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.
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.
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.
I use RIDGID brand cordless power tools. I like the Lifetime warranty.
KC TOOL This USA based company specializes in quality tools made in Germany.
Michelle Glennon of
Michelle Glennon Interior Design, Inc.
I use the DeWalt lines of Tstak and ToughSystem cases, and other tool cases. Also some bits and blades.
Fastcap is a source of screws, magnets and other innovative tools that I use on a regular basis.
Angie Gardeck of
New Perspective Design, Inc.
Becca Roseman of
Four Sided Design
Nicole M Miller & Stacy A Mahoney of
Soulsis Design Group
Woodpeckers Unique, high precision woodworking tools. Made in the USA.
Elizabeth Smolcich of
White Tulip Interiors
Kristin Clark of
Clark Custom Interiors
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.
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.
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.
MagicStudfinder This $20 Studfinder occasionally outperforms my $200 Studfinder. Wow!
Nicole Botsman of
Stabila makes high quality Levels. I own several.
I own the Black and Decker Accu-Mark Level, very useful.
Laura Irion and Laura Peacock
of Laura Design Company.
McMaster-Carr This company supplies hard to find fasteners.
Woodworker's Supply is a supplier of parts and tools that I use in my business.
I own a number of Milwaukee Tool products.