At Modern Sanctuary, we believe that everyone deserves a space that brings them joy, peace, and comfort. We are honored to have been able to share so many sanctuaries with our readers over the last year and appreciate our partnership with talented designers who give us endless inspiration. Which got us thinking… what do some of our contributing designers consider to be their own Modern Sanctuaries? Interior designers Betsy Burnham, Briana Nix, Benjamin Dhong, Lisa Sherry, Jamie Herzlinger, Denise Davies and Suzanne Cunningham share their most sacred and beloved spaces with us.
Betsy Burnham (Los Angeles)
I have a great backyard. We live in an historic part of town and even though it’s right in the middle of LA, it’s really private. We have a lot of greenery, a good lawn, a blue/gray pool, and plenty of comfy seating. I also love the light here in LA, and the breeze. I often just hang out with my dogs reading a book – it’s a perfect weekend afternoon. Of course sometimes my backyard involves family, friends, food and music and that’s wonderful, too.
Briana Nix (San Francisco)
My sanctuary is my daughter’s nursery. I’ve kept the color scheme neutral with pops of light pink and grey. It’s so calming and sweet, I love walking in first thing in the morning when the light is just perfect. Seeing her smile up at me from her cute Rickshaw crib sheets also helps!
Benjamin Dhong (Napa Valley)
My Modern Sanctuary is a room in my home that was the orphan of the house when I bought it. The previous owners had enclosed a small terrace with a bad add-on. No one could figure out what to do with it, so I decided to make it a chill-out room…we jokingly call it the “opium den”. It’s meant for getting cozy alone or crowded with friends…the House Beautiful photo shoot staff all crowded in here for cocktails and candles!
The seating is deliberately low for slouching! I added a starburst mirror on the ceiling to give a sense of fantasy, and painted it all a dark grey to make the ugly architecture disappear….now it’s all about the outside.
Lisa Sherry (Charlotte)
I love my backyard. We have lovely wisteria draping over the back of the house and an old-school in-ground brick fire pit (lit year round of course!). I have mixed lots of low modern lounge chairs with more traditional teak pieces as well as a table for dining and serving during parties. Cafe lights are lit all year round (cause every day is a holiday!) and lots and lots of candles. We love impromptu pizza and rose parties back there…and every now and then a lively game of croquet breaks out on the green space.
Jamie Herzlinger (Scottsdale)
My sanctuary is always my bedroom. After a long and sometimes stressful day, my bedroom serves as my own personal retreat. It is the perfect place of femininity and serenity. The lush fabrics and neutral color palette creates the calm anyone would need to relax and reflect.
Denise Davies (Fairfield County)
Our sanctuary would have to be D2 Interieurs’ award winning design studio. It’s filled with light. The space has high ceilings and pops of yellow. Clients enter the loft space on seemingly floating stairs, with a powder-blue Vespa featured like pop-art through glass risers.
Suzanne Cunningham (Melbourne)
Our “weekend in the country” cottage is a real sanctuary for me. I feel completely relaxed and at home here.
The best part of Suzanne Cunningham’s cottage? It can be your Modern Sanctuary. Your Australian escape is only a click away. Plan your trip here.
Sanctuary Seekers – we would love to see your Modern Sanctuaries! Send a photo of your space along with a description of why it brings you peace, comfort and joy to firstname.lastname@example.org and get a chance to have your space featured on Modern Sanctuary.