Nesting has been Sally’s vocation ever since she started rearranging the furniture in hotel rooms on family vacations. From the age of six, Sally considered herself a decorator, or using the modern term, interior designer.
“All I can remember is that as a little girl, I would often make a secret nest in the closet and move around the lamps! It was better than a Barbie camper!”
According to Sally, a nest is a safe and comfortable space, it houses your family, and it’s how you live.
Now nesting in Guilford for almost 30 years, Sally Scott is the interior designer to call when you have no idea what to do with your home. Sally Scott Interior Designs is well known on the Shoreline – and well loved.
One recent customer claimed that Sally saved her marriage by taking charge of their massive home design remodeling project and removing all the overwhelm. People love Sally because she takes the time to get to know her client and understands the look and feel they want in their home. Clients often stay with her for years and years.
For Sally’s clients, she not only saves the day but also brings a bit of magic to a home.
Sally has been in business for 28 years, and for 22 of those years she has had Megan Winkler by her side. Megan is an ASID designer, meaning American Society of Interior Designers, and she lives in Madison with two daughters in college.
“Sally Scott Interior Design is really the two of us!” says Sally. “We work together on all the projects, Megan does the drawing and the floor plans and I do the furniture research,” says Sally. Then together they tackle the rest. And boy do they have fun!
Megan describes Sally as fun, creative, generous and happy. And her love of interior design apparently is contagious. Everyone wants to work with her!
Sally just wants to make people’s dreams come true. And that is what she is doing now with Mike and Patty Libero, the owners of Libero Jewelers in North Haven.
“I feel so lucky,” says Sally. “They are fabulous to work with!”
Mike and Patty, who lived in North Branford, had a dream for a beach house on the sound and they worked for a long time with an architect to see their dream realized. And then the hurricanes came, destroying many beautiful homes in the area. Luckily for them, they had not yet begun building their home. But when the city’s housing codes changed, they knew a redesign was mandatory. Siobhan Daggett-Terenzi, the award-winning kitchen designer of Cucina Design in Branford, introduced the couple to Sally and they hit it off right away.
“We worked with them before the foundation went in and now four years later we are still here!” says Sally.
Helping them to redesign their home plan was a dream come true for Sally and Megan who were able to bring the Libero’s vision to life.
“They were open to all our suggestions, even when I asked them how they felt about gold leaf corked wall paper, they were all for it!” says Sally.
Sally says that they had a lot of fun creating a whimsical beach feel to the home for the jewelers, even designing a diamond shaped master bedroom with a diamond shaped window. Damask flocked wallpaper adorns the walls.
“Damask print can be formal but their damask wallpaper is clothed with beaded sandy sparkles,” says Sally.
Every piece speaks to the couple’s personality and visual style. The focal point of the downstairs is a huge turquoise leather sectional by Kravet, with an accompanying custom-made ottoman in leopard print using Sally’s own upholstery line. A driftwood stained oak chest sits in the foyer, replete with mother of pearl inlay and a mirror that is encrusted in shell hangs above it.
The kitchen was created by Cucina Design and boasts beautiful white cabinetry with paneled detail and crystal hardware along with a kitchen island with a waterfall edge made of quartzite.
Everything in their house speaks of the beach. When asked to describe the look and feel of the Libero’s new home, Sally uses three words: sparkly, crystal and encrusted.
“It sparkles just like the water on the nearby beach,” says Sally. “It has been a magical project to work on.”