While I was still in high school, I would lie awake at night mentally re-doing my mother's house and on weekends I would secretly negotiate switching my siblings' bedrooms-redecorating them on the spot. But it wasn't until after I had had a 15-year career as an actress, that I realized all the while, I really belonged in the field of Interior Design.
I perfected my design talents by taking night courses at the New York School of Interior Design, attending special design courses in England and France, going to design lectures and seminars, and working for other designers. "This is one profession where on-the-job training really counts and is your best teacher." In 1981 I started my own business, Sheridan Interiors, Inc. in New York City, a prestigious design firm where I apply decorating flair and space management expertise to residential and commercial projects alike.
Combining my skills as a designer and actress I have shared my knowledge of what looks fabulous and how to create it with New York television audiences, as the Home Decorating Expert on Saturday Morning Live, and have made appearances on Haven, Our Home, Home Matters and the Phil Donahue Show.
Although I have stepped out of the bright lights of show business, I find that designing for a client is just like producing a Broadway show, right down to `opening night'. "I have great ideas, but I don't just create a set design and place someone in it as if they were on center stage. I know that my client, coming through the door, expects this design project to be home, not a stage setting."
Turning my talents to writing, I authored two books, Winning Windows and Instant Décor for Park Lane Press, a division of Random House, published in 1996. My latest book, How To Work With An Interior Designer, for Gibbs Smith, Publisher, was published in June 2008.
I served as the '06-'07 President of the ASID New York Metropolitan Chapter and remain active on the Chapter's Programs and Events Committee in addition to serving as a Volunteer at many Chapter events. Currently, I am knee-deep in organizing a day-long tour of the Bronx for The American Friends of Attingham, and planning for this year's ASID Design Walk in September is underway. I serve on the Board of the Designers Lighting Forum/New York and the Board of Directors of the First Church of Religious Science, and I am proud to be a Tier One member in The Best Practices Network of The Business of Design.
Last summer I was a guest presenter for the Window Coverings Association of America at their Windows for your World II seminar in Indianapolis. In addition to presenting my CEU accredited presentation, "Client Communications: The Reality of an Interior Design Project", I created 2 more presentations for them: "Winning Windows" and "Trends 2011".