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Meet Suncrest's Interior Designer Sheryl Clear

In October of 2011 we were thrilled to have Interior Designer Sheryl Clear of Clear Interiors join the team here at Suncrest. Not only is she a wonderful person to work with but she is extremely talented in guiding clients through the challenging decision making processes involved in building a custom home. Sheryl helps them to select and coordinate materials from roof and windows, to interior colors and finishes. She works with each client to create the look and feel they desire in their new home, while getting the most from their budget.

We thought you might be interested in learning a little more about Sheryl’s background and her role at Suncrest...

How long have you been doing interior design?

"I have been doing interior design for about 20 years, mostly through my retail furniture store, the Furniture Depot. After closing the store I launched Clear Interiors as a full-time, independent Interior Design business.

Purchasing furniture is often part of a new home or remodeling project, and people would come to me for help finding appropriate layouts, selecting colors and fabrics, and for assistance choosing building materials. I’ve done hundreds, maybe thousands of floor plans for people."

Why did you decide to start working with Suncrest?

"When I had my furniture store I worked with so many people who would come in after building a new home at a loss for where to put their furniture.  I would often hear, “we built this beautiful house but can’t figure out how to furnish it”. Sometimes these problems could have been headed off by considering furniture placement in the house planning process, and this is what I really wanted to do.  

So when Suncrest was looking for someone to join their team, it felt like a good fit. I love that Charlie and Michael value this input, and make a home’s interior a priority. This is a great service they provide to their clients."

Can you give an example of this in working with Suncrest?

"We were looking at a client’s plans for their master bedroom.  In order to maximize the view the windows were very low, essentially leaving no wall space for dressers. It was a simple solution to just raise the windows up, giving the client the option of putting a dresser under the window.  A simple fix in the planning stage, but a difficult fix if the home is built before they discover the problem."

How much of your work is with Suncrest clients?

"Right now at Suncrest we are building quite a few custom homes, so my work with them is very consuming. I always continue to take my own projects through Clear Interiors, especially since most of my new clients are referrals from previous clients. I also do color consultations for Miller Paint in Ashland."
Can you walk me through the process of working with a client from Suncrest from start to finish?

"I’ll meet with a client early on in the project to make some initial decisions like roof color, windows and doors. Then we start working on more of the details like cabinets, flooring, lighting, material choices, and colors as the construction progresses.

Suncrest works with each customer to come up with a package within their price range. Then they give the client guidelines for the budget of the home and the selections that fit within the client’s budget. A lot of what I do is work with the client to make aesthetic decisions that can keep them on budget."

How do you help the client narrow down the choices?

"There are so many decisions to make when building a home. I feel like a big part of my job is to help people narrow down the choices. We plan a palette and think about what kind of a look they want. I really encourage people to show me photos of interiors that they like. There are a lot of great websites online to look at for ideas.

What websites would you recommend people look at for ideas?
The two sites I use frequently are pinterest and houzz. But, I google specific styles and ideas and look at lots of images that way as well."

What would you say is the most important thing to consider when choosing how to decorate your custom home?

"I find it is very important to remind the clients that the home should reflect them, make them feel happy, content and comfortable. I’d say a lot of that is color, lighting, and choice of materials. All of it has to work together to get you to the final product."

What is your favorite room in the house to decorate?

"They are all so different, because every person and family is different. From a construction standpoint, bathrooms tend to use a lot of materials like flooring, showers, plumbing, tile, granite; there are lots of element that need to come together to create the look. From a decorating standpoint, it’s fun to do the living room because you get to work with furniture, fabrics, and artwork."

 Sample color plan for a Suncrest home.

In what style is your home decorated? 

"I live out in the woods, so I’ve created an experience of the outside coming in through orientation and windows.  I love natural light, so I have maximized the light in my home through the use of windows and skylights.  I love color, but tend toward soft and earthy colors. If I had to describe my style, I would say contemporary Northwest, using lots of wood and natural materials with a focus on art and minimalist décor."

What one piece of advice would you give someone moving into a new home and starting the decoration process?

"My best advice would be to work on things prior to moving in. That way you have a plan, you know where you are putting your furniture you know what colors you like, what walls you want to accent, and what kind of lighting you are working with. Proper planning will really help make moving in a lot less stressful."

Stay tuned for 'Sheryl's Suncrest Color Palate of the Month'. We will give you a peek into where color inspiration can come from and how it can be used in a custom home.

Until next time,
Suncrest Team