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Episode 203: Sarah Magness & Brian Boyle

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Sarah Magness

Based in Manhattan, Sarah Magness has been exposed to multiple new cultures and capital cities. Her work ranges from high-end Manhattan and Hampton residences to Mondrian Hotels in Scottsdale, Los Angeles, New York, and a gold certified LEED office  building in Oregon. She has learned to appreciate diversity and its influence on architecture and design. Her work draws upon her architectural and landscape background, interior design training, strong project management, extensive resource knowledge and global exposure all combining for an innovative design solution.


Magness Design began in 2009, with a focus on residential design.  After working in the industry for more than ten years, Sarah created a design company that would cater to the individual needs of each client and be actively involved for the entire design process from schematics to post-construction.  She was recognized by House Beautiful as one of the next top ten young American designers in 2010.


An avid traveler, her global journeys have influenced her passion for furniture, lighting and rug design.  While living in Japan, Sarah traveled throughout Asia and Europe, studying a broad range of modern and historical architecture. She discovered how the fusion of eclectic styles and materials can result in diverse design solutions for a client.


For Sarah, every client is different and her approach to each project is to guide them through the process with her design experience – making a house their home, infused with their personal aesthetic.  “I have a great sense of pride to know I have fulfilled my client’s dreams for their homes.”


Sarah received her undergraduate degree in Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin and her graduate degree in Interior Design from Pratt Institute.


Brian Boyle

Brian Boyle was born and raised in Connecticut.


He attended Boston University School of Engineering and Boston Architectural Center, before moving on to Rhode Island School of Design where he received  Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor’s in Architecture Degrees.


After three years working with a spin-off- firm he decided to “go to the source” was interviewed and hired on the spot by John Saladino.  He spent 9 years with the firm working on a multitude of projects, large apartments, single family homes in New Jersey, the Hamptons, and Santa Barbara California and the corporate headquarters for NutraSweet.


He launched his own firm in 1995, carrying on the tradition of design that he had learned while with Mr. Saladino.  They handle both modern designs and classical work as well.


His work has been published in a number of shelter magazines including, House and Garden Magazine, Interior Design, House Beautiful, Country Home Magazine and Casa Marie Claire.  Most of my work is residential, and centered in the New York City area, southeastern Connecticut and on the East End of Long Island, where he has a weekend house in Sag Harbor.


The Townhouse

For their work on The Townhouse project, Sarah Magness & Brian Boyle were awarded one of the 2015 Restoration Awards from the Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts, a strong local group that advocates for preservation of the rich architectural heritage on the Upper East Side.


Visit Sarah’s Website here

Explore Brian’s Website here

Watch the Townhouse Documentary here


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