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4-SEASON DESIGN The Midwest is a familyoriented place, as well as an all-seasons region. Chase’s clients spend their time both indoors and outdoors. Homeowners are constantly updating their interiors—due to wear and tear and due to the typical life expectancy of appliances. Keeping up with new trends is always a reason for new design. “We take into consideration what it means to live in an all-seasons environment when renovating homes by providing functional and beautiful spaces that can transition between indoors and out,” Chase says. 1




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I like to use a functional material, like a porcelain tile, and transform it into a unique design. I thoroughly embrace personalizing something that speaks to the individuality of each client. I also love creating furniture, whether by reupholstering pieces with gorgeous fabric or designing a completely new piece through my own design.

“We take every project and the satisfaction of every client very seriously,” says Ilene Chase, principal designer of Ilene Chase Design, when referring to her unique proprietary design and sales process. Take a recent historic city remodel, where her client came with a specific vision in mind, and Chase took the time to listen and jot down every idea. “As a result, each selection was customized and presented in great detail, working within certain limitations, delivering our trademark service and capturing our design approach,” she says. Chicago’s urban environ and smaller-scale residences require a keen understanding of space planning with a strong emphasis on function. Chase’s sweet spot to a tee. “We take great joy in meeting the functional requirements needed to run a family in a small space, while creating a beautifully aesthetic design,” she says.


1. This exceptional Abruzzo kitchen is the jewelry box of this historic remodel, utilizing a mixture of brass, polished nickel, and an antique printers table. 2. A picturesque formal living room takes on a French flair, pairing vintage pieces with a gorgeous true-blue wool rug and brass detailing. Custom detail moldings add the finishing touch. 3. A custom cerused-oak bar designed with Adler silver cremone bolts and an antique mirror customized to showcase the Baccarat crystal glasses. All photography by Cynthia Lynn


“I encourage my clients to take design risks in lesser-used rooms to bring their unique style to life.”

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Luxe Magazine May/June 2019 Chicago  

Luxe Magazine May/June 2019 Chicago