6 Things with Samantha Stathis-Lynch Founder of Samantha Ware Designs 

Samantha Stathis-Lynch, Founder of Samantha Ware Designs,  developed her eye for design through her educational background in fine and decorative art history. Her design philosophy is rooted in the idea that a home should tell the story of those living in it and therefore should be completely unique. She believes that timeless design respects the original fabric of a home while simultaneously elevating it up to a contemporary standard, comfortable enough for modern day living. 

1. What started it all for you?

I am the principal designer and owner of Samantha Ware Designs and opened my studio about four years ago. My path into design wasn't linear or traditional - I didn't go to design school, but aesthetics were ever present in my life. My journey began when I was fortunate enough to travel with my family to Italy for the first time at the ripe age of fifteen. I was enamored with the country's architecture and dolce vita attitude, which ultimately led me down the design rabbit hole.

When the time came for me to go off to college, I knew I wanted to study art history. From there, I went on to receive my Masters in both fine and decorative art history, which opened my eyes to all things furniture and decor, giving me an invaluable tool box to pull from. After spending some time working in various New York City galleries, I realized that I needed to do something more creative and less administrative, which led me to the hand-painted wallpaper company, de Gournay.

From there, I went on to work as a curator for the vintage and antiques department at One Kings Lane, moving to their design team shortly thereafter. When the world shut down in 2020, I looked at the situation with a half glass full sort of attitude and decided to go out on my own, and the rest is history!

2. What drives your creative spark?

I strive to create cozy and livable spaces that manage to be timeless and somewhat playful. For me, it's all about the details. Finding that perfect block printed textile for drapes or paint color for an entryway is what makes all the difference. Whether it be the sun-drenched colors of Provence or the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean, I find a lot of inspiration in my travels.

My husband is English so we spend quite a bit of time in the UK, a place that encapsulates comfortable and layered living. Much to my husband's dismay, I often convince him to come with me to one of the numerous country estates by his parents' home to wander through their vast gardens and stately rooms, soaking in all the little details that really take a room from being average to next level.

3. Most treasured home decor item?

This is definitely a hard question because I try to collect pieces that I love and find unique or special. That said, I inherited a pair of 18th century antique English chests from my mother that I absolutely adore. They're a little wonky and unfortunately our puppy has chewed the bottom of one, but they're beautiful and hold a very special place in my heart. 

4. What’s the best advice you've ever received?

Don't give up until you've exhausted all your options. It takes time and the first few years of opening any business are extremely difficult. When it feels like you're stuck, ask yourself what else can you do.

5. It's 5 o'clock at home. What would you be pouring?

There is nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day than a classic gin and tonic, but I like to spice it up a little bit by filling the bottom of the glass with muddled berries.
If you're entertaining and really want to wow your friends, add some small roses or rose petals to your ice tray and voila, you have a beautiful and sophisticated cocktail!

6. What are your 6 favorite accounts that you follow for inspiration?

@inigo.house This is actually a real estate company based out of the UK, but they only take on period homes that are quirky and beautiful.
@flowermagazine Because who doesn't want to look at flowers, gardens, and interiors?
@houseandgardenuk They show the most idyllic homes across the UK, Europe, and sometimes the US that transport you to another place.
@haminteriors Design the most joyful and inviting spaces
@hadleywiggins_ Has a way of combining old and new that looks completely effortless
@fredericmagazine  Show beautiful interiors full of color and life

"For me, it's all about the details. Finding that perfect block printed textile for drapes or paint color for an entryway is what makes all the difference." -Samantha Stathis-Lynch