It has been a long and challenging year for all of us here on planet earth. The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed the way we live, work, travel, communicate and design. I am committed to helping clients, family and friends start 2021 with renewed energy, optimism and hope.
One of the best ways you can do that is by kickstarting your next interior design project:
Define Vision and Goals: Take time at the onset of your new design project to clearly define your vision and goals. Knowing what you want to accomplish, as well as the kind of environment you want to create, will set the course of the project. I often encourage clients to meditate on this imagining how the space looks, feels and even smells.
Co-Create a Mood Board: Creating a mood board with your interior designer helps both parties communicate and share ideas in a visual way and will ultimately help you determine what world (and what doesn’t work) early on in the design process. Mood boards are a great collaborative strategy that will help eliminate the often-costly mistakes of knee-jerk purchases. Using mood boards will also ensure that you and your designer share the same vision throughout the lifetime of the project. Pinterest is a great digital tool that can be used virtually and updated in real time.
Customize Your Design Collaboration: Collaborate with your interior designer in a way that works best for you and your family. At Julie Schuster Design Studio, we offer both traditional "hands on" design and decorating, as well as virtual e-design that is great for those working from home who prefer not to have un-necessary workers in their spaces. Full-service design, home refreshes and color consultations can all be offered virtually and effectively via Zoom.
Don’t Get Caught in the Red Tape: Regardless of the breadth and depth of your project, bear in mind that construction rules vary from building to building. Some buildings are self-managed, but most have managing agents who are responsible for enforcing the rules – and there are many! The board of directors, or a committee of the board, usually has to approve any project that will require workmen to enter the building. I am an expert at dealing with difficult co-op boards and board renovation applications in New York City. I have also been helping clients navigate the current restrictions imposed by COVID, as well a total oversight while they remain safely off-site during any work. I can also review potential options to give buyers cost analysis of any upgrades or work they might consider before purchasing/moving into their apartment or home.
Make the Best Changes Possible: My unique expertise at the intersection of Feng Shui, Wellness Design and Living-In-Place Design allows me to recommend the very best changes in either renovation/design or furniture flow. Making the best design decisions to give clients a home that emphasizes the most positive energy and dignity for all regardless of the limitations of anyone living or visiting there without losing any of the beauty of the design.
As always, we’re ready, willing and able to bring your new vision to life. Set up an e-consultation before year’s end and start your 2021 design project NOW!
Wishing you and your family all best health, happiness and wonderful design in 2021.
Julie and her team have a passion for creating beautiful, engaging and functional spaces, focusing on both the physical as well as the emotional well being of your environment. Click on the links below for package details:
FULL SERVICE E-DESIGN PACKAGE A design collaboration done between client and designer done entirely online. Purchase the package below, submit photos of the space and existing furnishings you like to see incorporated in the design and a sketch of the space with measurements.
COLOR CONSULTATION PACKAGE Need some assistance in selecting paint finishes for your home? A design collaboration done between client and designer done entirely online. Purchase the package below, submit photos of the space and and fabrics.
FENG SHUI RESIDENTIAL PACKAGE Whether it is directing the flow of chi through the arrangement of furnishings, design or colors; Julie and her team can help you to create the spaces that support your vision of a balanced life, rich in the areas that matter to you.
HOME STAGING PACKAGE There is no second chance to make a good first impression. When the time comes to sell or rent your home, ease the transition and maximize return by helping your home look its very best.