"I have known Mary Lou Kalmus for fifteen years. She has worked on two major renovations for me, and several "updates" for my homes. Her genius is being able to interpret a client's vision into a realistic, exciting, beautiful design that exceeds expectations. She listens, guides the client's decisions, respects budgetary limitations, and has a vast knowledge of the fields of design, construction, and all other elements needed to complete a project. She works "with" the client not just "for" the client. I have tremendous respect for her knowledge and talents, and do not hesitate to contact her when I need the services or advice from a designer."
William R. Gordon
Chicago, IL
"I have worked with Mary Lou for close to 20 years, from the time my children were toddlers to now that we are empty nesters. Over the years, she has designed practically every room of our house, including a major remodeling of our master bathroom. I also own a small business and she helped me create an inviting reception area and yoga studio. My husband and I are extremely happy with everything she has designed for us. She always seems to know exactly what we like, she responds quickly and we always know up front what the cost will be. I trust Mary Lou to select everything– from carpet, furniture, drapes, tile, faucets and light fixtures. She always provides us with a variety of options that are functional, in our price range and in the colors, textures and styles that appeal to our taste, feel fresh and yet stand the test of time. I can't recommend Designing Edge highly enough!"
Lori Gaspar
Glen Ellyn, IL
"Over the years my husband and I have worked with Mary Lou on several projects in our home. We started with one room and ultimately transformed the whole house. She worked with us according to our schedules and respected our requests and opinions. She always presented us with creative solutions. At one point we even consulted long distance about our summer home using photos and fabric swatches. We couldn’t be happier with the results for both homes and very much appreciate Mary Lou’s enthusiasm and expertise."
Suzie L.
Hinsdale, IL
"Mary Lou is terrific to work with. She really listens. Her taste is impeccable, every guest comments on our decor. She's very organized and doesn't waste your time. We were both working and she had to get us in and out of the Mart in an hour. She did an especially great job at transitioning from traditional spaces to art deco. We have used her services 3 separate time. She also works very well with contractors. In fact she recommended the contractor we used for the kitchen and he was amazing."
Pam P.
Chicago, IL
Over the last several years, Mary Lou Kalmus of Designing Edge has helped us remodel almost every element of our Chicago condo! First, after we got married, we worked with Mary Lou to integrate our individual tastes and pieces into a coordinated interior design. Next, she led the renovation of our kitchen and bathrooms and, most recently, she decorated our son's nursery. With each project, Mary Lou has always respected our time and budget. She has introduced us to quality products and reliable professionals on whom we continue to rely. Most importantly, we enjoy working with her. We intend to put Mary Lou's great eye and invaluable experience to use once again, as soon as we find our next home!
Anne & Paul W.
Chicago, IL