Sarah Jane Nielsen is an award-winning international designer. With more than 20 years experience at the top end of the market, she personally designs all of the schemes featured on the Inspiration section of our Nielsen House website and uses her expert eye to curate the high quality and often iconic items available for you to purchase here. Every fabric, finish or decorative item has been selected to give you easy access to unique and often unusual products from the best design houses worldwide, with ideas on colours and themes to help make your choices as simple as possible. The sourcing process is done for you by Sarah herself and it is extremely important to her and the Nielsen House team that your chosen scheme works for you. We always start from the premise that our customers are discerning in their desire for quality and value.
Our aim is to give you the tools to provide you with the confidence to manage your own scheme personally, but with professional results. Sarah guarantees that as long as you select your options within one of our Inspiration schemes, your room will co-ordinate beautifully. Inject your personality and character into the backdrop provided for you – or be comfortable in selecting a complete scheme safe in the knowledge that the finished result will be one you will be proud of. We want to offer you the confidence to manage your scheme personally, with professional results. Sarah guarantees that as long as you make your personal choices within one scheme, your room will co-ordinate beautifully. Feel free to add your inject your personality and character into the backdrop provided for you – or be comfortable in selecting a complete scheme safe in the knowledge that the finish will be one you will be proud of.
After graduating in Fine Art and Design from her homeland, Scotland, Sarah began her professional career designing and managing concept brasserie cafes and bars in Edinburgh. She then moved South to join a Knightsbridge firm of architects, Michael Lyell Associates as Project Designer responsible for the interior restoration and refurbishment of various conservation projects and Grade 1 and 11 listed buildings within Grosvenor Estates, English Heritage and abroad. She spent ten years at Michael Lyell gaining international interior design and project management experience in government properties and private residences in London, Moscow, Paris, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.
Before returning to the UK, Sarah was based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates leaving her indelible design mark on the explosion of the Middle East’s new build development in private villas, hotel suites, public areas, restaurants, private clubs and exclusive bars. She returned home to the UK in 1999 to consider more localised private commissions, in particular the restoration and renovation of traditional Lakeland properties alongside the fresh excitement of new-build development, specification and project management.
Sarah Jane has an enviable eye for design, with a keen aesthetic sense of style, combined with hands-on experience. Having cut her teeth in the exclusive design worlds of London, Moscow and Dubai, she is no ‘cushion scatterer’. Following her highly successful international career, Sarah returned to the UK to build her home with her family and now is delighted to have a base nestling within the beautiful English Lakes. Sarah loves nothing more than designing homes her clients love and was delighted when her own home was one of the first selected for Channel 5’s, ‘I Own Britain’s Best Home 2008’, ultimately winning her a place amongst the top contenders for the breathtaking design of her Lake District home.