photo by Aimee Mazzenga

About Centered by Design:

Claire Staszak is a Chicago-based interior designer known for her holistic design process that combines a refined aesthetic with wellness principles. In addition to her interior design training, Claire draws on her years of experience as a yoga and meditation instructor to gently guide her clients through the process of uncovering or refining their own unique style, tailoring the experience to their home and lifestyle. The result is a sanctuary that is timeless, not trendy—a home that is centered by design.

Having honed her design skills with apprenticeships at high-end residential firms Nate Berkus Associates and Kate Marker Interiors, Claire’s interiors effortlessly combine what’s fresh and new with the tried-and-true. Her work has been featured by The Chicago Tribune, Rue Magazine, and Domino, and in 2016 she was honored with a nomination for HGTV’s Fresh Faces of Design Competition. For her latest project, Claire is seizing the opportunity to infuse her own home with her eclectic personal style, renovating a 1932 Tudor-style brick bungalow with her husband in Chicago.

Claire has studied interior design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and holds a Certificate of Kitchen and Bath Design from Harper College. She is also a certified yoga instructor with more than 500 hours of training, and spent the first part of her career working in community relations and marketing for national brands such as Habitat for Humanity and Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI).

Comments from Clients:

"We had a fantastic experience working with Claire. Design is not our specialty, and Claire was able to help us both define our style and create a beautiful, functional space. Claire has a great eye. She is responsive, friendly and saw our project through from start to finish." - Full Service Client, Northbrook, Illinois

"Claire with Centered by Design offers a refreshing approach to the interior design process. Her attention to detail, artistic design eye and calm demeanor made for a stress-free experience. She was an advocate for our vision and shared her strong connections with the finest vendors to ensure a seamless process from beginning to end. We couldn't be happier."  - Full Service Client, Chicago, Illinois