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Franklin Report Report Card for Janet McCann Associates, Inc. in Chicago
Janet McCann Associates, Inc.
540 Frontage Road
Northfield, IL 60093
(312) 670-8525
Main Contact: Janet McCann
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Interior Designers & Decorators

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Serene, understated, comfortable interior design

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Janet McCann is appreciated by clients for her refined yet understated elegance, patient demeanor and excellent space planning. While working with a predominantly neutral palette, she tailors designs to customers' needs. References comment upon her strong communication skills, excellent understanding of clients' lifestyles and accommodating nature.

Most of the firm's projects are in the Chicago area, including Lincoln Park, the Gold Coast and the North Shore. Other projects have included second homes in Colorado, Arizona and Memphis. The firm includes about eight people, with McCann leading most major design decisions. McCann's background is in fine arts. She began her own design firm in 1976, partnered with architect Carl Klimek in 1984 and returned to an independent practice 12 years ago. She is known to work well with architects and builders and will often design custom furniture to meet the clients' needs.

While patrons say that she has "very high-end taste,"she offers a variety of more price-conscious choices as well. Living rooms are typically in the $50,000 to $75,000 range, and McCann aims to work within clients' budgets. There is a very low retainer, standard hourly rates (lower for project managers and none for administration) and standard product markups. The firm is willing to do one or two rooms for new clients with long-term potential. Clients consistently speak of her strong professional manner and straightforward business practices. ASID.

Representative Client Comments:
"I still love what Janet did for me ten years ago.""While she is not an architect, she could be. She has an extraordinary sense of proportion and scale.""If everyone had the ethics of Janet, the world would be a better place.""She listens to what is being said and also what is not being said.""There is never just one answer with Janet, she always offers a range of choices.""I have been working with Janet for 18 years. If anything ever goes askew, she always fixes it at her own expense, if necessary.""She is always calm, and this balance and serenity translates to her work.""She is at least as interested in making my house perfect for me as I am—and that says it all.”

 
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