Shea graduated from Auburn University in 1997 with a degree in Interior Design. Realizing she enjoyed the process of designing kitchens and baths, she quickly began her career as a NKBA designer for firms in both Atlanta and Birmingham. Her success was fueled by the love of her work and in 2002 she became Southern Accents and Southern Living Magazine’s Idea House manager. It is through this exceptional opportunity that Shea experienced the intracacies of interior design through building and furnishing the Idea Houses.
In 2010, Shea began partnering with various contractors in Birmingham performing a myriad of design duties on new construction and remodels of homes. Her work ethic, expertise, and attention to detail quickly led to a partnership in the creation of an Interiors business for a Birmingham residential construction company. Here Shea honed her skills in designing and constructing a home whether it be a remodel or building from the ground up. Excited about the knowledge she had gained, Shea began her own firm, Shea Bryars Design, in 2014.
Shea has been blessed with a unique ability to quickly visualize, draw, and communicate design for her clients. This gift, coupled with her extensive experience, is what distinguishes Shea from her contemporaries. Her balance of candor and good humor create a dynamic partnership between client and designer that is decisive and productive, yet fun and easy. Her work has been described as “timeless, yet current” and her portfolio stretches from southern traditional to modern contemporary. Shea is passionate about keeping the vision of each individual project loyal to the client’s preferences resulting in a home that reflects the family’s individual style and taste.
When Shea is not actively designing a home for a client, she enjoys entertaining friends and traveling with her husband and three children.