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The Best Chicago Interior Designers on the AD PRO Directory

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Based in America’s third-largest city, these Chicago interior designers have widely varied styles: from bold and bursting with color to chic, minimal, and restrained. These talents from the AD PRO Directory are at the top of their game, attracting the Windy City’s most discerning clients and tackling everything from glamorous Gold Coast penthouses to modern farmhouse-style family retreats in Hinsdale. Whether you’re contemplating a new build, a full renovation, or just a refresh, scroll on to discover 15 studios to hire for your next project in Chicago and beyond, and visit their directory profiles for more images, information, and contact details to get in touch.

Jessica Lagrange Interiors

Among the Chicago interior designers listed on the AD PRO Directory is Jessica Lagrange, who designed this pastel pink study.
Among the Chicago interior designers listed on the AD PRO Directory is Jessica Lagrange, who designed this pastel pink study.

Jessica Lagrange Interiors (JLI) has been synonymous with luxury interior design and architecture since its inception in 1998. Today, the firm is recognized for its portfolio of projects that embrace a wide range of periods and styles—always while reflecting the wants, needs, and lifestyles of its diverse clientele.

Founder and principal Jessica Lagrange is known for her vibrant and personable manner, perceptive insights, and collaborative approach to design—qualities that account for the outstanding caliber and cohesive nature of the JLI team. Thanks to JLI’s principled approach to design, commitment to collaboration, and ability to synthesize and wield the tools and elements of their trade, the firm’s work has garnered numerous awards and been featured in myriad show houses and publications.

Jessica Lagrange opted for charcoal gray to cover the paneled walls and coved ceiling of this dining room.
Jessica Lagrange opted for charcoal gray to cover the paneled walls and coved ceiling of this dining room.
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Kadlec Architecture + Design

The great room of this desert home by Kadlec Architecture + Design opens up to the pool and mountains beyond.
The great room of this desert home by Kadlec Architecture + Design opens up to the pool and mountains beyond.
Photo by Mike Schwartz. Styling by Anita Sarsidi

Kadlec Architecture + Design was founded by Steve Kadlec in 2004 to convene a tightly knit team of designers with exceptional experience. At 10 people, the studio remains deliberately small so that they can work closely to give each project their full and focused attention.

The Kadlec team has worked on “quietly confident and curated spaces” with growing families, empty nesters, young professionals, and established executives, shopkeepers, and developers. While each client relationship is its own, every project is connected by a thoughtful, disciplined, and detailed approach.

In a Chicago office, the Kadlec team added a rug adorned with colorful hummingbirds and a purple couch.
In a Chicago office, the Kadlec team added a rug adorned with colorful hummingbirds and a purple couch.
Photo by Richard Powers. Styling by Anita Sarsidi

Paula Interiors

A primarily monochrome living room by Paula Interiors is accented with yellow throw pillows.

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A primarily monochrome living room by Paula Interiors is accented with yellow throw pillows.

Paula Interiors focuses on helping clients create inviting, beautiful, and functional spaces. For the past 12 years, founder Paula Rodriguez has worked on a variety of projects, which include both residential and commercial properties. No matter the size, style, or complexity of design, Rodriguez’s clientele have always been most impressed by the personal experience that Paula Interiors provides.

Rodriguez strongly believes that an interior designer should not have a specific style or look that is signature to their company. Instead she believes in a style-discovery process, in which the client and designer build a vision collaboratively. Her objective with every project is to transform a space into an innovative room that meets the needs of her clients while still producing a wow factor each time they enter their newly designed space.

In this black-and-white dining room, Paula Interiors added a brightly colored artwork for contrast.

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In this black-and-white dining room, Paula Interiors added a brightly colored artwork for contrast.

Studio W Interiors

Light and bright was the objective for this kitchen, designed by Studio W Interiors.
Light and bright was the objective for this kitchen, designed by Studio W Interiors.

Based in Hinsdale, a suburb of Chicago, Studio W Interiors is a full-service residential design firm that works on new construction, renovations, and furnishing projects across the US. From concept to completion, the studio works collaboratively with clients and trades to create beautifully designed homes that aim to transcend trends. The defining philosophy that guides the firm is to create a cohesive home that is elevated and inviting with a focus on quality materials.

After studying marketing at Loyola University of Chicago and furthering her eduction in interior design at the School of the Art Institute, Diana Wagenbach began her own namesake company in 2020. Known for her thoughtful design, she works to create spaces that make life feel calm and inspired. She oversees all design projects to ensure they are a reflection of the client while incorporating the firm’s timeless and organic aesthetic.

Studio W Interiors selected dark vintage furniture pieces to offset the layered beige tones of this living room.
Studio W Interiors selected dark vintage furniture pieces to offset the layered beige tones of this living room.

Summer Thornton Design

Floral patterns aplenty in this dining room by Summer Thornton Design, including the Jaipur-influenced Iksel wallpaper, while real flowers add even more drama.
Floral patterns aplenty in this dining room by Summer Thornton Design, including the Jaipur-influenced Iksel wallpaper, while real flowers add even more drama.
Photo by Annie Schlechter

Summer Thornton Design is known for fearlessly bold and colorful interiors. Headquartered in Chicago, the firm works throughout North America, with current projects including the renovation of a Tuxedo Road estate in Atlanta; a Presidio Heights home renovation; a private club in New York City; a Naples, Florida, vacation home addition; a new build in Mexico; and numerous projects in the Chicago area.

Founder Summer Thornton firmly believes that each client’s home should be a reflection of their personal style—their soul, passions, and quirks should be found on the walls and in the furniture throughout the home—so no two projects should ever look alike. With over 100,000 followers on Instagram, her inspiring style has been often imitated, but never replicated.

A bright blue wall color adds a playful twist to the original 19th-century boiserie wood paneling of this living room by Summer Thornton Design.
A bright blue wall color adds a playful twist to the original 19th-century boiserie wood paneling of this living room by Summer Thornton Design.
Photo by Josh Thornton

Suzanne Lovell Inc.

For this entryway, Suzanne Lovell Inc. combined checkerboard tiles and simple details for a classic look.

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For this entryway, Suzanne Lovell Inc. combined checkerboard tiles and simple details for a classic look.
Photo by Eric Piasecki

Suzanne Lovell Inc. (SLI) is a preeminent architecture and interior design firm that also features a boutique fine art advisory. Since 1985, SLI has created award-winning projects for residential clients in Chicago and around the world, including Manhattan, Miami, Naples, Palm Beach, Captiva Island, San Francisco, Hilton Head Island, and the South of France. An experienced team of professionals well versed in coordinating all aspects of residential projects, the firm creates couture environments through the integration of interior architecture, sophisticated materials, custom furniture, textiles, antiques, and fine art collections that convey each client’s distinct personality.

A stone-clad chimney breast anchors this cabin-like living room, which Suzanne Lovell Inc. designed as a cozy retreat.

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A stone-clad chimney breast anchors this cabin-like living room, which Suzanne Lovell Inc. designed as a cozy retreat.
Photo by Eric Piasecki

Amy Kartheiser Design

Gubi dining chairs mirror a spectacular view of Lake Michigan in a dining room by Amy Kartheiser Design. A BDDW dining table, Ochre chandelier, and Shiir rug complete the space.

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Gubi dining chairs mirror a spectacular view of Lake Michigan in a dining room by Amy Kartheiser Design. A BDDW dining table, Ochre chandelier, and Shiir rug complete the space.
Mike Schwartz

Founded in 2014, Amy Kartheiser Design brings a world of influences into its unique interiors. Founder Amy Kartheiser sources inspiration and unique finds from a variety of far-flung destinations, elevating her clients’ spaces with pieces that reflect their personalities. Balancing sophistication and ease, the firm’s work incorporates and highlights the beauty of a home’s setting through natural materials and soothing color palettes.

Kartheiser emphasizes wellness in her designs, creating interiors that enhance her clients’ lives. She’s also the founder of Under the Same Sky, a non-profit that benefits the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Kartheiser supports the organization through an online store and pop-up shops featuring her global finds.

Milo Baughman swivel chairs, plus sofas and ottomans from Ochre and Urban Craft, combine to create a soothing color story.

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Milo Baughman swivel chairs, plus sofas and ottomans from Ochre and Urban Craft, combine to create a soothing color story.
Mike Schwartz

Todd M. Haley

In the living/dining area of his Lakeview home, Haley installed a 13-foot-long banquette, which serves as lounge and dining seating, and a bed for the occasional overnight guest. A custom table on casters can be rolled over for dinner parties and is paired with gilt-wood chairs from the Paris flea market and a Knoll Tulip chair.

Designer Todd M. Haley established his namesake firm in 1992, and since then he’s become a go-to for residential and hospitality clients nationwide. The firm works closely with clients to discern and incorporate their lifestyles and individual tastes into the design while maintaining the architectural integrity of the home. Haley’s work features a captivating blend of minimalist and bold elements, which are perfectly balanced to bring just the right amount of drama.

The firm offers its clients a full array of services, from architectural planning to custom textile, furniture, and wall covering fabrication to art curation. Haley has worked on private residences everywhere from Los Angeles to Fisher Island, Florida, and his work has been featured in several Chicago dining hot spots.

In his home library, designer Todd M. Haley installed industrial shelving units from Home Depot to house his vast collection of design books and used folding screens in the style of Jean-Michel Frank to conceal client boxes and binders. He completed the space with Regence chairs from a Paris flea market and an antique stool found at Newel in New York City.

Kim Scodro Interiors

This lacquered room designed by Kim Scodro hosts parties, football games, and backgammon competitions with ease.

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This lacquered room designed by Kim Scodro hosts parties, football games, and backgammon competitions with ease.
Mike Schwartz

From urbane apartments on Michigan Avenue to lively family homes in Old Town, Kim Scodro Interiors does it all. The versatile firm tailors each project to its clients’ needs and works to give them a home that is functional and truly reflective of their personal style. Designer Kim Scodro has an eye for detail and can make even the smallest spaces in a home feel special.

The firm has offices in Chicago and Phoenix and offers a range of services, from designing and procuring furniture to collaborating with architects and contractors to help plan a new home from the ground up. Scodro and her team take care of every aspect down to the finishing touches to make sure the home is ready to be enjoyed to the fullest.

This green garden dining room by Scodro offers an intimate setting for guests with a captivating wall covering and sparkling chandelier.

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This green garden dining room by Scodro offers an intimate setting for guests with a captivating wall covering and sparkling chandelier.
Trevor Tondro

Brynn Olson Design Group

In this Chicago penthouse, Brynn Olson opted for tailored yet comfortable pieces that don’t distract from the stunning city views. Curvaceous forms and custom ivory drapery temper the room’s more masculine elements, including custom sectionals clad in gray John Rosselli and Associates wool fabric, a marble and iron credenza by Alfonso Marina, and a luxe leather-and-iron stool.

After a successful stint at Nate Berkus Associates, designer Brynn Olson struck out on her own, founding her namesake firm in 2012. The designer’s mantra, “how you shape your space will shape your day,” is at the heart of the firm’s mission and design process, and Olson and her team work to devise personalized spaces that feel timeless and livable.

Brynn Olson Design Group works with residential and commercial clients in Chicago and beyond. The firm works in a variety of styles, designing everything from a glam Chicago penthouse to a modern farmhouse-style home in Hinsdale. But no matter the style, each space is beautifully layered with texture, unique art, and one-of-a-kind elements.

Deemed the “respite room,” this Atlanta bedroom designed by Brynn Olson was swathed in high-gloss Farrow and Ball paint to achieve the serenity found in a high-end luxury hotel. Bookshelves are backed with Phillip Jeffries wallpaper and lined with monochromatic accessories handpicked from all over the world and brass accents to create a sophisticated focal point in the room.

Donna Mondi Interior Design

Donna Mondi Interior Design enhanced vintage 1920s style with elevated finishes and modern conveniences in a Chicago kitchen. Lacquered eucalyptus cabinetry in a high gloss finish offers richness and warmth, while glass and polished nickel cabinets visually open up the space. Statement quartzite countertops were chosen to highlight an oversized bullnose ledge, a nod to European kitchen designs.

Founded in 2001, Donna Mondi Interior Design prides itself on creating spaces that tell a story, evoke emotions, and improve the lives of its occupants. Mondi’s signature style blends luxurious details with rich textures and sculptural accents, and the designer makes it a priority to honor each home’s context and history. This attention to detail results in interiors that feel right at home in their setting, whether it’s a penthouse or a rambling estate.

The full-service firm specializes in residential interiors and serves clients nationwide from its offices in Chicago and Denver. In addition to her dazzling spaces, Mondi has also lent her expert eye to collections of bespoke furnishings and stone fireplaces.

For the owner’s suite in a two-story Chicago penthouse, Mondi fashioned a luxurious oasis within a space characterized by bold architectural lines. Two walls adorned with sumptuous drapery offer a striking counterpoint to the bespoke bed wall, creating a harmonious blend of softness and drama. With leather-upholstered panels, intricately ribbed architectural millwork, alabaster sconces, and a carefully curated picture ledge, the wall achieves a perfect fusion of textures and elements.

Amy Storm & Company

For the primary bedroom in a lake house, Amy Storm enhanced the relaxing atmosphere with a neutral palette, soft textures, and natural materials.

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For the primary bedroom in a lake house, Amy Storm enhanced the relaxing atmosphere with a neutral palette, soft textures, and natural materials.
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Designer Amy Storm earned her stripes in hospitality design before founding her namesake residential firm in 2004. Since then, Storm and her team have become known for their knowledgeable approach and ability to tackle projects of all sizes and styles. The firm works with high-end clientele from across the country who are drawn to her signature “Midwest modernish” style, which blends luxury and livability.

Based in Glen Ellyn, Amy Storm & Company is a small but mighty team of interior architects and designers with the experience and expertise to lead projects and keep them running smoothly. The company specializes in custom new construction, incorporating interior design from the start of the project to allow the architecture and interiors to feel completely in sync.

Storm took advantage of the floor-to-ceiling windows and abundant natural light in this living space, which features her signature Midwest modernist style.

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Storm took advantage of the floor-to-ceiling windows and abundant natural light in this living space, which features her signature Midwest modernist style.
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James Thomas Interiors

What was originally intended to be the dining room in this stately Gold Coast townhome was reimagined as a Parisian-styled salon by James Thomas Interiors. A striking navy mohair banquette extends the length of one wall and offers a chic spot for a cocktail or auxiliary dining for small groups. The neutral walls are the perfect backdrop for the client’s impressive contemporary art collection. The Paul Ferrante center pendant provides a sculptural element that balances perfectly with the graphic art pieces.

Founded in 2003 by designers Tom Riker and James Dolenc, James Thomas Interiors specializes in “effortless elegance,” infusing their projects with a sense of sophistication and ease. The duo’s impactful spaces blend carefully curated color palettes, a mix of classic and contemporary furnishings, and plenty of pieces with character. They’re not afraid to take big swings with impactful details, such as a latticed wall treatment or faux tortoiseshell ceiling, to add a wow factor.

With over 400 projects completed, James Thomas Interiors’s team of 16 has the design process down to a science. The firm serves clients in the Chicago area and across the country, from Beverly Hills to Park City to Palm Beach.

Nestled on the shores of Lake Michigan, this primary bedroom by James Thomas Interiors was inspired by Tudor architectural elements. A pair of arched alcoves create a cozy bed wall and a non-traditional spot for lots of 21st-century storage. The antique Persian rug inspired the room’s soothing coastal color palette, which provides a timeless air to the design.

123 Remodeling

123 Remodeling devised a complete kitchen renovation with captivating emerald green cabinetry.

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123 Remodeling devised a complete kitchen renovation with captivating emerald green cabinetry.
James Vitullo

Design-build firm 123 Remodeling brings interior design and contracting together in a one-stop shop for kitchen, bathroom, and condo renovations. Founded in 2008, the firm guides clients through every step of the process, from the initial consultation to the final walk-through.

123 Remodeling works in every style, from industrial to rustic, and is known for its ability to balance practicality and aesthetics. The firm works with clients in the Chicago and North Shore area, and in addition to their kitchen, bathroom, and whole-home renovation services, they also offer basement remodeling, porch and deck design and construction, and home additions. In 2022, the company expanded to the Phoenix-Scottsdale area.

In the heart of Chicago’s Lakeview, 123 Remodeling completely remodeled a mid-century home.

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In the heart of Chicago’s Lakeview, 123 Remodeling completely remodeled a mid-century home.
James Vitullo

Devon Grace Interiors

The entryway of a Chicago home by Devon Grace Interiors opens into an amazing double-height living room. The black floor-to-ceiling windows are balanced with light and airy window treatments, and a colorful art piece by Kirsten Jackson is displayed above the fireplace, centering the space and creating a focal point for this living room.

Founded in 2016, Devon Grace Interiors (DGI) is a design-build firm led by husband-and-wife duo Devon and Michael Wegman. The firm handles every aspect of the project, from design to execution, thanks to its talented team of designers, project managers, and general contractors. Technology is at the heart of the process, and DGI uses the latest 3D modeling and rendering software to help ensure every detail is perfect before construction begins.

DGI is known for its refined spaces, which feature restrained palettes and eye-catching details, such as sculptural lighting and epic fireplaces. The firm’s signature style has made it highly sought-after by homeowners as well as commercial clients.

DGI went for a modern, moody, and textural look for the dining room of a Chicago home, adding eye-catching details, including the black accent wall, a large dining table, a dripping sculptural chandelier, and a gallery wall.

Are you looking for an interior designer to hire for your next project? Wherever you are in the US, visit the AD PRO Directory to browse our list of AD-approved designers and find your match

Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest


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