Amy Kartheiser Design creates beautiful, life-enhancing homes. The art is in the studio’s signature mix of elegance and ease, the seamless blending of sophisticated details and collected treasures, and a carefully curated global perspective that places emphasis on elevating personal wellness. Through detailed processes and an insistence on white-glove service, AKD ensures that each client is seen, heard, and appreciated and ultimately, that the final design is truly reflective of individual tastes and lifestyles.

Driven by founder Amy Kartheiser’s vision to bring enhanced wellness and beauty to the lives of others, AKD brings a high level of refinement, taste, richness, and polish to every project, always prioritizing livability and liveliness.

The firm has completed projects across the country and has been featured in Elle Décor, Wall Street Journal, Luxe Interiors + Design, Veranda, Modern Luxury Interiors, and more.

Amy Kartheiser, Founder

Amy Kartheiser opened her eponymous Chicago-based studio in 2014 and has been designing high-end homes across the country ever since. A world wanderer and seeker, Amy is constantly looking for pearls of beauty and wisdom that can elevate her designs and enhance the lives of those around her — in both physical and mental spaces. From her extensive adventures to far-off lands and her immersive focus on wellness and mental health, Amy embodies a well-lived life, and her unique worldview and influences ensure each space creates a sense of comfort and curiosity. Amy leads the design process with boundless enthusiasm and creative vision. Her client-centric approach prioritizes transparent communication, impeccable service, and commitment to integrity.

Amy’s passions extend far beyond design. In 2019, Amy launched Under the Same Sky, an organization that aims to raise awareness about suicide prevention and provide financial support for the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention. Through an online store, pop-up shops, and an annual soirée, Amy has found a way to connect her love of design with a mission that is close to her heart.

Amy is a member of the Leaders of Design Council and has been honored on the LUXE Gold List and received LUXE’s Red award for Best Contemporary Designer in Chicago.


Full-Service Design
Overseeing all aspects of the design process, the AKD team guides its clients through an exciting personal journey from initial conversations and concepts to accessories and finishing touches, taking care of every detail and deadline along the way. Amy and her team of experts lead all projects with transparent communication, impeccable service, a commitment to integrity, and a well-defined process that ensures each project is executed efficiently and successfully.

Design in a Day
Design in a Day is a one-day collaborative design session created to help homeowners design a space in a short amount of time. Maybe you have the main furniture pieces, but your home isn’t feeling cohesive or reflective of your style. Or, you’re starting a remodeling project and want to ensure all your material, furniture, and accessory selections work together. You need design direction but don’t want to invest in a full-scope interior designer. Design in a Day is the perfect option, catering to homeowners who are willing to do the ordering and installation themselves, but need a little help on the vision.

One-On-One Consulting on Intro
Join Amy on Intro, an online platform that allows you to book video consultations with experts in various fields, to learn everything from tailored interior design insights to business wisdom from her years of growing AKD. Connect over video and chat about art selection, room arrangement, pattern layering, how to launch an interior design business, managing a team, and so much more. Nothing is off-limits!

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