About Me

Hello and thanks for visiting my blog.  I am so glad you are here.  This is a place for my daily ramblings…some of which are design related and some of which are not.  I am hoping that this is a place where you to follow along, offer advice, or just get inspired by the entire creative process.

My name is Sharon.

A little background on me: I am a designer, a wife and mother to a golden retriever named Gracie.  I am passionate about design, but also love fashion, jewelry, music and extreme sports.  I struggle to grow flowers, but have a great herb garden (now if only the cooking came naturally!)  I grew up in a somewhat rural area of Iowa, leading a very charmed life, while being taught strong principles by my family.  I attended college at Iowa State University, where I was able to study abroad for a semester in Rome, before graduating with my Bachelors of Fine Arts in Interior Design.  Since graduation, I have worked in several disciplines of interior design ranging from model homes to specialty restaurants.

After marrying my husband in 2005, I moved to Southern California to be with him.  A couple years later we decided to buy our first place, a 1960’s townhome that was really showing it’s age.  Armed with a little bit of know-how and a lot of enthusiasm we started gutting!  Within a month we had changed the layout from a 4 bedroom to a 3, removed all the popcorn on the ceilings throughout the house and even replacing a few ceilings along the way.  We revived all the walls with a fresh coat of paint and laid new flooring throughout the place, all while maintaining our 40-hour a week jobs.  At the end of the month we moved in, but we were far from finished.  Since then we have taken on a slue of new projects including re-doing both bathrooms, painted the kitchen cabinets, built organization into the garage and have installed all new lighting.  We still keep busy with our DIY obsession but the house is nearing completion after 2 ½ years.  Trust us when we say it has been a lot of time and hard work, but we get a satisfied feeling upon completion of each new project.

When I’m not working on my home, I’m working on my business; MA-DE (pronounced mād) specializes in online custom home interiors.  We range from small, inexpensive “spruce up your room” design boards we call Quickies, to full service detailed designs that a client can implement on their own.  To see an example of a full service design click here to launch the MA-DE website.  We feature Design Quickies right here on the blog so check them out to see examples of our boards and their details.  You can even link directly to the website to purchase if something strikes your fancy.  You can find us at www.ma-deonline.com.

So sit back, enjoy the reading and I hope you like what you find here, as I aim to inspire.

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