Sara Tayte, Founder of AID - Interior Design Miami In short, I am originally from Columbus, Ohio. I have three rescue pets, two dogs and a Bengal cat. I've lived in South Beach for 10 years, and been an interior designer for 7, if you're not counting my entire childhood spent rearranging my parents furniture or popping out family photos from their frames and replacing them with pretty coffee table book photography tears, much to their frustration. Discovering The Sims computer game when I was in middle school.. where I could build the houses and abandon the families... didn't do much besides fuel my curiousity to make weekly attempts at downloading AudoCad programs online.. usually resulting in some sort of shifty Windows malware.... sorry mom and dad! (Looking back now... it does all make sense... now doesn't it?) I will have a full page spotlight feature in the January 2019 issue if Architectural Digest (South Florida edition)
What do you love most about Miami?
The fact it feels like I'm in a different country, all the time. There's so much worldly influence. South Beach is a harmonious fusion of countless languages, design styles, music and artwork. Beyond that, and this is a fact: South Beach is host to the world's largest standing collection of exterior Art Deco architecture. I love taking walks around my neighborhood, taking an unknown turn and getting lost among the colorful buildings. It's like you opened a time capsule and are strolling the neighborhood during the 1940's. There is a city-wide ordinance that all exterior Art Deco signage/structures can never be torn down or altered. I too find the beauty in these details that most of the world has long since forgotten about.
Ohh -- wait.. and the weather. Haha! ;)
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
I don't really have one. But I'd say my favorite restaurants range depending on the mood. If I want to get glammed up or treat a client to dinner: Zuma in downtown during the evening, and nothing beats Julia's near panoramic South Beach views during the day. If it's all food and no "scene"; it's a toss between David's Cafe and their authentic fare and hyperdrive Cuban coffee and the crowded, outdoor-ordering-only hole in the wall of La Sandwicherie. (It's literally located in an alleyway in Sobe, and you can't even go in, you order from the window outside, but they serve the best French baguettes you've ever had and have been open for over 30 years.
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – Sleeping or working on a project from the night before. All nighters occur when you're in on deadlines or deep in the design zone.. truth.
10:00 AM - Following up with clients and getting my HGTV/Caffeine combo fix.
12:00 PM - Favorite Power Lunch spot/meal?
Does delivery to my home office count?
7:00 PM - If I'm not working, Doraku Happy Hour on Lincoln Road, in South Beach. It's not only among the top sushi spots but their happy hour is the place to be seen and network as well. By far my fav early evening spot. There, or perusing the aisles CB2, which lucky for my inspiration... yet unlucky for my pocketbook, is conveniently located less than a minute's walk away...
11:00 PM - If it's a weekday I'm probably working late on a project. I'd work through the weekends if I didn't force myself to put a cap on it... otherwise I'm doing my other favorite thing, playing pool at the local dive bar. I'm there at least 2/3 times a week. (Threw you for a loop, huh? See what I did there?)
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
Wine. Although I don't over indulge "on purpose", so to speak... I don't really set a limit on wine... that would be rude. (Good day 1-2.. Hectic day... 4? There's 4 glasses in a bottle isn't there. Ahh well. Cheers.)
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
@homeadore - love the colorful visuals
App? My must have list is TapGlance (stunning rendering AutoCad program that I can whip up endless ideas that turn into photographic quality) much faster than my MacBook's AudoCads. Or.. Camera+, a must have photo editing tool for my projects with professional level settings. Great for fine tuning in-progress snaps of my spaces to send to clients or fine tuning a fabulous piece I just discovered to show my client yet the natural lighting simply won’t portray 'visually' how I see it 'personally'. It's no substitute for my photographer in Miami, Andrew Stankus, but does a fantastic job of correcting snaps in a flash. (Pun *intended*.)
What should everyone try at least once?
Taking a chance on a funky, colorful piece of furniture. You’ll immediately wonder why you didn’t do it earlier.
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
An outdoor street market with vintage pieces. You know the ones in random locations, where the seller sees it as his garage-purge, and I see it as... “Can I spray paint that?”