“Fabric stores are my candy shop,” admits Sheryl Cory, whose temptation for textiles has led her to a career in interior design that has stretched beyond 24 years. Sheryl was inspired to follow in the footsteps of her mother and grandmother, both skillful sewers who made crafty bedding, clothing and even curtains for their families.
Sheryl’s hands-on design education, including everything she needed to know about custom window treatments, wallpaper and upholstery, later came from interning as a seamstress with Claudettes Decors, a professional in-home design service.
Today, Sheryl enjoys working with customers at The Color House, whether it’s offering advice on color palettes (grays are her favorite, although her biggest design pet peeve is rooms with toomuch gray!) or helping them to dress up plain windows with one-of-a-kind decorative drapery.
“We always do our best to deliver a friendly and personable in-store experience,” she says. “The most rewarding thing about what I do is getting to assist my customers in beautifying their homes.”
What’s your design superpower? Custom window treatments, especially Roman shades.
How do you ensure that the space you’re designing reflects your client’s preferences? Right at the beginning, ask them about things that will factor into the final design, including the color of the floors, type of appliances and furniture styles. Consider how these choices will work with the amount of natural light in the space or if lighting must be added. To ensure you’re on the same page, it’s important to listen to the client’s wish list and invite them to find pictures or samples of what they envision.
My favorite place to find inspiration is…: …in nature, surrounded by beautiful flowers, trees and mountain views.
Can you give us one design “pro” tip for adding color to an otherwise neutral color scheme? I’m a big believer in throwing some surprise color into matching décor to add a real element of fun. I suggest adding some visually-interesting patterns to the room, either in the area rug or the upholstery of a couple of comfy club chairs.
Tell us about a project you worked on where the right color made all the difference. I don’t have to look any further than in my own new kitchen. The colors I chose for the walls, cabinets and wall oven are harmonious thanks to the mosaic tile backsplash and the accent wall I wallpapered.
Name a color combination that works surprisingly well together – even if they really shouldn’t: Benjamin Moore’s Mayo Teal CW-570 + Kalamata AF-630 + Green Earth CW-455 + Caliente AF-290. Trust me on this.
If you could hang out with any celebrity designer, who would it be? HGTV’s “divine” Candice Olson or David Reed Bromstad, the host of such shows as Color Splash, Beach Flip and My Lottery Dream Home.
What color would you love to work with more and why? Chambord; it’s definitely the new black!