Chicago’s best interior designers on AD PRO Directory

In the AD PRO Directory’s first talent-spotting series, we’re highlighting the Chicago interior designers who are on top of their game. Located in the third largest city in America, these midwestern designers have styles that vary widely: from bold and explosive with color to elegant, minimalist, and restrained.

Scroll through to discover the six studios for contracting your next project in Chicago and beyond, and visit their guide profiles for more photos, information, and contact details to get in touch.

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Jessica LaGrange Interiors

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

Founder and Principal Jessica Lagrange is known for her vibrant and elegant style, visionary vision, and collaborative approach to design – qualities that explain the outstanding caliber and close-knit nature of the JLI team. With JLI’s principled approach to design, commitment to collaboration, and ability to synthesize and use the tools and elements of their trade, the company’s work has received numerous awards and appeared in countless theaters and publications. Find out more.

Kadlec Architecture + Design

Steve Kadlec founded Kadlec Architecture + Design in 2004 to bring together a tight-knit team of designers with exceptional experience. At 10 People, the studio is deliberately kept small so they can work closely together to give each project their full, focused attention.

The Kadlec team has worked on “Confident, Quietly Curated Spaces” with growing families, vacant residents, young professionals, executives, store owners, and developers. While each client relationship is its own, each project is connected with a thoughtful, disciplined and detailed approach. Find out more.

Paula Interiors

Paula Interiors is focused on helping clients create spaces that are inviting, beautiful, and functional. Over the past 12 years, founder Paula Rodriguez has worked on a variety of projects, which include both residential and commercial real estate. No matter the scale, style, or intricacy of the design, Rodriguez’s clients have always been most impressed by the personal experience that Paula Interiors provides.

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

W Interiors Studio

Based in Hinsdale, a suburb of Chicago, Studio W Interiors is a full-service residential design firm working on new build, renovation, and furnishing projects across the United States. From conception to completion, the studio works collaboratively with clients and crafts to create beautifully designed homes that aim to outpace trends. The specific philosophy guiding the company is to create a cohesive home that is elevated and inviting with an emphasis on quality materials.

After studying marketing at Loyola University Chicago and furthering her interior design education at the College of the Art Institute, Diana Wagenbach started her namesake firm 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 company’s timeless and organic aesthetic. Find out more.

Summer Thornton Design

Summer Thornton Design is known for bold and colorful interiors. Headquartered in Chicago, the company operates across North America, with current projects including the renovation of the Tuxedo Road property in Atlanta; Renovating the Presidio Heights home; a private club in New York City; Naples, Florida, vacation home addition; New construction in Mexico. And several projects in the Chicago area.

Founder Summer Thornton firmly believes that each client’s home should be a reflection of their personal style—their spirit, passions, and quirks should be found on the walls and in the furniture throughout the home—so no two projects should ever be the same. With over 100,000 followers on Instagram, her inspirational style is often imitated, but never duplicated. Find out more.

Susan Lovell Corporation

Another Chicago-based interior designer is Suzanne Lovell Inc. (SLI), a prominent architecture and interior design firm that also provides fine art art consultancy. Since 1985, SLI has created award-winning projects for clients based in Chicago and around the world, including Manhattan, Miami, Naples, Palm Beach, Captiva Island, San Francisco, Hilton Head Island, and the South of France.

A team of experienced professionals well-versed in coordinating all aspects of residential projects, the firm creates couture design environments by incorporating interior architecture, cutting-edge materials, custom furniture, textiles, antiques, and fine art collections that convey the distinct personality of each client. Find out more.

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