designer's guide | Jul 15, 2020 |
Sara Noble crafts a versatile dining room for la vie en rose

A season of missed industry shows spurred our editors to reimagine Business of Home’s guide to High Point Market, focusing on the inspiration journey that design professionals need now. In addition to revealing the latest product introductions, trade shows are often an essential source of inspiration. We asked eight designers to dream up a room featuring pieces they would have discovered at High Point this spring. Here is the next in the series.


For this whimsical sitting room, Kansas City designer Sara Noble used a turquoise banquette and two beige side chairs to create a casual dining corner where work and play both have a place at the table. Across the room, two rosy swivel chairs are poised to provide a comfortable seat for anyone looking to chime in on the conversation (or just lean back and enjoy a good book).

Sara Noble crafts a versatile dining room for la vie en rose
Sara NobleCourtesy of Noble Designs

What was your starting point for this space?
I immediately fell in love with the wallpaper and metal doors; from there, I started adding the pieces I wanted in my own home. I wanted to do a casual dining space that utilizes one room for multiple functions. Having comfortable seating combined with a dining space gives the client so many options. A successful room is beautiful and comfortable, yet also fulfills their needs.

What’s the story behind the room?
I envision the metal doors opening onto a beautiful terrace—when the doors are open, the dogs are free to roam. My daughter and son would be working on college papers at the table while I read a book in the swivel chair. I wish I had a picture to show you how my life really works. This vision is not my reality right now, but it’s fun to dream!

For more from Sarah Noble, check out our 50 States Project, where she tells BOH about the power of believing in yourself, why she’s doing whatever she can to keep her staff during the crisis, and how she scored two product lines and a book deal.

Sara Noble crafts a versatile dining room for la vie en rose
How she did it: Noble began by sketching in pencil, then she used watercolor paint to bring her vision to life.
Courtesy of Noble Designs

1. Wide leaves and island flora are cast in a rosy colorway in the Tropical removable wallpaper from Tempaper.

2. Bungalow 5’s lacquered mahogany Ernest side chairs pair classic lines, a woven cane back and a tailored linen seat in an effortlessly elevated way.

3. The wire-brushed black oak of the Sargon dining table from Four Hands accentuates the bell-shaped base.

4. The creamy Holland console by Essentials for Living features woven insets on its doors and brass-trimmed acrylic decorative hardware.

5. The custom iron doors from Clark Hall Doors open up the room with a view to the outside.

6. Stephen Wilson Studio’s Modularity is an edgy red-and-black artwork featuring a Gucci snake surrounded by butterflies.

7. Angled armrests create a compact yet comfortable seat in the Bruno swivel chairs from Fabricut Furniture.

This article originally appeared in Summer 2020 issue of Business of Home, Issue 16. Subscribe for more.

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