Franklin Report Report Card for Handman Associates in Chicago
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Handman Associates
415 North LaSalle Street, Suite 615
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 222-0035
Main Contact: Shelly Handman
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Interior Designers & Decorators

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Casual, contemporary elegance

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Shelly Handman is recognized for his clean, transitional, comfortable designs and professional attitude. Clients also credit Handman for his excellent space planning and considerable flair without embellishment. Meeting a balance between sophisticated styling and relaxed family lifestyles, he has a strong preference for a "less is more"contemporary blueprint with allowances for over-sized, well-stuffed upholstery. Handman is said to be adamant that the furnishings enhance and complement the existing architecture, urging clients to "fulfill their interiors' potential."

After studying art history undergrad and design at the Harrington Institute, Handman worked with Arlene Semel, for eight years, leaving as director of design. He then established his own firm in 1987. There are seven people on staff, which is said to be very strong. Clients state that Handman is part of every design decision and that he is very approachable, accessible and client-service oriented. Projects are generally on the North Shore and the Gold Coast, with commissions further afield (Florida, California, Israel).

The firm charges no hourly rate for interior design work and retail prices on furnishings. For construction oversight, there is an hourly fee. Supporters say Handman is very open and organized about presenting economic design options often offering "Volvo, Saab and Mercedes"alternatives. Living rooms generally fall in the $70,000 to $125,000 range. He is highly recommended for potential clients seeking his soft modern design. ASID.

Representative Client Comments:
"Shelly is especially talented and very caring." "Recently we had a plumbing leak that was a disaster. Shelly was right over to help." "Besides his excellent design capabilities, he is very likable." "He calls you back and is always available." "Shelly does not nickel and dime you." "He has worked with us for thirteen years—first in the public rooms, then in the bedrooms and most recently with a new addition. He did exactly what we had hoped." "Each piece is special; Shelly has a great eye." "When some furniture arrived with a huge scratch, they came over immediately. They make decorating stress-free. It is like calling your mom." "Shelly serves two masters so well: his furnishings are sleek and modern, and at the same time comfortable and welcoming."

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