Phoebe Schuh of PS & Daughters//PHOTO by TESSA MARIE IMAGES
As the owner of PS & Daughters interior design in Philadelphia, Phoebe Schuh believes every space has an optimal design. “The fun and challenging part is working with my clients to find out what that is,” she says.
Decorating style: I like to call it modern boho. It’s a mix of colors and patterns, plants and cacti, and tons of art hung salon-style. Every room is anchored by clean, modern furniture.
Favorite room in her house: My daughter’s nursery. I just had a baby and I’ve been spending a lot of time in there. It’s peaceful and playful, painted in a beautiful beach-glass blue. I have a couple mobiles I found on Etsy, a patterned wall-to-wall carpet, and original artwork everywhere. It’s going to be a fun room for her to grow into.
Most prized possessions: All of our pieces of art. My husband and I have about a hundred pieces. Each reminds me of the way I felt when I first saw it, the conversation I had with the artist, or the haggling I had to do to get it.
Designers who inspire her: Roman and Williams. Everything they do is beyond cool.
Color she can’t design without: Navy. It’s versatile, soothing and livable—and it never goes out of style.
Her definition of good taste: The right materials in proportion. Get your foundational pieces, and know when to add a dash of something different to contradict the decorative direction—and always show some restraint.
Elements she tries to incorporate into a space: Great lighting. A strong chandelier can update a room or change the design direction completely.
Favorite design trend: Tile has always been popular in Europe, Finally, more companies are catching up in the U.S. One of my favorites is Mosaic House.
Biggest decorating faux pas: Monochromatic can be sexy. But if you don’t incorporate enough details in texture and materials, you can end up with something that’s just boring.