I once read that when it comes to service, you can get two of the following, but never three: speed, quality, and cost effectiveness. Kathryn and her team at Design Inside prove that it’s actually possible to get all three! I was astounded that Design Inside was able to design a beautiful and unique space for my family so quickly. The turn-around on scheduling an appointment and having Design Inside produce a plan was less than two weeks. (folks, THAT’S OUTRAGEOUSLY FAST! Of course, mine may be a unique case; but judging by the air of normalcy, I’m inclined to say that speed is something Design Inside prides themselves on.)
But not only was the plan beautiful and unique, it was delivered and presented with professionalism and clarity. Design Inside both mailed and hand-delivered the plans; the Senior Designer, Kathryn, took the time to explain them to me in layman’s terms; she cheerfully answered all my questions and elaborated when she sensed I was confused or not entirely seeing her vision.
Finally, I was impressed with Design Inside’s pricing. Of course, there are a lot of folks out there who don’t seem fazed by prices. After all, if you even have the luxury of *Thinking* about an interior designer, you must be loaded, right? But I am neither loaded nor unfazed by prices; I just have a respect for beauty and enough sense to know when it’s time to call in the experts! Money matters to me, and I want to keep my money. Kathryn and her team were reasonable, fair, and cost-conscious. In all, I just felt like they were working with me every step of the way. I’m quite impressed and look forward to moving ahead with them.
- Patricia D. – Yelp!
I can’t say enough good things about working with Bill and Katy. I hired them about 4 years ago for work on my master bed and bath, and then 2 years later for the rest of my place. They did fantastic work, and I continue to get compliments on my place… people are surprised that a single guy living alone can have such a nice place. Almost offensively so, now that I think about it.
A couple of things stand out when you work with the two of them, besides how nice, professional, and accommodating they are.
The stagegate process. Given that this was my first time hiring professionals to help decorate, I really appreciated that at each step in the process I could change it, stop, or continue going. Much different from some of the other designers I talked to.
The way I was presented options. I never felt like I had to do something a specific way, and if I didn’t like the options presented they would go back and find other ones – they really wanted me to feel like it was “mine”. But when I was stumped they would offer up their personal opinions on what would look best. Even though I’ll joke to friends that “all I did was pay for it,” it definitely feels like something I would have done if I had the ability to.
That they would do as much or as little as I wanted in managing the work itself, and at very reasonable rates.
Have I mentioned how nice they are?
If I move I will hire them again. It’s that simple.
Alex L. – Yelp!
My husband and I needed some decorating/design help, but were hesitant to consult a professional, as we only needed help in a few areas. We were having a tough time selecting backsplash tile & paint colors. But our biggest problem was designing an attractive & functional furniture layout in the living room/dining room (great room) of our Lincoln Square condo.
Kathryn and her team were outstanding. They listened to our needs, set realistic expectations, and helped us through every step. For each project, Kathryn gave tips to do it ourselves as well as provided vendor options, if we preferred to hire someone. They worked around our schedules, including an early morning paint consultation and an evening trip to Tile Outlet (great place that Kathryn suggested!). They always kept budget in mind – we couldn’t have been more pleased with the results. They are truly talented.
I will continue to consult with Kathryn and the entire Design Inside team for any project, no matter how big or small!
July 22nd, 2010 – Chicago
Design Inside is pleased to announce that we are now approved resellers of the beautiful furniture pieces from Vanguard Funiture. Vanguard Furniture has a wide variety of furniture collections that cross many design aesthetics and have been featured in many design magazines such as Interior Design, House Beautiful and Elle Decor. Read more
One of the most common questions we hear from prospective customers is “how much should I budget for furniture?” This is a really tough question since we don’t know what specific pieces will be selected until we actually select specific items and get final pricing. In order to assist with the estimation process, we have come up with this guide which will help guide you in determining how much your furniture may cost you. If you find something that seems out of line, or if you think there should be a furniture category added, please leave us a message in the comments section. Happy estimating! Read more
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Chicago, IL 60607
224 North Kensington Ave,
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