Design Philosophy

“I collaborate with clients to create beautiful environments that nurture the soul for a life well lived.”

Sherry Morse

Design Statement

My work reflects different styles resulting in elegant, comfortable and uniquely personal interiors. My focus is to help clients discover their vision rather than impose mine. I work on homes of all sizes in many locations guiding the process towards gracious, livable design and spatial solutions that are enjoyable to live in.

I am committed to all aspects of my clients’ needs and dedicated to excellent quality craftsmanship resulting in satisfying, enduring design.

Design History

For over thirty years I have provided interior design services to help people thrive where they work, live and play. My interior design practice started in New York City in 1988 and expanded to Connecticut, Los Angeles and then the San Francisco Bay Area. I have collaborated on projects worldwide.

Working side by side with the top interior designers in New York City in the 1980's. I started out as the Associate Design Director at Tiffany & Co. where I led the re-design of the store and corporate offices, and Special Projects including the Tiffany and Co. design publications. Under the tutelage of many notable talents including Mark Hampton and Jackie Kennedy Onassis I began to hone my craft.

My body of work in Los Angeles includes the residences of several famous Hollywood personalities. I have been Principal Designer on projects throughout the Bay Area since locating here in 1991.

My commercial projects include the Holocaust Center of Northern California Library and Gallery, The Institute for Health and Healing Store at California Pacific Medical Center, the first wholistic medical center of its kind; law firms and corporate offices.

Highlighting art collections in residential and gallery settings is a particular interest of mine. Drawing upon my experience as an artist I guided the accession of public and private art collections starting first as Project Director at Blum Helman Gallery, NYC, Knoedler Gallery, NYC and The Dia Art Foundation, NYC. .

I began focusing on 'green solutions' for interiors in 1991 and remain committed to this approach in all my work.

In 2000-2001 I studied fung shui with Steven Post, a forty year master disciple of Master Lin Yun and the ever valuable lessons of space and place is reflected in all my work.

In 2006 I earned a degree in mediation which I use in many aspects of my work including consultations to bring stalled design projects to successful conclusions.

I recently began addressing the design needs of the aging population who choose to live in place, and incorporate the principles of Design Psychology.

My staff provides excellent personal support for all levels of interior design projects. Working closely with each client creates unique relationships which results in successful, well-timed project realization.

I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, am married to the writer and game designer John Maccabee and have two very grown up children.

My pastimes are sculpture, meditation, yoga, pilates, cooking and investing.

Personal History

Born: New York City, 1951

Education: Lycee Francais de New York; University of Wisconsin at Madison; Atelier 17, Paris; BFA & MFA Antioch College West, Yellow Springs, Ohio


1976-1977 Printmaker, Crown Point Press, Oakland, California

1978-1982 Fine Arts Special Project Head for Dia Art Foundation, Knoedler Art Gallery, Blum Helman Gallery, New York City

1982-1984 Freelance graphic art and design projects, Aperture Publications, and various other publications and art projects in the New York City area

1984-1987 Associate Design Director, Tiffany & Co., New York City

Head of Special Projects for the retail store including guest room setting displays and design in conjunction with Mario Buatta, Albert Hadley, Mark Hampton and other prominent NYC designers of the period. Interior design and decoration for the retail floors; the President and Executive Office remodels. Styling and oversight production of The Tiffany Table Setting books with John Loring and Jackie Kennedy Onassis.

1987-1988 Freelance Interior Design/Stylist for various projects and publications including Cuisinart Magazine, Lord & Taylor Co., The Franklin Mint, etc.

1988 to Present: Principal Designer, Sherry Morse Interiors, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area. Interior design projects throughout the United States including residential and commercial projects. West Coast projects in the San Francisco Bay and Los Angeles areas. East Coast work includes projects in New York City, Connecticut, Cape Cod, Florida, Massachusetts, and Europe.

Fluent in English and French, some Spanish.

A list of references is available upon request.