I have worked in the design field for over forty years on projects that have run the gamut from set design, set decoration to residential and commercial installations. My style is very eclectic, mixing periods and styles with interesting fabric pulls to create a cohesive whole. My inspiration comes from knowledge of period styles and fabrics particular to the period as well as nature and its array of colors and textures. I am particularly adept at understanding the wants and needs of the client and providing a complete design package.
I love a space that is warm and inviting. It draws you in with a mix of color, or finishes and textures, furniture placement, or rugs, art and accessories.
At Walter E. Smithe, the possibilities for every room are nearly endless. Finding the perfect items for my clients is my job and I love it!
I can help you finish a room or take it from start to finish-let’s get to work.
I have been designing my entire life. My work has been featured in numerous design publications, most notably the covers of Traditional Home, Midwest Home, & Mary Englebreit's Home Companion. I bring a lifetime of experience and a high level of excellence to every recommendation. Once I understand my client's style & vision, I challenge myself to wow them beyond their imagination!
I am an experienced designer and artist, and I want to be your personal furniture shopper. You can rely on my time, energy and expertise to help you with great design, color and space plans.
You know you have spaces that can look and function better... let's start spiffing them up today!
I strongly believe your home is a reflection of who you are and my goal is to help you reveal your personality and needs. As a Senior Designer with Walter E Smithe, I bring to the table 20 plus years of experience in the interior design industry. No project is too large or too small for me to tackle. I challenge you to call me today and schedule a home consultation. Lets get started transforming your house into a home.
As a Senior Designer for Smithe since 2002, I've had the opportunity to work with so many amazing clients - I love my job!
My passion has always been in creativity! Interior Design allows me to do what I love every day. I am fulfilled when creating amazing spaces for my clients to love for years to come. I’m a very visual person. When starting a new project, it helps so much to see the space - whether that be in person, or in digital photos you take or sketching the layout of the room. Finishing touches are also important in design – even the most beautiful furniture looks even better when accessorized!
Please give me a call to set up an appointment so we can get started!!! Looking forward to meeting you!
My design perspective is simple: it’s all about YOU – your space, your preferences, your favorite colors, textures and feelings, your family, friends and your life- and work-styles. My experience as a Senior Designer at Walter E. Smithe for almost 10 years enables me to guide my wonderful clients as they make choices to change and improve their home and work spaces. Whether in need of one piece, great accents or a whole room, I look forward to each design project and to finding great custom solutions among the many products and services Walter E. Smithe offers. Let’s get together and start your project!
You home is your sanctuary. There are many ways of making the same space look beautiful, functional and inviting, but there is a smaller range of design which will appeal to you personally and fulfill your and your family needs. I’m always excited to help you out with your project. By using my experience and applying my sense of design, style and artistic flair, I’m confident we can create that sanctuary fit for you.
My design philosophy is simple: create warm inviting spaces that reflect my clients personality and lifestyle. I have an Associates degree in Interior Design, and am passionate about providing my clients with excellent service and quality.
The best words that describe me are creative, resourceful, enthusiastic, and energetic.
Before joining Walter E Smithe team, I worked in the travel industry for over 25 years - that is where my passion for design began. After visiting over forty countries and six continents, I always found a special inspiration piece to bring back as a memory of my travels. I love to work with new takes on old classics, which I guess makes me Transitional. Let’s work with your style and help find that special inspiration piece that finishes off your room.
Long ago, back when the earth was still cooling, I graduated from Indiana University with a business degree. My minor? Graphic Design. Quite the paradox. Yet this equal balance of left brain/right brain thinking has served me well. My resume includes nine years as a Senior Writer, specializing in finance and healthcare, for a Chicago advertising agency. I've also owned my own business: spending six years as a faux finisher and mural artist.
I have been a Senior Designer at Walter E. Smithe since 2008. When I furnish a room, I think in terms of both looks and logic, beauty and brains. Is it comfortable? User-friendly? Well-suited for its occupants? Does the traffic pattern/television viewing/conversation area make sense? Does it fit the budget? And of course, is it a beautiful design that stands the test of time?
I truly believe the design of the interior space you live in has a direct impact upon your happiness. The colors, textures, comforts, and decorative touches that surround you in your home all play a quiet role in making a happier you! My mission as a designer is to help you improve your quality of life by helping you furnish your home environment. There are many ways to accomplish this, whether it involves reorganizing the space with a new floor plan, finding a comfortable arm chair to relax in, or simply creating a new sense of visual appeal.
As a Senior Designer with Walter E. Smithe Furniture since 1991, I have found the most successful projects bring a glow to my client’s eyes. I strive to achieve this expression in every situation. I completed my design degree from U of I hoping to impact personal lives. My design goal is to truly uncover the specific things that inspire, bring pleasure, and reflect the personality of each individual and family I have the pleasure to work alongside. Design is a collaborative process. I use my education and years of actual design experience to bring design balance to the tastes and needs of my clients. I love to make your house into your home! Every project is unique because every client is unique. This makes my work very interesting. So whether you need just the right piece to achieve your personal expression or a whole home design, I am delighted to help get you there.
I have over 10 years experience as a senior Interior Designer with Walter E. Smithe. My design philosophy is simple and honest and my goal is to put the best interest of my client first. I reflect on my client’s needs, personality and individual style which results in a space that defines the personality of their home. While learning your lifestyle and taste I will create a design that meets your expectations. I have worked on both small and large budget projects and feel each design project should be handled with personal and professional service. I have built some of my strongest relationships through designing spaces for my clients. I look forward to the opportunity to work with you!
One of my earliest memories has been related to art and design. I have a passion for transforming any house into your home. No project is too big or too small for me. Whether you are looking to furnish your entire home or just on the lookout for that one perfect piece, I can help you find something that that fits your design style, décor and budget.
I believe that with my degree in design and experience, I can help you make a wise shopping decision that you will be pleased with every single day. So that every time you sink into a comfy recliner or eat at an elegant dinner table, there is a smile on your face. And that is something I cannot sell. It’s priceless.
If you know what you want, I'll help you find it. If you're not quite sure, I'll assist you through the process of determining your personal style and furniture needs, working within your budget. My experience, education, and 9 years with Walter E. Smithe, give me the confidence to say you'll be thrilled with the outcome!
In my 10 years in the design field, my design philosophy has always been to meet my clients’ needs by helping them create their dream! Whether you are looking to design an entire room, accessorize, or simply explore the showroom, I can help you. I enjoy creating spaces that are comfortable, inviting, and most importantly something that makes you happy when you are in it! Not only can I help you to customize a room including room layouts, I can also help you to find that “just right” paint color. I particularly enjoy exploring and pairing various textures, patterns, and colors to make a room complete. I love what I do and it most certainly shows in the passion that I put into designing my clients’ spaces. I look forward to working with you and making your design dream come true!
Since 2005, I’ve had the pleasure of working as a Senior Designer for Walter E Smithe. My love of design is accompanied by the enthusiasm I feel each time I meet a new client. My design philosophy is simply to learn the personal style and needs of my clients, and it is always my pleasure and honor to be a part of the process that transforms your vision into reality. Come play furniture with me!
Ever since I was a little girl making china out of Play Dough for my Barbie houses I knew I wanted to be an interior designer! As a WES senior designer since 2002 I have had the privilege to work on a wide array of projects with my clients. But the one thing that stays consistent is my mission to help my clients turn their house into a home.
Attention to detail, creativity and client satisfaction...that’s the start of who I am.
I am an artist who loves to refresh homes suited to your lifestyle. Not only do I welcome starting “from scratch” projects, I love to incorporate ideas that enhance your current decor. My resume is packed with home decorating experience, so it was natural to join a company that appreciates the love of design and values client relationships as much as I do.
I've been a Smithe designer since 2000. I have an extensive background in design, including my degree in this field. My passion is for residential design. I enjoy working on floor plans and coordinating fabrics, furniture, paint colors and accessories to fit your taste and budget! My goal is to make your home beautiful and comfortable...a place to relax or entertain!
With over 20 years experience in the design industry, I am thrilled to return home to Walter E. Smithe!
I was once asked what is that you love about doing design work… and the answer is simple… each individual or family that I have the trusted pleasure of working with brings a new unique challenge and I love challenges! While working on those challenges I am also able to fulfill my passion of creating your distinctive space with fabrics that complement your furnishings, wall color and use different textiles to create a complete look bringing to life the vision of each individual client to create a beautiful living space!! So, whatever the size of your project from choosing the smallest of details with the right accessory to designing your entire home your project is met with the same passion…to reflect your unique style!
I have been enjoying life as a designer since 2005. My education leading to my degree in interior design and my work over the years at Smithe have given me a true appreciation for a variety of design styles. Design can be challenging and overwhelming for many. Whether you are looking to design an entire home in the latest trend or looking for the perfect piece to accent a timeless style, I can work with your personal taste and budget to transform your space into a place you love to call home!
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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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