Hello! My name is Arleen Young. I am a native New Yorker who recently relocated to Chicago to be near family. I enjoyed a successful career in Interior Design for 20 years “back home” and am looking forward to establishing myself here in Chicagoland, or wherever my clients need me.
I love working with people and find real value in helping others create environments that express their personalities, are functional and very pleasing to be in. I truly enjoy all styles from “Drop dead Gorgeous” to “Rustic Charm”, and everything in between.
Large scale projects in your home or office, or accessories to bring fresh air into a space...whatever needs to be done, I am here to help you.
There are endless possibilities for every room in every home, but the only one that matters is the one that works for you. Whether you have an active young family or are in the midst of downsizing your living space, we can work together to make your home both beautiful and functional for your lifestyle.
When you walk in your room, do you say, “ AHHH” or “UGH”? If it’s the latter, let me help create the room of your dreams!
Every client has their own unique needs and wants that suit their lifestyle. Maybe you are doing a whole house, or just looking for that one special piece to complete your room. With over 15 years of experience, my goal is to guide you through this process as effortlessly and creatively as possible. I’m looking forward to meeting you and starting our project together.
When I started my career, I worked in theater production. This was the foundation of my learning where I experienced set design on a grand scale. I quickly developed my project management skills as well as my love of light, color and proportion. It was this theatrical background and artistic upbringing that created my signature style.
I love design, architecture, art and entertaining. My interiors are gracious, stylish and convivial. They combine a sense of theater with a sympathetic use of color, light and architectural detailing to bring drama, ease, glamour and comfort to every project.
At Smithe, I have had the opportunity to work with hundreds of clients to furnish their homes and commercial spaces. Each project is unique...I love that about the business. Some clients contact me knowing exactly what they are looking for while others have no idea where to begin. Either way, I enjoy the challenge! I have furnished vintage homes as well as new construction, city condos, urban lofts, vacation homes, lobbies, offices, hospitality rooms, etc.. I work on projects large and small with purchases made all at once or over time. So whether you are furnishing a home, a room or just replacing an existing piece of furniture, I am here to help you and to make it fun! Should you choose to work with me, I can assure you that together we will create a space you will be proud to call "my home". Give me a call...I am ready when you are!
“Wow! This is just what I was hoping for, I love it!” My goal as a Smithe Designer is to hear those words! To achieve that goal, I use my best design tool: my ears. Asking the right questions and sincerely listening to my client’s needs and hopes allows me to create designs that provide the form, function, style, and comfort they desire within a reasonable budget.
As an Interior Designer for Walter E. Smithe Furniture since 2004, I have never created the same room twice! And that is what I love about combining our endless supply of design options and custom furniture to meet your needs. I love taking your wish list and turning it into a beautiful new room that reflects your style and your goal.
It’s been a joy to serve Smithe clients as a senior designer since 2006. With my life long passion for all things interior design and Smithe’s abundant combination of products from more than 200 manufactures make it a breeze to create rooms which wow.
My job is to use my personal tastes and experiences to be my client’s avatar in finding furniture which suite their personality and style. Skillful space planning, an eye for pleasing color combos as well as good problem solving skills all come together in creating unique spaces in synergy with my clients. I love my job here at Smithe and would be so pleased to help you with your next design project.
One of the most important aspects of being a great designer is to listen to your client. That's exactly what I do - listen and translate to what you have told me into a polished, pulled together space. My success is being able to quickly and effectively relate to all of my clients. I bring my energy and eye to every project no matter how big or small. Once that project is completed, I want you to walk into your room, look around and say "I LOVE THIS"!
Design to me, is not just about beautiful and functional rooms; it is also about striking an emotion, creating an experience. I want my clients to walk into their homes and have it be their sanctuary, a place they can be proud of. And so I don’t follow design trends but I’d rather get to know YOU, your likes and dislikes, to really create a timeless room that captures and reflects your personality!
My goals as an interior designer are simple-to provide you with my most innovative, stylish and functional best. I consider myself an editor of sorts, helping you pick and choose what works for your budget and lifestyle. That said, I will listen, dream and fulfill your goals in a way that is exciting and tasteful!
The foundation of design is form, function, and aesthetics. These principles are essential in creating environments that reflect my client’s individuality. As an Interior Designer, I communicate with all trades, architects, and builders, to complete the client’s projects. The details are essential in seeing the true potential of each project and bringing a room to life.
We can complete your design projects with over 240 lines of furniture to select from.
My experience in the design field, from new construction to renovations, can help you achieve the perfect project. I have been published in a number of magazines including "Style Line" and a 1st place award winner in "Detroit Home". I am a professional member of IDS and would love to work with you.
As we say here at Smithe, if You dream it, We build it. Let me make your house the space you love to come home to.
Room design makes THE difference. Every client brings a different vision, challenge, space and goal. Your space is your sanctuary. They way you want your room(s) to feel can be achieved by a great plan and a great design! Relaxing or energizing, formal or casual, clean or intricate; good design can accomplish the look and feel that you want to create.
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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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