Meet Deborah | Chicago Furniture Specialist

What is your past work
experience/education?
I most recently assisted in the opening of the Natuzzi Italia showroom in Lincoln Park, Chicago. It was an invaluable study in clean sophisticated design lines with a color palette of Southern Italy with soothing qualities to bring to every home as we work, and gather for the important events of life. With a background in fine art, I approach design in the role of curator!

Where were you raised?
I was born in Washington DC, raised just beyond the Beltway in Maryland.

Where do you draw inspiration from?
I draw inspiration from my lineage of strong women in my family, every art museum lingered in, outsider art venue experienced plus the heart of the amazing city of Chicago through it’s diverse neighborhoods.

What is your most rewarding project and why?
My most rewarding project was the client who bought the furniture first before he found the home! We worked to create the energy of leathers and fabrics on pieces which provided respite and inspiration for his global profession. You can imagine my elation when the property was purchased and all designs worked!

In your experience working with C.A.I. Designs thus far, what is/are some of your favorite product lines and why?
I am excited to work with Palecek, bringing outdoor ease indoors and to rooftop gatherings! I love the textures and finish detail of each piece. Also, newly landed in the Chicago, C,.A.I. Designs showroom, Verellen. The snuggly Theo swivel, the look of covered dining chair legs brings a hushed elegance to dining. Can’t wait to pair them with sculptural dining tables of Phillip Selva!

How would you characterize your design style?
Transitional, firmly planted but looking forward.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
All things art. I am working with a photo vellum series layered with gold leaf. My children are currently on 3 different continents. We look forward to safe traveling to visit each other.

If you could travel back in time, where/when would you go and why?
Paris in the late 1800’s when it became a city of fashion, architecture and art. The international exposition changed the way we saw everything.

What is your favorite color?
My favorite color is the color of tumbled sea glass. Walking Oak street beach collecting pale greens and blues.

Do you have a favorite quote?
Trinity to Neo in the Matrix: “You’ve been down that road before…” paired with the slow motion frames of the movie where Trinity and Neo are in the back seat of the car as the back door swings open, a long telescoping look down a rain covered, deserted road.

What is your favorite food?
Right now, almost post pandemic, Small Cheval’s vanilla Amaretto shake sharing golden fries, one for me and one for my Dachshund, Will!

What is your favorite TV Series?
I thoroughly enjoyed The Crown!

Anything else you would like to share?
Please stop in and say hello when you are next at the Mart!

Deborah can be reached in the Chicago showroom at deboraha@caidesigns.net or by phone at (312) 755-9163 x7003

Meet Tiffany | Scottsdale Lighting Specialist

What is your past work
experience/education?
I was a licensed Cosmetologist for over 30 years in Michigan before starting in the lighting industry 8 years ago. I was forced to look for other income once the economy took a turn for the worse. I applied for a Lighting Consultant position at a company that offered extensive training in lighting. I was fortunate to train under someone who had been in the business of lighting and design for more than 30 years. I absorbed everything that I could pertaining to lighting and design and developed a genuine love for it.

Where were you raised?
Michigan.

Where do you draw inspiration from?
I find inspiration from training and educating myself as much as I can with the latest trends and lighting designs that are fun and functional.

In your experience working with C.A.I. Designs thus far, what is/are some of your favorite product lines and why?
I love Hubbardton Forge because of the unique styles and the ability to choose any of their beautiful custom finishes with any fixture.

How would you characterize your design style?
Transitional.

What is your favorite color?
Yellow.

Do you have a favorite quote?
Albert Einstein’s definition of Insanity: “Doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.”

What is your favorite food?
Anything Mexican.

Tiffany can be reached in the Scottsdale showroom at tiffanyw@caidesigns.net or by phone at (480) 565-3775 x6937

Friday Finds: Kristin Petro Interiors

This week’s feature: Kristin Petro of Kristin Petro Interiors, Inc. from Elmhurst, IL!

“This oversized pendant from Arteriors was the perfect proportion in this large kitchen with 12-foot ceilings.  It’s texture beautifully complemented the other finishes.”

Featured Product:

• Rimini Pendant by Arteriors

For more information on Kristin Petro Interiors, Inc., visit www.kristinpetro.com.

Our showrooms are currently open and appointments are recommended. Please contact your local showroom for assistance.

Meet Micah | Scottsdale Inventory Specialist

Where were you raised?
Hawai’i.

What is your favorite color?
Black.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love to spend time outdoors.

What is your favorite quote?
“Just that you do the right thing, the rest doesn’t matter -Marcus Aurelius

What is your favorite food?
Burgers.

Micah can be reached in the Scottsdale showroom at scottsdaleinventory@caidesigns.net or by phone at (480) 565-3775 x6935

Meet Julie | Chicago Lighting Specialist

What is your past work
experience/education?
I have worked in the lighting industry for over a decade. My first job in high school was actually cashiering at one! I attended Illinois State University with a Business Major. My work experience has brought me through multiple design elements in marketing and sales.

Where were you raised?
La Grange, IL.

Where do you draw inspiration from?
Social media and designers sharing their portfolio of completed projects with me. I LOVE seeing the “before and after” photos and the journey of all the hard working coming together.

In your experience working with C.A.I. Designs thus far, what are some of your favorite product lines and why?
Currey & Co, Made Goods, Palecek and Visual Comfort. All of these lines provide truly one-of-a-kind products that make a statement in each of their collections. Lighting brings in a “wow” factor no matter how big or small!

How would you characterize your design style?
Transitional.

What is your favorite color?
Black – I like to keep it neutral and then add in pops of color!

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Hiking, trying new restaurants throughout Chicagoland, spending time with my family and friends.

What is your favorite TV series?
Chopped on the Food Network.

What is your favorite food?
Cheese – I can’t go a day without it!

Julie can be reached in the Chicago Mart showroom at juliej@caidesigns.net or by phone at (312) 755-9163 x7005

Friday Finds: Jacob-Lukas Design

This week’s feature: Kurt Jacob Miller and S. Lukas Mack of Jacob-Lukas Design from Chicago, IL!

“This project is a 4-story townhouse on the Chicago River right near Lake Michigan. The fireplace, mirrors, railings and floor were all designed and custom built by us.”

Featured Products:

• Ice Breaker Sofas & Sociable Cocktail Table by Caracole

For more information on Jacob-Lukas Design, visit jacoblukasdesign.com.

Our showrooms are currently open and appointments are recommended. Please contact your local showroom for assistance.

Friday Finds: Dana Bryant

This week’s feature: Dana Bryant, Showroom Manager for C.A.I. Designs Scottsdale!

“I chose this painting from Kader Boly as one of my favorite things. This artist instantly became one of my favorites not only here in our showroom but also to follow on Instagram. The detailing in his pieces are so minimal yet capture an entire image in your mind’s eye. And what an amazing life he has led so far! I can’t get enough of this man’s work.”

Scottsdale Design District

Featured Product:

• Troupeau de Paturage 1 painting by Kader Boly

For more information on our Scottsdale showroom, contact Dana Bryant at danab@caidesigns.net or 480-565-3775 x6930.

Our showrooms are currently open and appointments are recommended. Please contact your local showroom for assistance.

Friday Finds: Expressive Interiors

This week’s feature: Marietta Calas of Expressive Interiors from Long Grove, Illinois!

“These asymmetrical channel back chairs by Burton James are the perfect compliment to the channel bed in this master suite. The velvet fabric on the chairs gave it a classic look and the asymmetrical design is sophisticated and inviting. These chairs complete the design of the room.”

Featured Product:

• Flamenco Chairs by Burton James

For more information on Expressive Interiors, visit expressiveinteriors.net.

Our showrooms are currently open and appointments are recommended. Please contact your local showroom for assistance.