Designer Profiles

At McCready Interiors / Norwalk: The Furniture Idea, it is our desire and goal to allow our customers to create the furniture and room of their dreams. We offer hundreds of styles and thousands of fabrics and leathers to choose from, so that our clients can create the upholstered furniture that is “just right” for their home. Additionally, we provide quality, affordable casegood pieces, tables, rugs, lamps, artwork and accessories to complete the room.

Our design team is qualified to complete any aspect of residential projects, from new build to remodeling of existing environments. We are also capable of assisting in commercial projects and specialize in dental and medical facilities.

Our Team

The McCready Family

Third Generation: Tom & Julie McCready (Left)
Fourth Generation: Graham McCready (Right)

Delivery & Service Team

Tom Smollen (Left)
Cody Hamilton (Top Right)
Kyle McCombs (Bottom Right)

“The pandemic has caused many challenges to businesses but was so pleased with the customer services provided to me by McCready’s furniture staff! Very helpful in helping me decide on my furniture selections, kept updated on progress/delivery date. The furniture is beautiful and really creates a wonderful space for my family! Thank you!”
JoAnn Berkowitz

Our Designers

Kathleen Shaughency

Senior Designer, Kathleen, has spent the vast majority of the last 24 years as part of our team. She briefly left the area to extend her design talents to Las Vegas and Florida and returned 16 years ago to continue her high level of customer service to her client base. Kathleen offers extremely detailed, well-designed rooms for her customers. Kathleen has won a variety of National Awards for sales achievement as well.

Laurie Beech

Laurie has been a senior designer with McCready’s/Norwalk for 19 years. She has an extensive background in the apparel industry, having spent 20 years with several organizations before joining our team. Her background allows her to be an expert at color and pattern in fabrics. Laurie has won several National Awards for sales achievement over the last 19 years.

“The store has a huge variety of furnishings and fabrics with very knowledgeable staff. Laurie Beech is a designer with a great eye who always goes the extra mile for her clients.”
Marcia Myers

Audrey Lunsford

Audrey has also been a senior designer with McCready’s/Norwalk for 19 years. She enjoys designing the “challenging room,” finding all the possible options for design it and finishing it with the perfect accessories. She prides herself in her ability to listen to her clients’ needs and design a perfect room for them that is comfortable, stylish and functional. Audrey’s passion is putting the finishing touches in a room to give it that “WOW” factor.

Holly Darsee

Holly has been a designer at McCready’s/Norwalk for the last 5 years. Having studied Art & Design in California, Holly has worked in residential and commercial design since 1985. “Making the world a more beautiful place – one room at a time” is her mantra.

“Saturday 1/16/21 stopped to look for couch and chair. We were greeted by Katherine Remy with a smile and a welcoming personality. She listened to our needs, laughed at our jokes and put up with our helpful life lessons. She made our experience Wonderful!!!!! She is more than an employee Katherine is an excellent designer that help me decide fabric and finishing touches on our new furniture. Great Person”
Diana Riser

Katherine Remy

Katherine is our newest member, having started with us in the Summer of 2020 after she graduated from Chatham University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Architecture and was a member of their volleyball team. She is from the area, having grown up in the Mansfield/Ontario area and graduated from Ontario High School in 2017.

Julie McCready

Julie, along with husband Tom McCready, owns and operates McCready Interiors/Norwalk: The Furniture Idea. Julie has spent over 24 years in the furniture industry, managing and training her design staff, as well as providing corporate sales training for other furniture stores as well. Julie specializes in commercial design work of medical and dental facilities as well as assisting her clients with residential and commercial projects, nationally and internationally.

“I highly recommend McCready Interiors. The store has amazing furniture and decor. The team is always friendly and professional. Kathleen is the BEST!! Very talented, knowledgeable and knows just what to do with any room!!”
Jodi Johnsen