As long as I can remember, I have been obsessed with making my own homes beautiful, warm and inviting. So much so that my friends and family continually ask for me to help them create the same look and feel in their homes. Whether it be simply choosing paint colors, accessories for a room or designing and furnishing an entire house –this has been my life’s passion.
As a Smithe designer, I like to give my clients a master plan for their rooms. From layout and furniture selection to paint color and drapery, you will have the road map to complete your project. We have over 250 manufacturers and specialize in custom upholstery. Smithe has access to thousands of frames,fabrics and trims so I am able to create a truly unique piece for you. Give me a call today!
My life-long fascination with designing beautiful, simple, and fun spaces became a career for me 20 years ago.
My design philosophy is about designing by relationship. The first step is listening and understanding - your personality, passions and desires as it relates to the space. At the end of the day, it’s all about you! I have such a passion for helping clients turn their dreams into reality through design. I know that it can seem overwhelming, just trying to select one piece of furniture, let alone furniture for an entire room. I know that if we work together, I will make the process fun, enjoyable and painless! Let’s set you up for a Home Consultation or if you’re in the area stop in, I would love to introduce myself.
“Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication” Leonardo DaVinci
I love my job! I love working with people to find just the right piece or to completely fill their home with our wonderful furniture and accessories. My favorite part is pulling everything together then hearing that it looks amazing after delivery. With a BFA in design and great listening skills, we can find your style and make your space a beautiful reflection of your personality. I look forward to working with you!
To me, the most important aspect of room design is that it works for the people who live there. Beyond the first impression of color, every room starts with a good floor plan. Tell me how you want to use your space and I will help you create areas that provide comfortable seating for watching TV, reading or other activities. It is very much a collaborative effort. My goal is to help you create the room of your dreams using the many resources available here at Walter E. Smithe. I believe good design is timeless. whether it is traditional, contemporary, eclectic or a combination of all.
As a Smithe designer, my goal is to help you create a space that is uniquely yours. From comfortable to stunning, I can help you select the perfect design, furniture and accessories. Call or E-mail to set up your in-home consultation. Together we can design your dream home.
I am a senior designer and manager working with Walter E Smithe for the last five years! My career started out of college in my family’s furniture store back in Michigan where I worked for 25 years as part owner, buyer, and head of merchandising. I have that extensive experience that I bring to every new project. My background is in merchandising and design. My sense of style is brought out of my passion for travel, great architecture, museums, galleries, and markets. Whether you are looking for a little brush up on a room or a complete home project, I can assist you in making your home a refection of your lifestyle. Your home should be a place to relax, and rediscover what makes you unique!
I am proud to say I have been a Senior Designer with Walter E. Smithe for 18 very enjoyable years.
I have had the privilege of helping many clients in their in selection of beautiful new additions for their homes.
I would love to meet with you and help make your house a home.
I’ve been enjoying life as a Smithe Designer since 2011. My passion for design has grown through experiences like working for an interior design firm in London and receiving my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Illinois State University. My design philosophy is that creating the interior of your home should be a fun experience in which style meets function and inspiration meets reality. I love the excitement of seeing a room transformed whether its accessories or an area rug to finish a room or turning an empty space into a colorful room that you’ll love for years to come!
Growing up, my favorite day of the week was ALWAYS the day I had art class. Creating is what I love doing, I can’t help myself. It may sound glamorous, but it is actually more about problem solving, thinking outside the box and good product knowledge. I help people find the best solution for their room with respect to their budget, needs and personality.
I am new to the Chicagoland area but I am no stranger to furniture. I grew up around High Point, North Carolina. I spent a lot of my childhood around furniture, interior design, and craftsmen themselves. Interior design is not just a familiarity to me; it has grown into a passion and something that I truly enjoy doing. Whether it is finding that perfect chair or designing an entire room, I love being able to listen, understand, and fulfill the needs of every client.
I have been a Senior Designer with Smithe for 3 years, but in the field for several decades. It has always been natural for me to exert my creative energy through interior design. I have a genuine desire to deliver beauty, function and personalized style to every project. My success relies on the trust I build with my clients only acquired through proper understanding of their goals, tastes, dreams and budget. This all translates to an enjoyable design process allowing clients to relax and watch their design dreams materialize just as they hoped, only better.
I have worked for Walter Smithe Furniture for over 22 years. I've had the opportunity to work with so many amazing clients - I love my job! Whether working on a whole room, or just a single piece, I can help you find exactly what you want. My design philosophy is to help you select the right pieces for you, suited to your style, budget, time frames, and family. Your home should be a reflection of your personality and your life. I approach each client with that in mind.
I'm a newer member to the Walter E Smithe team, but have had a passion for design as long as I can remember. I truly feel as though I have found my dream job here with the Smithe family. I consider myself to be a real magpie. Merriam- Webster's definition of a magpie is "a bird, black and white who chatters noisily", or "one who collects indiscriminately, usually shiny objects". I like to think the later explanation suits me perfectly. I just love pretty things all mixed together to create the perfect balance, from gorgeous fabrics, to fluid furniture lines, and yes, a speck of sparkle. I believe one's home should be pretty, comfortable, and practical; based on one's lifestyle needs, as well as decorated with objects they love. I would love to have the pleasure to work with you to design a home that you can't wait to come home to; that you can relax in, live in comfortably, and enjoy. Please call or email me. I'm excited to help you create your perfect space!
As a Senior Designer for Smithe I am able to create beautiful homes one house at a time! Whether you’re looking for that perfect piece, accessories and details, the whole room or even a whole home I can help you! My extensive knowledge of the 250 manufacturers we carry will be at your service for all your design needs! Through Smithe I am also a Certified Business Designer for all your commercial projects. Call or email me to set up your in home or in office consultation today, I look forward to working with you!
Your home is a reflection of who you are and my goal is to help you reveal your personality .
I am a Senior Designer and Director of Senior Design with Walter E. Smithe in the Vernon Hills Showroom and have been in the design industry for over 20 years.
Whether you are looking to refurbish a room, or are in need of a complete makeover for you home, I have the knowledge to help you complete your project.
My experience in interior design stems back many years ago to my days as an interior design student at University of Illinois. I love to work with clients-new and previous-trying to discover an atmosphere for their home that reflects their personality, needs and comfort. My interior design experience revolves around home and office projects, out-of state homes, yachts, showcase homes, draperies, store displays and store buyer.
As a part of the Smithe Design team, I hope to reflect their philosophy as a dedicated family business-treating clients with the warmth and trust deserved to transform their dreams into a reality.
I look forward in working with you for one special item, a room or your entire home!
I have been a part of the Walter E Smithe Furniture family for over 20 years. This company and my clients have fed my Interior Designer appetite continually. The interior design field is constantly evolving and changing. It is fashion/style driven. Because of that, I am always able to stay current and savvy to what my clients need for their homes and their lifestyle. Twenty+ years is a long time, but every day, every client feels like the first!
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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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