About Us

Centered by Design works collaboratively with clients to align personal taste with the architecture and era of a home to create a truly timeless design. By guiding clients through our design process, our team tailors the design experience to specific lifestyles and needs. The final result is a beautiful and personalized space, a reflection of the people who inhabit it - a home that is centered by design.



Claire Staszak

Claire Staszak is a Chicago-based interior designer known for her holistic design process and expertise in designing and restoring homes, infusing them with soul. She has a special affinity for crafting timeless and functional kitchens. Centered by Design was born out of her love of historical architecture, her well-trained eye for interiors, and her passion for personal wellness. 

Claire studied interior design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and holds a Certificate of Kitchen and Bath Design from Harper College. Her work has been featured by Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Domino, Chicago Tribune, HGTV, LUXE and others.

Evelyn Ranney

Design Director

Sara Gubin


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about our sTUDIO

The Centered by Design studio and showroom is centrally located on Lincoln Ave in East Lakeview, just north of Diversey and south of Belmont. The early 1900s building originally housed the oldest stained glass company in Chicago (still operating today) Drehobl Art Glass. Our storefront includes the only original millwork and details from the time period. During 2021, our design team renovated the showroom to include a brand new efficiency kitchen, bathroom, design library (over 16ft of custom cabinetry), updated lighting and more. We enjoy hosting clients and industry friends in our space for meetings, design and cabinetry education and events.

You are welcome to make an appointment to stop by!


planning a kitchen renovation

Gorgeous and highly functional kitchens are our speciality. We obsess over every detail to create our in-house line of custom cabinetry, which will create a lasting impression in your home. Made of the highest quality materials, we work with an experienced mill shop in Western IL, to ensure a seamless design and installation process from start to finish. Let us help you create your ideal kitchen, customized to your home and lifestyle. 


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