Western Springs design firm offers personal service
June White is the owner and interior designer for Lifestyle Interiors. | Jon Langham~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 20, 2012 11:08AM
WESTERN SPRINGS — June White doesn’t advertise to grow her client base. She doesn’t have a website for her full-service design firm, Lifestyle Interiors.
There’s no Twitter account. There’s no Facebook page.
Potential clients find her the old-fashioned way: word of mouth.
That suits her just fine. For the last 24 years she’s been decorating and remodeling rooms in area homes, offices and hotels.
“It’s been so great,” White said. “I never had a bad client.”
White said she’s always had a knack for decorating and colors and textures. Her interior decorating business developed from that. When she first started out in 1988, she made gift certificates which she asked Realtors to give out after a client bought a home. She dropped them off at model home to give to new home purchasers. Clients liked the work she did.
“It’s a compliment to me that they call me back,” she said.
Tracy Wheeler is one of those referrals. She first had White take care of the accessories for her Hinsdale home five years ago.
What Wheeler said she loves best about working with White is that she makes the design process easy. After talking about the project, White comes in with types of fabrics and ideas, Wheeler said. After picking and choosing, White comes in with her trusted contractors and goes to work.
“You walk in and it’s like a new house,” Wheeler said.
Wheeler has since used White to redo other bedrooms, including a nursery for her second child. In that case, Wheeler wanted the nursery to be gender specific, but didn’t want to know the sex of the baby. So she had the doctor give that detail to White. They picked out accessories for boy and a girl. When she went into labor, White and her team of contractors did as well.
“They came in and they did the entire nursery gender specific, so when I came home I had this amazing girl nursery,” Wheeler said.
White primarily works in the Chicago area, but has taken on projects around the country and beyond. She has done work in San Diego and St. Croix. She’s done hotels and office buildings, but primarily work is residential.
While planning may take some time, the actual physical labor of remodeling and replacing is done quickly, sometimes in a day’s time, depending on the project.
She has two full-time workers and about eight people working on an as needed basis. White, herself spends 60 to 70 hours a week working.
“And you know what? I still love it,” White said.