Princess Stephanie: Royal’s model in photos

Princess Stephanie has followed several career paths over the years, from philanthropy to acting. The 56-year-old also worked as a fashion designer, and you can tell.

Although Stephanie always had big footsteps to fill in as the daughter of style icon Grace Kelly, she has done well.

Stephanie is a fan of elegant tailoring, clean cuts, skirt suits, neutral colors and the occasional dash of red. Over the years, Stephanie has been influenced by her mother’s style choices.

As she grew up, Stephanie preferred collared blazers in combination with slim pants, like the flashy white ensemble she wore to the 2002 Monte Carlo Masters tennis tournament.

Or the striped blue-brown blazer with white trousers that she wore in 1983 when she was pictured with her boyfriend at the time, Paul Belmondo.

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Samantha was referring, for example, to Prince Albert’s coronation in 2005, when Stephanie wore “a tweed skirt suit but multi-colored fringes.”

She added, “Over the years we’ve seen them in textures like leather, satin, velvet, brocade.

“Although she was in a lot of black, the princess is not afraid of color.”

It has been depicted in bright colors like orange and purple over the years.

Over the past few years, Stephanie has preferred more neutral colors, suggesting that her style has shifted to more subtle and less flashy designs.

But she is also not afraid to try something new, such as the gold silk dressing gown-like long jacket that she wore at the Monaco Yacht Club in Monte Carlo last year.

The princess combined the coat with a collar with a plain white T-shirt and jeans.

Samantha said, “Fashion should be fun and style is an evolving journey for many women.

“What you wear in your 30s and 50s can be completely different.

“As we get to know ourselves, we fall in love with trends, fabrics and colors.

“It’s nice to see someone who is confident in shaking things up and trying out new trends.”

Samantha added that there are “definitely similarities” between Stephanie’s clothes and her mother’s clothes.

She said, “The tailoring is very Grace Kelly, as are some of the necklines that Stephanie seems to have preferred over the years.

“As a model, singer and fashion designer, fashion has definitely run in the blood over the years.”

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Tephanie Sarro’s Liberty Lake house is flooded with light and underlined by colors, a cheerful yet quiet place that precisely captures the personality of the versatile designer.

Light streams into the large room – her favorite room – from all directions: the glass entrance area, the slide control onto the closed inner courtyard and through a row of rectangular windows that line the upper floor where Sarro has her studio.

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Next color! Dania chairs and a dining table with a live edge sit on an abstract turquoise carpet, a color that is repeated in art prints on the entrance wall, but also the muted blue-green tone of a leather chaise longue. Variations of orange and red appear in cushions, the glow of glued wood ceiling beams, the fox motif carpet in the grandchildren’s playroom next to the main entrance and numerous works of art, including Sarro’s large watercolor leaf hanging over the fireplace.

Her favorite piece – right next to the great room – is a glowing, rainbow-striped quilt that is visible every time she walks through the door, like a beacon.

“It’s called ‘The Hope'” from the story of Noah, explains Sarro.

Sarro’s interest in art and design began as a teenager growing up in the Washington DC area. She remembers designing and sewing intricate outfits for her dolls. Her grandfather worked in a furniture factory that he eventually took over, and Sarro knows that both his ambition and the way he handled furniture influenced her. Her uncle was also an artist, and Sarro’s mother signed up her and her sister for all kinds of courses from a young age: swimming, skiing, cooking, acting, knitting.

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Sarro was drawn to architecture and attended the School of Architecture / College of Design at North Carolina State University. Her mother’s best friend – a woman – was an architect, which opened Sarro’s eyes. “I thought, ‘I can be an architect and a mother, both,'” says Sarro, who raised four children and taught them at home, all of which are grown up.

The interior design seemed to fit better, however, and perfectly blends Sarro’s interest in art, design and helping others.

She has kept her artistic skills – still hand-rendering all of her clients’ interior designs – and is particularly fond of watercolor. As a young mother she taught art to local children, and later Elizabeth Kincaid’s book Paint Watercolors that Dance with Light fueled her passion for painting. Although she has sold many of her works and continues to exhibit, she did not want to try to make a living from painting. And she’s still sewing and creating bespoke curtains for clients.

“I don’t have a favorite style,” says Sarro, whose own home is mostly mid-century modern, while her current projects include a Tudor-style remodel, a farmhouse-chic project, and a craftsman.

It is important to her, says Sarro, that she accommodates customers with her style.