About Me

ON A PERSONAL NOTE

In addition to my interior design business, as a typical woman/mom/wife, I love fluffing my own nest, home decor finds, home decor projects, a great bargain, DIY’s and most importantly creating quality time to spend with family and friends. This blog reflects all of these loves in my life.

In 1997 I began my own business and have been juggling the crazy world of being a small business owner, the demands of a successful, busy interior design firm and the challenges of raising a family ever since. Now, with my three children grown and married and four grandchildren I adore, the challenge of juggling it all still continues. But, I feel blessed beyond words and hope that in both career and family I have made a positive difference in people’s lives.

I firmly believe in the adage, “God first, family second, career third,” and though it’s a daily challenge I do try my best each and every day.  And, when I fail……I take a deep breath, turn it over to the Lord and give it another go.

ON A PROFESSIONAL NOTE

I’ve been designing and decorating homes for over thirty years and started my own business in 1997.  I have happily been an associate member of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers), IDS (Interior Design Society), and NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association) over the years.  I have enjoyed creating spaces for each and every one of my clients that are both visually stimulating and functionally satisfying.  Each project brought with it new challenges and each its own sense of satisfaction.  I never grew tired of seeing the amazing transformation that takes place and the joy and satisfaction of my clients when a project was complete.

However, I am now joyfully entering a new season.  I have found that as I enter into the “last third of my life” it is time for me to wind down and explore other areas of my life, spend more time with my grandchildren, return to weekly Bible Study and many other things I’ve had to put on hold over the years due to my business.  I’m currently in the process of retiring over the next year and am officially “semi-retired”.  I’ve committed to completing the projects I’m currently involved in and will spend the next year finishing these projects up.  But, the time involved is cut to a minimum compared to the demands of a full time interior design business and it has allowed me to breathe again and stop and “smell the roses” as they say.

So while I have been blessed with a wonderful career that I loved for so many years I’m blessed now to have the opportunity to put it behind me and move forward with my life.  I look forward to spending more time with family and friends, deepening my knowledge of the Bible and growing in my relationship with the Lord and just puttering around my own home – fluffing my own nest and gardening to my heart’s content!  And, of course, blogging!

13 comments for “About Me

  1. Barbie
    August 3, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    This is really an amazing room now! I love it. 🙂 (And your sweet family)!

  2. Ryan
    August 11, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Great looking new site – enjoyed seeing all of the room transformations!

  3. Joyce Sawtelle
    September 19, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Sheri, I wish you lived closer to me!! I just love your decorating style, and if you’re ever in the Chicago area please let me know… You (and your family) can stay with us in our lovely home (that really needs your decorating savvy) anytime. My husband and I (and MY daughter Alyssa!) would love to invite you to stay as long as you like and all we ask: that you would please leave us with a few of your amazing ideas!!

    May God bless you and your gifts and talents and may He increase your creativity (and your business) beyond what you have ever known before.

    Joyce Sawtelle

    • Joyce Sawtelle
      November 10, 2011 at 2:18 pm

      Hello Joyce,

      Did you ever live in Jaffrey, NH? There was another Joyce Sawtelle there when I lived there, and sometimes our snail mail got mixed up.

      Sincerely,
      Joyce Sawtelle
      Keene, NH

      • November 10, 2011 at 3:17 pm

        Too funny!

      • Joyce Sawtelle
        December 9, 2011 at 8:13 pm

        Dear JOYCE SAWTELLE!!
        Wow! I still cannot believe this email from you! I’ve told so many friends and family about what a kick it was getting your response via Sheri’s blog, but I hadn’t (until now) even told YOU!

        Excuse #1 (…and it’s a good one!) the day I received the email indicating you had written to me, my husband had his retina detach and parts of it tore away pretty bad and was internally bleeding. We were waiting for the doctor to return from scheduling his surgery which would be the following day.

        Excuse #2: (…still a legitimately good one!) We became so busy with doctoring that as much as I kept wanting to email you back, instead I was obviously busy with helping my husband!

        Excuse #3: (This is the real winner!) Now, not only were we dealing with the above mentioned incident, but on top of that, my son who’s in the US Air Force (stationed in Clovis New Mexico), announced that he and his girlfriend were getting married… bare with me here… You have no idea how excited I am about this!! BUT they gave me about a 2 week window to put an entire wedding together (without the help of Sheri, I might add!!)!! I was thrilled that she and her family were willing to have the wedding in Chicago, since they all live in Utah. But, the reality was that I was planning a wedding with only 1 real week to work with. And since the first week was already taken with helping my husband… my attention was completely on getting all the details involved in planning a wedding in a week accomplished!

        Results: WE DID IT!!! It was amazing… Sheri, I think even you’d be proud of me! Though, I did have much help from a very talented girlfriend of mine!

        Now, back to you Joyce!! To finally answer your question; no. I’ve never lived in New Hampshire, which means there are 3 of us!! I can’t believe it!! I can’t even believe there are that many Joyces… (right??) I mean I have known so few Joyces in my lifetime, let alone Joyce Sawtelles! (Wow, I’m really driving my spell check crazy) But, to top it all off (with whip cream AND a cherry); can you believe that we both are fans of Sheri’s and on her blog at the same time??? That alone just blew my mind!

        Your inquiry really blessed me (and served to be such a terrific diversion at the time!) This has been a wonderful conversation in our family as no one has ever known any other Sawtelles other than our own immediate relatives. And it makes me wonder if we are related? Of course, for me, it would be via my husband and perhaps for you as well. We should follow up with each other personally (and we can keep you, Sheri, in loop as well!). I already feel like I know you just via your blog!

        Now, to Sheri: I was so sorry to hear of your Father’s passing in September. I really loved reading your “memorial” here, it was just precious and it spoke volumes to the kind of Father and Man of character he was. I too, lost my Father in September but it was 18 years ago now, which is hard for me to believe. My heart always goes out to the loved ones “left behind”, who are left with the strangeness of all the “firsts”. The first Christmas without him there, all the Birthdays, the upcoming Wedding(s), etc… But, at the same time being so thankful that God allowed us to have them for the time we did have?! (Thank You Lord!)

        At that time I was helping plan my daughter Lorah’s wedding in North Carolina, which was September 24th. I really wanted to write you back at the time, and remember receiving your email response just after arriving at the Raleigh Airport. At the time I was also reading that your Son was getting married and I loved seeing your pictures of the cake ideas and of the shower! Our lives run such a parallel – at least with our children (and grandchildren), weddings, etc…

        By the way, it’s only 7.5 hours between Flower Mound TX and Clovis, NM… hmmm… If we ever get out that way, I’m just saying… I’d love to meet you in person! I hope you and your family are well and I just loved your Christmas decorating ideas!! I always leave your blog feeling the same way – I REALLY wish we lived closer!! I agree, we would be fast friends! (Of course in my little world we already are! And, I like it there!) 🙂

        Very sincerely,
        The “other” Joyce Sawtelle! Or should I say the Chicago Branch!

  4. September 19, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Thank you so much for your incredibly sweet, precious comment! You made me smile……and with the recent death of my father and a hurting heart I need as many smiles as I can get. I wish I lived closer, too! It sounds like we’d be fast friends. May God bless you and your sweet family, as well. Thank you again for your kind words.

  5. Joyce Sawtelle
    December 11, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Hello Joyce in Chicago,

    How wonderful to get your reply. I enjoyed reading it very much, and hearing about your family. I think you are right, there are probably 3 Joyce Sawtelle’s in the country. I found you when I did a search on my own name.

    I have quite a few friends that have moved to Utah. Must be that is a very popular state to live in these days. I hear it is getting to be a second “Silicon Valley”. I think the technology business is booming there.

    When I got married, decades ago, my hubby and I went west on our honeymoon. We got as far as Wyoming. We stayed with some friends in Utah, and visited a friend who was working as a professor at a university in Provo.

    I was the managing editor of a magazine for a good many years, and know good writing when I see it. You are a very good writer.

    Best to you and all your loved ones,

    Joyce Sawtelle in NH

  6. December 17, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    This cracks me up!!! So glad you two got to use my blog as your forum for communication! Glad you got that figured out. I’ve never met any Joyce Sawtelle’s and now I’ve met (well, sort of) two. Small, small world with technology these days. Joyce (in Chicago) sounds like you’ve had a crazy, hectic fall, too. I’m sure the wedding was beautiful. Good for you! And, thank you so much for your comments regarding my father. You made me cry. I love and miss him so, so much I can hardly breathe sometimes. I hope you both have a blessed and Merry Christmas and a wonderful time with your families this holiday season. Keep in touch – I feel like I have two new friends!

  7. Joyce Sawtelle
    December 17, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    Hello Sheri,

    Maybe fans, as well as friends. I have an incredible respect for people who do the kind of work you do. You, and they, have found a direct route for bringing a little bit of paradise to this planet. Goodness knows, that paradise, along with love, are a few of the things that the world needs now. People’s homes are the perfect places to begin.

    Bless you,
    Joyce in NH

  8. September 30, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Love your flair and exquisite taste. Your colour coordination is full of richness. Thanks for sharing

  9. Lynne
    June 13, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Exquisite. I am inspired by your website. What a gorgeous home you have and such a lovely family.

  10. June 14, 2013 at 3:16 am

    Wow, thanks, Lynn! What a lovely thing to hear!

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