantra: Less is more

Scent: My go-to candle, Ernesto by Cire Trudon

Piece of Jewelry: My simple gold Tiffany wedding band

Color I Never Tire Of: Blue

Flower: Peonies

Indispensable Design Element: Fresh flowers and natural light

Era for Design: I’m always looking to timeless elements in interiors from the past—it’s too hard to pick just one design era!

Dream Project: Any project with Gil Schafer

Fabric/Textile: Holland and Sherry

Hostess Gift: Flowers

Drink: Vodka soda with a twist of lime

Way to Unwind after a Long Day at Work: Snuggling with my kids

3 Things I Love About My City: The warm, friendly people, the springtime—it’s lush, green and full of life—and the classic architecture. Oh, and the food!


Weekend Destination: New York

Hotel: J.K. Capri and I’m dying to go to Trasierra in Sevilla!

City: Paris and New York

Museum: The Phillips Collection in D.C.

Artist: Elliott Puckette, Cy Twombly, Mark Rothko, Robert Mangold, Ellsworth Kelly, Picasso and Agnes Martin

Song that Always Puts Me in a Great Mood: You Are the Best Thing by Ray LaMontagne

Actor/Actress: Katharine Hepburn

Risk Worth Taking: Starting your own business

Greatest Extravagance: Time to myself

Go-To Color Palette: Blue, white and green

Rule to Break: Are there any rules left to break? Or maybe, less is more cause sometimes more is really more!

Movie Set Design: The Talented Mr. Ripley

I can never have too many… Books

Meal: A home-cooked meal by someone else


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