When you’re exposed to all manner of beautiful decor thanks to your dream job in interior design, how on earth do you settle on just one aesthetic style for your personal space? Well erm, spoiler alert, you don’t. Case in point, designer Sarah Ward’s Alberta home. Here, you’ll find an eclectic home decor aesthetic which pairs mid-century modern together with a boho spirit and bursts of Scandi-minimalism for a fusion of styles. Let’s take a closer look at the home Sarah shares with her husband Dave and pet pup Oliver.
“As a designer, I am exposed to so many inspiring things every day. In turn, I have a very eclectic design sensibility in my personal spaces.” – Sarah Ward
A Labor Of Love
When Sarah first moved into this 1920’s bungalow, recent renovations by the previous owners meant that she was able to move straight in without having to undergo a fixer upper-esque process. “We painted the house top to bottom before we moved in, but we didn’t have to undergo any major interior renovations,” explains Sarah. That being said, it’s taken eight years for her to style the home just so.
“We’ve lived in the home for 8 years now and it has been a work in progress for the majority of that time. I don’t think a home can ever really be considered finished. Homes should evolve with the homeowners over time – as their tastes change and as they bring new things into the home. That’s a really wonderful thing about residential interiors – they aren’t static.” – Sarah Ward.
A Mid-century Mix
Style-wise, the interior of Sarah’s home is hard to define in just one word. Although she’s a self-confessed fan of all things mid century, its recent surge in popularity over the past decade has pushed Sarah away from having the style dominate her home. Instead, mid-century modern inspired accents are intermixed with a variety of vintage to create a uniquely eclectic home decor look.
“I do love bringing vintage pieces into the home as they are generally more interesting and better quality than new pieces.” – Sarah Ward.
A Room of One’s Own
The dark-walled cozy den is Sarah’s favorite part of her home. Black is an unusual choice of hue, but it works to make the room feel intimate while highlighting the bold vibrancy of the modern abstract artwork. The gray Womb Chair – an investment piece – is the ideal spot for curling up with a good book. The room also features a Scandi-minimalist bookshelf designed by Sarah herself to show off her coffee table books and records.
“Every time someone visits they can find something new. We are really at home in this space and love entertaining and generally spending time here.” – Sarah Ward.
The private quarters take on a brighter tone, with white walls and rose gold accents. However, the vintage theme continues with the sputnik lighting feature and brass sconces. Darker-toned end tables and black-rimmed frames add depth to the space. Overall, the look is undeniably cozy.
In fact, the house as a whole exudes a cozy vibe. Sarah credits its layout for this. Even though the home is essentially open plan thanks to its open doorways, each room is architecturally separate. This allowed Sarah to create small enclaves of spaces, each with their own distinct personalities.
As someone who is always curious about how an interior designer styles their own home, let’s just say that Sarah’s abode did not disappoint. Though perhaps not as glossy as her commercial projects, I love how the eclectic home decor makes Sarah’s home feel organic and lived in. It’s bursting with warmth and personality, yet aesthetically speaking, you can tell that the spaces have been pulled together by someone with a knowing eye. Overall, it’s a vintage eclectic home to be proud of.