As a General Manager and Senior Designer for over 10 years, I have been able to use my passion for design to transform my client’s homes to reflect their likes and lifestyles. My design philosophy is to love where you live. I enjoy creating spaces that reflect your personality and still fit your budget. I’d love to work with you on your next design project. Call or email me today!
I’m Genny F., Associate Manager, Senior Designer, and Designer of the Year for the Merrillville showroom. My eye for design and color started a number of years ago when I owned my own Art Gallery. Working for the Smithe family these past 15 years has given me the opportunity to work with many amazing clients in both residential and commercial spaces. Projects from great rooms to business offices and even a Yacht are among the incredible spaces that I have had the pleasure of designing. My design philosophy is to help you select the right pieces for you, suited to your style, budget, time frame and family. Let’s set up your consultation!
As a professional in the interior design field, I believe my job is to help create a functional, fabulous, current and spectacular space just for you! I am here to help focus your creative juices by staying within your budget, space planning for your needs, and helping make those very important decisions of which items you select for your home! No matter what your dream is, I will do my best to create it with you and for you!
Art is the foundation of any design. It is an expression of emotion and personality. I fell in love with Art and Design at an early age. In my native country Guyana, Nature and the beauty of it was my framework for my imagination. Once I came to the states I realized that design was in me all along. Being one of eight siblings, you learn early that ‘home is where your Peace resides’. My designs are your Peace through my eyes…let’s set up your design consultation today!
Hello my name is Brooke, Designer / Certified SmitheBusiness Designer. I love working in my client’s home and in large businesses. I started in design when I was a small girl, from rearranging my parent’s furniture and my bed room, to always wanting new paint colors and loving art. I started designing in the 90’s, working in homes, as well as a children’s wing of a large church which included placing murals on the walls. I love working out of the Smithe showroom. I have over 250 of the finest furniture makers in the world at my disposal. Click here to see what inspires me.
My career with Smithe began 14 years ago. I tell folks all the time that I love my job! After 14 years I still love it. I am the General Manager at the Merrillville Store and also am a Senior Designer and Certified SmitheBusiness Contract Designer.
My philosophy about design is that your home is your sanctuary; a safe place…when you walk through the doors the room should greet you with a warm and peaceful feeling. That is what I want to create for my clients.
After pondering if you should go with a bright color or neutral to go with everything, you wonder, why do we take our homes so seriously? The home is our castle, our place to relax and reflect who we are, to soothe the soul after coming home from a long day from the outside world. Work with me to find your homes essence, it’s “inner peace” with a whole new look or some additions to brighten and change the mood of your rooms.
Design is a privilege as well as a responsibility. I have met some incredible people over my years in the design profession. Every project, small or large, gives me the opportunity to help make some one else’s life a little better. It gives me great satisfaction to know that I am one of the reason’s so many people want to come home after a hard day at work! As I tell people that ask ‘what is it like to be a designer at Walter E Smithe’? I would answer ‘it’s like playing in some one else’s sandbox, and not having to pay for the sand!’ You can probably tell, I like to have fun, as well as create beautiful spaces.
Hi, my name is Debbie, and I look forward to meeting you! Have you been thinking about a project, but you're not sure where to begin? As a Smithe designer, I can help capture you and your family's style! If you need a single piece or are redesigning a whole space, I am here to help! I will work with your budget, style, and time frame to create the room of your dreams! Hope to work with you soon!
I am a Senior designer at Walter E. Smithe since 2006. Our showroom is truly a destination, offering an unexpected mix of classic and modern luxurious décor. I truly enjoy helping create stunning solutions to improve and enhance your interior environment. I believe comfort and function are essential components with details carefully orchestrated to create the perfect space with your needs and budget firmly in mind. I will work with you every step of the way creating a space to express your style so the end results exceed your expectations.
I grew up an architect, then artist, spent some time in sales, and have found everything I liked about each of them in interior design. Design makes a difference. Every project brings a different challenge, client, space, and tastes.
Your home is your sanctuary. And each room in it can have a very purposeful effect.
How ever you want your home to feel, design can achieve it. Relaxing or energizing…formal or casual…clean or ornate; design determines what the emphasis in your room is. Just like the composition of a painting leads the viewer’s eye to what the artist wants seen, color and shaping can be used in a room to determine whether guests remember your TV, your fireplace, or your favorite piece of furniture.
A long time ago, when art galleries in Chicago were blooming, I interviewed artists: “What is art for you?” The answers varied from “quick emotion” to “digging the soil”. To me an art is a fixed picture in a sea of variations. I am analyzing surrounding until I find a picture perfect. I feel rested, peaceful, and fulfilled. Nature is perfect and it is always a fresh source of inspiration.
I also strongly believe that all of us have a taste, so I partner with you to make your design balanced. Color, size, visual weight, patterns, textures, light, and all the objects should play together to achieve a wanting mood. People live happier in balance, don’t you agree?
Life is too short to live with bad design! …Or a style that is someone else’s that doesn’t quite work for you or your space. Your home should be a reflection of you, not a mere carbon copy of the images you see in a magazine. I will work with you to take that spark of inspiration, fuse it with your personality and - voila! – there you have it, a space that is all you! My goal is to search for the pieces you have dreamed about, while working with your budget and time frames. Let’s get started!
What is on your list for 2014? YOUR Bedroom? Did the Holidays reveal the Dining Room’s shortcomings? I thrive on challenge and can successfully lead you in finding one special piece or an overwhelming whole house project – my specialty.
One definition of “personality” is, “…a set of distinctive traits and characteristics…”. I believe your home should reflect your unique personality and be as distinctive as you are. I can assist you with design choices that mirror your style and special flare, whether you are working on a new home, one room or simply want to find a special piece to add the finishing touch to personalize your space. I love the design process of combining color, texture and just the right pieces to create a comfortable, personal space. Sharing this process with clients is a source of enthusiasm, satisfaction and pride. Let’s work together on your next project and capture your design personality!
I am dedicated and passionate about bringing my clients' visions to life. Not only am I representing Walter E. Smithe, I am also representing myself, and I assure you that I will go the extra mile, bringing honesty and integrity to the table. Although I am a designer newer at Smithe, I am not new to creative design or making a space personalized to an individual or a family. Make an appointment with me today to help make your visions come to life!
“Home is where the heart is.” This is where I start my design approach.
Growing up I spent many a day hanging with my Mom at various furniture stores choosing the perfect pieces for our family and our lives. It was always enjoyable and has given me many great memories. When choosing a style or a new piece of furniture for your home, it should reflect your lifestyle and personality. At the end of a long day, you should walk in your home and feel a sense of peace and comfort. Call me today and let’s create your new space!
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Walter E. Smithe serves Chicago and features a large selection of quality living room furniture, bedroom furniture, dining room furniture, home office furniture, and entertainment furniture as well as mattresses, home decor and accessories. Walter E. Smithe has a corporate office in Itasca and store locations in Indiana. Walter E. Smithe serves Chicago and the surrounding areas of Arlington Heights, Geneva, Glendale Heights, Chicago, Lincolnshire, Merrillville, Naperville, Oak Brook, Skokie, Orland Park, and Vernon Hills. If you're looking for the perfect furniture in the Chicago area to suit your needs as well as your lifestyle, stop by Walter E. Smithe in Itasca, Illinois today!
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