My approach to design is to interpret a client’s personal style and dreams for the future, translating those elements into an engaging, functional environment,” – SHELLEY MORRIS
Morris has completed a wide range of projects throughout the New York metropolitan area, New England and California. She currently is working with clients to design homes in Connecticut, the Hamptons, Westchester County and New York City. A graduate of the interior design program at Parsons School of Design in New York, Morris founded her residential interiors practice in 1992. The designer, who also studied fine art, is passionate about travel, foreign cultures and the history of furniture and architecture, interests reflected in her eclectic interiors.
Shelley Morris can personally address a project of any scope and size, working as a design consultant on an hourly basis. She advises on elements of living such as color palettes, furniture arrangement, art selection and display, accessorizing or updating a room, finding the right antiques, selecting kitchen and bathroom fixtures or designing custom window treatments. Every interior design assignment, in fact, is billed on an hourly design fee basis, with no additional percentages charged for purchases such as furniture or expenses including construction or custom craftsmanship. This process is a rarity of value and integrity in the interior design field, which Morris takes pride in.
- What’s your go-to classic color choice?
- I love whites because they are fresh and timeless.
- Is there a hotel that’s most inspired your work while traveling?
- I am inspired by hotels in big cities, but I love the Aman Resorts because of their "zen vibe."
- Which pieces of technology do you use to document design inspiration?
- I use my iPhone while I'm checking Pinterest and Instagam inspirations daily.
- Where do you go to spot new style?
- Everywhere I can. That means local shops, magazines or the internet, but the best is traveling whether abroad or at home.
- Do you have a favorite restaurant (for the design and the food, of course)?
- One of my local favorites is the "Inn at Pound Ridge," but I enjoy the atmosphere at "The Fish and Farmer" in Purdy's for it's lively authentic atmosphere.
- What’s your favorite small museum in the world?
- The Castelvecchio Museum in Verona and The Van Gough Museum Amsterdam.
- How do you usually start your weekend?
- Every weekend is different because there are many weekends that I work. But I start everyday with fresh coffee that I grind myslef and make in my French press, then I read about the morning news.
- Who or what is your biggest design influence?
- I have been influenced by many designers over the years. However, I do think the Belgian designer Axel Vervoordt's has been for me, the most influential taste maker in recent years.
- How do you keep it all together?
- I have to remain vigilant about staying organized everyday.
- Design a garden: groomed or freestyle?
- It would depend on the landscape and the architecture it surrounds. I love just about every style of design as long as its done well.