Best of 2021: Home & Design

Best of 2021_ Home & Design Winners

Whether you’re remodeling your kitchen, updating your exterior paint color, or building your dream home from the ground up, these businesses are the best of the best.

Best Architect (City)
dSPACE Studio

2920 N. Lincoln Ave

dspace studio

dSpace Studio is an award-winning architecture firm dedicated to architecture, interiors, and landscape. Founded in 2007, they approach all projects individually starting with an exploration of client needs that is organized and fun. They strive to integrate environmentally sustainable design with green technologies and materials whenever possible. 

Best Architect (Suburbs)
Reynolds Architecture

1765 Maple St., Ste 200, Northfield

Reynolds Architecture specializes in custom projects, both residential and commercial, around Chicagoland. Founded in 1995, Doug Reynolds and his team have designed and built over 150 distinctive custom homes. Commissions include the North Shore, Barrington, Chicago, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Colorado.

Best Builder (City)
Bulley & Andrews

1755 W Armitage Ave.

Since 1891, Bulley & Andrews has expanded on its legacy, evolving into a leading, cutting-edge construction company with a regional focus and national reach. Projects include Wintrust Arena, Lincoln Park Zoo Searle Visitor Center, and The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Best Builder (Suburbs)
Orren Pickell Building Group

444 Skokie Blvd., Ste 200, Wilmette

Orren Pickell

Orren Pickell Building Group manages every phase of custom home building and remodeling for clients throughout Chicagoland, Southern Wisconsin, and Harbor Country Michigan. With over 40 years of experience in the industry, they have a reputation built upon outstanding value, craftsmanship, and service.

Best Flooring (City)
APEX Wood Floors

208 W Kinzie St., Ste 2

Whatever your project may be, there is no need to look further; APEX offers a curated collection of beautiful natural wood floors. 

Best Flooring (Suburbs)
Lewis Floor & Home

1840 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook 

lewis floor and home

You’ll find a vast variety of products from flooring to countertops to cabinets, area rugs, and more all under one roof in the massive 26,000 sq. ft. showroom, all with the Lewis reputation for quality and service that you can trust. 

Best Interior Designer (City)
Michael Abrams Interiors

1901 N Clybourn Ave., Ste 202

michael abrams interior

Michael Abrams creates timeless client-specific design solutions reflective of his profound dedication to beauty, comfort and home. By drawing on substantial experience and fusing artistic and architectural knowledge with personal aesthetic, Michael and his team create refreshing interiors that are truly client inspired.

Best Interior Designer (Suburbs)
Annie Liddle Design

856 Oakwood Ave., Lake Forest

annie liddle design

Annie’s work features traditional style with a fresh perspective tailored for her clients’ lifestyle. An expert at combining classic elements and colorful textures she creates beautiful and welcoming spaces for families of all ages. Throughout her 15 years in the design industry, Annie has collaborated with clients in Illinois, Wisconsin, South Carolina, Florida, Washington D.C., Connecticut, New Hampshire, Minnesota and Virginia.

Best Kitchen Design (City)
De Giulio Kitchen Design 

1121 Central Ave., Wilmette

de giulio kitchen

de Giulio kitchen design was founded in 1984 by designer Mick De Giulio. Internationally recognized for innovative interior architecture and product design for kitchens, the company designs custom residential and commercial kitchens worldwide.

Best Kitchen Design (Suburbs)
Normandy Remodeling

2929 Central St., Evanston

Normandy Remodeling

Normandy strives to provide customers with an exceptional home remodeling experience, as they’ve done in homes throughout Chicagoland for over 40 years. They take care of the design, blueprints, permitting, and construction, to make your remodel as beautiful, stress free and enjoyable as possible.

Best Landscaping Company (City)
City Escape

Studio 3022 W Lake St.

Established in 2003 by Connie Rivera, City Escape Garden Center & Design Studio is a full resource company. City Escape carries an exceptional selection of plants, potted containers, pottery and urns, home accents and garden accessories at its iconic East Garfield Park Garden center.

Best Landscaping Company (Suburbs)
Bertog Landscape Company

625 Wheeling Rd., Wheeling

Bertog Landscape Co., founded in 1974 by Tracy Bertog, builds harmony between landscape and home. Each garden creation is sculpted to enhance the architecture of the home, its outdoor environment and client lifestyle, holistically blending vision and expertise.

Best Outdoor/Patio Designer (City)
Chicago Gardenworks, Inc.

1847 Kiest Ave., Northbrook

chicago gardenworks

Chicago Gardenworks is a landscape design and installation company that has worked on the Northshore since 1996. They specialize in all phases of the landscape process including, patios, walks, retaining walls, rain gardens, fire and water features, and perennial gardens. Their focus is on landscaping throughout the seasons of the year.

Best Outdoor/Patio Designer (Suburbs)
Mariani Landscape

300 Rockland Rd., Lake Bluff

This award-winning, family-run company believes in “hard work, high quality, and uncompromising customer service.”  

Best Home Organization Company (City)
Bedside Manor

2048 Halsted St.

bedside manor

Bedside Manor inspires customers to create bedding ensembles that make a house feel like a home, bath luxuries that titillate the senses, and furniture pieces that tell a story. Over the past 36 years, they have developed incredible relationships with their clients, and they are always looking forward to the future.

Best Home Organization Company (Suburbs)
Closet Works

2112 C2, N Clybourn Ave., Wilmette

There is no better team to help you create the closet of your dreams. Closet Works is a local family owned and operated business with over three decades of serving the Chicago area homeowners to “Organize Your Life” through custom organization systems. 

Best Painter
Hester Painting & Decorating

7340 N Monticello, Skokie

The mission of Hester Painting & Decorating is to continue the tradition of their founder, Tom Hester, in providing unparalleled customer service, the highest quality craftsmanship, individual and business integrity, and outstanding creativity to all their clients looking for the very best in painting and faux finishing.

Best Real Estate Company

Established in 2000, @properties was built around a simple but elusive concept: provide brokers and clients with the highest level of service in the industry through cutting-edge sales and marketing programs and a culture that values innovation, relationships and a strong local focus. As a locally owned, independent company, @properties is deeply committed to supporting the communities and clients they serve.

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