Sarah Bernardy Design


Services Provided
Interior Design and Consultation, Space Planning, Furniture design and specification, Custom built-ins, Tile design and selection,

Areas Served
Minnesota, Twin Cities, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Edina, Excelsior, Eagan, Prior Lake, Burnsville, Savage, Inver Grove Heights, Woodbury, Plymouth, Eden Prairie, Mendota Heights, Cottage Grove, Hastings, Roseville, Richfield, Bloomington, Apple Valley, Rosemount, Maplewood, Stillwater, Andover

Business Description
Sarah Bernardy-Broman is an Award Winning Interior Designer located in the St. Paul suburb of Eagan. "A home is a reflection of who we are; it should complement our style and at the same time blend the interior architecture so that you feel harmony within the space."

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Allied ASID
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St. Paul, MN US 
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Sarah Bernardy-Broman, Allied ASID 
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St. Paul, MN 55122 
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Don't expect this first interview to include pricing as it will be just a ballpark figure from your discussion on changes with that contractor. So I wouldn't have their on the spot "quote" be your deciding factor on who to go with or there may be some major disappointment down the road. There are so many factors that cause pricing to fluctuate in a project. To get firm pricing you will need to have your material selections made, Countertop choice, backsplash, flooring, hardware, sink, faucet. Will the cabinets be new or refigured. Will the layout be changing, walls coming down, new lighting added? Bids take a lot of time and energy to put together as they involve more than just the contractor crunching numbers. Many contractors will charge a small fee for putting together an accurate bid that is often rolled into the project if you choose to go with them. If you have an idea of what you want to spend, share that. A good contractor should be able to tell you if it is realistic to the changes you want to make.
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If pricing is not really discussed, what can I expect for this interview/walk through? Of course I have pictures to show. But what will they tell me? How do I know if they are up on code for the city, as our city is very strict with permits and code?
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Ask about licenses, insurance, sub-contractors, etc...

As for the project itself, at initial meetings, contractors don't need to know if you want chrome or ORB, and other specific cosmetic choices. They do need to know what materials you're planning on as there is a huge cost difference between installing lighting choices, laminate counters and granite, undermount or overmount sink, how much backsplash if any, new entrance doors/casings, etc...

A good contractor will bring up items you haven't thought of yet. To be on the safe side, do your own check with your city regarding codes.
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Sarah Bernardy Design
Beautiful home! Definitely consider either painting or changing out the front door to add to the curb appeal and create an inviting entrance. A persimmon color that pulls some of the brick tones, SW Flower Pot Red comes to mind. You could paint the posts and rails the black of your trim but you could also disguise it with a large flower box where you can place some flowering annuals. Add some chairs and a few pots that you can change seasonally and you are set!
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If you ever want a little privacy for the front porch check out the Hanging Garden Trellis.
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If the manufacture is not willing to change the fabric or offer suggestions and the bench you have shared is one you really like and within your budget, I say buy it. Then you can have the fabric changed locally once received, by a local upholster or if the task seems like something you want to take on then you can tackle changing it. Finding the right fabric can make or break the look and feel of the piece and your room, so be selective. Find a fabric that will wear will for the use of dining. Hide spills. And have a protectant on it so that it stays looking new.
August 22, 2014 at 6:04AM     
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When paired with the right room or accents either can be a fun pattern to incorporate into classic or modern interiors.
August 19, 2014 at 7:59AM        Thanked by Emily Hurley
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I like the stripes ,some color and interest but nou overwhelming
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for me i think stripes make a room more brighter and full of life
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I've never used or seen this done in person. Black appliances are classic if you can't afford to change to stainless. I guess I would prefer you stick with black until you can budget for or need to replace the fridge because it has lost it's life. If you are updating some appliances but not all, there are the stainless/black combo that may look nice with your black fridge. I guess I would find ways to enhance what you have rather than hide it. Good luck!
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Michelle Scott for Ethan Allen - Laguna Niguel, CA
contact paper doesn't sound like a fix that will be lasting - I googled "stainless panels for refrigerators" and came up with this... http://www.frigodesign.com/custom-kitchens/appliance-frames-and-panels/refrigerator-door-overlay.html - Seems like a more realistic long term solution. How new is your refrigerator? Would it make sense to sell it, and get a new one? I have no idea how much the stainless panels are, but I would check out some different options.
August 19, 2014 at 7:19AM   
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Kevin Strader
We painted a dishwasher with stainless steel paint one time. It looked fine, but an entire refrigerator is a bit more of a challenge.
August 19, 2014 at 9:47AM   
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Thanks for explanation. Is the design going on the ceiling?
August 19, 2014 at 7:01AM   
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I believe they want the design on the plexiglass for the doors. Find something you like that will be timeless, not something you will regret because it's a trend. Monogram lettering can be classically done.
August 19, 2014 at 7:07AM   
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I would paint it all one color, ceilings and all. If you have non-textured ceilings you could put a fun trellis wallcovering on the flat ceiling that runs towards the closet. Add a patterned curtain in which you can draw your paint color from on the closet door with a simple tension rod. Pull in some fun art for the walls and you are done!
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Post Frame Accessories
If you don't want your washer and dryer to be constantly showing, you could install a sliding door there. Our hardware would be perfect for that. I included a few similar photos for reference (some are not laundry rooms, but give you the idea).
August 19, 2014 at 11:56AM      Thanked by 558river
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WOW, I love all of your suggestions. Thank you! I will put some before and after pictures up!
August 19, 2014 at 3:10PM     
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You don't want the lights to feel too heavy/large and out of proportion for your space. I think that a drum shade would make a nice transition from your kitchen to dining room space, and bring in the white color of your cabinets with the shade.
August 19, 2014 at 6:51AM   
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Sonia Biddle
I like something along this style but we will have to swag it. Is that possible? The kitchen is also open to the living room if that makes a difference. I'll attach a photo.
August 19, 2014 at 6:57AM   
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Sonia Biddle
We're going to be moving the side board to the other side of fireplace and building some rustic ladder bookcases for along that wall.
August 19, 2014 at 7:00AM   
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I agree that this is a lovely space and why change what isn't broken. Ask yourself why you are seeking change. Is it to freshen the space or because you desire to use the room differently? If it's to freshen, then I would bring in more of that mustard yellow you have on the throws, and you can do so in small accents. Change the center mirror behind the lamp to a piece of art. Add some mustard yellow pillows to the beds. Maybe paint the light fixture this yellow as well. If it's to use differently then develop a plan for those needs, which will guide you to purchasing the right scale and furnishings to fit those needs. Have fun!!
August 18, 2014 at 8:12AM     
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
It does appear, DMarie that you're ready for a new look! Would you want to consider a wallpaper for the bed wall, in lime and white? I'll bet that Maureen or another nice houzzer could find some choices for you. Then you could hold off on the rug until the wallpaper has been selected.
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Thanks Carolyn. I need to take a little time to know if I am committed to the yellow. The yellow and gray color scheme was never a favorite of mine, but I can hold off a while and keep it, but don't think I can have a yellow wall. I have always been a neutral with a pop of color person, but I am trying to think out of the box. I want to keep the look fresh and updated too. Hmmm I will take a photo of the offwhite walls next to the pillows for now. I will also go check out the name of the color and make.
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You did not provide a picture showing us what is on the ladder shelf wall. Is this another doorway or opening to another room? I agree with lefty47 that your TV should not be on the feature wall you see coming into the room but rather on the wall with the entrance. A comfortable sofa across from it with a pair of chairs and a cocktail ottoman to anchor the pieces and invite a relaxing TV viewing environment.
August 1, 2014 at 8:51AM     
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It won't hurt for a pair of small scale arm chairs to float in front of that opening with their backs to it. I'd try the dorm-like ladder shelf elsewhere. They work in kids' rooms and offices.
August 5, 2014 at 7:00AM     
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A built-in storage solution that accommodates your 51 inch television would look great! Storage solutions complete any home and take away awkward spaces that you are unsure of what to fill with. Take a look at our custom storage solutions: http://closetbutler.com/.
August 7, 2014 at 11:42AM   
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Pretty space and nice furniture. Is there another place you could use the sofette and bring the chairs from the window area in place of it. The rest of the furniture looks great together. The lamps and sofa pillows are areas to add color (s) picked up from your nice rug. Could you give us a close up picture of the rug? Would also like to see the bench and the pillow that is on it and the other art pieces in the room. The framed art over the sofa seems a bit skimpy for such lovely furnishings.
May 30, 2014 at 12:08PM     
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To paint the trim you do not have to remove the stain completely. Sand off any loose areas and then find a primer that will seal the wood and allow you to paint over. It's all in the preparation so talk to a local paint store specialist and let them know what you are working with and planning to do so they can suggest the best product for your application.
August 1, 2014 at 8:41AM     
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Paint all baseboards and window and door casings. You can leave the doors. A stained door with white trim is all right, but a white door with stained trim (like in your third photo) looks odd. If you have a steady hand, it will go fast. If you don't have a steady hand, better get a case of painter's tape. Tip: if you use tape, remove it as soon as your last coat is dry.
August 1, 2014 at 4:24PM     
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AllAmericanAmy
I'm always confused by people that talk about hardwood floors as "high maintenance" and not kid/pet friendly. Raised 2 boys and had indoor pets (a boxer, a schnauzer and...). LOVED hardwood. They were oak floors I had stained very dark (mixed Jacobean with a bit of Ebony). The floors were the BOMB! Several coats of polyeurethane and re-applied poly every 4 or 5 years. Don't know of many floors that are so easy to fix when there IS a problem either. I'm with Grover on this one for sure!
August 1, 2014 at 5:10PM   
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Sometimes small changes to a space with great bones is all you need. Along with painting the island, I would replace the counter stools to something other than wood, like a metal to break up the heaviness of all the wood that often gives the eye that "dark" feeling. Painting out the window trim would also help to freshen up the space and lighten things up. I like your idea of bringing in stainless steel verses the paneled wood fronts on the appliances, this will lessen the wood and bring you an entirely new look!
July 30, 2014 at 6:08AM     
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I had a similar issue with our kitchen. All wood and kind of dark. Painted them a French gray. they looked great. Sorry I don't have a picture. Leave the island alone and paint all the other cabinets. Good luck.
July 30, 2014 at 6:16AM     
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Your cabinets look great, the problem is the floor tile, there is no contrast between the cabinets and the floor. The floor should be off white of light gray just a little darker that he countertop. Even though the floor is green it is the same value as the base cabinets, a dark mess. Try spreading a white sheet on the floor to see if you like the effect.
July 30, 2014 at 6:44AM     
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