Apartment in Aqua
Julie Schuster Design Studio was contacted by this busy young professional to help her decorate her first apartment in a lovely midtown luxury building. Her desire was to create a space that would reflect her personality but still feel professionally pulled together. Being as this was her first home, she needed help establishing a budget for furnishings, window treatments, lighting, etc.
Creating a fun fresh color palette started the design process and inspired a complete paint job within this petite apartment. We shopped for custom fabrics to work with the concept and fabricated a cornice and matching throw pillows. With just a couple of custom pieces and the balance sourced at retail, we were able to transform her apartment within her budget.
Black & White Pebbled Bath
Upper West Side, NYC
Approached by this client in hopes in updating their Manhattan pied-a-terre three-piece bathroom. Their desire was to remove all the original fixtures and tiles and update the space to create a contemporary and functional bathroom.
As a CLIPP professional (Certified Living in Place Professional) we sourced modern and clean looking products that would be functionally inclusive to all that used that bathroom.
Upper West Side, NYC
Our team was asked to update and decorate this newly purchased Upper West Side pied-a-terre apartment for a couple from Connecticut.
We gave minor updates to the bath, a partial face-lift to the kitchen and a new look to the decor and furnishings.
Chelsea Transitional Media Room
When we first met this family of three, this spare room was bare of furnishings and filled with sporadic art and books. It became the family’s forgotten space that was being underutilized.
They expressed their desire to create a media room with comfortable and durable upholstery. A tight squeeze in this space, but we were able to get a gracious sectional, a round upholstered ottoman with a removable wood top and a pair of side tables.
Rego Park Contemporary
Rego Park, Queens
Century21 real estate broker, Scott Askinazi, made the introduction to this international client. A young professional looking to rent this Queens apartment for only a year, he was searching for a designer who would offer turn-key services. Looking for his newly rented apartment to be completely stocked and styled within a two weeks’ time and within budget.
For such a quick turn-around, Julie Schuster sourced from only retail vendors with stocked furnishings options and organized a full day of deliveries and installations. Styled each space with accessories and art and set up his new home with all the bathroom, bedroom and kitchen essentials down to the cleaning products.
Art Deco Contemporary
Upper West Side, NYC
The amazing Art Deco bones of this space made it architecturally wonderful. But the view was lost under years of paint, neglect and poor color choices. This busy two career family wanted a more sophisticated and cohesive story. The JSDS firm played on the Pre-War details and sunken living space to create a gracious flow and and employed Feng Shui tenants to support and nurture this active family.
Hollywood Glam Master Bedroom
When commissioned to work on this master bedroom makeover, the couple explained that they wanted to create a bedroom that felt as wonderful as a lovely hotel suite that they might have on vacation.
Project managing the entire process, we removed the worn wall-to- wall carpeting, removed the old built-ins, designed a furniture flow that was more Feng Shui, created the color scheme, electrical plans, ordered custom furnishings, including the glam chandelier she’d dreamed about.
Julie was a dream come true. I had worked with an interior designer in the past who was good, but extremely expensive and a bit rigid in his views; then I did a kitchen project through HomePolish, which was a mistake and a tough learning experience. Then I got lucky and found Julie. What a difference! She is the best designer I have known. she delivered a full recreation of our Master bedroom, turning it into exactly what we wanted -- a "serene oasis" of luxury and calm, with a touch of glamor, and adding a vanity area that I never thought could fit, but it did. More than a year later, it's a wonderful retreat and I still can't believe it's my bedroom. After the bedroom, she helped us turn our (somewhat awkwardly sized) spare room/home office into a comfortable and cozy guest room/media room.
In each case Julie listened carefully to what we wanted and brought it to life, outlining a concept, making the shopping experience easy by narrowing choices and using my time well, and coordinating work schedules with sub-contractors while we were out of town. She and her team are extremely professional - communicating clearly, confirming everything in writing, anticipating issues and troubleshooting to make things easy. The concept presentations were beautiful and gave me a complete picture before we began. She kept me in the loop with follow-up emails and updates every step of the way, worked smoothly with subcontractors, handled communication with our building staff and probably managed problems that we never even knew about. Our bedroom turned out even better than I expected and as a bonus was featured in a magazine! I will certainly turn to her again when we're ready to tackle the living room, which is my next project.
New York, NY