I design for the lifestyle of a busy family. Aesthetically I like things cultured, current, and striking.
Many of us do not get to spend as much time as we'd like in our homes. Our lives are driven by work, activity, and commitments. These routines can weigh us down if we do not make space for enjoyments in our daily living.
If I'm running between work meetings and taking my son to swimming lessons, all while texting and emailing, catching glimpses of art and my record collection in a beautiful spot reminds me to slow down and appreciate. A well-designed eating area inspires me to set the table and be present with my family. And a stylish home office reminds me that while I work hard, I enjoy the rewards of it too.
At Uma Stewart Interiors & Lifestyle, we want our spaces to be the antidote to busy routines and demanding workplaces. This means that they need to accommodate all of life's activity while also encouraging some down time and fun as well.
I design cultured spaces that have a thoughtful touch running through them. I like it when rooms feel collected and layered, even while they have an overall clean look. I have an intense love of books, art, music, and conversation. To me they draw out all that is special about human experience. I design rooms that incorporate this "stuff" of life.
Modern living dictates how we live in our spaces and it is very important for homes to feel current even if they reach back to tradition to retain a sense of comfort. That requires editing and a careful mixing of styles.
Well designed rooms should also be striking. If we don't notice our environment how can we appreciate it? Being a little bit bold gives things a distinct sense of personality, and gives your guests something to look at and talk about too.
Uma has been designing interiors for over a decade. She has led the design and project management for countless high-end residential projects. She owned the NJ design showroom Furbish from 2007 to 2012. In 2015, Uma took her signature aesthetic and translated it into a line of interior textiles. The line is currently carried in exclusive trade-only showrooms throughout the country.
Known for her ability to balance bold statements with understated sophistication, clients rely on Uma’s eye and taste to create interiors and experiences that are equally cool, approachable, and beautiful. Uma is inspired by art, and a well-read, well-traveled outlook on life.
Uma’s design work and showroom have been featured in House Beautiful, Urban Agenda, NBC's Open House NYC, Romantic Homes Magazine, Bella in You Magazine, RealSimple.com, New Jersey Monthly, New Jersey Life, Domino, New Jersey Jewish News, and Millburn Short Hills Magazine. Uma’s design blog, Designing the Life, is widely read by design enthusiasts and professionals alike.
Before launching Uma Stewart Interiors and Furbish Home, Uma worked as an acquisitions editor in book publishing and as a photo editor for a women’s fashion magazine. She studied design at Parsons and NYU, and has done graduate work in communications and culture. Her broad intellectual background continues to inform her design work.