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Interior Designer Phoebe Schuh Invites Us In (And Gives Awesome Advice!)

Above: Phoebe Schuch looking lovely in our Ladder Fringe Tassel Necklace with her adorable kitten, Baku!

Last week we had the pleasure of visiting the (gorgeous) home of Philadelphia-based interior designer Phoebe Schuh of PS & Daughters. What I love most about Phoebe’s home is that it’s so much more than pretty things carefully arranged in pretty ways. Whether it’s her stained glass window blinds that once belonged to her antique-collecting grandparents or the vintage kneeling chair that was a result of a multi-year thrift quest, every piece in Phoebe’s home seems to have a story. These stories left us itching to find out some of Phoebe’s tips and tricks, so we threw ten important questions at her!

If I could describe my design style in 3 words, it would be… “add more color”.

My biggest source of inspiration is… travel. It changes my entire perspective on use of colors and materials.

My design philosophy is… layering.  Layering old with new and building on collection and accessories creates a rich worldly look.

The best way to make a small space feel big is… to concentrate on one focal piece of furniture per room. Don’t scramble lots of smaller pieces together. A pointed statement creates a stronger look and a bigger space!

When working, my favorite thing to listen to is… Bossa-nova. I created a station in Pandora and it’s so relaxing.

My favorite room in the house is… my living room. It has high ceilings with exposed beams, and lots of windows with great light.

The one design rule that’s OK to break is… painting over wood cabinets. If you don’t like cherry wood, it’s okay! It’s your kitchen!

The one design rule I will never break is… none! Nothing is sacred.

The best-unexpected color palette is… changing the application. Try painting the trim your featured color and leaving the walls neutral. 

One piece of advice I’d give an interior just starting out is… to have a specialty. Mine is art consultation with a designer who’s particular focus on local galleries and artists.

Photos by Nathan Kula.

Phoebe Schuh Brick Fireplace

How brilliant is this fireplace? When Phoebe moved into her home (just a few months ago), the fireplace was completely covered in white paint. She just knew there was something beautiful underneath, so she scrubbed the entire thing herself – so amazing!

Phoebe Schuh African Masks

Phoebe Schuh Bookcase

Phoebe and a friend made this desk from scratch! That’s something I would love to accomplish in my lifetime. Also important to note is the “pooping dog lamp” on top of said desk. Phoebe, you are one of a kind, girl.

Phoebe Schuh Staircase and Brick Wall

This staircase above was one of my favorite parts of Phoebe’s home. I love how one room is on its own little floor!

Phoebe Schuch Kitchen Table from Above

Phoebe Schuch Kitchen Table

I love this little setup on top of Phoebe’s kitchen table. How gorgeous is that tree stump? And the airplant in the glass vase is a small obsession of mine.

Thanks for having us, Phoebe! I’m sure we’ll be seeing you around town :)

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ashley medina -August 15, 2012, 2:42PM

Amazing! love phoebe’s style and her incredible attention to detail. thanks!

Erin Levine Pace -August 17, 2012, 10:17AM

I love how everything feels perfectly positioned without anything looking contrived. Her home is timeless and could effortlessly fit in — in 100’s of places all over the world!

Matthew -August 18, 2012, 12:02PM

I love this girls style – that mantle is gorgeous. She’s beautiful too!

Jennifer -August 22, 2012, 2:56PM

Love this. Phoebe has an amazing gift for pulling pieces and styles together in a way that feels so effortless and chic.

Catja Luijs -June 13, 2013, 11:24AM

And daring, having a kitten walking around. Mine will trip up anything I neatly arrange, an d ceramics and glass are a no-go as well.

jackson -October 3, 2013, 5:15AM

Such a amazing blog,i love girls this style,really nice.
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Interior Designer Alliance -January 31, 2014, 6:20AM

Remarkably outstanding images of interior designs… thanks a lot for writing this wonderful article… hope you keep up the good work…it inspire an interior Designer

Interior Design Ideas -April 16, 2014, 7:46AM

Amazing a Blog.. Txh U -May 6, 2014, 11:08PM

I really love this girls style – that mantle is gorgeous. She’s pretty too!

Emma Clemantine -February 3, 2015, 3:09AM

nice post fp brigette !!! Each and every photo represents some unique style. this will help me a lot while my own home renovation.

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Michelle -January 26, 2016, 2:55AM

I love it! The fireplace looks so inviting. This is the kind of house I want to go home to when I want to relax my mind from a stressful day.

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