About Mary Lou

ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) Professional Member
State of Illinois Registered Interior Designer #161000972
State of Florida Licensed Interior Designer #2160607
NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) Certification
NKBA (National Kitchen & Bath Association) Member

Personal Statement
Interior design can change how you live and how you feel. The design experience should be as enjoyable and exciting as possible. As your "design concierge" it is important to listen to your needs and wants while at the same time expose you to divergent possibilities. I am proud of my repeat clients and take satisfaction in partnering with them to create personal, unique design schemes.

With a BA degree from Northwestern University, Mary Lou Kalmus entered the design field when a change in career direction led her to interior design classes (and an eventual degree) several years after graduation. After gaining experience working for local design firms prior to founding Designing Edge, she has enjoyed over 25 years as a professional licensed interior designer. Based in the Hinsdale and Burr Ridge area of greater Chicago, she is certified by NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) and also licensed to practice in the state of Florida, establishing a presence in and around the Naples area. Featured in a variety of publications, Mary Lou's dedication to excellence is also apparent in her nationally recognized award winning projects (see Press).). Mary Lou is also a featured designer and "Designer On Call" with the Merchandise Mart Design Center in Chicago.

Her professional enthusiasm is apparent in her involvement with the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). As recipient of repeated Outstanding Service awards, she has served as a board member and officer for the Illinois chapter. As ASID chairperson of the Community Service Committee, she saw transitional housing for homeless women become a reality at Deborah's Place and the Rebecca Johnson Apartments and has lent her expertise to organizations such as the Heartland Alliance, Southwest Women Working Together and Chicago Children's Advocacy Center.