About Centered By Design

We work closely and collaboratively with you to align your personal taste with the style and era of your home’s architecture to create a truly timeless design. By gently guiding you through our design process, our team tailors the design experience to your lifestyle and needs. The final result is a beautiful and personalized space that is a reflection of you and your family—a home that is centered by design.

Claire Staszak

Principal Designer & Owner

Claire Staszak is a Chicago-based interior designer known for her holistic design process and expertise in designing and restoring older 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. Her work has been featured by the Chicago Tribune, Modern Luxury, HGTV, Domino, LUXE, Architectural Digest online and more. She 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. Claire is also a certified yoga instructor with more than 500 hours of training. In 2017, the company’s namesake blog was honored with an award for Best Design Writing by the Design Influencers Conference. Modern Luxury Interiors (2018), noted Claire as ‘One to Watch’ in the interior design industry. Claire loves being a mom, giving the perfect present, vintage floral prints, and vacations to the lake.

Meet the team

Amy Clounie

Architectural Designer & Project Manager

The blend of left and right brain creativity is what brought Amy to interior design–a profession uniquely conducive to both. When she finished her design degree in Arizona, she packed up and moved to Chicago to pursue a career that would allow her to use her love of artistry, and her technical, critical thinking. Amy happily spends her days utilizing AutoCAD as an art form and keeping projects on track. On any given weekend you’ll find her busy behind her potter’s wheel making ceramics, soaking up the outdoors from a hammock, or testing out local coffee shops with her husband.

Johanna Beach

Associate Designer

Johanna came to Centered by Design with a background in film editing and producing, theater, set design and self-taught interior design. Her passion project, gifting home makeovers to those experiencing challenging life circumstances, can be seen documented through her Instagram @athomewithhowie. In her free time, Jo’s either wielding power tools to renovate her 1920’s condo in Logan Square or at the dog park with the namesake of her Insta handle, her adorable rescue pup, Howie.

Meghan Jay

Operations Manager

Prior to receiving her certificate in residential interior design from the New York Institute of Art and Design, Meghan worked in event management and nonprofit development. She enjoys combining her passion for creativity with her love of organization and project management. At CBD, Meghan assists us with just that — she manages our operations, assists with design projects, and leads our Custom Consultation Packages. Meghan enjoys spending free time with her husband, two young children, and mini schnauzer. She loves traveling home to the Connecticut Shoreline and is currently tackling her own remodel – a Victorian in SE Evanston.

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about our showroom

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 always welcome to make an appointment to stop by!

Planning a kitchen renovation?

Gorgeous and highly functional kitchens are our speciality. We have obsessed over every detail to create our in-house line of custom cabinetry that will create a lasting impression in your home. Made of the highest quality materials, we worked hand in hand with an experienced mill shop in Western IL, so we can 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. Start by downloading our Cabinetry Guide below.

Planning a kitchen renovation?

Gorgeous and highly functional kitchens are our speciality. We have obsessed over every detail to create our in-house line of custom cabinetry that will create a lasting impression in your home. Made of the highest quality materials, we worked hand in hand with an experienced mill shop in Western IL, so we can 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. Start by downloading our Cabinetry Guide below.