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2016 Year In Review

Today seems the perfect day to take a look back at an epic year. It is after all, my final day at my corporate job.  If you think about it, I'm not only closing out the year, but I'm also closing the chapter on a large part of my adulthood to date. 

If I had to sum up 2016 with one word, it would be...completion. The year began with a sermon my Pastor preached that I'll likely never forget entitled, Partial is Not Enough.  I blogged about it here in my first post of 2015. That thirty-minute sermon solidified what I needed to do for the remainder of the year.  You see, I had determined that "partial" wasn't enough for me either.  I wanted ALL that I was destined for, so I set out to finish what I'd started five years ago. 

For starters, I began the year with the launch of my new Dwell by Cheryl Interiors website.  I love it as much as year later, as I did on the day we went live.

Steve and Lauren of The Brand Affect did a wonderful job pulling the site together.

Shortly thereafter, came a feature in The Folio segment of QC Exclusive magazine.  What an honor it is for editors to contact me about my work and to be featured in local and national publications. 
Later, I was asked to serve as a regular contributor on the Pride Magazine website.  I've had a blast sharing informative posts on the site over the past year. 
I continued work on client projects and completed two of the most fun kid's room to date. 

They may reside in the same home, but they couldn't be more different- the kid's and the rooms. 
I celebrated my 40th birthday with Black Southern Belle where I was a speaker at the Charlotte Tastemaker's Event. 
Photo courtesy of Denise Benson Photography
I hit a major milestone when I was contacted mid-year regarding a book that I'd be included in.  There are no words to explain how amazing it was to see my work published IN A BOOK!

Hoffman Media 
I pulled together another quick One Day Design Plus project for a cool family, just in time for a few summer guests.
In the Fall, the popular fabric company Schumacher contacted me regarding the use of their iconic Pyne Hollyhock chintz fabric in my bedroom.  They asked to feature it on social media and in their upcoming quarterly bulletin.  I found myself on the page with the likes of some renowned designers. 

 I've got to say, it was also pretty cool to see my projects featured in the Charlotte Observer a couple of times this year.

Just as the cold weather began to blow in, I was blown away by the offer to have one of my projects as the featured Room of the Day on Houzz.com. 

The folks over at Anne Neilson Fine Art did a wonderful Dwell by Cheryl profile on their blog.  If you haven't read it, GO check it out.  They made me sound ahhh-mazing!  : )  
I rounded off the year with a feature in Charlotte's own, Pride Magazine, where I shared a number of the benefits and services that Interior Designers can offer. 

 In between it all, I managed to sneak in a couple of home improvement projects of my own...
Probably most notable for me, was the culmination of a six year long commitment to complete a Residential Design Program.  It's actually difficult to believe I'm actually finished.  I think I'm as proud of this Diploma as I am my original Degree. 

 So today, as I walk out of my office building for the very last time, I'm so very appreciative of the opportunities that my first career afforded me.

I now see how so much of what I've learned over the past 15 years has prepared me for what lies ahead.  I stand in great anticipation of what's next for me and Dwell by Cheryl Interiors. Buckle up, it's about to get good...
Happy New Year!

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Yolanda said... Reply To This Comment

So sad and excited all at the same time! I will truly miss your presence, but overjoyed that you have been blessed with the opportunity to share your passion and talent with a larger audience. Looking forward to seeing all the fabulous rooms and homes Dwell By Cheryl will makeover. Wishing you all the best!!

LaShaun said... Reply To This Comment

Wonderful post...so excited for you! You go girl!!

Omeria said... Reply To This Comment

BRAVO Cheryl! You have had an amazing year, full of blessings. I hope that you will continue to prosper in all God has in store for you in 2017. HAppy New Year!

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