Meet the Designer: Sara Tuttle

Company: Sara Tuttle Interiors, Arlington, Virginia

Hometown: Durham, North Carolina

My trademark is... Vibrant interiors that are simultaneously sophisticated and energetic.

Right now I'm loving... Paul McCobb chairs (search or and almost anything from Swank Lighting (

Southern style is... In the South, people's homes tell a story of their past and of their family. Antiques and heirlooms are important to Southerners and always part of the way they live.

Go-to paint color: I'm currently in love with white—it's fresh, modern, and works with every style. These days, my favorite white is SK4 by Fine Paints of Europe (

Every Southern home should have... At least one modern piece.

What to DIY: Simple details, such as adding trim to readymade curtains for a custom look

What not to DIY: Electrical work!