Sarah Blank

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During Sarah’s nearly 35 years as a kitchen designer, she has worked on a multitude of projects in locations as varied as Connecticut, New York, Palm Beach, Houston Texas, and Los Angeles. She studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York for four years. Sarah has embraced classicism since Richard Sammons of Fairfax & Sammons Architects introduced her to its language in 1994. Her constant analysis of his work, and time spent studying at the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, helped Sarah to develop an understanding that a beautiful and functional kitchen is not only an integral part of the architecture of the house, but the very heart of the home. Sarah and her team approach each project from the basis of a strong technical background that allows them to work beyond the kitchen and into other rooms of the home. A strong referral base and repeat business comes from successfully designing spaces that even after 20 years, function and look as good today as they did when they were created. A proud member of the Decorator’s Club of New York, which for over one hundred years has continued to evoke a spirit of excellence that symbolizes the best the industry has to offer, Sarah is also involved with The Greenwich Historical Society and a board member of the Greenwich Arts Council. A lover of education and the arts, Sarah is a proud sponsor of the Darien Arts Center and educational lecture series at the Darien Center for the Arts. Sarah has taught at the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art and has lectured for the Traditional Home Building Show. Sarah lives in Connecticut with her Husband Charles, son David, and three dogs, Ollie, Maggie, and Beau.

Charles Karas

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Charles is a second-generation contractor and builder. Growing up in and around his father’s cabinetry business gave Charles a unique appreciation for detailed, thorough design. This appreciation deepened as he honed his skills in kitchen and interior design, home construction, and renovation over a career that has spanned decades. The result is a keen eye and deep understanding of how architectural restoration should be done to be successful. He holds a BS degree in marketing from Rochester Institute of Technology and is an active member in the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. Coupled with his years of experience and knowledge of the manufacturing process, Charles’ can-do attitude makes him an asset on any project.

Andrea Piacentino

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Creating a unique and individual narrative for each project is key to Andrea Piacentino’s ability to successfully weave a fluid consistency of design and concept throughout all installations. With a desire to custom tailor our client’s projects to their required needs, we deliver specialized interiors with attention to detail and quality. We are known for our classic timeless designs for prestigious clients. As Senior Designer at Sarah Blank Design Studio, Andrea possesses an innate ability to connect with clients, adhering to their needs and working with them one-on-one to envision a polished, dynamic end result. Her aptness to partner with Sarah allows them to collaborate on the home as a whole. Over the years Andrea has developed an aesthetic that is classic, refined and alluring. Integrating her design ideas with team members on the execution of high-end residential design projects, she uses her expertise with design tools such as AutoCAD to draft architectural plans and elevations. Her keen attention to detail and unparalleled organizational skills enable her to manage all aspects of the business. Andrea received her MFA in Interior Design from San Francisco’s Academy of Art University. She resides in Bronxville, NY.

Chip Raymond

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Joining our team in 2002, our Senior Designer spends what some people think are inordinate amounts of time serving his clients. He rebuts: “the size of the investments my clients make in committing to a design and purchase ultimately justify any time expended.” He brings with him 35+ years of design experience in the Greenwich, Darien and Westchester County areas, as well as Nantucket and New York City. Buoyed by a client base of area celebrities, Fortune 500 CEOs, and executives, Chip strives for a seamlessly-run process, from preliminary design through to completion. He has extensive knowledge of built-in appliance integration and works with many local designers and architects. His projects have been published in Home Magazine, American Homestyle & Gardening Magazine, and Kitchens by Professional Designers. Chip also provides an added level of computer expertise, fluent in both advanced Graphic Design and CAD. In his spare time he enjoys flying, outdoor sports and volunteering as Marshal Chairman for the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup playoffs.