One of the biggest advantages a designer has when designing their own home is the ability to actually live in a space and see how it functions. That was the case for this house, the home of designer Sarah Ward and her family. “The approach to the house was very eclectic and evolved over several years as our budget allowed. That gave us a lot of time to really live in the space and understand what we wanted to achieve in each room.” She laughs, “We’ve arranged and rearranged the rooms over time to the way it is today.”

One of the home’s challenges is the size of the space. Sarah says, “The rooms aren’t particularly large, especially the living room. We are limited in the size of furnishings and arrangements especially since the room is the main traffic path from the front door to the rest of the house.” Luckily, this type of challenge is exact what gives Sarah the most satisfaction. “I think, like most people, I was drawn to the aesthetics of the work but these days I’m much more drawn to the problem-solving aspect to every project, balancing a pragmatic and creative approach to achieve our vision.”

Of course, the home’s aesthetics are equally well thought-out as its flow. “I love that the home has distinct rooms as that allowed us to give each room its own unique identity,” says Sarah. “I love color and pattern and each room incorporates that differently. It’s also highly personal, everything you see has a sense of purpose, which I try to impart into all my work. I think people should come home at the end of the day and be surrounded by things that remind them of friends and family and memories.”

See Sarah’s home in the slideshow!