A native of Mountain Home, Stacy Sheid-Epps grew up in her family’s furniture business and learned from an early age how to help customers find what they need for their homes. If she ever complained about not knowing how to help, her grandmother would give her the same answer: Ask the customer questions, and get to know them. Years later, that advice still guides her as she gets to know her clients to design the ideal home for them, assisted by her junior designer, Mindy Yates.

 

It may seem counter-intuitive, but Sheid-Epps’s goal is to design spaces that do not seem like they were decorated by an interior designer at all. Rather, she seeks to make them feel personal to the client and look as though they came together naturally.

 

“I’m pretty traditional,” Sheid-Epps said. “I want a house to stand the test of time. I’m not into trendy interiors or exteriors. I want you to buy something once and love it forever, not go, ‘I love this today. I’m going to do my whole house like this,’ and then in three years, want to redo it again. I’d rather you collect and have a really interesting home. When people walk in, [your home] should tell a story about your past, where you grew up and your hobbies.”

 

Such collections do not need to be bought all at once; they develop over years, handed down from family members or discovered at flea markets. Nor do collections have to be old, and Sheid-Epps enjoys mixing the traditional with the contemporary. What is important is that each home reflects the client and is able to last.

“I just finished my first contemporary house,” Sheid-Epps said. “I didn’t know if I could do it, but it was really fun because it pushed me outside of my box. I had to source different things. I had to think differently, and I really enjoyed it. Then I did a house in Fort Smith that was probably built in the late ‘60s, and we redid the entire house. We brought in an architect from Birmingham and revamped it. It’s fabulous. It’s got the best bones.”

 

To any aspiring interior designers, Sheid-Epps recommended learning from a more experienced designer and their previous mistakes while also trusting one’s gut and  personal taste, but she also stressed the importance of relationships.

 

“I work with a lot of builders and subcontractors, and I’ve built relationship with them. I can’t even tell you how many jobs I’ve been on with some of them,” Sheid-Epps said. “We each know how the other does things. Then I have some friends who are interior designers, and we just get together and powwow sometimes. I think those networks are really important. There’s just so much to learn, and it never stops.”

 

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At Stacy Sheid Interiors in Fayetteville, clients can depend on founder Stacy Sheid-Epps and her years of experience to make smart decisions in timeless decor. Having grown up in the furniture business, Shied-Epps has been helping customers find what they need for their homes from a very young age. When she complained she did not know how to help them, her grandmother’s response was always the same: Ask them questions, and get to know them. That has been her M.O. ever since — understand the client to understand what they want their home to become.

 

To Sheid-Epps, decorating is creating a feeling, whether it reminds a client of someone or something, and there is no better compliment than someone walking in saying how comfortable a space feels. She and the SSI team do their very best to give every client the attention to detail necessary to create that feeling.