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Summer Thornton

Principal & Interior Designer,

is known for fearlessly bold and colorful interiors that give homes life! Her work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, The Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Traditional Home, Modern Luxury Interiors and more including several national cover stories. Most recently she was named one of the top 50 interior design firms in the world by 1st Dibs on their 1stDibs50 list and to the Sotheby's list of the top 20 Designers to Watch. Headquartered in Chicago, the firm works on projects throughout North America. Current projects include renovating a Tuxedo Road estate in Atlanta, a Presidio Heights home renovation, a private club in NYC, a Naples Florida vacation home addition, remodeling of an Indian Hill home in Winnetka, a new build in Mexico, and an architecturally significant new construction build in the Chicago suburbs in addition to numerous other projects in the Chicago area. Summer is a Traditional Home “New Trad”, was named Chicago’s Best Transitional Designer by Modern Luxury, and a “Rising Star” by the Fashion Group International. She firmly believes that each client's home should be a reflection of their personal style - their soul, passions, and quirks should be found on the walls and in the furniture throughout the home - so no two projects should ever look alike. With over 100,000 followers on instagram, her inspiring style has been often imitated, but never replicated. Her first book "Wonderland: Adventures in Decorating" debuted from Rizzoli in March '22 and was an immediate Amazon Best Seller. It already is on its fourth printing and is being sold worldwide.



Summer Thornton Design, Inc is a boutique firm with a staff of 12 highly talented individuals. With diverse backgrounds from kitchen & bath design, architecture, project management, and construction management - we bring together the right team to ensure your project yields the creative end-result but also runs smoothly along the way. Together the team is a perfect balance of right and left brain, creativity and process, fun and organization, and everyone has a good sense of humor too.