We're delighted to have owner Leeann Heininger's interior design approach featured in Voyage Chicago magazine. Click here to read the entire story.
Leeann, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I graduated from Purdue University’s design program. I originally spent 17 years in corporate design working for Northern Trust Company, designing high-end executive offices, new retail branches in Florida and California, and managing the bank’s art collection. After starting a family, I achieved a lifelong dream of opening my own home furnishings store and interior design studio in Oak Park. Our clients have included great families in Oak Park, River Forest, Hinsdale, Oak Brook and downtown Chicago. We’ve also designed several summer homes in Wisconsin and Michigan. Since 2008 Fringe Home Design has focused more on design services including design, draperies and décor.
I have had the great opportunity to work in many of the area’s architecturally significant homes, including those designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, George Maher and E.E. Roberts.
I use a refreshing approachable style when working with my clients, so they can have a fun and enjoyable experience. I have the unique ability to interpret client‘s personalities and desires. The knowledge I gather from them is translated into tailored design that reflects their individual lifestyles.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Our is a referral business. Delighting clients so that they proudly how off their homes to friends and family who might have design needs of their own. We’re always encouraging clients, who have busy lives of their own, to share their endorsement of our work.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Fringe Home Design – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Today, Fringe Home Design provides interior design, custom draperies and décor for clients in the Western Suburbs, downtown Chicago and summer homes in Wisconsin and Michigan. I’ve had the wonderful experience of working in many of the area’s architecturally significant homes, including those designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, George Maher and E.E. Roberts.
Wonderful interiors are about matching the many different choices in design and furnishings with a client’s dream of what they want their home to look and feel like. Rather than specializing in one design style I interpret what my clients desire and envision to create that beautiful home.
I use a refreshing approachable style when working with my clients, so they can have a fun and enjoyable experience. I have the unique ability to interpret client‘s personalities and desires. The knowledge I gather from them is translated into tailored design that reflects their individual lifestyles. What sets me apart – the ability to listen and work collaboratively with clients to help achieve their dreams. The design is not about me, it’s about pleasing and delighting the client.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Continue to delight clients every day! It’s always exciting when a client calls to say they have bought a new home or a summer home which needs all new design.