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SaraKateStudios

Most frequently our gilded getaways and subsequent guides are driven by unwavering wanderlust. However, if we had to play favorites, the ones we secretly adore can often be pinpointed to one catalyst in particular: a rising star on the culinary circuit, a boutique hotelier obliterating the boundaries of chain brands and lackluster hospitality, or a small shoppe owner with enviable taste and a resounding eye for detail. In the case of our recent venture due west of the nation’s heartland, the later couldn’t ring more resoundingly true.

Having long been a fan of Oklahoma native Sara Kate Huff’s style from afar, the 2014 opening of her brick & mortar, Sara Kate Studios, was the driving motivation behind our newest (and soon to be launched, we promise) Gilded Getaway Guide, ‘Oklahoma City’. The shoppe, tucked along Automobile Alley just north of downtown Oklahoma City, resides proudly in a recently revitalized commercial neighborhood once bustling with industry in the capital city. Architecturally restored to pay homage to the car dealerships and commerce along Broadway in the 20s, each storefront boasts classic design elements, soaring windows and down-home American sentiment.

Like a starstruck teenager, our pulse quickened and our eyes twinkled upon crossing the threshold of the stunning shoppe. Sara Kate’s talent, which many of us have come to adore via her colorful feed, covers every inch of the space, from vintage furnishings given new life with killer textiles, (think the unlikely marriage of classic ticking and authentic moroccan rugs, united at last like long lost lovers), to curated vignettes of mercantile wares worthy of pause and admiration. Mid-century beauties, Garza Marfa gems-du-jour, and contemporary lighting (cue the Serge Mouille fan club), live harmoniously under one roof.

Even Sara Kate’s design studio, nestled off the back of the shoppe and home of her bustling interiors and styling business, is a haven for any creative maven. Layers of kilim and Beni Ourain rugs dance with Eames seating and a smashing SMEG. One might question her ability to concentrate on the tasks at hand with such an abundance of eye-candy at arm’s length. Surely not the case, as Sara Kate’s clientele have come to appreciate her mantra, “Only surround yourself with the things and people you love”.

While not everyone will pack up a case, hop on the jetway and voyage 1,500 miles for the simple pleasure of experiencing first-hand an entrepreneur’s dream, should you find yourself in the near vicinity of Oklahoma City, take a drive north on Broadway and stop in, we’re fairly certain you’ll leave overwhelmingly inspired, and perhaps, like us, with a pillow or two (or three). For those snow-bound in the midst of these never-ending winter months, drop by her online shoppe, always open, chock full of goodies and capturing a slice of the SKS sentiment.

Sara Kate Studios | 1100 N. Broadway Ave. No. 102, Oklahoma City, OK 73103

Images courtesy of The Gilded Lobster.

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