Design Spotlight- Three Women Doing What They Love!

Nov 16, 2020

Hi Friends! I hope you all are having a wonderful week. This week we are spotlighting three women doing what they love as well as announcing our final Segreto Palette cover! I am so blessed to love what I do, so I am always excited to spotlight others who turned their passions into their own entrepreneurial stories! These three ladies had their part in one amazing house. I first met Sheri Bailey, when she brought in plans for her own house and through this project I was introduced to her design partner Maggie Vermillion who together form Bailey Vermillion Interiors. Energetic, fun and highly creative, it has been my pleasure to watch their business grow and be a part of their beautiful projects.

Sheri Bailey Project- Avalon Gray
Bailey Vermillion Interiors- Farmhouse Stone-Segreto Plaster- Photography by Kerry Kirk

This is a breathtaking peek of their collaborative work using flooring from Jennifer Jones who owns Farmhouse Stone. Welcome to their stories!

Design Spotlight- A Tale of Three Women Doing What They Love!

Like how so many of us meet, Sheri and Maggie were introduced though their daughters who became best friends after the Vermillion’s moved back to Houston from New York! They would chat together on carpool drop offs and then began spending hours talking design while the kids were running around- completely happy they were now getting an impromptu play date! Friends kept asking them both for help with design so Maggie thought it would be great to turn something they love so much into a business and Bailey Vermillion Interiors was born.

Sheri Bailey's Home
Bailey Vermillion Interiors- Farmhouse Stone- Photography by Kerry Kirk

Drawing inspiration from her extensive travels and youth spent in Singapore, Malta and England, Sheri brings a unique vision. Maggie loving the architectural framework of a home, attended the New York School of Interior Design and draws inspiration from her clients. Typical feedback about forming partnerships are that they are tricky and can be complicated but Sheri and Maggie were confident that they would be better together.

Bailey Vermillion Interiors
Bailey Vermillion Interiors Photography by Kerry Kirk

Like myself, both these gals have three kids so I was curious they mixed busy Mom with successful entrepreneur- something that is always a balancing act. Through their partnership, they have stepped up for each other and made sure that they could tag team in order to be at their kids events and support each other’s families. Both with super encouraging husbands, Sheri’s is entrepreneurial by nature- winning Entrepreneur of the year while they were in college. A lawyer as his day job, he has also started Kryptek a now worldwide provider of hunting Camo apparel, military and Special Ops uniforms, with ex-military great guys as his partners. This really inspired and motivated Sheri to pursue her love of design.

Bailey Vermillion Interiors
Bailey Vermillion Interiors- Segreto Plaster-Photography by Kerry Kirk

Sherri and Maggie have such a timeless and collected look. In asking what they would say to others trying to make decisions in their own home, they recommend spending time and thought on the bones of the home which may be more expensive or difficult to change like finishes, flooring, paint colors, slabs, tile and fixtures. Furniture can be moved around and accessories changed when the homes backdrop can withstand design trends. Above all, be true to yourself and edit, edit, edit! I was fortunate to work on finishes and color pallet with them for Sheri’s new house. Plastering throughout in the same tone, we added special pops to certain rooms, insuring the homes flow, but providing visual interest. They’re masters of each little detail. 

Design Spotlight- A Tale of Three Women Doing What They Love!

Desperate to find the perfect flooring which had a grey tone but not too cold, weathered or blue Sherri found Farmhouse Stone, and met Jennifer who was just starting out. Jennifer says to this day the Sheri Bailey Project is her all-time favorite. “She believed in me from the beginning and it brought me a feeling of pride when someone of that caliber has so much faith in someone first starting out. It was a project I will never forget! “

Design Spotlight- A Tale of Three Women Doing What They Love!
Bailey Vermillion Interiors- Farmhouse Stone-Segreto Plaster- Photography by Kerry Kirk

I now constantly hear Jennifer’s name buzzing around the design community. Look at the beautiful stone flooring Sheri used in her kitchen. The reclaimed beams, plaster, steel framed windows and sleet marble all come together to provide a comfortable, warm, collected and chic modern European feel. Farmhouse Stone specializes in providing natural stone flooring and decorative tile products throughout Texas. Her background didn’t originate in stone or design. She put herself through college first landing a job selling wine and spirits and then working for FedEx Kinkos for 8 years where she really learned the customer service and logistics side of business.

Design Spotlight- A Tale of Three Women Doing What They Love!

Jennifer put things on hold when her two year old son was diagnosed with autism. When mainstreaming at school was best for him she was ready to go back to work and took a position with stone company where her passion for the industry began. With an entrepreneurial spirit and her families support, she left and went to France to fully immerse herself in the products and culture at French quarry’s. This not only ignited a love for travel, but also was the beginning of Farmhouse Stone.

Design Spotlight- Farmhouse Stone Exterior Stone

Farmhouse Stone

Jennifer loves stone the way I love finishes. From the way it is made, installed, applied and the way it transforms a space. Farmhouse Stone is a boutique stone store and is a concierge concept. She works with clients to figure out color, style and texture that meets their needs, timeline and budget. She loves getting into homes early with designers and architects to see how the stone will best fit and transform the space.

Design Spotlight- Farmhouse Stone

Farmhouse Stone – Bailey Vermillion Interiors

Maybe the reason I get along so well with these three gals is family is so important to us all. Jennifer also has a supportive husband and three amazing children. With large busy families, durability of products is something all four of us can relate to and are asked often by our clients. It really comes down to knowing what the best product is for where it is being used. For exterior stone flooring, texture is important to protect against slipping. Just like with our plaster, stone in wet areas require special consideration.

Design Spotlight- Farmhouse Stone Handpainted Tile

For Jennifer choosing a favorite product is like choosing a favorite child- she can’t! Pressured for an answer she does love their Avalon Gray Stone, Moroccan handcrafted tiles (shown above) and some new stones that are coming in soon! She is always searching for the next great product- that’s half the fun and she feels keeps Farmhouse Stone on the cutting edge.

Design Spotlight- Sheri Bailey's Home

Bailey Vermillion Interiors- Farmhouse Stone-Segreto Plaster- Photography by Kerry Kirk

I hope you have enjoyed getting to know these three amazing women as much as I have!! I love the industry I am in but most of all I adore forming relationships with those who inspire me both creatively and to be a better person, friend, wife and mother. These three gals have such a wonderful spirit and are true talents in the design community. Thanks to the three of you for sharing a bit of yourselves and work with all of us! Sheri’s beautiful kitchen with a bit of holiday décor is the perfect was to wish you a great start to our upcoming Holiday Season!

Thank you all for playing “Pick That Cover”! We have tallied all votes and are excited to announce that the cover above is our winner!  It was in one vote of the similar one with marble under the name and strips of finishes to the right. Matching the our colors on the cover has been a challenge. If the tones don’t translate it will be #2.  We have randomly selected five winners that will be receiving a Segreto gift. Congratulations to Mary Anne Doms, Patricia Miller, Allyson Zoellner, Lisa Dremann and Becky Stephens! We will be reaching out to you gals via email to get a mailing address. The palettes will be ready beginning of 2021 and we couldn’t think of a better way to kick off the new year!

I wish everyone a save and wonderful Thanksgiving!  Thank you again for all your votes and input, we appreciate you all so much!! Till next time! XO Leslie

The Segreto Design Book Series is the perfect Holiday gift! Design Inspiration at a reduced price for all your holiday gift giving this season!

  • Sandra
    Posted at 07:31h, 16 November Reply

    Hi Leslie,
    Thank you for sharing Sherri and Maggie’s story. What an amazing talent. I love seeing new designers work and their story about how they got there. Can’t wait to see more of their work in collaboration with Segreto!!!

    Sandra Smith.

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 15:45h, 19 November Reply

      Hi Sandra! They are just the best! We always love collaborating with these sweet gals! xo Leslie

  • Amy Cunningham
    Posted at 09:27h, 16 November Reply

    What a treat to learn more about these talented ladies and see their inspiring work! I’ve had the pleasure of seeing the stone in person and can attest to its beauty. Congratulations Sheri, Maggie and Jennifer! I can’t wait to see what you do next!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 15:59h, 19 November Reply

      Hi Amy! It was so fun to learn more of their stories! Wishing you and your sweet family a wonderful Thanksgiving! XO Leslie

  • christina milligan
    Posted at 09:37h, 16 November Reply

    What a lovely article about three talented women in our community. Your work is immaculate and photographed so beautifully by Kerry Kirk. Congratulations to you all!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 15:58h, 19 November Reply

      Hi Sweet Christina, these gals always do such a beautiful job, Kerry too! Have a great day! XO Leslie

  • christina milligan
    Posted at 09:38h, 16 November Reply

    What a lovely article about three talented women in our community. Your work is immaculate and photographed so beautifully by Kerry Kirk. Congratulations to you all!

  • Cari Griggs
    Posted at 10:22h, 16 November Reply

    Amazing women! Incredible talent!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 15:51h, 19 November Reply

      Hi Cari! I couldn’t agree more! It is always such a treat to collaborate with these gals. XO Leslie

  • Katie Fields
    Posted at 11:17h, 16 November Reply

    I loved reading this post, Leslie! And I’m so excited about your Segreto Palette! I’ve got to figure out something to repaint to use these lustrous tints!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 15:49h, 19 November Reply

      Hi Katie! Thank you so much for your sweet words! We can’t wait for you all to see the completed palette. Have a good one! XO Leslie

  • Ava | HIREtrades
    Posted at 19:14h, 10 December Reply

    Wow! These women have such great talents. You can really see the love they have for interior design based on their work.
    Thanks for sharing this inspiring story.

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