Kate Marker Interiors started in an upstairs home office in 2007 with big ideas to grow beyond four walls. in 2012, Kate opened her first studio right in the heart of downtown Barrington, Illinois. Five years later she and her growing team moved to a larger studio & expanded showroom, just a few blocks away.
PRINCIPAL DESIGNER & OWNER // An artist at heart, Kate began her design career studying Fine Arts at Illinois State University before transferring to Harrington College of Design where she received her degree in Interior Design. Kate has been honing her talents while developing her signature fresh, timeless look since 2000. As Principal Designer, Kate oversees all design projects to ensure they are a reflection of the client while incorporating the KMI aesthetic. Kate's strengths lie in her endless ideas & inspiration, relentless work ethic, unwavering vision, and great sense of humor, which, lucky for everyone she works with, is infectious.
Kate lives in Barrington, Illinois with her husband, their two daughters, and their dog, Maddox. In Kate's free time she can be found biking with her girls, catching a yoga class with a friend, searching for the perfect antique rug, and late-night online shopping.
SENIOR DESIGNER // Maggie has been Kate's right hand since Kate Marker Interiors moved into its first studio in 2012 and, with her, she brought her love for drafting, keen aesthetic eye, and great attention to detail. Maggie’s passion for interiors started at an early age when she would tag along with her mother, a home stager. Like Kate, Maggie also graduated from Harrington College of Design in Chicago and her talents are evident throughout each and every KMI project as she creates, guides, or refines every design. Paired with her off-resume skills of being the KMI DJ, tech support, font guru and resident boheme, she has become nothing short of essential!
Maggie and her husband enjoy traveling, camping, and concerts with their two photogenic pugs in tow.
JUNIOR DESIGNER // With a love for adventure, fitness, and exploring, Maddie has energetically embraced the Chicago area as her new home. Originally from Salt Lake City, Maddie graduated from LDS Business College with a degree in Interior Design and worked with a residential design firm for over 3 years prior to coming to KMI. When asked about her favorite part of being an interior designer Maddie said she loves to see all of the work come to life and truly transform a client's home.
Watch out for her mean left hook, though - when she's not designing she frequents a local boxing gym. Weather permitting, she loves to get time on the water wakeboarding.
DESIGN ASSISTANT // Liisa joined KMI in 2015 in a very organic way and that's probably because she can do whatever is asked of her, and she does it well. With marketing degrees from the University of Illinois and Northwestern, she joined KMI to help with marketing and writing, and naturally transitioned to design assistant because of her great eye and love of interior design. She not only keeps our projects organized but jumps in at any time to help with design projects.
When she's not working, trying the latest restaurants with her husband, caring for their three children, or planning a community service event, you can find her studying for her degree in Interior Design.
STYLIST // Unanimous decisions are few and far between in our office prior to some serious banter, but bringing Emily into our team was just that. A Portland, Oregon transplant, Emily complements our design team as our resident Stylist with her experience as an art director, plus a willingness to tackle the occasional "special project". She is a graduate of Ohio University with a Visual Communications degree and loves that her role bridges her background in graphic design & photography with her love of interior design.
Emily, her husband, and their two daughters are still in search of the perfect taco joint in Illinois. Suggestions are welcome!
OFFICE MANAGER // Jen, a graduate of Indiana University's Business school, also has her MBA from DePaul with an emphasis on Finance and Strategy and is a CPA, joined Kate Marker Interiors after taking time off to raise her three children. Jen found her way to KMI in a rather roundabout manner as Jen was originally a KMI client and later impressed us with her killer work ethic for a charity cause that is close to KMI. As the Office Manager, Jen is the keeper of our sanity as she navigates the day to day office demands and supports our design initiatives.
Jen, a true busy bee, is active at her children's school, an avid tennis player, and can unearth a fashion find like no other. Jen, her husband, and their three children enjoy s'mores and sunsets in their new screen porch.
BOOKKEEPER // With a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Design and a minor in Art History, our bookkeeper has the best eye for design around! After working in art business for 20 years she was ready for a change but still wanted to be part of the design field. That's how she found her way to KMI. She has lived all over the US and UK but considers herself a Californian at heart. She has worked in the industry for years and has been with Kate Marker Interiors since 2014.
As a mother of two teenage swimmers, she figures she has spent nearly half her life at swim meets and she wouldn't trade it for anything! She and her husband live in the Chicago area with their two children and dog Theo.