Gladwyne interior designer Sherry Steidle has a to-die-for kitchen. With its beautiful, wormy chestnut antique cabinetry along the perimeter and zebrawood cabinets elsewhere, the space was accessorized with modern pulls, an antique chandelier over the table and custom track lighting over the island. “It’s definitely my favorite room in my house,” she says. “It’s a great example of blending the old with the new, which really sums up my personal decorating style.”
Steidle is the former head of design for the high-end kitchen company SieMatic. “That job really got me hooked on kitchens,” she says. “And, of course, bathrooms and living rooms are really fun, too.”
Most prized possessions: The art pieces my children have made over the years. Every time I look at them, they remind me of all the joy my children have brought to my life.
Designer who inspires her: One who designs spaces that reflect the interests of clients.
Color she couldn’t design without: White. I love its purity and the hundreds of tones and shades.
Favorite design trend of the moment: Modern furniture and lighting. Even one cool chair added to an otherwise classic room provides a lot of zing.
Her definition of good taste: A room that serves its purpose and is beautiful. I love rooms that are quietly sophisticated—refined but comfortable.
Three words that best sum up her design style: Architectural, original and inviting. I’d add textural, attention to detail, organic and sophisticated to the list if I could.
Best part of her job: Creating a vision for the project—and it’s a great feeling when the job is over and the client is in love with it.
Her favorite projects: Participating in the design of the kitchen at the White House’s Blair House—and, of course, my own home, where the things I love surround me.