Julie Dunfee Designs

Projects Completed
Modern Living

Modern Living In A Classic Home

What do you do when your client wants to incorporate their contemporary pieces into a traditional-style home? You say, “Sure!” 

Transitional Townhome

Most people think designers love working with new construction. While that may be true, in this case my client wanted an elevator installed in their new single-family townhome.

Urban Oasis

My mission with this incredibly outdated condo in the Chicago Loop was to make the space feel like a luxury hotel, complete with a coffee & wine bar. 

Suburban Sanctuary

This first time, new to the area, home buyer decided to purchase a home in the suburbs of Chicago and work from afar with me. 

Updated Farmhouse

What do you do when you’ve bought a new home and are looking forward to having time to select all new furnishings, only to have the house you’ve lived in for forty years sell faster than you’d anticipated? You call me, of course! 

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City Chic

Second time is a charm! After working on her family home seven years ago, this single mom reached out again for my help in fulfilling her dream of living in the city now that her kids are almost out of the house. 

Charming Cape Cod Sunroom

After hearing from a few design professionals that “you can’t do much to your odd-shaped
room,” this client cautiously approached me for help in redesigning her sunroom. She wanted
to keep many of the family heirlooms in the room but hoped there was still a way to bring new
life to this charming space.  

What's Old is New Again

After a 90-minute in-home consultation with me, this client knew right away she couldn’t
complete her project alone. There was a very large credenza in her dining room that had to stay
put and needed to be treated with kid gloves during its repurposing (as I had recommended),
and the chairs on her mother’s heirloom dining room set needed to be reupholstered. 

Bungalow Kitchen Transformation

I was contacted by a former client to help her mother upgrade the kitchen in her tiny Chicago bungalow. She knew she wanted black cabinets and needed to add storage for her treasures and books. I designed a built-in cabinet with bookshelves for her dining area which also created much-needed storage space in the cabinets below the book shelves. We installed brand new kitchen cabinets and countertops and added more modern hardware and accent colors. The result was a space that made the whole bungalow look refreshing and updated.

Dallas Dreamhouse

Having completed a remodel of their home with me locally two years ago, this couple asked if
I’d saddle up and go to Texas to handle the remodel of a new home they’d purchased in Dallas.
They wanted much of the same style as we’d used in Chicago, but with little touches of Texas
scattered throughout the house. Managing this project from afar included hiring a contractor in
the Dallas area, re-creating the whole-house design since we were gutting and rebuilding, and
frequent trips to Dallas to purchase fixtures, fabrics and furniture.

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Condo in the Clouds

Family is everything for this client. So what do you do when your family moves into the city? You follow them! This will be the fourth home we’ve designed for this client, who sees this high-rise condo as their “forever home.” The unique entryway and amazing views of Chicago leave you feeling as if you are walking on a cloud! 

Seeing Clearly Now

“I’m a visual person,” this client said. “I need to see the plan before I can decide.” Being able to see a plan of how her primary bathroom remodel would look before construction started was very important to this client. She had had no luck previously with other designers who would not draw a plan for her. We had a plan to her within a few days of her request, and now her outdated bathroom got a much-needed update and redesign. After all, seeing is believing.

From Greece to Glenview

While some folks have a second home within a few hours plane ride of their primary residence, this client splits her time between Illinois and Greece. She contacted us from Greece to discuss the home she had just purchased in Illinois, with challenge being that we couldn’t get in to see the space until she had closed on the property.  She knew the home needed a major renovation and by looking at the floor plans and old photos found on the internet, we were able to craft a draft plan and then be ready to move in once the closing had occurred. Included in the renovation is a brand new kitchen, scullery and a family room with a beautiful prairie style fireplace. We’re betting that once we’re finished she’ll be spending more time here than in Greece! 

From Renting to Owning

After renting an apartment for five years, this single father-of-one bought a condo and knew it needed updating. The décor in his at-home office was chosen with care in order to provide a suitable backdrop for his daily Zoom appointments as well as allow space for his baby grand piano. A new entertainment unit was designed for the living area to include a bar, TV viewing and storage. The kitchen and bathrooms received updates as well, adding new tile and a walk in shower.