Some people have a good eye for design. Some people study design. Then there are the select few that LIVE design. My parents should have known that interior design was going to be in my life from the moment that I requested having my bedroom painted green, insisted on green bedding and draperies, and spent countless nights re-arranging my furniture while everyone else slept. Did I mention I was just five years old then?
All through my life, Interior Design has been present. Whether it was moving furniture as a child, working at my mother's design firm, opening my own boutique design and property staging firm in Florida, to now working for Walter E. Smithe for these last 7 years, you could say that I have been involved in the Design field for over 15 years.
Having lived in South Africa, Puerto Rico, and various cities in the United States, my designs have always been influenced by my surroundings. What has remained constant from design to design is my ability to bring these surroundings into my client’s homes – from what we see and appreciate at a first glance, to the small intricate details that make each room special.
It’s the details that define a space. That’s my design philosophy. I believe the most functional and unique spaces are made when they’re thoughtfully considered. That’s what I love about my job – designing cohesive, inviting spaces centered around you from paint colors to fringe! Not sure how to pull your room together? Contact me so we can complete your project – right down to the details.
Hi! I have been a Senior Designer for Walter E. Smithe for 5 wonderful years! I believe
that great design can bring joy to your home everyday. Your rooms should be personal, unique
and comfortable in whatever style you enjoy. I love getting to know my clients which helps me
to design their home to suit their lifestyles! I have had the fortunate opportunity to work with
great clients and would love the next one to be YOU!!
My name is Claudia Grear, and being a member of the Walter E. Smithe's team of designers is my dream come true. My focus is to help you to have the room of your dreams. I love searching for that one perfect piece to complete a space or starting with a totally blank canvas and watching as each element adds beauty, texture, color, or function to your masterpiece. I create smart spaces of warmth and comfort that will compliment your life style. Whether Traditional or Contemporary, Eclectic or Mid Century Modern, together we can create your retreat. I will listen and learn about you, your budget, and your style while utilizing all the resources and vendor products provided by Walter E. Smithe to ensure all your design needs and wants are realized.
Hi, I’m Maureen, a Senior Designer and General Manager. After spending many
years in sales and marketing I decided to work in a field that is full of creativity and joy. I say joy because I find there is so much joy in helping people create a beautiful home where so much of ones life is spent. I have been a designer for WES for ten years and love it! I invite you to click on my name to see some of my work and learn more about my design philosophy.
I’ve been a senior designer with Walter E. Smithe for five years. Interior design is my life-long passion! For as long as I can remember I’ve enjoyed working with colors, fabrics and furniture. Traditional, contemporary or transitional – I love pulling design inspiration from books, magazines and from my travels as well as from a vast array of industry resources.
I have an intuitive eye for design and an innate sense for making the selections and arrangements that best suite my client’s taste, budgets and lifestyles. I love to work closely with my clients and I enjoy listening and learning; listening to the descriptions of their needs, and learning about their rooms, their homes and their families.
Hi, My name is LouAnn, and I have been a Senior Designer for Walter E. Smithe Furniture & Design for over 5 years. One of the most important skill sets I’ve acquired from my travels and design education is the ability to recognize quality design and craftsmanship. I know that you are only as good as your resources and it is an honor to be a member of the Smithe team because they provide me with excellent resources which allow me to do superior design for my clients. As a result, I create timeless designs that maintain their structure and beauty over time. I call that value, and that is what I strive to give my clients with every project. Click on my profile button button to see past projects, and let’s get started with yours today!
Welcome! I am a Senior Designer at Walter E. Smithe and honored to be named the “Presidents Circle Winner” as well as the “Client Services Award Winner” numerous times in the past 5 years. My background is very diverse, as I have lived and worked in many locations including: Italy, France, Singapore, and India, as well as numerous U.S. cities. I bring a fresh, imaginative flare to each project I have created. I look forward to assisting you on your next design project.
My design philosophy is that everything is all about you, the client. I want to create a beautiful, inviting and comfortable environment for you. I have been designing with Walter E. Smithe since 2011 but my design experience and passion spans more than five years of designing beautiful rooms and homes. I love working at Smithe because every design is different no matter if it is a whole room or that special piece that completes one room. With the large number of manufacturers that we work with every design is unique. I also enjoy working with all the amazing clients, as each of you has a distinct style. I would love to meet with you and see what great ideas I can put together for you. Please give me a call or email me, so we can schedule an appointment today!
“The key to great design is capturing the spirit of the client and the essence of the space”. I decided to go into residential design because of this quote. I love design because of the connection you get to make with clients and truly get to help them with their design dilemmas. I am open to all different kinds of styles and room layouts. I hope you get to come to our store and let me create a design for you.
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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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