Sarah Noble, owner and founder of Noble Designs with ‘Top Dog’ Oscar. Photos courtesy Noble Designs

DIY projects to pass the time and boost your mood

By Kady Weddle
Art Director and Contributing Writer

Eighteen years ago, Sara Noble started Noble Designs with a vision for what the interior design experience should be. Having graduated with a degree in finance from Kansas State University, per her father’s advice, Noble eventually gave in to her passion for interiors. A midwestern girl at heart, she debuted her designs at a local holiday mart almost 18 years ago. Selling five design jobs on the spot, Noble Designs was born. These days Noble’s business has a wait list full of customers excited to have the interior design firm give their homes that stand out look. “We put together design plans that are custom for our client and reflect the uniqueness of their family and home,” said Noble.

Where does Sara draw her inspiration? “Inspiration is everywhere,” she proclaims. “I’m a certified Instagram junkie, and Pinterest has good ideas as well.” Travel also builds her team’s enthusiasm. Noble notes the market at High Point, North Carolina is always inspiring, as well as fashion trends, photography, and pop culture style icons. She describes her style as, “simple but elegant, classic with a modern twist.” Admittedly Noble is obsessed with gold and navy blue, loves fretwork, Greek keys, polka dots and bow – but not all together!

Noble Designs is excited to announce their first book! This design book is filled with beautiful images, tips and shows the human side of design as Sara shares stories about the families she’s worked with on the projects featured.

Having built her own home nearly seven years ago, you can find Noble and her family in the Olathe area with her business residing at 123rd and State Line (former HyVee Shopping Center) in Leawood. Sara has two children, a daughter Eleanor and her son, Andrew. “They are good kids and most days I’m happy to not only claim them but show them off,” explains Noble. My parents are two doors down, and I’m happy to report that I love it!”

To date, Noble Designs has earned two Kansas City design awards, and has been featured in House Beautiful, Country Living as well as a variety of local publications. Humbly, she describes her success as, “a mix of hard work, customer service, the belief that positivity pays, and a fresh perspective that pushes our traditional clients out of their box.”


Easy and Inexpensive Mood Boosters

  • Let there be light. When contemplating your room lighting, go big. When choosing lamps or fixtures for their home, most people tend to play it safe and go for pieces that don’t give enough light. Brightly lit spaces enhance your mood as well as ward off those winter blues. Don’t forget to jazz up those fixtures. Gilded looks of antiqued metals and gold leaf are on trend.
  • Hello color! Implementing spots of color around your home can aid in relaxation and help add a little fun to any room. Try putting out a bowl of fruit. The yellows, greens, and oranges will give that extra pop of color, especially when paired with a vintage or heirloom bowl, a unique thrift store find, or boldly painted container. Speaking of paint, gather the kids for a quick and easy family project by adding splashes of color to everyday furnishings. Put a smile on your face every time you walk into a room with brightly colored accents on your door frame trim.
  • Bringing the outdoors in. Grab some freshly cut flowers or small plant at your local grocers for an inexpensive way to immolate that fresh feel of the outdoors. Add it to your shopping list for a quick pick-up! Milk, check. Eggs, check. $5 bouquet, check. Or simply snip some greenery from around your landscape to mix in. You can also bring in the florals with new accent towels. There are so many fun patterns and imagery out there, and people often forget how gross their old ones can get!

Noble Designs is currently offering virtual one-room packages to new and existing clients. Helping to take minds off the negative, Sara will plan out your next project with you online. Ultimately everyone should love where they live.

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