Design Philosophy

“I seek to support my client’s lives with environments that are beautiful, comfortable and inspiring. My goal is to nurture the deeper self for a life well lived.”
Sherry Morse

My work covers many different styles that result in interiors that are gracious, comfortable and warm. My approach has provided individuals, couples and families with homes they enjoy and thrive in, and businesses of all sizes with high functioning, unique environments.

My intent is to assist my clients in discovering their own vision rather than imposing mine. Our collaboration integrates sophisticated design solutions balanced with architectural integrity and spatial usage goals.

Respectful of budgets, I am committed to my clients’ needs and desires and dedicated to the best quality workmanship in providing clients with satisfying and lasting design solutions.

Design Statement

For twenty-five years I have been providing interior design services to support people in how they work, live and play. My practice originated in New York City in 1988 and expanded to Connecticut, Los Angeles and San Francisco. I have contributed to and directed projects all over the world.

During the 1980’s I worked side by side with the top interior designers in New York City as Associate Design Director at Tiffany & Co. In charge of realizing their many schematics for dozens of Tiffany & Co.’s special projects, I also styled the Tiffany and Co. publications, and managed individual outside projects.

My interior design practice in Los Angeles includes the residences of several well-known Hollywood personalities. Since locating to San Francisco in 1994 I have been principal designer on residential projects throughout the Bay Area, and commercial projects including 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 resource of its kind, law firms and corporate offices.

I have guided the accession of public and private art collections drawing upon my love of art, and my background as an artist and Project Director at BlumHelman Gallery, NYC, Knoedler Gallery, NYC and at The Dia Art Foundation in NYC in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Working on interiors that highlight art collections is a particular interest and passion of mine.

I began focusing on and developing solutions for green interiors in 1991 and have remained committed to developing ‘green’ solutions and expanding this important field in my practice.

In 2000-2001 I studied fung shui with Steven Post, a forty year master disciple of Master Lin Yun, a major factor in the introduction of fung shui to the United States and Europe.

In 2006 I earned a degree in mediation which I have used to bring distressed or stalled design projects to successful conclusions.

Recently I have been addressing the design requirements of the aging population who choose to remain at home, and incorporating the principles of the new field of Design Psychology in my work.

My small staff provides excellent personal support for all levels of interior design projects. Working closely with each client creates a special collaboration that fosters well thought through design with well-timed realization for successful project completion.

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

My pastimes are yoga, reading, playing tennis, swimming, calligraphy, cooking and investing.

Personal History

Born: New York City, 1951

Education: Lycee Francais de New York; University of Wisconsin at Madison; BFA & MFA Antioch College, 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, BlumHelman Gallery, New York City

1982-1984 Freelance graphic art and design projects, Aperture Publications, and various other publications and 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 many other prominent NY designers of that period. Interior design and decoration for the retail floors and the President’s office remodels. Styling and oversight production for Tiffany Table Settings coffee 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.

1987 to Present: Principal Designer, Sherry Morse Interiors, New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Interior design projects throughout the United States including work on numerous residential and commercial projects. West Coast projects in the San Francisco Bay and Los Angeles areas. East Coast projects include projects in New York City, Connecticut, Cape Cod, Florida, Massachusetts and Maine. I have also worked in Canada and Europe.

Fluent in English and French, some Spanish.

A list of clients and references is available upon request.