Shari Sandler is an interior designer on Bray’s special projects team. Her current jobs include Beyond Vision, Whitefish Bay High School libraries, Sheboygan Area School District, and La Crosse High School, as well as furniture work at Oshkosh and New Glarus School Districts.
In her role on the special projects team, Shari tends to balance many small projects rather than fewer large ones. “Every day looks a little different,” she says. “I appreciate having that variety in my job.”
A day at work might include building a palette of material finishes for a client or assembling a record box for a project – documentation of the finishes that the client has already selected. Some days, she’s completing construction documents, and on other days, she’s working on client presentations.
If she ever needs some advice, Shari knows she can turn to her teammates in the Bray interiors department. “They’re one of my favorite things about Bray,” she says. “They’re such a supportive and resourceful group. There’s no ego; everyone is welcoming, and we’re always rooting for each other.”
Shari has wanted to be an interior design since she was eight years old. “I’ve never been more decisive about anything,” she says. “I’ve always had an eye for what makes a space stand out, as well as an interest in textiles and materials.”
She was fortunate to have internships available to her starting in high school, where she experienced different ways of working as an interior designer. She has practiced in residential, corporate, and hospitality design, all of which have helped her land at Bray working primarily with educational clients.
“I’m motivated by that fact that what we do here directly influences the spaces where children learn,” she says. “I know from my own experience that a space needs to be inviting and aesthetically balanced to be conducive to learning.”
Outside of work, Shari spends a lot of time with her dog, Mikah, whom she adopted two weeks after starting at Bray. The inseparable pair likes to go hiking and scope out new parks around town, regardless of the weather. During the summer, you’ll find them camping and setting out on longer hikes. She is also an avid yogi and attends hot yoga regularly.
Back at home, Shari enjoys crafting, and she makes chakra bracelets that she sells at a local boutique. You can check them out at Olson House.