Style At Home: Sarah Lederman Of Chevrons & Stripes

Written by on February 7, 2012 in Lifestyle, Style At Home - 55 Comments

Photography: Jessica Lorren

Lifestyle blogger and co-genius behind jewelry line Aroc Urtu, Sarah Lederman authors Chevrons & Stripes, a visually intriguing window into ideas, inspirations, and interiors. Born and raised in New York City, Sarah currently resides in Miami Beach, where she’s successfully melded experiences and aesthetics from both cultures. Her Florida abode is an airy oasis filled with clean lines and bright whites — infused with quirky accessories, mirrored accents, and tempting stacks of colorful coffee-table books. Neutral staples are charmingly offset by rustic brick, earthy wood, and a predominantly green-blue palette. Fresh flowers and seaside treasures aplenty are a nod to Sarah’s beachy roots, innate love of the outdoors, and enthusiasm for the little things in life.

“I’ll never forget spotting the infamous “For Like Ever” poster in Domino Magazine’s feature on Jesse Randall’s (of Loeffler Randall) home.  I fell in love with it and instantly knew I had to have it.  I placed it squarely between my desk and my fiancee’s in our home office, and the message rings truer now more than ever!  We have matching West Elm Parson’s desks and chairs from CB2.”

Why did you begin blogging, and what have you gained and/or learned throughout the process?
I launched Chevrons & Stripes when I found out I was moving from NYC to Miami Beach last summer. I thought a blog would be a perfect and fun way to capture my aesthetic. Now that the audience is growing, it’s become a really exciting project.  I love interacting with other bloggers, designers, and readers.  It’s a great outlet to stay in touch and connect with new friends while adjusting to living in a new city — which can be quite difficult!

A few things I’ve learned along the way are to always stay true to your personal taste and to remember to step away from your computer screen!  When I find myself in a bit of an inspiration rut, I flip through my coffee table books, take the dog for a walk, or see a movie to get rejuvenated.  It can be hard to remember with all of the blogging, pinning, and tweeting we do, but it’s important not to forget about all of the inspiration to be found in the outside world!

“I’m always looking for a good styling opportunity, so while I think the West Elm floating shelves we have above our desks could be more functional, I love looking at how clean and organized they are.  It definitely inspires me to want to sit and get down to business there.  The white studded frame was a recent housewarming gift from friends who read about my Jonathan Adler obsession on Chevrons & Stripes and knew it would be the perfect present!”

Tell us about your home! How is it an expression of yourself?
I find that my style (especially in terms of home decor) is always evolving.  I’ll decorate and then want to redecorate only a month later.  When we moved into what feels like our first really grown-up apartment, I wanted to stay true to the things I’ve always loved and knew I would never get sick of — like glossy white furniture, clean lines, mirrors, and natural wood accents.

“The console table in the front entry way might be my favorite little area in the apartment. The candlesticks and white ceramic bowl are from ABC Carpet & Home, and the chalkboard candle is from West Elm. The driftwood I picked up for a recent project at ZGallerie and loved so much that I kept it!  Above the console table is a painting of Ziggy that Katie Logan of “See Scout Sleep” did — it’s definitely one of our most prized possessions.  She is SO talented and perfectly captured our little guy.”

Do you gravitate toward a certain design aesthetic, color scheme, etc?
I definitely tend to gravitate towards clean and simple.  For instance, there’s nothing I love more than a white parsons table — to me, it’s the be-all and end-all of the interiors world (as simple as it may be)!  For big investments like couches, coffee tables, and desks, I always invest in neutrals like white, gray, or beige.  I find it easier to work in fun pops of color with pillows and decorative accents with a neutral base.  I’d love to be more adventurous in the future and buy something like, say, a blue velvet couch, but right now it’s just not within my comfort zone!

“Our coffee table is yet another West Elm Parsons item.  Can you tell I’m obsessed?  The pillows on the couch are Magaschoni and Madeleine Weinrib and the quartz I snagged from my parents’ place (shhh!).  The vase I picked up from my favorite floral shop in Bridgehampton, NY and then filled with beach stones I collected all last summer.”

What has influenced the way that you decorate?
My mom has been a big influence in that she’s always been extremely interior-design-oriented.  She would bring me to pier shows and to go antiquing on the weekends when I was younger (of course I didn’t appreciate it then), where she was always picking up little knick-knacks or adding to her endless collections.  I definitely get the tchotchke collector in me from her.  I’ve also been influenced by spending summers at our family home in Bridgehampton.  Whether it’s collecting shells and driftwood on the beach or cutting flowers from our garden, I’ve always wanted to bring the beach indoors (as you can see from the giant beach stone-filled vase in the center of my coffee table!).

“The bed in our guestroom.  The Manhattan pillow was a recent housewarming gift, and the blanket I’m sure most people will recognize from the Missoni for Target madness!”

“I try not to keep too much clutter on our dining table (West Elm Parsons, of course), as I often use it as a second workspace.  The placemats are from Modern-Twist.  I saw them on Design*Sponge a year or so ago and loved that they’re clear.  The design almost has the effect of being hand-drawn onto the table.  The salt and peppers shakers are part of Jonathan Adler’s Nixon collection, and the flower candle holder is from CB2.”

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  • Kate

    Such a pretty apartment! (and adorable pup!)

  • Anna

    I love the color scheme she uses around the house! It actually goes with the last picture – the view! 😉
    And her dog is cute!

  • christina warsheski

    Where did you get the console table????? I am looking for something just like that for my foyer!

  • Jenna Sue

    GO SARAH!! Amazing writeup, amazing pictures! I’m so excited my maps made it in… the colors look gorgeous together! You have a beautiful home. Congrats on the feature :)

  • jessica lorren

    Sarah and Ziggy were so much fun to work with and their home, adorable.

  • Penelope G

    Wow, what a beautiful article. The photography is stunning!! xox

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  • Jordan – Queen of LA

    sarah, you have beautiful style!

  • Neahle Ize – style+saveur

    Perfectly furnished and impeccably styled space. I love the beach themed color scheme and the curated vignettes throughout the apartment. And Sarah is just adorable!

  • BmoreLoveLeigh

    Love finding other stylish bloggers as crazy about their furbabies as I am :)

  • Kristyn

    Love this! She is adorable, and don’t even get me started on her dog! :)

    I would love to know where the chandelier is from…love it!

  • Nicole

    Where’s the couch from?! Love everything!!

  • Mary

    love the mirror buntings above the couch! i have the same thing above my bed! i bought them on etsy at fluxglass.

  • Lindsay{LCVintage}

    Gorgeous apartment! I love the maps above your bed. I need to do that!

  • Geraldine Looker

    I also adore West Elm and ZGalleria. I bought from West Elm a waiters tray table (shiny black) on a chrome base, with a triangle of silver balls and white rough vase as the decoration on top, that goes white an off white Leather sofa and matching black leather chair. There should be a photo on my blog somewhere of the media room!
    I love the space you have created and the uncomplicted simplicity. Lovely!

  • sarah {chevrons and stripes}

    Thanks everyone for the kind words! So excited to be a Glitter Girl today :)

    Christina – the console table is about four years old from crate and barrel.

    Kristyn – the chandelier is from Jean Pelle on etsy. It’s the ‘original bubble chandelier’

    Nicole – The couch is one of those design it yourself pieces from Pottery Barn.

    Feel free to contact me if anyone has any other specific questions about where things came from – I’d be happy to answer!


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  • Rachie

    Gorgeous Gorgeous apartment – I love that missoni bed cover! Its stunning! xx

  • Harriet

    Wow, I love this space! Impeccable taste and I love the little bits of stylish Judaica :)

  • carla mccarthy

    It’s an amazing decor.Everyhting matches with Miami beach! I’m kinda of her neighbour. I live in hollywood area!

  • Erika [small shop]

    Sarah you are adorable! Love the mix of clean contemporary and intricate details in your home. I’d kill for a brick wall, and that view!

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  • Lesalina

    Beautiful! My boyfriend and I are looking at a second residence in Miami and this is very similar to the look I had envisioned. Excited to explore Sarah’s blog too!

  • barefoot duchess

    she looks lovely in the white dress!!

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  • Phoebz

    OMG. Sarah you look so chic and amazing in all these photos. Such a great, intimate look into your new life in Miami. I can’t wait to see it in person! so proud. xox

  • Didi Dreyer

    It almost makes me want to go to Florida, a state I wrote off a long time ago! It’s an absolutely refreshing view on the seaside lifestyle, You can just about feel the breeze in the photographs and the sunshine feels warm and cool at the same time. That’s quite an achievement! I love the brave way you combine color. I once bought a house in California where every room in the house was beige. It was so depressing. You seem to know instinctively what color does for the soul. Entering your home, even in pictures, makes a person feel welcome. xx

  • Stacie Spielfogel

    Sarah; Harriet gave me your website to peruse. I love it!! and I love your apartment. Congratulations to you and Evan on your engagement. So exciting!!!

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  • LIz {Shorely Chic}

    Sarah is so adorable and I LOVE what she has done with the space!! So impressive for being there only a year, and just starting out!

  • Jolene

    This is my fave “Style at Home” post yet! I love the laid-back, yet sophisticated vibe of Sarah and her home. Casual and comfortable, with splashes of chic luxury.

    I love the light above the dining room table? Source?

    Thanks for sharing! Fantastic and inspirational.

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  • jared junior

    the marquis rug from west elm looks amazing in this space! love the floors and the styling!

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  • Michelle Sullivan

    Hi,  I love seeing these photos, you have such great taste! 
    Would you mind sharing the blue-green paint colors on the walls in your  office?

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  • MyDesignSource

    Gorgeous exposed brick and faded blue- delicate, charming and oh so stylish.

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