Firm Philosophy

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Lifestyle and Interior Design Expertise Creates Award-Winning Outcomes

Studio Brunstrum creates environments where clients can live the life that they imagined. We want your home to be both a source of inspiration and contentment - a place where you can be entirely yourself and that you can enjoy with others. To achieve this, we embrace life’s little imperfections to create livable, comfortable interiors.

Understanding where each client stands in life’s journey, be it partnered, expecting a house full of children or making a sudden or planned transition, is our springboard.  A Studio Brunstrum interior will tell the story of not only where you have been but where you are going, with design that is carefully cultivated and layered with the things that you love. 

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Contrasts, creative tension and texture are combined with originality to form a cohesive, beautiful whole.  At Studio Brunstrum, we believe that good design is born of a partnership between client needs and essential design principles, and that we have succeeded when our clients feel that they have truly come home.

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Design Philosophy

Combining the tried-and-true can create predictable beauty; combining the unusual can create astonishing treasures.  At Studio Brunstrum, we embrace both the classic and the unexpected to compose a cultivated environment that invites you to explore the pieces that make the whole.  For interiors, this translates into a home that seamlessly holds your cherished antiques as well as your recent new finds.  Design that looks at ease but is, in fact, meticulously considered.  

Both Studio Brunstrum interior and product designs are distinguished by original juxtapositions – weathered metals with clear acrylic, texture with sleek lacquer, natural woods with gleaming glass – to provide a captivating, layered aesthetic. Studio Brunstrum designs don’t shout; they attract confidently with a whisper.  And they always leave room for the essential element in your home – you.

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Studio Brunstrum is grateful when our design work is honored with awards and accolades from organizations and media that we respect.  While the praise we seek is from our clients for surpassing their expectations, we appreciate that others acknowledge our efforts too.  Here are a few of our recent honors:


2019 | Best Designer for Extremely Busy People


2018 | Best Singular Space
2017 | Best Bath by Small Firm
2016 | Best Residential Project Under 3,000 Square Feet
2015 | Best Showcase Space


2016 | Best Bathroom
2014 | Best Living Space


2017 | The Fierce 50 Revolution
2017 | “25 Best Interior Designers in Illinois” Award
2016 | Regional Residential Historic Renovation Category
2015 | Regional Bathroom Remodel Category


2019 | Best Residential Interior Designer- Chicago


2018 | Best of Houzz Award – Design
2018 | Best of Houzz Award – Service
2017 | Best of Houzz Award – Design
2016 | Best of Houzz Award – Design
2016 | 25K Ideabook Saves Badge
2015 | Best of Houzz Award – Service
2015 | Houzz Influencer Badge
2015 | Houzz Recommended Badge
2013 | Best of Houzz Award – Design
2013 | Best of Houzz Award – Service