Designs to Inspire

Great design brings people home. As a residential Interior Designer I think it's important that you love the home you are in, no matter what kind of budget you are on. This site is to help you start thinking about your home in a new way.

Thomas & Gray Furniture highlights… September 28, 2010

Filed under: Furniture — sarah bernardy-broman @ 12:56 pm

As a Designer, I love classic lines and special details, like being able to change finishes to suit my designs. Thomas and Gray Furniture is a manufacture that is listening to Designers. Furnishings that change per our unique clients is all that a Designer can ask for. Thomas and Gray not only offer their beautiful classic finishes, but they allow you to customize your finish and are highlighting this option in the attached link. Just another great furniture line to add to your favorites!—Gray.html?soid=1103469146602&aid=DNDnvP7NyiY.


Cancer Recovery Benefit for Candace McCown… September 25, 2010

Filed under: Events — sarah bernardy-broman @ 12:38 pm

Please take some time out of your busy schedules to join the cause. A silent auction will be held at Patrick McGovern’s in St. Paul on October 10, 2010 (10/10/10 -the perfect 10) for Candace McCown who is recovering from Breast Cancer. Proceeds will help Candace pay some of the expense of living after her mastectomy. She still has a tough road ahead of her as she continues to fight this disease. There will be wonderful items for you to bid on along with appetizers, music, and a cash bar!

When? Sunday Oct 10 from noon to 4pm!

Where? Patrick McGovern’s, 225 7th Street West, St. Paul, MN /Ph: 612-228-1868 /website:

Oh, did I mention the free parking?!


ASID Sample Sale 2010… September 21, 2010

Filed under: Events — sarah bernardy-broman @ 3:19 pm

This years ASID Sample Sale will be at International Market Square (IMS) in Minneapolis from November 4-6. As part of this years event they have asked ASID Designers to be available for 1/2 hour consults. Yes, clients needing design advice can get in touch with us professionals at no obligation. It’s also a great way to meet a Designer if you’ve been too afraid to call one! So bring your scaled plans, paint samples, fabric swatches, and room photos for some professional help while you shop.  At these prices you can’t afford not too!

I always say, it’s never good to purchase something just because it’s on sale, (this often ends in disaster, item too big to fit into the room, or the good deal you never really loved!) so have a plan and maybe you’ll find the deal that fits within your dream.

Check out my profile on the Sample Sale facebook page. I’ll be helping out on Saturday November 6th! Hope to see you there!!/notes/asid-sample-sale/sarah-bernardy-broman-asid-sample-sale-roving-interior-designer/132995113415146


Custom furnishings installed… September 20, 2010

One of the joys of designing is you get to see your vision come to life. I’ve been working with my clients on their family room re-design since October of last year. Seeing the room evolve to what it is today has been a wonderful process. One of the original design elements and the color inspiration for the room is the beautiful hand-knotted wool rug they picked up while living in Belgium. Together we have created a space that is very inviting with its rich warm colors and various wood tones. I thought it would be fun to post some photos of this project as we just installed some custom wood furnishings that I designed and had made locally by my wonderful woodworking team from Southern, MN. This project is still in progress–we have lamps on order and accessorizing and art hunting to tackle, tile and painting to be done in the kitchen along with draperies to be ordered and hung, but it will give you a good since of the ever evolving room.

Below are some before photos, and various shots along the way. Stay tuned as I’ll be adding more photos once the project has been completed with lamps, artwork, and proper accessories. Enjoy!

The design…

The floor plan of this family room stayed similar to the original plan with a few new elements. Instead of a loveseat under the window we put a chaise. Across from the fireplace we placed the sofa and to the left of the sofa a comfortable yet smaller proportioned chair. We used the existing rug as our color guide, pulling out the eggplant in our sofa and chaise fabric, and the reds, taupe, and eggplant in our chair/ottoman fabric and pillow accents. The camel colored leather chair was reused and placed on the left side of the fireplace where the TV once sat. To help blend this in with our new furnishings we added a kidney pillow and ottoman that match the new chair. The new placement for the TV is along the short kitchen wall where it now hangs by an articulating arm over the custom TV Console. All of the TV components and speakers were thought of when building this cabinet. A cord management system was designed so that cords are out of sight yet accessible when needed. The window valances were removed as they shortened the room by drawing your eye down–not ideal when you have high vaulted ceilings and low windows. We left the wood blinds on for function and a more architectural approach.


All things orange for your home… September 16, 2010

Filed under: Fabrics,Furniture,What's innovative! — sarah bernardy-broman @ 2:45 pm

There’s just something really beautiful about the color orange and it’s popping up more and more these days in home accents. Maybe it’s Falls fast approach that is drawing me to this dramatic color. No matter the reason it’s another great way to bring excitement to a room. Weather your palette craves that brightly colored sun-kissed hue or the more subdue cinnamon orange, there’s something out there for you in the world of Interior Design.

I’ve captured just a few pieces below for your viewing pleasure. As always, enjoy!