This is our interview series in which we bring you the nurseries and kid rooms of successful designers, entrepreneurs and moms. Through this series, our featured guests will divulge some of their design secrets and share stories of how their nurseries came to be.
Phoebe Schuh is the founder of PS & Daughters, an interior design studio based in Philadelpha that creates award-winning interiors across the United States. Phoebe describes the studio as dedicated to fostering spaces that transform the way their clients live and work. We certainly appreciate their goal of making their clients’ lives more functional by creating inspired, beautiful and well-designed spaces suited for their particular needs.
Phoebe named her design studio PS & Daughters when babies were still in the hazy future, and what do you know, she’s expecting her first daughter any day now! She has graciously invited us into her daughter’s space.
How did being a interior designer impact the design of your nursery?
I’ve always been the artsy type who finds beauty in everyday details. Luckily, my career allows me to express myself creatively every day. I loved that I could incorporate my own design aesthetic into my daughter’s nursery. Nothing would make me happier than seeing her live and breath in a space I created just for her.
My process as an interior designer for others is very linear and time sensitive. This was different because I was able to take my time and move in unexpected directions organically.
Tell us about your design process. Did you start with one central item or idea that served as your inspiration?
I had installed the carpet a year ago for a much different guest room—not the first choice for a little girl’s nursery, but I was determined to make it work! Every color except cream or light blue fought the mushroom color, so I settled on light blue. It made the room more neutral instead of a very girly direction.
What was the most important thing you wanted to achieve when creating this space?
I wanted it to be a room she could grow into that wasn’t too precious and someplace I enjoyed being in every day.
Now that the room is complete, what is your favorite thing about the room?
That the room became the perfect backdrop for the artwork and custom mobiles. Over time, I can see it adapting to her personal style/touches.
What’s the first thing people notice when stepping foot into this room?
Everyone loves to comment on the obvious fact that the walls are blue for a little girl’s room.