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About my journey!

Many different roads have led me to this creative place.  As a child I would collect my mother’s McCall’s and Good Housekeeping magazines and create collages of room designs in a scrap book.  As a teen I was constantly re-arranging my bedroom and changing the color of the walls every few years.  My mother would say, “Your room doesn’t need painting”.  That was never a deterrent.  I would use my meager babysitting money to buy the paint and embark on a new room design on a very limited budget.

I received my early education in a private parochial school that encouraged women to become teachers or nurses.  I was not aware of all the other possibilities.  After experiencing my father’s death during my first year of college I felt nursing must be my career calling.  With a BS and MSN in nursing under my belt I tried to change the health care world.  Needless to say I became frustrated very quickly with the structure of the “system”.  I returned to school to dabble in design and fell in love with the creative process that had always been hidden inside me.  I pursued further education, became certified and joined ASID (American Society of Interior Design).

For almost thirty years I have been combining the problem solving skills learned in nursing with the creative freedom of design.  After all these years I can’t imagine doing anything else. With my passion for design I have been helping my clients create their own personal lifestyle in their homes and businesses.

Now I have added a new chapter.  After selling my interior design practice I have become engrossed in a new creative endeavor-kiln formed glass. This is just the beginning of this new chapter.  My hope is to create beautiful glass art to add to your interior spaces or be given as one-of-a-kind gifts.  Mary Sherwood Lifestyles is about enhancing your lifestyle. Follow us to see where it leads.