Interior Designer - Sara Bengur Interiors
Areas of Specialty
Custom, high-end residential interiors that combine unexpected compositions of texture, color and form along with a unique layering of textiles and patterns that reflect an old-world sensibility mixed with a contemporary twist. The opposite of overwrought and over-decorated, the ultimate effect of my design approach is sophisticated, integrated, and calming.
Designer Q&A with Sara
What is your design philosophy?
My design philosophy is really to customize the interior to the clients I am working with. I think interiors are an expression of the person living in them. We are like artists drawing a portrait, but in three dimensions.
What led you to this career?
I have always been intrigued by interiors. As a child I lived in Istanbul for seven years and we travelled a lot through Europe so I was exposed to many different interiors, and recognized early on how differently people lived, and how some interiors were so much better to be in than others. My father also took me to museums all the time, so I was very fine-tuned visually at a young age. I remember loving Van Gogh’s painting of his bedroom, all crooked and colorful, elements I still love in interiors now!
What has been your favorite project and why?
One of my favorite projects was a collaboration I did with architect, Paul Alter, in upstate New York. The client really encouraged us to customize every detail of the house, so the result was something very original and rich. The photo (first in the slideshow below) is of the window seat area in the living room: you can see the play of antique and new fabrics, with varying patterns.
Tell us about your most challenging project.
My most challenging project was an all-beige house I worked on for a client. Since I love color, it was a challenge to work with varying shades of beige. My solution was to layer many different textures to keep the interior interesting and timeless.
What is your design process?
We start out with our clients very generally, to figure out what their likes and dislikes are in terms of pattern, color, and floor layouts. We give them a variety of choices, then after several meetings we start coming to a good understanding of what we need to do to create a space that will suit them completely. I always prefer to start with the soft furnishings first, i.e. upholstery, drapes, and carpets, since they often have the long lead time. Then we start layering with furniture lighting and accessories.