Jim Ferreri, ASID, CID, is a New York State Certified Interior Designer, a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers, and is accredited by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification. Mr. Ferreri holds the distinction of being Staten Island’s first licensed interior designer, receiving the ninth license issued in New York State.
Ferreri has garnered awards for interior design in both commercial buildings (i.e., restaurants, boutiques), and private residences. Photos of his work have appeared in local as well as national publications. Ferreri’s designs have been described as intimate, relaxing, warm and inviting, with a nod to the future while retaining a healthy respect for the past.
Concerned about “demolition through neglect,” and passionate about the preservation and restoration of important historic homes as a means of recording a community’s architectural heritage, Ferreri developed the idea for a column on the subject in 1999. Since then, “Present, Past, Future,” has run monthly within the pages of the Staten Island Advance, a Newhouse Publication with a daily circulation of 60,000.
Four years later, he conceived the idea for a column titled “Designers at Home,” also for the Staten Island Advance, which has taken readers inside the homes of some of the country’s top interior designers, including Mario Buatta, Jamie Drake, Sheila Bridges, Richard Ridge, Albert Hadley, Eric Cohler, Noel Jeffrey, Katherine Stephens, Thomas Britt, Alexa Hampton, Larry Lazlo and David Barrett.
Jim Ferreri also has contributed a once-monthly advice column to Newhouse’s Staten Island Advance in which he helps his readers solve basic design problems, with topics such as redesigning a master bath or creating a do-it-yourself dressing room. Many of these features have made their way onto the Newhouse Wire Service, and have been reprinted in major newspapers across the country, such as The Seattle Times, New Orleans’ Times-Picayune, and The Newark Star Ledger.
A devoted preservationist, Ferreri personally has restored three homes that date to the second and third quarters of the nineteenth century, handling most of the restoration himself. He is a former president of the Preservation League of Staten Island and has served as a member of the board of trustees of The Historic Districts Council in Manhattan .
Ferreri is recognized for his adept use of color and has designed historically accurate color schemes for institutions including the Museum at Historic Richmond Town on Staten Island. He also has designed exterior color schemes for many 19th and early 20th Century homes in New York and New Jersey. In fact, one such home was seen on the cable television show, “Restore America,” and another, a circa 1850 Italianate villa for which he designed a period-appropriate color scheme of Straw, Green, and Red could be viewed on the cable television show titled, “Generation Renovation.” In 2006, the HGTV series “If Walls Could Talk,” featured a Colonial Revival home whose exterior was “colored” by Jim Ferreri in shades of gray, winter white and forest green.
Ferreri recently was the designer of record responsible for the exhibition, “The George Way Collection” at the John J. Marchi Hall at Snug Harbor Cultural Center. Photos of the exhibition appeared in People Magazine as well as in The New York Times. In addition, the April, 2007 edition of “This Old House Magazine” featured one of Jim Ferreri’s exterior color designs as part of its cover story, titled “Get More Curb Appeal.”
Jim Ferreri’s first book was published in April, 2009. The book, for Arcadia Press, entitled, “St. George,” documents the history of the town that, for nearly two centuries, has been the terminus for the world-famous Staten Island Ferry. Ferreri’s second book for Arcadia, “Stapleton,” relating the story of the founding of this village located on Staten Island’s eastern shore, arrived in bookstores in August, 2010.
A James G. Ferreri-designed exterior color scheme home was featured on the cable television show “Boardwalk Empire”. The massive Queen Anne residence plays a “character” in the show as the base for interior scenes shot at the home.
In April, 2017, James G. Ferreri received the prestigious “Marty Pearsall Award” from the Preservation League of Staten Island, in honor of his many years dedicated toward the preservation of his hometown’s historical built environment.