- The Washington Times - Friday, August 1, 2008

WESTMINSTER, Md. | Artist-interior decorator Sherri Blum calls it her brush-with-fame wall, which includes framed photos of Baltimore Ravens linebacker Bart Scott, “The Office” actress Angela Kinsey and former “Dancing With the Stars” finalist John O’Hurley.

All three own Miss Blum’s artwork.

Once Miss Blum gets around to asking for an autographed photo, she will add her latest client to the brush-with-fame wall: former “Full House” actress Jodie Sweetin.

The list of celebrity clients keeps growing for the Westminster-based Miss Blum, whose artwork designed for baby nurseries has appeared on “The Tyra Banks Show” and “Access Hollywood.” In just five years, Sherri Blum Designs has gone from a tiny company producing customized artwork for children’s rooms into a business handpicked by celebrities searching for unique designs to display in the rooms of their children.

Miss Blum’s designs range from pink tea party wall hangings to sports-themed clocks adorned with sneakers and a basketball. Her business also sells wooden signs, rugs and bedding designed for children.

In Miss Blum’s latest success story, two of her pieces were photographed in a feature story devoted to Miss Sweetin and daughter Zoie in the June 16 issue of People magazine.

“This doesn’t happen to someone like me every day,” Miss Blum said. “That’s for sure.”

She received an unsolicited e-mail April 29 from Miss Sweetin’s husband, Cody Herpin, asking for help with designing a nursery for Zoie.

Mr. Herpin and Miss Sweetin discovered Miss Blum’s work through her Web site (www.sherriblumdesigns.com).

Miss Blum, who said she watched “Full House” frequently while in college, immediately replied.

“I was shocked,” she said. “I was jumping up and down.”

Mr. Herpin and Miss Blum traded e-mails until 1 a.m., exchanging information and ideas. Miss Blum made suggestions for how to organize the room.

She also was able to send two customized pieces of artwork before People magazine did its cover story on Miss Sweetin, who has overcome a methamphetamine addiction to become a first-time mother.

Miss Blum always dabbled in art projects while growing up, including creating a mural for her high school’s prom.

Her family encouraged her to earn an art degree, but she wound up with a sociology degree from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania.

“I didn’t want to be a starving artist,” Miss Blum said.

But no matter how much interest she gets from celebrities, Miss Blum said she wants to keep working from her Westminster home.

“People say that I could be out there and hobnobbing with all these celebrities,” she said. “But they’re still contacting and ordering stuff. It doesn’t matter where I am.”

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