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Modern Workspace

Our Philosophy

Great things are done by a series of

small things brought together.

Vincent Van Gogh

Carol J. Guess & Associates Design is a nationally acclaimed boutique interior design firm with a team of skilled professionals, led by Design Director Carol J. Guess. Providing the highest degree of Residential and Commercial design services, the firm operates from the belief that “transforming environments enhances lives,” and that the holistic creation of the design concept sets the tone for a successful project, while also providing cost control and allowing for each square foot to bring originality, charm and comfort to the entire space.

A major differentiator in our model is our ability to prioritize our Clients’ needs. We achieve this through a Discuss-Design-Develop process, enabling us to create synergistic space based upon your direct input.

Our Commercial clients always receive unique, cost effective design that showcases your organization’s brand with originality, functionality and beauty.

And, for our Residential clients, the CJG Team will give you a living environment that will enhance everyone’s enjoyment!

Designer Comparing Samples
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Carol J. Guess, Founder & Design Director

Meet Carol Guess

Licensed professional Interior Designer with 30 years of highly successful experience in Interior Architecture, Design and Space Planning. Expert in Design Concept and Development, Space Planning, Specifications, Renderings, Budget Proposals, Purchasing, Custom Furnishings, and Construction and Installation Supervision.


Outstanding communicator able to establish and maintain personal rapport with craftsmen, building tradespeople, vendors, coworkers, and executive management. Excellent combination of quality education, broad in-depth experience, and specialized technical training

Press & Awards

  • Awarded "Best of Chicago 2009" for Interior Design by the U.S. Commerce Commission

  • Selected by ASID as one of Chicago's Top Ten Interior Design firms

  • Selected three times to participate in ASID Showcase Homes exhibits

  • Received ASID President's Award

  • Received ISID President's Award

  • Appeared in Unique Homes Magazine National Register, 1989

  • CGA design work has been published in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, House Beautiful, Design Solutions, Winona Industries, Armstrong Ceilings, Ulster Carpeting, and St. Charles Kitchens

  • Selected to serve on the Home Furnishings Advisory Board -- Merchandise Mart Properties -- Chris Kennedy

  • Active in Licensing legislation for Interior Design Professions

  • President George W. Bush "Business Advisory Council" for Illinois

  • Chicago-Midwest Home Directory

  • River North Association "Planning Commission Committee"

Trade Associations

  • Institute of Business Designers 

  • International Society of Interior Designers

  • Illinois Builders Association

  • River North Association

  • Custom Builders Association

  • Remodeling Council

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