About


STUDIO Interior Design is a boutique design firm committed to creating warm contemporary environments residential and commercial:  from urban Manhattan lofts, weekend homes in the Hamptons and Connecticut, historic New Orleans residences to commercial spaces.  The STUDIO team weaves a sophisticated mix of modern elements into clean, beautiful, custom interiors reflective of the client’s vision, goals and lifestyle.

Our approach to each project is based on a collaborative relationship between the principal designers and the clients.  We tailor our services to clients’ needs and bring a wealth of resources to each project from concept development through implementation.  Whether a gut renovation or decorative refresh the STUDIO team transforms and elevates spaces to new levels.

Founded and based in New York City, STUDIO Interior Design has offices in downtown Manhattan and New Orleans.  The founders’ paths crossed during their studies at Parsons The New School for Design. With a shared drive for timeless contemporary design and passion for detail, the STUDIO partnership was born in 2007.


Christa Frey ,  co-founder and principal   Christa Frey transitioned to her design career after 10 years working in global telecommunications and following her studies at Parsons the New School for Design where she earned her AAS degree. Building on a foundation in residential interior design, Christa worked with renowned Drake Design Associates before founding her design practice.  Originally from Houston, Texas, Christa has lived in Paris, London, Atlanta and San Francisco before calling NYC home with her family. Christa’s love for European culture and regular global travels shape her designs and international urban style. Her point-of-view draws inspiration from iconic modernists balanced with organic forms and materials. These elements reflect the serene sophistication in her clean modern designs.

Christa Frey, co-founder and principal

Christa Frey transitioned to her design career after 10 years working in global telecommunications and following her studies at Parsons the New School for Design where she earned her AAS degree. Building on a foundation in residential interior design, Christa worked with renowned Drake Design Associates before founding her design practice.

Originally from Houston, Texas, Christa has lived in Paris, London, Atlanta and San Francisco before calling NYC home with her family. Christa’s love for European culture and regular global travels shape her designs and international urban style. Her point-of-view draws inspiration from iconic modernists balanced with organic forms and materials. These elements reflect the serene sophistication in her clean modern designs.

Christa Schwartz ,  co-founder and principal   Christa Schwartz   creates timeless, polished and livable interiors. Influenced by her work in the fashion industry, Christa successfully combines her technical knowledge with an instinct for refined, modern design.  Between her studies at Parsons the New School for Design and prior to launching her design studio, Christa joined a global commercial project team in the interiors division of the award winning architecture firm Skidmore Owings and Merrill.  After living and working in New York City for 12 years, Christa relocated with her family to New Orleans and has put roots down in a city rich with historic architecture. Leading the NOLA office and design practice, Christa maintains a fundamental respect for the city’s history while infusing it with her design style and energy.

Christa Schwartz, co-founder and principal

Christa Schwartz creates timeless, polished and livable interiors. Influenced by her work in the fashion industry, Christa successfully combines her technical knowledge with an instinct for refined, modern design.

Between her studies at Parsons the New School for Design and prior to launching her design studio, Christa joined a global commercial project team in the interiors division of the award winning architecture firm Skidmore Owings and Merrill.

After living and working in New York City for 12 years, Christa relocated with her family to New Orleans and has put roots down in a city rich with historic architecture. Leading the NOLA office and design practice, Christa maintains a fundamental respect for the city’s history while infusing it with her design style and energy.