The Simple Home
Sharon Hanby-Robie’s first project was the design of her bedroom when she was a young girl growing up in Cleveland. The oldest of six children, Sharon was deemed least artistic by her mother, an art teacher, until she took a look at Sharon’s redecorated room – purple, completely purple, including the antique furniture handed down through the family. From there, Sharon’s mother knew: design school for Sharon.
In January 2000, The Wallpaper Council selected Sharon as the newest wallpaper industry spokesperson. She uses her professional expertise and knowledge as an interior designer and decorating expert to deliver important messages about wallpaper to consumers nationwide.
Since 2003, Sharon has been the resident home décor expert for QVC Inc., showcasing the latest in interior design and home fashion to millions of television viewers.
Sharon has been an interior designer and member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) for more than thirty years. She has had the opportunity to work for some wonderful design firms and had her own business, Town House Interiors, for nearly ten years. Now a freelance designer, she works on projects in many fields including residential, commercial, hospitality, and health care, and is a regular speaker for business and women’s organizations.
Sharon is also a licensed real estate agent with experience in purchasing and investing in both residential and commercial real estate. Sharon says, "Being a real estate agent goes hand-in-hand with design for my clients. They say they wouldn’t purchase a home without me. Some how it all makes sense."
Sharon was the host of Scripps DIY Network’s Ask DIY show and has been featured on The Today Show; Later Today; QVC, Inc., shopping network; PBS’s Handy Ma’am, Creative Living; HGTV’s Mission Organization, Decorating with Style, Interiors by Design, Smart Solutions; Discovery Channel’s Home Matters, Interior Motives; as well as The Maurey Povich Show, and The Gale King Show.
Sharon is also a best-selling author. The My Name Isn’t Martha series of books include My Name Isn’t Martha But I Can Decorate My Home, and My Name Isn’t Martha, But I can Renovate My Home: The Real Person’s Guide to Home Improvement and Beautiful Places, Spiritual Spaces. Her latest books, titles in The Spirit of Simple LivingTM series, are from GuidepostsBooks. The Simple Home: A Faith-Filled Guide to Simplicity, Peace and Joy in Your Home and A Simple Christmas: A Faith-Filled Guide to A Meaningful and Stress-Free Christmas will both release in October 2006.
Sharon and her husband live in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.