I have experience in all aspects of interior design. I started my education at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA, and completed my degree here in Michigan at Baker College. Design school was a valuable experience, but it was really once I started working in the field that I gained the most knowledge. I started my career at Urbanhouse, a high-end home furnishings boutique and design firm in downtown Grand Rapids, MI. That store moved to the Cascade area and became Rock Home Studio, where I worked as an assistant to Rock Kaufman and the design team, and then moved on to become the Design Director and then Interior Designer. I could not quench my thirst for design, so I struck out on my own in 2008 with Sarah Pupel Design. In conjunction with that, I began writing feature articles for Grand Rapids Cosmopolitan Home Magazine, a local magazine that would feature the latest and greatest homes in our area. I then worked for a local custom cabinet company and learned a lot about innovative cabinetry and millwork as well as how it is produced. I missed being more involved in the total design process, so I worked for two local high-end design firms, Studio Duo and Francesca Owings Interior Design. Being a mother of three and having very loyal clientele, I now continue Sarah Pupel Design to continue creating as many happy clients as possible. I've absorbed everything in my surroundings, taken new skills with me at every turn, and I incorporate my expertise into every decision throughout the design process.
When I design the interior of a home, I think first of how the client would ideally use the space. Many times, people are stuck inside their literal box and can't see the potential in their space. I believe a home should be a place that works with your lifestyle in ways that enrich it. It is my job to get to know you, learn through the process what inspires you, and create purposeful design in a style that doesn't need a definition because it is yours.
I like to be involved in all aspects of the design process, but I am available for any and all of the following services:
- Residential interior design for new construction or remodel projects
- Fixture and finish selections including plumbing, lighting, flooring, cabinetry, countertops, paint, wall coverings, etc.
- Custom furniture and cabinetry design
- Interior space planning
- Furnishings selection, estimating, and purchasing
- Art and accessory selection
- Turn-key design
- Renderings, both for construction and 3D for visualization