Sarah Blank

Co-Founder

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. Having earned a BA in Interior Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, 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.

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Charles Karas

Co-Founder

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.

Chip Raymond

Senior Designer

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 an 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.

Our Vision

Good design is as much about beauty as it is about structure and function. Our firm creates new spaces, or revitalizes existing ones, that enrich the individual lifestyles of our clients. We consider the needs of each family, the history and context of the residence, and most importantly, one’s vision to create a refined, functional, and inspiring home.

We embrace the integrity of each home’s unique architecture, seamlessly integrating its aesthetic with the latest technology. Our tailored designs reflect the unique nature of each our clients. This results in plans that maximize order and aesthetic, thus serving the homeowner for many years to come.

At Sarah Blank Design Studio we pride ourselves on understanding in great detail the “working rooms” of a home. Our Greenwich, Connecticut interior design firm specializes in luxury kitchens, baths, offices, libraries, dressing rooms and master bedroom suites. We are delighted to have collaborated on projects with distinguished architects and designers such as Richard Sammons, Bunny Williams, Gil Schafer III, Oscar Shamamian, Mark Ferguson, Thomas Jayne, Christian Liaigre and Sam Blount.

Our work spans from Greenwich, Westchester, New York City, The Hamptons, Nantucket, Palm Beach, Mclean, Virginia, Sharon, Connecticut, Philadelphia’s Main Line, Los Angeles, and Houston.