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TEAM

 

FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT since 2001

DONNA MONDI

ASID PROFESSIONAL MEMBER, NCIDQ CERTIFIED

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I’m one of those people who is actually doing their dream job.
 

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VISIONARY

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Considered to be one of Chicago’s top interior designers, Donna’s passion for design runs deep . . . often taking her to the corners of the world in pursuit of resources and inspiration. Two decades of experience, a formal education in interior design, and NCIDQ certification qualify her to take on your most challenging projects. Donna’s personal style has become known for her unique approach to blending European sophistication with modern edginess. With a dedication to bringing the latest trends to her clients, while balancing spaces with historic or vintage elements, Donna creates the perfect fusion of old and new, classic and modern, intentional tension with unexpected balance. She’s a Chicagoan since birth; married to #MrRight, the CEO of a global financial firm based in Chicago; and new mom to French Bulldog Blanche - our Chief Happiness Officer.

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BUSINESS DIRECTOR

CAREY LENNOX

For over 23 years, Carey has held key upper management roles at some of Chicago’s design industry giants. Her passion for connecting people, experiences, and the knowledge she brings will no doubt take DMID to new heights. Having spent eight years managing opera singers, we’re sure she’s more than capable of overseeing operations at DMID. She’s also fluent in French and Italian and we’re extraordinarily proud of our newest addition.

 
Life is too short not to work in and around amazing talent and passion!
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marketing director

KELLY UIHLEIN

Kelly has spent the better part of her career developing marketing and branding strategies across several retail, financial and telecom industries. New to Chicago and the design industry, we’re thrilled to have her talent and expertise! Don’t let her marketing hat and serious side fool you - she has a sharp wit and a ton of sass that keeps us on our toes and laughing! She’s our go-to-writer and resident Level II Sommelier just in case we need that.

 
There’s a heart and soul to this award-winning design team that I’m humbled and proud to be part of.
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DESIGNER

SCOTT GROOMS

As our Sr. Designer, Scott brings a classic and historic design principal to his work having received a B.A. in Historic Preservation from the College of Charleston and an MFA in Interior Environments from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Scott has over a decade of experience working at top residential firms in Chicago. Scott’s easy going and collaborative nature makes him a great addition to the team. As a native of Charleston, and the only male in our firm, we’d describe him as “our perfect southern gentleman”.

 
Good design takes the shape of many forms; and by nodding to historic elements we always keep it classic.
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DESIGNER

SARA HAMPTON

After graduating from the Art Institute of Chicago, Sara gained valuable experience working for one of the top lighting companies in Chicago, as well as for a well-known design firm. This experience gives her a competitive edge when it comes to managing high-level construction projects. She has the intelligence to oversee the multitude of design details that go into a home, as well as the style to execute it beautifully. She's a multitasker, list-maker, and logical-thinker that delivers every time, with the most contagious bubbly attitude!

 
Design is an industry that is constantly changing, which makes every day a new and exciting challenge.
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INTERIOR ARCHITECT

ALLIE BIRD

In 2018, we expanded the team to include a full-time interior architect dedicated to overseeing our projects involving construction. Her refined style and attention to detail make her the perfect choice to manage the process from concept to installation of millwork, built-in systems, kitchens and baths, custom furniture, and so much more. With a focus on surfaces, she has the resources to bring interesting materials together in a way that’s unexpected but cohesive, functional but beautiful.

Design is when you combine what is functional with what seems impossible.
 
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DESIGNER

ASHLYN BRAUN

It was love at first sight when Ashlyn came to DMID as a summer Intern. No time was wasted in recruiting her to the team, the second she graduated from Michigan State University. With wisdom and style beyond her years, she has proven her ability to manage multiple client projects, as well as assisting Donna with developing the EnVie Capsule Collection of furniture. We’re so glad this Michigan lady has chosen Chicago and DMID to be her home.

 
Bold, edgy, and lawless designs are what evoke my passion and challenge my creativity.
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DESigNER

KATE JARECKI

Kate joined the team in 2018 after graduating from Illinois State University and a summer internship at DMID in 2017. She wasted no time proving to the team what she is capable of. Her sophisticated style, drafting skills, intrigue for design, and positive attitude make her the perfect person to assist the designers. With strengths in fabric coordination and furniture sourcing, she is quickly establishing herself as a valuable asset.

 
Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.