Chicagoland: Home to the Best Interior Designers.
With a diverse and cultured community, Chicago, Illinois can’t be beat when it comes to interesting, livable, dynamic, artistic design, and Walter E Smithe is the place for you to find the best designers in our community.
Each Smithe store features a wide selection of designers who can assist you in choosing, not only the right furnishings, but also the perfect accessories, paint colors and placement in your room. We always offer free in-home consultation, so whether you are in Arlington Heights, Geneva, Vernon Hills, or in between, there is a Smithe location
About Our Designers.
No other furniture store in Chicago trains their designers the way Walter E. Smithe does. Our rigorous training program not only helps designers hone their design skills, but also teaches each designer about how furniture is constructed, how materials are chosen, and about the Smithe Warranty
and care instructions. We truly look at our designers as expert resources on home design and décor and equip them with the knowledge and tools they need to be your personal design and furniture advisor. Meet our Designers
Choosing Your Chicago Area Designer.
Not sure how to choose a designer? Use our “Matchmaker” Service
or browse through the profiles
of our designers to find someone who you connect with. Each of our designers have portfolios of work to show you their talent, and recommendations from happy Chicago area customers.
Choosing a designer is a lot like choosing a new best friend. You may work with your Smithe designer for days, weeks, or even months. Many of our clients even come back to work with their designers over and over again as their homes are decorated one room at a time, or when they buy a new house. But no matter what size your project, you are beginning a very special relationship, so it is ok to be picky—find the designer that you feel “gets” you, the one whose work you like, and the one whom you trust to design your new favorite room.
Working with Your Designer.
Once you have chosen your designer they will want to get to know you, your family and your style. How you live will make a big difference in choosing the right pieces. Homes with small children can be beautifully decorated, for example, but certain things, like choosing furniture that is easy to clean, or made of more “heavy-duty” materials will be important. Your designer will also want to discuss budget. At Walter E. Smithe, we are able to cater to everyone from young twenty-somethings with their first home and a tight budget, or established couples with discretionary income to spend on “the finer things,” so don’t be shy, and please be honest. No matter what your situation and wishes, we will pair you with the best selection of furniture and accessories.
Choosing Your Design Style.
Many Chicagoland area homes are decorated in a transitional style, which is a mix between contemporary and traditional. How you decorate your home, however, is a decision you and your Smithe designer will make based on the age and style of your home, the style of the furnishing that will stay in your home, and your style taste. Older houses tend to be decorated in a traditional style, and modern homes tend to lean more to a clean, contemporary styling, yet, there are no steadfast rules. Your home is a reflection on your personality, lifestyle and a collection of items with which you choose to surround yourself—your Smithe designer will be able to present them in a way that is coordinated, beautiful, and meaningful.
Decorating Outside of Chicago.
Many Chicago homeowners also have homes in vacation homes in Florida, or other parts of the country. If you love what your Smithe designer has done for your Vernon Hill, Merrillville or Oak Brook home, imagine how beautiful your winter beach retreat will look with a professional designer and decorator’s touch! Walter E. Smithe can arrange to ship your designer-chosen home furnishings to your homes outside of Chicago. Ask your Designer
Where to Find a Designer.
Walter E. Smithe furniture stores are located around the Chicago area, including in Arlington Heights, Geneva, Glendale Heights, Lincoln Park, Lincolnshire, Merrillville, Naperville, Oak Brook, Old Orchard, Orland Park, and Vernon Hills. Designers are available at each store during our store hours, but also via email through their Designer profile
pages. You may want to read through the profiles of designers at the store nearest you, and find the designer whose design philosophy resonates with you and who has great reviews and before and after pictures you like. You can then schedule an appointment
to meet the designer at the store, and then have the designer visit for an in-home consultation