“Always paint the ceiling a fabulous pale shade of blue—very very light blue is wonderful as it changes with the time of day.” —Sara Gilbane
I’m excited to introduce Savvy Home’s first Tastemaker today in a new monthly series! Sara Gilbane is a girl after my own heart—as is anyone with a love for John Dickinson tables, Damien Hirst artwork, Oomph backgammon tables and Soho House brunches. Named one of the top 20 Next Wave Designers by House Beautiful—Sara who launched her career working with Celerie Kemble—has since built an impressive portfolio of homes from Nantucket to Palm Beach, under her eponymous design firm Sara Gilbane Interiors.
Name Sara Gilbane Sullivan
Company Sara Gilbane Interiors
Lives in New York City
LET’S TALK ABOUT YOUR CITY
Date night restaurant Recette West Village. Small and charming with the most incredible food.
Sunday brunch Soho House NYC. After brunch they show movies for the family.
It’s cocktail hour, where are you I’m a mom so I’m having cocktails at home after I put the kids to bed!
Who’s your florist and what do you buy there? I love VSF on West 10th. They put together beautiful arrangements for any occasion.
LET’S ESCAPE FOR A MINUTE
Favorite place in the world St. Barths
Favorite hotel St. Regis Bora Bora
.Next destination Palm Beach Florida for Christmas
Best meal you’ve ever had The truffle pasta at Recette. Heavenly!
You would travel just to visit Paris and stay in several different hotels.
LET’S GET PERSONAL
Astrological sign Aries
Book on your nightstand Wild by Cheryl Strayed
On your Spotify Natural Child, Dancing with Wolves
Cocktail of choice French 65
Bucket list item Morocco—dying to go!
Who would be on your dream dinner party list My closest friends and family—nothing better.
Share one entertaining secret Prepare everything the night before and heat it up before guests arrive—this way you can enjoy your party instead of getting stuck in the kitchen.
LET’S CHAT DECOR
Your style in three words Warm, layered, colorful
Fabric of choice Linen velvet
Go-to bedding D. Porthault
Favorite paint color Farrow & Ball Middleton Pink
Your go-to trade person J. Edlin Upholstery
Decorating cheap thrill Wallpaper. Not that cheap but an instant crowd pleaser. The accessories at the end really do it for me as well. Hand soaps, lotions, and just completing the lifestyle of the home is so fun for me.