Chicago based interior designer M. Grace Sielaff of M. Grace Designs, Inc. is a visionary. She’s an award winning Interior Designer, a member of Karastan Premier Designers, and was named one of the Best 15 Interior Designers in Chicago in 2014. Recently, we sat down with Grace to discuss a custom design project for a client in Oak Brook, IL. In the following interview, Grace shares with us some of her inspiration and process when it comes to approaching this interior design project.
Live Beautifully: Grace, this room is gorgeous! How did you approach this project and what did your client want from this room?
Grace Sielaff: This great room provided us with plentiful daylight and open space. Our client wanted a minimal space to entertain guests, as well as a sectional seating facing the fireplace. So, we used neutral colors with a punch of luxurious yellow, and texture throughout the space to add warmth and love.
Live Beautifully: What was your inspiration for the interior design?
Grace Sielaff: We came up with a color scheme that the client absolutely loves, which radiates with both happiness and warmth!
Live Beautifully: Did you pick one element and then design the room around that piece, such as the existing fireplace? What was your design process?
Grace Sielaff: We knew we were keeping the fireplace but first we determined paint selection. From there, we came up with the overall color scheme. After that, we presented our client with a color concept and incorporated all other materials.
Live Beautifully: Why did you select our Exotics Majestic Leopard carpet, which you had cut and bound to fit this space?
Grace Sielaff: The Majestic Leopard carpet was ideal for this traditional space. It provides warmth, texture, and anchors the space with a significant wow factor!
Live Beautifully: We love the artwork in this room, can you tell us more about it?
Grace Sielaff: The art is from Gallerique and is an oil on canvas painting by Ted Stanuga called “Torso.”
Live Beautifully: How long does a project like this usually take?
Grace Sielaff: This particular project took 4-6 months because everything had to be custom made.
Live Beautifully: Thanks for sharing this beautiful room with us! The photography really captures the warmth and light in the room.
Grace Sielaff: Absolutely! Chris Bradley Photography did a great job photographing this space.