A Bright Combination: Mitchell Channon Design and Lightology

The River North Design District (RNDD) is a close-knit community consisting of designers, showrooms and other design-centered organizations. Our members often collaborate with one another on design projects and the results are nothing short of amazing. This month we are putting the spotlight on the collaboration between Mitchell Channon Design and Lightology.

Mitchell Channon is known for elevating style to the level of art, so it’s no surprise that he looks to fellow RNDD Member, Lightology when searching for the perfect light fixtures to transform a room. With Mitchell’s keen eye and Lightology’s collection of contemporary and modern lighting, the fixtures in these 3 spaces below blend seamlessly into the design of each space as a work of art.

An Adventurous Home


Photo by Tony Soluri / Lighting Consultant, Jeff Wonsetler

An adventurous progression of rooms moves to the beat of a day spent abroad. For a couple with a passion for travel and storytelling, the home tells the story of a day well-lived. The Dining/Great Room features an energetic mix of colors and patterns. These combine with modern forms and ethnographic elements to create a crescendo to the day. The globe and arc of the Arco Floor Lamp, (designed by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Flos), reiterate the circular geometry and curves featured elsewhere in the room (Moroccan-style wall covering, round dining table, round chaise, curved rug). The curves of the grandly-scaled Chrysalis white floor lamp accentuate this as well. Designed by Marcel Wanders for Flos, the Chrysalis also anchors the corner of the room while projecting light onto the ceiling that reiterates the pattern of the adjacent wall covering.

View more photos of this project online here.

Sophisticated Chicago Loop

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Photo by Tony Soluri / Lighting Consultant, Jeff Wonsetler

A youthful, retired couple moves to Chicago’s Loop for its cultural amenities. The orange hue of the iconic CNA building nearby inspires the palette. The geometry of the space inspires the rest. Like the owners, the vibe is sophisticated, masculine and inviting. The fabric of the two chairs in the foreground contrasts with the dominant orange and echoes the grid-like geometry of the wood-veneered wall covering.  Lighting selections like the Hope 43 Suspension ceiling fixture, designed by Francisco Gomez Paz for Luce, add contrast and counterpoint. It’s also a stunning piece of “jewelry” that reinforces the symmetry of the room by anchoring its centerpoint. The Taccia Table Lamp and the Noguchi  fixture ( #UF3-S) echo the contrasting roundness of the ceiling fixture, while adding a touch of white contrast to the room.  The round geometry of these choices perfectly balances the grid-like features of the rooms architecture, fabrics, layout and furnishings.

View more photos of this project online here.

First Class Retreat

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Photo by Tony Soluri / Lighting Consultant, Jeff Wonsetler

 A corporate couple who travel internationally adore their smashing Millennium Park view. At one with its magnificent architectural surroundings, their home becomes a first class retreat from a very busy life.  Inspired by Frank Gehry-designed Pritzker Pavillion at nearby Millennium Park, the metallic ribbons of the Spin 30 ceiling fixture in the living room mimic the curving metallic forms of the Pavilion as well as those found elsewhere in the home.

View more photos of this project online here.

About Mitchell Channon Design: Mitchell Channon Design is a residential interior design firm dedicated to elevating style to the level of art. Serving the Chicago area, the North Shore and beyond, their award-winning work is driven more by your story and personality than by allegiance to any particular style. Mitchell Channon Design tells your story… beautifully! Learn more about their firm on their website here: mitchellchannondesign.com

About Lightology: A River North institution since 2001, Lightology’s 20,000 sqft Chicago showroom is the largest contemporary lighting showroom in North America. Displaying an ever-changing selection of lighting from hundreds of top lighting brands across the globe, Lightology is a world-class resource for lighting inspiration and education, with interactive exhibits and light art installations throughout. Staffed with knowledgeable, ALA certified lighting consultants, the showroom serves the specialty needs of architects, designers, contractors, and homeowners alike. Please visit www.lightology.com for more information or stop by their River North showroom at 215 W. Chicago Avenue.

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RNDD Year in Review: A Look Back on 2017

As we welcome a new year, we can’t help but look back on what a successful year 2017 was for the River North Design District (RNDD) and our amazing members. Because of you, our design community continues to grow and thrive year after year. Thanks to each of you for supporting our not-for-profit and for making 2017 our best year yet!

Here are some of our favorite moments of 2017.

We Gained New Members

In 2017 we welcomed a total of 18 new members! Five of those were River North Showrooms:

Atelier Cabinetry, eggersmann USA, Orizzonti , The Rug Company, and Transceramica.


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Six of our new members were local Interior Designers:

Nicholas Moriarty Interiors, M. Grace Design, Inspired Interiors, Robin Thomas Design, Vincere, and Studio Swann.

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And 7 of our new members came on board as Affiliate Members:

Live Edge Chicago, Mary Carol Fitzgerald Photography, BGD&C Custom Homes, Workroom Couture Home, Adler Law Group, Creative Visions Midwest, and Keuco.


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Our Events Were a Big Success

We hosted some great events this year including our Spring Speaker Series: Opening the Door to Inspiration which was hosted by Glenview Haus and featured 5 of Chicago’s top design and build professionals who shared what inspires them in the fast, fun format of 20 images, 20 seconds apiece.

Presenters: Scott Dresner of Dresner Design, Nora Schneider of Nora Schneider Interior Design, Rodger Owen of BGD&C, Donna Mondi of Donna Mondi Interior Design, and Randy Heller of Randy Heller Design.
Media Partners: Luxe Interiors + DesignDering Hall
Corporate Sponsor: Life Safety Hardware Consultants

Dreaming of Design

On May 4th, 2017, the River North Design District (RNDD) and Chicago Luxury Beds partnered once again on “Dreaming of Design” featuring bedroom vignettes by 11 amazingly talented Chicago interior designers, including RNDD Member, Nora Schneider Interior Design.

Participants: Gary Lee Partners, Alison Victoria, Ilene Chase, Nora Schneider, Jeannie Balsam, Jessica Lagrange, Brynn Olson, Sarah Kuchar, George Lowell, Hunter Kaiser, Cathy Bruni Norris.
Media Partners: Luxe Interiors + DesignDering Hall

And our biggest event of the year was the 3rd Annual RNDD Fall Gallery Walk which took place on Friday, September 8th. Each participating showroom exhibited designer vignettes from Chicago’s top designers as they showcase living settings with artwork created by some of the brightest stars in the art world today and curated by Daniel Kinkade Fine Art.

Participating RNDD Showrooms: LightologyThe Golden TriangleGlenview HausChicago Luxury Furniture CentreO’Brien HarrisTOTOOrganic LoomsOscar IsberianFarrow & BallStudio41Jesse Chicago / Home ElementLigne RosetThe Tile GalleryModerne LivingThe Rug CompanyMontauk Sofa and Chicago Luxury Beds.
Participating Designers: Nora Schneider Interior Design, Blutter Shiff Design Associates, PROjECT. interiors, Gray | Walter, Michael Del Piero Good Design, MOOD | Design + Build by Candy Scott, Randy Heller Pure & Simple Interior Design, Nicholas Moriarty Interiors, Mitchell Channon Design, Sweet Peas Design.
Media Partners: Chicago Gallery NewsDering Hall and Luxe Interiors + Design
Sponsors: Vosges Chocolate8 East Huron, and Coco Pazzo

Our Members Made Headlines

In January, Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago released their “Best of Design” issue and we were thrilled to see many River North Design District (RNDD) members make the list!

Donna Mondi Interior Design for Best Open-Concept Space
Sweet Peas Design for Best Bathroom
Christopher Guy for Best Classical Showroom
Chicago Luxury Beds for Readers’ Choice
BGD&C Custom Homes for Best Builder

Four of our members were featured designers in the 2017 Lake Forest ShowhouseMichael Del Piero Good DesignDonna Mondi Interior DesignSweet Peas Design, and Gray|Walter.

We were thrilled to be featured in the September issue of Chicago Magazine! The River North Design District had our own special section within the issue, featuring details surrounding our 3rd Annual Fall Gallery Walk as well as advertisements from many of our members.

Thank you to everyone who made this such an amazing year for our design community. It’s because of you that we continue to grow and thrive each year. Be sure to check out our events page to see what we have in store for 2018 or follow us on Facebook and Instagram to make sure you don’t miss out. Cheers to a great 2018!

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New Year, New Member – Welcome, KEUCO!

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The River North Design District (RNND) is excited to welcome our newest Member, KEUCO!

KEUCO is one of Europe’s leading companies in the bathroom industry. Founded in 1953, they are a German, medium-sized, family-owned business with strong commitment to quality, service, and design excellence. Over the years they have undergone a rapid and sustained transformation. From market leader for high quality bathroom accessories, KEUCO has evolved into the brand for the bathroom, with a wide assortment of furniture, fittings, accessories and mirror cabinets


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Important factors contributing to their success are the contemporary, technically innovative products, the highest standard of quality, a clear orientation towards design, and state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities. Today, KEUCO products are sold around the world, and are market leaders in many areas. They are the result of intensive development work, the use of the best materials, and the most careful workmanship. They combine high-tech manufacturing and involved hand craftsmanship to achieve optimum results. 

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KEUCO products are made in their production plants in Hemer, Gütersloh and Bünde. Inland production provides them with a close proximity that is essential, so that they can develop and utilize the know-how of their employees on a long term basis, and so achieve seamless quality management. And that makes “Made in Germany” a promise of quality. 

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Throughout the US the KEUCO line of products are available through a selected network of independent retail specialists including at the showroom of fellow RNDD Member, Studio41. Many offer a full service approach, taking you from from initial design through completed installation.

Please help us in welcoming them to the RNDD Community!

For more information on KEUCO, visit their website here: www.keuco.us

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Let’s Face it, You Need a New Headshot

It’s no secret that having professional photos is a marketing must.

Join River North Design District (RNDD) & Mary Carol Fitzgerald Photography at Farrow & Ball as we collaborate to freshen up your look for the new year! There will be a variety of beautiful backdrops available from Farrow & Ball to choose from.

More information and package details can be found online here. Spaces are limited, so book your appointment today!

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A Perfect Pair: Randy Heller Pure & Simple Interior Design and Oscar Isberian Rugs

It’s no secret the River North Design District is the ultimate destination for interior design. RNDD Designer Members often turn to our Showrooms when on the hunt for the perfect products to bring their designs to life. Nothing makes us happier than seeing the beautiful spaces that come out of these collaborations.

One perfect pairing we want to put in the spotlight is between River North Design District (RNDD) member and interior designer, Randy Heller of Randy Heller Pure & Simple Interior Design, and RNDD showroom member Oscar Isberian Rugs, located at 120 W Kinzie.

These three spaces, designed by Randy Heller, incorporate beautiful rugs from Oscar Isberian and demonstrate how rugs can truly transform a room. Not only can they add texture and color to a space, but the size and style can dramatically impact the design of the room as well.

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“The antique-looking area rug – exclusive with Oscar Isberian Rugs – sits well with the old architectural style of this home. It provides an interesting contrast between the sculptural, modern, freestanding bath tub, vintage Bertoia chair and Serge Mouille light fixture.” – Randy Heller

The beauty of this rug choice for the bathroom is that it provides both contrast and glamour. The finely knotted Oscar Isberian rug is inspired by vintage, European needlepoints and is crafted in wool with touches of silk. The pattern is updated in its scale and subtle palette for a uniquely modern design aesthetic.

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The entry sets the tone for this entire home. Here, the richly hued dark floor against crisp white walls required something special. That special something was this decorative, over-scaled Lily motif, an Oscar Isberian hand-knotted transitional rug in wool from Afghanistan.

“Pattern and Texture in these rugs add an exciting element to these rooms. In the entryway, the decorative motif adds a powerful, visual impact upon entering the home. The Flokati in the Sitting Room adds visual and textile texture.” – Randy Heller

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This Sitting Room has a proper feel, with organic elements and strong lines. Adding a billowy Flokati, with its undyed wool and fluffy texture, instantly changes the mood of the space, strategically slipping in a soft, sumptuous layer and just a touch of whimsy.


“This Moroccan rug provides a lovely anchor for the furniture grouping due to its color palette, pattern, texture and size.” – Randy Heller

There’s nothing like a Moroccan rug, with its primitive aesthetic that feels tribal and modern at the same time. This large piece from Oscar Isberian works beautifully in this space with its undyed, natural wool, its architectural pattern and its dimensional texture.

About Randy Heller: Since the beginning of her career in the design world in 2001, Randy has been known for mixing classic design styles with contemporary elements in order to create unique and luxurious spaces for her clientele. After specializing in kitchen and bath design, Heller took a leap of faith and studied under celebrity designer, Kelly Hoppen, in the U.K to acquire a full scope of interior design and architectural principals. Randy’s work has been published in CS, CS Interiors, NS, Luxe, Chicago Home & Garden and she has appeared on Channel 5’s Open House.  Randy is a board member for DIFFA Chicago and has participated in various Showcase Homes, design panel discussions, and juried art shows. www.randyhellerdesign.com

About Oscar Isberian Rugs: In 1920, there were eight rugs and a wheeled cart. That’s when Oscar Isberian, a young man from Wilmette, Illinois, co-founded Oscar Isberian Rugs with his brother Megerditch. The brothers traveled the world, discovering towns and villages where rug weaving is a way of life and carpets are a family’s most prized possession. The brothers brought back the best of what they found to sell in a shop that grew into Chicagoland’s premier Oriental Rug retailer, Oscar Isberian Rugs. Today, the third generation of brothers runs the business for the family. With over 30 years of experience each, Oscar Tatosian and Sarkis Tatosian have traveled the world and are considered experts at their craft. The brothers continue the tradition set forth by their Grandfather and Granduncle of discovering artisan rugs that will be in demand in their Chicagoland showrooms. www.isberian.com

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Farrow & Ball and The Rug Company Bring You The Complementary Colour Collection

Nothing makes us happier than seeing our River North Design District (RNDD) Members collaborate, and this collaboration in particular is one for the books.

Farrow & Ball, British craftsmen in paint and paper, has collaborated with The Rug Company, the leading purveyor of the finest quality handmade rugs. Together they have drawn on the color expertise of Farrow & Ball to create The Rug Company’s first range of handloom rugs, crafting a unique collection in 12 effortlessly beautiful colorways that perfectly complement the Farrow & Ball palette: The Complementary Colour Collection.

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The new collection of 12 rugs offers one accent and one neutral colorway for the six Farrow & Ball neutral groups. Pick from the Traditional, Yellow Based, Red Based, Contemporary, Easy and Architectural Neutrals to achieve a timeless and cohesive scheme in your home.

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“We are delighted to be working in partnership with the leading global brand in contemporary handmade designer rugs. Like Farrow & Ball, The Rug Company is passionate about color, craftsmanship and quality.” – Charlotte Cosby, Head of Creative at Farrow & Ball

The handloom rugs, which are available in three different textures – plain wool, cut and loop stripe and wool with a silk border – have been skillfully crafted by The Rug Company’s team of expert weavers in Nepal, using only the finest quality hand-spun yarns of Tibetan wool and silk.

Customers can simply pick a color, size and one of the tree textures to create a wonderfully understated rug that is subtly tailored to their own home.

“Color is the cornerstone of interior design. It is infinitely versatile and, when used well, the possibilities are endless. A celebration of pared back simplicity, this collection makes it very easy to choose a beautiful handmade rug for any interior scheme.” – Milly Wright, Creative Director for The Rug Company


The Complementary Colour Collection is available to view and order at your local The Rug Company showroom (320 N Clark).

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Luxury Living in River North: 8 East Huron

The River North Design District would like to welcome our new neighbors- the 8 East Huron building.  There’s nothing we love more than new home owners who we can assist to outfit their new digs.   Featuring just 102 units, 8 East Huron is a boutique, amenity-driven luxury apartment building located between Chicago’s Gold Coast and River North neighborhoods.  The property sits at State and Huron, one of the most desirable locations to live in downtown Chicago. Residents will be minutes from Eataly, Whole Foods, Beatrix, The Peninsula, Pure Barre, and much more.

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8 East Huron is for the renter who appreciates an attention to detail.

The building emphasizes penthouse-style living and each floor houses just a handful of units. There is a private art collection curated by Chicago Art Source displayed throughout, making the building stand apart from the downtown Chicago apartment inventory.   

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8 East Huron provides three tiers of luxury finishes with a variety of expansive floor plans to choose from.

Units range from junior one bedroom to three-bedroom penthouse apartments.  The State/Huron Collection features grey-tone wide-plank flooring, custom closets, and floor-to-ceiling windows with solar shades. The modern chef’s kitchens offer quartz countertops, Kohler and Grohe fixtures, Whirlpool appliances, and a five-burner gas range.

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The Penthouse Collection sets a new standard for luxury rentals in downtown Chicago. From the European white oak flooring to motorized solar shades, every detailed selection was carefully curated with the utmost attention to detail. The high-end kitchen appliance series from Miele includes integrated, temperature-controlled wine storage, a five-burner cooktop, oven duo, and an island hood.

Explore available floor plans available at 8 East Huron:

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8 East Huron’s amenities are truly exceptional.

From the spectacular lobby finished with polished Calacatta marble up to the penthouse level outdoor infinity pool, residents will enjoy the many features of this building. In addition, there is a dedicated 24-hour concierge and security team and a variety of community spaces, such as the resident lounge with folding glass walls, demonstration kitchen, private media room, and a gorgeous fitness center with Fitness On Demand™.

If you want to see more of 8 East Huron, visit their website to schedule a showing: www.8easthuron.com

Photos by Kaitlin Brewer.

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Inspired for the Holidays: Inspired Interiors

It is our pleasure to welcome Inspired Interiors to RNDD. Inspired interiors is comprised of accomplished and creative design professionals each with a unique skill set ready and able to curate spaces that embolden people to enjoy life in empowering ways.

With the holiday’s quickly approaching we wanted to share some of Emily Mackie’s most coveted holiday gifts from her curated collection- THE VAULT all available to purchase on her website.

Top left: Timeless Leather Basket, $260.00, http://inspiredinteriors.com/product/timeless-leather-baskets/

Top right: My Mink Slippers, $450.00, http://inspiredinteriors.com/product/mink-slippers/

Bottom left: The Naked Blanket, $3,700.00, http://inspiredinteriors.com/product/the-naked-blanket/

Bottom right: Every Day is a Picnic Blanket, $275.00, http://inspiredinteriors.com/product/the-naked-blanket/

Inspired Interiors is celebrating their 12th year in the business of design and we wanted to share with you some of our favorite projects along with their unique 3-step design process in their own words.


“The discovery phase of our comprehensive interior design process begins with getting to know our clients and their lifestyles as if we’re reading an enthralling biography. We take into account each client’s past, present, and future — where and how did you grow up; what are your current living circumstances; what are your dreams and aspirations? These singular traits for each person are the guiding forces that see us through the entire design process — from the acquisition of your home to the installation of magazine-ready interiors.”


“Our staff is on hand and on site to continue our relationship through the interior architecture development phase of each project. First, we craft a set of blueprints that guide the overall curation of the space. Once decided upon, we secure contractors to execute every detail to our specifications, managing the work so that it meets within your expected timeframe and budget. We are there every step of the way to ensure our collaborative design vision is carried throughout the entire process.”


“The production and implementation phase includes the procurement of all materials and furnishings in a timely and efficient manner so that you’re able to move into your new dream home as soon as possible. Our partnership continues through the installation phase, where we are able to select each piece that lives up to your expectations and your budget. We arrange delivery and set up and then meticulously attend to every detail, from the placement of your coffee table and bedroom furniture to the final fluff of each pillow.”

For more information about Emily and her team please visit, http://inspiredinteriors.com

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The No-Fail Pre-List Checklist from Realtor Millie Rosenbloom

The following blog post was originally posted on www.millierosenbloom.com by one of our River North Design District (RNDD) Members, and a realtor with Baird & Warner, Millie Rosenbloom. If you are thinking of listing your home in the near future, Millie has compiled her list of no-fail home maintenance tips to tackle before you list.

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When listing a home, there is one simple truth that I never stray from, not matter the situation: I never list a home until it is ready. Why? For a few reasons. First, there are so many other homes out there that hit the market without addressing the small stuff, so I know mine will automatically stand out from the pack. And, buyers notice everything! The mind wanders when they spot a small issue: “what else is lurking?” they wonder.

Lucky for you, I’ve compiled my check list of pre-list to-do’s that you may or many not have already considered. These are the items that I believe truly make the difference between a house that sparks and one that may fall flat–they make that big of a difference!

  • Things to power wash:
    • Garage floor
    • The algae off the front facade, steps, and deck
  • Things to paint:
    • Garage floor: I always use Benjamin Moore Battleship Gray
    • The inside of fireplaces: paint them black for a clean, fresh look
    • Fence/front gate: spray paint shiny black
  • Things to clean:
    • Windows
    • Exterior dryer vents
    • Change filters and humidifier pads before inspection
  • Checking windows for broken seals and fix as necessary: they always catch this during inspections
  • Landscaping:
    • Spruce up as necessary, clear away debris
    • Add a few colorful flowers to planters
    • Trim trees/bushes that may be covering windows

About Millie Rosenbloom: 
Millie is a broker at Baird & Warner, where she has been number one in sales out of over 2,200 brokers for the past 10 years. She was inducted in the Chicago Association of Realtor’s Hall of Fame in 2014, and is routinely quoted and featured in multiple media publications and broadcasts, including CNN and The Wall Street Journal. Actively involved in the Chicago non-profit community, Millie is a committee co-chair of the Brain Research Foundation and the Magnificent Mile Association.

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Bienvenue Atelier Cabinetry


In French Atelier translates to: A designer’s studio or workroom used to create fine or decorative arts. And that’s just what our newest member Atelier Cabinetry does.

All of Atelier Cabinetry’s carving is done by hand in their Pacific Coast Studio. There, 3rd generation expert wood carvers apply their craft. There is no other company that can match the accuracy or intricacy of their work. Atelier Cabinetry is able to produce or reproduce virtually any carving one could imagine. Combine this with their Chicago based manufacturing and finishing operations and you get world class, one of a kind, heirloom cabinetry and furniture.


Custom Features
Atelier Cabinetry can build to suit any specific measurements in your home. They can easily change a single sink base into a double by adding a bank of drawers, bridge or wing. Their fireplace surrounds are custom designed to meet their clients’ needs and fit their spaces.  They also customize details on custom cabinetry, mirrors, and doors.


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Atelier Cabinetry’s finishes are rich and versatile. They offer a  large selection of Old World, hand distressed finishes to suit any style of home. When selecting the perfect finish for your home, know that Atelier Cabinetry offers all those shown on the many beautiful pieces on their website and can make your piece in any finish they offer.



Wood Carving
Atelier Cabinetry can make any room your favorite. Their striking designs showcase hand carved solid wood pieces with rich, deep hand-styled finishes, including hand-painted creations, glazes, and versatile wood stains. Their designers can work with you to customize your favorite pieces to fit your home.


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