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We’re about creating beautiful, soul-nourishing homes with ease to help busy professionals find more joy and less overwhelm at home.
Is there a feeling more peaceful than beginning and ending your day in a gorgeous and welcoming home designed to support your family’s best life? Your environment at home affects your entire day.
A weekday morning getting everyone ready and out for their day moving fluidly, supported by enough sinks in the bathrooms and an easy to navigate breakfast area in your kitchen.
Moving through your evening routine just as gracefully, beginning with a healthy fresh dinner cooked in your welcoming kitchen, family time together on a sectional with ample seating for everyone, and bedtime routines supported by uncluttered bedrooms that beckon restful sleep.
Common wisdom is that home design projects are long drawn-out, messy, costly, and nerve-racking endeavors. Not for the faint of heart. And calling in an interior designer? They could be judgmental or force their taste into your project. But how else do you avoid costly mistakes?
Bellehaven’s answer is to provide you with an empowering and collaborative design process, focused on your taste and your desires for your family’s life at home. From the first meeting, we explore your wish list and keep an eye on your desired budget range. (If you haven’t even gotten to a budget range, we can help guide you through that process.)
During the design phase, we provide clear and detailed drawings and sample swatches so you gain peace of mind that you’re making the right choices for your unique family life. When it’s time to bring in a contractor, we can share our list of fully vetted professionals so you have peace of mind that your project will be completed on time and on budget.
While our projects run by proven and reliable processes, we endeavor to grant our clients the space to explore their own, unique, personal styles. Empowered by this new clarity regarding their lifestyle, projects end with us launching clients towards their dream lives. All of this to end with a home that brings you ease and joy in the next chapter of your life.
Hello and Welcome! I’m Stephanie Sarris. My first grown-up apartment gave me a blank canvas with which to craft my post-college life. I ended up – with a few missteps – creating a refuge from the hectic world of my career in corporate training and development. Friends loved to stop by and visit, remarking on how comfortable they were in my space.
Pretty soon, my weekends filled with accompanying friends on furniture shopping trips, and eventually, sewing custom window treatments and couture slipcovers for handed-down sofas and chairs. I may even have sewn a frilly shower curtain or two… It was a different era.
I fell in love with how the right furniture and colors transform cookie-cutter spaces into welcoming homes. And the power of a comfortable home to serve as a strong foundation for going out into the world focused on achieving business dreams, unencumbered by nagging little details about messes at home.
This is the heart I brought into my business. While interior design can be an exclusive world where you don’t feel you have the right taste, budget or ability, we’re all about inclusivity.
Outside of my work, I remain a keen observer of all things style related. This extends into hobbies like fashion design and crochet. Lots of reading – fiction, non-fiction, gorgeous coffee table books – love it all! Saturday nights might find me on the dance floor, reliving my childhood study of ballet. Or at the Pilates or yoga studio. Running I reserve for others, unless I’m being chased! I still haven’t decided whether I love dogs or cats more. With one adopted rescue cat who revels in her status as an only child, my future dog adoption is on hold.
Favorite quote: “We shape our dwellings, and afterwards our dwellings shape us.” – Winston Churchill
2018 ASID Design Excellence Award
2019 Pro Remodeler
Ask an Expert: Stephanie Sarris What is Essential to Success in Interior Design
"The Hinsdalean," March 7, 2019
Congratulations to the 2018 ASID Illinois Design Excellence Winners
Modern Luxury Interiors | Chicago
Celebration of Design
IMPACT Illinois, Fall 2018
Word of Mouth
"If you are looking for top notch professional design services then Stephanie is for you. She takes time to listen to her client’s wants while injecting her amazing ideas into the mix. Spaces that Stephanie has designed have a balance of aesthetic and functionality with Incredible attention paid to detail. A+++++"
- Jennifer Hissa
"Stephanie offers choices but lets you, the customer, make the final decision, after sharing her opinions and expertise."
- Dian Barth
"Stephanie executed exactly as I'd envisioned and the quality of the finished product is tremendous."
- Karen Christiansen
"Stephanie, your guidance and eye for detail are amazing!!!"
- Jo Merlau
"Stephanie is extremely professional, knowledgeable and patient with what can sometimes be an overwhelming process for the client"
- Scott Skiermanski