Sarah’s 40-year career as an interior designer, specializing in kitchens and specific space planning, has taken her to projects all over the country—from New York and Connecticut to the Palm Beaches and California. She received her BA in interior design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, but credits her embrace of classicism to Richard Sammons of Fairfax & Sammons Architects. Sarah’s deep immersion in his work, and additional studies at the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, helped her to understand that a beautiful and functional kitchen is not only an integral part of the architecture of a house, but the center of life in the home. She and her team bring a precise technical perspective to every one of their design projects, allowing them to see how the kitchen relates and interacts with surrounding rooms. Sarah’s passionate referrals and strong repeat business are testament to the success of her designs—timeless spaces that age beautifully and retain their integrity for a lifetime of use. Based in the Litchfield Hills and Greenwich areas of Connecticut, Sarah volunteers her time in support of education, historical preservation, and the arts. She is a strong participant in the Darien Community Association, a member of the Northwest Connecticut Land Conservancy, and chair of the Old Stone Church and Meetinghouse in New Preston, CT. In addition to guest speaker appearances at the Traditional Building Conference Series, she has lectured and taught at the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art in New York. When not on site, Sarah can be found in her own kitchen, cooking for husband Charles and her son David, with her three dogs, Ollie, Bella Rose, and Ziggy Stardust sniffing the air not far away.
Classic Kitchens for Modern Living
This beautifully illustrated monograph couples rich photography with insightful commentary showcasing the kitchen design work of renowned classicist Sarah Blank and her team at the Sarah Blank Design Studio. The book provides the reader a fuller appreciation of the care her team takes in respecting the architectural integrity of each home before blending in the contemporary aesthetics and modern functionality that are signature elements of her work.
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.
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.
Bill provides exceptional leadership and supervision on every project. He offers frequent communication between our clients and contractors to ensure all deliverables are met and all projects run smoothly and efficiently. Before joining our team in 2004, he worked from 1997- 2001 as a field and communications engineer for clients such as the World Trade Center and Verizon. In 2001 he moved to Nantucket to begin a career in high end residential interior renovations. Specializing in the installation of fine architectural millwork. He is a proud father of three, an avid boatman and spends quality time with his family on the water.