About Us

Claude Smith and Marlena Baraf met at Parson’s School of Design in New York City where they earned their degrees in Interior Design. They worked independently at first. Marlena specialized in residential design in Westchester and New York City and Claude collaborated with architects on both residential and commercial projects. In 2004 they combined their talents and established Just North Interior Design Studio.

Their portfolio includes homes and apartments in New York City, Westchester, and Connecticut. The styles range from traditional to cutting edge contemporary.


“Our first order of business is to listen to our clients. We pay close attention to their style preferences, to their needs for comfort and practicality and--of course--to the job’s budget.”


“In the end, it's about fulfilling our clients’ dreams.”


“We bring our extensive knowledge of design principles to the task of achieving a beautiful interior.”


“The architecture of the space is hugely important. It drives the job.”