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KWS Awarded WBENC Certification


After a meticulous process including an in-depth review of the business and site inspection, KWS, LLC has received national certification by the Women’s President’s Educational Organization in Washington, DC as a Women’s Business Enterprise. The certification process is designed to confirm the business is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women.

“By including women-owned businesses among their vendors,” notes KWS CEO,  Sherry B. Ways, “corporations and government agencies demonstrate their commitment to fostering diversity and the continued development of their supplier/vendor diversity programs.”

The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) is the nation’s leading advocate of women-owned businesses as suppliers to America’s corporations. It also is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the United States. WBENC works with representatives of corporations to encourage the utilization and expansion of supplier/vendor diversity programs.

Announcing The 21 Day Essential Interior Color Challenge Starting March 10th!


National Color Therapy Month Color Challenge! Join us for the Essential 21 Day Interior Color Challenge!

March 10- 21, 2013

Are you ready to tap into the wisdom of  color and how to use it for your interior?

Kreative Ways & Solutions, LLC presents the best interior color challenge yet—The Essential Interior Color Challenge!

Participate with us each day on this journey toward understanding how to use color to restore balance, energize your interior and create a beautiful interior space.   The Essential Interior Color Challenge helps you to embrace the vision of interior color, expand your understanding of how to use colors in your interior and achieve greater balance and well-being.

Starting Sunday, March 10th, this ALL NEW, interior color journey is free and open to everyone! We encourage you to invite your friends and loved ones to join you and experience:

  • Daily tips on how to use color in your home.
  •  Questions answered about your toughest interior color questions!
  •  A  community of like-minded individuals exploring the gifts of interior color!

There is no charge to participate in this learning experience.  Sign Up for our 21-Essential Interior Color Challenge— by subscribing to our Newsletter here BEFORE March 10th!

BONUS:  We invite you to join us to create a National Color Therapy Month Pinterest Board!

The Pinner who places the most pins on our board wins a 20 minute Personal Development Color Consultation via phone or skype. AND you are able to participate in our 21-Day Color Therapy Month Challenge. To enter simply join our listserv at here by March 1st.

Happy Color Therapy Month!

My Material Culture Adventure in Philly

Indigenous wall sculptures and artwork create very imaginative interiors.

My Memorial Day weekend was spent in the City of Brotherly Love- Philadelphia.  There I visited one of my FAVORITE places to view ethnic furnishings and get inspired to create one of a kind interiors with Moroccan, African, Indian, Turkish furnishings.  This adventure led me to a place called Material Culture.  This is not just any store but in my mind an adventure in color, antiques, and amazing rugs from all over the world.  These snap shots are just an inkling of the kinds of furnishings and accessories made available at this store!  Feast your eyes on the array of home furnishings delight.

Rugs, rugs, rugs, galore!

Nothing like beautiful accent pillows to complete a space!

Ethnically diverse antiques and artifacts make great conversation pieces for any room.

Love these vintage cabinets! Adds great character to any space!

Beautiful furniture can be refinished in any way. Note the pairings and eclectic feel.

Love the background color. Mixture of ethnic and cultural arts, rustic cabinet and furnishings.

These African Shona sculptures add a great accessory to contemporary or traditional interiors.

Love the different variety of color and texture these flower pots bring.

Great outdoor furniture and accessories to brighten any patio!

Mitchell & Gold Anniversary Party, Washington, DC



I attended the Mitchell and Gold Washington, DC Anniversary Party last week.  A host of designers and Mitchell & Gold feasted on heavy horderves and speciality drinks as the crowd walked around the latest furnishings the store had to offer.  It was great meeting old and new friends at the affair and found new ideas for designing spaces for current clients.  Mitchell + Gold really knows how to throw a party!

Press Release: Unity Health Care @ DC General Opening February 17th

Unity Health Care’s New Children’s Reading Center at Former DC Hospital Will Open February 17th

Washington, DC – Unity Health Care will unveil a new children’s reading center at its clinic in the former DC Hospital, 1900 Massachusetts Ave SE, building 29, from 1 to 4 p.m.  Friday, February 17. The brief program will include remarks from Vincent A. Keane, President/CEO of Unity Health Care, key staff and city officials.

Unity is the largest primary health care agency in the Washington, DC,  area, providing health care services to more than 82,000 patients annually at 29 health centers and a mobile outreach unit. Unity at DC General has grown to a site that served over 34,500 clients in 2011.  Services offered range from primary care, for children and adults, dentistry, case management and specialty services such as neurology, ophthalmology, general surgery, infectious diseases, podiatry to name a few.

Promoting Literacy to DC’s Homeless Population

Unity’s goal is to increase literacy among children during the critical literacy skills acquisition years of six months to five years. Through a partnership with Reach Out and Read of Metro DC, Unity has developed the Key Corner Project. The Key Corner Project promotes early literacy by bringing new books and advice about the importance of reading aloud into the pediatric exam room, unlocking the door to reading success

Sherry Ways of Kreative Ways and Solutions has been heading the design project for the reading room, which will include new furnishings, books, murals and accent walls. Two members of the Kreative Ways team, Bretnage Blair and Shea Capri Bartley, have been working on the project for six months.  Shea Capri, a student at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and an intern at Kreative Ways have painted two murals for the project. This is the second Unity Reading Room redesign that Ways has led. She coordinated the redesign of a reading room at Unity’s East of the River health Center in 2008.

Also participating in the project are Cindy Athey of Percision Tech, who has donated painting services; Benjamin Moore Paints, which donated paint; and Kate Smith of Sensational Color, who also donated paint.

Invited guests include Mayor Vincent Gray, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, DC Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells, and members of the City Council, Dr. Mohammad Akhter, Director of the District of Columbia’s Department of Health, Federal and District officials, community leaders and stakeholders.

About Unity Health Care

Unity Health Care, Inc. (Unity) was founded in 1985 as Health Care for the Homeless Project (HCHP) providing primary health care services to homeless individuals and families that resided in local emergency shelters or on the streets of the District of Columbia.  With a patient population that is plagued by low literacy, the promotion of literacy has become an important part of standard primary care, enabling children to grow up with books and a love of reading.

About Sherry Ways

Sherry Ways started her design firm, Kreative Ways & Solutions, LLC, in  2004. Ways earned a BS and a Master’s Degree with additional training in Interior Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art and the American Feng Shui Institute.  She holds a Certificate in Certified Color Therapy through the International Certified Aromatherapy Institute and has recently become a Certified Interior Environment Coach through the DeGangi Group.


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Smarter Cabinetry for the Environment

In the process of designing a kitchen for a small basement apartment in Washington, DC I came upon a new environmentally friendly cabinet product called Smart Cabinetry®


Smart Cabinetry was used in this model home above we recently decorated.

Smart Cabinetry incorporates both solid hardwoods and hardwood veneers in it’s products. These are natural materials with inherent variations in color, grain, densities, and character amongst the differing species. These variations are at the heart of the unique and natural beauty of finished hardwood.


Smart Cabinetry in Newport Polar White – Photo Courtesy of Smart Cabinetry.

Smart Cabinetry® is committed just as much to the environment as they are to their customers. To leave the lightest carbon footprint on our environment is something every employee at Smart strives for. Protecting the environment is not just green, it’s Smart. They continually make every effort to improve our manufacturing processes and products to ensure environmental responsibility and a continual reduction of our carbon footprint. Many of the components included in their cabinets contribute to various LEED® credits including but not limited to recycled content, regional materials, rapidly renewable materials, and low-emitting materials.


Here is an example of the Brighton Honey Maple used in a bathroom setting.  Photo Courtesy or Smart Cabinetry.

Aside from the practical storage and aesthetic appeal, Smart Cabinetry® cabinets are designed to be environmentally friendly and reduce the negative impact on our environment. Far too many benefits to building green exist today including the cost savings from reduced energy, water and waste disposal costs; and a healthier consumer environment from cleaner indoor air.

If you are interested in learning more about their products feel free to e-mail us at interiors@kreativeways.com.  We will be happy to sit down with you and discuss their product line and the benefits to your home.




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