I jump for joy designing spaces, styling and propping. Working on set or location and, of course, shopping for a shoot keep me dreaming and creating. These are all my happy places creating visual branding for a variety of clients. There is always a new way to combine design elements for enhanced lifestyle and wellbeing.

Barbara Schmidt is a world traveler with Scandinavian roots and a prop collection with it’s own address. She is based in New York with strong ties to open prairies in America’s heartland and a special boathouse on San Francisco’s Tomales Bay. She has designed thousands of bathrooms and hundreds of kitchens for such clients as Sub-Zero Wolf, Target, American Standard, Kohler, KitchenAid and Marvin Windows.

Her work can be seen in Elle Décor, Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Traditional Home and many more. She has authored a Kitchen and Bath internationally syndicated column, a kitchen and bath blog for a cabinet manufacturer and toured the country for various clients as an expert on trend and interiors.

When she comes home, Barbara and her husband are themselves rescued by their family. They include Atacama the Chilean wonder dog, Francois the climbing Tuxedo boy, Circe the dumpster diving Calico and most recently Sophie the double merle Aussie.


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