The One Room Interior Designer Justin Shaulis Will Never Forget

Updated 09/27/19

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Interior designers and other experts in the home industry work on an impressive number of spaces throughout their careers. But even if some of the makeovers and redesigns start to blend together after a few years, there are some rooms that are just truly unforgettable. 

So, to give designers a chance to revisit their favorite projects—and to bring you plenty of inspiration for your own home—we’re sharing the one room these pros will remember forever. For some, there’s a sentimental connection, for others, there was an obstacle they never thought they’d over come. But no matter what, these rooms are worth remembering.

With 15 years of design experience under his belt—including a stint as the design host of HGTV's "Home Rules"—interior designer Justin Shaulis has the skills needed to handle a challenge. Namely, taking a white box of an apartment, purchased directly from the developer, and turning it into a space bursting with personality and warmth.

Which is exactly what he did for a family of five and their Brooklyn penthouse apartment. And though the project was several years ago, and one he loves overall, there's one room he looks back on particularly fondly: the great room, which he describes as "approachable, sophisticated, and modern."

The combined dining and living room runs alongside a roof terrace and opens up to the kitchen as well, so Shaulis wanted to create a space that felt truly special but cohesive at the same time.

To do so, he focused on crafting one-of-a-kind pieces and adding in details that felt anything but builder-grade.

"We renovated the space adding a new kitchen, a fireplace, Venetian plaster ceiling, and lighting," he tells MyDomaine. "I custom designed nearly all of the furniture including the sofa, side table, bar cart and dining table." 

great room
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And while the custom pieces all have a luxe look befitting of a Brooklyn penthouse, Shaulis took special care to ensure they were more than just beautiful, but able to hold up to wear and tear as well.

"The room was designed for a family of five with a black lab, an elderly cat and an active lifestyle," he says. "So while it may appear delicate and luxe, the fabrics and finishes are hard wearing performance fabrics. I believe this is the true definition of luxury: beautiful without the anxiety."

dining room
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Beyond its livability, the great room is tethered by two large-scale pieces of artwork, one in the dining area and one in the living area, that add an extra dose of personality to the space.

"It was when the art was installed that I felt the proudest as the design was activated by the colorful and modern canvases," Shaulis explains.

great room
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And while he does admit he wishes he could have swapped out the developer-installed floor, overall, the project is one that he will cherish for years to come.

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