Tue. Apr 13th, 2021

Marli Jones stands in the new Winnetka places of work of her company, Rebel House Interior Design and style. Portrait photography by Monica Kass Rogers / Styling by Theresa DeMaria / Hair and makeup by Leanna Ernest / Wardrobe from Neiman Marcus, Northbrook Court docket

A concealed tub in the Carlyle home of Dana Brehm and Larry Baumann. Interiors pictures by Dustin Halleck

Increasing UP in Lake Forest, Marli Jones experienced a brain for structure, even as a young lady.

“I’ve been pretty passionate about design considering the fact that I was a little child and I credit rating Lake Forest for that. It’s an traditionally important put. You expand up there getting uncovered to amazing structure and architecture on an intimate degree due to the fact you are inside of substantial residences and you get to see who they’ve employed to design and style. I just ate it up—I was a extremely focused youngster. I knew this was what I was likely to do.”

Rapidly ahead to currently: Jones and her husband, Michael Kreuser, now operate Rebel Home Inside Design, an award-profitable design organization. Jones ran the enterprise on her have for quite a few years, then Kreuser joined her two and a person-half several years back Jones heads up the design workforce, Kreuser the management and functions aspect of the business. They not long ago opened a a few-storefront office environment in Hubbard Woods, where they focus in just about every single region of design, from entire-provider household to boutique hospitality.

As Jones describes it, the home windows sit correct on Green Bay Road. “The first window is the dwelling room and kitchen location, which we have built like a demonstrate household with a rotation of furnishings presently featuring makers and sellers from about Chicago. The middle window is an place of work, so you can see us performing, which is variety of entertaining.” The final window will become their material library. This creative and visually participating format makes Rebel Home Inside Style a welcome addition to the well known retail, cafe, and window-procuring corridor.

When Jones and her group very first satisfy with a new customer, they start off by doing a good deal of listening. “We discuss about their expectations. I like to hear what they are hunting for. Everybody has a Pinterest or Instagram account or cut up magazine clippings of points they appreciate. And we acquire that in, in a genuinely unobstructed way,” Jones suggests. “From there, we begin with translating their imagery into temper boards, budgets, and floor program selections. Just after our to start with style meeting with each other, we wander absent with a pretty targeted being familiar with of what we’re accomplishing and what the budget will be to achieve it.”

“We run a limited ship,” Jones says. “I’m incredibly informed that it is an frustrating course of action for property owners, and we have tried using to come across a way to crack it down so that the decisions are managable and we are managing our time effectively. As a customer, you know how we take care of every little thing from commencing to close.”

Rebel Dwelling not too long ago finished a full renovation challenge for Larry Baumann and Dana Brehm. With the acquire of a condominium in the Carlyle, Baumann and Brehm were being ready to go back again from St. Louis, fulfilling a lifelong intention of residing in downtown Chicago. Jones, Kreuser, and their staff labored on every single factor of the renovation, choosing the architect and builder, and turning Baumann and Brehm’s desire into a gorgeous fact. “Our working experience was fabulous,” Baumann claims. “Jones was pretty location-on. She has a tremendous intellectual strategy to style.”

Brehm and Baumann’s living area at the Carlyle in Chicago’s Gold Coast.

Baumann and Brehm say that Jones’ instructional background, put together with her substantial expertise in the two residential and business style, provides her a complete understanding of the monetary areas of design and style and rehab along with a robust regard for finances. Extremely, the full undertaking took put while Baumann and Brehm were being at their Florida home. They credit Kreuser taking more than as undertaking manager for allowing this to materialize. “He was fabulous. He’d be hands-on each working day, running almost everything and retaining us educated.”

There are obviously lots of items that established Rebel Property aside from other designers. “We try to just take a resourceful solution to each and every job, and aspect of that is the rebel portion of our identify and frame of mind,” Jones states. “How do we convey a distinct encounter visually to the customer? And how are we creating an interior that feels entertaining and not just a carbon duplicate of some thing they’ve witnessed? So, yet again, taking that inspirational imagery and then crafting one thing exclusive for each and every of our clients is actually essential. “

They are also extremely centered on the provider side of their business. “We’re actually significant on building guaranteed that our provider is top notch. Our shoppers are generating an vital expenditure in their challenge and interior, and we want to echo that and give a level of company that feels commensurate with that financial commitment.”

“I labored for a quantity of designers and showrooms though I was in faculty mainly because interior layout necessitates a realistic basis. You are running a small business. You are working with shoppers. The innovative section of it is deceiving … it is a a lot lesser percentage of the job as opposed to processing home furniture orders and understanding how you meet deadlines and service shoppers appropriately. I assume that knowledge was the important to me genuinely knowledge how to launch a firm in my twenties.”

A single of the to start with places Jones labored was the award-profitable West Coastline structure business of Martha Angus Inc. “Martha brought me up from style assistant all the way to senior designer, and I slash my teeth on some spectacular residences in Silicon Valley. We were being executing wine place estates, some definitely beautiful houses in downtown San Francisco. And it was an astounding working experience to realize luxurious at that level and how you style in this sort of a various climate and lifestyle.”

But from there, Jones shares, “I skipped Chicago. I am from Lake Forest and my mom is from Lake Forest and so I think it was just calling me back again.”

Jones took a job with the Graduate Lodges selection. “I discovered all about how you place jointly a boutique line of lodges. It was a extremely exciting, unbelievably resourceful team of men and women. And that’s when I was capable to work on the Pontchartrain Hotel in New Orleans and the rooftop bar at J. Parker.”

And then the phone calls commenced. “Because I was back in Chicago, mates and pals of mates were inquiring me, ‘Please occur out and style and design my house.’”

“My incredibly very first job was new building and it was a fantastic lesson. My partner and I put together an LLC, recognizing I could not begin designing with out some material driving me. We founded a construction for our enterprise right off the bat.”

Like many people today in the market, Jones has seen an uptick in the small business given that the beginning of the pandemic. “I would say it has been a large right away shift in residential style and design. Every person wishes to do a thing to their households due to the fact everybody has been caught within, unwell of staring at their four partitions the very same way that they’ve been due to the fact March of final year.”

If anyone can breathe new everyday living into those walls, it is Jones and her Rebel House crew.

Rebel Household Inside Design is located at 905 Environmentally friendly Bay Street in Winnetka. To program an appointment, call their structure business office at 773-661-9661 or e mail [email protected].

The Breakfast nook of Brehm and Baumann’s dwelling.