Our Interview with Stephanie Schroeder of Alchemy Studio.
As part of our exploration of the art and industry of interior design, architecture and decor, we have conducted a series of interviews and asked some of our more prominent expert “colleagues in style” all about their craft.
What is your favorite kind of project and why?
One of my favorite project types is new residential construction, one of the first areas I worked in! I found that I really enjoyed learning about each client, and interpreting their tastes into the new design. New residential construction is extremely creative – you’re melding your own design aesthetic with the tastes of the client, and the needs of the space itself. Now, at Alchemy Studio, I’m really excited to work on the firm’s many large-scale, high-rise residential building projects. We design not only the typical apartment units, but the public and amenity spaces as well. These projects are like puzzles because you aren’t just designing a singular space, but an entire building. Therefore, you are creating a design attitude, and a lifestyle for the inhabitants.
What are your go-to interior design pieces and how do you like to use them to make a room pop?
My go-to design tool is dramatic accent walls. Whether the project is a complete design package, or just a quick refresher, using a different wall color is a great way to ground the space. Wall treatments can easily capture the desired mood or energy and achieve a sense of completeness.
Why is it important to hire an interior designer?
It is important to hire an interior designer for several reasons. A designer will know how to achieve a design that the customer will enjoy, that will have longevity. Designers are aware of functional requirements demanded by a space, and the best way to design for those needs. We are equally concerned with how the space looks vs. it serving its purpose for the clients. With each project a designer completes, we take away new “tricks” that we pass along to the client to help avoid costly mistakes the first time around. The result is a beautiful space!
What is the best question a client can ask an interior designer?
One of the best questions a client can ask their interior designer is “what is the design process?” This informs both parties of the steps involved, how long they might take, and expectations for delivery and the finished product on both ends. Design is a two-way road, and the client should be aware of what’s going on with their project at all times, so they feel comfortable throughout the process. At Alchemy, client communication and relationships are a top priority. Without our wonderful clients, we wouldn’t be able to do what we love to do!
Senior Designer/Project Manager
Formerly of Wyoming, Stephanie received her Bachelor of Environmental Design at Montana State University in 2007. While pursuing her Masters of Architecture at Montana State University, she was employed at an interior design firm that focused on designing residential and hospitality projects at a luxury resort community. In 2012, Stephanie moved to NYC to join Alchemy Studio on the design and construction of high-rise residential projects. She has a wide range of experience with all phases—from conceptual development through construction administration—of residential and commercial design. In addition, Stephanie is proficient at designing custom millwork, and sourcing furniture, lighting, textiles, and floor and wall coverings.
To learn more about her and her work, please visit: alchemystudionyc.com.