Sara Story '95 has been named the 2011 Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award honoree for the College of Arts and Sciences. She is the founder and president of Sara Story Design, a New York based interior design company. Her style, she says, has been influenced by extensive global travels. She was born in Japan, and spent years of her childhood in Singapore and Texas before moving to San Diego, and ultimately to New York, where she now resides.
"It opened my eyes to different cultures," Story said of her travels. "I became more open-minded."
Story earned her BA in Psychology before attending the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where she received a degree in interior architecture. She said the knowledge she gained as an undergraduate at USD helped her achieve the success she now enjoys as an interior designer.
"Liberal arts is the basis of any education. Learning about philosophy, business and art history is extremely valuable and provides the foundation for running a business and living life."
"Liberal arts is the basis of any education," she said. "Learning about philosophy, business and art history is extremely valuable and provides the foundation for running a business and living life."
In the past, Story's work has been featured in such publications as "O," the Oprah magazine, "Vogue Living" and "Veranda." A few of Story's most exciting current projects include a loft in Tribeca, a three-story penthouse in Gramercy Park West and a beach house in Shelter Island.
"These are all exciting projects for me, because they involve interesting architecture, enthusiastic clients, and learning," Story said. "It is very exciting to learn on every project and continue to evolve as a designer."
"[Living in different parts of the world] opened my eyes to different cultures. I became more open-minded."
Story's best advice to would-be designers is to take advantage of internship opportunities. She also suggests that designers seek to learn more about their field and art in general.
"Learning the history of design and architecture, and familiarizing yourself with art and art history is very valuable," she said.
In the future, Story hopes to focus more on hotel design. She also plans to launch a wallpaper and fabric line this year.
- Anne Malinoski ‘11