For interior designer Jessica Schuster, her meteoric rise in the interior design world is perhaps best explained by her mix of self-confidence and youthful audacity, creating interiors that are both refined and playful, by boldly mixing eras and styles. Having built her career from a very early age with legendary designers Tui Pranich and Kelly Wearstler, Jessica has harnessed the power of social media, designing highly Instagrammable spaces that evoke a sense of timeless reflection and unexpected juxtapositions of modern and traditional decor. Her effortless confidence and experienced taste at such a young age has given her a unique opportunity to design spaces for a new generation of clients that are seeking a different approach to existing norms. Considering her tremendous success in this area, we wanted to get her thoughts on how the millennial generation is changing norms in interior design, looking back in time, and thinking local.

Juxtaposition of Color, Texture, and Materials

Jessica argues that mixing hard and soft materials – metal and wood with upholstered walls creates unique combinations that millennials crave. She believes in unexpected juxtapositions with differing color combinations and modern and traditional pieces.

Jessica Schuster, Jessica Schuster Design; Perry St. NYC

Vintage Pieces With Local Sourcing

Jessica sees her millennial clients loving the richness and the story behind vintage pieces. She says, millennials want to up-cycle and reuse and feel like they are doing their part to have less of a carbon footprint, while still achieving successful and high design. Brands are embracing this by focusing on sourcing local vendors and antique collectors to feature under their brand umbrellas.

West 14th Street, NYC Design: Jessica Schuster, Photographer Joshua McHugh

Multiple Genres Are In

According to Jessica, millennials are abandoning the idea that you have to stick to one genre/era of design within your space and they understand the importance of mixing styles and period pieces intentionally to tell a personal and thoughtful story about their own style.

Kips Bay Showhouse 2019 Palm Beach Jessica Schuster Design

Looking Back

Jessica says, millennials are also going back into a more traditional sense of design with minimalism and Danish influences taking prominence.  

Kips Bay Showhouse 2019 Palm Beach Jessica Schuster Design, Photographer Joshua McHugh

Kitchens Are Evolving

With kitchen design, Jessica sees more openness, with shelving used as both storage and display, multi-functionality of items, and less seriousness. She says millennials are more carefree and not following a specific formula for kitchen design.

Liveable Meets Chic

When it comes to decor, Jessica sees millennial women demanding more soft fabrics and rugs, decor pieces that are livable but chic, and impactful lighting in their spaces.

West 14th Street, NYC Design: Jessica Schuster, Photographer Joshua McHugh

Ideas Require Research

With millennials taking to Instagram and Pinterest and becoming more educated than ever, Jessica argues that researching a designer’s expected fees and timelines is critical for millennials to understand the often complex process of achieving such Instagramable spaces.

West 14th Street, NYC Design: Jessica Schuster, Photographer Joshua McHugh
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