Design is in the details. Everything matters.
Toronto-based Sheree Stuart Design (“SSD”) has been creating distinctive, elegant, and highly personalized interiors for over a decade. Winner in the prestigious 2018 and 2019 International Design and Architecture Awards, the 2019 International Property Awards and Finalist in the 2019 Society of Bristish Interior Design Awards, the firm specializes in new builds, renovations and kitchen design. The firm’s emphasis on client service, custom design, and detailed project and budget management reflects Sheree’s background in business and interior design.
“Clients feel much more comfortable that I can protect their money and spend it wisely”
This combination of services has garnered SSD a loyal repeat clientele who value her business acumen as much as her interior design talents. Sheree combines more than 15 years of business strategy and finance experience with her interior design training. Her approach combines a creative design vision with project management and planning expertise, a trifecta of skills well suited to the practice of interior design. And while far off cultures infuse her work, it is primarily her clients’ lifestyle and personal narrative that inform her carefully considered designs, resulting in a portfolio of work that ranges from formal to casual and traditional to modern.
Offering a full service program that includes concept creation, construction plans, lighting design, and project management, SSD is also recognized for superior custom work. The trusted team of highly skilled trades and craftspeople that Sheree has assembled over the years is committed to quality workmanship and attention to detail. Whether designing and building furniture, upholstery or millwork the end goal is always work that’s built to last.
Her work has been recognized locally and globally with recent awards and recognition such as:
• Designer of the Decade Finalist for the International Design and Architecture Awards
• 2019 International Design and Architecture Award for Lighting Scheme
• Finalist in the 2019 Society of British Interior Designer Awards for Residential Apartment Under £1 Million
• 2019 International Property Award for Interior Design Apartment, Americas Region
• 2018 International Design and Architecture Award for Kitchen Design Over £50,000
• 2016 Top 10 in Ontario for Kitchens by Subzero Wolf
- What’s your go-to classic color choice?
- I am a fan of the blues – navy, teal, steel blue….any blue will do! Blues are timeless, soothing and elegant and can suit any room.
- Is there a hotel that’s most inspired your work while traveling?
- The Island Shangri-La in Hong Kong. Its traditional style and view of Chinese junks in the harbour lets you step inside another world that transcends time. The hotel’s signature scent takes you upon arrival.
- Which pieces of technology do you use to document design inspiration?
- Evernote is my number one technology, but my pencil and notebook still trump that. I take them everywhere to jot down ideas, inspirations and sketches.
- Where do you go to spot new style?
- Paris. Although there are many other trend-setting cities, Paris is still it for me. Paris is at the front of the line when it comes to fashion, art and design.
- Do you have a favorite restaurant (for the design and the food, of course)?
- I lived in London for several years and The Orrery had a real impact on me when I visited there. The food is classic French (and delicious and beautiful) and the décor was perfect.
- What’s your favorite small museum in the world?
- My favourite small museum is the Cabinet War Rooms in London. The museum depicts the bunker war rooms where Sir Winston Churchill plotted and planned his actions during the second World War. It is truly fascinating!
- How do you usually start your weekend?
- Coffee and my iPad, of course. I love to pour a coffee and get cozy with my Texture app which has all of my favourite design magazines. I save inspirations, products and images for later in the week. I could spend hours reading – but eventually I have to get on with my day!
- Who or what is your biggest design influence?
- Travelling. I was fortunate to travel extensively before my design career. My interiors draw on inspiration from these travels to Asia, Africa and the Middle East and Europe. I incorporate a wide variety of cultural influences into my designs. I admire Michael S. Smith's work for his layering and incorporation of history and places.
- How do you keep it all together?
- Sleep and my supportive husband. And I love what I do so that makes it easy!
- Design a garden: groomed or freestyle?
- Groomed. I prefer a tailored and groomed garden. That usually entails symmetry and some manicured hedges in perfect lines – straight or curved – it doesn’t matter.