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Meet Sheri Riskind of Sheri Rose Design in Delray Beach

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sheri Rose Riskind.

Sheri, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’ve been an artist for most of my life. I received a BFA and an MFA in painting from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and after that, I worked as a painter for many years. My paintings, under my maiden name of Sheri Warshauer, primarily focused on the interiors and exterior spaces of modern homes. I lived and worked as an artist in Manhattan, where I had a studio in Soho and exhibited my work in galleries in Brooklyn, Boston, New York, San Francisco, Frankfurt Palm Desert and in many art fairs all over the world. In 2014 my studio building was turned into an office building, and all of the artists got displaced. I tried to find a new workspace, but it was very difficult and extremely expensive. I started working on small pieces in my home, but it was hard for me to work this way. Soon after losing my studio, I got pregnant with my third child and focused most of my time and effort on raising my children. I still painted and made three dimensional/collage art, but wasn’t able to spend much time on my art career.

I decided to go back to school and get a degree in interior design. I had always had a passion for design. I have gutted and renovated three apartments in Chicago and New York, a house in the Hudson Valley and recently built and designed our home in Delray Beach, Florida. Therefore, I knew design was something I loved and had a talent for. After receiving my design degree, I decided to start my own company, Sheri Rose Design, and I’m loving it! There are so many similarities between painting, collage and design! In order to create a cohesive, layered and beautiful space, I use many elements from my fine art background. I am always excited by the new patterns, colors and textures that I can put together to create spaces with personality and distinction.

Has it been a smooth road?
Being an artist has been difficult over the years. During the Great Recession that followed the housing bubble, several of the galleries that I was working with, and that had represented me, went out of business. I also lost my studio in Soho, NY in 2014 when the building was converted from artist studios to an office building. In addition, I had the challenge of raising three children while trying to make and sell art. Since starting my interior design business, I have moved from NY to Delray Beach, Florida where I have far fewer connections. That being said, while it has often been a struggle, it has made my successes that much more fulfilling.

We’d love to hear more about your company.
Sheri Rose Design is a full-service interior design company that is based out of Delray Beach, Florida. To date, the company has focused primarily on interior design for residential real estate. My design “look” is multi layered, full of pattern, color and texture. I like to create personalities and moods in every room, so my clients feel excited and happy to be in each space. Each room feels unique and special, but also comfortable and livable. I like spaces that are cozy but charged with life and fun at the same time.

Because I am a trained and accomplished artist with a natural eye for color, pattern and texture, I provide a different perspective than other designers may have. I am able to offer out of the box ideas tailored to each individual client. This really allows their vision and personality to shine through in their homes and spaces.

One of my strengths is that I am very skilled at accessorizing a room to give it personality. I can also make art and objects for the spaces, and so I am able to create unique pieces for each room. I like to take basic inexpensive objects, such as a table or lamp, and change them with wallpapers to make them look special. I’m very good at layering and accessorizing to create a space that feels distinctly your own.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I think that the industry will continue in multiple directions. While some people like a minimalist look, others like a more individualized and maximalist look. Therefore, I expect that we will see the continuation of both bold patterns and colors in addition to the more sparse contemporary look. As an artist, it’s exciting to me that color, texture and pattern have become more mainstream in design and that people are more willing to take risks and be daring with the decoration of their homes. I see this love for fun, color and pattern being pushed even further in the homes of everyday people.

I’m seeing a lot of changes happening in Florida design, and people’s tastes and interiors are becoming more unique and edgy. Many people are starting to push design in more contemporary and unique ways, and I feel this trend will continue in the future.

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Mathilda Cristofersen
Daniel Newcomb

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