About Centered By Design

Centered by Design works with clients to uncover or refine their own unique style. We gently guide clients through the design process and tailor the design experience and results to a client’s way of living. The result? A personal sanctuary that is a reflection of each client and family—a home that is centered by design.

Claire Staszak

Principal Designer & Owner

Claire Staszak is a Chicago-based designer known for her holistic design process, which combines her well-trained eye for interiors with 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, theatre, 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.

California modern home

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), new 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!

Custom Cabinetry + Kitchens

We are obsessed with the details. Gorgeous and highly functional kitchens are our speciality. Our in-house cabinet lines ensure a seamless process from design to installation.

Custom Cabinetry + Kitchens

We are obsessed with the details. Gorgeous and highly functional kitchens are our speciality. Our in-house cabinet lines ensure a seamless process from design to installation.