We had the good fortune of connecting with Sherry Norris and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sherry, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Friends and family have always asked me to help them remodel their home, refresh a room, refurbish a piece of furniture or create something to finish off an area of their home. Because helping people create functional, family friendly and beautiful homes is my passion, opening a business is my opportunity to pursue this passion. A couple of years ago my husband joined me and together we have created an entire line of high quality, hand crafted, solid wood home accessories to provide clients with an on-line store full of beautiful products. It has been the icing on the cake! Now clients not only have full scale interior design and decorating services, they have a place to purchase unique pieces to finish their spaces beautifully.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
With interior design inspiration available EVERYWHERE, it can be very easy for people to get overwhelmed, feel helpless and cause them give up on any type of home improvements. What we see on tv and on line is most often not an accurate reflection of reality or nor is it practical for real life. They stage the spaces, use filters on social media, and, of course, edit everything. Over and over, I hear from clients and social media followers that their biggest challenge is putting together what they love so their home looks cohesive instead of being full of random furnishings. From teaching basic design principles, showing step by step instructions on how to do a project or encouraging people to design with what they love, I help the individual create a space that is reflective of their personality. I cut through the “noise” to figure out what a client needs/wants. There is often a reluctance to spend part of the home improvement budget to hire a designer but remember that a designer went to school to learn the profession. We study psychology, sociology and the human body, along with numerous other subjects to understand how design affects individuals; not just how to pick out pretty colors. I promise each of my clients that their space will exceed their expectations if they hire and trust me. So far, I have never had a disappointed client. My heart is to provide good. practical design advice and inspiration to everyone. More than anything else, I want my social media followers, my design clients and those who purchase from the on line store to be happy and proud of their space. Home should be beautiful no matter what one’s budget might be, should reflect the people living there and should be functional so everyone feels comfortable.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
When we have out of town visitors, a few days hanging out in Savannah is definitely on the agenda . We love to walk along River Street, popping in the shops while enjoying some ice cream and watching the barges traveling in/out of the port. A trolley tour of the historic squares is always in order because the history is so rich in Savannah, it’s the best way to take it in. At least one day on Tybee Island is required because who doesn’t love spending a day enjoying sun and ocean air? The fun always ends with dinner at the Crab Shack. It’s such an eclectic place where the food portions ensure that nobody leaves hungry. Once we return from a few days at the beach, our guests enjoy being spoiled at our house, a.k.a. “Chez Big Daddy”. Full breakfast every morning is cooked hot and fresh by Big Daddy himself (he is an incredible cook) before a day of sight seeing. We take visitors to enjoy such iconic places as MLK’s birthplace and museum, the Georgia aquarium and Centennial Olympic Park, Mall of Georgia to shop (because most of our out of town guests have not experienced a mall that size), Six Flags over Georgia and Whitewater (if they love theme parks) and, if time permits, we take a drive to the mountains. Dinners are back at Chez Big Daddy. While our food is being grilled, smoked, sous vied or prepared various other ways, again by Big Daddy (y’all do NOT want me to cook!) we relax out on the back deck and chat.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First, without my Lord and Savior, I would have nothing and certainly would not have my business. He gave me the gifts and talents to be able to do what I do. He continues to allow me to bless people by helping them make their homes sanctuaries for their families. Second, my husband (whom I affectionately call Big Daddy), is my biggest supporter and cheerleader. His encouragement has been incredibly influential in my success. He ensures I have everything I always need to grow the business, does the majority of the IT and technical “stuff” and provides perspective when I need it most. I love that he is responsible for some of our best selling products and that he works along side me every day. Finally, my children, friends and amazing clients also deserve recognition for their love, support and unwavering loyalty to me, Big Daddy and our company.
I took all of the photographs and all images are of our original work.
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