Recent Review: Rae Duncan is the most talented designer and phenomenal renovation partner with whom I have ever worked. My husband and I are working with Rae on a near complete gut rehab of a home we recently purchased and could not be happier with the results. First, she took the time to understand and help us refine our vision for the home and, after just one initial meeting in our new space, she was able to intuit and articulate how to make our vision a reality. Rae brings a deep and talented network of contractors and craftspeople to the fore to create truly custom spaces, within tight budgets and against tight timelines. And she does more than interior design; she creates transformative interior environments. I have worked with other designers, and none have worked as creatively and efficiently as Rae. She exhibits a rare brand of patience and empathy, expressing her creative vision and point of view while treating her clients as true partners in the design process. She also conceives of brilliant solutions to the design challenges inherent to older homes like the one we recently purchased and smaller spaces like the one she helped us stage and sell. Rae's spatial and aesthetic brilliance, coupled with her sensitivity and responsiveness to her clients' needs, make her a truly incredible designer. I would highly recommend working with Rae; she has truly transformed our space in a way we never could have imagined based on our experience with other designers, and helped transform our lives in the process!
Business Description: With more than 25 years experience as an interior designer, Marsha Jones is acclaimed for her expertise in creating rooms that perfectly reflect their owner’s tastes and lifestyle. She is widely admired for her skill in interpreting her clients’ unique personalities, then translating that insight into an exquisite signature style interior design.
“Interior design is a creative process that combines your style with my design expertise,” says Marsha. "Communication between me and you, the client—the creation of a deep understanding of what you want to accomplish—is fundamental to achieving a successful design.”
Marsha specializes in fashioning classic, timeless interiors which reflect a sophisticated appeal that spans generations. A respected specialist in upscale residential design, Marsha has created hundreds of memorable interiors throughout Chicago and its suburbs as well as throughout the country. Licensed by the State of Illinois, Marsha Jones is based in downtown Wheaton in a vintage cottage that she lovingly restored and recast as her state-of-the-art design studio.
The success of Marsha Jones is due in large part to her step-by-step fundamental business approach to the design process.
Work begins with an initial consultation where client and designer come together to define the scope of the project. It is here that Marsha introduces herself and acquaints the client with the depth of professional expertise available through her company.
Thanks to Marsha’s astute understanding of all aspects of the design art and trade she works from the ground up to fulfill her client’s dream. Throughout the evolution of the project Marsha maintains hands-on involvement—from reviewing preliminary architectural designs and space planning to the selection of new furniture, fabrics and window treatments to choosing light fixtures, flooring, cabinetry, kitchen layout, and the thousand-and-one other details that deliver a home from concept to creation.
On every project, the goal of Marsha Jones and her design team, made up of accomplished independent designers, design assistants and studio staff, is to successfully provide you—the client—with an exceptional design experience and an exceptional home interior.
Business Description: Fusion Interior Design Inc. is a multifaceted design firm established in 2001 by Krista Boersma. Fusion Interior Design Inc. is located in Chicago, Illinois with over eighteen years of proven performance. Krista Boersma is a Illinois state licensed, registered interior designer. With experience in residential, corporate, hospitality, restaurant, and institutional interiors, Fusion is ready to take any design challenge and turn it into a creative, functional and budget-conscious design solution. Fusion’s mission is to provide a unique environment for each individual client, and that the end results leave the client well informed and confident with their design decisions. This mission will be accomplished by thoroughly analyzing the client’s needs at the beginning of each project, encouraging client involvement throughout the design process and, finally, ensuring client satisfaction with continued service, support and loyalty.
Recent Review: Alisa Klein of A. Klein Interior Design created several floor plans for our master bath using the latest CAD programs, fielded countless phone calls and emails, remained patient as we thought over (and then overthought) our options down to the smallest detail, and also offered to accompany us as we selected elements to perfect the final design. Before construction, Alisa carefully reviewed the plans with our contractor and was always available to talk or make site visits as the job progressed. We never felt pressured to spend more than our projected budget, and final result feels like the luxe oasis we always dreamed of.
Business Description: Staging North Shore is a staging and interior design company. We are small and prefer it that way. We are dedicated to turning out a perfect product. We strongly feel that our strength is our attention to detail, our close team-work, and our commitment to servicing our clients.
Recent Review: I highly recommend Angie for your design needs! Angie is a very talented designer and is capable of working on projects of all scopes and sizes. She actually listens to what you want and executes. She is resourceful, thoughtful, and creative. I have utilized Angie for several projects throughout my house including indoor/outdoor furniture selection, wallpaper selection, and styling. I have known Angie since her time at Room & Board and think the world of her. I bought a lot of furniture from Room & Board because Angie was able to bring so much to the table compared to other furniture stores. Due to her background in interior design, she was able to go above and beyond the competition by providing design advice and space planning. I am happy Angie started her own interior design firm where she'll have the ability to fully capitalize on her design talent. If you are looking for an interior designer give Angie a look - you can't go wrong!
Recent Review: We have been in our home for three years and have not done anything in the form of interior design. So, we hired Diana for interior design tips. She was punctual, and provided ideas around redoing the window curtains and shades, paint, furniture placement (what we help with). She also provided a great deal of guidance around ingress / egress, placement of art and pictures, wall space management (what we didn't know we needed help with). All in all, very helpful ideas.
Reviews in Evanston to Design an Interior Lighting Plan
AWendy Nobriga, ASID
Our experience with Wendy was outstanding! She is extremely professional and knowledgeable. Wendy assisted us with moving away from dull paint colors and old window sheer/swag treatments and she directed us to consider more modern custom Roman shades (which we love) and modern paint color ideas. Wendy discussed everything from the floor to the ceiling and those conversations got us thinking to the point where we had our hardwood floor replaced (with hardwood, but in an updated style and color). Wendy brought visible ideas via photos, paint samples, and window treatment samples. She spent time with us and discussed several options to consider for updates. When the time arrived for us to start the remodeling process, she shopped for the window treatment fabric, which we selected from her samples. Wendy's advice and suggestions took our living room and dining room from old and dingy to modern and inviting. Wendy is a wealth of knowledge and we highly recommend her services!
- Michael K....
ADiana Gourguechon Interior Redesign
We have been in our home for three years and have not done anything in the form of interior design. So, we hired Diana for interior design tips. She was punctual, and provided ideas around redoing the window curtains and shades, paint, furniture placement (what we help with). She also provided a great deal of guidance around ingress / egress, placement of art and pictures, wall space management (what we didn't know we needed help with). All in all, very helpful ideas.
- Edmond Y....
ARein Electric Inc
All the work was done excellently--totally professional, punctual and quickly without sacrificing quality. The guys were knowledgeable, polite and clean--meaning they did not track dirt into the house and were careful to put covers on their boots. A small thing, but it really indicates that these guys care. Top-notch service. They even made a return trip to address a related issue and make a small repair that was outside the scope of the initial job. We will definitely enlist the services of Rein again for future upgrades--such as interior light design. I recommend them without reservation.
- Mary G....
ALMR DESIGNS LLC
Excellent. Linda was prompt and professional and a real pleasure to work with. She provided three layouts for my living room, which will help me make decisions about furniture purchases as I begin remodeling. She completed the work quickly and had good design ideas. This service was purchased through the Angie's List Big Deal.
- Anne H....
ARedux Interior Design
Never using an Interior Designer before, I wasn't sure how the process worked, but Jennifer walked me through it step by step. Jennifer really took the time to listen to what I liked and what my style was. She made the process very visual by showing me examples and samples of what her vision was. She was very patient with me as I changed my mind numerous times with numerous different items. I will definitely use Redux again, when I am ready to complete the other rooms in my home. Overall it was a great experience for using an Interior Designer for the first time.
- Jessica N....
CDivas N Design Inc
We were not pleased with the services rendered by this company. We felt they promised far more than they could actually deliver. Prior to hiring the company, we discussed the scope of the project and our budget. They assured us they could acheive our project plan (which was not especially huge) within our budget (which was not especially small). We checked their references and were satisfied enough to hire them. Full payment was required up front. Immediately, the ideas presented to us greatly exceeded our budget. Just doing one portion of the plan would have exceeded the entire budget, so I'm not sure why it was ever presented. Also, we expected to get full design ideas or at least selections. Mostly, we got catalogs and paint chip fan decks to flip through. Could have done that on our own. We felt that some of their recommended subcontractors were subpar, one to the point of unscrupulous. We found out later in the process that at least one of their "references" was a person they later recommended as a subcontractor. So, not exactly an unbiased person. To their credit, they were always responsive and punctual. They just seemingly had no project management skills. Mainly, they did not work within the budget they claimed they could, which was 80% of our reason for hiring a designer at all. Even though we had paid for additional services up front, we ultimately gave up working with them because there was no point throwing good money after bad.
- Salina C....
CMichael Richman Interiors Inc
$900-1000 retainer SInce we were on a set fee, we really were not given adequate attention. Richman is a talented and busy man who has branched out to a lower income population on a set rate vs hourly. He just put together our living room without much thought. We put in a order for what we were sure about. He lost the order. I had to hunt him down to get it. He never responded to some paint question I had. He never sent out pricing for some other items. By the time he followed up I was no longer interested.
- Nancy G....
We initially engaged Habitar Design to redesign our living room (fireplace, built-in cabinetry, built-in aquarium) and our family room (fireplace and built-in cabinetry). We provided some ideas of what we had in mind as well as our budget. MacKenzie's initial drawings were 99% on spec, and we only made one minor change to one of the cabinets when we finalized the drawings. When it came time to bid the work, Strategem (sister company to Habitar) provided us with one of the bids. We were impressed with with the incredibly detailed quote, which in the end, turned out to be exactly on spec. The only changes to the cost were because of additional items we added as the project went on. Finally, the craftsmanship and professionalism of Nick (project manager) and Sebastian at Strategem we're second to none. Communication was excellent, our place was cleaned up every evening, and, above all, the finished product is impeccable.
- Kelly D....
AWendy Nobriga, ASID
Wendy provided great ideas that both my husband and daughter loved. I'm very happy I called her. She was extremely helpful.
- Blanca I....
Andris is an equally solid person in terms of both ethics and quality of work. Its important as a homeowner to have realistic expectations and time-lines: based on my experience in DIY as well as hiring others to do small/medium-sized jobs Andris is easily at the top of my list. Quality of work: Excellent attention to detail, quality work (no shortcuts) and very knowledgeable Punctuality: always on time and always called/text if running a little late Cleanliness: this is a huge bonus on top of the quality work - he is VERY clean! Cleans up as he goes throughout the day and doesn't leave your home/area in shambles. Price: Very fair: most importantly he does a good job of overall sticking to his time-lines. its easy to find someone for a cheap price on the front end however those prices are rarely the final cost. he is fair/ethical Overall no complaints and recommend him to anyone. He is a licensed GC so no job is too big. He will absolutely be the first call i make when i have home remodeling needs in the future.