Who We Are

We are a creative group of Interior Designers in Chicago and Milwaukee who are passionate about helping you solve your home design challenges.

We believe that you should live in a space that you love being in, and want to help you achieve that goal.

Our Mission

We help you narrow down the thousands of design ideas into one, final plan for your home.

How We Help You

By offering a variety of design services we are able to help you with everything from buying the perfect house, selecting paint, remodeling your kitchen and everything in-between.


We are here to help with all of your home design and remodeling needs

Single Design Session

Quick Design Help

In a bind and need someone to stop by to help pick paint colors, pick a granite counter top color or provide some quick guidance? We can help.

Interior Design Projects

Larger Projects

From beginning to the end we help you with planning, designing, remodeling, decorating and putting the finishing touches on your home.

It’s Not Our First Rodeo

Over the years, our team of interior designers in Chicago and Milwaukee have helped hundreds of home-owners design, remodel and decorate their condos, town homes and single family homes. Your project is unique, and unlike those online-only design firms, we work hard to ensure that we are designing a unique space that is specific for your needs, not copying and pasting a previously used design.

Our team of designers are here to help guide you through the interior design, remodeling and decorating process. Even the simplest of projects can have issues arise. We have the experience to look down the road to try and avoid those roadblocks, minimizing the impact in case we do run into an issue.

best of houzz 2016
Best of Home Guide 2017
Best of Houzz 2014 for Service
Houzz Influencer
Interior Designer Reviews Yelp
Houzz Recommended

“…  Katy quickly assessed my personal style and brought me a handful of fantastic options for each item that I requested. The paint colors and tile she selected were perfect, and she found an amazing convertible living room table that gets compliments from every guest in my home. Also, because Design Inside charges by the hour (rather than as a percentage of purchases), they had no incentive to ‘upsell’ me to more expensive tile, fixtures, or furniture. The total cost of my redesign was very reasonable and within the budget I communicated to Katy and Bill.”

Brad O.Chicago, ILYelp!

“… Working with Design Inside was money well-spent because Kathryn is talented in both technical and creative design. She measured and prepared for every contingency when creating a plan to transform our galley-style kitchen into an expanded and multi-purpose open-concept design that included kitchen, mudroom, and workspace. She was efficient in helping us make design choices to update our bathroom, and concise with material recommendations and measurements needed to replace our front porch…”

Kenny M.Chicago, ILYelp!

How We Started

Kathryn & Bill Cherne started Design Inside back in 2006. They were dating at the time while Kathryn was in Interior Design School and Bill was working as an IT Consultant. One night, Kathryn was venting to Bill about her design job and swore to Bill that “one day” she would do things differently. That night, Bill filed the paperwork with the state of Illinois and Design Inside was born.

Fast forward a few years, now they are married, with twins, running a thriving interior design firm and loving every minute of it.

The Interior Design Team

Our passionate crew of designers that help get things done.

Kathryn Cherne - Interior Designer Chicago

Kathryn Cherne

Kathryn is the co-founder, owner and lead interior designer at Design Inside. Years of designing homes combined with her formal training in Interior Design from Harrington College of Design, Undergrad degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) give her a well-rounded background to help ensure that your place is not only beautiful but also functional.

Outside of work, she keeps busy chasing after her twins, Frederick & Elizabeth while trying to keep the house somewhat orderly.

Bill - Interior Designer and Owner

Bill Cherne

Bill is the other co-founder, owner and interior designer at Design Inside. In addition to designing Kitchens and Bathrooms, he loves to help out specifying new LCD TV’s, audio gear and home automation gadgets. Bill also is responsible for the boring, less flashy tasks like handling accounting, running the back-end servers and fixing the office computers.

Outside of work, Bill keeps busy raising his twins, Frederick & Elizabeth, biking, flying his drone and keeping up on the never-ending list of home improvement projects for his and Kathryn’s 1930’s farmhouse in La Grange.

Brittany - Interior Designer Milwaukee


Brittany graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a BS in Interior Architecture and Design in December 2011 after winning “Best Portfolio in Show” from her graduating class. She joined the Design Inside team in the summer of 2015 after working for three years as an interior designer for Pottery Barn.

Brittany has had a passion for interior design for as long as she can remember. During design school she spent time doing home staging and gained an affinity for minimizing clutter and organizing. As a designer she enjoys creating unique spaces that maximize functionality for their occupants, while being beautiful and inspiring.

Emmalie - Interior Designer Chicago


Emmalie graduated Summa Cum Laude from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a BS in Interior Design and a minor in Theatre. She joined the Design Inside team in May of 2018, after gaining a diverse background in construction through an internship with the Potomac Highlands Fuller Center for Housing, where she played a leadership role in rebuilding homes for flood victims. She has also put in hundreds of hours of volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity, and received the 2016-2017 Excellence in Interior Design award (SIUC).

When she is not designing, Emmalie is a fiction writer who also enjoys sketching, painting, and knitting. She is a board member of the Streamwood Choral Society, and her history of interest in theatre has led her to play leading roles in numerous amateur productions.

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