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Paul Schulman Design Chicago Interior Design Remodeling

Paul Schulman Design Chicago Interior Design Remodeling Paul Schulman Design Chicago Interior Design Remodeling

Unable to manage sub-contractors to ensure quality of work and timely completion. My very simple project of a small 1 bedroom condo has taken a year, and shows no signs of completion. I have lived through months of no bathroom, and then no kitchen. Have had no friends or family visit in a year. Severe impediment to my home and social life. Lots of excuses. High cost for much distress.

Paul Schulman renovated and redesigned our single family home, including a gut renovation of both the kitchen and master bathroom. Our house had an awkward layout, a poorly functioning kitchen, and very little closet and storage space. Paul completely redesigned the layout of the first floor, greatly enhancing both the functionality and aesthetics of the space. He re-thought and rebuilt our kitchen to our (very demanding) specifications, and turned a poorly-lit, never-used upstairs space into a gorgeous window seat surrounded by closets and ingenious overhead storage. He worked hard to save us money (giving me adorable children’s rooms with little more than fresh paint and reconfigured furniture) while simultaneously advising us on how to purchase furniture that could withstand the wear and tear of family life. What makes Paul so extraordinary is his personal investment in the projects on which he works. We were continually impressed by his attention to detail, his uncompromising standard of excellence, and the way in which he gave us his full attention. We always felt that Paul was honest, forthright, and transparent in all dealings with us.

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With a focus on the balance between construction and design, Paul Schulman Design offers a full range of services to commercial and residential clients.

phil i. said “After searching and searching for a contractor to help me replace the roof on my sunroom, I finally found Adam. Over the phone he knew exactly what I had and what was needed to complete the project. He…” read more

Mark B. said “Had a little work done on the house. Find that the garage door has a busted spring. Ugh. I start thinking of a trip to Home Depot or some such and then recall several people telling me that messing with…” read more

“Paul’s solutions transformed the space dramatically. We know that his designs alone have brought in essential neighborhood foot traffic.”

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Launched as a continuation of a much beloved home decor store that Schulman owned and operated in Milwaukee, Paul Schulman Design (PSD) opened in Chicago in 2000, focusing on custom furniture, millwork and interior design.  In the last few years, PSD has combined these offerings to add comprehensive home renovation services to its portfolio, with a special emphasis on the conversion of traditional “two flat” buildings into incomparable single family homes with all the character and integrity of a vintage building and all the modern amenities of contemporary design.  With decades of experience in both construction and design – and an overriding commitment to customer collaboration, customer satisfaction and complete transparency – PSD provides clients with an opportunity to truly own and understand their design experiences and with everything from complete renovation services to the perfect built-in book case.

I worked with Paul Schulman over several months on a complete renovation of the second floor of our Wicker Park 1890s home. This included design and product selections for two bathrooms, as well as an overhaul of our master bedroom and other cosmetic upgrades to the common hallway and other areas. Paul is fantastic to work with – super, *super* reliable and responsive, but most valuable for us was his fresh approach and creative problem solving. I had a pretty clear idea of what I wanted our final rooms to look like, but still, I met with other “designers” who were nothing but questions: “Well, what do you want the layout to be?” “What do you want to do about the ugly closet doors?” etc. I really love DIY and design as an amateur, but isn’t the professional supposed to be the one who brings ideas and solutions to the table for such design puzzles? I found this to be among Paul’s strengths. For example, I knew I hated our bedroom. I knew the architecture was a mess and that nothing was symmetrical or lined up…anywhere. But I had very few ideas on how to make it better. Paul had the vision to correct these problems and make the room beautiful with a modest investment. To hide ugly closet doors that dominated the room, he recommended paneling the wall in a graphic pattern (see photos) to distract from the closets and give your eye something else to focus on. It is insane how effective this was and how good it looks. He also helped with color selections and advised on the other pieces I was buying for the room. Frankly, our bedroom went from being my most hated space in the house to my absolute favorite. I relied on Paul for all of our selections in the bathrooms, too. First, he provided blueprint/layout options and worked with us through several revisions to get at exactly the look and function we were after (we changed course midway through the process when we decided to trade a walk-in closet for upstairs laundry, for example). His designs were beautiful and functional, and his measurements and drawings dead-on (our contractor commented more than once on how good, detailed, accurate, and easy to follow all the drawings were). I wanted to do my own shopping for tile, faucets, lighting, etc., (both to control costs and because I enjoy it), but would always go back to Paul for his ideas, feedback and final “okay.” It was a great collaboration. I would find, for example, three faucets online that I liked, and email links to Paul for his input. With some selections, it was easy, “the first one is the clear winner.” When he thought my selections were off, he would always clearly articulate why and make a helpful suggestion (“I think that finish is going to compete too much with the medicine cabinets you already chose and love. I’d look more for things like this . . .”). Much of this could be done by phone and email, but we also set up a few, efficient in-person meetings when there were tons of details to finalize, or color samples, etc., to consider in person. The results? Outstanding. Even though I had a clear vision of what I wanted the end result to look like, I KNOW that many of the details that came together perfectly and made the rooms a success would have been just a little off if it weren’t for Paul, and would have driven me crazy. (For example, the bathroom sconces I had planned on were great – we both loved them – but Paul pointed out that the scale was wrong and then helped me find something smaller. Now that the correct sconces are installed, I know I would have *hated* the other ones). Avoiding all those potentially costly mistakes (tons of this stuff is not returnable when you’re ordering custom/higher end finishes) would have easily added up to the fees we paid to Paul. Most of all, it gave me so much more confidence as that process was underway that it was all going to come together and work. Cannot recommend him more highly – will certainly be using him again as we gradually tackle other areas of our home.

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After receiving his B.F.A from Washington University in St. Louis and his Master’s in Sculpture from UW- Madison, Paul Schulman combined his interests in both design and construction to create Paul Schulman Design (PSD), a comprehensive custom furniture, millwork, interior design and home renovation business.   With over a decade of experience serving both residential and commercial clients in the Chicago area and across the country, Paul Schulman’s work has been recognized by LUXE, Chicago Home, Midwest Home Magazine, Met Home, and the Chicago Tribune.  Paul Schulman was also named Best  Furniture Maker by Chicago Magazine in 2007.


Paul really cares about his clients and pairs the design process with interior design.

Paul Schulman Design creates individual spaces with both design and fabrication in mind. Our unique ability to meld design, fabrication and construction produces a seamless experience with beautiful results.

Schulman’s passion for design stems from his life-long interest and education in the fine arts. With a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Metalsmithing, Schulman approaches all projects with an eye toward history, architecture, and fine design. Schulman’s expansive knowledge of raw materials allows him to create projects that are both reflective of his clients’ visions and impeccably beautiful.

Khaleel S. said “A few months ago my guest bathroom shower started leaking into my downstairs neighbors unit. Unlike the other plumbers/contractors we called, who estimated several hours before they would be able to come…” read more

design firm specializing in understanding and solving customers interior design, remodeling and millwork needs, we believing in thoughtful design, utter transparency and total professionalismprocess

Recently named one of the “15 Best Interior Designers in Chicago” by, Schulman was also named best Best Custom Furniture Maker in Chicago Magazine’s “Best Of Chicago” issue and selected one of “10 Men to Watch” by Chicago Social.

Nancy W. said “OK, so I didn’t actually get my slow flushing toilet fixed by these guys. However, when I called for a quote, I described the problem I was having with my toilet and the person on the phone suggested that I…” read more

“Paul’s ideas were smart, stylish, modern and creative and he was enthusiastic about every aspect of our job.”

Paul Schulman’s original pieces—everything from custom cabinets to innovative light fixtures.

Schulman credits the success of Paul Schulman Design to his transparency and commitment to his projects and clients. Schulman thrives on problem-solving and challenges that may appear impossible to most.

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