“The decisions we make at home powerfully impact our wellbeing – and a happy, beautiful home can be a foundation for a cheerful life” – Sophie Donelson
Your dream home looks amazing – and more importantly it is meaningful to you. We‘ll use your art collection, that vase you found in Italy, or we’ll scour antique auctions to find the perfect pieces for your home – creating layered, one-of-a-kind, meaningful spaces.
Transforming a space into that dream home requires an experienced interior designer that will not only elevate your ideas and push your design boundaries to inspiring places, but also one that can execute those ideas so they come to fruition.
Our personalized approach of working with clients collaboratively – from beginning to end, inspiration to install ensures a completely customized space that represents you and supports the life you want. It is your story, but shown through our lens
Those who know me well might say that I am a wanderlust. My favorite trips include staying with Monks in the mountains of Japan, and canoeing down the Dordogne River in France to see a medieval castle and landscape.
One of the best things about being a designer is that I get to put those tendencies to work. Instead of physically traveling to some other place, I explore the darkest corners of auction houses and antique stores for a one of a kind sideboard, travel across the country to see what is new in tile and furnishings, and scour stacks magazines (new and old) to create what’s next for color, patterns, and furnishings.
I discovered that interior design was my calling when I built my first home in South Louisiana. Eventually, I put my successful career in advertising in the rear view and landed in design school where I discovered not only a nerdy joy for color theory, but also the vibrant, creative city of Austin, Texas that has been my home for over a decade.
I am a creator who thrives on collaboration – I look for clients who want to be a partner in my design wanderlust, share ideas and discover what’s beautiful out there.
A proud supporter of Austin’s art community, Sarah has served on the Board of Directors for the Rude Mechanicals, a ground-breaking ensemble-based theater collective based in East Austin. She is also currently on the board of Design Changes Lives, a new non-profit dedicated to inspiring confidence in children through custom-designed bedrooms.
Rachel Browne – Interior Design Assistant
Rachel is Sarah’s right hand woman and has been with the team since April of 2019. Originally from Texas, Rachel earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Texas at San Antonio in 2016.
Her experience in PR allowed Rachel to develop a strong background in client relations. Here at SSID Rachel interacts with clients – guiding them through the design process and working with Sarah to ensure all the i’s are dotted and all t’s are crossed.
Over the years Rachel developed her artistic eye and knowledge of design while working in fabrics and florals and through design school. Her natural strengths and experience have allowed her to successfully complete space planning, presentations, selections, mood boards and attend trade vendor meetings.
On the weekends Rachel enjoys bringing her two dogs Amelia, a Golden Retriever; and Shep, an Australian Shepard, to run around and play at Zilker park. She also loves gathering in her kitchen for conversation and drinks then sharing good food with friends and family.
Jessica Rains – Accessory Specialist
As a former coordinator for Interscope Records, Jessica’s creative eye was developed in the company of literal rock stars.
While generating album concepts for artists such as Beck, Gwen Stefani, 50 Cent, and others, Jessica worked with photographers, stylists, and designers to turn creative ideas into eye-catching visuals. From there, it was off to the world of indie films for Jessica, where she worked as a production designer and wardrobe stylist. After moving to Austin from the west coast, Jessica launched her own wardrobe consulting company, and eventually lent her design expertise to corporate and lifestyle event planning.
At Sarah Stacey Interior Design, Jessica works with clients to find just the right accessories to reflect their personality and interests, while beautifully complementing a space’s larger design. You can often find Jessica combing Etsy and Ebay, tracking down a gem from a private estate seller, or exploring small-town antique stores for pieces that her clients have an instant connection with.