Abby Stewart, IIDA
I remember when I was ten years old visiting my grandmother after she had a stroke. Her room was white everywhere, and had a musty smell, terrible lighting and no acoustics. My heart broke that the woman who I knew loved color, fresh air and music was stuck in such an uninspiring space.
- 12 Years of Experience
- Bachelor of Fine Arts, Interior Design – School of Building Arts
- Savannah College of Art and Design: Savannah, Georgia
- Florence, Venice & Rome, Italy: Study Abroad, History of Baroque Art and Urban Form
- Certification, National Council for Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ)
- Member, International Interior Design Association (IIDA)
- Member, The United Auxiliaries to Lancaster General Hospital, President 2011-2013
- Lancaster Chamber THRIVE campaign committee
- Water Street Mission Top Chef Committee 2017
- A.I.M. to Empower Volunteer Yoga Instructor 2016-present
- PCA&D Board of Trustee 2017-2020
Abby’s first job
My first job was at a design firm when I was 15. I started with organizing the library and running blueprints with the ammonia machine. I learned that to be great at anything you have to understand each part of the process. Understanding comes from doing and by doing things well you can move onto more responsibilities.
Abby’s role model
My role model is my Great Great Aunt Sara. She use to say to me "two things define you: your patience when you have nothing, and your attitude when you have everything." She breathed, walked, lived and loved treating others with kindness and respect always knowing that everyone has a story. I like to think I live with enough to do something but not too much to do nothing.
Her taste in music
I tend to be a person that has a song for every moment and I like to define memories with a soundtrack. I frequently miss calls in the car because I’m playing the music loud and singing.
My favorite book is “The Giving Tree,” by Shel Silverstein. It has been my inspiration, ever since my sister would read it to me, that no matter what, you can always give more.