About Us

We are an Interior Design and Interior Architecture firm that designs homes and boutique hospitality experiences from concept to completion. Our expertise is in designing full scale custom interiors for new builds, restorations and renovations. We collaborate with our clients every step of the way, combining your taste and vision with our style and experience. We produce large drawing sets detailing all of the components that go into a space. We are involved in floor plan development, custom cabinet design, finish selections, furniture and lighting specifications, antiques sourcing, window treatment coordination, styling and turn key installations.
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Our Values & Team

Quiet Strength

While the work we produce can be bold and have enormous influence over one’s life, we are modest people. We are introspective and deliberate and we always listen first to ensure your home is the best version of you. Our disciplined and organized process inspires a sense of calm and clarity. Your peace of mind is our priority.

Reflection

When we take the time to reflect, we often find the answer. Clues from a building’s past can guide an entire design scheme forward but studying our present day life – and how we want to improve it – is equally important.  We encourage our clients to ask themselves the tough questions:  How do I want to live?  How do I want my home to influence my life? What rooms or objects in my current home make me the most happy? What do I want my home’s legacy to be?

Imagination + Ingenuity

Sometimes creativity is born out of necessity and problem solving and sometimes it comes from our imagination.  Not only are we committed to pushing the limits through our creativity and ingenuity but we strive to capture our clients’ imagination by helping them to see and explore new points of view.  We value the pragmatic, functional approaches to design as much as the poetic aspects.  A floor plan with good flow is as important as a beautiful textile or work of art.

Connection

Our goal is to cultivate long lasting, collaborative relationships with our clients, vendors, artisans and tradesmen alike.  We strive to build trust within our extensive network.  We love taking on projects near and far and don’t mind the challenges that come with travel, because when we feel connected to our cause, magic happens.  We always try to share in the celebration of beauty, craftsmanship and hard work.

Sarahliz leads the charge at SLD with almost 15 years of experience designing large scale residential interiors and boutique hospitality experiences. Before opening her own studio practice in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2011, she honed her design sensibilities working with a small team of designers in Aspen, Colorado on more than a dozen Villa Restorations and a 5 star hotel in Tuscany, Italy. The hotel – purchased by Louis Vuitton in 2018 – was listed as Travel and Leisure’s #1 Resort Hotel for 5 years in a row. Since then she has worked with clients from Hong Kong to the UK on luxury properties throughout the US and Europe.

An Ivy League educated history major, Sarahliz found her calling in design when volunteering as a community spokesperson for an adaptive re-use project at Piers 27-31 in San Francisco in 2001. She realized during this time that the politics of urban development were not for her, but reimagining the possibilities of a building or a home could become an endless pursuit of passion. She went on to graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design with a Masters in Interior Architecture, earning the Graduate Department’s “Award of Excellence” her final year.

Sarahliz’s designs combine sophisticated textures, clean lines and warm layers in a soulful and understated way. For any project her goals are to ensure that the interior design elements compliment the architecture and stand the test of time both functionally and stylistically. Modern lighting, custom furniture and natural, organic accents are often mixed together for a look that is both current and enduring.

A two-time cancer survivor and mother of two young girls, Sarahliz loves working with her clients to achieve interior spaces that are both beautiful and meaningful. She believes that great design is not just about how something looks, it is as much about how it makes you feel, and the enduring impact that has on your life.

When Sarahliz is not designing interior spaces she can be found hiking, teaching art, dragging her kids to piano and dance classes, and hanging out with her family at their 27 acre farm in Northern California.

Spring, a Bay Area native, studied Business Administration at San Jose State University. Her professional background includes global operations management, accounting and human resources for multiple tech startups. After 10 years in tech, a home remodel under her belt, and a childhood spent studying floor plans and home design, she decided it was time to apply her organizational skills to the design industry.

Quick out of the gates at SLD her role has quickly grown to include managing all purchasing, billing and human resource operations. Her keen attention to detail, passion for efficient processes and systematic follow-up have made her a critical team member. There’s nothing she loves more than the sense of calm she experiences when a space is meticulously organized and clutter is mastered.

Outside of the studio, you’ll find Spring listening to Americana music, running, gardening, or restoring mid-century furniture. She lives in the Santa Cruz mountains with her husband and two children.

Jennifer is as skillful at project management as she is designing residential and commercial interiors. She comes to SLD with over 5 years of experience in customer service, operations management, hospitality and residential design.

Having dabbled in the arts since she was a child, she first pursued a psychology degree at USC in order to understand why we behave the way we do. After graduating and working abroad in Hong Kong she discovered that interior design could combine her two main interests. Interior design as a profession would not only allow her to create functional and aesthetically beautiful environments but would give her a platform for creating environments that tell stories, contribute to positive mental health and ultimately elevate the human experience.

Jennifer’s strengths include layering colors and textures, creating compositional balance in 2D and 3D mediums and collaborating with her team on a mutual goal. She amazes us with her natural eye for stunning details and her organized approach to project management.

When she is not working or studying design she can be found reading, listening to music, creating art, doing yoga, and participating in philanthropic initiatives and conversations around social innovation.

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