I own a Little Giant Extreme, M26. A friends ladder that I borrowed, collapsed (failed, one leg just crumpled up) while I was on it. I was lucky I did not end up in the hospital. People often take ladders for granted. I will not make that mistake again. After that ladder-fail, I bought the toughest, strongest ladder I could find, one of the Little Giant ones.
Elizabeth Smolcich of
White Tulip Interiors
KC TOOL This USA based company specializes in quality tools made in Germany.
Becca Roseman of
Four Sided Design
We use the WORX brand 4V cordless drills on many of our furniture assembly jobs. While not suitable for heavy duty construction jobs. These drills are well suited to the type of work we do.
Stabila makes high quality Levels. I own several.
MagicStudfinder This $20 Studfinder occasionally outperforms my $200 Studfinder. Wow!
A lot of people would say something along the lines of:
“Interior Designer? That’s a nonsense fake job! I don’t need someone to decorate my house and tell me where to put furniture!!”
Then there are people who are working 50 hours a week: Trial Lawyers, Surgeons, Architects, Business Owners, etc. If you are working that many hours, and then add a commute on top of it: The last thing you want to do on your day off is have your spouse or partner drag you through a furniture showroom. Doesn’t matter if it’s; IKEA, Macy’s, or some high end family owned chain.
So these busy, successful people will instruct an Interior Designer like this: “Here is a pile of money, furnish and decorate my house, and when I have guests over…I want them to be envious…not laughing at me behind my back”. That is a real thing. Most of us are not that rich. Some are.
A few years ago I started reaching out to Interior Designers I could find on the HOUZZ website for referral work. There is a lot of garbage. Posers, wanna-bees, bored rich housewives and trust fund babies who have the cash to set up nice websites, but probably aren’t even doing one Interior Design job a year.
The Interior Designers listed below are the real deal. They are out there, doing work.
Nicole Botsman of
I own the Black and Decker Accu-Mark Level, very useful.
Chad's tool box is a source of tools. They are a distributor of Bondhus bits (a USA manufacturer), and other tools not found at Big Box hardware stores.
Nicole M Miller & Stacy A Mahoney of
Soulsis Design Group
I use the DeWalt lines of Tstak and ToughSystem cases, and other tool cases. Also some bits and blades.
Laura Irion and Laura Peacock
of Laura Design Company.
Michelle Glennon of
Michelle Glennon Interior Design, Inc.
Fastcap is a source of screws, magnets and other innovative tools that I use on a regular basis.
Woodpeckers Unique, high precision woodworking tools. Made in the USA.
I have a pair of folding sawhorses from Hide-a-horse. I've been very happy with them.
I made the investment after a plastic horse collapsed in the middle of a job.
McMaster-Carr This company supplies hard to find fasteners.
Berland's is a local chain of upscale tools (and expertise). I shop at the Palatine store. Their website does not allow for online shopping. You will have to call, email, or travel to the store.
Angie Gardeck of
New Perspective Design, Inc.
I use RIDGID brand cordless power tools. I like the Lifetime warranty.
Kristin Clark of
Clark Custom Interiors
Woodworker's Supply is a supplier of parts and tools that I use in my business.
I own a number of Milwaukee Tool products.