Matt sent us a good question: I am a good accountant, but inept at interior design. I just bought a one bedroom condo at Marina City in Chicago which needs to have some work done (replace bathroom, open up the bedroom, flooring and lighting). I saw a good example of a room on your site, but don't think I could repeat it. Can you recommend any interior designers who could assist?
Matt, we've addressed this question before on AT, and we've covered a few different routes you can take. For starters, sites such as the Merchandise Mart's designer portfolio and the Franklin Report offer reliable listings. It sounds like you have some extensive remodeling to do, so we suggest that you look for a designer that has a strong background in interior architecture. When browsing portfolios, look for previous rehab and remodeling projects that will give you a sense of their expertise. Apartment Therapy also lists interior designers in our service guide.
On a more specific note, one of our Smallest Coolest Contest winners, Stephanie, lives in Marina City. She made great use of her studio apartment and we definitely recommend checking out her space for floor plan ideas.
Other suggestions for Matt?
Photo: Stephanie's Life of Pie