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On a sunny afternoon in June, Juarez welcomes us into her Chelsea apartment, which, much like her office, is light-filled and color and pattern-happy. Trotting behind her is Oscar, full name Oscar de la Juarez Poelner, named for Juarez's first boss (Oscar de la Renta), with Juarez's own surname, as well as her husband's. Within moments of stepping into the officebed pillow covers, Oscar has settled himself into a sofa and begun snoring quietly.

"My intern doesn't work very hard, but he is cute," Juarez (the human) quips. Her pup's bed of choice is swathed in a pink-and-orange Peter Fasano pattern, which Juarez fell in love with and decided to use as the basis for her office after she moved into the apartment with her husband.

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"My favorite color is orange, and I wanted something that would be pattern on pattern on pattern," Juarez says.

Using that decidedly not neutral as a background, Juarez layered on more color and pattern (like pillows and an armchair in a Madeline Weinrib ikat of the same palette) as well as art, books, and other trinkets.

Among the assorted wall hangings is artwork by her daughter, Sofia (now in her 20s), pieces by her friend, the Instagram sensation Donald Robertson, photographs, postcards, and other—less conventional—decor, liked a shadowbox containing two Blackberry phones.

"My Blackberries were my favorite possessions," Juarez admits. "I was the last person in New York to go kicking and screaming to the iPhone. So I had to frame them." This staunchly individualistic attitude is the basis of Juarez's style. Undeterred by trends, she has designed her workspace following the most basic—and perhaps the most genius—principle: Use what you love.

It only makes sense, after all, given that Juarez spends most of her day in this space, where she runs Christina Juarez &; Company, her boutique PR, strategy, and communications firm, whose clients are mostly in the interior design world. "I love this close-knit design community," she says. "I'm a people person, and I love connecting with people and connecting the dots. That's my favorite part of my job."

But, design communications is hardly Juarez's first rodeo: "I spent the first 20 years of my career in the fashion business and it kind of morphed into design when Bunny Williams became a client," she says. And, though Juarez may now have traded fashion shows for furniture showrooms, there's one concept she's held fast to throughout: "I approach decorating the way I dress," she says. "If you love it, you put it together and chances are it will work. That's what Bunny Williams said to me, so that's my story and I'm sticking to it."

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