Inside and Out: Eco-Friendly Designers Found Under One Roof

July 9, 2007

Los Angeles /PRNewswire/ - In a city with more opinions than traffic jams, it's tricky to find a neighbor with common values-yet it's been discovered in one hip, environmentally friendly building at 5519 S. Centinela Ave., where Sarah Barnard's self-named interior design studio shares a roof with the landscape design + build firm, Environmental Concept.

"It started with a call from Tania Gybels, the president of Environmental Concept," says Barnard. "She was familiar with my work and my commitment to the environment and wanted my thoughts on the interior of a building they'd just acquired."

What began as a standard eco-friendly interior project, on an old preschool building, became a new space to call home for Sarah Barnard Design, then a blossoming friendship and wonderful working relationship between interior and exterior specialists. Now her studio occupies 25 percent of the building while her neighbor uses the rest.

"A great team is really important-it's convenient and time saving for consumers who seek out firms like ours, because they can find like minded interior and exterior companies under one roof," explains Barnard. "It's really been a great move for the both of us."

The essential aim of sustainable design is to create places and spaces that reduce the use of non-renewable resources and minimize environmental impact.

Rather than a fast, "here-today-gone-tomorrow," left-coast trend-green is here to stay. So when clients approach Sarah Barnard Design wanting eco-friendly interior design, the referral to Environmental Concept for a sustainable garden makes sense. Barnard, known by many as a design visionary, is also a well-versed, award-winning furniture designer who can create custom, eco-friendly furniture to enhance and compliment sustainable spaces.

Sarah Barnard Design specializes in innovative, residential and commercial projects reflecting the unique qualities of each client and the inherent soul of the site. Her work has been featured in local and national publications and has placed prominently in several design competitions. For more information on Sarah Barnard Design contact Sarah Barnard at (310) 823-7331.

For more information on Environmental Concept (, contact Tania Gybels at (310) 302-9292.

Source: Sarah Barnard Design (

For additional information, contact Sarah Barnard of Sarah Barnard Design: (310) 823-7331; or Tania Gybels of Environmental Concept, (310) 302-9292.

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