“I can’t imagine using any one else on the island (or State for that matter) when it comes to a large remodel project. Sara not only possesses a great sense of style and eye for design, she also has all of the project management skills typically lacking in a “creative type”. She was 100% on time and on budget, providing excellent communication throughout. Not only was the finished product above my expectations, the work throughout (design boards, samples, drawings, invoices, etc.) reflected a high degree of care and professionalism. If you are looking for a turnkey designer, you could not do better than Kala and Sara.”
– Ken DesGarennes, Private Residence in Poipu, Kaua’i, Hawaii
“For many years our family has enjoyed vacationing in Kaua’i and over the last decade had become enchanted with the development of Kukui’ula. In addition to it’s many amenities, the Hawaiian plantation theme of many of its facilities was especially appealing. In due course, we decided to buy into the development and settled on the house at 5086 Lau Nahele. We were particularly drawn to the interior appointments of this residence, and inquired as to who had done such beautiful and tasteful work, leading us to Sara Lambson of Kala Interior Design in Koloa. We were fortunate to retain her to finish and furnish the house. It was Sara’s eye for color and beauty, her access to and sourcing of the best quality of materials and furnishings, her ability to blend Hawaiian theme with traditional plantation touches, and her attention to detail that enabled her to turn our house into an inviting home. But this is not all. In working with Sara, we found her highly professional. She was thorough, open to our ideas, punctual, honest, on budget, and competent in every way. She did wonderful work for us, and I can recommend her services without reservation.
-Gordon H. Smith, Private Residence at Kukui’ula, Kaua’i, Hawaii
“Sara is an extraordinary designer. My husband and I were fortunate enough to work with Sara when we bought our home on Kaua’i. She has impeccable taste, is prompt, responsible and really listens to her clients needs and style. Having a home on the island can make it difficult to find furniture, fabrics and skilled tradesmen. Sara has an abundance of high quality sources at her fingertips. We love our Kaua’i cottage that Sara designed and would recommend her to anyone who is looking for a top rate designer.”
– Howard & Susan Warner, Private Residence, Kalaheo, Kaua’i, Hawaii
“The best phrase I would use to describe Sara is: A passion for excellence! I had the privilege to utilize Sara’s talents as my interior designer for my project in Princeville. I had a vision to create a vacation paradise with the concept of “elegantly chic” with a touch of Hawaiian elements. Sara’s unbelievable talent and dedication to detail created the paradise of my dreams! I reside on the East Coast and I needed to rely on Sara to not only work around my time constraints; she monitored the complete renovation process, all while performing her own design responsibilities. Sara was professional, detail oriented, job focused and a complete pleasure to work with. Sara has a vision of space placement, a wonderful sense of the palette of color and excellent taste. I would recommend without hesitation for Sara to be involved in any design process.”
– L. McInerney, Private Residence, Princeville, Hawaii
“Sara quite literally turned my wife and my retirement dream house into reality. She listened carefully to what we wanted and delivered a design that is stunningly beautiful aesthetically while still being practical and comfortable to live in. Equally important, her careful design drawings and complete specification book allowed the contractors to finish the project on budget and on time (close to a miracle here on Kauai). Her friendly and careful communications kept us comfortable as we carried out the remodel from 2400 miles away.”
– Mike & Lisa Steres, Private Residence, Poipu, Kaua’i, Hawaii
“I absolutely love, love how my Kauai beach condo turned out !!!!!! When we bought our condo, I knew it needed to be remodeled, but was really skeptical trying to try to do this project from Arizona. When I saw Sara’s website, I was so impressed with her work, that I knew she was the only one to do our job, and that we really could remodel and love it! She was perfect from the get go! She helped redesign the condo from lighting to moving walls, then her design choices of furniture, fabric, paint, and art made the end result just breathe taking!!!!! When we walked in, we were totally blown away by how gorgeous it turned out, and so is everyone else that walks in!!! She captivated the view of the ocean by using accent colors, so both the ocean and condo just pop and make staying there truly magical! We loved working with Sara, and totally trusted her expertise. It was a fantastic experience, and I am so thankful that we found her to make our dreams come true!”
-Gary & Marce Nuttall, Residence/ Vacation Rental at Kuhio Shores in Poipu, Kaua’i, Hawaii
“Sara is amazing! She worked with my husband and I on our dream home on Kauai! Sara was extremely professional, creative, detail oriented and respectful of our budget. Her design choices were both beautiful and practical. She listened to my love of certain types of fabrics (gingham in Hawaii -YES! ) and made it work. Sara has impeccable organizational skills which kept the project on schedule. We LOVE our home! Thank you Sara!”
-Sean & Karen Murphy, Residence/ Vacation Rental at Pili Mai in Poipu, Kaua’i, Hawaii
“Sara was a delight to work with! She listened intently to our preferences and goals for our project, and worked diligently to meet our stated goals producing outstanding results! She turned our drab space into something beautiful, welcoming, and relaxing! We constantly receive positive comments on how lovely the space is. Where needed she provided design direction and guidance. Her responses were always cheerful and friendly, making managing this project at a distance a delight! The project she completed for us was a retirement and vacation space in Hawaii; we only wish we could have her design expertise for our home on the mainland!”
– Bill & Laura Northey, Residence/ Vacation Rental at The Villas At Poipu Kai, Poipu, Hawaii
“We are more than pleased with Sara’s designs that were implemented in our new 3 bedroom condo in Poipu. Sara worked with us to find our style and personal taste, and bring it together with furniture and accents that would bring us comfort as well as durability for rental traffic. She was very flexible to meet our requests, and has plenty of resources to support her work so there was no delay in finding alternative options when needed. What we appreciated most was Sara’s responsiveness, clear communication, and mindfulness to the budget. We were able to collaborate online and by phone with Sara. Thanks to Sara we will enjoy a beautifully appointed condo for many years to come. We highly recommend her services.”
-Mark Fiorini, Residence/ Vacation Rental at Pili Mai in Poipu, Kaua’i, Hawaii
“I heard about Sara and Kala Interior Design through a builder that I know on Kauai. I had seen her website and loved the color and design I saw there. I met with several different designers for the home we were looking to furnish: A 5-bedroom, 5-bathroom beach house that will be used as a vacation rental. That means it needed to be beautiful, comfortable and kind of bullet proof (for vacation renters). Sara did an excellent job! She stayed in budget, on schedule, and mostly importantly created a beautiful and special place for us to share with those who come to beautiful Kaua’i and rent this special beach house.”
– Anne Eliason, Elite Pacific Properties, Kauai, Hawaii
“Sara Lambson did an excellent job of merchandising the model home at Wainani at Poipu. Her colors are both elegant and island-style. The decor is upscale but casual, and demonstrates the lifestyle of potential homeowners. Sara’s overall concept is consistent throughout the home. The utilization of local hawaiian art is very appropriate. I would recommend Sara Lambson to anyone who wanted a designer that understands the unique flavor of living on Kauai.
– Mary K. Flood, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, D.R. Horton Hawaii
“Sara and her team are experts who intimately know their markets and their clients. Many professionals in her space also do. However, Sara brings that knowledge to life with her design and merchandising work. In our case at Emerald Homes, it was an exceptional manifestation of the vision we had for our property that without decor, our home could not alone achieve. For our buyers, it was simple: the home spoke to them about the lifestyle they are seeking. Period.”
– Robert Bruhl, Vice President for Development, D.R. Horton Hawaii
“Heather & I met Sara in 2013 as investors in what was originally intended to be a spec home at Kukui’ula. We have worked with other interior designers on other spec homes and none came up with initial and follow-up selections for us to choose from better than Sara did. It was so easy to go ahead with her suggestions because they just made sense. She obviously listened very closely to what we were saying because we didn’t want to just emulate the style of other homes at Kukui’ula. Eventually, we decided to keep the home for ourselves and so we revisited the designs because they were now to be for our personal custom home. At first, we thought we wanted to make a few changes but, in the end, we kept almost everything exactly as Sara had originally picked! If we build any other homes in Hawaii, we would definately work with Sara again.
– Ron Verstappen & Heather Hanson, Private Residence at Kukui’ula, Poipu, Kaua’i, Hawaii
“Collaborating with designer Sara Lambson of Kala Interior Design on the renovation and furnishing of our home, gave us the home of our dreams. Sara turned what could have been a challenging project into a smooth and seamless creation of a beautiful space. Sara’s technical expertise, creative flair with design, color, fabrics, and knowledge of the area we live in, combined to give us not only what we wanted, but something better. Her professional manner, background, and willingness to go the extra mile gave us the confidence to proceed happily with her ideas and suggestions. Sara helped us create our own sanctuary of peace, harmony, and beauty. When people walk into our home with their compliments, we are proud to name Sara as our designer! Now, as an added bonus, we also call her our friend.”
– Jack Hodges & Stephanie Sunn, Private Residence, Kalaheo, Hawaii
“Last August after purchasing a condo on Kaua’i, my husband and I went on a search to find the best design talent on the island to re-decorate. Since we would be living here part of the year, we wanted to turn our new place into the Hawaiian home of our dreams. After much research, we chose SaraLambson, the owner of Kala Interior Design. What a great decision! The process from beginning to end was so delightful. Sara really listened to our input before making recommendations and layout out a plan. We found her to be professional, responsive, resourceful, and loaded with talent. From paint colors to furniture, rugs, fabric selections and beautiful art, Sara created a livable and stunning oasis for us to enjoy.
– Rich & Debi Chitwood, Residence/ Vacation Rental at Regency Villas, Poipu, Kaua’i, Hawaii
“We had Sara remodel our condo at Regency Villas. The experience was simply amazing. In remodeling our condo, we wanted to give it that “Hawaiian Feel”, while also making it feel like our home. Sara was a joy to work with, as she took time to get to know us, before and during the remodel. This allowed her to fully realize our vision for the unit by taking into account our likes and our dislikes. She especially listened to what our son wanted for his loft. In fact, that ended up being our favorite out of the many amazing rooms. She did all of this while coordinating with us on the mainland. It was great knowing that we could trust her to insure everything was completed as promised. She did a masterful job of coordinating not only fabrics and furniture, but also the painters and other subcontractors. Sara made sure every detail was finished to perfection. And she also insured that there will not be another condo that is finished like ours. When it was finished, we really, really had our new Hawaiian home!”
– Matt & Yvonne DeWitte, Residence/ Vacation Rental at Regency Villas, Poipu, Kaua’i, Hawai’i
“During the past year, we had the opportunity to work with Sara in remodeling our condo at The Villas at Poipu Kai in Kauai. We had a desire to add the island “feel” to the condo interior so that we & our guests could further enjoy our paradise experience. We had a vision of what we wanted, and Sara had the ability, creativity, for style, connections, personality & perseverance to execute the vision into reality. Sara was excellent in her communication of project scope, status, selection & approvals. We were impressed with her attention to detail in the selection of those “little things” that add so much. Her eye for color, fabric selection, comfort & function has created the “experience” that we were looking for. Not being on the island during a project like this can be difficult & of concern. Sara always represented our best interests & was a pleasure to work with. We had complete confidence in her work, her concern for budget, timing & results. It was an exciting day when we were able to see the finished product & enhance our island retreat. It exceeded our expectations.
– Jon & Darlene White, Residence/ Vacation Rental at Regency Villas, Poipu, Kaua’i, HI
“Sara, you went beyond our expectations! You were timely, returning emails & phone calls. Your style selections were wonderful, and still allowed my mom to have some input with the decisions. All of the personal touches such as the turtle decor for the grandkids were awesome! The bedding was top of the line & you took care of everything. I couldn’t have asked for anyone better! The job went perfectly and on time. Thanks again for a fabulous job.
-Linda Davis & Maxine Votaw, Residence/ Vacation Rental at Whaler’s Cove, Poipu, Kaua’i, Hawaii
“We found Sara on the internet, when we were searching for someone who could help us pull together our newly remodeled home. We spend a great deal of money on the remodel but it lacked all the fine details that make it “Wow”. Boy did we hit the jackpot with Sara! She came to do an assessment and we were immediately impressed with her professionalism and her imaginative ideas, and she was very cognizant of our budget. She “got” what we were looking for and very soon we had some great selections to choose from. She was always available, even via texting with photos when we went shopping in Honolulu. When our orders arrived, she drove out and installed them in just the right place and the right way. She also made some terrific suggestions on improving what we already had (and for which she hadn’t even received a commission). We received tremendous value for what many have called a “stunning” decor, and we’re extremely delighted with the results… it really feels like a totally different house. Sara is a dream to work with, and if you’re lucky enough to get her when she’s available, I know you will be as impressed as we have been.”
– Gary & Karina Bart, Private Residence, Haena, Kaua’i, Hawaii
“I met Sara Lambson on Kauai in 2009 and have maintained a working/professional relationship with her since then. Sara has the ability to develop and conceptualize an actionable plan that considers first the owner’s needs balanced by the demands of our tropical environment. Sara is best able to access sources that work and executes on her plan in a most efficient and professional manner, exhibiting her organizational skills and artistry in each and every project.”
– Hannah Sirois (PB), Kauai Heritage Properties LLC, Kauai, HI
“In my ten years working as a developer/ builder of luxury condos and custom homes on Kauai, I had not had the experience of working with an interior design prior to my association with Sara Lambson of Kala Interior Design. Sara’s ideas, knowledge and background have proven to be extremely valuable. She is currently assisting me with the design of a $2 million dollar custom home in Kalaheo, and has consulted on the selection of light fixtures, plumbing fixtures & accessories, paint colors, custom ceiling treatments, cabinetry & bath design. Sara understands how to create a pleasing residential space that will appeal to a wide audience, while retaining top market value. She is sensitive to the needs of the builder and home buyer alike.”
– Todd Dorny, TD Custom Homes, Kauai, HI