Sally Williams Offers A Fun And Dreamy Getaway In This She Shed

The Dalton-Bell-Cameron house, built in 1914, was one of the most unique homes in High Point, North Carolina. Built in the Craftsman style, the house was quite different from its more traditional Victorian and Colonial neighbors. But the pioneering structure was stricken by two major fires—one in 1997 and the other in 2012—and by 2017 it was in such a forlorn state that the city ordered it be to be either repaired or demolished.

At that point, the High Point Preservation Society stepped in to save it, just prior to it being sold to Rick Lewis and his wife Margaret Bell Lewis, who had once lived there as a child. Following the purchase, the Society and the Junior League of High Point moved quickly to help with the goal of restoring the home. To assist the new owners with some of the restoration costs, they decided to raise funds by creating a showhouse in the historic home, enlisting a diverse group of 21 extraordinary designers to bring the interiors back to life.

In our recently released aspire design and home Showhouse Issue, we sat down with Sally Williams to learn more about her creative process in designing a She Shed for this project.

aspire design and home: How much time did you have to complete this room, start to finish?
Sally Williams: 4 months. We were the last addition to the design team, the shed was definitely an afterthought but we were excited about the challenge!

aspire: What was your biggest challenge? Did you have a Eureka moment during the process?
Sally: The size of the space was the biggest challenge, at just 9’ x 7’, with a pitched ceiling that was only 6’4” on two sides of the shed! Deciding not to leave a square inch untouched was the moment when we were able to fully embrace the space. Rather than worry about doing too much or making it feel too busy, instead, we were determined to make every nook and cranny be fun and whimsical. Ultimately that approach made for a space that people wanted to enter and linger in. During opening night there was a line of people waiting for their turn to enjoy the space.

aspire: What did you and your team accomplish that you thought would not happen in time?
Sally: We were able to make the space feel MUCH larger than it actually was. With careful selection and placement of colors we drew the eye first into the space and to the back wall, then up to the ceiling where faux greenery was filled with tiny lights giving the illusion of a starlit night. Applying the greenery and lights to the ceiling took an incredibly long time. The greenery came in 12’ squares that had to be individually stapled to the ceiling, then the strands of lights were woven among the greenery afterward. Once we completed that task we were finally able to furnish and accessorize the space.

aspire: What was your inspiration for this room?
Sally: We chose to toast to successful, hard-working women everywhere, with one of our team members as our muse. As a mother of two young boys, she would have loved a She Shed of her own and was happy to share all her wishes for the space. From the teen idols framed and covering one wall, to the world map marked with dream destinations, and the selfie wall for capturing memories with friends – the perfect escape was envisioned and created.

aspire: Did you step out of your comfort zone for this project, and if so, why?
Sally: Honestly, I’d say that this project was more of an outlet for some pent-up creativity. It didn’t have to feel like a room in a house so I had the freedom to play with the elements like the greenery and twinkly lights on the ceiling, the pink neon signs, living moss art, and the blast of color and inspiration in the commissioned “Why Limit Happy to an Hour” painting.

aspire: Despite the fact that there were so many designers involved, there is an inherent cohesiveness to the home. Did you all converse/collaborate? Or was this a completely individual process?
Sally: Since our space was not connected to the rest of the house, we had much more flexibility with our design direction. The She Shed was a very individual process.

aspire: Is your preference for a showhouse a small space or a large space?
Sally: My preference is for smaller spaces, where you can really surprise people with unexpected outcomes.

aspire: Describe the town of High Point in one sentence.
Sally: I love the welcoming, small-town feel of the city and people of High Point.

This or That?

aspire: Paint or wallpaper?
Sally: Paint
aspire: Hardwood or rug?
Sally: Rug
aspire: Beach or Mountains?
Sally: Beach
aspire: Saturated Color or Black and White?
Sally: Saturated Color
aspire: Brunch or Dinner?
Sally: Dinner
aspire: Midcentury or 18th Century?
Sally: Midcentury
aspire: Draperies, shades, or nothing?
Sally: Draperies
aspire: 2001: A Space Odyssey or The English Patient?
Sally: 2001: A Space Odyssey
aspire: Week at the spa or Week of Broadway shows?
Sally: Broadway shows

Click Here to view more interviews with our High Point designers.

Photography by Dustin Peck.

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