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Posted on February 1, 2020

Sara Simon

When it comes to creating homes, interior stylist and designer Sara Simon conscripts the entire rainbow. Whether she’s working on a modern farmhouse in La Jolla or a reimagined midcentury ranch in Carlsbad, Simon skips neutral territory in favor of bold patterns, striking silhouettes, and above all, color. Lots of it. “Color brings personality; it tells the story of the home. Color evokes feelings. People should feel something when they walk into a room,” says Simon. Pink sofas? Wallpaper-emblazoned powder rooms? Zebra-striped seating? In Simon’s world, they all come together to create a sense of personality and place without straying into visual overload.

Bold Strokes: Classically patterned wall coverings make a modern statement when paired with Cle Tiles and an industrial cement sink

Much of Simon’s recent work has involved collaborating on homes developed by her husband, Sven Simon, managing partner of Encinitas-based dasMOD, a boutique real estate development firm. Challenging the accepted “offend no one” real estate wisdom, Sara’s staging comes as a welcome surprise from the all-vanilla spec house. “I think a lot of times when people think coastal design, they think of a white color scheme,” she says. “You won’t get that with me. Don’t get me wrong, I do use white, but I will find a way to spice things up one way or another in a home to bring it to life.” In a Carlsbad ranch, she positioned a bright pink sofa in front of the living room’s already statement-making turquoise rock fireplace surround. In a La Jolla manse, she punctuated quieter interiors with micro hits of candy-hued accessories in the kitchen and backyard.

Ms. Mix A Lot: Vintage and new furnishings in bold tones keep easy company in the guest suite of a modernized midcentury ranch staged by Sara Simon

That focus on bold design extends to artwork and accessories, non-matching bedding, and even mismatched lighting and seating. “I love to bring a little funk and out-of-the-box thinking to a home,” says Sara. She is currently working on modern farmhouse in Encinitas where an all-white exterior contains huge splashes of personality inside. “For me, color is the new coastal design.” handsomesalt.com   Gillian Flynn



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