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Formerly, a unique genre of gifts and decorative accessories store, Sidney Cardel’s has now expanded our interests into “Interior Styling”!

Interior Styling for us is all encompassing. It is overall health and wellness for your body, your home…your life!

The “perception” of your home and your space can actually improve your life, and in some cases your health and overall well being.

*Please email Cathy to inquire about interior design services.

Formerly, a unique genre of gifts and decorative accessories store, Sidney Cardel’s has now expanded our interests into “Interior Styling”!

Interior Styling for us is all encompassing. It is overall health and wellness for your body, your home…your life!

The “perception” of your home…and how your space feels, can actually improve your life and in some cases your health and overall well being.

*Please contact Cathy at info@sidneycardels.com to inquire about interior design services.

Sidney Cardel

WHO IS SIDNEY CARDEL?

After graduating from Florida State University in 1981 with degrees in Fashion Merchandising and Fashion Design, I told my mother I would one day have a store named after her. “Really?” she replied, “I would be honored.”

Today, I’m the one who is honored.

Sylvia Sidney McCardel Thomasson was a woman of outstanding character who touched many lives throughout her life. A native Floridian, she was the youngest and only child of eight siblings to graduate high school where she was valedictorian. Continuing her education over the years, she eventually received her Specialist, Master’s and finally Doctorate of Education.

My mother did all of this while both working full-time in the education arena as the vice president of a college and raising her family with my father who managed a thoroughbred horse farm in Brooksville, a small town in central Florida.

Besides being an educator, she was an extraordinary writer and prolific artist — and this is where she first used the pen name, ‘Sidney Cardel.’ I’ve always loved this name and I know the creative gene I used in opening our store came from her…so thank you, Mom!

In July of 1999, my father had a heart attack. My two sisters, brother and I traveled to be with him and our mother, around the clock, for three consecutive days. We stayed together, praying non stop and hoping he would survive. On the third day after his procedure, we learned he was going to make it, that he would be okay. We were thrilled and greatly relieved! That evening, we all went out to dinner to celebrate Dad’s heart!

The next morning would change our lives forever. We awoke only to find our precious mother had passed away that very evening from a massive heart attack herself. The irony of it all was surreal. While our father lived six more years, our lives indeed changed forever on that day.

Sidney Cardel

This photo is the inspiration for our logo!

In 2011, Sidney Cardel’s opened its doors for the first time. While I knew I would always have a store named after my Mom, it just took me thirty years to make it happen. This photo of my mother standing by a palm tree, looking so fabulous and happy was taken by my dad on their honeymoon in 1956. This was always one of my favorite photos of her….and what inspired our logo.

I miss her every day and take comfort knowing that she and my father are together…happy and healthy. They are in good hands with our Heavenly Father, and I believe they are celebrating the legacy of Sidney Cardel’s.

With much love and appreciation for your business,

~ Cathy Thomasson

Cathy Thomasson

CATHY THOMASSON | MASTER OF INTERIOR STYLING & CREATIVE DESIGN

With a double major in Fashion Merchandising and Fashion Design from Florida State University, Cathy has always been a creative. She has worked in Interior Design for years on both residential and commercial projects, as well as a Designer Liaison with HGTV, working on both the HGTV Dream Home and HGTV Smart Home. She loves everything to do with fashion and design!

Always knowing she wanted to own her own store however, Cathy successfully opened her home and gift store Sidney Cardel’s, in October of 2011. She later closed it after 8 years in 2019. She still offers interior design services and her interests and passion have transitioned Sidney Cardel’s into what it is today.

Cathy was a key account sales rep in the home, decorative accessory and gift industry for 20+ years prior to opening her store.  Her knowledge of sales, customer service, product and design trends served her well as a storeowner.  Cathy has been a freelance artist for years and her work is seen in many places throughout her community. She is a member of numerous chambers and organizations, and volunteers her creative talents for numerous philanthropic charities and events.

A native Floridian, Cathy is a sports enthusiast and loves everything to do with health, fashion and living at the beach. She is surrounded by great friends, aka her ‘Chill Sisters’ and they are quite famous for, as Cathy says, “throwing one helluva party!”

Cathy feels so very blessed to have a great family support system and have had her daughter Cara work alongside her with Sidney Cardel’s. Now, to be able to spread her knowledge of health as it relates to interior styling, she feels is an added bonus.