The first room alison sheffield ever decorated featured a lavender carpet, violet-strewn wallpaper, and white eyelet -- lots of white eyelet. It was in 1982 and the room was her childhood bedroom. A love of all things interior design was born.
After studying art history and the decorative arts in college, alison embarked on an exciting stint as an event planner in Boston. A few years later, feeling a bit partied-out, she decided to return to her first love. She enrolled in design school and started a job as a writing and research assistant to the regional editor of Traditional Home magazine. Around the same time, a contact in the design industry facilitated a scouting shoot of her home, which led to the publishing of an article in Better Homes & Gardens magazine featuring the interior design of the home she and her husband, stephen, still share. Residential jobs in Boston, Cambridge, and the South Shore followed. A little while later, the Boston Globe Magazine featured the design of her first baby’s nursery (still her favorite room on earth).
Finding herself busy and fulfilled as a mom with milo, and then with milo & finn, alison’s professional design career was put on hold. But she missed being creative (this was most clear when she realized she had hijacked a “mama and me” pottery class from milo). When the opportunity to work on her first commercial project she thought it might be a good time to dip her toe back in to the design-world waters.
stephen sheffield, a native of the Boston area, is an alumnus of Cornell University, where he obtained a BFA in painting and photography. He received his MFA in photography from the California College of the Arts, in Oakland/San Francisco, studying under Larry Sultan and Jean Finley.
His photographs depict both everyday and unusual events, all framed by his unique, and occasionally dark, sense of humor. His masterful storytelling, use of alternative processes, mural printing, and large-scale photo assemblage combine to bring to his work a unique and cinematic mood.
stephen has exhibited nationally for over 20 years, and has a number of large and small-scale commissions in Boston, Cambridge and Brooklyn NY. He has worked out of his studio in Boston’s Fort Point for over 17 years. stephen is represented locally by the Panopticon gallery, and runs the black and white photography program at the New England School of Photography in Boston.
He recently has joined forces with his wife, alison, and has brought his sharp eye for art and design to their interior design firm, SHEFFIELD INTERIORS.