Bill Hulsman’s career as a sought-after, professional interior designer and construction manager began in his family’s business, Oakum Bay Sail Makers in Marblehead, Mass., in 1979-80. As a Sail Loft stitcher and installer apprenticed by his father, he was responsible for work to be cut for other seamstresses and for installation in the field and templating for canvases.
Bill went on to apprentice for the next several years in unpaid internships. His first was with designer Bernice Laskovick (1980-81) at her “Decorator Shoppe” in Marblehead, where he studied her unique sense of fun in design, manufactured window treatments for her clients, made deliveries and took care of stocking the shop. Next he worked with designer Marjorie Ruggiero (1981-82) at her “Carriage Trade Shop.” There, he stocked and catalogued the sample library; dressed the shop’s display windows weekly; delivered goods to clients; received goods from custom vendors; and studied her elegant style.
His first real job was as manager of a small curtain workroom for Raymond Harris Ltd. in Boston (1984-92). In that capacity, he managed the curtain workroom, directing four employees who did various tasks, and installed window treatments for the shop.
In Boston in 1992, he started his first designer workroom, William Hulsman Atelier, which stayed in business until 1994. He acquired customers through networking into supporting organizations, and manufactured and installed window treatments for a wholesale clientele.
Prior to moving to Florida in 1997, Bill signed on as a managing partner in The Boston Workroom (1994-98), into which he merged his William Hulsman Atelier workroom. At this very large, high-end, trade-only curtain workroom, he directed eight employees, maintained relationships with the highest-end designers and architects in the Boston area and beyond, and interpreted designers’ drawings to bring life to their creations.
Bill came to Florida as a snowbird, where he bought his first house, and he moved to Palm Beach in 2005. He continues to operate and expand his company, which now features his own blog, and if you click on “Home” above, you’ll go there right now.