Sarah Scales is the head designer and principal behind the multidisciplinary firm Sarah Scales Design Studio. Sarah studied Studio Arts and Mathematics at Fairfield University, an unusual combination that serves her well in her interior design and architecture career. Upon her graduation from Fairfield University in 2002, Sarah immediately began working for architectural firms and pursuing graduate-level studies in Interior Architecture and Design.
Sarah honed her design skills working at several commercial and residential design firms, where she developed a strong background in interior architecture and planning. Working with Boston design firm Elkus-Manfredi Architects, Sarah designed commercial spaces including lobbies, hotels, offices and restaurants. In 2010, Sarah began working with The McGuinness Group to provide interior design services for commercial spaces. Each firm’s thoughtful, professional approach to interior design continued to shape Sarah’s design process as she launched the Sarah Scales Design Studio in 2012.
Sarah’s unique blend of design expertise and decorating eye continue to benefit her clients. Beginning with smaller decorating and design projects as her studio launched, Sarah’s business has grown to encompass interior design for new builds, renovations, and large-scale additions. From a kitchen makeover to a historical, full-home renovation, her projects demand a strong eye for detail and run the gamut from big-picture interior design and space planning, to decorating details like window treatments, wall colors, and furnishings.
The firm’s Instagram account has received recognition for it’s curated collection of design and travel photography: @sarahscalesdesign. Sarah’s 8,500 fans follow along for a daily dose of design, and the studio’s feed features old and new portfolio shots, travel photos from New England and beyond, and other everyday inspiration. Sarah’s account has been recognized by industry peers such as Lee Industries and Schumacher, and by design blogs Domino, Style Me Pretty Living, Apartment Therapy and My Domaine.
The Studio has contributed content to several local publications: New England Home Magazine, Boston Home, Design New England, Boston Globe Magazine, ID Boston, Home Remodeling Magazine (South Shore & Islands), Southcoast Magazine (MA & RI) and New England Monthly. In 2018, Sarah was a recipient of New England Home Magazine’s ‘5 Under 40’ Award, earning recognition among her peers as one of the region’s rising design talents in the Northeast. Sarah’s work is featured in Elements of Family Style: Elegant Spaces for Everyday Life by Erin Gates for Atria Books, published in April of 2019.
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