On every project, we aim to do meaningful, creative design work. Along the way to reaching our goals, we draw inspiration from many sources—our clients’ lifestyles, the creations of a master furniture craftsman, a stunning sculpture from an up-and-coming artist. Interior design requires an intimate knowledge of many different disciplines and resources, to which our eyes are always open. In our aptly named Inspiration blog, we share the products, trends, artisans, muses and merchants we encounter, and hope they fill you with discovery, delight and, most significantly, knowledge to help you lead a more comfortable, aesthetically pleasing life.
Sharing Design Secrets: Every luxury interior designer has their secret sources for the finer things in life, from bench made upholstery to household managers and literally everything in-between. These sources work directly for them rather than directly with clients, and in many cases are closely guarded secrets. At JLI, our interior designers scour Chicago and beyond to locate and partner with the finest sources we can find to meet our discerning luxury standards. But in our case, we believe in sharing when possible, and some of our secret sources welcome working directly with clients. So this is Part II of a series we started last year and hope to bring to you annually (this year as a downloadable list!).
Word's Out: Interior designers have secret sources—especially those who focus on a luxury clientele with exacting needs, as we do at JLI. Essentially, these craftsmen and artisans enable us to execute our clients' wishes and maintain the high standards befitting a luxury interior design practice. Many are available only to the trade, but some welcome business from the public. To thank our trusted Chicago design sources that are willing to be shared, here's a huge shout out in appreciation for their talented workmanship. We highly recommend them. But know if you use them directly, you're on your own when it comes to professional design advice.
Every pro knows that you need top-notch partners to do top-notch work. And given our passion for forging singular, client-centric homes, it’s critical that we find partners with the same groundbreaking, forward-thinking mindset that our interior design team embraces. This is especially true when it comes to art and antiques. Given the breadth and depth of these markets, it’s impossible for anyone to know it all, which is why we have nurtured relationships with some of the most respected and knowledgeable art and antiques vendors in Chicago. Here’s a shout-out to three of our talented and respected partners.